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The 15 Startup Knight Finalists Announced

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

Excitement is mounting as final judging for the Startup Knight competition approaches.

Now that the fifteen finalists have been selected, the judges and finalists are preparing for the last leg of the competition where the finalists will pitch their ideas to the judges in a short predefined format.

Startup Knight, conceptualised and hosted by Byte Orbit, is an event created especially for software based tech startups that are preparing to start a viable business.

Prizes for the winning startup selected by the judges include Microsoft software packages, $60 000 worth of Azure Services, office space for 6 months, Nokia products, 8ta’s 3G data modem loaded with their 60Gig + 60Gig offering and R100,000 worth of development provided by Byte Orbit.

The Startup Knight team was blown away by the quality of entries and they reported that the task of narrowing down the fifteen finalists was truly taxing and difficult.

It is encouraging to see such great talent take up the challenge to turn great ideas into sustainable businesses.

The entries covered an array of industries and ranged from an advance content management system to an algorithm that changes words on a website to make reading easier to the unschooled.

The 15 finalists include:

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Conan O’Brien’s iPad Mini ad parody

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, 1 Comment

Not long after the release of the first official TV advert for the iPad Mini, talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien took it upon himself to show America what he thought of Apple’s new device.

The original ad, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab features a user playing the well-known song  “Heart and Soul” using the piano app on an iPad. The camera then shows another user playing along on the same app using the new iPad Mini.

O’Brien, unimpressed by both the advert and the device and looking for a laugh decided to add some lyrics of his own to the somewhat simple advertisement.

Apple announced its smaller, cheaper iPad Mini at an event in California on 23rd October. The new iPad features a 7.9 inch display, a A5 processor (same as the iPad 2), LTE networking, and improved cameras that includes a 5MP shooter on the back. The pricing for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model starts at $329.

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Logitech launches Washable Keyboard K310

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, No Comments

Logitech has recently unveiled the latest in its line of PC keyboards, the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310. The keyboard, designed with the familiar layout and thin profile is easy to clean and dry and won’t sustain any damage during the process.

The keyboard can be submerged (with the exception of the USB cable) in up to 11 inches (28 cm) of water. Drainage holes at the back of the keyboard allow for easy drying while key characters are laser printed and UV coated helping to ensure the letters don’t fade in the wash. Plus, the keys can last up to five million keystrokes, meaning this keyboard can take a washing, as well as a pounding.

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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, No Comments

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 8 yesterday at an event in San Francisco, California.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed a number of new features for the latest version of its operating system for smartphones.

According to its Microsoft’s website, Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division said, “We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is. Windows Phone 8 comes on a range of phones that are stunning, colourful and unique.”

Microsoft is calling the new OS “a truly personal phone experience” with the use of customiseable Live Tiles available in three sizes and in 20 bright colours at the centre of the Windows Phone experience.

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Zando receives large investment from Summit Partners

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, No Comments

L to R: Manuel Koser and Peter Allerstorfer

Zando.co.za, South Africa’s largest fashion e-commerce retailer, announced today an investment of €20 million by Summit Partners. The growth equity investor will take a stake in Zando.co.za through its German holding company.

In September, it was reported that Zando also received a significant investment from J.P Morgan Asset Management. At the time the article was  published, the amount was not disclosed.

Founded in 1984, Summit is a leader in growth equity and credit investing for fast-growing companies. Summit Partners has invested in more than 350 rapidly growing businesses across North America, Europe and Asia, and has raised nearly US$15 billion since inception.

“We seek to invest in companies that build long-term value, and Zando.co.za has shown dynamic growth in a short period of time,” said Scott Collins, a Managing Director and head of the Summit Partners London office.

“We are excited to be joined by an investor that shares our vision and belief in the huge potential for the South African market,” said Manuel Koser, Zando Managing Director and Co-founder. “With the ubiquitous convergence of technologies, feature phones, smartphones, tablets and desktops with dedicated connectivity, internet accessibility is maturing.” Internet penetration is forecasted to hit 20% in 2013 in South Africa as the number of experienced internet users increases.

Google announces Nexus 4, 32GB/3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Published by on Oct 30th, 2012, 2 Comments

As reported before, Google was to host a press event yesterday, 29 October, in New York City. Tragically for the States, Hurricane Sandy has hit the east coast, with New York and Washington D.C. amongst the hardest hit. Google decided to go to their official blog to officially unveil the latest round of Nexus devices.

First of all is the LG Nexus 4. The device was launched pretty much as was suspected, with the specs and look of the device probably the worst kept secret on the net during the last couple of weeks. It has a 4.7 inch display, the first device that launches with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor. We do have some new information: the price. The LG Nexus 4 8GB version will cost $299 and the 16GB version will be available for $349.

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Tribal Fusion make their mark at the IMC Conference

Published by on Oct 29th, 2012, No Comments

The 4th Annual IMC Conference made an incredible impact in Johannesburg on the 15 and 16 of October in a successful execution of the country’s top marketing and communication event. Highly-acclaimed international workshop hosts, Tribal Fusion, a division of Exponential Interactive, delivered some valuable insights with their presentation: “Audience Insights and Effectiveness Measures – What Works, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next”, showcasing data-rich case studies from the network’s work across the globe.

As a leading digital marketing intelligence and global online advertising provider, Tribal Fusion drives sales for the world’s top brands by helping them learn about, reach and engage their online audiences more effectively. Ranked 5th in the world behind big brands such as Google and Yahoo and operating in 25 countries worldwide, Tribal Fusion’s global expansion is making astounding waves in the industry. In January this year, Tribal Fusion was named the world’s second largest Display Advertising Provider, having reached almost 500 million unique users per month.

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Steve Jobs’s yacht “Venus” unveiled

Published by on Oct 29th, 2012, 2 Comments

One year after his death, Steve Jobs’s magnificent yacht has made its first appearance in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands.

The photographs of the magnificent “Venus” named after the Roman goddess of love, beauty and prosperity first appeared on Dutch website One More Thing. 

Designed by Jobs in collaboration with famous minimalist designer Philippe Starck, the Venus was unveiled at shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries and accompanied by some of Jobs’s family members including widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve.

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