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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hits SA

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, 9 Comments

The latest smartphone/tablet hybrid has hit our shores. Samsung SA announced recently that the Galaxy Note 2 will be in South Africa soon, and this week it is officially available.

From today (2 October) the device can be picked up from Vodacom World, and from Friday, 5 October it will be available at other Vodacom retail outlets. Also, MTN has started taking orders for the Note 2 from 1 October.

MTN is offering the device on MTN Anytime 200 for R429 p/m over 24 months, which includes 250MB of data. If you want to purchase it by cash, you can do so for the recommended retails price of R7,400. The Vodacom price structure looks like the following:

  • Standard My Gig 1 at R389.00 per month;
  • Standard My Gig 2 at R429.00 per month;
  • Top Up Data Standard My Gig 1 at R389.00 per month;
  • Top Up Data Standard My Gig 2 at R429.00 per month.

Is this ‘phablet’ something you would be interested in?

Tim Cook thanks Apple employees, extends vacation

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook has thanked all Apple employees for an ‘incredibly successful’ 2012 in an email.

He also notified them that their Thanksgiving vacation had been extended in appreciation for their hard work.

You can read the email sent out to employees below:

Team,

Apple is having another incredibly successful year, thanks to all of the hard work by you and your teams. Your focus and dedication to making the best products on earth is what makes Apple such an incredible place.

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Google Nexus 7 now in SA

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2012, 11 Comments

Google’s Nexus 7 16GB is now available for purchase in South Africa, at R2999 at select retailers. The Nexus 7 is the first tablet in Google’s Nexus line of devices and the lead device for Android 4.1, called Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 is a pretty great buy if you are looking for a more compact tablet that is running the latest and greatest Android version.

Jointly developed between ASUS and Google, Nexus 7 is the world’s first 7-inch quad-core tablet, built to bring consumers the best of Google and ASUS in a slim and portable package that fits perfectly in the hand. Nexus 7 brings together ASUS’ world-class “design thinking” philosophy and the latest version of Google’s innovative Android platform to deliver the ultimate portable computing experience at an irresistible price.

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MTN commits to LTE rollout in 3 SA cities

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, 4 Comments

MTN SA has expanded its network capacity and capability by rolling out an intense infrastructure development drive focused on leapfrogging customer experience through network expansion. The telecommunications operator today revealed that it has increased 2nd Generation (2G) network coverage to 98.6% of the country’s population while the company’s EDGE and 3rdGeneration sites cover 92% and close to 65% of South Africa respectively.

“With the increase of mobile and data usage, and an aggressive approach to providing access to broadband to more areas so as to narrow the digital divide, it was important that we focus on expanding our network and coverage to ensure capacity to carry traffic seamlessly and therefore enhancing our customers’ experience,” explains Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, Chief Technology Officer at MTN SA. “This is line with positioning ourselves as a future-proof and forward thinking operator with adequate capacity to address both business and consumer needs and enhancing experience on the network.” (more…)

B2B Indaba 2012: Connecting Entrepreneurs

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, No Comments

The B2B indaba is an informative networking session created for small business entrepreneurs and will be held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The Indaba aims to educate small business entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs about the importance of creating and maintaining an online presence for their businesses and brands.

The indaba will take place over a period of two hours. This session will include speakers from different business background who have a respectable knowledge of online marketing, small business entrepreneurship and online presence management for businesses and brands.

Each speaker has a maximum of 30 minutes to present on their business, the importance of an online presence for a business and also good entrepreneurship in general.

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HP announces Windows 8 tablet – the ElitePad 900

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, No Comments

HP has announced its latest device,  a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet called the ElitePad 900 aimed at professionals.

The tablet comes wrapped in an aluminium chassis with a Gorilla Glass display.

The tablet, released with a number of accessories, runs an Atom-based Intel Clover Trail processor, with up to 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of SSD storage. The device also offers approximately 10 hours of run time and optional 3G/4G.

Other features of the device include a screen resolution of 1,280 x 800, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1080p shooter up front, slots for microSD cards and 3G/4G SIMs.

HP will also be making special smart jackets available with the device that provide additional functionality such as a built in keyboard, removable battery and USB ports.

The ElitePad 900 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in January 2013.

Source: Engadget

Local startup Gigham to represent SA at Demo Africa

Published by on Oct 1st, 2012, No Comments

Cape Town-based startup, Gigham, has been chosen as a finalist for Demo Africa in Kenya, and will launch their events listings network in Nairobi next month.

Of over 500 applications, Gigham is one of 40 companies to have been chosen to participate. Among the nine other South African companies selected, is fellow Google Umbono stablemate, TaxTim.

Gigham, which makes it easier to discover events around you, launched in Cape Town 100 days ago, and in Johannesburg and Pretoria last month. They’ll launch their fourth city events guide, Nairobi, at Demo Africa next month.

“We’ve taken the city by city approach initially, ” said co-founder George Gally, “to test out the market and strengthen our technology. It will be interesting to launch our first city out of South Africa and see what challenges that brings.”

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Social Intranet is getting a lot smaller – Bitrix24 CEO

Published by on Sep 28th, 2012, No Comments

The purchase of Yammer by Microsoft for $1.2 billion took many by surprise. Both the acquisition itself (what is social intranet anyway?) and how much Microsoft paid for the company were breathlessly discussed by analysts and tech pundits with no definitive conclusion.

Yet, according to Dmitry Valyanov, CEO of Bitrix24, the media is missing the biggest trend that’s happening with social enterprise. Bitrix24 is a social intranet company that has signed up more than 10,000 small businesses over the last three months despite still being in beta which launched in May of this year.

“I think we are seeing a repeat of the 70′s when most believed that only big businesses would ever need computers,” says Valyanov. “Of course, we know how that ended. Our own data shows that the average intranet network size in Bitrix24 is 4.9 people, which means small businesses have already embraced the new technology, yet all the other social intranet vendors keep creating solutions that are really usable only in companies with hundreds or thousands employees, and priced accordingly.”

Part of Bitrix24′s appeal is that any company with 12 employees or fewer gets a free CRM, project manager and file sharing, in addition to a rich social layer consisting with an activity stream, collaboration tools and instant messaging.

“Cost issue aside, having one account for Zoho CRM, another for Base Camp project manager and third for Dropbox file sharing is too cumbersome. Small business owners really seem to appreciate the fact that they get everything in a single package, ” Valyanov adds.

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