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“The Croods” was made using HP Technology

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, 3 Comments

HP today announced it was selected by DreamWorks Animation to deliver the technology behind “The Croods,” pushing the boundaries of modern imagery for this prehistoric animated adventure that is anything but primitive. Building on a relationship that began in 2001, DreamWorks Animation relied on HP for nearly every facet of technology animation in the production of “The Croods.”

DreamWorks Animation leveraged technical resources throughout HP to create the most advanced graphics to date for the family comedy, which made its debut in South African theatres last Friday. HP Converged Infrastructure, comprising servers, storage, networking, services, management software and workstations, as well as HP printers and digital rendering, provided the seamless, high-performance foundation needed to meet the studio’s artistic demands.

“Cutting-edge digital manufacturing requires a huge amount of compute power and orchestrated collaboration across our studios,” said Derek Chan, head, Global Technology Operations, DreamWorks Animation. “HP Converged Infrastructure ensures that our filmmakers have the technical resources they require to bring their creative vision to life and deliver amazing films to our audiences.”

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New Nexus 7 coming in July

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, 2 Comments

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A report from Reuters claims that soon we will have a new version of Google’s popular Nexus 7, in July 2013. We recently reviewed the revamped version of the original Nexus 7 (with more storage), and found it to be an excellent alternative to the iPad Mini. So we are certainly excited about the new one, which will reportedly have a smaller bezel (which was the only thing we didn’t like about the Nexus 7 design).

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Apple iOS7 Running Late, Radical Changes

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, 4 Comments

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There are a few big dogs in tech that always seem to know more about what is going on behind the scenes at Apple. These include guys like MG Siegler and John Gruber amongst others. These guys started chatting on Branch, and there are some very interesting blurbs of info which will be of great interest to fans of the iPhone.

Apparently the iOS7 update is bigger than originally planned, and is currently running behind. Apple has moved engineers from the Mac OS X 10.9 team to hurry up the iOS7 development. The big news with iOS7 is that Scott Forstall (which headed up iOS since day one) has moved away from Apple, and Jony Ive (the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design) has taken his place for UI design.

The new iOS7 changes is apparently so big that current engineers are using special filters on their phones so that no one can peak over and see the new design. iOS has been heavily criticised for its skeumorphic heavy interface, and the new iOS will have a lot cleaner design.

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Allan Knott-Craig comments on Lower Prices

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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In a quick MyBroadband blurb, the current Cell C CEO (and former Vodacom CEO) Alan Knott-Craig used some of his legendary wit to call out other mobile operators.

Cell C has in recent times always lead the pack when it came to data and voice pricing, with the dominant players like Vodacom and MTN having a tough time competing on price. Only Telkom Mobile (or 8ta) has a few offerings that can compete with Cell C.

But in the last week Vodacom, MTN and Telkom Mobile released new data offerings, which in many cases match the pricing of Cell C. According to Knott-Craig, Cell C will continue to use price as the main weapon to beat its competitors. He did not however divulge when we can expect further price cuts from Cell C, using a very apt description:

“I do not know of any boxer that tells his opponent when he plans to hit him with an uppercut.”

 

Source: MyBroadband

HTC Infographic shows a day with the One

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2013, 2 Comments

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Demand for the HTC One is very high – higher than expected. Some people are struggling to get their hands on one, but HTC has released a teaser infographic to those people who are still waiting for theirs.

HTC is showing you how you might want to use the features of its newest flagship device on a day to day basis. We are just as eager as many folks out there are to get our hands on them, and will report back once we do. So check back soon.

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Teraco and SEACOM team up to reconnect users affected by cut cable

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2013, No Comments

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Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk

Teraco and SEACOM have teamed up this past week to “work double time” to reconnect clients affected by a cable cut that occurred a few kilometres north of the coast of Egypt.

Lex van Wyk, Teraco CEO says that the benefits of hosting in a vendor neutral data centre was highlighted this week when the facility was able to swiftly connect the likes of MWEB, Cell C and others following the outage.

“With SEACOM located close to their clients in the data centre, we were easily able to connect them to a different SEACOM routing environment to give them additional capacity.”

Teraco is the most connected data centre facility in Africa already offering connectivity to major international service providers, who have network connectivity on SAT3/SAFE, SEACOM, EASSY and WACS; mobile carriers including Vodacom, MTN and Cell C; local carriers including Telkom, Neotel and Broadband Infraco and fibre infrastructure provider, Dark Fibre Africa and many more.

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Google Nose – the odour search engine

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2013, 2 Comments

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Google uploaded a video to YouTube that explains its newest product: Google Nose. Imagine being able to combine the vast data that Google has to offer with some way of transmitting the smell. According to Google, it is now possible. Check out the launch video below.

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TaxTim launches affiliate program

Published by on Mar 28th, 2013, No Comments

TaxTimTaxTim has launched an affiliate program in partnership with OfferForge, South Africa’s top publisher network.

The program allows publishers who run email mailing lists, websites, blogs and twitter streams to monetize their online following by earning referral revenue from TaxTim for generating successful leads.

Anybody can sign up as an affiliate on OfferForge and join the 22,000 strong publisher community that exists there, promoting brands such as Standard Bank, Nedbank, Metropolitan, FRANK.net and more.

“We are excited to enable people passionate about our brand to share the service and earn money for their referrals. The CPS (cost per sale) model is exciting because it means we can pay higher rewards for the leads that convert, instead of paying smaller fees for click-throughs to our website that may or may not earn us revenue. OfferForge has made the process simple and likely to do well for publishers and for us,” says Evan Robinson, TaxTim director.

Since launching in 2011 the virtual tax assistant that helps users submit their tax returns quickly and easily has become multilingual, a first for SA offering its service in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu, released a mobile phone compatibility version of its website and represented South Africa at DEMO Africa 2012. 

To sign up as a TaxTim affiliate go to: www.offerforge.com/programs/taxtim 

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