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Sony’s next-gen SmartWatch

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, 2 Comments


When Sony entered the wearable Android market – it was among the first – people started to get excited about the prospects it would hold. It hasn’t quite materialized, though, but hopes are that the newest version will make wearable technology mainstream.

It has a 1.6-inch screen coming in at around 175 ppi (at a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels), and the SmartWatch 2 can also be used as a regular watch when not connected to your phone. When it is paired with your smartphone, though, you get an easy way to check your notifications, interact with certain apps, control your music player etc. It now comes with NFC capabilities for easy pairing, but is also water-resistant this time around. According to Sony, the battery will run 3 to 4 days with regular use. It will be available in September 2013.

Here is the full press release from Sony: (more…)

Confirmed: WPP acquires digital agency NATIVE

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

Since a rumoured report was published in September 2012 by Venture Burn, it has now been confirmed that advertising agency WPP has acquired digital agency NATIVE for an undisclosed amount.

The news was confirmed in a tweet by NATIVE MD, Jarred Cinman who initially denied rumours back in September:

According to MarkLives.com 76% of NATIVE has been acquired by VML, one of WPP’s digital marketing agencies that forms part of the Young & Rubicam network and as a result will be rebranded as NATIVE VML.


1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference 2013

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

1st Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference

The Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference and system launch is taking place in July at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The event will feature innovation expert Prof. Gerhard Steiner from Harvard University as a guest speaker and will be followed by interactive panel discussions with the audience.

Event Details:

When: 1st July 2013, 3:30pm – 7pm

Where: Spier Estate Conference Centre Venue 1, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

To register for this event, click here. 

Find out more information about the conference in the programme details below:


BlackBerry Enterprise Server now secures work on Android and iOS devices

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

blackberry-launches-secure-work-space-for-android-iosBlackBerry today announced the availability of a new security solution that separates work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new option with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (version 10.1.1) that offers customers with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, a solution with the best combination of security, user experience and total cost of ownership. BlackBerry designed Secure Work Space to meet the management, security and cost needs of the CIO, and the user experience and functionality that employees demand.

Since launching in January 2013, 18,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 servers have been installed by customers around the world and Secure Work Space for iOS and Android has been trialled globally with BlackBerry customers since the launch, including Netherlands-based e-office mobile b.v. For the past 22 years e-office has been creating virtual working environments for their clients, and to ensure they are always staying current on their clients’ mobility needs, e-office took part in BlackBerry’s early adopter program for Secure Work Space.

“Secure Work Space builds on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and we found that BlackBerry’s secure infrastructure offered our company the best containerization solution to help mobilize our multi-platform environment, while maintaining a great user experience,” said Thierry Lammers, Director and co-founder, e-office mobile. “We’re looking forward to deploying this solution across our organization and to our customers in the coming months and bringing the separation of work and personal data to life on iOS and Android devices.” (more…)

MapStudio & Polymorph launch wildlife app for iPhone

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

gallery-image-1If you’re planning a trip to a game park in and around South Africa you may want to take the ParkSpotter Africa app on the journey with you.

ParkSpotter Africa, a joint release between leading Africa map publisher MapStudio and mobile app developer, Polymorph is a new innovative wildlife app for iPhone that is now available worldwide from the App Store.

The app aims  to motivate park visitors to explore, learn and share their nature adventures in interesting, exciting and memorable way.

ParkSpotter Africa is the first application of its kind to spot and share wildlife sightings on social media. Users can photograph, identify, save and share sightings with geo-location, date, time and categories to create a personal record of sightings.

This unique feature also enables other visitors to the park to view the sighting’s photo first before rushing off to the scene.

The sightings feature is also designed to allow the user to upload photos and sightings at a later stage and edit.


Sony unveils the massive Xperia Z Ultra

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 3 Comments


Nothing seems to be dampening manufacturers’ urge to build larger and larger smartphones. Frankly, we have no idea when this trend is going to end or if the public is ever going to take to these massive phones in large numbers.

The latest entry into this market comes from Sony. It has unveiled a 6.4-inch version of its flagship smartphone, which it has called the Xperia Z Ultra. It comes with a 1080p screen, which will need all the juice from the 3,000mAh battery to run for extended periods. It includes a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus expandability in the form of a microSD card. It will run Android 4.2, come with an 8MP camera and will be extremely thin at just 6.5mm. That’s thinner than the iPhone 5, but it will weigh twice as much at 212g. Also, like its smaller sibling, it will be waterproof and dust resistant. Check out the promo video of the behemoth below: (more…)

Mxit features first full length movie with mobile phone app Cinemo

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, No Comments

cinemoCinemo, a new mobile phone application that lets users watch movies on low-end mobile phones recently launched its first full length feature film on the Mxit platform and the first on a social network.

Launched in January 2013, Cinemo operates within Mxit’s Reach ecosystem, the platform for social good within Mxit that addresses and creates awareness around prevalent social issues within South Africa.

Cinemo offers users three content streams – movies, of which A Lucky Man is the first, public service announcements and music videos.

Marlon Parker, VP of Mxit Reach and founder of RLabs, a registered Social Enterprise that provides innovative solutions to various complex problems that selected Cinemo as part of its 2013 incubation project, says that, “We know the power of video and want to use this to encourage conversations about social issues such as drug abuse, HIV/Aids and gangsterism.

For more about Cinemo, watch the video below:


iOS 7 beta 2 released, now also available on iPad

Published by on Jun 25th, 2013, 1 Comment


If you have an iOS developer account you would have been able to get the first beta release of iOS 7 already. While many things have changed, a lot have seemed to stay the same with a lot of the changes being cosmetic. You can check out our favourite new features here.

After the first release, as is often the case, there were still some bugs here and there and Apple promised to get the fix to users as soon as possible. Well, luckily for all the Apple devs that time has come, and the second beta is now available. Not only that, iOS 7’s beta has been released OTA (over the air) to iPad as well. (more…)