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BlackBerry 10 App Club Open Day, Cape Town

Published by on Jan 15th, 2013, No Comments

The BlackBerry 10 App Club has arrived and the BlackBerry Apps Lab wants you to be part of it by visiting its Bandwidth Barn location in Cape Town for an open- day.

The BlackBerry 10 App Club gives you the opportunity to get involved as much as you like by:

  • Giving your BlackBerry 10 apps ideas
  • Learning how to develop apps yourself
  • Talking to customers about the opportunities that are available to them. 

If you’re keen to learn new skills, meet the app partners and create some apps, come and see the BlackBerry Apps Lab.


San Antonio, Texas to open first digital public library

Published by on Jan 14th, 2013, No Comments

The Bexar County satellite office is the location of the first bookless library in San Antonio

Texas will be the first state in the U.S. to open the first entirely digital public library.

The bookless library called BiblioTech will open its doors in San Antonio in Bexar County. The county made the announcement just this week, with the new system having been in the works for quite some time.

The San Antonio location is part of an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county.

The concept of the new library has been fronted by the county’s Judge Nelson Wolff who revealed that he was inspired by Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Steve Jobs. So it comes as no surprise then that according to Wolff the library will look like the inside of an Apple store.

Wolff told the San Antonio Express that BiblioTech is “not a replacement for the (city) library system, it’s an enhancement. People are always going to want books, but we won’t be doing that in ours.


Infographic: Mobile Technology in West Africa

Published by on Jan 14th, 2013, No Comments

A recent study conducted by Kenya-based iHub Research in collaboration with local mobile advertising network, TwinPine, the results of which are illustrated in the infographic below, has revealed the growth of the African, particularly West African, mobile market.

The research which analysed mobile usage across Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) found that mobile subscriptions in all three countries have more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, with the combined total now standing at over 130 million.

One of the key findings is that Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast are achieving high monthly mobile advertising impressions with Nigeria recording over 3 billion mobile ad impressions per month.


Apple cuts iPhone 5 screen orders

Published by on Jan 14th, 2013, No Comments

Apple has reportedly cut down on the amount of orders from component suppliers for the iPhone 5 screen as well as other screen sizes.

The order, that was made last month for Q1 of 2013 has decreased by about half of what the company originally intended to order, a source close to the matter revealed to The Wall Street Journal.

Apple has requested that Sharp, LG and Japan Display cut the supply of LCD panels down from about 65 million units.

This move could suggest a weaker than expected demand from customers for Apple’s latest iPhone and other devices.


TechCrunch: What Facebook could and should be building

Published by on Jan 14th, 2013, No Comments

Since Facebook has invited various members of the press to a launch event this Tuesday, at its headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine has put together a list of what he thinks Facebook is either likely working on or at least should be, with some ideas, supposedly already in development.

The list includes Facebook search for businesses post and people, an easier way to find things on timeline, friend management, Facebook for cars, standalone feeds, a competitive video chat and a Facebook phone  - which we already know Mark Zuckerberg has already said makes no sense and is “the wrong strategy” for the social network at this time.

You can read the article in its entirety here. 

What do you think of the suggestions for the future of Facebook?

Local app DialMedia comes of age

Published by on Jan 14th, 2013, No Comments

For those of you who haven’t heard of DialMedia, it must be said that it’s one of those rare South African apps that is also a business. And I must say that I like their app and offering, even though I will never use it.

The DialMedia app is simple: you download and install, and every time you make a call, you hear an advert just before you connect. In doing so, you earn money, in the form of airtime on your mobile balance (TopUp/PrePaid). In other words, every time you hear an ad, you get paid. And they’ve patented it, too.

If someone doesn’t want to listen to an advert, they press #, but then don’t earn anything. Also, any number dialed under 10 digits will not be served an ad, this prevents the obvious situation of not wanting to hear marketing messages whilst calling the fire brigade, etc. Adverts can also include endings like: “Press 3 to request a call-back for a quote” and so on.


Amazon launches AutoRip feature

Published by on Jan 11th, 2013, No Comments

Amazon has recently announced the launch of a new feature called AutoRip, currently available to customers in the U.S. only from 10 January.

AutoRip hopes to boost digital sales and encourage customers to use its Cloud music service.

AutoRip gives customers a free version in MP3 format of a CD they have purchased from the online retailer. The digital copies, available for more than 50, 000 titles, are also available for CDs that customers have purchased over the past 15 years.

Once a CD has been bought, all the tracks are automatically added to the individual’s Cloud Player. Once in the cloud, tracks can then be streamed or downloaded.

Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, says the following of the new feature  “What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs … and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?”

Source: Pocket-lint

Apple’s Phil Schiller dismisses cheap iPhone rumour

Published by on Jan 11th, 2013, No Comments

Apple SVP of Marketing, Phil Schiller

Earlier this week ,the internet was buzzing with the return of a rumour reported by The Wall Street Journal of Apple’s plans to produce a low-cost iPhone to expand its market share.

Now, while it comes as no surprise, Apple’s very own marketing chief has dismissed any such plans. Phil Schiller told Chinese newspaper Shanghai Evening News, in an interview that has been verified, that a cheaper iPhone will “never be the future of Apple products”.

The rumour report included details of the use of cheaper materials such as polycarbonate plastic with other phone parts remaining the same or the possible use of recycled parts from older iPhone models.