Tablets in general and the Amazon Kindle in particular will be the hottest technology seller during the 2011 festive season, followed by “ultrabooks”, and gaming equipment. This is according to Dave Miller Incredible Connection CEO.
Miller continues, ”In the past several years, the changes on the technology and device front have been incremental. The iPad changed the game by popularising the tablet format. In South Africa, Incredible Connection was granted the exclusive right to sell Amazon Kindle e-readers in a retail environment. Now, tablets are the fashion item of 2011 and the ideal gift for the festive season.”
Another step-change in the device arena was the introduction of the Ultrabooks, the first of which was the Macbook Air. Ultrabooks are an ultrathin machine with the portability of a netbook and the advanced functionality of a notebook. Other notebook manufacturers are racing into this space, by bringing models to market that are less than 20mm thick, have no optical drive, use a solid state drive (SSD) for all storage, use a core i5, i7 processor, weigh less than 1.4kg, yield up to eight hours of battery life, and are at the low end in terms of price.
Most of the new models are available globally and Incredible Connection currently stocks the Macbook Air, the Asus Ultrabook and the Samsung 9 Series and Intel predicts that these will carve out a new space in the netbook and notebook market in time to come.
OK, so another month, another best Android phone out there. This is partly to blame on the massively quick development with Android and the constant competition between the manufacturers. In recent months Samsung seems to be having the upper hand, with the great Galaxy S2, and the recently released Galaxy Nexus.
The Galaxy Note is different however – it aims to combine the use of a phone with a tablet, and it includes a stylus as well, something which is relative scarcity since the arrival of capacitative screens. This “phoneblet” is truly huge – if you ever look at your current smartphone and think the screen is too small, or if you think your tablet is too big, you might want to give the Galaxy Note a serious look.
Design and Build
First off – this phone is massive. Or this tablet is small? Either way you look at it, the Note is good deal bigger than any phone you might be used to. (more…)
As previously announced by Rockstar Games, a special anniversary edition of the popular Grand Theft Auto 3 game is now available for Android and iOS devices.
The anniversary edition similar to the now 10-year old original that is arguably considered the most influential games of all time, is optimized for touch-screen devices, with resizable custom controls. However, there are two major improvements to the original version – they are autosave mode and mission retry which have been implemented to avoid users causing harm to their mobile devices out of pure frustration while playing.
The game is compatible with the iPhone 4S and 4, 4th generation iPod touch and iPad 1 and 2. Supported Android devices include HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x.
Supported Android tablets include the LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S.
With the proliferation of broadband networks and mobile devices, the way we pay for things is not only changing at a rapid rate but is expected to continue to do so dramatically over the next few years.
As we begin to move into alternative payment options away from the traditional cash, check and credit card, over time people will be able to quickly and even more easily pay or get paid using their smartphones and the web. It may even become a preferred choice. Even in South Africa, alternative payment methods are continuing to develop and expand. First National Bank’s PayPal withdrawal service was recently opened to all South African banks and the launch of ZunguZ, an app developed by two local entrepreneurs, enables P2P payments inside of Facebook.
Although focussing on the Unites States, the infographic below provides insight into the trends associated with alternative forms of payment over the internet and through mobile phones. Also worth considering, are the obstacle statistics that look into why consumers are resistant to adopting mobile payment options that include concerns about security, fear of overspending and the lack of knowledge of which retailers accept it.
The infographic below explores alternative payment methods with a focus on digital wallets and mobile payments.
View the infographic after the jump.
On Sunday 4th December, 6 teams presented their services as part of the Demo Night of Garage48, an event that serves to build new web and mobile service working prototypes in one single weekend. The winner, Mediminder, that is building a mobile app platform for African healthcare was announced at the Vodacom World centre in Johannesburg.
Garage 48, supported by international companies Google, Vodacom and Blackberry, is known as a very intensive course for IT entrepreneurs that focuses on bringing ideas into real life through teamwork and motivating deadlines. It also helps talented developers to get in contact with successful entrepreneurs in Europe and America. The various teams that participate, compete to have the best start-up idea implemented. The event that began in Estonia in April 2010, has since spread to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
The winner of the Johannesburg event’s app, Mediminder, improves the effectiveness of medication, by encouraging individuals to take their medication at the correct time and in the long term aims to build information channels between doctors and patients. This is particularly relevant in South Africa, that has the biggest population of HIV infections in the world.
We all know the de facto internet filesharing and cloud storage tool until now has been Dropbox, but Microsoft has always had their own offering, SkyDrive. SkyDrive gave you 25GB of storage for free, which is a good deal more than Dropbox’s measly 3GB. Problem was, SkyDrive was not really available on anything else other than Windows (and Mac), and there was no mobile integration except with Windows Phone 7. Now Microsoft is starting to put SkyDrive into the devices people use every day, instead of only giving it to the Windows faithful.
From today SkyDrive is also available on iPhone, which is a major shift for Microsoft. “We realize that not everyone who relies on SkyDrive for sharing photos or accessing Office documents uses Windows Phone… yet. We have a long history of supporting iPhone customers with built-in support for Hotmail and with apps like Bing, Messenger, OneNote (with SkyDrive sync), and now Skype.”
“More generally, we believe you should have access to your personal content no matter which device you use. This is why we are excited to invest in HTML5—both on the web and on mobile—on http://skydrive.com.” iPhone users can access all of their cloud stored files, create folders, delete files and share links to folders, which fires off a invite using Mail.”
If you have not yet heard of SkyDrive, here are some of the features:
The latest installment of the video game Call of Duty has broken the $1 billion mark and become the fastest selling entertainment product of all time.
Sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the eighth title in the franchise, hit the mark after just 16 days since its release in early November. The game broke the record previously set by James Cameron’s 3D film Avatar, released in 2009.
Eric Hirshberg, chief executive of Activision Publishing, the company which produces the games, said, “Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre and every year new people are drawn in.”
According to Activision, the war game now has more than 30 million players with 6 million having registered online to play with or against one another.
source: Sky News
The go! South Africa travel app, that launched yesterday, is Google-map-based and includes travel articles and stunning photographs by go! travel magazine’s award-winning photojournalists; restaurant reviews from South Africa’s biggest and most respected restaurant guide, Eat Out; and destination information from SA Venues, a comprehensive guide for travellers in South Africa.
It contains 25 000+ points of interest, including landmarks, nature reserves, restaurants, accommodation options, great drives, hiking trails, wine estates, tourist information, shops, services and even adventure activities. The app, is a one-stop resource for finding out everything you want to know about travelling in South Africa. The app also offers free suggested trips that include the best that each of the nine provinces has to offer, plus offline maps so you can find your way around.
The go! South Africa travel app is a product of Touchlab, which specialises in applications and publishing for touch devices. The app’s creators have big plans for the app and intend to make go! South Africa the app that travellers use to research, plan and book their trips to and around South Africa. The app’s overall aim is to be the all-in-one solution that renders the use of a traditional travel agent an activity of the past.
Touchlab Divisional Head, Leo Redelinghuys, says that “While this first version of the app allows travellers to explore South Africa in great detail, we are planning on providing an end to end integrated booking solution that will enable travellers to plan and book their itinerary from accommodation and activities, right through to transport”.