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Mobiflock Parental Control very popular on BlackBerry

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Mobiflock launched its parental control service for smartphones in March 2012, which allows parents to monitor how their children use their smartphones and also helps them put the appropriate limits in place to keep their kids safe. The service has become popular with BlackBerry smartphone customers.

“Parents are concerned about the dangers their digitally native children could face, and with Mobilock, parents can and are doing something about it,” says Patrick Lawson, founder and CEO of Mobiflock, the mobile safety and security company. “Given the popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the youth market around the world, and especially in South Africa, it’s not surprising that our service is popular on BlackBerry.”

In 2011, BlackBerry accounted for 44% of all smartphones used in South Africa and 6% of all cellphones, according to research house Ipsos. In addition, according to the Generation Next 2012 youth brand survey, BlackBerry was voted the ‘coolest’ brand overall, as well as the ‘coolest’ cellphone and the ‘coolest’ gadget.

“There is no denying the massive benefits of giving children a smartphone: access to the mobile Internet, educational content, communication in emergencies, entertainment and socialising,” says Lawson. “However, there are some very real online dangers that parents need to learn about, and protect their children from.”

According to recent research released by Unisa’s Youth Research Unit (YRU) (more…)

Google Now awarded Popular Science’s Innovation of the Year

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Google Now is one of the most innovative software features in recent history, there’s no denying that. The potential it has to alter your everyday life is mind-boggling. It is still very much in its infant years, but Google obviously have huge plans for it.

In recognition of this new feature on Android devices, Popular Science has given Google Now its “Innovation of the Year” award. That’s no small feat, putting it alongside previous winners like the Large Hadron Collider, the Mars Curiosity Rover and the Toyota Prius. According to Popular Science, the reason they chose Google Now is because it’s “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs.” You can read the interview between Google and Popular Science here.

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Vodacom launches LTE services in Durban

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

As of today, Vodacom has over 400 LTE-enabled base stations live and is ahead of schedule to meet its target of switching on 500 sites by the end of 2012.

As part of its push to rollout the new technology to cities across South Africa, the company has also announced the commercial launch of LTE services in Durban. Cape Town is expected to follow before the end of the year. Durban marks the third town to benefit from LTE after Johannesburg and Pretoria.

“The fact that our engineers have been able to reach over 400 LTE-enabled sites in such a short space of time is no mean feat. Their hard work has meant that today we can be the first operator in South Africa to provide our customers with a commercial LTE service in Durban,” said Alberts Breed, Vodacom’s Managing Executive in KZN.

“To start off with we have rolled out the technology to a small number of sites – mainly around the Umhlanga area – but we plan to grow this number in the coming months. In fact, the plan is to have over 60 sites up and running across KwaZulu-Natal by the end of the first quarter of next year. What’s more, we have also recently completed a total upgrade of the existing network in the province. This upgrade, together with the launch of LTE, has increased capacity and improved our overall network performance,” said Breed.

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Kaspersky AV “most effective” Antivirus Product in Independent Study

Published by on Nov 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Antivirus software is unfortunately one of those necessities for PC users. Luckily there is a lot of choice out there - in a new study Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 has been ranked as one of the most effective security solutions and was awarded the highest Advanced+ rating following independent testing by AV-Comparatives in October 2012.

Quick Facts:

  • AV-Comparatives, the Austria-based laboratory, carried out malware removal tests in October 2012.
  • The tests focused on how well products could remove malware.
  • 13 antivirus products participated in the testing.
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 finished in first place, earning Advanced+ status, AV-Comparatives’ highest rating.

How the tests were performed:
According to the malware removal testing rules, the participating products were installed on pre-infected machines. Eleven malware samples were taken randomly from a pool of specially selected samples and a further three samples which featured in last year’s tests were added to see if there had been any improvements. After the products were installed, a full system scan was run and the removal process was started (more…)

iPad Mini in Samsung’s line of fire

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2012, No Comments

According to The Verge Samsung Electronics has added the iPad Mini to its list of Apple devices that it has accused of infringing on its patents. With the ongoing legal battle between the two companies, is this really any surprise at all?

But, the iPad Mini, is not alone. The new 7.9-inch tablet will be joined by the latest versions of the iPod Touch and iPad – all accused of infringing Samsung’s patents.

However, the latest batch of Apple devices will only be included in the patent suit, following on from a previous suit which Apple won, once they have been officially approved by US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal.

Projecteo: The tiny Instagram projector

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2012, No Comments

This is Projecteo. It’s a tiny projector specifically designed to display your favourite Instagram pictures for friends and family without having to pass around your mobile phone or tablet.

Designed by creative technology company, Mint Digital, Projecteo prints your Instagram’s on 35mm film in a wheel (which you make online) that can then be projected onto any wall around so you can have your own private Instagram screening.

So, how do your Instagram pictures become slide film? The images are ‘melted’ on to a single frame of Kodak film, which is then processed in a similar way to how analogue films are developed, except in full colour.

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Infographic: The evolution of first person shooter games

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2012, 2 Comments

Classic first person shooter games such as Goldeneye are being played on N64′s even today. Why? Because, they still represent quality and addictive gameplay that keeps us on our toes.

Now with Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Borderlands 2, gamers are spoiled with the quality and user experience of these tremendous games!

Take a journey through the evolution of online combat with popular games like Doom, Duke Nukem, Quake, Goldeneye, Half-Life, Halo and more…are you ready to join the battle?

View the infographic after the jump…

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MTN & PnP to launch mobile banking system

Published by on Nov 22nd, 2012, 2 Comments

Network service provider MTN and Pick ‘n Pay are reportedly working on a mobile banking system, that could be launched today, that allows users to send money through their mobile phones to other South Africans after setting up an account with a South African ID number.

Cash deposits and withdrawals can also be made through any one of Pick ‘n Pay’s retail stores.

Named Tyme Capital, the new system has the potential to be South Africa’s answer to Kenya’s M-Pesa, a mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service.

According iAfrica.com the banking licence is provided by the Bank of Athens, which is also the required banking partner for Wizzit, another cellphone banking initiative in South Africa.

The news of the new mobile banking system leaked online last week when the Tyme Capital website went live for a short period of time.

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