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Humble Bundle 6 available: Great games for charity

Published by on Jun 19th, 2013, No Comments


The Humble Bundle is back with its sixth sale instalment. For those that don’t know, the Humble Bundle is an initiative for developers and gamers to give back and support a charitable cause. The developers make their games available to the bundle for a limited time and customers pay whatever they can or want to and receive a package of 5 games. If you opt to pay more than the average amount, you get another two games in this bundle. At the time of writing, the average donation was $4.67, which is chump change for 7 games. Check out the games in their promo video below:

SA venture capital firm Silvertree invests in Nigerian e-commerce

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


Cape Town based Silvertree Capital that focuses on building businesses across Africa has announced that it has invested in two of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce sites namely Sunglasses.com.ng and Glamour.com.ng.

While Sunglasses.com.ng offers customers genuine, high-fashion eyewear and contact lenses,  Glamour.com.ng secures one of the top positions in online retail for cosmetics and fragrances.

According to Silvertree, both companies offer “a broad range of top consumer brands to the burgeoning online shopping market.” In addition each site offers free delivery on purchases throughout Nigeria.


LiquidSafe brings European nano technology to SA (Updated)

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, 1 Comment


Cape Town based LiquidSafe has recently been awarded the exclusive license in South Africa to supply the latest nano technology.

Originally developed in Europe the technology, that was the product of over 16 years of research and development, protects mobile phones, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices from humidity, rain, snow and water exposure with a chemical compound 2000 smaller than a strand of hair and without changing the look and feel of the device.

With its head office based in Johannesburg, LiquidSafe founder and CEO Björn Oehl, says that “Joburg is the site of our Nano-Coat Plasma Reactor,” the machine used to manufacture the technology. “Customers will be able to send us their phones to be nano-coated with our patented invisible monomer (gas). This will make the phone 100% water resistant without a case.”


Samsung to launch faster LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, 5 Comments


Samsung has had no trouble peddling its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. There are also plans for different variants of the phone, with the likes of the Galaxy S4 Active (dust and waterproof variant), the Galaxy S4 Zoom (S4 with a massive camera) and the Galaxy S4 Mini (smaller, cheaper version). Now we hear that they plan to launch another variant of the popular smartphone – one that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal LTE speeds we are seeing today. (more…)

FNB to launch mobile network with Cell C

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


According to a report by My Broadband, First National Bank (FNB) has plans to launch its own mobile network and is currently in discussions with Cell C to do so.

The network will offer FNB customers a variety of new mobile products and with the current opportunity for customers to purchase tablets and smartphones at discounted price, the move will enable FNB to ship and sell such devices with its own SIM cards.

While talks remain confidential, Virginia Magapatona, FNB’s head of corporate communications said that, “We continue to hold discussions with various operators on various matters and will only be in a position to formally announce any new features once launched.”

This is not a long shot for, nor a surprise from FNB, that has succeeded in executing a strong and pioneering digital marketing strategy that uses technology to differentiate it from other SA banks to make a smarter, easier and more efficient banking experience for its customers.


Augmented reality classroom communications tested

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


Certain students are just more prone to asking insightful questions in the classroom than others. Not necessarily because the latter students don’t have those questions in mind, but rather because they might be more timid in nature. Spanish professors have decided to tackle the problem, for these students to have a more inclusive environment where they can communicate directly with the professor privately. This is done during class and without interruption.

Researchers from la Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) have built just such a system which lets a professor receive feedback from students and know which ones have questions by using augmented reality technology, allowing them to continue with class while taking note of the needs of individual students. (more…)

Source: Instagram to get video feature

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


According to Tech Crunch, a source close to the matter has revealed that popular photo sharing app Instagram will let users take and share videos, similiar to Twitter’s Vine service.

Since its launch in January Vine has rapidly risen in popularity, surpassing Instagram’s daily shares on the micro blogging site according to statistics provided by Free Analytics service Topsy.

This is not the first we have heard of a possible video feature for Instagram with a report by Matthew Keys  having surfaced a few weeks ago, revealing that it was allegedly being tested internally.


Microsoft releases Office Mobile for iPhone

Published by on Jun 14th, 2013, 1 Comment

office-mobile-iphone-1Microsoft has announced the release of  Office Mobile for iPhone.

Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers can download the app for free from the App Store (U.S only for the moment) where they can access and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Once signed-in the formatting and layout of documents will remain the same when viewing or editing as a result of support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. So, when you view documents on a Mac or PC, they look exactly as they should.

Content can be accessed in the cloud on SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro and with device syncing recently edited or viewed documents can be found in the Recent Documents panel.

The app has been optimized for the smaller screen of the smartphone – The Slide Navigator allows you to page through PowerPoint presentations quickly while Speaker Notes help you practice presentations on the go and you can pick up where you left off reading a document with the Resume Reading feature.