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2012 IMC Conference, Cape Town – 1 Week to go

Published by on May 29th, 2012, No Comments

There is only 1 week to go and only 20 seats left for the 2012 IMC Conference in Cape Town so book today!

In just 7 short days, the country’s top media and marketing minds will be making a big impact at this year’s third annual INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE in Cape Town.

Our eight hand-picked keynote speakers will take to the stage to present their integrated topics and delegates can look forward to gaining new marketing tools and ideas to make their next campaign an award-winning one. Delegates will also have the opportunity to tailor-make their conference experience with a wide variety of interactive workshops hosted by the industry’s top professionals.

The 2012 IMC Conference keynote presentations are as follows:

  • Everything has changed so why is our approach to radio still the same? (NEO MASHIGO of DraftFCB)

2012: Year of the Quad Core Phone

Published by on May 29th, 2012, 7 Comments

With technology changing at the pace it does, every year is a big year in terms of gadgets and smartphones these days. 2012 is set to be no different, with smartphone manufacturers around the world starting to roll out quad core architecture powering their devices. So if you are looking for a top of the line smartphone in the year to come, what is/will be available, and what do you go for? Let’s look at some quad core devices that have already or will hit markets in 2012.

HTC One X

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RIM to cut thousands of jobs in the coming weeks

Published by on May 28th, 2012, 4 Comments

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is expected to cut between 2000 – 6000 jobs in the coming weeks, which could begin in the next few days. As part of the company’s “major restructuring” all employees, with the likely exception of BlackBerry 10 workers, are at risk of losing their jobs.

One source close to the company previously told Reuters that the layoffs could hit as many as 6,000 people and affect RIM’s legal, marketing, sales, operations, and human resources divisions.

With approximately 16, 5000 employees worldwide, RIM will be cutting more than one third of its employees in the latest move. This is the second time in one year that RIM are making drastic cuts to its staff which have since failed to see a boost in stock which hit a multi-year low of $10.87 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, on Thursday.

After RIM’s most recent quarterly earnings revealed that the company suffered a loss of $125 million, CEO Thorsten Heins suggested a much needed shift for the smartphone maker saying that “It is now very clear to me that substantial change is what RIM needs” while also looking to save $1 billion by the end of 2013.

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Apple Announces “Free App of the Week” in App Stores

Published by on May 28th, 2012, 1 Comment

One of the great things about the Amazon Appstore is that it gives away a different Android paid-for app for free every day, which means you often find great gems for your phone, provided you check in every day. Apple is now taking a similiar route, and is starting to give away one app on the iOS App Store and another on the Mac App Store for free every week.

For example, this week you can download Cut The Rope: Elements to your iPhone for free, and of course it is the number one downloaded app on the Appstore.

On the Mac App Store you can now find the brilliant Cobook app which enables super-easy address book changes, and syncs with social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. The app quietly sits on your taskbar, and when you need to search for a specific contact’s details you just click on the cobook icon (or tap the hotkeys) and start typing the name or business name.

You can also easily add to or edit existing contacts, which will then be synced back with the Address Book app on your Mac. So if you use a service like iCloud or Google Contacts, the changes will reflect on your phone as well. Nifty.

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The ADzero Bamboo smartphone is coming

Published by on May 28th, 2012, No Comments

Since its prototype was first reported in February, the ADzero Bamboo smartphone is reportedly approaching its final stages of development and is set for a release date nearing the end of 2012.

The phone’s environmentally friendly casing is made from treated four-year-old organically grown bamboo. This innovative phone was designed by a student studying product design at Middlesex University in the UK and when it was spotted online, the 23-year-old was approached by an investor to assist in creating a working device.

Don’t be put-off by its wooden exterior. This smartphone runs on Android, boasts a touchscreen interface and is biodegradable. If you’re looking for sustainability meets technical innovation, this seems to be it.

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Facebook preparing to launch its very own smartphone

Published by on May 28th, 2012, 2 Comments

According to a report by The New York Times,  Facebook could be in the process of launching its very own smartphone as early as next year.

This report comes just under a week after search engine Google entered the hardware business with its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, which could lead to it manufacturing its own smartphone to run its Android operating system.

According to the report, employees that have been briefed on the matter have revealed that engineers have been recruited by Facebook to begin building the hardware for the new phone. In addition, the company has also hired former Apple software and hardware engineers who have worked on the iPhone and iPad.

This is not the first time that Facebook’s plans to build its own smartphone have made it to the media. In 2010, it was reported that Facebook was working on its very own phone, but the project fell apart when the company realized how much work was involved in the process. In 2011, another website, AllThingsD reported that Facebook and HTC had entered into a partnership to create a phone codenamed “Buffy” which is still believed to be “in the works”.

According to the report, Facebook did not deny or confirm it was involved in a project to build a smartphone but pointed to a previous statement it gave last year to AllThingsD that said in part, “We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers.”

Facebook recently introduced Facebook Camera, a new mobile phone application for iOS similar to that of Instagram.

What do you think of the idea of Facebook building its own smartphone?

App Developer Survey: Almost half have a second job

Published by on May 28th, 2012, 1 Comment

A survey of app developers recently conducted by Startapp reveals some interesting facts regarding the men and women creating the wonderful applications we use on an everyday basis. Nearly half of all app developers have a day job, while 32% of them are still working on their first application.

Unfortunately, we have no idea how many people were contacted or how they were chosen for the survey. Some other (random) facts:

  • Samsung is the most popular smartphone manufacturer among app developers.
  • 66% of all app developers post their app on Amazon’s Appstore in addition to Google Play.
  • 63% of all app developers develop apps for Android, while only 37% develop apps for iOS.
  • 19% of all app developers live in the U.S.
  • 14% of all app developers play cricket.

Check the infographic below for the full details:

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“Because We May” Game Sale now on across platforms

Published by on May 25th, 2012, 3 Comments

Attention gamers! If you like gaming on your phone or tablet, then get out your credit card and clean all that junk off your phone and tablet so that it has plenty of space to install some new games! The “Because We May” game sale is now on until 1 June.

Head over to the website, which was put together by a group of independent game developers, and you will find that they are selling a lot of discounted games across all platforms, with the biggest discounts for iOS and Android. It’s times like these when I’m glad I have 64 gigs of storage on my tablet.

The concept behind this sale is that the developers want to promote not only the games they sell, but the online stores that sell them. There are A LOT of games discounted, and many award winning titles taking the biggest cut. Some of the great games include:

  • Cannabalt HD
  • Osmos
  • ShadowGun
  • Riptide GP
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

… and many, many more.

You have another week, so go check out some reviews of the games featured and get your game on!

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