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Infographic: A look at Microsoft’s YouthSpark

Published by on Nov 1st, 2012, No Comments

Did you know about Microsoft’s incontestable commitment to education and global youth? If not, then the infographic below might be of interest to you.

The infographic below looks at the where, who and how much of Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative which aims to empower children all over the world by connecting them with education and employment opportunities.

Microsoft has committed $500 million to the program so let’s find out what it’s all about.

View the infographic after the jump…

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EA, Gameloft announce optimized games for all Nexus devices

Published by on Nov 1st, 2012, 1 Comment

The Dark Knight Rises

As we all know, mobile is changing the way people receive and use content and is becoming the dominant force in technology. Even the gaming industry is suffering at the hands of cheap, fun mobile games.

In previous years only one smartphone a year was released by Google with the Nexus moniker. This year has seen that change, with the Nexus 7 tablet and also the newly announced LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, which has a jaw-dropping screen. There are even rumours circulating that 4 or 5 OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will be able to make a Nexus smartphone in conjunction with Google soon, including HTC, Sony and Motorola.

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Metaio releases upgraded Augmented Reality tool

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Metaio, an augmented reality (AR) software and solutions provider today released the latest version of its Metaio Creator, the only commercially available desktop drag-and-drop content authoring software optimized for all print media.

“Publishers and design professionals aren’t necessarily experts in Augmented Reality yet,” said Peter Meier, Metaio CTO. “The Creator makes it easy for them to not only launch an experience but also to scale their content – massively.”

The Metaio Creator allows nearly anyone to take print media and attach websites, video, 3-D models, graphics or any other digital content using the latest image recognition, visual search and augmented reality technology. The newest version of the Metaio Creator updates the user interface and experience to make it even more intuitive and familiar.

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Samsung’s solar powered internet school in SA

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As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative Samsung has recently publicised the development of one of its solar-powered internet classrooms on its official blog. The classroom, that was installed last year that can hold up to 21 students, situated in the rural town of Phomolong near Johannesburg is the first of its kind in South Africa.

As part of the the first stages of the programme, Samsung will be providing a technology-rich learning and teaching environment to K-12 classrooms across five countries in Africa including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The programme aims to reach 2.5 million students over the next five years.

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Disney/Star Wars movie title mash-ups on Twitter

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

With the news of Disney buying the Star Wars franchise for just over $4 billion, Twitter is buzzing with suggestions of Disney and Star Wars move title mash-ups as well catch phrases and song titles that users are posting under the hashtag #DisneyStarWars.

George Lucas explains one of the reasons why he sold the franchise: “I realised at some point I needed to retire. And I wanted to go on and do other things – things in philanthropy and doing more experimental kind of films. But I couldn’t really drag my company into that,” he said.

The seventh Star Was movie, with a working title of Episode 7, is set for release in 2015.

Here are just some of the suggestions:

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Windows Phone 8 phones to land in SA in November

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, 2 Comments

Less than a week after unveiling its new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system, calling it “a truly personal phone experience”.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, along with the range of new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colours and features. Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November in South Africa. Microsoft South Africa’s Anthony Doherty says live tiles, which allow users to customize the start screen and update automatically, are the heart and soul of Windows Phone.

“With a similar look and feel, the same technology core, and the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, tablets and the Xbox 360 console,” said Doherty.

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Nokia announces new low cost Touch Screen Devices in SA

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Nokia has taken another step towards connecting its next billion consumers by unveiling the Asha Touch family of mobile devices in South Africa, taking the touch experience to lower price points. The two new phone models – the Nokia Asha 306 and Nokia Asha 311 – expand the successful Asha family that was first introduced in October 2011.

As well as providing social apps, the Nokia Asha 306 and Asha 311 have been created with entertainment in mind. Included free with the new Asha Touch products is an exclusive gift of 40 EA games to download for free. These games include titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed: The Run and Fifa 2012. The Nokia Asha 311 also comes with 15 levels of Angry Birds pre-loaded onto the phone.

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Google previews new compose and reply in Gmail

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, 3 Comments

If you’re using Gmail this morning you may have already noticed the new notification popping up asking if you want to try Google’s new compose and reply function.  I have already given it a try and welcome the improvement.

Phil Sharp, Product Manager introduced the new compose and reply “experience” on Google’s blog, the aim of which is to make emailing faster, easier and cleaner.

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