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Distimo: Top Global Apps – April 2013

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments

Application analytics and tracking company Distimo has revealed the top global apps for the month of April on its blog including the most downloaded free, paid and top grossing.

Distimo also recently published its monthly publication for April that focused on daily estimated downloads and one-off revenues for individual apps in the Amazon Appstore versus Google Play. You can read this report here. 

Top Free Applications:

The most downloaded free application worldwide in Google Play as well as in the Apple App Store was the same as March. So Candy Crush Saga was again the most downloaded app globally in the Apple App Store, while Facebook was again the most popular application in Google Play in April 2013.



GustPay wins Best Startup at SeedStarsWorld Cape Town

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


SeedStarsWorld is an exclusive worldwide competition, held in 20 countries through 2013 to discover the best startups in emerging markets and regions with vibrant startup communities.

The South African leg of the event was held on Friday 10th May, in Cape Town. Each entrepreneur was given exactly six minutes to pitch their business idea in front of a jury made up of local and international judges.

GustPay, a Stellenbosch based startup was selected as the winner. The prize included a flight to Switzerland to compete in the global finals and a cash prize of R50,000.


African Utility Week 48 hour Hackathon, Cape Town

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments


Imagine your life without electricity, water and sanitation. Well, millions of people on the African continent make do without these resources that we take for granted. With access to reliable electricity, safe water, and sanitation the social and economic growth will respond positively everywhere it touches.

The 13th annual African Utility Week with sponsorship from MTN is organising a 48 hour utility hackathon on Tuesday 14th May to Wednesday 15th May 2013 at the CTICC in Cape Town.

Who should attend?

  • You are a social entrepreneur, innovator, open source developer, data scientist, designer (graphical, gui, industrial etc), open hardware enthusiast, project manager.
  • You would like to make a difference.
  • You want to meet like-minded people and have fun.
  • You can’t resist a challenge.


Sony announces the even more waterproof Xperia ZR

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments


Sony has officially announced the Sony Xperia ZR, a new Android smartphone that follows the release of the Xperia Z (Read the review here), hailed for its water-resistant technology.

Sony has taken its water-resistance technology up a notch  with the new device, allowing for photographs and video footage to be captured, with a dedicated camera button, in up to 1.5 meters of water – that’s fresh rather than salt. This is possible with a 13 megapixel fast capture camera and 4.6-inch HD Reality display. 

Other specs of the 4.6-inch, 720p smartphone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quadcore 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 4G LTE NFC support, Sony’s Walkman album and movie apps.


Nokia Lumia 928 teaser advert released

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments


Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 928 that will become available in the US from Verizon (no surprises here)  on the 16th May. Nokia will continue to reveal more information about its latest smartphone at an event in London on the 14th May.

Leading up to this much anticipated event, Nokia has released a teaser advertisement for the upcoming device on television sets in the UK.  The 20 second promo shows fairly abstract images of the handset as well as the camera lens.

Until recently Nokia had been teasing the flagship device for some time. The Lumia 928 was first spotted in the latest edition of the Vanity Fair magazine after which Nokia officially confirmed the device on its website.


Google Play Games leaks ahead of Google I/O

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments


It has already been reported that Google Games is on its way and now more information about the Google built gaming platform has been uncovered.  According to a leaked copy of a build obtained by Android Police, Google Play Games is coming and has already begun to roll out to various devices.

The site managed to get a copy of the new Google Play Services v3.1.36, which reveals that the platform will come with  in-game chat, matchmaking, cloud save syncing, achievements, multiplayer functionality and leaderboards.

The service also appears to support Google+  that will manage all gaming notifications and manage who they can come from.

Check out Android Police for a breakdown of the build.

Samsung to launch 5G by 2020 (Speeds hitting 1 Gbps)

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments

www.androidfree.us---samsung-logo(4)With the LTE (or 4G) network only in its infancy in Africa, Samsung is already developing core technology that will allow it to deliver high-speed 5G wireless data connections to all its clients by 2020. Although service providers are touting 4G in South Africa, the reality is that we are not seeing the 40mbps associated with the LTE speed. The 5G Samsung system will allow data transmission up to  several hundred times faster than current (European & US) 4G networks.

Samsung announced (13th of May 2013) that their 5G mobile communications technology will surpass the current 4G LTE technology by providing up to several tens of Gbps per base station. Once the 5G networks are fully commercialised, they will allow users to transmit huge files including UHD movies as well as be used for remote medical services.


Official Teaser Trailer: Gravity

Published by on May 10th, 2013, No Comments


Hollywood is certainly not short of epic movies that take place in space including true stories, outright fantasies and the classics be it Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, Armageddon, A Space Odyssey, Star Wars or the re-invented Star Trek films.

However, we haven’t seen anything quite like Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity,  the first trailer of which has just been released. From the director of Children of Men the movie follows a pair of astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock that get stranded on a damaged space station with no communication with Earth.

The trailer shows little much more than the disaster that leaves them struggling to take hold of the space station debris to prevent them from drifting off into space.

Leaving you feeling  just a little cold, no doubt for some, reflecting one of our worst fears.