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Apple App Store hits 40 billion downloads

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

According to an official Apple press release, the company has announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone from the App Store.

This figure includes unique downloads only, excluding any re-downloads and updates.

The release states that:

Currently, the App Store as over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. Apple’s incredible developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide, and developers have been paid over seven billion dollars by Apple.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services says that “It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community. Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

The App Store offers more than 775,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps available.

Nvidia announces own handheld gaming device

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, 1 Comment

Chip manufacturer Nvidia, best known for its graphics processing units having recently supplied Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC with GeForce graphics has announced that it is making its very own mobile gaming device.

The device, called Project Shield, features a Tegra 4-powered handheld system with both an integrated controller and screen and runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean. Games will be available to download from Google Play or TegraZone – so that’s Android games only.

Additional features of the device include a 5-inch 720p display with touch capabilities with 294ppi pixel density, up to 10 hours of battery life,  ports for HDMI, micro-USB, microSD and audio-out.


Cape Town Active Twitter and Blogger Meetup

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Join Cape Town Active for their first Twitter and Blogger Meetup in January at the Signal Hill Terrace of the Hilton Cape Town City Centre.

Cape Town Active invites anyone active with social media to join us for casual conversation, to network and relax with others.


What you can expect from this event:

  • Connect with friends and followers. Not just for Twitter users & bloggers.
  • Complimentary Welcome Drink
  • Complimentary Shisha Pipes
  • Live Music by Jess Yallup, finalist on Idols South Africa
  • Happy Hour on selected cocktails

Cell C launches new ad campaign – power to the hashtagers

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Cell C’s latest ad, “Power To”, premiered in cinemas nationwide. Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Johannesburg’s Creative Group Head Andrew Pearson talks about producing the network’s first brand ad in years.

What are you hoping to achieve with the ad?

It’s Cell C’s first official, non-retail, non-product brand ad in years. Its aim is to celebrate not just the way cellphone technology connects all of us in inextricable ways and the role that connectivity plays in our lives, but also the people that are on Cell C’s network.

This ad aims to showcase the way in which all our lives are richer because of the way we can now connect or unplug, anywhere, any time, and share those moments with whomever we choose.

Tell us about the filming process.

The ad was produced by Picture Tree and directed by JH Beetge, the same director who shot the M-Net’s “My Life As a Movie” ad.


Bid4Africa takes online auctions a few steps further

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Many of us have come across penny auction websites, and almost all of them follow the same line of thought: buy credits and bid, win the item and it’s yours. Bid4Africa is following two key trends, and has one or two twists in how they operate, which in my mind give the site far more potential.

The first is that to buy bids, you send an SMS. The SMS costs you R10, and you in turn buy 100 credits (worth R10). While many readers may think this is only for the lower LSM market, they would be wrong: all of us have SMS capabilities on our phones. However, not all of us have credit cards, or at least cards that can be used online. For those of us with a prepaid cellphone package and no bank account, this website is an option. For those of us with a contract package, it is just as simple. The only drawback here might be that the only denomination is R10, and some bidders may wish to buy 1000 credits, or more, and not send so many SMSes.


Lenovo debuts IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Lenovo has recently launched a brand new touch screen PC at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

The IdeaCentre Horizon, that Lenovo calls a Table PC, has a 27-inch screen and a thickness measuring just 1.1-inches.

While Lenovo’s “interpersonal PC”, which it claims is a world first can function as a regular desktop, with an optional built in stand, it has the ability to collapse into a table top mode than can be shared among multiple users, for gaming for example that includes joysticks and an e-dice for just this purpose.


Living with the iPhone 5 – Should you Upgrade?

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, 28 Comments

The iPhone is always a difficult phone to review, because by the time it reaches South Africa, interested people have already read everything they need to know about the phone. This time around South Africa got the iPhone quite late compared to previous years, and we were all too pleased when an iPhone 5 finally got delivered to us on launch day by Vodacom. First off, we did not want to rush a quick review of the device. We basically wanted to know one thing – is it still the gold standard in the smartphone world? And that meant spending a few weeks with it. (more…)

What’s up with WhatsApp lately?

Published by on Jan 4th, 2013, 18 Comments

There are many apps on the different platforms that are downloaded in their millions. Once an app gets a foothold it can and most probably will spread like wildfire. The trouble is, though, that the momentum stops relatively quickly and the market gets saturated after the initial demand was met. For example, when Instagram was launched on Android after becoming popular on iOS, it immediately shot to the top of the Most Downloaded list, downloaded millions of times in a couple of days. But ever since then, downloads have been trickling in at a snail’s pace.

WhatsApp is an exception. Ever since launching in 2009, it has had a constant stream of downloads. It is rarely seen on any platform available today for an app to stay relevant for so long. More impressively, it is an app that people use more regularly than almost anything else. On January 2nd 2013, WhatsApp tweeted that it had reached another milestone: 7 billion messages sent in a single day!

What makes this even more astonishing is that only about 5 months ago in August 2012, they reached 4 billion messages a day. That’s a 75% increase in a matter of months. Why has their momentum not only endured, but sped up over the last 3 years? WhatsApp is available across ALL the major platforms and can communicate between all of them. You will find it on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Symbian, and it will be released on new mobile platforms to follow in 2013 as well. Yes, BBM is essentially the same kind of app, but you can only communicate with BlackBerry users.

Having a reliable cross-platform messaging app with no ads is certainly working. Yes, it’s not entirely free. Depending on your geographic location around the world, you will either pay $0.99 per year for it or download it for free and pay $0.99 after a year’s use and then the same yearly rate. But that is a small price to pay for the ability to communicate with anyone on any device, and for no cost whatsoever (except the data of course).

Is there another messaging app you would suggest? If you aren’t using WhatsApp, what is the reason? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Forbes