South African companies are also getting on the Bitcoin wagon. SouthAfrica.TO (South Africa Travel Online) take a lot of orders from international travellers, with a lot of them requesting the ability to pay in Bitcoins. It didn’t take them long to respond, and if you use SouthAfrica.TO you can now pay with your digital wallet instead of your credit card or an EFT.
In their latest newsletter, they had the following to say: (more…)
According to The Next Web, Denmark-based software development company The Eye Tribe has announced the launch of its eye tracking technology for Android devices and what it is calling “the next generation of natural interaction on mobile devices.”
The technology, that allows for the hands-free navigation of websites and apps on mobile devices, was announced in conjunction with the DEMO Mobile 2013 event in San Francisco, California.
The company has also announced the release of a developer SDK that will be available in June with sign up currently available on its website.
According to its website, the technology can be used for eye-activated logins, eye-tracking scrolling and user engagement analytics and is equal to the touch of a fingertip as it employs sub-millimeter pupil tracking.
The Eye Tribe CEO and co-founder Sune Alstrup Johansen said that “What we show today is only the tip of the iceberg of what eye control will be used for in applications and games.”
A few days ago, Tourism Radio proudly revealed that Gauteng Tourism’s first mobile app, produced in conjunction with the Gauteng Tourism Authority, became South Africa’s number one free travel app download.
Following this achievement, the app has also reached 8th place overall for free app downloads in South Africa with Tourism Radio now aiming for the number one spot.
Tourism Radio CEO and founder Mark Allewell says, “As a proudly South African company, we are ecstatic about the success of the Gauteng Travel Guide, which is powered by Tourism Radio’s patent pending technology.”
The Gauteng Travel Guide encourages domestic and international travellers to explore the province, providing information about and guides for various attractions, venues and activities.
Tourism Radio has several white-labelled guides in the app store, including the South Africa Travel Guide endorsed by South Africa Tourism currently at number one in the “what’s hot” category, Northern Cape Tourism Guide, the Paarl Wine Route Guide as well as companies like Diners Club and Land Rover.
The big news from today at TechEd Africa 2013 is that Microsoft SA can finally confirm that the Surface tablet will indeed come to South Africa.
Until now Microsoft’s first PC has not actually reached our shores, and there is quite a following of fans who want these machines in SA. The Surface comes in two flavours – a ARM based Windows RT version, and a “Pro” version running Intel Core i5 hardware.
The Surface has been praised for forward thinking design, but so far has not set any records in terms of sales. During a session on Consumerization of IT in Enterprise, Colin Erasmus mentioned that the Surface tablet will “hopefully” reach SA within the next few months.
Just after this presentation, SA’s Microsoft MD, Mteto Nyati, confirmed it:
@microsoftsa will launch Surface in the 2nd half of 2013 – responding to our customers.
— Mteto Nyati (@mteton) April 17, 2013
With two Steve Jobs biopics currently in the works, we recently reported that Funny or Die was working on its own movie version (with a far more humourous approach) of the life of the Apple co-founder and former CEO with comedic actor Justin Long taking the lead role.
Originally scheduled for a 15th April release, iSteve has today premiered on Funny or Die’s website having been delayed due to the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on Monday.
Long featured in the Mac versus PC commercials as “the Mac” broadcast a few years ago. Long is accompanied by Lost‘s Jorge Garcia who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
You can watch the 80 minute biopic here.
Microsoft has kicked off its TechEd 2013 conference with a strong statement of intent in the cloud computing space, including the announcement of the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS), which allows users to move existing apps to the cloud to save time and money.
With this announcement, Microsoft is now the only cloud provider offering customers a fully supported, comprehensive hybrid cloud solution with platform and infrastructure services, said Microsoft South Africa’s developer platform head, Clifford de Wit.
“This is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and partners around the world,” said De Wit. “Customers don’t want to rip and replace their current infrastructure to benefit from the cloud; they want the strengths of their on-premises investments and the flexibility of the cloud.”
“It’s not only about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS), it’s about Infrastructure Services and Platform Services and hybrid scenarios. The cloud should be an enabler for innovation, and an extension of your organisation’s IT fabric, not just a fancier way to describe cheap infrastructure and application hosting.”
Delivering the keynote address at TechEd 2013, which runs until Friday at Durban’s ICC, De Wit said Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform was gaining momentum in the marketplace, with nearly 1000 customers signing up for Azure daily. More than 200 000 customers are using the Windows Azure platform to date, with “strong growth” in the South African marketplace as customers started seeing the benefits of the platform. (more…)
This is definitely a device we are really looking forward to having a proper look at as soon as it is released in SA. It seems that the rest of the world had the same excitement regarding this device. It is selling well – really well. In fact, better than even Sony expected.
Analyst estimates put sales of the flagship Sony Xperia Z at 4.6 million after just 40 days since its international launch. We really think it is a good device, but the reason for the sales is a bit more complicated than that. Sony announced the new flagship at the beginning of 2013, at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). It seems that it was the opportune time to do so, as the world was waiting with bated breath for announcements of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. The Xperia Z filled the vacuum before the other devices launched and quietly won a significant lead over its competitors. (more…)
With a unique and diverse blend of talented industry speakers that include some of the most prestigious names in the business, the 4th IMC Conference to be hosted in Cape Town at the International Convention Centre is set to challenge core facets of various marketing and communication disciplines and inspire conversation.
With only 2 months to go before the commencement of this anticipated marketing event on 10 and 11 June 2013, this mix of some of the most innovative industry leaders has been hand-picked to deliver the finest cross-section of relevant content to significantly impact any business’s marketing and communication strategy. Speakers will provide delegates with first-hand, case-study exposure to the most innovative IMC trends, highlighting aspects of their most successful campaigns.
Ahmed Tilly (Executive Creative Director at Black River FC):
Voted by his peers as one of the top six creative directors in the country, Ahmed has been a regular judge at the Loerie Awards, received South Africa’s first Silver Nomination in the D&AD, and has won a Cannes Lions and several Loerie Awards amongst others. In 2012, his agency won the coveted Grand Prix for film at the Loeries as well as the rare Black Eagle at the Eagle Print Awards. (more…)