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Apple wins another ludicrous injunction

Published by on Sep 14th, 2012, 7 Comments

Apple’s war on all things Android has by no means quieted down, even after their huge blow against Samsung. This time they have been handed a victory in Germany over Google-owned Motorola Mobility. This again just shows how ridiculous the patent process has become in this industry.

The Munich Regional Court has awarded the company an injunction against Motorola devices that apparently infringe the so-called “rubber-banding” patent. This relates to the bounce back animation when scrolling to the top or the bottom of a list. How crazy is that?

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Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders available in select countries

Published by on Sep 14th, 2012, 2 Comments

Following the launch of the new iPhone 5, Apple will make the new smartphone available for pre-order from the morning of 14th September in a select nine countries. These countries include US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore and the UK.

While Japan has been listed as one of the original launch countries, the phone cannot be pre-ordered and will only be available to purchase on the morning of 21 September.

For those lucky consumers in the launch countries mentioned above, the iPhone will be available from the Apple Store, The Apple Store app and number of Apple’s operator partners.

According to The Next Web “Apple’s choice of supported LTE bands has left many operators unable to offer their customers superfast 4G speeds, but the iPhone 5 still supports 3G data and voice, allowing it to be sold on varying carriers and on a large number of networks worldwide when Apple launches the device in more regions around the world.”

Teraco to host Durban Internet Exchange (DINX)

Published by on Sep 14th, 2012, No Comments

Teraco Data Environments, South Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre, has won the bid to host the Durban Internet Exchange (DINX). Teraco is set to make internet history with this announcement by providing Durban-based ISPs with a local exchange for the very first time. Lex van Wyk, Managing Director at Teraco says that the launch of the exchange is a major step towards contributing to the health and growth of the internet in South Africa.

“The installation of DINX within our Durban facility has been a long time coming and is a big step for the internet in South Africa. Juniper kindly donated the network switches and Teraco the power and space requirements for the internet exchange. We’re proud to say it’s already installed and operational,” says van Wyk.

Graham Beneke from the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) says that the new exchange is fundamental to furthering economic and societal growth in South Africa. “DINX serves as yet another critical hub for internet data exchange in South Africa minimising our need to send domestic internet traffic onto long-distance international links which ultimately results in higher costs and latency.”

“DINX will enrich South Africa’s internet ecosystem and pave the way for growth in other areas like cloud applications,” says Van Wyk.

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CoPilot Live to integrate with new Apple Maps on iOS6

Published by on Sep 13th, 2012, No Comments

The iPhone 5 has been unveiled. As widely predicted, its all-new design features a thinner metal case, a larger screen, and a new connector. It also packs iOS 6, which includes Apple’s Maps, Apple’s new proprietary mapping and navigation app and the replacement for Google Maps on iOS.

To welcome the iPhone 5, ALK have optimised CoPilot Live for its new taller screen for an a better widescreen navigation experience. They have also integrated with Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. A user will be able to find and select a location on Apple’s Maps and then navigate there using CoPilot’s offline, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS guidance. As with all CoPilot apps, CoPilot’s maps are stored on the phone for use when there is no mobile or data connection available.

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Vodacom multiplatform mobile app workshop, Pretoria

Published by on Sep 12th, 2012, No Comments

Vodacom is planning to launch South Africa’s first multiplatform mobile application development workshop which is aimed at strengthening the mobile app eco-system in South Africa. The workshop will be launched in partnership with some of the best and leading ICT players in South Africa which include BlackBerry, CSIR, Google, Microsoft, mLab, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Technology Innovation Agency and The Innovation Hub.

The workshop forms part of the Vodacom Developer Programme which aims to encourage local developers to design apps that are relevant to the South African market as well as the global market.

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iPhone 5: What to Expect

Published by on Sep 12th, 2012, 9 Comments

Every year we see some leaked images for the upcoming iPhone – and this year is no different. While there was no phone lost in a bar this year, the leaks from component manufacturers means we have a pretty good idea of what to expect already. In fact, so many components have been leaked that some intrepid folks have already built an iPhone 5 from the combined leaked parts. While it does not boot up all the way, it shows that the leaks might very well be the very thing that we see later tonight.

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Zuckerberg: A Facebook phone is the wrong strategy

Published by on Sep 12th, 2012, 1 Comment

Mark Zuckerberg has publicly stated that a Facebook phone makes no sense and that “It doesn’t move the needle for us”.

Zuckerberg put rumours and reports of  the development of a Facebook phone to rest on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 in San Francisco. Among the reports, that came from “sources with knowledge on the matter”, was that HTC were going to be building the smartphone for release in 2013.

Zuckerberg stated that while he understands that people have been reporting and believing stories about a Facebook phone for its ‘juicy’ appeal, a Facebook phone, is clearly the wrong strategy at this time.

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Introducing the Waytag: Making location simple

Published by on Sep 11th, 2012, 3 Comments

Meet the waytag, a free permanent “address” that moves with users wherever they are and represents a new era of location-aware marketing and development. The waytag was introduced to fellow Progress software developers and business leaders at the recent AIGS Progress Africa Conference, which focused strongly on the theme of mobility and its impact on both business and technology

“Mobility may be the most important trend affecting businesses today,” says Richard Firth CEO of !Waytag, established in 2012. “But very few companies are effectively operating in that space, globally or locally. We wanted to create a tool that would allow companies to speak to individuals on the move and optimise their customer service according to their location.”

Waytags move with users wherever they are. This allows a user to create a waytag (e.g. BobMobi) and then update their location to wherever they are. If Bob, for example, wants to meet someone at his favourite restaurant, they can simply look at his updated waytag and meet him there. “This makes the app extremely useful in terms of things like road safety,” Firth says. “Someone that has broken down in an unknown area can simply update their waytag, and help can find them easily.”

Firth emphasises that the application has strong security measures in place. “You create it, you name it, you update it, you can delete it and you can choose who to share your waytag with,” he says. “You are always 100% in control of the information associated with your waytag.”

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