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ER24 launches IDMe service for Fast Medical Help from your Mobile

Published by on May 25th, 2012, No Comments

National emergency medical care service ER24 has launched a new service called IDMe that connects you to fast medical help via your cellphones in the event of an emergency. The service is powered by technology from South Africa’s leading provider of GSM location based services, Cellfind, a subsidiary of Blue Label Telecoms.

IDMe is your guardian and helper in any emergency. It turns your cellphone into a panic button that immediately links you to ER24’s Contact Centre when you hit a speed dial number.

Your location will be traced by means of triangulation using cellular towers. An operator will also phone you immediately to find out what assistance you need so that the authorities and necessary help can be dispatched to your location. ER24 will save you valuable time by dispatching the closest and most appropriate emergency resource, providing life-saving treatment, and transporting you to the nearest most suitable medical facility.

Says ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak: “The incidence of trauma in South Africa has increased dramatically in recent years. It is a sad fact that emergencies such as road accidents and violent crime can strike at any time.”

“Cellfind is proud to be partnering with ER24 to provide a service such as IDMe. With IDMe, you can safeguard your life and the lives of your family members by ensuring that when you need it, you will always be able to get real help quickly,” says Jacques Swanepoel, Managing Director at Cellfind.

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Private Property launches augmented property search functionality for mobile app

Published by on May 25th, 2012, No Comments

Private Property, a leading South African online portal, has recently developed a new innovative, augmented property search feature for its mobile device apps that allows browsers to search for properties in the immediate area.

Property hunters can hold up their phone to scan the area in which they are in using the phone’s camera. They are then notified of any properties in that area that are available for sale or rent.

“We know that property hunting can be a tiresome and dreaded experience for many, and so we try to find ways in which we can make the whole process easier, and even fun – whether that be for those on the hunt or those looking to sell or rent their property,” said Paul Ten-Bokum, Marketing Manager for Private Property.

“The first step for us was to try to make the process easy for those looking for property, by giving them access to information in the comfort of their own homes. Our mobile apps take this a step further, by allowing property hunting to be done on the move. And fun features such as the augmented property search mean that even those not in the market can explore property in their neighbourhood or find out the value of their home,” Ten-Bokum concluded.


Facebook introduces new camera app for iPhone

Published by on May 25th, 2012, No Comments

Facebook has recently announced the introduction of a new app called Facebook Camera. The new mobile app, currently only available for iOS was designed to make using Facebook photos faster and simpler and perhaps even compete with its very own. The introduction of the new app comes not long after the social network acquired Instagram for a cool $1 billion.

The new app, available for free download from the App Store, provides improved capabilities already offered by its primary app for iPhone and iPad touch devices.


Sleekgeek: an inspring community-based programme, with you every rep of the way

Published by on May 24th, 2012, 2 Comments

If you’re looking to lose weight, tone up and get fit and really enjoy the experience in the process then you need to get with the Sleekgeek programme.

Sleekgeek is a community based programme for everyone and anyone who wants to reach their body and fitness goals in a fun way through the participation in various challenges.

Since first kicking off in October 2011, Sleekgeek has launched a brand new website, fresh Facebook page and continues to gain members who are committed to the Sleekgeek initiative.

Why Sleekgeek? While the name is not meant to offend or exclude anyone, founder Elan Lohmann felt that the term best described those of us who spend most of our day sitting at a computer with little time for or attention paid to physical activity. A geek is also defined as anyone who is passionate about something (not only tech). Sleekgeek says they are passionate about health and that is an important distinction. Sleekgeek is not designed to be fixated on weight-loss but rather on the health benefits of being in better shape.

Elan explains his motivation behind the project: “I have been overweight, unfit, unhealthy and living poor habits for as long as I can remember. I have lost a bit here and there over the years but never sustained anything. That is why I created Sleekgeek for you and for me. If I can do it…you can. No excuses.” Though Elan has a high-powered job as MD of Digital for a major media company he has taken on this passion project in his spare time as a personal cause to improve quality of life in the community.


Kaspersky warns against more potential Mac malware

Published by on May 24th, 2012, No Comments

For years Apple have claimed that their operating system is more secure than any other computer. In a way it might still be true, but Apple has in recent times become the most popular tech brand on the planet. Therefore, hackers have started paying attention to this seemingly invincible brand. After a quiet 2011, where botmasters failed to come up with anything new, 2012 started with a bang. In Q1, for the first time, cybercriminals used a “fileless” bot to build a zombie-net. We also saw the discovery of a mobile network with infection numbers similar to typical Windows botnets, and a zombie net of 700,000 Mac OS X computers were exposed.

Among the growing malware problems for Macs, we saw the rise of targeted attacks against this OS. Users need to be alert to the risk of cybercriminals targeting organisations which use both Windows and Mac platforms. In the first quarter of 2012, one case involved cybercriminals using two Trojans – one for Mac and another for Windows – to gain access to confidential records. Depending on which OS was running on the target machine, the appropriate malware was loaded. Both Trojans got their commands from a single control centre. To make the initial intrusion into the system, the criminals used an exploit that works in both Windows and Mac OS X environments; a successful attack gave them control over the infected machine.

“Judging by the speed with which new malware is being created for targeted attacks on Mac OS X, it is not that complicated for cybercriminals to develop. Meanwhile, the careless attitude of many Mac users, coupled with a lack of security on their computers, makes Macintosh the weakest link in business security systems,” said Yury Namestnikov, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, and author of the report.


Inside Google UK’s Campus, London

Published by on May 24th, 2012, 3 Comments

Take a look inside the space of Google UK’s Campus in the centre of London’s tech city, also known as Silicon Roundabout. The seven storey 2,300 sqm space was designed by Jump Studios with the purpose of fuelling the success of London’s tech start up community. Therefore, it is only fitting that the space is inspiring, open plan, unique and reflects Google’s image.

In addition to providing office space for tech startups, the Google Campus also offers facilities to host daily events, offers regular speaker series with leading technology and entrepreneurship experts, holds networking events and runs a constant mentoring program.

Various spaces provide for multiple or single work stations and meeting places accompanied by fun wall art, bold furniture, bright colours and quirky installations.

A loading bay next to reception has been converted to accommodate up to 40 bicycle stations to encourage cycling to and from work.

View the office pictures in the gallery below:


Local cross-platform messaging app, Cnectd, upgrades to Version 3.0

Published by on May 24th, 2012, 2 Comments

Locally developed app, Cnectd, a division of Johannesburg based company MCI has been recently updated to Version 3.0 for iOSAndroid and BlackBerry.

Cnectd, a cross-platform messaging application, provides real-time messaging with push notifications so that you can keep in touch with your family, friends and colleagues without paying the costs of SMS messaging.

“The new version includes some significant enhancements,” comments Greg Bernard, Partner at MCI, “for instance, it allows messaging in real-time on a one-on-one basis or in groups. The new version also took cognizance of feedback that we received from users of the initial product.”

When development first began in 2009, MCI realised that the way people communicated on their phones was changing and that there was a shift toward a more rich offering than SMS messaging provided. Cnectd gives people that enhanced communication experience through media sharing and the ability to chat to multiple people at once.

This is how it works: In order to use Cnectd, you need to purchase an annual license, a simple process from within the application via an in-app purchase. Each license purchased gives you an additional two licenses that you can then share with a total cost of $2.99. “The minimal charge for the license is to ensure that the application maintains a level of consistency and reliability,” says Bernard.


Leap Motion enables Gesture control for your PC or Mac

Published by on May 23rd, 2012, No Comments

Think the Kinect is cool? Then wait until you see this. The Leap Motion, developed by Leap, is a small little USB peripheral that has 200 times better accuracy than the Kinect, and enables you to instantly control your Mac or PC with just your fingers. Using a USB port on your computer, the Leap simply needs to calibrate with your fingers, and then you can start using it. It then creates a 8 cubic-feet box in which it can track individual finger movements. It can also identify individual fingers, and even objects like pencils.