A group of local internet entrepreneurs have brought their experience, expertise and love of iOS together and created their very own app. Mike Stopforth, Richard Mulholland, Don Packett, Trevor Mey and Kyle Burnett of App Assassins developed Car Cricket Century. The app is now available for download as a free ad-enabled or paid premium (99c) version from the App Store.
For those unfamiliar with the game that has been played for generations in automobiles across the globe, this is how it works in the app: Each player loads their details into the app and then each player’s – wife, mates, kids, dog – gets to play in turn, and scores runs depending on what vehicle passes you in the traffic. However, when a red car passes, you’re out (you can yell “Howzaaaaat!” if you’d like) and the next player is in! You keep going until a player reaches a century (100 runs).
The app kicked off when the guys challenged each other to come up with app ideas that would be quick to release into the market place. Kyle Burnett, co-developer, came up with the idea while driving into the office one day and well, trying to think of a great idea for the app. When he was passed by a Ferrari 458 it suddenly occurred to him that if he was playing car cricket, he would have gained 6 runs and “the light bulb went off”. “I pitched the idea to the guys and everyone loved the concept,” says Burnett. “We all brought excellent ideas to the table that day, but mine was deemed the best to take to market as a proof of concept.”
Social blog Tumblr announced that sharing posts to Facebook will get a “a billion times” easier with the launch of its Timeline integration which allows for Tumblr posts to appear on your Facebook Timeline, News Feed and Ticker when you chose “send to Facebook.”
Tumblr users can adjust their blog settings to share posts on their Timelines.
If however a user is already linked to Facebook they will automatically be prompted to upgrade through a notification on Facebook that says: “We’ve improved Facebook sharing. Upgrade now.”
New options include:
The result of being able to automatically share your post to these three Facebook areas should result in more referral traffic for Tumblr blogs.
Last week, Tumblr surpassed 20 billion posts and 50 billion blogs, meaning it doubled in size in just six months.
If any of our March posts may have passed you by, here is a recap of Bandwidth Blog’s top 5 most popular posts for you to catch up on. From local deals on devices to free Wi-Fi in South Africa and the world’s most viral video, this is what you enjoyed reading the most in March.
With the launch of the much anticipated and pricey 3rd generation iPad or “new iPad”, Core (and one of their resellers Digicape) decided to drop the price of the iPad 2 in SA, across all models. So, if you don’t need the latest iPad with retina display, the new price model will get you the device that you want, at a price that suits you.
In mid March, Google enabled South African users to use their free SMS service that allows Gmail users to send free SMS messages within Gmail chat to supported networks both locally and internationally. The service should now be available for all users.
If there’s one thing Google clearly does better than its competing tech giants, it’s April Fools.
Here are just a few of the many Google pranks that they announced on the internet, in an attempt to simplify things for internet users around the world from crazy new Street View ideas to changing the way we navigate around the web.
Google’s Really Advanced Search: Google introduced, Really Advanced Search, which went way beyond anything Advanced Search could do. This included searching options like “rhyming slang for”, “subtext or innuendo for” and the “this exact word or phrase”. It even goes so far as to let you filter by a “embarrassing grammatical faux pas” and font. While ridiculous, it would be very useful for those of us who really have no idea what we’re looking for.
Chrome Multitask Mode: Google Chrome’s Multitask mode lets you browse the internet with, wait for it, multiple cursors at the same time. Now you can get more done faster in what Google is calling the “ambinavigation” revolution.
Google Racing: Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin announced himself that in partnership with Nascar, Google was going to explore “building a self-driving car capable of navigating a track at speeds upwards of 200mph while surrounded by other cars.”. The answer is Google Racing. Brin does a really good job of convincing viewers that the idea is legitimate.
Watch Brin’s announcement of the partnership in the video below:
Following the recent announcement made by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), Telkom agreed to decrease IP interconnect rates by 30%. Large scale Internet Service Providers MTN and MWEB were quick to react.
Says Edwin Thompson, general manager of Technology and Infrastructure at MTN Business; “As IP Connect is one of the most expensive parts to providing an ADSL service currently, a price reduction here is long overdue. Although we are not sure what all the providers will do with the price cut, a clear benefit for the end user will likely be felt, as this will allow for various Internet providers to either improve the current broadband services offered or, should they choose, pass on the reduction in prices.”
Considering the high cost associated with the fixed-line broadband network in South Africa, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are currently offering broadband services that are unfortunately restricted. MTN Business believes that through this cut, the market will likely see many providers use this cut as a mechanism to improve broadband solutions offered and therefore the consumer will most likely receive an improved experience from their broadband solutions, perhaps even cheaper rates.
“We welcome this positive percentage cut as it is certainly one that is needed in the market, and will go a long way in achieving more capacity, more accessibility and more cost effectiveness – essentially improving overall broadband solution offerings for the local consumer,” concludes Thompson.
MTN Group (MTN) has alerted shareholders to the possibility of a claim being filed by the Turkish mobile phone operator, Turkcell Iletisim AS (Turkcell), in the US federal courts.
While the claim has not been served to MTN, MTN understands that a claim has now been filed by Turkcell in the US courts against MTN and its wholly owned subsidiary, MTN International (Mauritius), in which Turkcell claims no less than $4.2 billion, plus interest and punitive, consequential and other damages, in connection with the award of the second GSM licence in Iran to Irancell.
MTN continues to believe there is no legal merit to Turkcell’s claim and no basis for such a claim to be brought before a US court. MTN will accordingly oppose the claim. MTN further notes the South African government’s denial of the allegations that MTN exercised influence over it.
In advance of Turkcell filing its claim, MTN announced the formation of an independent committee, under the chairmanship of the internationally renowned jurist, Lord Hoffmann, to investigate Turkcell’s factual allegations. The Hoffmann committee has already begun its investigations and will report its findings to the MTN board, together with any recommendations as to actions to be taken as a result of its findings, including as to their publication.
The Hoffmann committee has invited Turkcell to participate in its investigation, but Turkcell has, to date, not done so. The invitation remains open to Turkcell to participate in the Hoffmann committee’s investigation.
Variety has reported that “Two and a Half Men“ star Ashton Kutcher, known for his love of tech and gadgets, will be playing the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie adaptation of his life. The indie film entitled “Jobs” will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern with a script written by Matt Whitely. Filming is likely to start in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from starring in the CBS series.
The new film will reportedly tell the story of the life of Steve Jobs from “wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.”
Known mostly for his role in the comedy series “That 70′s Show” and more recently “No Strings Attached”, Kutcher has also earned critical acclaim for his roles in David Mackenzie’s “Spread” and Emilio Estevez’s historical drama “Bobby”, that dramatised the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy. Kutcher has also shown off his dramatic acting abilities in “The Guardian” alongside Kevin Costner.
Google Maps has now added the ability for users to plan the quickest, and most accurate, route and time to their destination by including real-time traffic data.
The new-and-improved feature offers estimated travel times within Google Maps based on current traffic conditions. So, if you’re planning a specific route to reach an appointment you’ll be able to see how long several routes might take with no traffic, as well as how long the journey might take based on the traffic conditions right now.
Traffic data is refreshed constantly, where available, so the latest travel information is provided.