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Samsung Galaxy S4 SA operators revealed

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 9 Comments

According to My Broadband, both Virgin Mobile and Vodacom have confirmed that they will be offering Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4, to customers in South Africa.

Since the launch of the device on the 14th March, Samsung has revealed that from April, the S4 will be available from 327 mobile operators across 155 countries.

The site also reveals that while no price has yet been recommended, Virgin Mobile speculates that the device is likely to be priced anywhere between R7,000 and R8,000.

No word yet on MTN and Cell C’s offering.

Opinion: Samsung copies Apple by copying itself

Published by on Mar 18th, 2013, 2 Comments

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After months of deliberation and murmurs, supposed leaks and rumours, the Samsung Galaxy SIV is finally here. It will replace the most popular Android device in history and many were expecting extraordinary things from the latest iteration of Samsung’s flagship smartphone. Alas, even though there seems yet again to be many new features, just a glance at the phone will make anyone but the utmost experts say: “That’s not the S4, that’s the SIII.” But isn’t this one of the Android and Samsung fanboys’ biggest criticisms of Apple? Isn’t it supposed to be a cardinal sin to give incremental upgrades?

Until the launch of the Galaxy S4, throughout the smartphone world it was widely agreed upon that only Apple could afford to launch only mildly refreshing devices from iteration to iteration. This is of course because of Apple’s loyal customer following; Apple has never suffered a dip in sales or customer interest since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Accessories

Published by on Mar 15th, 2013, 3 Comments

Along with the launch of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has also introduced a bunch of brand new accessories for the device.

Accessories include an S Band with 10m waterproof design that lets you track your activities and record your steps and calories burned, a Game Pad control that uses Bluetooth connectivity, a wireless charging pad, a heartrate monitor and even a Samsung Body Scale that measures weight and sends the information to the S4.

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Infographic: Wikipedia facts & figures

Published by on Mar 15th, 2013, No Comments

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More than 25,430,000 articles in 284 languages and edited more than 1,541,390,000 times since its launch in January 2001 are just some of the astonishing facts and figures from Wikipedia, the collaboratively edited free encyclopedia.

You can find out more in the infographic, compiled by website-monitoring.com, below:

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Facebook looking to introduce hashtag

Published by on Mar 15th, 2013, No Comments

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is currently looking into incorporating the hashtag, one of Twitter’s most iconic features.

The hashtag, based on information from sources close to the matter, will serve to group conversations and topics on the social network. However it is unknown when it will be introduced, if it even exists.

On Twitter, users can easily find tweets around a particular topic or person by searching for its hashtag as messages are grouped together. This news suggests Facebook’s continuing move into Twitter territory in competition for users and advertising revenue in the mobile space.

Facebook has already incorporated the @symbol, popularised by Twitter, to tag celebrities and brands as well as created “subscriber” lists for users.

Instagram, acquired by Facebook last year,  already uses hashtags to let users sort photos.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 launches in NYC

Published by on Mar 15th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Samsung has officially introduced the much anticipated Galaxy S4, at an official and reportedly over the top launch event in New York City’s Times Square yesterday with the Korean company calling the new flagship device a “life companion”.

While speaking on stage during the presentation, chief of Samsung mobile JK Shin said that the development behind the S4, that “will enhance the way we live”, was based on feedback received from consumers all over the world about what they want and need from their smartphone.

Shin also confirmed that the S4 will feature ‘Smart Scroll’, hands free gesture control, ‘S Translator’ that provides instant voice to text or text to voice translation on apps, ‘Air View’ that allows users to preview content by hovering their fingers over it and a number of other gesture control features.

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Gorgeous Nexus 5 Envisioned

Published by on Mar 14th, 2013, 2 Comments

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The Nexus 4 hit the market at the end of 2012, so it is still relatively new. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream, does it? According to BGR, there are already rumours of the Nexus 5 being released alongside a Nexus 7.7 in the month of May. LG is reportedly going to manufacture the Nexus 5 as well.

Our friends over at AndroidPIT have imagined what the Nexus 5 would look like, or more accurately, what they would want it to look like. In all honesty, we think it is mind-blowingly gorgeous.

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World Wide Creative acquired by Sekunjalo Investments Limited

Published by on Mar 14th, 2013, No Comments

World Wide CreativeIn an exclusive, Marklives.com has reported that Saratoga Software, a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investments Limited has bought a majority share in World Wide Creative,  a Cape Town based digital agency.

Sekunjalo Independent Media Consortium recently made headlines when it won a bid to acquire the South African division of Independent Newspapers for R2 billion with titles than include The Star, Cape Times, Cape Argus and The Mercury.

According to World Wide Creative co-founder Fred Roed the company has been avoiding being acquired by a ‘traditional’ advertising  agency so it can continue to focus on mobile, large project development, media and search.

World Wide Creative co-founder Mike Perk says that “We now form a critical part of an exciting group of companies. The partnership with Saratoga enables us to ramp up our service provision in the key areas of e-commerce, application development, search and digital media advertising.”

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