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Breather: The on-demand network of private rooms

Published by on Jun 7th, 2013, No Comments


In what has become known as the sharing economy, where everything from accommodation and personal drivers are for hire over the internet, and is growing considerably in the U.S. and Europe, a project called Breather will be launching on-demand space conducive for both work and relaxation for those on the move.

Expected to launch in October 2013 in New York City, one of the world’s busiest and most populated, a Breather that offers a beautifully designed space with fast wi-fi, a couch, a desk and plenty of outlets can be found an reserved using your smartphone phone – but you’ll need to be a registered member. However, once a user sets up a profile and inputs their payment details, the app then verifies the individual’s identity and there’s no need to ask for permission to reserve a room.


Vodacom extends data price cut promotion

Published by on Jun 6th, 2013, No Comments

vodacom-red-logo-vodafone1According to My Broadband, Vodacom has extended its data price cut promotion, originally scheduled to end today, until the 6th July.

The various data price promotions available are as follows:

Vodacom’s broadband standard contract promotional pricing for SIM only offers MyMeg 500 for R39 per month, MyGig 1 for R69 per month, MyGig 2 for R99 per month, MyGig 3 for R169 per month, MyGig 5 for R259 per month and, MyGig 10 for R499 per month.

Pre-paid data promotion pricing offers MyMeg 30 for R12, MyMeg 100 for R29, MyMeg 250 for R59, MyMeg 500 for R99, MyGig 1 for R149, MyGig 2 for R249, MyGig 3 for R299, MyGig 5 for R399 and MyGig 20 for R499.

Lastly, Voice Contract and Top Up data promotion prices offers  MyMeg 100 for R29, MyMeg 250 for R59, MyMeg 500 for R99, MyGig 1 for R149 and MyGig 2 for R249

Google execs to build private airport in San Jose

Published by on Jun 6th, 2013, No Comments


If you thought owning your own private jet was the ultimate luxury, imagine having your very airport at which to take-off and land.

Well Google’s executives will be doing just that with the construction of their own airport in San Jose, California. The top three – Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page reportedly already own about 12 planes between them so it’s understandable that they require somewhere to hold and maintain them.

Signature Flight Support and Blue City Holdings, the company that represents Google’s fleet of personal aircraft, are likely to be awarded the 50 year lease on the West side of San Jose International Airport where the construction will take place.


Third BlackBerry Apps Lab opens in SA

Published by on Jun 6th, 2013, No Comments

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BlackBerry has opened its third Apps Lab in SA following two already located at Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town and the University of Pretoria’s Information Technology Department.

The Apps Lab now open at the JoziHub, joins those in Cape Town and Pretoria to boost the development of mobile applications in SA as well as create new job opportunities in the local mobile space with its available resources for students, developers and entrepreneurs.

Annie Lopes, community manager at JoziHub, said, “We look forward to working with BlackBerry to mobilise our resident developer community, including students, researchers and faculties adjacent to our premises, the universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand.”

As part of the smartphone maker’s extensive developer program more than 1,600 individuals have already benefited to date.

Source: HumanIPO

Stock Android keyboard now available in Play store

Published by on Jun 6th, 2013, 2 Comments


There are many flavours out there for people who want to change the keyboard on their Android device. Most of the proper ones, however, aren’t free. Not anymore, as Google has just made its stock Android keyboard available in the Google Play store. Its initial rollout includes a multitude of countries, with the rest to follow soon.

There are many people that aren’t crazy about their OEM’s typing experience (nudge, nudge, Samsung), so this is the perfect opportunity to check out another option. (more…)

It’s official: Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active

Published by on Jun 5th, 2013, 2 Comments


Samsung has today announced the previously rumoured (during which time a video of the device was released by Mobile Tech Review), but expected Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a more robust version of its counterpart.

According to Samsung, the device is aimed at the more adventurous of users who can use their device anywhere without “fear of damage from the elements”.

CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division JK Shin said that “Samsung has taken the innovative features of the GALAXY S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.”


HumanWrit.es delivers on its promise – hands over 20, 000 exercise books

Published by on Jun 5th, 2013, No Comments

humanwrites-logoLocal social innovation startup, HumanWrit.es has recently delivered on its promise by handing over 20, 000 exercise books to underprivileged children.

Launched in June 2012 by its founders Adrian Myburgh, Jason Bagley and Richard Mulholland, HumanWrit.es designed and launched its very own 192 page hard cover notebook called a Writable. For every one that is sold, the company donates 10 exercise books to classrooms of school children in need.

The give-away exercise books include tools for reading and writing in both Xhosa and English, drawing and colouring-in, some basic maths and dotted pages for free thinking, writing and drawing.

The most recent donation of 20, 000 exercise books were delivered to over 200 pre-schools that form part of the Ithemba Labantwana community forum, operated under the umbrella of Ikamva Labantu, HumanWrit.es’s partner organization.

Watch the handover in the video below:


Pipe’s Facebook file-transfer system goes LIVE

Published by on Jun 5th, 2013, 1 Comment


While there are many channels of communication between friends these days, the most common is obviously Facebook. So it would make sense to allow friends to share more than their ‘selfies’ and mundane thoughts.

Enter Pipe, the Facebook app that lets you transfer files in real-time to other users. The homepage brings back some fond memories, with a Super Mario Brothers theme (hence the green pipe you would enter in the game). While in beta (invitation only) a secure locker-like feature has been added to take into account those who aren’t online to receive the file at the time that it was sent, which is a nice feature. Also, relay technology has been added to help the server bypass corporate firewalls. (more…)