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MB&F MusicMachine

Published by on May 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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This futuristic space ship looking device is the MB&F MusicMachine that plays music from its two cylinders.

Built in collaboration with music box maker Reuge, MB&F (known for its luxury watches) constructed the MusicMachine to play three tunes from each of its cylinders. The Star Wars theme, Imperial March, and Star Trek theme can be heard on one side while  “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Smoke on the Water”, and “Imagine” on the other.

MB& F’s Maxmillan Busser, the main designer of this project explains the inspiration behind the MusicMachine -

“Like many kids, saving the world was my full time job when I was a boy. For MusicMachine, I delved into my childhood dreams and fantasies inspired by heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Captain James T. Kirk.”

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Warner Bros. sued for using viral YouTube videos without permission

Published by on May 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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Two cat-themed internet memes originally uploaded on YouTube have been used by Warner Brothers in a video game series,  Scribblenauts. However, both have been used without permission and Warner Brothers is now facing a federal lawsuit for their blunder.

The one, titled Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat,  was uploaded in 2007. The humourous keyboard playing cat raked in over 30 million views. The more recently, Nyan Cat, uploaded in 2011 featured an animated cat with a body of a pop tart flying through the sky trailing a rainbow to very annoying music. Nyan Cat took in almost 100 million views – yah, we don’t quite get it either.

Both creators have now sued Warner Brothers as well as 5th Cell, that allegedly added the feline characters to the game, for infringing on their copyrights and trademarks.

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Junk Mail wins 2013 ICMA Innovation Award

Published by on May 3rd, 2013, No Comments

Junk-mail-logoJunk Mail’s Junk Mail xchange (JMx) mobile marketplace on Mxit has won the  2013 ICMA Classified Media Innovation Award competing against seven other innovations from around Europe.

The ICMA Classified Media Innovation Award  is an annual recognition of creativity and innovation in the classified advertising industry.

We reported on JMx in February when after just four months since its launch in October 2012, it saw its ads double with close to 30, 000 new ads a week.

A leading publisher of classified ads Junk Mail first entered into a content partnership with Mxit’s own classifieds project in 2011 after which it gained control of the Mxit classifieds portal launching JMx as completely rebuilt, more sophisticated portal, strengthening Mxit’s classified ad platform.

JMx was one of eight international finalists that included classifieds software vendor Hakema (Finland), classifieds platform Kalaydo (Germany), real estate portal Homegate (Switzerland) and media group Inform Media (Hungary).

According to a report by the ICMA, ads are exchanged freely between JMx and Junkmail.co.za, the JMx app has been downloaded seven million times since launch with 3.5 million users have used it in the past three months alone. All growth has been achieved through mobile with visits now being split equally between mobile and web.

 

Take a photo on Google Glass with a wink

Published by on May 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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An app, created for Google Glass, called the Winky app lets you take photos while wearing the device with, you guessed it, a wink.

The app, developed my Mike DiGiovanni was announced on Google+ and is now available through GitHub. It lets the user take a photo with a blink of an eye as an alternative to using the side mounted button. DiGiovanni, an emerging technologist at Roundarch Isobar says that the act of having to press a button on the side of the device, “takes you out of the moment” of the Google Glass experience. Understandable.

DiGiovanni also said in the announcement that, “Winking lets you lifelog with little to no effort. I’ve taken more pictures today than I have the past 5 days thanks to this. Sure, they are mostly silly, but my timeline has now truly become a timeline of where I’ve been.”

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BitCoin slave mining: Illegal miner uses client hardware

Published by on May 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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Since the dawn of competitive and professional online gaming the “sport” has been plagued with cheating. To prevent this type of behaviour, players join professional E-Sports leagues like the E-sports Entertainment Association (ESEA). To join the ESEA a player must install their proprietary software. This software prevents players from cheating in popular competitive titles like Counter-Strike and League of Legends. So technically the ESEA acts as cyber referees within these popular sporting competitions. But who looks after the referees? What if some rogue ESEA employee uses their position for their own gain? (more…)

Microsoft’s Illumiroom brings your room right into the game

Published by on May 2nd, 2013, 3 Comments

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Having unveiled this innovative project at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Microsoft is even closer to providing gamers with a fully immersive experience with its Illumiroom concept.

According to Mashable, a document released on Microsoft’s Research Hub website has indicated that Illumiroom has now moved beyond the “proof-of-concept stage” and is on its way to eventually becoming available for the public.

The Illumiroom uses a Xbox Kinect for Windows and a projector to augment the area surrounding a television, extending the gaming experience beyond the screen’s borders to enhance the living room entertainment experience and ultimately blur the lines between the physical environment  and the virtual world of on-screen content.

It is also entirely self-calibrating and designed to work in almost any room.

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Gartner: The Future of Bring Your Own Device

Published by on May 2nd, 2013, No Comments

gartner-logoOrganisations that offer 0nly Ccorporate-liable programmes will soon be the exception.

As enterprise bring your own device (BYOD) programmes continue to become more commonplace, 38 per cent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.’s Executive Programs.

“BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades,” said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”

Gartner defines a BYOD strategy as an alternative strategy that allows employees, business partners and other users to use a personally selected and purchased client device to execute enterprise applications and access data. It typically spans smartphones and tablets, but the strategy may also be used for PCs. It may or may not include a subsidy.

BYOD drives innovation for CIOs and the business by increasing the number of mobile application users in the workforce. Rolling out applications throughout the workforce presents myriad new opportunities beyond traditional mobile email and communications. Applications such as time sheets, punch lists, site check-in/check-out, and employee self-service HR applications are just a few examples. Expanding access and driving innovation will ultimately be the legacy of the BYOD phenomenon.

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mBlox announces expansion into SA with new country manager

Published by on May 2nd, 2013, No Comments

logo-mBloxmBlox, the leader in global mobile business to consumer engagement that helps brands, agencies and enterprises create meaningful connections with their customers on mobile devices, recently announced the appointment of James Bayhack as Country Manager of South Africa.

Bayhack will be based in Cape Town where he will lead the expansion of mBlox in the region.

Bayhack has extensive experience in mobile messaging, including carrier and supplier management, and has driven new business growth in both South Africa and the broader African and European regions. He also has significant experience in ISP/connectivity marketing, driving sales for large multinationals such as Verizon Business and Naspers.

“As the world’s largest SMS messaging company, expanding our footprint into South Africa is a natural extension to our very strong position in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia,” said Rob Malcolm, General Manager for EMEA and APAC, mBlox.

“We are very excited to bring our 13 years of experience in delivering mission critical SMS to South Africa. With more than 10 million smartphones in South Africa, we see a significant opportunity in assisting South African brands and enterprises develop their next-generation engagement strategies leveraging a combined Rich Push and SMS solution on the leading mBlox Engagement Platform.”

mBlox provides businesses the broadest global reach for mobile messaging, connecting 6 billion devices through a network of over 800 mobile operators. In 2012, mBlox delivered 5 billion business-to-consumer SMS messages.

 

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