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New heart implants become wirelessly powered

Published by on Sep 4th, 2012, No Comments

Since their introduction into medical science, the only way to power implants inserted in the human body was by battery. However, that meant that the power could run out, and further surgeries are needed to replace the power packs. This just put further stress onto the patient, and sometimes rendered the treatment less successful.

But things may be different in the not too distant future. Electrical Engineers at Stanford have found a way around the problem. They have developed a working prototype for a cardiac device that uses both inductive and radiative power transmission, eliminating the need for batteries and allowing wireless charging.


TheNextWeb’s Startup World Competition Cape Town

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2012, No Comments

The Next Web is starting off the Africa section of their Startup World competition in Cape Town

Startup World is an initiative to promote startups, entrepreneurship and technology through a global competition to find the world’s most innovative startups.

TheNextWeb has identified 36 tech hub cities around the world and will hold regional pitching competitions, with ten entrepreneurs pitching to a panel of expert judges in each city.

Grand Prize package includes:

  • 3 month incubation period worth $30,000 at i/o Ventures
  • 1 year of Rackspace hosting worth up to $24,000
  • 5 million Echo real-time streams per month for 1 year worth $30,000
  • International media coverage of your startup

Trailer for Action MMO Marvel Heroes revealed

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2012, No Comments

Gazillion Entertainment has revealed the brand new trailer for Marvel Heroes that made its debut at the Marvel Heroes panel at PAX 2012.

The new trailer features the announcement of three new playable heroes in the game – Daredevil, Punisher, and Squirrel Girl.

The panel featured Gazillion President David Brevik (one of the creators of Diablo!), legendary Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man! Avengers vs. X-Men) and Marvel’s mighty VP of Games Production TQ Jefferson.

If you look close enough you will be able to see a number of villains that were also revealed in the trailer, including Mr. Fisk the notorious crime lord.

Watch the trailer below:

Rolling Stone SA to use Layer Augmented Reality

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2012, 3 Comments

Rolling Stone South Africa is embracing Augmented Reality (AR). Say what? The September issue uses the nifty Layar app available to allow readers real time access to watch cover artist, Arno Carsten’s new music video, “Two Dogs” as well as preview our interview with him. Readers are also able to share the story with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

This interactive cover is a first for Rolling Stone SA, who partnered with Jarvis, a startup Augmented Reality Creative Agency based in Cape Town, and Layarstudio Cape Town based AR developer and affiliate of Layar international.

“It is great to be working with an iconic brand like Rolling Stone,” says Faiek Ceres, director of Jarvis. “To see one of our icons embracing technology like Augmented Reality gives us hope that Jarvis is on the right track. We would like to see more and more Augmented Reality becoming available in South Africa.”

To activate the cover and watch Arno’s new “Two Dogs” video, download the ‘Layar’ app – from either the iTunes Store (for iPhone and iPad) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices) – to your smartphone or tablet device, point it at the cover and “tap to view”.


Samsung’s 2012 Paralympic Games advert

Published by on Aug 31st, 2012, 1 Comment

As an official partner of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Samsung has created this inspirational and emotive advertisement showcasing the talents and drive of some of the many athletes taking part in this year’s games including those from swimming, archery, basketball and weight lifting.

The add appropriately falls in line with Samsung’s marketing strategy for its Galaxy S3 smartphone (the official mobile phone of the 2012 London Olympics) as a device that is “inspired by nature, designed for humans.”

Watch the advert in the video below:

For more Samsung adverts, click here. 

IMC Conference announces Industry Leading Workshops

Published by on Aug 31st, 2012, No Comments

South Africa’s largest conference for specialist media and marketing professionals, The 4th Annual Integrated Marketing Communications Conference in Johannesburg has just announced the latest additions to its conference and workshop line-up. Leading digital marketing intelligence global online advertising provider Tribal Fusion, has joined the event’s workshop program, where its international line-up of speakers will deliver insights on the topic of “Audience Insights and Effectiveness Measures: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next”, showcasing data-rich case studies and insights around from the network’s work across the globe.


Cell C lower international call rate now available to 227 countries

Published by on Aug 31st, 2012, No Comments

Cell C customers will benefit from significantly reduced call rates to more than 227 countries from 1 September.

Following the launch of its 99c per minute call rate to 50 countries in recent months, Cell C has now reduced the call rates to an additional 177 countries.

“We have spent a great deal of time negotiating better termination rates with our international partners.  The termination rates, or rates charged by other operators to carry calls on their networks, remain the highest input cost both locally and abroad, when determining call rates,” says Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO.

He says the savings negotiated will be passed on to consumers through reduced international call tariffs.  In addition to the reduced tariffs, Cell C has also simplified its price plan to ensure more transparency when making calls abroad.

Countries have been grouped into five different zones according to the new call rates and will be available to prepaid, hybrid and postpaid customers as default rates from 1 September.  Calls will be billed on a per second basis and the new rates will be applicable to fixed line and mobile numbers in the respective countries.

Zone 1 includes 50 countries at a call rate of 99c per minute. Calling destinations in Zone 1 include Angola, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and USA.


Is this the new Amazon Kindle?

Published by on Aug 31st, 2012, 3 Comments

The Verge has published an image of the next Amazon Kindle, expected to be officially announced next week.

The report suggests that two Kindle Fires are on their way, a 7-inch and 10-inch, the first of which seems to be the subject of the picture above. A new streamlined interface is also speculated to be in the pipeline.