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That Digital Podcast Episode 7 with Craig Wilson

Published by on Aug 30th, 2012, No Comments

In this week’s episode of “That Digital Podcast” we speak to Craig Wilson, the deputy editor of Tech Central on the topic of the current state of journalism as well as how publishing has changed in the past decade.

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Galaxy S3 confirmed in 4 new colours

Published by on Aug 29th, 2012, 11 Comments

Amidst all the drama lately in the Apple vs. Samsung trials there has quietly been rumours surfacing of the Samsung Galaxy S3 coming in black or grey. It is no longer speculation, with the device officially confirmed on Tuesday, 28 August in brown, red, black and grey.

“Amber Brown”, “Garnet Red”, “Sapphire Black” and “Titanium Grey” are what Samsung is calling the different colours, and they are apparently “derived from man’s relationship with natural materials and perfectly compliment the handset’s organic experience”. Whatever that’s supposed to mean…

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Apple identifies Samsung products it wants banned in the U.S.

Published by on Aug 28th, 2012, 2 Comments

With the trial stage of the patent suit between Apple and Samsung over, with a decisive victory for Apple, the company has already filed a notice with the court in California specifying which of its rival’s products it wants banned in the United States.

Apple are targeting only eight of the 28 Samsung products that the jury found to have infringed on Apple’s patents and they’re all smartphones. Many of the 28 products are no longer available in the U.S. and so it explains why they have been excluded.

The eight products are as follows:

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The Digital Edge Live Show announces its cabinet members

Published by on Aug 28th, 2012, No Comments

With The Digital Edge Live Show – National Assembly less than two months away, the international and local speakers who will be stepping into the Cape Town City Hall on October 4th are putting in some extra hours of debate training in anticipation of the event.

Chaired by The Digital Edge panel and esteemed international dignitary, Nathan Martin of Deeplocal, the Digital Edge Live National Assembly is proud of the respectable group of local members of cabinet who will be taking to the floor in an effort to state their case, win absolute majority and claim rank.

This year opposition parties will take an oath before facing a Commission of Enquiry in what promises to be the most heated debate and discussion in the history of The Digital Edge.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy Player 5.8

Published by on Aug 27th, 2012, 5 Comments

Samsung has recently announced the release of the Galaxy Player, a media player, based on its Galaxy S3 smartphone, that is powered by Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

The news was officially announced on Samsung’s Korean-language blog Samsung Tomorrow. 

In addition to its 5.8 inch screen, other features of the Player include:

  • Samsung’s WhizTouch interface
  • 2,500 mAh capacity battery
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

Samsung is emphasising the Player’s rich educational content specifically designed to benefit students containing content from its ‘Learning Hub’ that include features such as a dictionary, lecture software as well as a number of “Internet-rich educational content services.”

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Apple lands decisive blow against Samsung

Published by on Aug 27th, 2012, 6 Comments

We have been hearing about this worldwide fistfight for months now, but the Apple vs. Samsung patent war hit a new gear at the end of last week. After a very lengthy trial in the US, the jury gave their verdict in what was always going to be the biggest trial between the two technology giants.

The outcome: Samsung infringed on many an Apple patent, and have to pay up. This is a huge blow to Samsung in the land of the star-spangled banner and not just because of the monetary implications. While appeals and counter appeals will undoubtedly follow, the penalty to Samsung following the verdicts is a whopping $1.049 billion. That is a huge amount of dough to cough up and we are interested to see how that affects Samsung’s business in the States, as well as their strategies regarding future devices.

Obviously, after such a momentous decision, many Samsung and Android fans are crying foul all over the world. The jury has been slated as biased and patriotically inconsistent in their decision regarding the different claims. Frankly, it seems as though they might have a case when you look at the evidence from the press releases, where they even skipped some evidence against Apple when deliberating.

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Simfy Africa brings legal, all you can eat Streaming Music for R60 pm

Published by on Aug 27th, 2012, 8 Comments

Finally South Africans will have an affordable music subscription service to enjoy unlimited music streaming. While first world countries have been enjoying services like Spotify and Pandora for a while now, South Africans had to just buy albums if they wanted to listen music legally. Problem is, many of the international services use region blocking to prevent anyone outside their local regions to enjoy their music catalogue.  Simfy, together with its South African partner eXactmobile, is launching its product into the South African market and building up a local  presence branded “simfy Africa”. The mobile content specialists from Johannesburg will be taking over marketing, local support and payment handling for the market. The partnership is enabled by simfy’s new partner API, which was introduced at the beginning of July.

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AppMonday: Edgars SmartShop

Published by on Aug 27th, 2012, 2 Comments

Edgars has moved one step ahead of its competitors with a new shopping app aimed at getting customers engaged while inside their stores. That’s something close to my heart, and so I had to try it out.

Edcon commissioned 3fifteen – a top South African software development house, to make the application. While I was a recruiter a long while back, they were my client and I recall how difficult it was to find a developer good enough to get into their company. The app is, as expected, very good.

Essentially, it is an iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 app that allows shoppers to scan a product’s barcode and get information like the price, stock levels in other stores and store information. You have to register, but once you do, you can view your Edgars account balances, credit limits and installment amounts.

After registering (had to give all kinds of details here) on the SmartShop app, the rest is really easy. Although Edgars has only GPS to locate users, which is horribly inaccurate in malls and in general, users of the app can easily scan barcodes and then follow the screens to finding out more about the item. You can even order a product on the app, although since I don’t have an Edgars account, I couldn’t find out if I could actually pay for the product as well.

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