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First BlackBerry 10 device Images Leaked

Published by on Dec 12th, 2012, 8 Comments

Despite not having a lot of new high end product unveilings in the last year, BlackBerry has been quietly working in the background to build its BlackBerry 10 OS, and the first elusive BB 10 device – called the “L-Series” is the first phone to receive BlackBerry’s latest operating system. If there is one thing phone manufacturers have learned, it is that new high end devices cannot seem to stay under wraps until launch any more.

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Virgin Mobile launches competitive data packages

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

According to My Broadband, Virgin Mobile has recently launched data contract packages for mobile that put it in competition with MTN and Vodacom. However, despite its efforts the network provider was was unable to compete with Cell C’s data contract offering which remains the most affordable at present.

Details of the packages are as follows:

The 2.5GB 24 month contract data packages include a starter pack and a Huawei USB dongle:

  • 2.5GB of data, starter pack and Huawei E1820 dongle for R149 per month on a Top Up 149 package
  • 2.5GB of data, starter pack and Huawei E1820 dongle for R150 per month on a Data Classic 150 package

The SIM-only 500MB and 3GB 24 month data contract packages:

  • 500MB of data on a Data Classic 49 package for R49 per month
  • 3GB of data on a Top Up 149 package for R149 per month
  • 3GB of data on a Data Classic 150 package for R150 per month

The above prices are valid from 8 November 2012 to 30 January 2013.

Instagram launches version 3.2 – Improved camera and filters

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

Instagram has today announced the launch of its largest ever upgrade to its iOS camera, since it received a revamp over one year ago, with Instagram 3.2.

The upgrade, that comes just days after Instagram disabled it’s Twitter photo sharing integration in an attempt to encourage users back to Instagram, includes improvements of its camera, tilt-shift feature and the addition of a new filter.

The camera redesign includes an Instagram-themed blue shutter and shutter release button, a preview of the most recent photo on your camera roll, optional grid guide for live photos and a permanent grid guide for the scale and crop screen. In addition an improved camera roll selector, available for iPhone 5 only, makes it easier to select photos from those saved in your roll.

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HP to launch Elitebook Revolve in SA

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

HP today extends its business tablet portfolio to SA with the announcement of its next-generation convertible tablet, the HP EliteBook Revolve —a touch-enabled notebook that pivots to let users share their work and folds to go mobile as a tablet.

With the ability to transform to a convertible design, the HP EliteBook Revolve is designed for business customers who require both an ultrathin notebook and a touch-enabled tablet. Driven by a third-generation Intel Core processor and optimised for Windows 8, the HP EliteBook Revolve offers the performance and visuals of a full-power notebook alongside the flexibility to quickly switch to a tablet with a touch-enabled display.

HP also released a new HP Multi-Tablet Charging Module which quickly and easily charges and stores up to 10 tablet PCs with just one power outlet. Suitable for a range of different work environments, the module secures all docked tablets with a locking mechanism and a keyed lock on the fold-back doors.

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Pixengo: A new iPhone App that lets your photos do the talking

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

An innovative new App, Pixengo is allowing users to add thoughts and emotions to still images by fusing them with 30 second sound bites.

The app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using iOS5 or above, allows users to record a voice message, whatever that may be, and then share it, bringing a new dimension to online picture sharing.

With Pixengo, you can:

  • Add the emotion of sound to greetings you send to friends and family.
  • Share the full travel experience – not just the visuals.
  • Create talking photo diaries.
  • Share what you’re doing in real time, with your own voice or ambient sounds.
  • Enrich your blogs.
  • Bring hotel or restaurant reviews to life.

First World Problem: Two fewer Twitter characters when tweeting a link

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

As of February 20th 2013, users will have two fewer characters to send a message on Twitter when sharing links. The t.co wrapper that is used by Twitter to shorten web addresses is being lengthened from 20 to 22 characters, which means, in turn, that you have two fewer for the message itself.

According to Twitter, HTTP links will go from 20 to 22 and HTTPS links will go from 21 to 23 characters reserved for the t.co short-linking wrapper. If you haven’t noticed it on Twitter, when you share a link it is automatically shortened, and takes up exactly 20 characters, leaving you 120 for the message. Now, you’ll have 118 (or 117 for HTTPS).

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Samsung releases teaser for CES 2012

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Samsung Electronics has released a teaser trailer for the launch of an upcoming device likely to be revealed at The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 that takes place between 8 – 11 January 2013.

The video was posted on the company’s Samsung Tomorrow blog with only the explanation of  “This is a teaser. Get ready for January 8th-11th, 2013 and stay tuned to Samsung Tomorrow to find out more on what this is about.”

Following the release of the Galaxy S3, the launch of Samsung’s next flagship handset could be on the cards. Could Samsung be revealing its Galaxy S4, which is rumoured to be the the “thinnest smartphone ever”?

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Study: Shoppers are likely to use online channels for shopping this festive season

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Festive shoppers are likely to use online channels for shopping this festive season, but don’t expect the malls to be empty.

In a survey conducted during the first week of December 2012 by online research specialists Columinate, it was found that a total of 70% of online shoppers intend to spend the same or more money online during this festive season compared to last year. While many online shoppers (44%) still intend to do all their shopping offline, a third of online shoppers stated that they will buy certain things online, but still make some purchases at physical stores. In terms of how much they will spend online, 60% indicated that they are likely to spend between R400 and R3 000 in a single online shopping instance.

An interesting difference emerged between the sexes, with significantly more females stating that they will do all their shopping in physical stores and men being much more likely to do all their shopping online. Men are also more likely to spend more money online compared to those women who also intend to do their shopping online.

A similar survey was conducted at the same time last year by the agency, and convenience was rated as the main reason for shopping online. This continues to be the main reason for such a decision in 2012, although some shoppers are also trying to avoid shopping malls (25%).

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