My Broadband has reported that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch has been confirmed for South Africa.
The Korean electronics company has revealed that the successor to its first 7-inch Android tablet that runs on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich will be launched in global markets from March, and will arrive in South Africa in Q2 2012.
In addition to Google’s updated suite of embedded applications for Android 4.0, the new Galaxy Tab will also include the Samsung Music Hub, Readers Hub, and Game Hub.
In addition, Samsung has also launched the Video Hub that will also be launched in South Africa some time in 2012, that is said to offer 1, 000 films that users can rent. The Video Hub will also provide reviews, trailers, and recommendations.
The Galaxy Tab 2 also includes Samsung’s upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users’ content in Hubs and S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users’ tastes directly on a home screen.
Other specifications of the Galaxy Tab 2 include HSPA+ downloads up to 21 Mbps, 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor, rear facing 3 megapixel CameraSub and front facing VGA camera for video calls and 7″ 1,024-by-600 resolution display. There will be both Wi-Fi and 3G models available.
Samsung is also rumoured to be developing a 2GHz Galaxy Tab measuring 11.6 inches and running on Android 4.0.x.
Samsung today showcased its diverse array of new, and specifically tailored to the African market, products at the 2012 Samsung Africa Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa. Embracing its new guiding philosophy of “Built for Africa – Inspire the Future” the company shared its strategy to expand its African market and deliver connectivity and content across multiple devices – from TVs, mobile phones, tablets, Notebook PCs, cameras and home appliances.
“At our very first Africa Forum, in 2010, I announced the plan to grow our business in Africa to $10 billion by 2015, as measured by the sales of our partners – and today, I am pleased to announce that we are well on track to meet this objective. This year, not only will we continue to maintain growth in key regions, but so too are focused on targeting growth of 100% in West, East and Southern Africa,” says; KK Park, CEO of Samsung Electronics Africa. “Over the next 3 – 4 years this growth will be underpinned by a focus on 3 key premises; Built for Africa research and development; B2B and B2G partnerships supported by key CSR initiatives and of course, growing and strengthening our partner network across Africa to reach our core mission – to inspire the future of Africa!”
Here is Samsung’s Vision for Africa:
1. Built for Africa research and development:
Samsung believes in investing in developing technology that is specifically relevant to the African market -
In celebration of World Forest Day, Google recently announced on its LatLong blog that users can now view the Amazon through its Street View.
Last August, Google announced that members of its Brazil and US Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams would begin collecting images of the Amazon basin, more specifically of the Rio Reserve.
Working in partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the team ventured down several tributaries in one of the world’s most famous rivers and returned with footage to provide the public with a virtual glimpse of the South American environment.
Karin Tuxen-Bettman, project lead for the Street View project in the Amazon, wrote in a blog post that “Many areas of the Amazon, including Rio Negro Reserve, are under the protection of the Brazilian government with restricted access to the public, so we hope that this Street View collection provides access to this special corner of the planet that many of us otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience. Together with FAS, we’re thrilled to help everyone from researchers and scientists to armchair explorers around the world learn more about the Amazon, and better understand how local communities there are working to preserve this unique environment for future generations.”
The Mail and Guardian (M&G) continues to be the exception to the norm. In an industry where circulation numbers have continued their downward spiral, latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) have shown that single copy sales of the M&G have continued to increase and that the paper’s circulation now exceeds 50 000 copies a week. Surprisingly, this number and growth excludes digital editions of the newspaper with offerings on both the Kindle and iPad showing early promise. A digital edition for Android users is also in the pipeline which is a clear indication that the newspaper has no intention of merely resting on its laurels but has one eye firmly fixed on its long term sustainability in the digital age. This is a very obvious observation, if one samples the digital edition of the M&G for the iPad.
Dutch-based fashionable laptop sleeve design company, CoverBee, claims to have created the world’s most expensive laptop sleeve.
The sleeve, made entirely of diamonds comes with a price tag of $11, 000, 000 so if you’re feeling like treating yourself and your laptop, here’s one investment you may consider making.
The sleeve consists of 8, 800 round cut diamonds graded VS in clarity and F in colour each with their very own certificate of origin. If you don’t speak ‘diamond’ that means the diamonds have only minor inclusions or blemishes and are essentially without colour. The opening of the sleeve is protected with rare black sable fur from Siberia. But don’t worry, CoverBee states that it does not harm any animals to obtain it.
The sleeve is inspired by the “I Am Rich” iPhone app launched in 2008 for the price of $999.99, that’s sole function was to alert other people that owners of the app have money in the bank by appearing as a red glowing icon on the phone’s home screen. The app was removed shortly after its launch.
There is a new kind of glove that is currently being developed by NASA and General Motors that could give humans the extra bit of strength needed in certain situations.
The Human Grasp Assist device, known to both organizations as the K-Glove or Robo-Glove is based on the Robonaut 2, a project where GM and NASA collaborated together as well.
The glove is primarily aimed at auto workers, astronauts, assembly workers and others who need to grip and release objects repeatedly but could very well be used by the rest of the population and decrease the risks for Repetitive Stress Injury.
Imagine not having to groan when picking up heavy boxes, easily changing a tyre without a jack or looking a little more relaxed when lifting extremely heavy weights at the gym. Sounds great doesn’t it?
Dana Komin, GM’s manufacturing engineering director, said in a press release that “The Robo-Glove has the potential to reduce the amount of force that an auto worker would need to exert when operating a tool for an extended time or with repetitive motions.”
Apple has just announced that since its release last Friday, they have sold three million new iPads in under four days. This truly is an impressive number and says a lot about the anticipation of the new tablet, the media hype generated leading up to its release and the positive reviews it received from a variety of news technology sites in the U.S. and UK.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said that “The new iPad is a blockbuster with 3 million sold – the strongest iPad launch yet.”
This number is only one million less than reported iPhone 4s sales which sold 4 million smartphones in the first weekend last October. Still, it is important to keep in mind that not only is a phone arguably a more useful device but the iPad comes with a higher price tag as well starting at $499.
The Consumer Preview for Windows 8 has landed already, with plenty of praise, but perhaps more criticism for the new Metro interface. So far Microsoft has been pretty upfront about a 2012 launch for the new operating system, but reports seem to suggest that we will see Windows 8 launch as early as October, with a number of new devices in tow. Current work on Windows 8 is busy being wrapped up for July 2012, with the final Release to Manufacturing code released in September, according to Bloomberg.
Perhaps more significant is that this rollout date will include Microsoft‘s move into the ARM processor space, which will enable Windows 8 to run on the same architecture many smartphones and tablets are running, instead of only on x86 processors found in current desktops and laptops. The debut of Windows 8 will apparently launch on 5 ARM based devices (probably tablets), but a lot more x86 based devices. Microsoft is setting very strict rules for the ARM based products, similiar to what they are doing in the Windows Phone 7 space, while probably enforcing guidelines in terms of size and interaction. Expect very similiar layouts and designs from the ARM based device manufacturers.