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The Science of Talking to Computers (video)

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, No Comments

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It is quite staggering how quickly computing has evolved. It has changed almost every part of our lives, from the mundane to extremely exciting.

Voice recognition and communicating with computers have been staples of science fiction for many years, but it turns out that it is actually one of the harder things to do with a computer. In part, because language is extremely complicated when it comes down to the mathematics, it is much more difficult to teach a computer to speak to you than it is to play chess (and very well), for example. (more…)

Satya Nadella in hot water over sexist comments

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Microsoft’s smiling CEO, Satya Nadella, seems like a really nice guy for the most part. He seems to care about his employees, he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and is always well spoken.

However, sometimes nice guys do something that’s not so nice and end up putting their foot in their mouth, saying something that they probably should’ve kept to themselves. This is what happened to poor old Satya last week, when his comments about gender equality in the tech industry – specifically relating to salaries – got him into quite the bubbling cauldron of angry women.

As the CEO of a mega company like Microsoft, you should know better than to publicly say stupid stuff about gender equality and women’s salaries in public.

Gender equality – or lack thereof – in the tech industry is already a very pressing issue. Big companies, like Microsoft, are frequently under the microscope, being scrutinized for their apparent inequality when it comes to gender within the company.

And now, it seems, Satya Nadella made the issue even bigger – no doubt causing somewhat of a headache for Microsoft.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch: Cape Town

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, No Comments

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The evening of Thursday, October 16th saw Samsung Electronics launch a flurry of new products in Cape Town, South Africa under the banner of the official Galaxy Note 4 World Tour. Hosted in the Execujet Hangar at the Cape Town International Airport, the launch featured local celebrity hosting via Top Billing presenter Michael Moll.

Launched in South Africa at the event, The Galaxy Note 4 arrives with a revised, modernised look, sporting a metal frame with the same plastic leather back the Galaxy range has become (in)famous for. Instead of the stitched look though, it has been revamped and modernised. With a display reaching 5.7 inches, the Note sits firmly in phablet territory – positioned in what Samsung terms the “fastest growing segment in the smartphone environment.” (more…)

Microsoft could be launching a smartwatch in a few weeks

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, No Comments

microsoft_watchEverybody is running around trying to get a ticket aboard the smartwatch bus. It seems to be the next big thing (or has been for about a year now) for almost every tech company out there and it came as no surprise that Microsoft also has something in the works. Interestingly this isn’t Microsoft’s first effort at a smartwatch. In 2004 they introduced the Spot smartwatch which, and since I and most people out there have never heard of them, died an anonymous death around 2008. But now Microsoft wants to raise the product line from the dead… (more…)

Dead grandma sends text message

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Every one of us either sits with or knows somebody with a recycled cell number.  Constantly receiving banking sms’s or phone calls from debt collectors.  But what happened to Sheri Emerson, must certainly be one of the chart toppers.

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Apple Pay launching on Monday, October 20

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Last night’s Apple event might not have been as exciting as their September event, but the company still introduced us to a new line of iPads and a beautiful, 5K display iMac.

They also announced the launch date of the highly anticipated Apple Pay payment system, which is set to revolutionize the way we pay for products and services.

Tim Cook & Co. announced that Apple Pay will launch on Monday, October 20th on conjunction with the roll out of iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 may even been more anticipated than Apple Pay after the software update was plagued with numerous bugs in its first update. iOS 8.1, however will bring the Apple Pay service to certain devices with the update.

Along with announcing the launch date of the service, the company also announced they have successfully signed up an additional 500 banks which will support Apple Pay – a further testament to the service’s unique lure.  (more…)

Apple introduces their new iPad range and other goodies

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Apple EventYesterday Apple introduced their new line of tablet products alongside the all new iMac Retina and OS X Yosemite. Just in time for the holidays Apple has introduced the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a gorgeous new iMac with a Retina display. From a software perspective, OS X Yosemite arrived in the US yesterday as a free update, and iOS 8.1, which will enable Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is coming Monday (US release). (more…)

BlackBerry Passport to launch in South Africa

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 3 Comments


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The latest flagship phone of struggling Canadian firm, BlackBerry , will be available in South Africa from early November 2014. BlackBerry unveiled the Passport on 24 September 2014 with hopes of getting back the attention of the corporate user.

“South Africa is a country of early adopters of the latest smartphone trends and I am convinced they are going to love our BlackBerry Passport – it’s unique, innovative, disruptive and very BlackBerry”, says Yudi Moodley, MD for Africa at BlackBerry. (more…)

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