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ASUS Transformer Book V: Laptop hybrid with docked Android phone

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments

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If there is one company that has completely against the grain in recent years with their electronic gadgets, it’s ASUS. Recently they have released multiple Padfones – devices that are tablets with a dock in the back which houses a smartphone. These two worked together and separately as well, like smartphones and tablets would normally.

Now, they are taking the brave idea in a new direction. The company has taken a laptop, which can also be converted into a tablet, but also houses a smartphone. Wait, what? (more…)

Steamboy: The handheld Steam gaming system (video)

Published by on Jul 25th, 2014, No Comments

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A while ago Steam announced that they would release a gaming operating system called Steam OS. It will be completely built around the current Steam ecosystem and be fully optimised for gaming. Manufacturers can then make Steam Machines to their heart content, and can be as diverse as any PC setup. (more…)

Apple releases first public beta of OS X Yosemite

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

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If you are a Mac user and keen to start testing Apple’s latest OS Yosemite, then today is your lucky day. The company has announced that they will release the first public beta version of the operating system today.

This is the first time Apple has made Yosemite available to test for non-developers.

Mac users can simply sign up using their Apple ID for the Yosemite beta program on the Apple website. They will then need to use a redemption code to download and install the OS from the Mac App Store.

This will give users the opportunity to install the system, test it and then provide feedback. The company have also made it really easy to report any issues with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which sends feedback directly to Apple.  (more…)

New Chapter: Cape Town Entrepreneurs’ next step

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

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After four years at the head of South Africa’s fast-growing eCommerce company, Cape Town entrepreneurs Wayne Gosling and Daniel Guasco have announced their departure from Groupon South Africa in search of new opportunities.

The pair first started Twangoo in June 2010 in a garage, sealing the deal to sell to Groupon USA in just 125 days and taking the company from strength to strength during their time as chief executives. In fact, now 1 in 3 e commerce transactions in South Africa take place on Groupon. (more…)

This LG TV can be rolled up like a newspaper (video)

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

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This kind of technology is surely going to be in all our houses within 5 years, if the experts are to be believed. Flexible and bendable displays are all the rage these days. LG has showcased another one of their prototypes, and you’ll never believe how bendable this one actually is.

The resolution isn’t quite up to scratch as of yet, coming in at a measly 1200 x 810 pixels, but this is a massive step forward. We can’t wait to see how this will be implemented in mass market televisions soon!

Check out the video of the prototype after the break. (more…)

LokLok Review: No more boring lock screens

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

Imagine having a shared lock screen with friends where you can draw on your lock screen and it shows up on theirs. LokLok is a new application that does just that. We are all so used to the social media  apps out there like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but LokLok is a fresh a addition to communicating with close friends and loved ones.

The concept of it is, you connect and add friends found on Facebook or via their Email address, and once connected with each other you now share a lock screen where you can leave messages, drawings and even photos.
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Air-powered “Bug-a-salt” rifle to kill flies

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

bug-a-salt3Summer in South Africa is a great place to be. Having a braai and a few cold ones with friends is a favorite past-time of many a Saffer. Unfortunately the smell of deliciously prepared meat and side dishes attracts a host of our bug-eyed friends. Companies have come up with various different products to keep away flies from the dinner table but finally one product has come around that will make you look forward to the next outdoor get-together. Introducing the “Bug-a-salt” rifle. Forget fly swatters, this air powered rifle takes out creepy crawlies with a single focused blast of salt. (more…)

Ikhokha: Home-grown mobile card payment solution (video)

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

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Small businesses often don’t have the luxury of using the big banks’ card machines to further their business. More and more SME’s (small and medium enterprises) were finding it hard to compete as a result. That has started to change in the last couple of years, though.

Dozens of start-ups have sprung up around the globe to offer businesses the opportunity to move away from a cash only model without needing to invest an exorbitant amount of money. Now, another South African company is joining this very competitive market.

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Merchants pay a once-off cost of R989 for the Edge Chip & PIN card reader and thereafter a flat 2.75% per transaction, there are no hidden monthly fees. iKhokha offers a 24 month rental option for merchants looking to avoid an upfront cost. (more…)

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