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AfricanUp – Connecting a continent on the rise

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.

AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.

AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.

Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said.  (more…)

Nokia announces Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments


With Microsoft’s Build conference people were eagerly awaiting the end of the keynote to see what Nokia has in store, but they made a surprise announcement in the middle of the Microsoft keynote with Stephen Elop coming onto stage. He announced the Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is of course the successor to the very impressive Lumia 920 flagship. It sports a 20MP camera with optical stabilization, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset and wireless charging capabilities. It also features a 5-inch display with full HD 1080p resolution. (more…)

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks promising

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be watches closely by many pundits, and initial reports seem favourable for the Korean company. The device started selling in Korea earlier than in the rest of the world, hitting shelves on the 27th of March in Samsung’s home country.

Around 7,000 Galaxy S5 units are being sold each day in South Korea. (more…)

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment


Microsoft’s annual Build conference is underway and have wasted no time talking about some big announcements. The first major announcement is that of Windows Phone 8.1, of course.

With Windows Phone 8.1 will come a couple of new hardware partners, namely Micromax and Prestigio. They aren’t that well known to the most of us, but are already hard at work on some prototype devices that will launch soon.

There are some interesting new features of the mobile OS show off by Joe Belfoire, the first being the Action Centre. It behaves very much like notification centres we’ve seen on other operating systems and it was sorely needed in Microsoft’s offering. The lock screen is now also fully customisable for third-party alternatives. (more…)

Samsung’s connected home a reality with Smart Home

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Samsung wants to automate your entire household with an array of appliances and services. It has launched its Smart Home service in Korea and the US, with launches in other territories coming soon.

You can now download an Android app that, in conjunction with Samsung’s cloud service, will give you control over certain Samsung smart appliances. (more…)

SwiftKey Flow Hard: Swipe typing on desktops? (video)

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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SwiftKey has long been one of our favourite and most useful apps. Then in 2013 they brought us SwiftKey Flow, which combined the predictive text capabilities of SwiftKey with swipe typing on their keyboard, which made one handed typing a breeze. Now they have touted SwiftKey Flow Hard as the next step.

The company’s co-founder Ben Medlock states that in order for them to move into the future, sometimes you have to look to the past. That’s exactly what they have done here, and have developed a way to use swipe typing on desktop and laptop keyboards.

Check out the video below: (more…)

Report: Apple to start manufacturing iPhone 6 screens in May

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

iPhone 6 Screens

With the build up to the release of the new iPhone 6, more an more information is beng leaked about how far into production the phone actually is, and of course, when we can finally expect it to be launched.

Another tidbit of information joining the iPhone 6 build-up, is the reported production time for the phone’s screens. As we already know, the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes; a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch screen.

According to reports by Reuters, suppliers are to start manufacturing the new iPhone screens next month, in May. Reuters claim that this information was obtained by supply chain stores who (obviously) requested to stay anonymous. (more…)

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 4 line-up

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, 1 Comment


The 2014 edition of Samsung’s tablet range have been announced and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. With the Tab Pro line of products now being the company’s premium tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 line was always going to be less impressive.

There are three new models, with 7, 8 and 10.1 inch displays. The all have low to mid-range specs and will be launched sometime during the second quarter this year. They will come in both white and black, so let’s take a quick look at them. (more…)