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Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars

Published by on Jan 7th, 2014, No Comments

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In not such a surprising move – as we all knew that the next big thing to be turned into a ‘smart device’ would, naturally , be a car – Google has announced its plans to bring Android to your car, and it seems they have the backing of some big players.

Yesterday, at the 2014 CES Show in Las Vegas, Google introduced the world to the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). The OAA is a worldwide alliance that aims to connect tech and auto industry leaders.

The aim of the OAA is to enable (and inspire) a better integration between cars and Android devices. However, that being said, Google has also stated that they are actually developing a new Android platform that will enable the car itself to become a connected Android device. Think music streaming in your car via cloud, and having it automatically call up the maps you searched for on your smartphone… (more…)

Polaroid Socialmatic combines Android, instant prints and retro style

Published by on Jan 7th, 2014, No Comments

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We reported on this camera in 2012, at which time it was still being touted as the Instagram Socialmatic. It has been renamed as the Polaroid Socialmatic, siting licencing issues as the culprit. But finally, we have a launch window and the final design.

Polaroid’s Socialmatic camera promised some big things when it was announced in 2013. Your photos could be printed instantly like with Polaroids of yore, with the modern functionalities you expect from smart devices. This is supposed to be Polaroid’s second chance (and some say last chance), as they have come under some difficulty lately. (more…)

Apple trumps Android in Christmas sales.

Published by on Dec 29th, 2013, 3 Comments

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The little green android has taken the fight to Apple in almost all technology areas in recent years. And it is safe to say that in certain areas Android has been wiping the floor with the Cupertino based company. There is however one area that Apple still rules with an iron fist and that is Christmas day sales. Although most people usually do their shopping before Christmas day, the actual day accounts for one of the largest retail days (apart from Black Friday and Cyber Monday :)) in the US. A report from IBM’s Digital Analytics benchmark hub indicated that the sale in Apple’s iOS devices made up 23 percent of all e-commerce orders, whilst Android devices only accounted for 4.6% of total sales. (more…)

Danny K launches app alongside new album

Published by on Nov 25th, 2013, No Comments

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South African singer, Danny K, has just launched his latest album called ‘Good Look’ and with it, an exciting app that was developed with the help of Wonderland collective and Samsung.

On 21 November, Danny K held an exclusive listening session of ‘Good Look’ at Taboo nightclub in Sandton. Not only was his new music put on display, but the app was also unveiled.

Director of  Mobile Communications Samsung Electronics South Africa, Craige Fleischer first took to the stage to embrace the partnership between Samsung, Danny K and music.

Business Development Director of Wonderland Works, Graeme Lipschitz, also had the chance to showcase their latest work by introducing the app to the guests, by taking them through the unique design, layout and features. (more…)

Eric Schmidt posts “How to switch from iPhone to Android”

Published by on Nov 25th, 2013, 1 Comment

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There might be some of you out there that are thinking of switching from your iPhone to an Android device (and vice versa). Well don’t fret, if you are of the former the Google executive chairman has decided to answer your questions.

Eric Schmidt said in a post to Google+: “Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android,” Schmidt writes. “The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!”

It explains how to add a Google account to your devices, import contacts, sync music etc. Check out the rest of his post and see if you think it’s as easy as he makes it seem. (more…)

BBM adds 20 Million Users on iPhone / Android

Published by on Oct 29th, 2013, No Comments

BBM-iPhone-AndroidAfter the recent launch of BBM on iPhone and Android devices, with more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours, BBM has now ended its first week with more than 80 million monthly active users, including over 20 million new users on Android and iPhone devices.

During its first week, BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the App Store. BBM is still trending high in markets like US, UK, Canada, Indonesia and much of the middle east.

“It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement – the connections being made and the conversations in which our BBM community engages. The power of BBM has always been the active, real conversations and interaction that our customers enjoy,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of BBM at BlackBerry. “From here on out, we will focus on active users of BBM and will no longer focus on simple download numbers.”

With the BBM community now at more than 80 million active users around the globe, users are connecting on the private social network like never before.

At first new users of BBM on iPhone and Android had to wait before they could sign up with a virtual queuing system. This past weekend, BlackBerry was able to remove the virtual line-up so that Android and iPhone users can now immediately download, sign in and start using BBM without having to wait.

Do you know what’s in your cosmetic products? These apps will let you know

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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One can never be 100% sure about the ingredients and chemicals used in everyday skin care products or cosmetics. But now, not knowing might be a thing of the past as new apps developed to let consumers know what they are using, will be available soon.

The first of these is a free iPhone app called Think Dirty. Based in Toronto,  Think Dirty scans the barcode of a cosmetic product to check for ingredients and chemicals and then gives it score.

The score will then indicate whether the product contains any harmful ingredients, chemicals or allergens.

Not only will Think Dirty tell you what ingredients were used to make the product, but it will also list each ingredient separately and explain it’s potential effect on your skin or health. (more…)

The Careless Majority – More than half of Android Users use No Security Software

Published by on Oct 18th, 2013, 2 Comments

android-malwareAccording to a recent survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, over 50% of Android-based smartphone and tablet owners do not use any security software to protect their devices against cyber-threats. Meanwhile, Android has long been the most popular platform for ordinary users and the cybercriminals who use malware to steal from them.

Only 40% of smartphone and 42% of tablet owners participating in the survey stated that they have installed a security solution on their devices and are now using it. Other respondents are content to rely on the limited security features integrated in the OS, or trust their own instincts to keep them safe.

Meanwhile, for cybercriminals Android is well-established as the top target among all mobile platforms. According to the Kaspersky Lab cloud service Kaspersky Security Network, which accumulates data about urgent cyber-threats, 99% of current malware samples targeting mobile devices have been developed for the Android platform. And this threat is growing: Kaspersky Lab specialists detected 35,000 malicious samples for the whole of 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was over 47,000.

There are two main reasons why cybercriminals are interested in the Android platform: popularity and functionality. (more…)

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