The fingerprint sensor was undoubtedly the biggest change to the iPhone 5S in comparison to the previous iteration – it lets you unlock your phone and authorize app purchases simply by resting a pre-authenticated fingertip on the home button. It turns out however, that Apple might’ve had plans for the technology that go far beyond just that. According to a patent application filed with the World International Property Organization, the Cupertino company may use TouchID’s sensor technology to transform the Home button into a trackpad, similar to the ones on BlackBerry’s older line of Curve devices. (more…)
Well, the day has finally arrived for Apple fans. The new iPhone 5S is now available in SA – and Vodacom and MTN have also revealed their pricing for the new phones.
We are quite happy to see that many of the vendors have stepped with earlier hours on launch day, and needless to say lines have formed in front of the relevant stores. For example, here is Vodaworld in Midrand this morning:
First up is MTN, who seems to have pretty aggressive pricing, with decent data bundles compared to previous years: (more…)
Mxit, the South African mobile social network, today announced the release of Mxit 7 for feature phones, to be followed later in the week by versions for iPhone and iPad. The launch forms part of a phased rollout which will see Mxit 7 available on Android and BlackBerry devices in the coming weeks, and Windows Phone early next year. Mxit 7 will run on more than 8,000 devices, including tablets and embraces the capabilities of each platform to offer an immersive chat experience that feels native to each one.
For the iPhone users, Mxit 7 for iOS has been rebuilt from the ground up for iOS 7, and features such as Doodlechat and Backdrop make for a fun and immersive chat experience. Mxit 7 for iPhone and iPad will be available in the App Store on 15 November. We have been playing around with a pre-release version, and the new design is a massive step forward.
“Our users love to chat, so we improved the chat experience across all versions of Mxit. We’re also building on the things that made Mxit great in the first place – the fact that we can reliably deliver half a billion messages every day – and extending that with new features like group chat,” says Vincent Maher, Chief Product Officer of Mxit.
Maher also insists that feature phones are still a primary focus for Mxit, and will remain that way for quite some time. (more…)
If you were looking for safer (and more fun) way of unlocking your Mac, then the newly launched app, Knock, will be just for you.
Instead of using the traditional password-locking and unlocking method, Knock allows you to unlock your Mac by simply knocking on your paired iPhone.
If knocking isn’t really your thing, you can also wave your iPhone in the air and your Mac will unlock itself to be at your service.
The app works by connecting you iPhone to your Mac via a Bluetooth LE connection. This will enable your phone to automatically detect when it is close to your paired computer.
The app is being marketed as “super secure” and will use “low power” because of the Bluetooth LE connection it uses. (more…)
After 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.
Gaming on an iPhone might soon be taken to the next level if these leaked photos of Logitech’s supposed iPhone game controller is to be come into existence.
@evleaks, a popular Twitter user and know ‘phone leaker’ revealed the first of the Logitech iPhone game controller photos at the start of the month.
Now, new rumours have emerged about what this game controller is to be called. (more…)
For anyone that has ever owned an iPhone, you should know the gut-wrenching feeling of dropping your phone and discovering a cracked screen.
Surely if you could prevent the dreaded cracked screen somehow, you would? Well, it seems that creating an impenetrable iPhone is finally (hopefully) possible.
RhinoShield is a transparent screen protector that claims to make your iPhone virtually impenetrable.
This new ‘miracle’ shield was developed by two young students currently doing their PhD’s at Cambridge University. These two have formed Evolutive Labs under which they are currently trading their RhinoShield screen protector.
According to the young scientists, RhinoShield works because of it’s 6-layer concept. Instead of only having the standard oil-repelling and scratch resistance layers one would find on normal screen protectors, the RhinoShield has an extra 4. (more…)
Nowadays, a hand written thank you note is almost non-existent. But, if you are keen to give your thank you cards that special touch, then the newly launched Bond app is right up your alley.
Bond is a new startup that has officially launched today and calls itself a ‘mobile gifting app’.
The app, that was developed by entrepreneur Sonny Caberwal, allows you to send handwritten notes and even curated gifts from your iPhone.
The New York-based startup came to realization after Caberwal sold his boutique fashion site, exclusively.in, in Novemeber of 2012. He admits that after he sold his company, he spent a lot of his time helping other startups in New York City.
Because of his passion for helping others, the idea of a mobile gifting app was born. A way for Caberwal to fuse two of his passion; helping others and e-commerce.
Caberwal said: “I care about building things so long as they have meaning to me, so that they can have some lasting impact.”
Using Bond is fairly simple. They offer around 100 hand picked products that range in price from $15 to $15 000. A gift for every pocket, then. (more…)