News Archives - Page 577 of 596 - Stuff

News

Turning an iPhone into a pico projector

The concept may not be new but in this case the execution is certainly cheap and compact. Micron Technology’s PoP Video gadget is available for pre-order in the States at the moment and this little device turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a pico projector. For $99 (R770). According to the company’s website, the PoP Video is capable of 960 x 540 pixel output from one of the supported A...[Read More]

Apple and Samsung dominating smartphone market

According to recent data published by research firm IDC Apple and Samsung now have a combined hold on the smartphone market, collectively making up over 50% of smartphone units sold for the first time. The two companies now comprise 53.3% of smartphone sales. Samsung is leading with 29.1% of global smartphone sales and Apple possesses 24.2% of the market. IDC’s data also shows that Nokia, RI...[Read More]

Google bringing automatic translation to Gmail

Google will be taking several features out of Google Labs and opening them up for general consumption. Chief among these is Automatic Message Translation for Gmail but the company will also be releasing Title Tweaks (a change to how emails are listed in the browser tab) and Smart Mute (improvements to muting email threads). Automatic Message Translation will be rolling out over the next few days t...[Read More]

Motorola wins injuction against Microsoft in Germany

Motorola Mobility have won an injunction against the distribution of several Microsoft products in Germany. The products in question are the Xbox 360 gaming console, Windows 7 operating system software, Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. The injunction was granted after a ruling was made that Microsoft had infringed on two patents Motorola Mobility holds related to H.264 video playback. M...[Read More]

Fancy a trip to space? Virgin Galactic launches today

More than 500 people have a crack at a trip to space thanks to Virgin Galactic, which has officially launched today. The cost of a trip to space is a mere $200,000, with deposits starting at $20,000. The trip on Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo will take two and a half hours from liftoff to touchdown, with seven minutes of weightlessness thrown in. Prospective astronauts will also have two large window...[Read More]

Apple patents mass contact info updates via SMS

Apple have been awarded another patent, this one related to sending out a mass SMS message to contacts informing them that your phone number has been changed. The patent, Patent 8,170,588, covers, “A source mobile telephone [that] detects that a telephone number of the telephone has changed to a new number, and in response, sends a text or short message service (SMS) notice message to contac...[Read More]

MIT develops new “multifunctional” glass

Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of glass. More accurately, the researchers have developed a new method  of creating surface textures on glass which “virtually eliminates” reflections. The new glass, as a result, has almost no glare and also causes water droplets to bounce off its surface, making it fog-resistant as well. The only way that this breakthrough could get any be...[Read More]

Mobile base stations just got a whole lot smaller

Alcatel-Lucent have unveiled their solution to cell phone towers, called lightRadio. The lightRadio units are far smaller than existing cellular towers, being just about large enough to fit into the palm of someone’s hand. lightRadio has already been tested for coverage and energy usage improvements and could pave the way for cheaper expansion of cellular coverage due to its far smaller size...[Read More]

SA to get MasterCard Mobile

Credit card company MasterCard has partnered with local company Oltio, a “…mobile-centric payments and financial services company”, in order to bring MasterCard Mobile to South African shores. The service will allow users to make online purchases using their mobile phones. Only Absa, Nedbank and Standard Bank clients will be supported but Maestro and MasterCard debit and credit c...[Read More]

Kindle Fire accounts for 54% of Android tablets

Recent data published by market research firm comScore has revealed that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet hold the top spot in the Android tablet market as of February this year, beating out the next in line by almost 40% of the market share. According to the data the Kindle Fire accounts for 54.4% of the Android tablets in use with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the second on the list, accounting for 1...[Read More]

Samsung takes Nokia’s no. 1 spot

Samsung has sold a record number of smartphones for the first quarter of 2012, outstripping all of the competition including Nokia and Apple. Samsung’s figures were driven by an increase in Galaxy smartphones for the company. 70% of the company’s overall operating profit came from Samsung’s mobile side in Q1, according to reports. Overall Samsung sold 92 million handsets for the ...[Read More]

FNB offering cheaper ‘new’ iPads (iPad 3) to customers

First National Bank is offering the new iPad (iPad 3) to clients who make use of a range of the bank’s services at a reduced rate as of today as part of their smartphone and tablet promotion. FNB Gold and Platinum cheque account holders, FNB Private Clients as well as FNB Young Professionals, One Account, Islamic Finance, Encore and RMB cheque account holders are all eligible for the offer. ...[Read More]

Lost Password