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BlackBerry 10 N, L series internal marketing video leaked, then pulled

A video posted online recently, apparently by the video’s editor Rob Jury, reportedly showed both of BlackBerry’s upcoming product lines – the BlackBerry N and L series phones. The video, which was uploaded of Vimeo, has since been removed but not before BlackBerry website Crackberry managed to take several screen captures. Images of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 handsets have leake...[Read More]

Cell C and Discovery announce free calls on VitalityMobile

Cell C and Discovery Vitality have announced VitalityMobile, a new partnership that will give VitalityMobile members free phone calls to other VitalityMobile members. The free calls come at a slight monthly cost and will only apply to VitalityMobile customers who are on a Cell C Straight Up 100, 200, 400, or 800 contract. The extra monthly fee is a mere R29 and the offer is available to 1.6 millio...[Read More]

Cook apologises over maps, Apple pulls “most powerful” map app claim

In a rare admission of error, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologised over what the industry has dubbed “MappleGate”. The apology, published last week, is doubly unusual in that Cook suggests rival map solutions as an alternative while the company is sorting out the current flaws in the native map application. Apple also seems to have removed a claim regarding the Maps app from its website, alte...[Read More]

Common sense ‘not available’

Logic – there is so little of it in the world today. For instance, Pat Lambie is the best flyhalf in South Africa and he languishes on the bench as a reserve fullback. Heyneke Meyer, who is trying to give me angina, clearly lacks an appreciation of logic. Of course, this is just a fancy way of writing about rugby in a business column – but if Peter Delmar can get away with it without b...[Read More]

RIM’s earnings report: not as bad as expected

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion’s quarterly earnings report, announced yesterday, was expected to post a loss for the company but even though the losses were there they were not all as severe as expected. RIM announced losses of 45 cents per share on revenues of $2.87 billion, beating analyst expectations of a loss of 47 cents per share on revenues of $2.49 billion. The largest surprise ...[Read More]

Some Samsung Android handsets at risk of USSD exploit

Certain Samsung and possibly unpatched HTC handsets could be remotely wiped via what appears to be a web link embedded on a mobile web page. In actuality the possible link, which is able to run the ‘tel:’ URL prefix, may execute a USSD command on the handset that activates it’s factory reset function, clearing everything from the phone. The hack was recently discovered and presen...[Read More]

Samsung launches new low-cost feature phone line for South Africa

Samsung South Africa has just launched a new line of locally available low-cost feature phones. These low-cost, low-spec handsets are intended to help Samsung fill a gap in the marketplace “…for cost effective feature phones that go beyond merely standard feature phone functionality and that allow consumers to connect with their friends and family through social networking and IP messa...[Read More]

DSTV unveils Walka 7 portable TV

DStv Mobile has revealed the latest addition to the pay television service’s product lineup, the Walka 7 portable television. The portable TV set boasts a 7″ display with “enhanced visual and audio quality” and is designed to give users access to DStv on the go. The device will be launching from the beginning of October at Multichoice outlets and some retailers and will car...[Read More]

Instagram garners more daily mobile users than Twitter for the first time – report

Instagram has apparently passed Twitter for the most daily mobile users in the US for the first time, according to a report from AllThingsD which cites a “comScore mobile audience measurement report that has not been made public.” The report seen by AllThingsD reportedly claims that, for the month of August, Instagram saw an average of 7.3 million DAUs (daily active users) accessing th...[Read More]

Facebook begins cleaning up fake likes, user accounts

Facebook has started its cleanup of fake ‘likes’, users and accounts on the social network service, according to a report from TechCrunch. The company had previously said that it would be taking action against illegitimate Facebook likes and users but it wasn’t clear when the operation would begin. It has been reported that several Facebook pages have lost fairly large amounts of...[Read More]

DEMO Africa announces 40 finalists for DEMO Africa Conference 2012

DEMO Africa has announced the 40 finalists who will be demonstrating at the first DEMO Africa Conference. DEMO Africa is an initiative that aims to be “… the place where the most innovative companies from African countries come to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.” The 40 finalists for the DEMO Africa Conference were arrived at f...[Read More]

SA paying for Telkom’s sins

Oh, Telkom. The chickens are coming home to roost. All those years of mind-numbingly stupid decisions (admittedly mostly by a cabinet appointee who didn’t know anything about telecoms) and government interference have had an impact. “Headline earnings per share from ongoing operations for the six months ending September 30 this year are expected to be at least 65% lower than the compar...[Read More]

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