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  • Best of Android packed into “Ice Cream Sandwich”

    Google said it is packing the best of its Honeycomb tablet computer software into a new "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of Android for mobile devices. The California-based Internet titan planned to release Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year and promised that it is being designed to run smartphones, tablets, and any other Android gadgets. "Our top priority for Ice Cream Sandwich will be one operating system that runs everywhere," Android engineering team chief Mike Claron said at a Google developers conference in San Francisco. "We are taking all the good stuff we added to Honeycomb for tablets and making...

  • Google notebooks challenge Microsoft

    Notebook computers powered by Google software are heading to market in a direct assault on the Windows operating system at the heart of Microsoft's technology empire. The California-based Internet colossus partnered with electronics makers Samsung and Acer on notebook computers essentially crafted as portals to online applications or services reached through Google's Chrome Web browser. "Whether it be Microsoft or other operating system vendors, the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing computer users out there," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said during a press briefing. "That is a flawed model," he said. "Chrome notebooks are a new model that doesn't put...

  • Why it’s a good time to be developing mobile apps in Africa

    The African mobile developer community should be smiling right now, what with being ideally placed to take advantage of a number of factors that currently make the region one of the most exciting digital spaces on the planet. Mobile is massive Mobile take-up across Africa took a lot of people by surprise; in hindsight it was obvious. Infrastructure-lag left a gaping chasm of consumer demand wide enough for mobile technology to swoop in and satisfy the need for telecommunications. South Africa now has more active SIMs than it has people. Across the region communication, banking, healthcare, education and many more...

  • The tablet: A fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...

  • Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion

    Microsoft is buying Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars in a move aimed at carving out a bigger presence in an online arena dominated by Google and Facebook. The acquisition of Skype, which had reportedly also attracted interest from Cisco, Facebook and Google, is the largest ever by the US software giant. "Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement early Tuesday announcing the purchase. "Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends,...

  • The best high-end smartphones the world has to offer today (or soon)

    If you’re in the market for a high-end smartphone, you might be faced with an overwhelming choice. We did the hard work for you, and so we present you with the six best high-end smartphones you can buy today, and three you’ll be able to buy very soon. Let’s get started. Apple iPhone 4 What is there to say about this phone that you don’t already know? While acknowledged by many to be the world’s best phone, it is loathed by others for its closed ecosystem that comes with an expensive price tag. Whatever your view, there’s no denying its appeal. With...

  • PlayStation network only back up by June

    Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services are still down, and full service will probably only by restored by 31st May, says a Bloomberg report. Quoting Shigenori Yoshida, a spokesperson in Tokyo, Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services. After a major hack between the 17th and 19th April, unknown miscreants targeted Sony servers holding customer logins and (potentially unencrypted) credit card details, and heisted upwards of 25 million users' data (a detailed timeline here). Sony quickly shut down a number of online services, and also had to face the music with various governments' data privacy watchdogs, from...

  • Four to hospital in China iPad riot

    They’re not only gagging to get their iPads – they’re willing to spill blood for one. Four people were taken to hospital and a glass door smashed as a near-riot broke out at Beijing's top Apple store among crowds rushing to snap up the popular iPad 2 tablet computer, according to state press. Angry consumers began rushing the store on Saturday afternoon after a "foreign" Apple employee allegedly stepped into the crowd to push and beat people suspected of queue jumping, the Beijing News said. After the employee retreated back into the store, a crowd of consumers smashed the glass front...

  • Android steams ahead in US

    Smartphones powered by Google software widened their lead on BlackBerry handsets in the US market during the first three months of the year, industry tracker comScore reported on Friday. At the same time, Android is growing quickly in Europe, taking market share from Symbian. Android smartphones dethroned BlackBerry in January by capturing 31.2 percent of the US market and that share grew to 34.7 percent by the end of March, according to comScore. BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) lost ground in the quarter, ending March with 27.1 percent of the US market. Apple was close behind RIM...

  • The enormous Nano-size watch

    When the sixth generation iPod nano came out, it took about four nanoseconds for most beholders of its skinny elegant square form and the classic-looking analogue clock screensaver to think, “Hmmm…that could make a nice watch if you stuck a band on it.” An American designer called Scott Wilson (Minimal) got straight to work, designing a machined aluminium case with a strap, and pushed it out onto the Kickstarter funding network to see if the idea had legs. It did. Legs like a millipede. He needed US$15 000 to go into production, and by the time the first round was over,...