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  • Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900 — Tragically beautiful

    Pictures with their limited one thousand word vocabularies belie the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s breathtaking design aesthetic. The 9900’s design is Research In Motion’s crowning achievement to date, a bright burning flame in these trying times for the legendary smartphone manufacturer from Ontario. In contrast, the 9900’s operating system, BlackBerry OS 7 is more of a greatest hits album, than a “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, but it has some significant updates that will no doubt delight the BlackBerry faithful. Overall design The design philosophy for the 9900 drew heavily from luxury brands such as BMW, Panerai and Prada leather boots....

  • Why Amazon’s Android tablet could be amazing

    The majority of articles about Android all seem to start with the same statistic: About 1 in 2 of the world's smartphones currently run Android. That's impressive, especially since Android has only been around for 3 years. It seems that the world has gone gaga for Google's little green robot, but while Android is clearly dominating global smartphone sales, the same thing cannot be said with regards to tablets. One of the main reasons for this is the iPad, a product manufactured by a company so obsessed with quality and so vertically integrated, that it’s able to outshine all of...

  • Mxit, other local apps added to Samsung app store

    Samsung plans to introduce three new local apps to its app store. The three apps are Mxit, DStv Mobile Decoder and PriceCheck. These apps will be available for download on all of Samsung's Android devices, excluding tablets. Brett Loubser, the B2C Apps Development lead at Samsung says, "There is no doubt that the need for locally relevant content is growing among consumers and that this growth demands a larger variety of apps across different interest areas. It is with this in mind, that we have partnered with leading brands locally in increasing the access to locally relevant apps for...

  • App of the week: Turntable.fm

    This week I take a look at Turntable.fm, a cleverly designed app version of an awesome idea that puts a really innovative spin on streaming radio and music sharing. Let me start off by saying that I am an absolute music addict. I spend the majority of my waking hours (and a lot of those I spend sleeping) with earphones firmly in place listening to an extensive and highly varied music collection that has taken years to accumulate and that I value more than anything I own. Occasionally though, after listening to everything so much, I grow tired of something...

  • Netflix apologetic for price hike

    Reed Hastings of Netflix has apologised for the company's recent handling of a price increase to the streaming services. The new price hike ended the hugely successful US$10 monthly "all you can eat" subscription of DVD and media streaming, replacing it with a separate price for each. Customers can now select from US$7.99 for DVD or streaming, or pay US$15.98 for both products. Netflix relied on a low-level managed to announce this on its blog and the public feedback was brutal to say the least. Hastings has now admitted to "messing up" in regards to the announcement of the company...

  • HTC unveils the Rhyme

    Taiwanese mobile phone giant HTC is unleashing its latest smartphone, the "Rhyme" on the world. One of the smartphone's unique new features is a flashing charm which can be attached to any object to show that a call is taking place, or that a message has come through. The Rhyme will be powered by the latest version of Android, known as "Gingerbread" and will cost US$200 through Verizon. Launching on 29 September in the States, the Rhyme is a “stylish” phone according to HTC with suitable accessories being launched alongside it. The Rhyme will go on sale in...

  • Samsung seeks to ban sale of iPhone 5

    Apple and Samsung have been caught up in a patent war which has seen the two electronic giants facing up against each other in pitched court battles around the globe. Samsung's latest manoeuvre involves the South Korean giant seeking to ban all sales of the iPhone 5, possibly filing lawsuits in South Korea and other unnamed countries. The patent wars between the two companies have centred around design and technology features of their smartphones and tablet computers. This has been seen as a strategic move, with South Korean newspapers citing a Samsung official who is reported to have said...

  • Review: Samsung PS51D550 is a great TV and 3D is rubbish

    Spend any time with Samsung's latest plasma beast and you will be convinced of two things. First: plasma is far, far superior to LCD or LED in any way but for sheer nuclear brightness. Second: 3D TV is a crock best consigned to bleeding-edgers and those who've not yet spent any time with it. And maybe a third thing -- when did the bloody TV become the home theatre hub? This is a TV to write home about -- it's great size seems imposing in a modest lounge at first, but once you go big it's really hard to go...

  • Win a Parrot AR. Drone with Gearburn and TAKEALOT.com

    This competition is now closed. Imagine controlling one of the most sophisticated flying machines ever made from the comfort of your smartphone. The Parrot AR.Drone is the revolutionary hand-held quadricopter which flies through touch alone. Portable, easy-to-use and most importantly, endlessly exciting, the Parrot AR.Drone is being offered to one lucky winner thanks to TAKEALOT and Gearburn! Founded in 2002, TAKEALOT is a leading South African online retailer. TAKEALOT offers an extensive range of locally supplied and imported Books, DVDs, Music, Games, Electronics, Beauty products and Toys, giving people access, in South Africa, to the widest variety of online products delivered directly...

  • Google buys another 2^10 IBM patents

    Google has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft. The purchases added to the 1,000 or so patents the firm bought from IBM in July and reportedly ranged from mobile software to computer hardware and processes. Google spokesman Jim Prosser told AFP that the patent transfers had taken place but would not disclose financial terms of the deal or specifics regarding the intellectual property. The push by Google to strengthen its patent portfolio comes as the fight for dominance in the booming smartphone market increasingly involves lawsuits...