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  • The best of jailbreak: 10 apps worth hacking your iPhone for

    Now that can legally jailbreak your iPhone, you might be asking yourself why bother? After all, ISO4, 3 and 2 have brought so many improvements, and Apple has approved so many apps it used to block from the app store. What can jailbreaking my iPhone offer me? Check out these 10 great jailbreak apps that could convince you to take a leap of faith and crack your iPhone. If you're unsure how to do it, follow our jailbreak guide here. Most of the apps listed will install using Cydia, the iPhone...

  • X-Box Live and Kinect available in SA from November

    After years of waiting, X-Box Live will be available to South African gamers in November, just in time for the Christmas shopping rush, according to a local X-Box focussed blog. While the offical X-Box website advertises that X-Box Live is fast, free and easy to join, this hasn't been the case for frustrated South African gamers looking to take part in multi-player gaming, and wanting to download extra content for games, connect with friends and much, much more. Robin Burrowes, a Product Manager for Xbox Live EMEA, revealed the launch date at Gamescon 2010, and claimed that the long delay for...

  • Mesh Potato device could dramatically lower connectivity costs

    Steve Song has spent the past two years as a fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, looking at ways to lower the costs of communications infrastructures. On Day 1 of the Tech4Africa conference in Johannesburg, he introduced the fruits of his labour to a captive audience, the Mesh Potato, a low cost wireless mesh device that you can also plug into a normal phone to provide cheap and simple connectivity. During his presentation, Song made a passionate plea for lowering the costs of communication in Africa, arguing that innovation will never take place until, in the words of Clay Shirky, we...

  • RIM takes on the iPhone with the new Blackberry Torch

    Research In Motion's (RIM) unveiled their latest creation, the Blackberry Torch 9800, to an expectant consumer market on Tuesday at a private launch event in New York City. Available exclusively on the AT&T network, RIM's new flagship device will compete head on with Apple's iPhone. The Torch combines touch-based features similar to the iPhone with a physical Blackberry keyboard and rounds it off with a few unique touches. The refreshed Blackberry OS 6 makes its first official appearance on a Blackberry device and, with a renewed focus on user interface design and social features, all the signs are there that it...

  • How I divorced my iPhone and ran off with a cellphone named Desire

    My iPhone and I had been together for close on two years, when an SMS from a total stranger made me think the time had come to move on. It’s not as if I was unhappy with my iPhone – although every now and again, I had to listen to someone yelling “Hello! Hello! You’re breaking up!” in my ear - it’s just that there comes a turning point in any cellular relationship. It’s called the upgrade, and you know it works. Every two years, when the time comes to renew your vows, you are offered a brand-new cellphone for free...

  • Jailbreak your iOS4 iPhone legally: A step-by-step guide

    If you're an Apple fanboy you probably know that the US government has ruled you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone, which means freeing your phone from the limitations imposed upon it by Apple. The Associated Press reports that "the US government approved a handful of new exemptions to a federal law that prevents the circumvention of technical measures preventing users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works." So what does this mean for the average iPhone user? In a nutshell, you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone without feeling like Jack Sparrow and having to worry about being drawn and quartered....

  • Is Flipboard the killer iPad app we’ve all been waiting for?

    It's only been 24 hours, but Flipboard -- a brand new iPad app -- is already living up to the hype of revolutionising the way we consume and interact with social media. By creating an interactive magazine format populated by content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Flipboard  has taken a solid step forward from what social media and aggregator tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite have been doing for some time -- de-cluttering the social media space. The company calls Flipboard the "world's first social magazine" and says its mission is to "fundamentally improve how people discover, view...

  • Mobile phone interfaces should get with the social times

    The user interface employed by mobile phones has not adapted sufficiently to accommodate the communication needs of the average user in the 21st Century. But help is at hand from social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter that can serve as inspiration for designers of handheld devices looking to improve on the way we communicate. So says Pieter Streicher, the managing director of BulkSMS.com, who maintains that "it is ridiculous that many aspects of the mobile phone user interface haven’t changed in ten years, especially when it comes to contact management and SMS functionality." As the mobile phone becomes more and more ingrained...

  • iPhone apps capitalise on iOS4 update

    With the release of Apple's latest iPhone and iPod operating system iOS4 last week, the quality control team at the iTunes App Store has been hard-at-work approving updates to iPhone applications in the past week. Not only does this mean loads of updates for users, but it also means a couple of new apps showing up on the app store which have taken advantage of the new operating system's capabilities such as an improved battery life, the ability to create folders, and of course, multi-tasking. Here are three notable apps which caught my eye and are worthy of a...

  • Impressions of Apple’s iOS4: Is it worth the upgrade?

    What makes a great phone is a combination of good hardware and software design. Apple certainly knows what how to do both well and has recently released iOS 4, available on their new iPhone 4, 3Gs, 3G and iPod Touches. The upgrade is available by updating your phone via iTunes. What you will notice The first notable change is the home screen wallpaper. This seems to add a fresh look to the operating system and definitely makes the phone feel more vibrant and alive again. Some application icons have also been updated which adds to the new look. The most important addition...