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  • 6 reasons why the iPad will be the magazine’s saviour

    The web has never really been a good fit for the glossies. Their luxurious, ample layouts have not really translated effectively to the web. Advances in web technology and connectivity have resulted in a more multimedia-friendly web - we’re in the broadband era, Flash is on its 10th version, and YouTube is the world’s 3rd biggest site. Yet magazines just aren’t nearly as prominent as their online newspaper counterparts. We can guess why. Maybe it’s because the web started out predominantly as a text-based platform and, like it or not, that legacy shapes today’s paradigm? Perhaps it’s because the web...

  • Smart phone made me feel stupid

    I have a friend who claims that her teenage son is an internet addict. She claims that this behaviour is damaging because the "excessive amount of time he spends on the web is interfering with his daily life". If I ever met this kid, I would hand him the Nokia E72 and tell them to set up a support group. There are many things I want to say about this phone, but my overwhelming experience of it was one of rising panic – I just could not get the thing to disconnect from the internet. Now I suppose that many...

  • The HTC Tattoo and my teenage crush

    Remember that crush from high school, the one you wanted so badly that your heart literally ached? Remember the perfect life that you envisioned for the two of you together? But then you grew up, got a real education and a real job and settled down with a sensible partner for a sensible life. Now imagine that your high-school dreamboat calls you up out of the blue, tells you that he/she is single and wonders if you’d like to go out for a drink. A world of possibility opens up in front of you, and you rush to embrace it....

  • 5 Nokia apps to make your toes curl!

    I'm sick of all the iPhone fan boys/gals telling me how cool their little Apples are. I mean, like, really - they launched without copy and paste. It takes a special kind of talent to forget that. Chumps. The iPhone is genius because it showed the world that applications are the future, and that the device is merely a platform for innovation. But it was not Steve Jobs and his unironed shirt-wearing cronies who made the iPhone what it is today. The thousands of  application developers who forgot to bath while writing apps for the phone can claim that honour. They...

  • Augmented reality for everyone?

    Metaio has released a completely new version of its open augmented reality browser junaio, taking further steps in enabling everyone to create and experience mobile augmented reality. Version 2.0, which is now available in Apple’s App Store, offers new unique features such as indoor usage, web- and user-based information channels, and an open API for developers. With junaio, users can flip through channels like entertainment, nightlife, travel and many others, and see information digitally displayed around by simply pointing their phone. Indoor Usage One very notable feature of junaio 2.0 is the possibility to use it indoors, with Metaio explaining that by combining...

  • How stupidity can lead to innovation

    It sounds crazy, but it's true. There's a famous philosophical phrase that goes along the lines of "The more I know, the more I realise I don't know". I first came across it in my Philosophy II class as a freshed-faced student at Rhodes University. It speaks to the realisation that the more we discover about a subject, the more we uncover seemingly endless complexity and depth around that subject. So apply this to the web. In many ways it shows how people who have been involved in the web for a long time can be tainted. A person new to...

  • Rumour: ‘SA #3 in line for 3G iPhone’

    Ok, one thing we should expect for a while are plenty rumours over local release dates for the iPhone. I don't think Vodacom actually know when they are getting the phone and I am sure they are at the whim of Apple. And Apple would never ever change the goalposts from time to time, would they? I've been privy to information from a senior birdy at Vodacom that we are apparently in number 3 spot in the queue of countries, presumably in the Vodafone group. I doubt it's #3 in the grouping of the original 22 countries where it will...

  • The lowdown on the new iPhone 2.0

    I was listening to the Apple WWDC event's iPhone announcements live on ustream, following the excellent live blogging on Engadget, and also keeping up with the lively micro blogging commentary. The announcement everyone was waiting for took ages to come, but eventually it came. There was nothing majorly earth shattering, actually. Most of the new iPhone 2.0 features had been speculated by blogs and media ad nauseam months before, including GPS and the cheaper price. Here is a summary of the main iPhone 2.0 features: The new iPhone is eventually being rolled out to more than 70 countries this...

  • New iPhone available in South Africa July 20

    According to tech journalist and Stuff Magazine editor Toby Shapshak, Vodacom will be launching the new 3G iphone, also popularly know as the "iPhone 2.0", on July 20. Vodacom’s launch is part of a 10-country deal that Vodafone announced last month, confirming speculation over the iPhone announcement. The phone is purportedly slimmer and sleaker than the first generation iPhone. It also now apparently comes in three new colours. But, most importantly, it is a 3G phone. The first iPhone was hailed for breaking new paradigms with its sexy user interface, but -- confusingly -- was a mere tractor with...

  • Move over iPhone: This is the ultimate converged phone

    Now this is the true iPhone killer we have all been waiting for. Sorry for all you guys that spent your $$$ buying the iPhone. This is the baby you: