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  • Five lessons about iPad magazines from Condé Nast

    Condé Nast reports that readers of iPad versions of its magazines spend more time with the electronic version than the print version. Also, iPad readers are not typically early tech adopters. Scott McDonald, SVP market research, Condé Nast said: “Many iPad users surveyed were not the typical tech ‘early adopter’ or familiar with Apple products and their navigation conventions. This has very important implications for application interface design.” Other findings: - Specific to Condé Nast digital magazines, eight in ten reported that the content and experience associated with the brands met or surpassed their expectations. - 83% reported a likelihood to purchase the next...

  • Sony delays global release of Gran Turismo 5 again

    Japan's Sony will again delay the global release of the latest version of its popular "Gran Turismo" car-racing game, which was due out early next month, officials said Thursday. Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 video-game console was to hit US markets on November 2 and Japan the following day, but the release will now be "this holiday season", Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said. The delay is due to "production reasons," said Makiko Noda, a spokeswoman for the electronics giant's game unit, without elaborating. The release of Gran Turismo 5 had already been delayed from March this year. Analysts say...

  • Apple, RIM, Samsung or Dell: Whose tablet will rule them all?

    The tablet computing scene is hotting up as almost every major developer gears up to release a tablet. With the BlackBerry PlayBook only scheduled for release in 2011, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if RIM will deliver on its promises. In the meantime, I decided to crunch the available numbers to see how the PlayBook will stack up against the best of the best of the tablet world today. Sit back and enjoy as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak go head to head in a battle to be crowned as King of...

  • Going Android? Start with these eight apps

    Everyone at my office got iPhones last year, but I didn’t really think the screen would last in my pocket next to my keys so I resisted getting one. But my old Nokia was starting to embarrass me, especially when I was trying to give the impression I was working in the tech industry. So when the new HTC Android phones came out recently, I was first in line for a new lease on life. When it comes to an Android phones, it helps to be Google-centric to start with. I am a big fan of Google apps and I...

  • Viewdle gives mobile phones the ability to ‘see’

    High-powered players are pumping US$10-million into Viewdle, a technology startup crafting ways that enable smartphones "see" things the same way people do and identify faces. The influx of cash announced this week is coming from Qualcomm, BlackBerry Partners Fund, US electronics retail chain Best Buy, and Anthem Venture Partners, an investment firm that has backed Viewdle from the outset. "We are giving smartphones human eyes," said Viewdle co-founder and chief executive Laurent Gil. "Letting them see the world the way people do... it is artificial intelligence," he said. "It is happening." Northern California-based Viewdle bills itself as the leading independent facial recognition company...

  • Is it a book? Is it a film? Is it a game? Or all three?

    Is it a book? Is it a film? Is it a game? Or all three? Publishers and authors at the world's biggest book fair are battling to entice a new generation of readers with the latest multimedia products. That the electronic book reader has turned the book industry on its head is well known. Younger readers are no longer content to thumb through a printed book. The 21st century iPad generation wants interaction and variety. But talk of the "ebook" that has dominated the Frankfurt Book Fair in recent years has given way in 2010 to excited chatter about the so-called...

  • Evaluating the pros and cons of RIM’s PlayBook tablet

    The BlackBerry PlayBook has been at the forefront of tablet news over the last week, with tech pundits hailing it as the third competitor in an otherwise two horse race between the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Apple's iPad. Research In Motion (RIM) co-Chief Executive Mike Lazaridis revealed the BlackBerry Playbook, a 7-inch tablet device hailed as the “first professional tablet” at their annual BlackBerry Developer Conference held in San Francisco last week. Smaller than the iPad and measuring 130mm x 193mm x 10mm, mobility was touted as the decision for the PlayBook's 7-inch form factor, with the intent of “amplifying”...

  • iPhone 4 outranks Justin Bieber on SA internet searches

    Apple’s recently launched iPhone4 has received greater internet search interest than Justin Bieber, despite the fact that the teen pop sensation was actually in South Africa at the time. This revelation comes from Google Zeitgeist-- a tool that provides insight into internet search trends. SA’s fascination with the latest gadgets is clearly evident, with the iPhone 4 topping the list of fastest rising searches from the last seven days, while Bieber only claims the number five spot. The YouTube star got SA teenyboppers in a flat spin last week, when he breezed into the country for some ‘rest and relaxation’,...

  • Android expected to dominate mobile app market by 2013

    According to a recent survey by mobile research firm, research2guidance, the smartphone app market is enjoying explosive growth and is currently worth $2.2-billion dollars, with 42.7-million smartphones operational in the United States alone. Apple started the trend towards mobile apps with their "great leap forward" -- the iPhone app store. But momentum has shifted and most app developers believe that by 2013 "Android will have become the mobile platform which offers the highest business potential for mobile app developers". When Apple opened the iPhone app store it started a snowball-effect that has completely changed the mobile market. Initially, the company...

  • Who else wants a lower electricity bill?

    They say that the only requirement for real personal change is to develop self awareness. With the Efergy E2 power monitoring unit, you start to look at every appliance, every light switch, every lamp with suspicious eyes, because suddenly you’re constantly and painfully aware of how much electricity you’re using. And the beauty of the Efergy is that it makes you want to change your habits. I found that it became a bit of an obsession – watching the readout on the little white wireless box tick up and down on my bedside table as I got ready for bed, watching...