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  • Angry Birds for BlackBerry. Sort of.

    If you’ve been craving Angry Birds action on your BlackBerry, may we present erm... Angry Farm, a naming portmanteau made up of two of the most successful casual gaming franchises in recent history namely, Angry Birds and Farmville. Available exclusively for BlackBerry OS 4.6 and up, Angry Farm sees hapless farm animals having to defend themselves from from hungry foxes in the farmer’s absence. In Smarter Apps' own words: Help the angry animals fight back to clear the farm of marauding foxes. The angry animals are armed with a catapult and they fly through the air like furious birds...

  • Could this be the long-awaited iPad 2?

    The long wait appears to be nearly over. Apple on Wednesday sent out emailed invitations to a March 2 San Francisco press event hinting at the debut of a new version of its hot-selling iPad tablet computer. The cryptic invitations provided the date, time and location of the event and show an image of a March 2 calendar page peeling back to reveal a corner of an iPad. The message on the page reads "Come see what 2011 will be the year of." Technology analysts have taken to referring to 2011 as the "year of the tablet" with iPad dominating the...

  • Comparative pricing study: How do you like them Apples?

    Admission to the cult of Mac doesn't come cheap, and if you’re a South African Apple product owner, you’ve paid more for that right than anyone in any other country in the world, with the exception of Brazil. I was surprised to read the analysis of a recent IDC report noting some bonkers growth figures for Apple in the last fiscal quarter. Growth was largely in the government market segment at 549.5%, and very large business, at 108.6%, but even consumer sales grew 17.1% despite the overall market receding 0.6%. Considering that PCs have saturated most of the market...

  • Dead Island: Great trailer, but what’s it all about?

    The corner of the internet that deals with videogames nearly tore itself in half with excitement for the trailer of a new Zombie apocalypse-themed game called Dead Island. If you have seen it I am willing to bet that you found it every bit as compelling as everyone else did. It is a brilliant piece of cinema, combining an excellent score, technically brilliant visuals and innovative editing that achieves its impact by playing a large part of the sequence in reverse. All those elements combined to tell a horrific, desperate and sorrowful narrative centering on the death of a...

  • iPay: The future of Apple’s subscriptions plans

    There has been much written lately about Apple's rules for apps, that they must provide an in-app purchase function. For example, Jason Kincaid wrote: Why Are You People Defending Apple?, MG Siegler wrote: Apple's Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy? and Frédéric Filloux wrote Apple's bet on publishing | Monday Note - among many posts on the subject. Much of the focus on Apple's move has been on the 30% cut it takes on purchases made through its online stores. That's a big chunk for providing a payment service, and for many companies, such as media organizations that re...

  • BlackBerry vs iPhone? A tale of two smartphones

    In November of last year, my phone contract was up for renewal and I got an... oh, to hell with it! Yes, I got an iPhone 4. I suppose that at times, my overwhelming fascination with BlackBerries could have been construed as evangelical, and so, news of my apparent defection spread as heresy. I own a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and a BlackBerry Bold 9000 and I have the type of affection for them that a (good) father has for his children. The decision was a hard one to make. I had sleepless nights and at times, engaged in existential...

  • 6 reasons to get a GoPro wearable camera

    The GoPro HD Hero is nothing new. This tiny HD video camera launched at the end of 2009, but I only got mine at Christmas in 2010. What an amazing little gadget it is. The HD Hero comes with a whole bunch of accessories, takes great footage and pics and is perfect for action sport or just for playing around with. Here are six reasons why I think it’s a great buy: Great value For the quality of the video and the pics that you get, it is really great value at around R3 100 in SA (GoPro CameraSA – I...

  • Samsung launches an upgraded Galaxy Tab

    Samsung’s new version of its tablet computer with a larger screen of 10.1 inches has been launched. Four months after its first Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. It weighs 599 grams and is just 10.9 millimetres thick. JK Shin, who heads Samsung’s mobile division, says they focused on "screen, speed and content" while developing the device. Samsung says the new tablet computer has more processing power than the original Galaxy Tab. It also has a bigger screen than the previous version. The company is targeting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for people...

  • The 10 most anticipated games of 2011

    The gaming industry has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Growing from an 8-bit sanctuary for the inner most circles of geekdom to one of the most lucrative facets of mainstream entertainment. It has evolved from developer's basements and garages to massive multi-million dollar corporations shelling out astronomical budgets to churn out blockbuster epics. With A-list voice acting from some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the latest in cutting edge digital technology, it is little wonder that some titles have grossed more than the highest grossing films of all time. This is only the...

  • The 7 faces of the iPhone user [Infographic]

    Ahh.... the iPhone, the height of status in our society today. Those who have it won't stop gushing about how amazing it is. Those who don't have one wish they did (yes you do stop denying it). You see iPhone users all over town, always on their phones and busy with some "cool" app or other. Generally, when you meet someone with an iPhone it takes them less than 30 seconds to make it clear they have an iPhone. The fever is catching and the users are getting more and more interesting. Below is a fun infographic by AllAreaCodes.com...