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  • Android phones that will enhance your love life

    In August of 2010, OkCupid.com released some vital industry statistics: iPhone users were having more sex than users of any other smartphone brand. BlackBerry users were in second place, and then in third - or dead last if you prefer - were the fandroids. OkCupid extracted EXIF data from photographs to figure out which smartphones 9 785 of their 30-something members were using, and crossed it with all kinds of user behaviors and found data on the number of sexual partners for each major smartphone platform. At the time the research was conducted, male and female iPhone users had an average...

  • Games are from the future, but load times are from the past

    I’m not usually one to be a show-off, because history has shown me that whenever I try to show how cool I am, inevitably the fates, or whatever, decide to knock me back down. Case in point. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of friends over and decided to brag with my new PlayStation Move. I hadn’t had a chance to use it at all myself, so unpacking it was a fresh experience for both me and my green eyed audience. I am meticulous about unpacking gadgets, always taking care to note how everything is placed...

  • Apple debuts iPad 2, gets favourable response from web world

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday as Apple debuted the iPad 2. "We've been working on this product for awhile, and I didn't want to miss it," Jobs said before launching into the presentation. The iPad 2 features a new, faster OS (iOS 4.3) with dual-core processor, two cameras (front and back), offered in two colours (black and white) and 1/3 thinner (making it thinner than the iPhone 4).  It also automatically syncs with Apple TV and includes an HDMI output. It's shipping in the United States on March 11...

  • 8 BlackBerry apps for the business folk

    Research in Motion has done a pretty good job marketing the BlackBerry as a business phone with great social media capabilities. As a BlackBerry user, the amount of applications in the "Blackberry App World" still overwhelms me, and I am a social user. It seems I'm not alone -- most of the people I know use the BlackBerry for personal use. However for the business users out there connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, who require their phones to function in the business world, here are a few apps that might help. Not all apps are exclusive to the...

  • 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...