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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Telkom begins 40Mbps broadband roll out and the preorders start today

    South Africans. Want to get in on the Telkom 40Mbps action? Hit up this link and get busy. From today, users can visit the site we linked to and "register interest" for the product. Users will then be contacted if and when the 40-meg line is available. We couldn't find the rumoured 40Mbps option in the drop-down window. Maybe Telkom got cold feet and pulled out of the deal? We'll update you...

  • South Africa’s E3, rAge ups its game from 5-7 October

    For South African gamers, rAge is the real deal. A giant, "local is lekker" E3 if you will. Gearburn was fortunate enough to attend this magical, sweaty event last year, and we'll down Redbulls to bring the action once more. Here's what you need to know: Dates: 5 October – 7 October 2012 Show times: Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00 Admission: Per person: R60 Weekend ticket: R100 Family pass (two adults and two children): R180 Kids under 6:...

  • HTC One X South African users get Android 4.0.4 update

    "Within a week or so", the Android 4.0.4 update lands for South Africa HTC One X owners.  So what's in store? There's Ice Cream Sandwich, an "improved Sense experience" which delivers a map menu function to the recent app key, beefed-up tab management via a dedicated tab switching button, and new features for the camera such as white balance and continuous auto-focus. What else? There's tweaks to the memory and improved platform stability. Finally, there's now...

  • How an HTML 5 mobile game reached millions on Mxit

    It's a hit on Mxit, millions have played it and HTML 5 powers it. This is Moonbase from Maxxor. Gearburn spoke to one of the directors at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus and found out how this cross-platform game hit the big time. Presented below is an extremely off-the-cuff conversation with Frielinghaus and as per his request, we won't be using his image in the interview. Frielinghaus, "hates corporate images" and would prefer that we show a picture of Moonbase instead. Gearburn: So, who are you and what do you do? Adrian Frielinghaus: Well, I’m Adrian Frielinghaus, I’m a director at Maxxor, a...

  • Hands-on with Nokia’s Lumia 710 and scorching Lumia 800

    At a recent launch event in South Africa, we got some hands-on time with Nokia's new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Read on for our first (or second) impressions. Hardware Both the Lumia 710 and 800 are powered by 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM and run Windows Phone "Mango". Both handsets also use micro-SIMs, so be prepared to do the SIM swap shuffle. The main differences between the mid-range Lumia 710 and 800 are related to display type, flash memory, camera and build quality. The Lumia 710 has a 3.7" LCD screen, 8GB of flash memory, and a 5MP camera with an f/2.8 aperture,...

  • 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...

  • 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...