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Samsung prepares a preemptive strike in its war with Apple

You might remember Samsung vowing to continue its fight with Apple a couple of days ago. Well it's just struck a big preemptive blow. The South Korean electronics giant has announced that it will take Apple to court if it launches an LTE phone in the near future. The announcement comes as Samsung looks to strengthen its ties to US carriers in a bid to avoid a repeat of the trial that saw it ordered to pay US1.049-billion in damages ...

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China set to pass US in smartphone shipments… and India, Brazil are next

chinese flag The latest report from research firm IDC yesterday showed that in contrast to its March’s report, China will surpass the United States in terms of smartphone shipments quite comfortably by 8.7 percent compared to the previously forecasted 0.1 percent for 2012. Other players such as India and Brazil are tipped to become some of the hottest smartphone markets in the future, and may pass the US a few years down the line. According to Wong Teck-Zhung, a senior market analyst at ...

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Standard Bank, MTN lose major mobile money patent trial

Banking and mobile giants Standard Bank and MTN Mobile have lost a major mobile patent trial to tech company 3MFuture Africa. A patent court in the South African capital of Pretoria ruled that Standard Bank and MTN had infringed on the Cape Town-based 3MFuture Africa’s payment card security technology patent, which that allows users to switch their payment cards on and off with their cellphones. 3MFuture claims that the technology eliminates the problems of card cloning, skimming and theft. The presiding ...

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Google expels Grooveshark from the Play Store…again

Looks like the music industry might've got to Google. Free music streaming service Grooveshark has again disappeared from the Google Play Store after returning earlier this week. According to The Next Web, the app had returned after more than a year's absence in the wake of lawsuits from the major music labels. The labels had accused of it infringing on copyright by allowing people to share tracks regardless of whether or not they had license to do so. The app had ...

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AfricaCom Awards 2012: recognising African tech innovators

The AfricaCom Awards 2012 ends off the 15th annual AfricaCom congress and exhibition and celebrates innovation in the African tech industry. This year, several new categories have been added, giving a wider array of companies the opportunity to be recognised. Entries close 7 September. Awards will be presented to companies with initiatives in the following categories. Best Network Improvement -- an eye-catching, successful initiative that has significantly improved a network in Africa, since the end of November 2011. Most Innovative ...

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Rolling Stone joins the AR magazine cover brigade

This is one of the cooler magazine world versions of Augmented Reality we've seen in a while. When people scan the latest edition of Rolling Stone South Africa, they'll get a free music video. The September issue uses AR app Layar to allow readers real-time access to watch former Springbok Nude Girls singer Arno Carsten’s new music video, “Two Dogs” as well as preview its interview with him. They'll also be able to share the story with friends on Facebook ...

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Apple kills drone warning app

Let's level for a moment. Armed military drone attacks are terrifying. So you can see why someone might want to know exactly when one happens. The natural solution, as far as New York University graduate student Josh Begley was concerned, was to build an app. Thing is, he claims that Apple has repeatedly shot down his attempts to publish the app on the app store. "I just wanted to make a simple app that would send a push ...

Advertising & Marketing

The Loeries: why SA’s top ad awards are still relevant in a digital world

Loeries As usual, around Loeries time, the assaults have begun in the media, social and otherwise. As a past subscriber to the criticisms leveled at South Africa's pre-eminent advertising awards, and now a committee member of them, I feel that I need to break my silence and say a few things in their support. Take that as a disclosure if you must. I sit on the Loeries Committee, which is to say, I volunteer my time as a representative of the Digital ...

Future Trends

Google, Facebook won’t be your next bank and here’s why

moneysmartiphoneandroid Everywhere you look, big tech players are looking to get into the financial services game. But that doesn't mean Apple, Google, Facebook will replace your bank any time soon. Not by a long way. Certainly digital has lowered barriers to entry into the financial services space, but it hasn't killed banking and it won't for some time to come. According to Gartner research vice president Alistair Newton, saying that Google is the bank of the future is like trying fit ...

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Obama on using Reddit: ‘not bad’

Obama Reddit US president Barack Obama took to Reddit yesterday evening for an hour-long session of the “Ask Me Anything” series. In the process, he became the first sitting head-of-state to do so and added a huge dose of credibility to the social news website. The site was inundated with visitors and the surge in traffic made sure that the session wasn't as productive as the president would have liked, but part of the strategy was surely to divert a whole lot ...

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