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All posts by Marc Forrest

Marc Forrest is a blogger, techie, Apple fan boy and dad to three gorgeous kids. He started blogging in 2004 after being inspired by the Joblog.co.za team in Johannesburg, and started a blog called Durbzblog. After realising in 2007 that he needed his own identity, he set up MarcForrest.com, which, according to Afrigator.com and MyScoop.co.za is now the highest ranking blog in KwaZulu-Natal. His blog's primary focus is iPhone-related news and application reviews, while he also keeps a general overview on South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal news. He is the co-founder of Izimvo.com and creator of SAiPhoneApps.co.za, which focuses on South African iPhone app developers and applications.
  • Can Microsoft make Excel exciting with GeoFlow? [TechEd]

    Microsoft's latest addition to the Excel 2013 & Office 365 suite is a nifty little plugin called GeoFlow. GeoFlow for Excel is a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring & interacting with geographical and temporal data, allowing people to discover and share new insights. The tool, which offers a wide variety of options and customizing, allows you to visualize how geospatial patterns, such as clusters, trends or outliers, change over time. Once the insights have been identified and collated, they can be packaged into an interactive guide, which can be exported to a variety of video formats, allowing you...

  • TomTom delivers a world-class iPhone app and car kit [Review]

    Last week, I received a mouth-watering package from the good folk at TomTom South Africa -- an iPhone 4 and a Tom Tom car kit. I had been wanting to test their GPS app out for quite a while, as I had only heard good things about it, and after reviewing other iPhone GPS apps, I wanted to see how TomTom stacked up. The latest update to the TomTom Southern Africa app (iTunes Link US$59.99) delivers a much-anticipated feature called HD Traffic (In-App purchase US$37.99 for 12 months or US$5.99 for 1 month), a service which allows you to see...

  • iPad finally launches in South Africa, but will you buy it?

    It seems we're exiting the stone age. The iPad will officially go on sale in South Africa, from 9am today, you will be able to buy the iPad from premium Apple resellers, Dion Wired, Incredible Connection or any Apple store. Digicape should also be stocking the iPad. For more info on pricing and specs, check out core.co.za This won't be news to most hardcore geeks, many of whom secured iPads from overseas or from "grey" retailers shortly after it was launched last year. The prices for the iPads are as follows: 16GB WiFi - R4,399 32GB WiFi - R5 399 64GB WiFi - R6...

  • Windows Phone 7, Kinect showcased at Microsoft Durban conference

    Over 2 500 IT professionals and tech-geeks from around South Africa and the wider continent have converged on Durban's International Convention Centre for the 2010 installment of the annual Microsoft Tech-Ed Africa conference. The conference, possibly the largest IT gathering in Africa, kicked off on Sunday evening with a keynote address from Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Worldwide Services, Norm Judah. Judah is no stranger to South Africa: He earned his first degree (in electrical engineering) from Wits University before heading abroad in the mid-70s. He has worked for Microsoft for the past 20 years, and has built an...

  • Zoopy launches iPhone app

    The guys from Zoopy, a major African video sharing site, have released their official iPhone app, which allows users to view and share videos on the go. After downloading the app, my first impressions were that the app was pretty impressive. Its interface was well designed, generally slick and fast. The app has a featured section which highlights some of the best videos on Zoopy's site, the ability to search and a Zoopy TV...

  • iPhone apps capitalise on iOS4 update

    With the release of Apple's latest iPhone and iPod operating system iOS4 last week, the quality control team at the iTunes App Store has been hard-at-work approving updates to iPhone applications in the past week. Not only does this mean loads of updates for users, but it also means a couple of new apps showing up on the app store which have taken advantage of the new operating system's capabilities such as an improved battery life, the ability to create folders, and of course, multi-tasking. Here are three notable apps which caught my eye and are worthy of a...

  • World Cup iPhone apps: The hot and not

    With the FIFA 2010 World Cup around the corner, I decided to take a look at a couple of the iPhone apps on offer for our international visitors. Browsing through the iTunes app store I came across a few really fantastic apps on the one hand and a few, um... shall we say, interesting apps on the other hand. 
 
When judging the apps, I looked mostly at functionality, how they promote our beautiful country, and how they assist visitors with World Cup information and tourist information such as local restaurants, "must sees" and various travel tips. 
 
 Here are the must-have apps: 
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  • SA iPhone app market poised to boom…

    According to AdMob, the world's largest Mobile Advertising Network, South Africans are slowly catching on to the worldwide iPhone phenomenon. Stats show that the penetration of the iPhone into the South Africa market has slowly increased over the last couple of months, as users of the device start seeing the potential benefits, both from a business as well as a personal perspective. South African iPhone developers have been growing quickly over the past couple of months, with corporates now also seeing the benefits of having an iPhone application included in their media portfolio. Media24 have seen a...