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  • Google+ iPhone app launched and immediately faces litany of complaints

    A major aspect of a social network’s success, it can be argued, depends on the ability of users to access it on the go. Twitter, first launched as a mobile service, and Facebook have recognised this with a variety mobile apps and a mobi site. Now, the latest kid on the social networking block, Google+ has joined the party with the launch of its official iPhone app. In keeping with the thought behind G+,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Top 10 most-downloaded free iPhone apps of all time

    Just two and half years since its launch, the Apple App Store is about to clock in its 10 billionth download. This same feat took iTunes eight years to achieve. To celebrate, Apple is giving away a US$10 000 iTunes Gift Card to the person who downloads the 10-billionth app. To commemorate the occasion Apple has also created an iTunes page featuring lists of the top paid and free apps available for iPhone and iPad devices. Four of the top free apps appear both on the iPad and iPhone lists, namely Pandora, Movies by Flixster, Google Earth and Google Mobile...

  • The Memeburn iPhone 4 review: Please just go get it

    I'm no Apple fan boy. I'm a Vaio user and a big fan of Windows 7. In fact on a philosophical level I dislike Apple, the company. It's a company that is terminally arrogant, and increasingly shortsighted when it comes to building business ecosystems. (Read: Why the iPhone is in trouble) But you know what? I don't care. They make brilliant products. The iPhone 4 is an uber gadget. It's a future device that doesn't quite belong in today's world. I often wondered whether Apple could keep raising the bar with every iPhone iteration. But they seem to do it almost...

  • Instagram: the retro-social photography app

    My first camera was a little Kodak Instamatic, with a fixed-focus lens and a revolving cube of flashbulbs on top, that my father bought me on the eve of a school trip to the Kruger Park. Even way back then I was an irritating early adopter, the only kid on the bus pointing and shooting out the window as we wound our way past the wonders of the wild. My pictures were fuzzy and blasted with glare -- an elephant skull at Shingwedzi, a giraffe, a distant herd of impala -- but in retrospect, they captured the light with a...

  • iPhone 4 outranks Justin Bieber on SA internet searches

    Apple’s recently launched iPhone4 has received greater internet search interest than Justin Bieber, despite the fact that the teen pop sensation was actually in South Africa at the time. This revelation comes from Google Zeitgeist-- a tool that provides insight into internet search trends. SA’s fascination with the latest gadgets is clearly evident, with the iPhone 4 topping the list of fastest rising searches from the last seven days, while Bieber only claims the number five spot. The YouTube star got SA teenyboppers in a flat spin last week, when he breezed into the country for some ‘rest and relaxation’,...

  • Android expected to dominate mobile app market by 2013

    According to a recent survey by mobile research firm, research2guidance, the smartphone app market is enjoying explosive growth and is currently worth $2.2-billion dollars, with 42.7-million smartphones operational in the United States alone. Apple started the trend towards mobile apps with their "great leap forward" -- the iPhone app store. But momentum has shifted and most app developers believe that by 2013 "Android will have become the mobile platform which offers the highest business potential for mobile app developers". When Apple opened the iPhone app store it started a snowball-effect that has completely changed the mobile market. Initially, the company...

  • How to boost your productivity with the iPhone

    The iTunes store is bursting with apps designed to improve your productivity. But there are hundreds of options that all do the same thing, so you need to be selective when deciding which ones to use. Memeburn offers you some recommendations which provide extra functionality as well as multi-platform support that is a cut above the rest. Evernote Evernote is a tool you can use to take notes, create to-do lists, search through images, capture business cards and more. Wikipedia calls it "a suite of software and services designed for note taking and archiving". All of the information that you...

  • Apple presents musical social network

    On Wednesday the 1st of September, Apple introduced a music-centric social network called Ping, and unveiled updates to its lineup of iPods and Apple TV. Ping is built into the new iTunes 10, and is available for download to its 160-million users with immediate effect. The service will allow users to discover new music by allowing them to follow and view their friends' music reviews, purchases and planned concert attendances. Bands can also use Ping as a platform to communicate new releases, concert tours and events to their fans. Just about every iPod in Apple's arsenal got refreshed with new versions...

  • The best of jailbreak: 10 apps worth hacking your iPhone for

    Now that can legally jailbreak your iPhone, you might be asking yourself why bother? After all, ISO4, 3 and 2 have brought so many improvements, and Apple has approved so many apps it used to block from the app store. What can jailbreaking my iPhone offer me? Check out these 10 great jailbreak apps that could convince you to take a leap of faith and crack your iPhone. If you're unsure how to do it, follow our jailbreak guide here. Most of the apps listed will install using Cydia, the iPhone...

  • How I divorced my iPhone and ran off with a cellphone named Desire

    My iPhone and I had been together for close on two years, when an SMS from a total stranger made me think the time had come to move on. It’s not as if I was unhappy with my iPhone – although every now and again, I had to listen to someone yelling “Hello! Hello! You’re breaking up!” in my ear - it’s just that there comes a turning point in any cellular relationship. It’s called the upgrade, and you know it works. Every two years, when the time comes to renew your vows, you are offered a brand-new cellphone for free...

  • Jailbreak your iOS4 iPhone legally: A step-by-step guide

    If you're an Apple fanboy you probably know that the US government has ruled you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone, which means freeing your phone from the limitations imposed upon it by Apple. The Associated Press reports that "the US government approved a handful of new exemptions to a federal law that prevents the circumvention of technical measures preventing users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works." So what does this mean for the average iPhone user? In a nutshell, you can now legally jailbreak your iPhone without feeling like Jack Sparrow and having to worry about being drawn and quartered....

  • Apple iAds: Exploring the good, the bad and the ugly

    Apple's announcement in April of its own proprietary advertising platform, iAds, has created quite a stir.  Set to have begun running on 1 July, there have been some delays as advertisers get to grips with the new platform. iAds sees Apple taking direct control of ad sales while offering publishers of apps 60% of the total advertising revenue.  Major advertisers such as Unilever, Nissan, Disney, and CitiGroup have come running and we'll probably see some mind-blowing displays of creative genius over the next few weeks and months as ads begin to flight. But will it work? iAds is not the only avenue...