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iPhone

  • 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...

  • Impressions of Apple’s iOS4: Is it worth the upgrade?

    What makes a great phone is a combination of good hardware and software design. Apple certainly knows what how to do both well and has recently released iOS 4, available on their new iPhone 4, 3Gs, 3G and iPod Touches. The upgrade is available by updating your phone via iTunes. What you will notice The first notable change is the home screen wallpaper. This seems to add a fresh look to the operating system and definitely makes the phone feel more vibrant and alive again. Some application icons have also been updated which adds to the new look. The most important addition...

  • It’s all going wrong for the iPhone 4

    The new iPhone 4, Apple's latest installment of their acclaimed smartphone, seems to be having a less than ideal launch, with consumers around the world reporting bugs and issues with the new device and its operating system. Most prominent among these seem to be that the iPhone 4 has some serious antenna issues, in some cases it loses signal completely if held in a specific way. This is particularly acute for left-handed people. Various videos have popped up all over the web showing the phone's signal bars dropping as the antenna area is touched. Mashable reports that it appears to...

  • iPhone 4 in SA early September, now also includes MTN

    MTN subscribers will not have to fork out large boodles of cash to get their hands on the new Apple iPhone 4 because the operator’s South African network will launch it. That’s the word from an industry insider who spoke exclusively to Memeburn, but did not wish to be named. Both Vodacom and MTN should begin selling the iPhone 4 in early September, although an exact date cannot be confirmed at this stage because of brisk sales of the device in both the USA and across Europe. South Africa has traditionally been on a "third tier" level...

  • How to fix your iPhone’s IOS4 upgrade problems

    It seems thousands of Apple fanboys across the world are encountering issues when upgrading to Apple's newest iPhone, iPad and iPod operating system. And this is consistent with my own experience when I tried to update my ageing iPhone 3G. On Tuesday evening iTunes told me that it was time to update to IOS 4. After immediately clicking "download and install" and waiting in anticipation as every minute passed, I sat up till 12 that evening but it seems my iPhone was just not destined to update. It would eventually finish downloading the following morning... half the planet was...

  • Vuvuzela iPhone app now a world-wide top seller

    A Dutch mobile development company has shot to fame (or notoriety depending on your point of view) for building a Vuvuzela iPhone app that has quickly become the number one downloaded app in many parts of the world. Love them or hate them -- everyone will agree that the Vuvuzela has made the FIFA World Cup in South Africa the loudest in the tournament's history. Everyone has caught onto the Vuvu bandwagon, and sales around the world are skyrocketing. In the UK, Tesco’s recently reported sales of one Vuvuzela every 20 seconds during one of the recent England games. But...

  • iPhone 4: The stats you need to know

    With some of the details of the new iPhone 4 leaked a few months ago by tech blog Gizmodo, the hype around last night’s launch of Apple’s latest version of the iPhone was always going to be more about the finer detail Apple CEO Steve Jobs would provide. With a vastly-improved camera-operating system, a richer display, video calls, and some real advancements in the hardware department, the new iPhone 4 demonstrates once again that Apple is the undisputed leader of the smartphone world. Here are the key new features. All New Design The iPhone 4 has a new design we've...

  • Google battles Apple for worldwide OS dominance

    The New York Times reported yesterday that Apple has overtaken Microsoft as the world's most valuable technology company. According to the report, "as of Wednesday, Wall Street valued Apple at $222.12 billion and Microsoft at $219.18 billion". This represents an incredible turnaround for Apple, a company that was floundering a decade ago. But, in the wake of recent well-publicised reports about the speed with which the Android OS is catching on, it would seem that Apple needs to worry more about Google than they do about Microsoft. Leading mobile advertising company, AdMob, indicated that in April Google was...

  • 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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  • Swiss company develops innovative VOIP app based on local platform

    A Swiss-based telecommunications company, TelFree, has made ripples recently with the launch of an innovative Skype-like VOIP service developed right here in our very own back yard. The company has now released a new iPhone application of its offering, available for download in the iTunes App Store. The application's biggest innovation is that it features "push-call technology", making it possible for users to receive calls and messages even though the application isn't actively running on the device, or has even been signed into. This is beneficial for those mobile operating systems that do not support multi-tasking, or the ability to run multiple...

  • iPhone 4.0 revealed by US tech blog – Pics

    US technology blog Gizmodo has got its hands on what it believes to be the next iPhone. According to the blog, the iPhone prototype was apparently found "lost in a bar" near Apple's headquarters, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. The authors of Gizmodo report they were initially sceptical, but after "playing with it for about a week—the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone". Disassembling the phone provided further evidence of its authenticity. The site's sources say that Apple is indeed reporting that it has "lost" a prototype and that "they want it back". However there...

  • iAds: How Apple is putting more sheep in the walled garden

    It has not been long since Apple’s acquisition of Quattro Wireless and their clamp-down on location-based mobile advertising. At the time many industry analysts questioned this decision and what it would do to the global volume of targetable location-based mobile advertising. Now it all makes sense with the announcement of Apple iAds, their new advertising platform for in-app advertising delivery. As per usual, the industry has gone wild with the news of Apple’s new ad platform that will theoretically give Google a run for its money in this space, but is it really good news for advertisers and publishers? Let’s look at publishers...

  • Hands on with latest iPhone OS

    Version 4.0 of the iPhone OS was released a few hours ago, and largely due to the much-anticipated addition of multitasking, I was more eager than usual to check out this release. After install and reboot, the first noticeable change is a switch from the plain black background behind the menu icons to an actual picture – and to add to the excitement, Apple threw in the option to customise the picture. This is something that phones have been able to do for around 7 years, but somehow Apple still managed to get me feeling excited about changing my background...

  • Rumour: 'SA #3 in line for 3G iPhone'

    Ok, one thing we should expect for a while are plenty rumours over local release dates for the iPhone. I don't think Vodacom actually know when they are getting the phone and I am sure they are at the whim of Apple. And Apple would never ever change the goalposts from time to time, would they? I've been privy to information from a senior birdy at Vodacom that we are apparently in number...

  • 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...