WWDC – Apple speaks to its users and competitors

Yesterday Apple unveiled a variety of things at their WWDC event and heralded in a new era for their software. Mac OS X Snow Leopard has now been replaced with OS X Mavericks. The new desktop operating system contains a variety of new features but it is clear that Apple places quite a bit of value on their desktop business. Maps bring advanced mapping technologies from iOS to the Mac, including crisp vector graphics, stunning 3D view and interactive Flyover. With Maps you can plan a trip from your Mac, then send it to your iPhone for voice navigation on the road. Maps integration throughout Mavericks...
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PriceCheck Unveils Barcode Scanner App for the Apple iPhone

You can now download the PriceCheck Barcode Scanner Application from iTunes for your iPhone. With nearly 7 million supported products with barcodes, the PriceCheck Barcode Scanner app provides realtime product and pricing for users. The PriceCheck Barcode Scanner is a handy tool supplying you with comparative offers from online shops based on a brick-and-mortar in-store product you are interested in. The application uses your phone’s camera and scans any product barcode typically found on its packaging (seen in the image below). The barcode scanner sends this code to the PriceCheck system which...
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Apple’s Cloudy iFuture

Apple made yesterday a historical day in various ways. Steve Jobs was to launch software and no actual new devices (iPhone 5). The media knew in advance which Apple products would be unveiled at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Why did they take this extra ordinary unexpected step? Simple, to ensure that the new software does not get lost in the usual hype which surrounds Apple product launches. Secondly, I think it was also a reassurance to their shareholders that Jobs would be there and not one of his lieutenants. (Their share price did take a bit of a nose dive.) The Software which will be...
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The DSTV Drifta Mobile Decoder

Mobile TV has been a white elephant in South Africa for some time. Mobile operators and third party software were seen as the only way for consumers to be able to watch TV on the go. Enter MultiChoice with the DSTV Drifta and many people are interested in watching sport on a mobile device. I think that the Drifta is another game changer for MultiChoice. At the moment the service is free, but will cost R36 per month from 1 April 2011. It features the following channels: Africa Magic Channel O Trace TV The eNews Channel SuperSport Blitz SuperSport 1 SuperSport 2 SuperSport 3 Cartoon Network Currently...
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A Touch Screen Apple iMac?

I love this time of the year as a gadget owner. We are about 11 weeks away from Christmas and every manufacturer is clamouring to get their latest wares for sale online. I can just hear the sound of ripping gift wrap…. it’s like an opera performance to my ears. There are a few rumours floating around in the tech industry. There is the much anticipated Google tablet and the rumour that Apple TV is no longer just a hobby for Steve Jobs. But what has also caught my attention is the possibility of touch screen Apple iMac desktop computer. The touch screen is not anything innovative. What has...
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