Even the App Store isn’t safe from vuvuzelas

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 2 Comments »
Vuvuzela Man iPhone and iPad app

Is there any place on earth that hasn’t been invaded by the dreaded plastic trumpet, the vuvuzela? Made famous across the globe by the thousands of fans blowing them at the 2010 Soccer World Cup, this South African instrument has caused endless debate between sports fanatics. But love it or hate it, the vuvuzela is not going away. In fact, it’s about to get even louder with a. Read more...

Koreans embrace mobile shopping at virtual stores in subways

By Kim | On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 1 Comment »
Tesco Homeplus mobile virtual subway store

Until recently, major food chain Tesco found it difficult to compete in Korea – a bustling market where consumers are busy doing one of two things: working or commuting. Retailers have found that Koreans prefer to shop close to home but penetrating a new market isn’t easy, especially for a foreign company. Tesco tackled the problem with an ingenious use of place and promotion,. Read more...

[Infographic] The evolution of mobile operating systems

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 1 Comment »
Infographic - evolution of mobile operating systems

I remember with fondness the excitement of the PDA (personal digital assistant) era in the late nineties. Everyone wanted a Palm Pilot. Having one device that combined your calendar, budget, information, games and utilities was a miracle of nature at that point. Times and wants have changed, but the foundation of the concept we now know as ‘apps’ was established long, long before. Read more...

[Infographic] Apple pulls in 66% of global mobile sales profits

By Ryan | On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - No Comments »
Mobile vendors profits graph

It’s hard to believe that a computer brand that introduced the humble iPhone just four years go has grown into the mobile behemoth we see before us today. And though Apple’s handset penetration is only around the 20% mark across the globe, quarterly profit figures have revealed that they’re pulling in a massive 66% of global sales profits. Not surprising if you consider. Read more...

Africa’s first homegrown Android tablet to launch next month

By Ryan | On Monday, August 1st, 2011 - 2 Comments »
VMK Gingerbread Android tablet

Congolese technology house VMK has set out to prove that not all tablets are created equal, and that Africa is capable of producing technological solutions that answer a global need in a local way. The tablet, running Android Gingerbread, will house a 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of memory and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Android 2.3.3 device sports a decent spec for its price bracket. VMK’s CEO,. Read more...

Early glimpses of iPhone 5 cases

By Ryan | On Monday, August 1st, 2011 - No Comments »
iPhone 5 cases

While the world is still speculating about whether Apple will even release the iPhone 5 in September this year, the first glimpses of new iPhone 5 covers have already leaked out. From the looks of things, the new iPhone will be slightly narrower than the iPhone 4 and the camera lens width seems to be a little wider, sparking debate on whether the new handset will include a dual flash. At. Read more...

[Infographic] Mobile internet costs around the world

By Ryan | On Sunday, July 31st, 2011 - No Comments »
Infographic - mobile internet costs around the world

It’s not all that surprising to see that South Africa is ranked third most expensive in the world when comparing mobile internet costs. This infographic was put together using average costs across networks in each country (research conducted by Android Tablet Fanatic) and puts the USA, Nigeria and South Africa in the top three most expensive spots. Japan comes out cheapest, joined. Read more...

Islamic App Store opens just in time for Ramadan

By Kim | On Sunday, July 31st, 2011 - No Comments »
Islamic App Store

Just in time for the Islamic month of Ramadan, a French company has launched the Islamic App Store, with all kinds of apps and all sorts of features to assist Muslims in staying on the right track over the next month. Some of the offerings provide Muslims direct access to The Holy Quran, Ahadith, prayers, supplications, ringtones, wallpapers, audio, Muslim foods and even the Arabic language. Read more...

Blackberry Bold 9900. The thinnest Blackberry ever.

By Ryan | On Sunday, July 31st, 2011 - No Comments »
Blackberry Bold 9900

Blackberry owners everywhere have been waiting for this moment for a very, very long time. The Blackberry Bold 9900 will finally deliver the best of three worlds in one handset: (1) the convenience and modernism of touch, (2) combined with the practicality and familiarity of the Blackberry QWERTY keyboard, (3) without hiding the keyboard away in a slide mechanism (like its not-so-popular. Read more...

Google redesigns search interface for tablets

By Ryan | On Sunday, July 31st, 2011 - No Comments »
Google search interface for tablets

Google has announced a new search interface designed especially to take advantage of the large screens found on tablets. They’ve simplified the layout and used the space to increase page components like text, buttons and images to make the most of the expanded real estate that a tablet affords. A single tap on a central search button allows instant access to search categories (images,. Read more...