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Windows 10 - Because Seven Ate Nine
01 Oct 14
The new Windows was recently launched and the name was first announce; Windows 10. The name in line should have been Windows 9, but Windows skipped 9 and went straight for 10, possibly because seven ate nine?What’s in a name anyway? The true value is in what it can do.Windows 10 supports smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs and will sport a fancy new start menu (they had to include that didn't...



BlackBerry's Fighting Back
01 Oct 14
BlackBerry predicts a big turnaround in the months to come, which is optimistic seeing that the cell phone manufacturer has posted a loss of $207 million on $916 billion in revenues over the last three months ending August 30. BlackBerry’s optimism is largely due to their widely accepted and acclaimed BlackBerry Passport which is already winning the hearts of business customers. The Bl...



Inside Apple's Testing Lab
01 Oct 14
In the midst of #BendGate fiasco, Apple defends the charges that their new phones bend and break too easily In the video link below you will see how Apple painstakingly tested their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were before being sent off into the market. In fact Consumer Reports conducted stress tests on the iPhone 6 series and found that it took 90 pounds of force to even star...



Vodacom Voice Over LTE
01 Oct 14
Vodacom has done it! They made the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call in South Africa. What does this mean? "The migration of voice traffic to the LTE network will also have the benefit of freeing up capacity currently used to carry voice services,” Delport said. This will ultimately result in faster call setup times, clearer voice quality and potentially cheaper services to com. U...



Emoticons: the origin story from 1900 – 2014
24 Sep 14
Emoticons: the origin story from 1900 – 2014Emoticons are excellent ways to express your hidden meaning when you WhatsApp or SMS your friends. Sarcasm for example is completely lost without a tongue in your face punctuation :P or a wink-face smiley ;)It might surprise you to know how old the emoticons date back. Long before your smartphone, long before the Nokia 3210, even longer before your dad a...



Free WhatsApp for Cell C Subscribers
24 Sep 14
Free WhatsApp for Cell C Subscribers WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat services in the World. Cell C have leaped on the opportunity to give something back to their subscribers – free WhatsApp usage. "I have said before that we as mobile carriers have to embrace the over the top (OTT) players and partner with them to provide customers with added value,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos San...



The iPhone 6 Plus might have the bends
24 Sep 14
It is rumoured that the iPhone 6 Plus might warp to the shape of your leg if kept in your pocket for too long. The rumours have been spreading on Twitter and Apple Forums. While the rumours might be false they are plausible since Apple does use aluminium as its housing metal and the iPhone 6 Plus is remarkably thin. However don’t be quick to laugh at Apple because other manufacturers hav...



Google’s balloons pass over South Africa
24 Sep 14
Google’s balloons pass over South Africa Google’s Project Loon is the internet and information giant’s effort to provide high speed wireless internet to rural areas by beaming LTE signals down to customers via a series of high flying Google Balloons. Each Google balloon is designed to stay in the air for up to 100 days....



iPhone 6 Plus bringing in the Apple bucks
24 Sep 14
iPhone 6 Plus bringing in the Apple bucks As you most likely know Apple launched their new iPhone, the iPhone 6. The new device comes in two versions, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. What you may not know however is that the iPhone 6 Plus sells for around R1113 more than its smaller counterpart, however its rumoured to only costs Apple an additional R166 to produce. Apple reporte...



Apple Drops the i, but Why?
14 Sep 14
Apple drops the i, but why? This week Apple launched 3 new device, the much anticipated iPhone 6 (and surprise launch of the iPhone 6 Plus), the Apple Wallet and Apple Watch. Besides the iPhone however you may have notice that the naming conventions behind Apple’s new products were missing the defining prefix "i”. The much anticipated iWatch is named Apple Watch, the Apple mobile wallet ...



Phones to Smartphones to Phablets
14 Sep 14
A Phablet for every pocket.Recently Apple launched two new Smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. Besides some hardware spec differences the main difference is in the screen size. While the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen (the Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a 5.1 inch screen) the iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display. The display size was a big leap for Apple who, until recently, was laggi...



SanDisk introduces us to the 512GB SD Card
14 Sep 14
SanDisk reveals the 512GB SD Card 512GB is more than half a terabyte of storage space. That’s far more storage space than most laptops and ultrabooks. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6 Plus both come with a maximum of 128GB, that’s a far cry from 512GB. Not only has SanDisk created a micro SD card that can add tons of additional storage space for you your Smartphone, laptop, ...



Some fun: Broken Phone Statistics
14 Sep 14
Some fun: Broken Phone Statistics It’s never fun breaking your phone or tablet. A smashed screen, faulty battery, phone charging issues or liquid damage is never a pleasant experience. That’s why Phonefinder has launched phone repairs. We have you covered. However below are some interesting statistics which might interest you. Do you fit the mold? The most common breakages: Sim...



Who is Virgin Mobile South Africa?
12 Sep 14
Who is Virgin Mobile South Africa? You've heard of Sir Richard Brandon and the Virgin Group right? That’s that funky group that runs businesses ranging from record labels to airliners, from gymnasium to banking. Well Virgin Mobile is Virgin’s venture into cell phone service providing. But what exactly is Virgin Mobile South Africa (VMSA) and why don’t we see any VMSA cell phone ...



ICASA Call Termination Rates
07 Sep 14
ICASA earlier last week revealed their new Draft Call Termination Regulations 2014 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is responsible for overseeing three communication tiers in South Africa, namely: telecommunications, broadcasting and postal services sector. On Thursday, 4 September 2014 ICASA revelled to the telecommunications sector its new draft Call T...



MTN Talk Free
03 Sep 14
MTN Talk Free MTN has recently launched a new pre-paid tariff deal which lets you talk to other MTN using friends and family for free, so long as your conversation goes over 3 minutes. The talk plan is called MTN Talk Free. How it works: after chatting to an MTN subscriber for over 3 minutes the caller will receive a further 57 minutes for free. Effectively the MTN to MTN tariff plan ...



South Africa’s Phonefinder Wants to be the Biggest Cellular Services Price Comparison Site
03 Sep 14
We would like to thank www.techmoran.com for their article of Phonefinder, we appreciate the recognition and hope that the exposure has helped more South African's use our services to find the best cell phone contract deal for their needs. To read the full article please click here...



Microsoft + Nokia: The Birth of a Giant
02 Sep 14
Microsoft + Nokia: The Birth of a Giant Microsoft Corp. completed its acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services earlier this year – for a whopping around $7.2 billion (R76.79 billion) Microsoft will now effectively become a hardware company with over 90 percent of all Windows Phones (Nokia's Lumia). Microsoft will also acquire the low-end Android based devices (Nokia’s Asha, X handse...



Daily Data Deals ..umm Compared
01 Sep 14
Data DealsLast week we announced the daily data deal offered by Cell C (Cell C Same-Day Data Deals), this article will show how Cell C stacks up against MTN and Vodacom."Many customers want a quick check of their social media or a quick post on an online service. These new bundles will allow anyone with a data enabled phone to do just that,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos. We couldn't ag...



Firefox Launch their Super Cheap Phone
01 Sep 14
Firefox Cloud FXThis smartphone (Cloud FX) is the culmination of two companies, namely Mozilla and Intex Technologies. The result is a smart phone which only costs $33 (R351.94).Unfortunately the Cloud FX is only available in India for now."With the launch of Intex Cloud FX, we aim to enable the masses to get smartphone experience at the cost of a feature phone," explains Intex director of marketi...



MTN's Bright Idea
30 Aug 14
MTN has a bright idea: use street lights as cell phone towers.MTN plan to use street lamps as cell phone towers and impose minimal impact on city landscapes.Our cities are becoming denser with new buildings which limits the coverage of a cell phone tower. Building more towers in densely populated areas simply looks horrible (even towers which try to look like trees are eye sores). MTNs p...



The legend of Phil - Phonefinder's hero
26 Aug 14
The legend of PhilThe SIM-card legends say that a savior would come to South Africa in a time of clutter and confusion, when citizens would need a guiding hero to help them compare cell phone contract deals. Today there are over 3000 unique cell phone contracts on the market. Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom Mobile, Axxon Mobile, MrP Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Red Bull Mobile are all fighting to offe...



Who has 600 million active users? WhatsApp is who.
26 Aug 14
Remember in February 2014 when Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion? Well at the time WhatsApp had about 450 million users. Today that number looks more like 600 million.Facebook has around 200 million active users using Facebook Messenger, and a further 200 million Instagram users. That’s a lot of text and images going through the Facebook world. The next biggest chat app is We...



Cell C Same-Day Data Deals
26 Aug 14
Cell C Same-Day Data Deals On the 24 August 2014 Cell C announced the launch of their new data bundle deals. These deals feature kilobyte billing increments. The new offer includes packages designed for:Daily Data bundle: Expiring at midnight Nite Data bundles: Valid from 01:00 to 07:00 in the morning On the reasoning behind these bundles, Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos had this to...



Time traveler caught using her cell phone in this 1928 film
25 Aug 14
Time traveler caught using her cell phone in this 1928 film If this lady is indeed a time traveler then we have bad news for you - not only did they have better cell phone reception in 1928 than we do today, but the cell phone of the future will once again be chunky, clunky and massive. That’s rather depressing. There is of course the possibility that this is not a time traveler who is b...



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