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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...



Axxess Mobile Introduce Rolling Data
25 Aug 14
Axxess Mobile is an internet cellular service provider with a difference. What is that difference you may ask? Well Axxess lets you roll over your data for up to 3 months. That may not seem like a revolutionary idea however currently neither Vodacom, Cell C nor MTN are doing it, which makes Axxess Mobile quit a big deal. Axxess Mobile is powered by MTN’s Network.For more information visit Axxess M...



Hands on the BlackBerry Passport [Video]
17 Aug 14
Hands on the BlackBerry Passport [Video] BlackBerry has always been a crowd favorite in South Africa, with only recent trends shying away from this once mammoth cell phone manufacturer. However BlackBerry hope to win back its fans with the new BlackBerry Passport. If you don’t know much about this exciting new device then you best watch the video below.Key features include:· Touch-sensit...



Noise pollution: the future to charging your phone!
17 Aug 14
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and researchers at Nokia have found a way to use sound energy to charge your mobile devices.Ambient sound (aka: atmospheric sounding, background noise or noise pollution) is the focus of Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and researchers at Nokia.These bright-sparks have built a mobile device that is charged up (a tiny little bit) by noi...



Limited edition HTC One (M8) Masterpiece: But you can’t have one
16 Aug 14
Limited edition HTC One (M8): But you can’t have oneHTC has become known for producing limited and exclusive cell phone model designs. Back in 2010 we saw the limited edition myTouch 3G modeled for Fender Guitar. Then in 2013 HTC designed another eye-catching masterpiece out of the HTC One X, that smart phone beauty was given away to celebrities attending Fashion Week in N...



The real meaning behind emoticons (Emoji)
16 Aug 14
If you use emoticons in your daily WhatsApp chats then chances are that you are using them wrong (although does it really matter?). WhatsApp uses emoji for its list of available emoticons. Emoji is a Japanese pictograph which literally means "picture" (e) + "character". Originally emoji was intended to be used only in Japan, however thanks to Unicode we now all get to use the icons on ou...



The most downloaded app with only 1 star rating
10 Aug 14
Which app is most downloaded but has only 1 star rating? If the logo in this articles picture didn't give it away, the answer is Facebook Messenger. Although Messenger has claimed the top of the pops (so to speak) in the Apple app market, users (that’s you) are not happy. Put it this way, Facebook Messenger has a 1 star rating which is the lowest rating that an app can rece...



Chip mimics the performance of the human brain
10 Aug 14
This computer chip (first conceived 2 years ago by IBM) mimics the performance of the human brain. That’s pretty cool. It’s called the SyNAPSE chip. The SyNAPSE chip is capable of: 1 million programmable neurons256 million programmable synapses46 billion synaptic operations per second, per watt Unless you are a neurosurgeon or engineer the above specifications ma...



Top 5 Messaging Apps. The SMS is Dead.
09 Aug 14
SMS’s these days seem only to be for car insurance messages and fake "your cell phone number has just won 1 million Rand”. If you are still SMSing your friends, and if you own a smartphone, then take note of the below 5 messaging apps; not only do they let you bypass your Network Carriers call chargers (if you are on WiFi, otherwise you will need a 3G data package) but they are also fun ...



MrP Mobile Officially Launched
05 Aug 14
MrP Mobile Officially Launched Mr Price has officially launched their mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Mr Price Mobile is the second MVPO after Virgin Mobile to launch in South Africa and both operators use Cell C’s Network. MrP Mobile have launched with four packages. The Nokia Asha 503 (R89 per month) with R100 airtimeLumia 520 (R129 per month) with R100 airtimeSamsung Gal...



Typo iPhone Keyboard: It’s so QWERTY
04 Aug 14
Typo iPhone Keyboard: It’s so QWERTY You may remember Typo due to the fuss BlackBerry made last year about this iPhone snap-on-keyboard’s potential patent infringements. Now Typo, co-founded by TV producer Ryan Seacrest, has launched their new and improved design: Typo 2. The new design includes a back-light keyboard and a lock to prevent accidental button pressing. Their new layout how...



The South African Mobile Industry: 4 pretty cool stats
03 Aug 14
The South African Mobile Industry: 4 pretty cool stats With a mobile market penetration of 128% (that’s right, more than 100%) it is very clear that cell phones matters big time in South Africa. The below information was made possible thanks to the (MMASA) and the South African Audience Research Foundation’s AMPS (All Media and Products Survey), whose 2013 data collection published ge...



10 New Social Sites You Should Know About
29 Jul 14
10 New Social Sites You Should Know AboutEveryone knows that a cell phone is important if you want to stay social, even if you never even call anyone. However if you have had enough of Facebook and Twitter then you may want to have a look at Mashable's top 10 rising new Social Websites.The list includes Secret, Shots, SnapChat, WeChat, We Heart It, Tinder, Medium, Vine, Bubblews and Whisper. S...



How MTN made Wikipedia free to access for all MTN customers
28 Jul 14
How MTN made Wikipedia free to access for all MTN customersIn a response to an open letter by 3 South African students (Charlene Music, Victor Grigas, Andy R. Jordan) who were reaching out for nothing more that free and accessible access to education, MTN accepted the challenge and made Wikipedia free for all its customers.Data is expensive, Wikipedia is free. "That’s why the Wikimedia Foundation ...



Are you one of Cell C’s 18 million customers?
28 Jul 14
Are you one of Cell C’s 18 million customers? Cell C has recently revealed that it has an 18.1 million active customers on its book (June 2014, that’s a 59% increase from a year ago). It might surprise you to know that in Cell C’s 13 years of operation it has yet to make a net profit. However that has not slowed Cell C down! Despite their earnings Cell C has waged a price on South Africa...



Future smart phone displays could be analysing your DNA
19 Jul 14
Imagine if your smartphone display could tell if you were developing a cold.Researchers from Polytechnique Montreal and Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning are working on just that. The idea is that special spit sensors would be embedded in your cell phone display and be connected to your smart phone's processor. The applications are vast: assess blood levels, take your temperature, recommend v...



Mobile Typing without a keyboard
19 Jul 14
The keyboardless keyboardIntroducing the AirType; the first keyboardless keyboard which will let you use any surface to type up an email or WhatsApp message on your tablet or smart phone, and unlike the projector keyboards which you may have seen in the past the AirType has no visual displays at all, only 2 trendy bracelets.This is the future of mobile interaction. See the AirType in action below....



Top 5 Smart Watches Of 2014
18 Jul 14
If you love staying ahead of the curve, if the thought of taking your phone out of your pocket or handbag frustrates you, if making your friends jealous puts a smile on your face - then get your hands on a SmartWatch.There are literally dozens of smart-watches (both on the market and in development) so knowing which one to get is a tough challenge. In this short article we aim to highlight the bes...



The smartest smart-phones of 2014
13 Jul 14
Below is a list of this year’s top 4 smartest smart-phones of 2014. Phil selected these phones, and as a cell phone himself he has an eye for phone intelligence and beauty. Samsung Galaxy S5Running on Android 4.4 (KitKat) this beautiful phone boasts an array of performance features including an incredible display; blistering quad-core processor not to mention an excellent camera experience. For a ...



The very first cell phone advert
12 Jul 14
Have fun watching the very first cell phone advertisement. Centel Corporation was one of the early American telecommunications companies with a focus on providing a mobile phone service. It was founded in 1900 as an electric company and was eventually purchased by Sprint in 1993 (for approximately $3 billion). For more up-to-date, and South African phone deals you might want to have a lo...



Soon your cell phone will learn how to interact with you.
06 Jul 14
Siri: The next level of AI in your pocketSince the days when Michael Knight cracked wise ones with KITT, his artificial intelligent car, we (or at least every boy) has wanted to chat to a know-it-all computer. Apple came close to giving us just that when they launched SIRI for the iPhone in 2010; but the service wasn't exactly accurate, until now. Apple is making the next...



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