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Archive for August, 2011

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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE with 4.5″ display approved

Samsung has officially confirmed that they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE with a 4.5″ Super AMOLED display, the hardware has also reached another level. This will be the first smartphone that will suit LTE, WCDMA and GSM. NFC, an 8 megapixel camera with flash will all be powered by the upgraded 1850mAh.

Samsungs IFA event will present the Galaxy S ll LTE, there hasn’t been any sign of a rumour pointing out to a price or any release date. Other details mentioned that the smartphone will be packed with Android Gingerbread and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

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Virgin Mobile SA officially licensed to offer Blackberry products

Virgin Mobile SA and RIM today announced that Virgin Mobile SA can officially offer Blackberry products for its customers in South Africa. Virgin Mobile will also have a new promotion called Virgin Mobile SA ‘have it all’ which consists of social networking, email, web browsing and BBM, plus 1000 SMSs free every month.

Other companies now have more competition to handle, Virgin Mobile SA now officially has the Blackberry Curve 9520 and 9300 3G smartphone on contract deals.

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Vodacom to get Blackberry Playbook on 29th August

Blackberry South Africa today announced that Vodacom stores nationwide will be selling the Blackberry Playbook in storage options of 16, 32 or 64GB on the 29th August but after calling Vodaworld, we were told that the tablet will only be available from the 1st of September.

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Prices haven’t been revealed, CaCell already has the Playbook 16GB with Wifi at R4500. The Playbook isn’t officially available in South Africa but there is already much competition that Vodacom will have to endure. Comments at the Blackberry South Africa Facebook Page show that the smart tablet will only be available for the MTN Corporate customers.

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Possible new quad-core tablet giveaway by Microsoft

At the TechEd conference in New Zealand, Microsoft Enterprise Strategist Jeff Johnson showed of 2 tablets, he mentioned that a quad-core Windows Slate will be given at an forthcoming Microsoft event. He may be referring to the BUILD conference coming which is mainly focusing on Windows 8.

Thisismynext mentions that they’ve heard that Redmond is preparing a Windows 8 development tablet for that event, no other information is available. The second tablet that Johnson showed looks like the Fujitsu’s Windows 7-powered Stylistic Q550, after much confirming – it was concluded by us that the second tablet is the Fujitsu’s Windows 7-powered Stylistic Q550.

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Nokia E7 at Virgin Mobile still “coming soon”

After many months, other cellular network already are offering the Nokia E7 but Virgin Mobile still has the device listed as “coming soon”. South African that shall acquire the device will be expecting Symbian Anna. The R6349 valued device is on a Classic Phone Contract 300 which includes R300 airtime per month together with 1000 free SMS’s and a R20 compulsory billing.

Nokia N8 business-orientated successor features a 8 megapixel camera, Ovi Maps with free navigation (standard). With a Nokia ClearBlack display, the black parts that the user sees, it enhances the contrast thus enabling better vision for the E7 user.

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Problems arise with Vodacoms CPA compliance allegation

Vodacom received a compliance notice whereby they had neglected to change their customer contacts therefore explaining their call rates. Vodacom COO of corporate affairs mentioned that they were surprised to have received this notice from the NCC. Maurice explained that there is already an amendment process, the finalization date was agreed to be 31st October.

Therefore the statement in Today’s Business Day is baseless which explained that Vodacom has refused to amend their customer contracts. Vodacom has said that they working with NCC closely to update their contracts to fall inline with the new policies.

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BBM Music officially announced by RIM, SA left out

BBM Music was hear on in July, when not very much details were known. RIM today officially announced BBM Music which will cost $4.99. Canada, USA and the UK have the benefit of trying the closed beta trial. The full service may go fully functional towards the end of the year in 18 more countries.

This cloud-based service permits for music discovery by initiating a huge community-based music library. The way it works, is that you’re permitted to have any 50 songs stored on your phone whereas you can exhange   25 of them every month. By adding more BBM Music friends, you are allowed to have more songs as well as access your friends songs. South Africa has been left out of the list that is allowed the beta trial, it may be coming later on this year.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V announced, brings Gingerbread 2.3.4 update

Sony Ericsson today announced that their new device, the Neo V will be available from the fourth quarter of the year which will feature the new Google Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The new update have features such as Google Talk with video chat, updated Facebook client, USB peripheral support, Swipe text input as well as screenshot capability.

The Neo V will have similar specs to the Xperia Neo. A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, five-megapixel camera with auto-focus, face detection, LED flash and 3D sweep panorama, 720p video recording capability, a VGA front-facer, 3.7-inch FWVGA display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, up to 320MB of memory, 2GB microSD card included as well as a 1500 mAh battery are all packed in the Neo V smartphone.

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Future WP7 devices to feature Mango and front facing cameras with Skype

Microsoft has officially confirmed that upcoming devices will feature Mango with a front facing camera as well as a Skype client but is unsure whether it will be an update or an app. This was confirmed at Redmond’s TechEd event in New Zealand.

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2 Employees showcased Microsoft Lync VoIP, representatives then told the crowd that Skype will be coming with the smartphones.

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Nokia announces more single and dual SIM devices, 100 and 101

Nokia already has devices in the market that are single and dual SIM which some of them, are cheap. Nokia today has announced more devices, the dual SIM Nokia 101 handset may cost around $35 with features such as a 1.8″ display, a microSD slot, a MP3 player, the regular 3.5mm audio jack and a powerful 103-phon loudspeaker.

All that which is powered by the 800mAh battery. The cheaper alternative, the Nokia 100 is a single SIM device which has all the basic consumer essentials. With a FM radio, the battery can last abit longer due to its less features. The Nokia 101 is expected this quarter of the year while the 101 shall make an appearance towards the end of the year.