The Weekly Grenade

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Microsoft recently invested $300 million in Newco, Barnes and Noble’s company.  This deal will provide Windows 8 users internationally access to digital catalogues of e-books, magazines and newspapers.  The NOOK digital book store will be made available within Windows 8, later this year.

When it launches, Microsoft’s Home OS will be a revolution in technology.  The research project, which has been under development since 2010, will see households being electronically automated from the house’s climate, to its security in which users will be able to surveil their home remotely.  The system will run off a gateway computer, and among its features, will include facial recognition and energy monitoring.  Home OS will have a ‘Home Store’ where users will be able to purchase extra features, the limits are endless…

Computer Universe

Good news for PC gamers, Samsung is launching the Samsung Series 7 Gamer.  The notebook’s amazing features include high quality Dolby Home Theater surround sound, a massive 1.5 terabyte hard drive and Nvidia Geforce graphics on a 17.3-inch full HD LCD display.  When it retails in South Africa, it should be at least R15 000.

Rugby is big business worldwide, and IBM is cashing in the opportunities.  The business software giant’s software is currently being used by a number of rugby clubs internationally to understand and reduce the injury rate for rugby players.  The clubs use the analytics software to measure performance, optimise tactics and to detect risk.  It is expected that the software will venture into other sports as well, and could even cross boundaries to other industries as well.

Fact of the week:  Over 50% of all software projects worldwide are one-man projects

Gadget Life

Asus’ Transformer Pad TF300T tablet pc will be launched sometime this month, in South Africa.  The tablet is popular for being able to be connected to a base which has a keyboard, a trackpad, USB ports, SD card reader and additional battery.  The end product then resembles and works like a netbook.  Google’s Android 4.0 comes pre-installed and it runs on a 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T30L quad processor.

Last week on Friday, First National Bank launched a deal for those who want an iPad but can’t afford to pay the full price.  The bank will offer the iPads at a slightly reduced price, in instalments.  For example, you can get a 16 GB iPad for R4 999 countrywide, and at FNB it will be R 4920, so if you want to pay in instalments, which will be for 24 months, then you pay R205 per month.  There is no interest charged, but there is a catch.  You have to own an FNB account, or sign up for one.  You will be able to pay R259 per month for an iPad 16 GB with 4G and R299 for the 32 Gig version with 4G.

BlackBerry Music Gateway is a new nifty device that lets users play music to their home or car stereo.  Basically, a user must have a device which has Bluetooth connectivity, and they must be at least 30 feet away to have full control over the music.  It will be available worldwide from June, but we are not sure when it be available in South Africa.

Fact of the week:  Instagram was named top app of the year last year by Apple

Gaming World

This Friday, 2upGamers will be hosting the ‘5th Round’ gathering, an event filled with attractions and entertainment for gamers.  Prototype 2 trailer actor Vince Andrews, EFC Welterweight Champion Jadyson Costa, Friends and Design’s Phillip Schmid and Ozone Africa’s Johan will all make appearances at the gaming event.  It will be at Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosche, Cape Town, from 6.30pm until midnight.

Nvidia recently unveiled it’s GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, and claims is the fastest worldwide in gaming performance.  It is powered by a total of 3072 Nvidia CUDA cores, and sports a base clock of 915 MHz, which can be boosted to 1019 MHz, as well as 4 GB of 512-bit GDDR5 with a memory speed of 6 Gbps.  It will be available internationally from this month.

Fact of the week:  The Uncharted series has sold more than 17 320 000 copies worldwide since its debut


The 14 500 km-long West African Cable System will be launched this month. The optical-fibre submarine cable will link Southern Africa, West Africa and Europe, with a point of presence in London.  Whilst the consumer benefits for this project won’t be immediate, corporate clients can expect to get bandwidth cost reductions from July.

Mr Jimmy Manyi is the latest victim in social networking impersonators, with a fake ‘Jimmy Mzwanele Manyi’ Facebook account.  The Government Communications and Informations Systems has warned the creator/s of the fake account to end their criminal activities, and apparently law enforcement agencies are in the process of tracing the impersonators.

8.ta has launched 3G data plans for the new iPad.  A once-off 512 MB of bandwidth will be R120, whilst double it to a Gig and it’s R160, and for a 3 GB data bundle it’s R299.

Fact of the week:  72% of Pinterest’s users are females

Mobile Press

LG Optimus L3 is LG’s latest entry-level smartphone for those who want smartphone functions on a budget.  The successor to the best selling Optimus One, the L3 comes with a world-class 1 500 mAh battery, which is better than those found in many high-end phones.  It is equipped with the standard social networking apps, as well as software and hardware controls just like any other Android phone.  As they say leave the best for last, for R1 499, it is very cheap for a smartphone.

Google filed a patent for a smartphone with a slide-out keyboard, which means, the next Nexus phone could be equipped with one.  The patent application reads that a mouse or even a trackpad could be found on the keyboard as well, as the design brings significant space for larger keys.

Research In Motion unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference yesterday.  They also released the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for general use.  Applications created there will be able to run on BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as BlackBerry PlayBook tablets when the platform becomes available for the PlayBook.

Fact of the week:  Opera Mini is the most used mobile browser in South Africa



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