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Monday, October 13, 2014

Here are the shortlisted entries for AfricaCom Awards 2014

The 2014 AfricaCom Awards are set to take place on the 12th November. The event will take place at the the Waterfront Lookout in Cape Town and will celebrate and acknowledge leaders in digital  ICT, technology, Telecommunications and Media across the African continent.

Over the years, the event has consistently grown and this year it has attracted over 161 entries. Speaking about this year’s event, Adam Thompson, the Research Manager, Information Telecoms & Media said that: “The overall quality of the entries this year surpassed expectation. The innovation taking place in the digital ecosystem across the entire continent is heartening and also world class. Many are leaders in their fields and pioneers of new technology and services answering the needs of emerging markets that more traditional markets can and should take note of:

Here is the List:

Best App for Africa
- Orange – Libon
- Orange – Orange Self-care Application: My Orange
- Kirusa – InstaVoice
- Bharti – Airtel App
- Spice – Mziiki
Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa
- Orange – My Social WiFi
- Liquid Telecom -100Mbps FTTH Service
- Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs – New Inter-city VoIP Routes in     Nigeria from Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs
- WIOCC - Connecting Somalia – closing the final link
- Sky Vision – SkyVision Hybrid Satellite and Terrestrial network solutions
Best Cost Efficiency Solutions for Africa
- TKM Maestro – TKM Cost Efficiency Solution
- Nomanini – Nomanini payments platform
- Digital Route- Mediation Zone
- Afrigis –  Voting Station Monitor USSD Solution
- Huawei – Africa’s 1st SDN Innovation
- Opera Software – Opera Web Pass
- Fairwaves – Mobile network which you can build yourself
Best Device for Africa
- Solarway – Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station
- Solarway – Solar Kiosk
- Equatel – Equatel SIM Payphone
- Nomanini – Nomanini payments platform
- Bharti Airtel – Airtel Red
Best Marketing Campaign
- MTN – MTN Corporate Campaign
- OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Zambia – Go For It : Be Whatever, Do Whatever
- Orange – Emergency Credit Campaign
- Orange – Orange Football Club Campaign
- Huawei – MTN’s Mandela Birthday‘ 67 Minutes
- Onlime – Marketing Campaign – Rebrand
- Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Free Facebook in Swahili
- Bharti Airtel – Mr Money Campaign
Best Mobile Money Solution
- Orange –  Mobile Travel Tickets
- Orange – Mobile Pensions
- eTranzact – PocketMoni Mobile Money Service
- Bharti Airtel – Airtel Money
- Mahindra Comviva – Mahindra Comviva mobiquity Connect
Best Network Improvement
- Ericsson  - Unitel Angola, Smile Nigeria, TiGO Senegal
- ​World Telecoms  Lab –  Nigeria’s new interconnect exchange carriers and World Telecom Labs’ 2nd Generation VoIP Switches
- ​​WIOCC – Extending WIOCC’s Pan-African Network into Somalia
- Tigo Rwanda – Tigo Voice and Data Mobile Services
- Bharti Airtel – Nigeria Data Service Improvement
- Liquid Telecom – Upgrading and improving the fibre network of Liquid Telecom Kenya
Best Pan African Initiative
- PCCW Global –  High-Quality Calling with Direct Routing in Africa
- ​Orange – Pan-African Partnering Play Store
- Liquid Telecom – East Africa Fibre Ring
- Airtel Africa and IBM – Business Intelligence Solution (based on Cognos, DB2, Websphere, AIX and IBM Blade Center)
Breakthrough LTE Development
- PCCW Global – Global LTE Roaming for African Mobile Subscribers
- Ericsson – LTE Market Impact
- Ericsson – Breakthrough LTE Development – Unitel
- Orange – LTE for fix
- Huawei – Innovative LTE Rollout
- Smile Communications – SmileON and Data Management
- Telkom – LTE
- ​Surfline – Deployment of 4G LTE network in Ghana
Changing Lives Awards
- Afrigis – Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC)
- ​Orange Digital School Project
- WIOCC – Closing the final link – connecting Somalia
- afb Mauritius Ltd – Mobile Consume and Businesses Unsecured Credit
- TXT Ghana – JOB 1917
- Bharti Airtel – Ebola Initiative
- Sky Vision – Ghana Crossover Academy
- Telekom – TNM Moyo Cover
Excellence in Customer Experience Management
- Procera – RAN Perspectives
- OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Ghana – Uncle MB | Sorting data drama
- ​SafariCom – Customer Care support for M-PESA product – the leading mobile money transfer service in the world
- Orange – ’100% Successful Calls’ Suites of services
- Bharti Airtel – Airtel Premier
Most Innovative Service
- Huawei – Huawei’s Digital Music Service for MTN
- Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Tigo Pesa – International Mobile Money Transfer
- Econet Renewable Energy Systems – Titan – Home Power Station
- ​Opera Software – Opera Web Pass
- Orange – Facebook Partnerships
- Kifiya Financial Technologies – Digital Finance and Payment Service
VSAT Innovation for Africa
- Afrique Telecom – Full VNO OSS/BSS for VSAT Industry and Customers
- Liquid Telecom – Shared MPLS Satellite service
- EMC – Fully managed VSAT services
- Sky Vision – Sky Vision Active Series

Apple A8X chip photos leaks online ahead of the iPad Air 2 event

The anticipated Apple iPad Air 2 will be officially announced this Thursday and rumors have it that the device will be powered by an Apple A8X chip. Today, some brand new photos said to be of the SoC have surfaced online, giving more credibility to this rumor.

In addition to the full logic board, some images of other parts of the device such as its glass screen cover, audio control components and the Home button which comes with TouchID have also been snapped. The new A8X variant of Apple's chip, same as the A5X and A6X before it.The slate is expected to have better GPU performance.

This is also an indication that Apple could be bumping their display resolution of the upcoming iPad Air 2 to the so called Retina HD. Some evidence of this improvement has been discovered in the latest iOS 8.1 Beta, which showed user interface elements designated as "3x-ipad".
While the specific details of the resolution in questions are not yet known, still it is very possible that the company is going to ship a sharper display than the current 2048 x 1536 pixel one. However, a more GPU horsewpoer is not the only thing the A8X chip is expected to bring on.It is expected that the RAM is also increased go 2GB, which should enable much heavier multitasking.

The rest of the novelties iPad users should expect from the new device are TouchID, thinner profile at  about 7.5mm, 720p FaceTime camera and Apple Pay. inbuilt storage options are said to be 32GB, 64GB and also 128GB.

Via Gsmarena

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Google releases Android L 64-bit emulator for x86 Intel Processors

The Android developer community has come up with an Android L emulator image specifically for Intel's x86 64-bit architecture.

The new emulator will allow developers to either build or optimize older apps for the upcoming Android L OS and its new 64-bit architecture.

Making the move to 64-bit increases the addressable memory space, allows a larger number of registers and new instructions sets for developers.
Applications which will be built on Java will automatically will gain the benefits of 64-bit but those built on the Android NDK will need some optimization to include the x86_64 build target.

The new emulator will let developers will only be able to create apps for Intel's chips (Bail Trail and Atom) and Google's yet to release an emulator for ARM architecture (namely the 64-bit ARMv8) on which NVIDIA's 64-bit K1 chipset and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 are built.

Meizu MX4 launches in Malaysia for $322

The Meizu MX4 will be heading to Malaysia by the end of this month. The handset is going to be made available from Meizu itself for a price ofabout $322.

For this price though to be average, Malaysian customers get the latest generation MediaTek MT6595 chipset with big.LITTLE design, 5.3” 1152x1920 IPS display made by screen manufacturer Sharp, 20.7MP Sony Exmor RS camera, and will run on Android 4.4.4-based on Flyme 4.0 OS.

The Meizu MX4 is already up for pre-order internationally and the company's CEO Bai Yongxian states the company has alreadyreceived 7.7 million pre-orders for the handset.

The Meizu MX4 is available om 16GB or 32GB variants with prices of $449 and $489, respectively. Both price tags include shipping and import tax to select markets in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, plus in New Zealand and the regions around.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oppo N3 leaks yet again, shows three color versions

Oppo N3 has been in the news for quite a while with specifiation and renders. The Oppo even began teasing the smartphone on Facebook page. The latest teaser picture once again confirmrs the Oppo N3 announcement date - October 29. The launch event will be taking place in Singapore.

Meanwhile three new official-like renders reveal the Oppo N3 color options - pink, white, blue. Oppo has confirmed the N3 will come in two flavors - aluminum-lithium alloy and stainless steel - yet we don't know if each color will be available in both flavors.

Oppo N3 is rumored to pack a 5.9" 1080p display and run on the latest Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 3GB of RAM. Just as previously mentioned the camera will be capable of 206-degree rotation and will feature a 13MP sensor with dual-LED flash.

Stay hooked for more details as they unfold.

Lenovo Officially Announces Yoga Tablet 2 Pro 13.3" QHD Android tab

At a huge launch event two days ago, Lenovo announced the upcoming Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. The new tablet will run on Android and will pack a 13.3" QHD display, but that's not even the coolest thing about it.  The Tablet 2 Pro will come with an integrated projector, which allows users to beam the slate's display on up to 50 inch surface. Now that’s cool.

In addition, the Tablet 2 Pro comes with a 5W JBL subwoofer and a couple of 1.5W front-facing cool speakers. This will make up for an 8W surround sound system, which reminds you why you should acquire the device.  It’s battery is good enough for about 15 hours of usage on a single charge, but no more specific details are available at this moment. All of these great features have made the tablet quite heavy at around 950 grams.

Since this is the latest tab in the Yoga family, it comes with a cool stand allowing it for different viewing positions. In addition to the previous Stand design with Tilt and Hold, there's a new Hang mode innovation which for instance lets you hang the tablet on a wall.

Internally, the tablet operates a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is whooping 32GB, while the microSD card slot allows for additional expansion of up to 64GB.

In terms of connectivity, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro supports USB on-the-go, a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (but no 802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE. At the back of the tablet, there's an 8 Megapixel f/2.2 camera with LED flash, while at the front 1.6MP 720p camera takes care of video chatting.

For more visual you can check the promo video below.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Google+ to Roll out Support for Polls

Last Month Google acquired Polar, a new startup dedicated to polling. At that particular time it was revealed that the team would be joining Google+ in order to help “make the social network even more awesome” Google’s words. At that timeIt was not exactly clear how the team will contribute, though it looked obvious it would have something to do with their polling idea. With this in mind, Google’s Dennis Troper has officially announced that a new polling feature is rolling out to Google+.

In normal Google fashion, it may take a few days before the option is fully rolled out to the web and Android versions of Google plus, but once it is available, you’ll see an option for creating a poll anytime you create a new post. The polls will allow up to five questions and can be complimented with photos to “make them beautiful and engaging.” There will also appear to be some different layout options as well.

While this isn’t exactly a great feature, it could be useful for those wanting to see what other G+-ers think about various topics and could be particularly useful for businesses looking to engage their audience in a new way.

Via:  Androidauthority

Motorola DROID Turbo leaks Ahead of Time

The Motorola DROID Turbo manual has been aroung the web before the official announcement of this huge handset. The manual details a 21MP camera with dual-LED flash and 2160p video capture.

The screen will be 5.2" big with QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) and will support Moto Display – notifications of messages, voice calls and more show up on a sleeping display without consuming much power. While Moto Display is on you can use Moto Actions to wave over the phone to see if there is a new message. The Moto Voice is also on board with for always-on voice commands.

The Motorola DROID Turbo passed through benchmarks where it left traces of a Snapdragon 805 chipset - 4x Krait 450 CPU @ 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The device also had 32GB of internal storage, but unfortunately the manual says nothing about a microSD card slot.

With the new Motorola DROID you can expect to get a more human – device interaction than you can think of. We haven’t confirmed how much it will trade for locally but with such a high end device you can’t expect a low price tag.

We will keep you posted on the details are we receive them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Asus PadFone S launched in Malaysia for just $275

Asus has officially announced its plans to launch the PadFone S and the accompanying it PadStation dock in Malaysia. Within a few coming weeks, both will launch with a respective price tag of $275 and $152.
For the money, the PadFone S brings a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset running at 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Its Internal device storage is 16GB and is also expandable. The Padfone one S is built around 5" IPS display of 1080p resolution and the device supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac connection,  Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and LTE.

The PadStation, which is sold separately, this will easily turns the PadFone S into a tablet. This dock comes with a 4,990mAh battery, which can charge the handset when docked and its 9" display loads in a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

The combined price of the two is $427 (RM 1,398), which is half the price of Asus asked for the original PadFone two years ago. The Asus PadFone S will initially be available only in black in the beginning, but a white color version will soon be available.
Asus has not yet revealed detailed plans for a wider release, but we'll let you know if we hear anything.

Apple Finally confirms the iPad event for October 16

The Apple event on October 16 is now official after the company sent out invites to the media houses. The event going to be held in Apple's Town Hall auditorium on the Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California at 10AM PT / 1PM ET.
The invite containing the words "It's been way too long" leads to the event that will see the debut of Apple's refreshed iPad Air and the  iPad mini. Thanks to the series of leaks surrounding the two we know they're both packing the Apple A8 chipset with an M8 co-processor, the Touch ID and the Apple Pay. Both slates will be thinner than their predecessors with the iPad Air 2 measuring just 7mm (and sacrificing the vibrate/mute button because of it).

Additionally, the company is preparing to announce a new iMac line-up to its seies. It's going to tout new, higher resolution screens - 6400 x 3600, 5760 x 3240, and 4096 x 2304 pixels respectively. It also seem possible that Apple is ready to also unleash a 12-inch MacBook device with Retina display,although no one has  heard much about it.

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta 5 and Golden Master Candidate for developers have started seeding today and we suspect Apple is going to be ready for the OS final release to coincide with the upcoming event. Expect updated iWork and iLife apps as well as redesigned iTunes 12.

We are going to keep you posted on the details of the event as they unfold.