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TECHNOBYTE for 29 January 2016

Facebook released their latest results and reflected back on their growth during 2015. The social media giant is showing no signs of slowing down. More than 1.59 billion people now use Facebook each month and 1.04 billion every day, a growth of nearly 200 million people monthly and a 148 million people daily this year. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook on mobile devices.

http://investor.fb.com/

This week we have chosen two different apps both related to wine. Wine lovers can now download apps to help them identify and chose their favourite wines.

Founded in Copenhagen 2010, Vivino offers everyday wine consumers a way to track, discover and share their wine experiences via the Vivino App. But Vivino is not just another wine app. It is the fastest and easiest way for consumers to access the wines of the world by connecting consumers and wineries globally. 13 million people are already Vivino'ing it - changing the way we wine.

Take a photo of any wine label and instantly learn that wine's rating, reviews, and average price. All supplied by the world’s largest wine community of 13 million wine drinkers

https://www.vivino.com/app/

The Platter’s App lets wine lovers access Platter’s current edition's ratings of 8 000-plus wines, filtered by producer, grape variety, vintage and more. The App enables users to learn about wines produced in South Africa within minutes simply by using the App’s label-scanning technology. Wine enthusiasts can also read and share reviews, allowing them to track their ratings and keep a favourites list; share wine finds with friends on social media; access all producer information; and find nearby wineries and much more. The Platter’s App is an indispensable mobile tool, which is quick and easy to use for all wine lovers, whether you’re an expert (winemaker or sommelier) or a novice. The App is perfect to use in a wine or grocery store and in restaurants to help you decide which wine to buy. The Platter’s App for Android and iPhone is a free download from the Play and iTunes app stores; thereafter users need to subscribe for R175 to receive a full year’s access to the data.

http://www.wineonaplatter.com/about

Apple Inc. is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-29/apple-said-developing-wireless-charged-phone-for-as-soon-as-2017-ijz3i4si

Virtual reality, the emerging technology that is poised to transform video gaming, is also coming to the movies. Here at Sundance 2016, more VR experiences than ever are being showcased as part of the film festival's New Frontier program, which celebrates new or alternative forms of creative expression.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/28/entertainment/virtual-reality-movies-sundance-film-festival-feat/index.html

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