TECHNOBYTE FOR 17 October 2014

Apple held an event last night where they launched a new iPad, iMac and the availability of the OS X Yosemite.

Apple unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina® 5K display, featuring the world’s highest resolution display with a breath-taking 14.7 million pixels. At this amazing resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos.

Apple also announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a free upgrade for Mac® users from the Mac App Store℠. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone® calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight® and updated versions of Safari®, Mail, Messages and iTunes®.

Apple introduced iPad Air™ 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad® ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina® display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colours, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.

Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini™ 3 offer Touch ID™ so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay. “iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.

Last night the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was launched in South Africa and it is available from today. The 5.7 inch device has a magnificent Quad HD Super AMOLED Display, a super-fast quad core processes or and powerful battery that will give the device lots of juice. It features enhancements in the camera as well as the stylus.

This is one of the best phablet in the world at the moment.

If you get a chance this Saturday come through to the Sandton Convention Centre and visit the MyWorld of Tomorrow conference. It is an opportunity for a continent to converge under a single roof, creating an African led movement of global technological innovation. It's more than an event, it's a movement and a calling card to a community of innovative thinkers and doers, a platform from which Africa's next global technological offering may arise.

The Internet of Things: answering the big questions . The Internet of Things is playing an increasing role in everyday life. We look at some of the pressing issues, from potential benefits to new regulation. From cars that warn about congestion, to wearables that update you on your personal wellbeing; the Internet of Things (IoT) is touching every part of our lives. With legislation still catching up, how can companies make the most of the IoT’s opportunities - and avoid its pitfalls?

What is the IoT and what can it do? The IoT is a network of everyday objects that are connected to the internet via telecoms and technology. It has the potential to touch almost everything in our personal and professional lives; how we live, work and play. Powered by machine to machine (M2M) technology, the basic building block that makes it work, IoT brings social and economic benefits and operational efficiencies across various aspects of society.



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