TECHNOBYTE
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TECHNOBYTE for 04 July 2014
On Technobyte Internet experts are concerned about the future of the Internet and we review the Blackberry Z3 and the Alcatel One Touch Alpha

Experts say liberty online is challenged by nation-state crackdowns, surveillance, and pressures of commercialization of the Internet. As Internet experts look to the future of the Web, they have a number of concerns. This is not to say they are pessimistic: The majority of respondents to this 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing say they hope that by 2025 there will not be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online today. And they said they expect that technology innovation will continue to afford more new opportunities for people to connect. Still, some express wide levels of concern that this yearning for an open Internet will be challenged by trends that could sharply disrupt the way the Internet works for many users today as a source of largely unfettered content flows.
The Net Threats These Experts Fear

1. Actions by nation-states to maintain security and political control will lead to more blocking, filtering, segmentation, and balkanization of the Internet.
2. Trust will evaporate in the wake of revelations about government and corporate surveillance and likely greater surveillance in the future.
3. Commercial pressures affecting everything from Internet architecture to the flow of information will endanger the open structure of online life.
www.pewinternet.org

Alcatel have launched ONETOUCH IDOL ALPHA in South Africa. The first thing you notice when you hold this device is how elegant it is. It is beautifully styled with rounded aluminium edges and a seamless mirror-like screen. The IDOL ALPHA has 4.7” high definition screen and is 7.5 mm thick and has a 13MP camera. Battery life was impressive and overall the Alcatel Idol Alpha is a very mid-range priced phone. The only limitation to this phone is the memory. It does not have an SD card slot so users are limited to 16GB of on-board storage.
www.alcatelonetouch.com

Blackberry also launched a phone this week. The Z3 has a 5” inch screen with a 5MP camera and weighs just 164g. The device itself is solid with an impressive built quality and features a great battery. Blackberry has made it easier for users to port across from an Android platform. With software users can simply now add their Android apps and use them directly from the Blackberry Z3. At R2999 this phone is great value for money and will be available from Vodacom in the second half off July.
www.blackberry.com.my


TECHNOBYTE for 27 June 2014
On Technobyte a new mobile money solution is launched, Huawei’s P7 arrives and a South African designed smartphone debuts.

Pick n Pay and MTN announced a new partnership which will bring free money transfers and simple, low-cost banking to millions of South African consumers, benefiting particularly those who are currently excluded from the formal banking system. By signing up to a new Pick n Pay SIM card, powered by MTN, and registering for Mobile Money customers will be able to access their accounts easily, conveniently, securely and cheaply from their mobile phones. The new SIM card will also reward customers with an additional 10% airtime when they top-up at Pick n Pay and Boxer stores e.g. purchase R80 MTN airtime at any PnP or Boxer store and automatically receive R88 when loaded onto the NEW SIM card.
With the introduction of free money transfers (free deposits and withdrawals in store), and the launch of the Visa Mobile Money Debit Card , Pick n Pay and MTN are giving Mobile Money customers even greater value. Customers can also use their accounts to pay municipal bills, purchase prepaid electricity and airtime. Salaries can be deposited into the account, and there is no minimum balance requirement.
web.picknpay.co.za

Huawei have launched their latest premium smartphone called the Ascend P7. The latest device which follows the P6 is packed with the latest specs including a quad core processor and LTE connectivity. It is just 6.5mm thick and weighs just 124g. The phone has a 8MP front facing camera to take really good quality selfies and a 13MP camera at the back. The phone is well built and has a sleek finish with a glass back making it stylish. It goes on sale next week for R6699 or on contract.
consumer.huawei.com

Afrihost launched a really good deal which has been getting snapped up really quickly. A phone called the Zest T1 which is an Android smartphone with great specs considering the price. So this phone is being offered for just R1999 and includes 1GB of data monthly for 12 months and it is a dual sim phone! Here is the interesting part. The phone was designed by 22 year old South African David Lindeque who is a student at the University of Cape Town. He basically designed the phone, sourced the parts and ordered the manufacturing to take place in the east.
www.afrihost.com


TECHNOBYTE for 20 June 2014
On Technobyte today is Apple’s “iWatch” about to become a reality and we talk to Twitter founder Biz Stone about his new book.

According to Reuters Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.
Apple's move will follow on the heels of releases of similar devices by Samsung, Sony Corp, Motorola and LG Electronics Inc - gadgets that tech watchers say haven't been appealing or user-friendly enough to ignite a wave of mass adoption.
But the market is growing fast, with data firm IDC saying that worldwide shipments of wearable computing devices - a category that includes smartwatches - will triple in size this year over 2013.
www.reuters.com

From GQ's "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter-the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today. In Biz's world:
-Opportunity can be manufactured
-Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking
-Creativity never runs out
-Asking questions is free
-Empathy is core to personal and global success

In this book, Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture. Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen of the new century, THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME will satisfy every reader.
thingsalittlebirdtoldme.com


TECHNOBYTE for 13 June 2014
Free WiFi launched in taxi near you, ACSA launches their website and how you should protect yourself now from dangerous malware.

Airports Company South Africa today unveiled its pioneering free Airports App that will assist passengers to not only easily navigate any of its nine airports but also make all their travel arrangements from the comfort of their smart devices. The company which facilitates close to 35 million passengers a year is constantly seeking ways of enhancing service offerings. In addition to expediting airline and parking reservations, the app puts the airport in the pocket of passengers by providing them with convenient tools to find shops and restaurants, airline, travel and traffic information, weather reports and customer care details. It will also assist passengers to easily plan their alternative transport and passengers travelling to Gauteng may synchronise with the Gautrain timetable.
www.airports.co.za

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) together with WiTaxi and Telkom are rolling out Wi-Fi networks in taxis and at ranks. The initiative which was launched this week will give 50MB worth of free data to consumers every month with an option to purchase more data. SANTACO is hoping to have 90% of their taxis covered by this service in the next three years.
www.witaxi.co.za

Gameover Zeus (GOZ) malware can be used to download and install additional malware, including Cryptolocker, which alone has found 234,000 victims so far. It can also be used to extract banking credentials, which might end up in financial losses as individuals and businesses are targets of illegal funds withdrawals. Harmful items (malware, spyware, viruses and Trojans) can impact device and Internet performance, slowing down connections and affecting usability. They also pose a risk to consumer privacy. Private credentials like passwords can be stolen, providing cyber criminals with access to online bank accounts, social media accounts, and other personal data.
campaigns.f-secure.com


TECHNOBYTE for 06 June 2014
This week on Technobyte we focus on best World Cup 2014 apps and the ones you should be careful of downloading.

The World Cup in Brazil is just two weeks away, are you in the soccer spirit? The AVAST mobile malware team and I have tournament fever and have been downloading games and other soccer related apps from the Google Play store. We unfortunately noticed that some of the fun apps we downloaded weren’t as entertaining as we thought they would be…
Some of the Android gaming apps we downloaded primarily displayed ads instead of letting us play.

Things to look out for when downloading apps:
• Make sure you download from official apps markets. Many of our mobile malware samples come from unofficial app markets, only very few come from the official Google Play store.
• Download official apps you can trust. FIFA has a great live score/news append EA Sports has an official FIFA gaming app.
• Compare app functionalities to the access they request. Some apps need access to certain data on your device, a map app needs access to your location so it can give you directions. Always be cautious when giving apps access and make sure the requests make sense depending on what the app does. You don’t want to carelessly hand over sensitive information that could later be used against you.
• Read user comments. You can’t always trust what people write online, but if multiple people really appreciate or dislike an app you can get a good idea of whether or not you should download it based on the feedback they give.
blog.avast.com

Here are some great apps you can download on your smartphone to keep in touch with the football action from Brazil 2014.
FIFA app- Download the most comprehensive football app on the planet and unlock the world of football. Hundreds of competitions, thousands of goals and over a million minutes of football every single week! Personalise your World Match Centre with national teams, competitions, and clubs ensuring you never miss kick-off, the final whistle or any action in-between ever again. There is also an exclusive destination guide and team profiles.
SuperSport second-screen experience takes your game-day experience to a whole new level! With live video for Rugby, Football, Cricket and more, SuperSport for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with its revamped interface will take care of all your sporting needs, wherever you are. Enjoy video highlights, real-time updates, live commentary, match chat and much, much more.

The Goal.com app brings you the latest news direct from our worldwide network of reporters, with exclusive content, interviews, transfer gossip, live scores and much more from the world of football.
FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS - Now with officially licensed 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ national teams, kits, and Adidas Brazuca ball! Welcome to the most authentic football game on the App Store. Feel the excitement of every pass, shot, and tackle with new touch controls. Plus, live every moment of real-world football with EA SPORTS™ Football Club Match Day. Get in there!
Apple unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType™ keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive™, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.


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