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TECHNOBYTE for 22 August 2014
On Technobyte we review the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, microjobbing phenomenon Money For Jam launches in South Africa and how have telecommunications costs changed in the last decade.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s top of the range tablet running Google’s Android operating system. The standout features of this tablet are the incredible screen and the speed of the processor. Battery life was very impressive and in general this is a great tablet that will satisfy Android fans. It is one of the best in the market at the moment.

Key features
• Display is 10.5” (267.2mm) 2560x1600(WQXGA) Super AMOLED
• SideSync 3.0. Seamless connectivity between phone and tablet
• Adaptive Display. Display Optimized for your viewing experience
• Finger Scanner. Safe & Convenient Access with Fingerprint
• Battery life is excellent.

Money for Jam (M4JAM), the new microjobbing phenomenon sweeping South Africa, put tens of thousands of Rands in the pockets of microjobbers in the first five days since its launch last Monday. M4JAM is a digitally enabled microjobbing platform hosted on WeChat, which allows companies to allocate simple microjobs to thousands of jobbers, who earn up to R30 a time carrying out small tasks using their smartphones. The jobs might include geotagging a business, carrying out a mystery shopper visit or answering a poll. Jobbers are paid via MTN Mobile Money and can collect their cash at Pick n Pay or Boxer stores. At launch last week, M4JAM had 100,000 microjobs available for registered jobbers to snap up. Within two minutes of its 08:00 switch-on, the first jobs were being bagged. Within the first hour, 206 jobs had been completed, and in the first 24 hours, 7,404 jobs were completed.
M4JAM, co-founder and ‘Chief Jammer’ Andre Hugo says the response to the revolutionary new platform has exceeded the M4JAM team’s expectations. “The adoption, quality [of jobs and jobbers] and engagement have been amazing. It’s been 100 times more positive than we could ever have hoped for,” he says.

Over the last decade telecommunications services and mobile devices have become better, faster, and cheaper. However, this is definitely not the case for all products.

MultiChoice’s DStv premium price increased from R379 in 2004 to the current R665. It should be noted, however, that the current DStv premium bouquet offers significantly more value than it did in 2004.Telkom’s analogue line rental has also increased though the years. In August 2004 Telkom customers paid R92.28 for a fixed telephone service – far lower than the current R166.50. The following table provides an overview of how South Africa’s mobile, DStv, and broadband prices have changed over the last decade.

TECHNOBYTE for 15 August 2014
The MTN App of the Year is announced and Zelda Williams quits social networks because of trolls.

Live Inspect wins MTN App of the Year award. It’s an app which, according to the judges of the MTN Business App of the Year 2014 Awards, may not be impressive in terms of traditional metrics like numbers of downloads and unique users, but it does make hundreds of people’s lives easier every day. That’s Live Inspect, from South Africa’s Lightstone Auto, which just scooped the prestigious top gong and an R200 000 prize in this year’s awards. Available here and here, it’s designed to help insurance underwriters perform fast an accurate vehicle inspections from the comfort of their smartphone. Details can be logged quickly in the straightforward interface and details like tax disc bar codes, drivers’ licences and photos of car damage can be captured using the phone’s camera. Not showy, but definitely needed, it won over the judges in both the overall category, and the Best Android Enterprise App. Lest we forget that there was other competition, the complete list of other winners is below.
Best iOS Enterprise App – Sync Mobile (Runner-up = Lexus Mobile)
Best iOS Consumer App – SuperSport (Runner-up = Property24)
Best Android Consumer App – MyBelongings (Runner-up = Flickpay)Best use of the cloud – Viggo (Runner-up = Creative Cape Town)
Garage Design – Rea Vaya for Windows (Runner-up = Wildlife Tracker)
Best app for Microsoft – Zapper (Runner-up = Investec)
Most Innovative – Wildlife Tracker (Runner-up = POPI)

Consumer Choice – Zapper

Zelda Williams posted some thoughtful, heart-felt social media posts about her recently-deceased father, Robin Williams, to Twitter the other day and was promptly besieged by people with nothing better to do than be cruel to the grieving. Zelda’s tweet was little more than a quotation and a brief message to her father. The responses were ugly and baffling. Replies included fake, photo-shopped pictures of her father’s death and accusations that she was responsible for his death. The same day, Zelda signed off of Twitter, saying “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”

In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it doesn’t even need to ask.

Apple is strongly rumoured to be preparing to release a larger version of the iPhone next month. While the company is almost certain to retain its focus on the high-end smartphone market, its strategy appears to be propelled by a growth in large-screened devices which began in Asia and is taking off in emerging markets. A new report from reputed market research firm Jana suggests that consumers in emerging markets favor smartphones with a screen that is at least five inches in size.
Four-inch devices accounted for a decent portion of responses in all markets, but in each case it is consistently lower than others. In South Africa, for example, nearly one-third of respondents want a phone that is more than 5.5 inches, while five inches is the most common response in five of the nine countries.

TECHNOBYTE for 08 August 2014
On Technobyte this week we get Ethnee connected to Twitter and we look at the Europe vs Facebook class action lawsuit.

So last week a lady called Ethnee called into Technobyte to ask how she …and she gave me a hard time!

So this week I decided to pay Ethnee a visit and personally help her join Twitter…we also took a video crew along. This is what happened

A data privacy campaigner has signed up 25,000 people to a "class action lawsuit" being taken against Facebook.
Max Schrems alleges that the way the social network monitors its members' activity on and off the site puts it in breach of EU laws.
As part of the claim, he also alleges that the company co-operated with Prism, a US surveillance scheme.

Among the allegations are that Facebook broke EU privacy laws by introducing:
Graph Search - a facility allowing users to find out about other members' activities on the social network
External website tracking - monitoring members through the Like buttons embedded into third-party webpages
Big data analysis - the ability to gain insights into Facebook members' by data-crunching the billions of interactions people have with the site every year

Mr Schrems is demanding 500 euros ($667, £396) in damages for each of the first 25,000 people who signed up to the case.
Instead, he explains, the dispute with Facebook is intended to be a "model case" that sets a precedent addressing the wider problem of tech firm developing products that comply with US laws, but are not adapted for other countries' rules.

TECHNOBYTE for 01 August 2014
On Technobyte today we speak to the rock star of physicists Dr Michio Kaku, we also look at the probability of robots taking your job and our app of the week is Chewy.

Dr. Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and populariser of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. He was in the country for the Internet Solutions Internetix conference and I got a chance to talk to him about how he sees the future.

Non-human employees are filling positions in all sorts of workplaces, and they are proving themselves to be fast, accurate, and reliable—more so than their human counterparts. That’s why Apple’s supplier Foxconn is reported to be replacing up to one million workers with robots in order to meet expected demand for the iPhone 6. And it’s why Amazon deploys an army of robots to fetch items in its warehouses. It’s also why machines powered by artificial intelligence (AI) are now reading MRIs, sorting through thousands of legal cases to identify pertinent information, and writing news articles.
But a 2013 study by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford suggests a degree of labour destruction in the coming years that’s difficult to comprehend. They looked at 702 types of jobs in the United States and made judgments about whether there was a low, medium, or high risk that technology would displace workers in those jobs over the next 10 to 20 years. Their startling conclusions: 47 percent of total U.S. employees have a high risk of being displaced by technology, and 19 percent have a medium risk. That means that 66 percent of the U.S. workforce has a medium to high risk of job destruction. If they are only half right, the numbers are staggering.

My app of the week is Chewy. Chewy is a simple to use app for creating beautiful looking recipes. You can choose to import them from popular recipe websites or create your very own from scratch. You can browse popular recipe websites for your favourite recipe and save it to Chewy with ease. Did you just invent an award winning dish in your kitchen? Add it to Chewy.

TECHNOBYTE for 25 July 2014
On Technobyte today we review LG’s G3 smartphone and my app of the week is QuizUp!

LG have launched their latest premium smartphone in South Africa. The G3 is the successor to the highly successful LG G2. The G3 is the first smartphone with Quad HD display. Quad HD means that the resolution of the display is four times better than HD. In terms of high end premium smartphones the G3 has everything and more. The G3’s advanced 13MP OIS+ camera is designed to quickly and easily capture life’s special moments as they occur, not necessarily when you want them to occur. This is made possible with G3’s innovative Laser Auto Focus, the first of its kind in the smartphone industry. This technology enables the G3 to capture the best moment — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.
With a pixel density of 538ppi, the G3’s Quad HD display sets new viewing standards when it comes to smartphone displays. The 5.5 inch screen boasts a ratio of 76.4% with thin bezels all around, which makes the G3 feel as comfortable as smaller traditional smartphones in the hand.
It is a superb phone that feels good and works incredibly well and takes incredible photographs. Android users will not be disappointed.
Right now the G3 falls into the category of the best phones in the world which include Samsung’s Galaxy S5, HTC’s One M8, the iPhone 5s and Sony’s Xperia Z2 and the Nokia 1520.

My app of the week is Quizup. What a fantastic engaging app that is addictive so be warned. If you love Trivia and a challenge then download Quizup now. It is so simple to use. Register, pick a topic, chose a friend and start the game. It even choses opponents for you from around the world. The more you play and the better you get so does your ranking increase. Best of all Quizup is free!

Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday’s earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday’s pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a share, then set a new record at $76.74. Now, shares are trading at $75.13.
In other words, Facebook’s market capitalization is now around $190 billion, which is above Amazon’s market capitalization of $165 billion. With $2.91 billion in revenue and earnings of $0.42 per share, the company beat the analysts’ expectations. When you see Facebook’s earnings chart, it seems like there is no end in sight. Facebook is a great example of a tech company that has performed very well since going public.

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