Apple’s media-consuming tablet offering, the iPad, has finally released in Apple Authorised dealers in South Africa (unfortunately, we’re not blessed with the elegance of an actual Apple Store here, and have to settle for third-party retail outlets to get our fruity fix). As expected, the growing technology market in this country has been “wowed” by such a remarkable device — and rightly so, seeing as the iPad is set to revolutionise the way we consume digital content.
Already, American publication houses like The New York Times, Wired and MARVEL have created stunning iPad apps to complement their physical print publications, partly in a bid to exploit the iPad’s awesome multitouch interface and larger screen, and partly to save their skins. It’s a kind of “insurance”, if you like — these companies are “securing” themselves for the impending moment when devices like the iPad democratise and completely digitise the print industry to the extent that more people will be reading the news in an interactive format on a slate or tablet device rather than the actual physical paper.
Thus, as South Africans, although our time to consume the news entirely digitally is still some way off into the future, our media companies must not dawdle and fumble, especially in the face of the incredibly successful FIFA World Cup 2010 where this country received a major IT infrastructure overhaul.
The market leaders in South Africa’s print industry — media houses like Media24 and Independent Newspapers — need to invest in developing digitised versions of their content, and must devise innovative pricing schemes so as not to exploit the average news-seeking citizen. Thus significant research into American companies’ experiences could prove to go a long way in making the next generation of newspapers in South Africa truly successful. One clear example is Wired’s iPad app, which integrates audio, video, 3D content and text in interesting, engaging ways. The New York Times’ pricing schemes, devised to as not to discourage their actual, award-winning print publication, entices readers to embrace the digital news revolution whilst still remaining faithful to the dead-tree version.
So take heed, South African media: the time to go digital is here. Secure yourself now, and our country will continue to leap ahead into the next generation of technological advances.
- Kinectimals - similar to Nintendogs, but the animals are oh so cute
- Kinect Sports - soccer, bowling, various track and field games
- Joyride - kart racing, but controller free
- Kinect Adventures - lots of jumping around
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved - frankly, this fitness game looks amazing, from Ubisoft
- Dance Central - a dance game WITHOUT dance pads, from Harmonix
(Edit: this setup is designed to output video to an external monitor)
On Monday, June 7, CEO Steve Jobs will take to the stage at Moscone West, San Francisco, to deliver the week-long conference's keynote address.
And at that keynote, Mr Jobs is widely expected to announce the next iPhone — what we're calling the iPhone HD.
Here's what you can expect in this next mobile product from everyone's favourite fruity company:
- It'll be called the iPhone HD (iPhone 4G would be too confusing, given the fact that next-generation mobile networks will be called "4G" networks, and this phone won't support that yet).
- It will have a front-facing camera for face-to-face video chats using a mobile version of iChat
- It will certainly be running iPhone OS 4, which means it will have the following new features:
- Run more than one app at the same time with multitasking
- Group homescreen apps in folders according to their genres
- A more informative standby screen
- Hundreds of new APIs that will allow developers to create stunning new app
- The Game Centre, for interaction with fellow iPhone gamers, allowing you to share scores, participate in a leaderboard, and engage in multiplayer battle
- An all-round faster experience
- A more informative standby screen
- A 5 megapixel camera with flash
The iPhone HD (if it ends up being called that) will most likely be released in South Africa not long after WWDC, as was the case last year with the current iPhone 3GS.
What feature are you looking forward to the most? Is there a feature the new iPhone lacks that you feel Apple should include? Drop us a line in the comments below!
Here's a really awesome clip of a project from MIT, called the Flyfire Project. It basically takes any ordinary, mundane living space and transforms it into a fantastical, futuristic sphere of incredible light displays, using a multitude of mini toy-like helicopters with specialized digital lights attached to the rotors.
Now if only we could get these in South Africa, in time for the World Cup parties... a surefire way to impress the guests at home with variations of the playing teams' national flags and LED-like recreations of the players faces... ah, a geek can dream, right?
Nokia today announced a 3-part video series, fronted by product manager for the Finnish mobile giant, that takes a detailed look at their upcoming flagship device, the Nokia N8.
The N8 boasts new-generation software developed by Nokia, titled Symbian 3. This is the pinnacle of the phone maker's hope in re-inventing its product lines. Symbian 3 effectively cleans-up the mess that the previous-gen software powering many of today's Nseries, Eseries, Xseries and other Nokia mobiles.
The first of the three-part series is embedded below, and was flighted on the official Nseries blog earlier today. This is really some exciting stuff coming out of the world's largest phone maker; if Nokia can pull this phone off right, they might just have a chance to redeem themselves in the latest mobile wars being fought between titans Apple and HTC.
What do you think? Will you be considering the N8 as your next phone? Drop a line in the comments and let us know!