Smartphones

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 After moving from an accounted sales of 90 million mobile phones in 2005 to an estimated 450 million in 2012, Africa has now become the world’s second largest mobile phone market after China. According to BusinessDay, VP and COO, Samsung electronics Africa,  George Ferreira, made this known at the Africa Regional...
One of Apple’s most successful marketing strategies is product placement, especially when it comes to big blockbusters. Google, via Sony, wants to do the same for Android, starting with Skyfall, the latest James Bond spy film. Here’s what the Android account just posted on Google+: Did you know James Bond...
The rise in smartphone adoption has led to increased content consumption, according to Samsung Electronics, yet there is an increase in business usage of the phones and content creation for business purposes. Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung South Africa, says business users are relying on their handsets...
Despite what retro sci-fi films show us, robots aren't always large, clunky machines with clamps for hands. Enter Romo, a pint-sized personal bot that combines the brain power of a smartphone and the wheels of a radio-controlled car. He is a pet, toy and robotic avatar all rolled up in one. Created by Romotive, Romo...

Troubled cellphone maker Nokia unveiled Tuesday two new models in its Asha Touch family which it claimed as its most affordable capacitive touchscreen devices.

The company also debuted Nokia Life+, a free Web application, which provides content on education, health, information, and entertainment topics on both Asha 308 and 309 and other Nokia phones.

iOS6-04-580-100iOS 6 is finally available for public consumption and you can get it one of two ways: You can plug your iOS device in to your computer and check iTunes for an update, or you can go into the settings menu on your iPhone (3GS, 4 or 4S), iPod touch (4G, 5G) or iPad (iPad 2 or New iPad) and navigate to General > Software Update.

While updating shouldn't wipe out your previously stored data, you should back your device up just to be safe. And if you don't see the update popping up right away, just give it a minute. These things can sometimes take a while when first rolling out.

The iPhone 5, Apple's next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom", two sources familiar with the matter said.

That would mean the new phone would not connect with the myriad of accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without an adaptor.