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Vodacom, South Africa’s leading cellular network will be launching a revolutionary new applications store that is going to take South Africa by storm. From 1 September 2011, the Vodacom Mobile Store will go live and will feature a catalogue of over 140,000 applications powered by Appia who is one of the world’s largest open application marketplaces. This exciting event marks the beginning of what Vodacom believes will be an entirely new local South African mobile application eco-system with the emphasis on home-grown talent and revenue opportunities.

The new apps store will feature apps that will support major mobile platforms like Android, BlackBerry, Java, Symbian & Windows mobile. The store will feature a plethora and variety of apps in various categories like, professional, work, school, business, travel and even games for the kids…This is a magnificent initiative by Vodacom. As an iPhone user myself, I feel that the international apps stores, which do cater for South African smart phone users develop apps that sometimes are not relevant to our South African lifestyles.

Pieter Uys, Vodacom Chief Executive Officer says: “The launch of this apps store is just the beginning. We’re building an entire community that will support home-grown apps relevant to the South African environment. With all the talent available in this country there is no reason we can’t create our own application industry. The great part about this store is that it caters for so many users – in fact 10 million cellphones on our network can run at least Java apps.”

All Vodacom customers will be able to download free apps, for which data charges will apply. In the future, Vodacom will introduce paid-for apps, which users can pay for using their airtime account, which is great and omits the need for a credit or debit cards. Vodacom customers who wish to download apps can do so from the 1 September 2011 by simply visiting:

http://vodacom.mobi/apps from their mobile phones or from the apps feature on Vodafone live!

Developers are you feeling left out? Well don’t! In addition to the Vodacom apps store, Vodacom is committed to supporting and further developing the South African apps market by launching a Vodacom Developer Programme. This programme will provide the developer community with the technical and commercial support, including training, workshops and innovation incentives in the forth-coming months. This will further stimulate the “local is lekker” development of applications by giving developers the freedom to upload their own developed applications and generate some serious moola from it. More information regarding the developer programme can be obtained by visiting:

http://www.vodacom.co.za/devloper available from 1 September 2011.

So there you have it, get downloading, apps from the new apps store, and if you are feeling creative, develop a new app that’s a winner and who knows, Vodacom could be a force to be reckoned with not nationally, but internationally and send tremors to the core of Apple and seeds of BlackBerry.

Will the Apples still be fresh and juicy or will the Apples be Cooked and the Jobs to keep the other gadget doctors away be painstaking?  Makes me wonder since Apples board of directors announced that Apples co-founder, Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive officer. Tim Cook will be taking over the reigns of the Cuppertino company as the new CEO. Cook who was previously Apples chief operating officer also stood in for jobs during his period of medical leave. Jobs has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The news came as shock as Jobs mentioned: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apples CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the board sees fit, as chairman of the board, director and Apple employee…I believe Apples brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.”

With the news of Jobs resignation as Apple CEO, Apples shares fell & decreased by up to 7% during after-hours trading. A statement by Trip Hawkins who founded Electronic Arts (EA), the world largest independent video game publisher stated: “Apple is headed toward a decline. Everything revolves so much around Steve, and no matter how good his lieutenants are, they are just not Steve Jobs.”

I have to admit, “yours truly” is an Apple fan boy and Apple products has left me a tinge lighter on the wallet, but also left me with a lasting impression. Steve Jobs will be missed and what better then to share one of his magical phrases:

“And one more thing…”A magical phrase which has preceded the revelation of a slew of drool-inducing tech ranging from the sleek Macbook Air to the beautiful iPhone.

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand just a few weeks away, concerned sports fans are deliberating more on how not miss any games rather then whether our Springboks have the will and tenacity to defend the William Webb Ellis Trophy. With the great sides like the All Blacks, Wallabies and England in great form at present, the 2011 Rugby World Cup is going to be a real humdinger.

The World Cup takes place in New Zealand from the 09 September to 23 October 2011. With a 9 hour time difference between South Africa and New Zealand, World Cup games are sure to be broadcast at times when we are at work, shopping or maybe just running an errand. So how do you keep up with all the action without missing that vital try by Victor Matfield that puts the Springboks 7 points clear of the All Blacks…?

Get a DSTV Drifta Mobile Decoder like “yours truly.” So you maybe wondering what the DSTV Drifta Mobile Decoder is? The Drifta is a mobile TV decoder that receives DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast for Handhelds) signal and converts it to a Wi-Fi signal for Wi-Fi enabled viewing devices. Currently the device is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS4 & higher as well as Windows PC’s including laptops and notebooks running Windows XP, Vista and 7. Other devices will be available soon. In addition to the original drifta, Multichoice has launched a second drifta that works specifically with laptops. The DSTV Mobile Drifta USB works with the same to DVB-H broadcast signal as the original Drifta. The Drifta USB doesn’t need Wi-Fi so you can plug it into your laptop at work, although you might want to get a pair of headphones so the boss doesn’t hear what you are doing.

How much does it cost? The original Wi-Fi Drifta, retails for about R600 and the USB Drifta for about R400 available at Multichoice or major retail outlets. In addition to purchasing the Drifta, there is a monthly subscription charge of R36 if you are not a premium DSTV subscriber. But think about it this way, if the rugby becomes all too predictable you can always view 13 other channels like the Series Channel, Cartoon Network, E! Entertainment, eNews and many more.

With the thought of you trying to conjuring ideas on how to watch the rugby at work while the boss is not looking, I leave you with the profound words of John Steinbeck who said:

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

Until next time,



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