Apple iPhone 3G

Apple iPhone 3G, originally uploaded by jaydeep2net.

And then the hype died ! After months of anguished waiting, the Apple fanboys finally got what they had wished for: the iPhone 3G was (eventually) launched by Vodacom last week. At least we don’t live in Botswana, Croatia, Jamaica or other pioneering markets, such as Nicaragua and Madagascar who are still waiting.

Some, like editor of gadget magazine Stuff, Toby Shapshak are calling it the “Jesus phone”. Others are quite plainly saying “no thanks”.

Vodacom says it’s brought 30 000 iPhone’s into the country, but sources say that number is closer to 40 000. It remains to be seen whether this batch will be sold out as has happened in iPhone launches elsewhere.

Read the full article here…

Finally ! The “Google Phone”…

TMobile G1 Phone Googles Android – Powered Cell Phone, originally uploaded by Sachin Tomar’s.

The long-awaited HTC Dream, the first commercial handset running Google’s Android operating system, will be coming to T-Mobile as the G1 on October 22nd. Featuring a 3-inch touchscreen, Internet navigation buttons and a full QWERTY keypad, the smartphone market has finally broken free of Symbian and Windows Mobile (amongst other). Exciting news as we sigh a sigh of frustrated relief that South Africans can *finally* get their hands on a Apple iPhone 3G, which will be released tomorrow (Friday 26 Sept).

Google launches its “Chrome” browser…

Google Chrome Logo, originally uploaded by Randy Zhang.

Search giant Google has officially launched its own entry into the Internet Explorer-dominated market, dubbed Chrome.

In keeping with almost every advanced feature Google brings out these days – from blog searching to e-mail – the browser is in open beta, but it’s already getting plenty of attention. Built on an open-source platform – the source is already available from Google Code. The browser can be downloaded here. Chrome is unfortunately not without bugs. Type in “Chrome Bugs” in google and read some of the results. I have yet to test it with Sabinet’s products. Watch this space for more information on this topic.

Debian celebrates 15 years…

Debian, arguably the most important Linux distribution, is readying to celebrate its 15th birthday on August 16.

While a respected and widely-used Linux distribution in its own right, Debian has, over the 15 years, also been widely used as the base for numerous other Linux distributions, including the popular Ubuntu distribution created by South African entrepreneur, Mark Shuttleworth.

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The iPhone 3G was finally launched…

iPhone 3G, originally uploaded by snowingindoors.

Gadget lovers around the world on Friday crammed into stores to buy the latest super-fast iPhone 3G only to find activating the coveted devices was hit-or-miss due to Apple computer troubles.

The much-ballyhooed launch of iPhone 3G was marred by activation troubles blamed on Apple’s online iTunes system.

Telecom giant AT&T, the exclusive service provider for iPhones in the United States, said iTunes computer problems were felt internationally but did not deter people from snatching up the second-generation models.

“It’s an issue with iTunes,” AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel told AFP. “We’ve just had a great day. Many of our stores are sold out. We’re thrilled.”

Read the full article here ! Sadly there is no news yet as to when South Africans can expect this sought after gadget…