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.

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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).

New Challenges

When Gerhard announced that he was going to retire, many (I think all) of the Sabinet staff members were hoping that he would change his mind. Gerhard has really been a true leader and a role model for many staff members. I will go into more detail of the fantastic qualities of our current Managing Director at another stage, all I will say now though is that he is a hard act to follow.

Sabinet is about more than a single person, it is a partnership of many stakeholders. Sabinet has the best board of directors that any company could wish for, a management team that is knowledgeable, passionate and experienced, staff members that are dedicated and professional, and clients who are loyal and supportive. I am privileged to be able to work with all these people.

I look forward to the challenges of this new position and together with the support of the Sabinet management team (Pierre, Irene, Hennie, Kevin, Marco and Sanet), and all the staff members we will ensure that the company continues to grow and flourish!


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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