Vanhawks Valour Is The World’s First Connected Bike

Toronto based brand Vanhawks introduces its new Valour bike, the world’s first connected bike. Featuring performance tracking, security sensors and interactive feedback, the Valour radically changes the way you ride a bike. Using LED indicators, the bike comes with turn-by-turn navigation, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the bar. Integrated haptic feedback in the handlebar grips alert you by vibrating of any object in your blind spot. On-board sensors measure your calories burned, distance traveled, speed, best times, and much more, allowing you stay fit and informed at all times. Not only is the bike packed with great technology, it is manufactured entirely with carbon fibre and looks great too. We all know this is a first step into the future of biking and we cannot wait to see what more there is to come in the following years. You can support the project over on Kickstarter here.

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Tencent Approaches Facebook Value Surpassing $100 Billion Amid China Web Bloom


Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700)’s market value surpassed $100 billion within a decade of going public as Asia’s biggest Internet company capitalizes on China’s explosion in online gaming and messaging.

Tencent’s 2.2 percent increase in Hong Kong this week lifted its market value to HK$780.6 billion ($101 billion). The company run by billionaire Pony Ma joins six other members of Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index in the $100 billion club, including PetroChina Co. (857) and China Mobile Ltd. (941). China’s online population surged almost sevenfold since Tencent’s 2004 initial public offering, with revenue at the Shenzhen-based company more than doubling in the past two years. China’s online gaming sales are expected to reach 1.3 trillion yuan ($212.4 billion) by 2016, from 66.2 billion yuan last year, according to Shanghai-based Internet consulting firm IResearch.“Mobile Internet was the main driver, as this sector has been posting very fast growth,” said Eric Qiu, an analyst at CCB International Holding Ltd. in Hong Kong. “There should be no problem for Tencent’s momentum to last until the end of this year and into the next.” Tencent’s market capitalisation is greater than that of SoftBank Corp. (9984), McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Boeing Co. (BA) It trails a handful of technology companies worldwide, including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and Facebook Inc. (FB), which is valued at $103.5 billion.

Tencent Deal.
Jerry Huang, a director of investor relations at Tencent, didn’t respond to a text message and e-mail seeking comment. Also yesterday, Tencent said it paid $448 million for part of China’s third-largest search engine to help compete against Baidu Inc. Tencent bought a 36.5 percent stake in Inc. (SOHU)’s Sogou unit with an option to increase that investment to 40 percent, according to a joint statement after the Hong Kong market closed.
Tencent shares fell 0.2 percent to HK$420.20 at 1:34 p.m. in Hong Kong. Sohu rose 7.5 percent, the most since March 5, in New York yesterday.

Tencent was founded in November 1998, and its early services focused on e-mail, dating and online games. Tencent raised more than HK$1.7 billion from an initial public offering in 2004. China had 591 million Internet subscribers at the end of June, compared with 87 million at the end of June 2004, according to China Internet Network Information Center’s website.

QQ, WeChat
The number of people in China accessing the Internet via mobile devices rose 10 percent to 464 million by the end of June from six months earlier, according to the center. That’s greater than the population of any other country except India.
Tencent shares have risen 69 percent this year, compared with a 2.3 percent gain in the benchmark Hang Seng index.

The company’s rise has enriched others, including largest shareholder Naspers Ltd. (NPN), which owns about a third of the stock. Shares of the Cape Town-based company surged 76 percent this year, compared with an 11 percent gain on the FTSE/JSE Africa All Shares Index.

Tencent’s QQ instant messaging service had 818 million monthly active users at the end of June, and its WeChat service had 236 million. That compares with about 1 million instant-messaging accounts in 1999, according to its website.
“They were on the forefront of the whole mobile shift,” said Billy Leung, an analyst at RHB Research Institute Sdn. in Hong Kong.

Alibaba IPO Ma, China’s third-richest man, has a net worth of $10.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $20.8 billion.

Tencent is developing offerings for WeChat, known as Weixin in China, to compete with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the nation’s biggest e-commerce company. More than 84 percent of China’s Internet users regularly access instant messaging, making it the most popular online application in the country, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“WeChat is a new growth driver, and the government is carrying out new policies to help boost technology growth,” said Ricky Lai, an analyst at Guotai Junan International Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong. “If Tencent can keep growing its user base, its momentum will last.”

Alibaba may consider an initial share sale that could be the largest since Facebook. The Hangzhou-based company has a value of about $87 billion, according to the average of 11 analyst estimates released in July.

‘Call of Duty’
Tencent’s net income will increase 25 percent to 16 billion yuan this year, according to the average of 21 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. It’s investing the most since 2009 on research and development, building games and other mobile applications to lure people spending more time on their smartphones and tablets.
Online gaming accounted for 52 percent of Tencent’s 43.9 billion yuan in revenue last year, while sales from mobile applications contributed about 9 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Tencent is majority owner of U.S.-based Riot Games Inc., which developed “League of Legends,” and announced plans in July to buy 15.4 percent of Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI), owner of the hit titles “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.”

Source: Bloomberg

Analyst’s eye ‘lucrative’ future for Instagram Video

Kevin Systrom, Facebook savior? The Instagram creator's video tool is giving Facebook analysts hope for a more lucrative future.
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Facebook’s latest gift to users, the addition of video to Instagram, will be the gift that keeps on giving to company investors — or so the speculation from analysts goes.

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom on Thursday unveiled a new video feature for creating and sharing 15-second clips at a press event at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. The offering borrows from Twitter’s Vine, which has 13 million registered users, and allows people to stop and start their recordings as they see fit. Instagram video, however, comes with filters and works to automatically stabilize footage.

In reports published Thursday, analysts at RBC Capital Markets and Sterne Agee said that video for Instagram should equate to money in the bank for Facebook. The firms expect the social network to use the video offering to monetize the popular application, which is currently devoid of ads, and capitalize on the online video advertising market.

Both firms are also bullish on the product as a whole and view it as a viable challenger to Twitter’s Vine.

“The introduction of video will likely make the service more compelling, leading to greater user engagement and also opening the door to lucrative video advertising,” RBC Capital Markets Analyst Mark Mahaney wrote.

“Ultimately, we see the opportunity for Facebook to monetize [Instagram video] via video ads in Facebook’s News Feed,” Sterne Agee Analyst Arvind Bhatia said in the firm’s report. “We believe these 15-second videos could prove quite effective/lucrative.”

Defending its stance, Sterne Agee cited data from eMarketer predicting that online video advertising spending will surpass $4 billion this year and $9 billion by 2017. RBC Capital said that it expects more of the $200 billion spent on TV advertising each year to migrate to the Web, and anticipates Facebook capturing a large share of the cross-over dollars.

Analysts and investors, though anxious for additional revenue streams, will need to be patient when it comes to Instagram, which has 130 million active users but no ads.

Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reiterated, at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, the company’s laissez-faire stance on using Instagram to generate revenue. “We all think it makes a lot of sense for Instagram to be focused on growth,” she said.

Source: Cnet


bartendro-xlLiven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro (R4000-R20 000) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you’d like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? R2400 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot.


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LG 84 inch 4K 3D TV

We don’t know where you’re going to find content to watch on it, but if you like to be as future-proof as possible with your purchases, it might be time to consider this LG 84-Inch 4K 3D TV (R160 000.00). Boasting a mammoth 84-inch, 3840 x 2160 4K — oh, sorry, it’s “Ultra High Definition” now — panel, it also offers 3D technology, a new Magic Remote, Smart TV capabilities with access to over 1,400 apps, a 2.2 speaker system, and Dual Play, a new feature that lets gamers play head-to-head, full screen on the same screen. Daaaayum sun.


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Apple iMac 2012

It’d been awhile since Apple had rolled out a new iMac design — and now we know why. The all-new Apple iMac 2012 (R9000-R16000) features an updated design that’s just 5mm thin at the corners and is 40% smaller by volume than its predecessors. It’s powered by quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, boasts a completely reengineered display that reduces reflections by 75%, can hold up to 32GB of RAM, and can be configured with the new Fusion Drive storage option that combines 128GB of flash memory with a 1TB or 3TB hard drive to offer most of the speed of an SSD with the vast storage of a standard hard drive. The 21.5-inch model is coming in November, while those wanting the 27-inch model will be waiting ’til December.


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Rainforest Google Street View

Google rainforest view lets users explore parts of the amazon basin in Google maps.

Equipped with an image-capturing bicycle, google has set off to brazil to offer users ‘google street view: amazon‘, the ability to explore the rivers, forests, and communities of the amazon basin’s rio negro reserve within google maps. The project is the result of a collaboration with the amazonas sustainable foundation (FAS) conservation society. To capture the 50,000 photographs that were stitched together to create ‘rainforest view’, the team brought the ‘google street view trike’ to the basin, equipped with a tripod camera with fisheye lens; and captured images while riding along the paths of forests and communities or mounted atop a riverboat.This google blog post documents the project in further detail, as well as offering quick links to parts of the reserve to assist viewers in exploration. you can learn more about the ‘google street view trike’ in this google maps microsite that documents the ‘street view’ car, bike, trolley, and snowmobile.

Google has truly outdone themselves this time.. we also hear of ‘google underwater’ where you can basically scuba dive over 6 Reefs via google maps. What next.

The New Smaller & Lighter Playstation 3

Big news from Sony – the launch of the new smaller & lighter PS3, unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show press conference this morning. Available in two forms: 500GB (for gamers) on September 28th, and (the family friendly) 12GB on October 12th.

The PS3 has had a makeover – reduced in size yet again, the contours are slicker, the shape more seductive. What the console now lacks in size, it makes up for in entertainment offerings across film, catch up TV services, music and of course, video gaming that everyone can enjoy.


iPod Touch 5

As goes the iPhone, so goes the iPod touch. The iPod touch 5 (R2400.00) is the first major upgrade for the line in two years, and features a 6.1mm anodized aluminum body, an A5 processor, improved battery life, a 5 megapixel iSight camera, a hidden Loop that pops up to let you connect the included wrist strap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 5GHz support, a FaceTime HD camera, Siri, the all-new EarPod headphones, 32 or 64GB of storage, a variety of color choices and — most importantly — the same 4-inch widescreen Retina display found in the iPhone 5. Arriving in October. We look forward to this boijie.



Apple iOS 6

While much of the recent news has been devoted to the iPhone 5 unveiling, the full detail announcement on the sixth edition of Apple‘s mobile operating system iOS is also not worth missing out on. Though not limited to the following, iOS 6 brings in a slew of upgrades to the iPhone 5 camera (including photo-stitching, video stabilization, and multiple face detection), while completely overhauling the real-time GPS mapping software and hitting Siri with a bevy of new knowledge like sports scores and social media updates. But besides being the platform the iPhone 5 will be powered by, most noteworthy about this new update is the addition of an all-new feature called Passbook. While specific details on this powerful application aren’t completely nailed down, it is rumored to be the key for a whole spectrum of paperless consumer activity — in short, a mobile wallet. Those resistant to hardware upgrades rejoice — earlier iterations of the iPhone — as early as the 3GS, in fact, are compatible with iOS 6. You’ll be able to download the new operating system and update your iPhone for free starting on September 19.

Camera Improvements
The camera in iOS 6 does panorama photos on iPhone 5, with 28 megapixel images (measuring the combined resolution of the stitched-together images). It also includes video stabilization, 10-face detection on the rear and single face detection on the front camera.

New Maps
Apple killed Google Maps. Or, rather, it replaced them as the system-level mapping resource in iOS 6 with their own tool, built partly in-house and with a significant helping hand from GPS hardware and software-maker TomTom. This one’s sort of a mixed bag, and how you feel about the change might have a lot to do with how you use your phone.

Good things: Apple Maps has a pretty great 3D mode with flyover effects that looks stellar if you’re in one of the areas that happens to have been rendered already. And Apple did a pretty good job of adding new areas during the beta period, so even if you’re not on that list now, you likely will be soon. Also there’s turn-by-turn voice-guided directions built in for free. Android users have had that for a while, so it’s about time. Yelp integration is also very nice.
Bad things: Apple Maps just doesn’t feel nearly as complete as Google Maps. It also lacks built-in transit directions, opting instead to use third-party folks to take care of that. But if you’re in a city and you don’t have a car, Apple Maps aren’t ideal.

This could be iOS 6′s most deadly secret payload. It’s got plenty of potential, though it might’ve been hard for users to see that pre-launch. Over the past week, however, we’ve seen a number of airlines including Virgin Air declare their support, so how it’ll be used starts to become more apparent.

Passbook is about taking consumer activity paperless. That means providing digital coupons, boarding passes, loyalty, reward/gift cards and more. Is it a mobile wallet? Not yet, not quite, but it could be. And that’s why it’s the one to watch in this festival of new software, especially with time and location-based triggers that give you what you need, when you need it. New partners revealed on stage for the first time include Delta and Starwood hotels.

Apple built Twitter into iOS 5, and now it’s doing the same for Facebook with iOS 6. There a number of theories why it wasn’t included before, but the short answer is: because of reasons.

Apple dropped some knowledge on Siri with this update. It now does sports scores and highlights, movies, reservations, app launching and Facebook/Twitter updates. Also, it works on the new iPad (older versions are left out, as is the iPhone 4 and 3GS).

One thing that should be appreciated outside of the U.S. is international availability of the service. Many users in countries around the world were sold on Siri’s promise, but have had a long wait for features like directions and local business search. Does all of this make Siri great? Not necessarily, but it’s progress.

iCloud Tabs
Your Safari tabs can follow you to the desktop in Mountain Lion, or to other iOS 6 devices like the iPad, a nice feature for people looking to keep their online lives entirely in sync.

Shared Photo Streams
Apple should’ve delivered this as a launch component of iCloud, and its absence immediately felt like an oversight. But now that it’s here, you can share photos with other iCloud users on an iOS 6 or Mac device, and check them out on Apple TV, or for everyone else on the web. Shared photo streams over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections, and supports both push notifications and commenting. It’s almost like Facebook’s photos feature tied more closely to hardware and Apple’s ecosystem.

FaceTime Over Cellular
Say what you will about FaceTime and how useful it actually is to everyday life, having to be connected to Wi-Fi to even have a chance of using it wasn’t helping anything. This might get ugly with AT&T limiting access, but carriers around the world largely seemed to embrace hotspot sharing eventually once Apple built it in, and hopefully FaceTime will be treated the same by companies that aren’t AT&T.

Phone Options
If your only option for answering a call is to answer or decline it, you’re living in the past. Now, incoming calls can be replied to with canned or custom messages (SMS or iMessage). You can also set a reminder to make sure you remember to follow up. Just remember: humans are good at figuring out when you’re using a pre-written response, and can become annoyed if it happens often enough.

VIP Inbox And In-Line Image/Video
Mail gets some minor updates, including easier media insertion. The new VIP inbox is great for sorting things, too, and follows you around to various devices when using your iCloud account.

Other Fun Stuff
There’s lots more, including a new lost mode for Find My iPhone that provides a breadcrumb history of where your lost device has been, and geo-fenced alerts in Find My Friends that makes for perfect, much easier stalking. All the stores have been redesigned to general good effect (though the app search results page, inspired by Chomp, might rub folks the wrong way), and Apple has introduced a number of new features for its latest boom market, China.

Maybe coolest of all, iOS 6 adds a lot for developers to play with, including additional camera feature controls, Passbook access, reminder creation and modification, iTunes content sales via in-app purchase, and access to things like text messages, opening up plenty of possibilities for hardware makers.

Source: TechCrunch