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iPhone 5

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I think I’ll stick to my BlackBerry…


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September 22, 2012 at 07:59

Gravestones Embedded with QR Codes

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iol reports on QR codes (Quick Response Codes) that are now being inscribed on some gravestones.

The next time you stop by the cemetery, you may learn a lot more about your dearly departed than a few ceremonial words.

A few companies are now marketing quick response (QR) codes for gravestones, which allow visitors to connect their smartphones to a website containing information on a deceased person, including photos, videos and testimonials from family and friends.

UK-based Chester Pearce Associates manager Stephen Nimmo said: “When you lose somebody… talking about them is very important, keeping their memory going is very important and this is just an add-on to that.”

QR codes have become commonplace on advertising campaigns, allowing a smartphone owner to scan the barcode on an ad to obtain more data about the product or campaign online.

Customers can also get their own QR code gravestones. US-based Quiring Monuments has a video for the firm’s version of the product. Of course, making data public after a person’s death raises issues of privacy and taste.

“It’s a new technology… there will be people who like it [and] people who don’t,” Nimmo said.

Chester Pearce charges customers $500 (R4 090) for the QR code service, which can be placed on memorial benches or plaques in addition to the grave sites.

Gill Tuttiet purchased one of the QR codes for her late husband, Timothy, and says he would have appreciated the forward-thinking gesture. – Reuters

Technology at work.


BTW. this blog has a QR Code, and for your convenience (see that’s what it’s all about), here it is:

See, technology is great? [Although I’m not so sure about the gravestone embedding.] And if you have no idea what I’m on about, take your Smartphone and scan the above pic. QR’s similar to the barcodes used by retailers but can be used (scanned) by your BlackBerry (my choice), iPhone, Android based or other camera enabled Smartphone to link to just about anything – and in my case, the blog. I have one for BlackBerry messaging too.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

September 12, 2012 at 13:24

‘Exploding’ iPhones? I’ll Stick With BlackBerry…

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Red hot smoking iPhone self-combusts on airliner:

An Apple iPhone 4 was glowing red hot and emitted a “significant amount” of  dense smoke as it spontaneously combusted on board a flight in Australia in the  second reported incident of its kind in the past month…

The incident involving a passenger’s iPhone 4 glowing red hot occurred on board  Regional Express flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney last Friday after  landing, the airline reported…

In a statement regarding the first incident, Regional Express said a flight attendant carried out  “recovery actions” immediately and that the red glow was extinguished  successfully, adding that the matter has been reported to the Australian  Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority  (CASA) for investigation and directions. All passengers and crew on board were  unharmed, the airline said….

Read more here.

Gosh, just look at the thing! Imagine it in your pocket at the time?! Nah, Apple is way overrated. BlackBerry (outages and all) would seem to be a safer option thank you.


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December 1, 2011 at 16:17

BlackBerry on Every Planet?

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Yes, at least, according to CNN:



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October 13, 2011 at 14:15

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BlackBerry Useless

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I’m beginning to really regret getting rid of my iPhone 4 and that for a BlackBerry! The thing hasn’t been working properly since Monday. In the meantime, I noticed #usesofaBlackberry is trending on Twitter. So here’s something to lighten the mood.

You can still use your BlackBerry as:

    • An alarm clock
    • A paperweight
    • A calculator
    • A decoy phone when you’re about to get robbed
    • Camera still works at least
    • A frisbee
    • A fly swatter
    • A collectable
    • A weapon of mass irritation
    • As motivation for an iPhone, or
    • Throw it at an iPhone user


So what’s actually wrong with the thing? Blackberry’s back-up has failed:

Cape Town – The failure of a backup switch was the major reason why BlackBerry users were cut off from their email and messaging services for two days, according to a statement issued late on Tuesday by BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM).

The statement, the first indication of what caused the communications blackout, said: “The messaging and browsing delays being experienced by BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure.

“Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested.

“As a result, a large backlog of data was generated, and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service as quickly as possible.”

The RIM statement concluded by offering an apology for the inconvenience caused and with a promise to keep its customers informed…

Cellular network operators initially carried the brunt of the blame by angry end users…

Oh well, it’s only a cellphone.

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October 12, 2011 at 17:30

BlackBerry is Making me Mad

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Really. I’ve got no service. Day 2:

The Blackberry Internet Service was disrupted for the second time in two days in South Africa on Tuesday.

The service interruption was felt in Europe, the Middle East, India, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Africa, said Research in Motion (RIM) – the company that manufactures Blackberry.

The company would not give details on the cause of the problem or how long it was expected to last.

“We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused,” RIM said.

On Monday, Blackberry users experienced a similar outage.

The service was restored for several hours on Monday, but faltered again on Tuesday.

Many users vented their frustration on social media sites like Twitter.

One said: “Ok, this BlackBerry thing is ridiculous now. And if I see one more tweet from a smug iPhone user…”

Others sought solace in humour.

“Its thoughtful of BlackBerry to honour Steve Jobs by having two days of silence,” said one tweet.

“Flight attendant just said to switch all our phones off, this includes all Blackberries… everyone chimes ‘dont worry they keep themselves off’,” said another. – Sapa

Anway, that’s it. Can’t blog like this. I’m off to bed. Goodnight!


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October 11, 2011 at 23:31

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Apple Has 2/3 Share of Mobile Phone Industry Profits

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I still prefer using Blackberry:

Apple’s share of the mobile phone industry’s profits has swelled to around two thirds, as the company’s iPhone sales have remained profitable while achieving the top spot in sales.

Even before displacing Nokia as the world’s top smartphone maker in the most recent quarter, Apple has long consumed a disproportionate slice of the industry’s profits.

Apple first grabbed the largest slice of phone profits in mid 2008, just a year after the iPhone went on sale. That slice climbed to 50 percent of the industry’s profits by last year.

This quarter however, an overall decline in profits among top mobile makers kicked Apple’s share of total profits up past 66 percent, with Samsung pulling in the next largest slice of profits with just 15 percent, RIM collecting an 11 percent share, and HTC bringing in 7.4 percent.

Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG all managed to lose money selling phones in the quarter…

More here.

(Though a iPad is a really enticing prospect.)

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July 29, 2011 at 22:15


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