Apple is recycling, buying back old iPhones for $280

Apple has started a trade-in and recycling programme in the USA for older iPhones which the company then plans to resell in other countries.

The company will pay customers up to $280 for their old handsets, although the customer has to also have an existing — or take out a new — iPhone contract with a mobile network.

“In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone,” a company spokesperson said.

The handsets being returned have to be in working order, and shown to be so in the Apple stores.

The recycling programme is being run by Brightstar for Apple. – NCW – Naijagist

Ericsson Application Awards 2013 – 40,000EUR up for Grabs

Welcome to the Ericsson Application Awards 2013 – an opportunity for developers to gain exposure within the telecom world, a chance to reach out to customers via Ericsson distribution channels and a chance to win €25,000 in prize money.

Who can join the competition
The competition is global and open to both students and small & medium sized enterprises (< 100 employees). There are two categories: one for students and one for companies. For more details see Rules and Terms & Conditions.

Theme
The purpose of the theme “Apps for City Life” is to promote innovations towards the Networked Society by connecting people, things and places to empower individuals and society.

Requirements
Develop an application based on the Android platform (Web or Native) that addresses the theme.
Submit an demo-video and a working prototype application by February 28, 2013.
The application must be an original work.

Prizes
Prize table for each category:
1st place: EUR 25 000
2nd place: EUR 10 000
3rd place: EUR 5 000
4th and 5th place: Honorary Diplomas

The prize money will be shared equally among the registered team members. The winning teams will be contacted to ensure payment of prize. Winners will be announced on: www.ericssonapplicationawards.com

Deadlines 2013
February 28, 2013: Last date for Application Submission
March 1, 2013: Evaluation of entries
March 16, 2013: Announcement of semi-finalists (top 5) in each category
March 20, 2013: Global evaluation of semi-finalist entries
April 25, 2013: Announcement of finalist teams (top 2) in each category

Evaluation Process
The first evaluation phase results in the selection of the semi-finalist teams, the top 5 in each category. The second evaluation phase of the semi-finalist entries is will be evaluated by representatives from 3-4 countries globally and results in the selection of the finalist teams, the top 2 in each category.
The third evaluation phase will be done at the Awards Ceremony by a jury (panel of experts), who will

Evaluation Criteria
The submitted applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
– Android application (Native or Web)
– Addresses the theme “Apps for the Networked Society”
– Working application prototype
– Innovative solution
– Business potential

The Outernet is still Out there if you ever get tired of D Internet

I read this post from Richard Darell and cannot but want to write about it or not want to share it. If you have been using the Internet since it became popular sometime during the late ’80s or the beginning of the ’90s, you know that it has changed significantly since then. Our entire society revolves around it now, and seemingly every technology company is putting some effort into converting their products into online gadgets. It doesn’t matter if it is a toaster or the latest smartphone, they are all being modified with each model, and it won’t be long before you can’t even buy a gadget or appliance without having to plug it into the Internet. The Internet has become so popular that we now spend more time online than we spend outside in the real world. That means that we’re actually online even when we’re outside.
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Apple God {Steve Jobs} is dead @ 56

I am just getting this online that Steve Jobs is gone, STEVE IS GONE!!!. Steve Jobs has passed away. As confirmed on Apple’s site, Mr. Jobs has passed away at the age of 56 (1955 – 2011) after recently stepping down from the position of CEO and naming Tim Cook his successor. Steve Jobs as been an asset to the world of Information and Communications Technology, His prowess in Apple cannot be forgotten and his ideas and innovations that has turned Apple to that beloved gadget we all love will not leave us easily. Just like the saying goes “An icon has left us and a hole has been left” – unfilled? I cant say.
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Google buys Motorola: the Dark age theory

This post by Gene Marks on forbes.com about the Google Motorola deal is just insightful and i couldn’t help but leave a link for you to read about it. With this acquisition, we’ll be having Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle if it makes a bid for HP as rumored to fill our Tech world. Lets just say the once divergent Software-Hardware world is becoming one again and now it wont be the Giant Microsoft or the Giant Google, It will be the Giant Four(4) in the mobile, smartphone, new tech devices world.

Google buys Motorola, Oracle wants to buy HP, Apple has its own Hardware and Software which has paid off for Apple over the years, Microsoft might wake up tomorrow and buy Dell and then the new ecosystem Pac begins.
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Android Developer Challenge — Sub-Saharan Africa: Finalists

The Android Developer Challenge is designed to encourage the creation of cool and innovative Android mobile apps built by developers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Invent apps that delight users and you stand a chance to win an Android phone and $25,000 USD. The finalists of the Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa have been announced. The finalists were chosen from the Category … Continue reading “Android Developer Challenge — Sub-Saharan Africa: Finalists”

Toward an IPv6 world in mobile networks

IPv6 or Internet Protocol Version 6 is the next generation protocol for the Internet. It’s designed to provide several advantages over current Internet Protocol Version 4 (or IPv4). Both IPv6 and IPv4 define network layer protocol i.e., how data is sent from one computer to another computer over packet-switched networks such as the Internet.

IPv4 has served the internet well, but the world has to shift to IPv6 – and soon. Mobile networks need to be among the first. Fortunately, there are good mechanisms available to ease the IPv4 to IPv6 transition.

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Mobile @ The Heart of Health : mHealth Summit ~ CapeTown

The emerging field of ‘m-health’ technology applications is the focus of the Mobile Health Summit that started in Cape Town this week (6-9 June, 2011). With over 5 billion mobile users worldwide, This provides an opportunity for healthcare providers to improve healthcare for people living in hard-to-reach areas especially developing areas like Africa. Organised by GSMA, a body that spans 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.
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