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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Ap­ple an­nounced two new iPhone mod­els last week. The colour­ful iPhone 5C is ba­si­cally a cheaper ver­sion of the iPhone 5, avail­able in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent. coloured plas­tic cas­ings. And the pricier iPhone 5S, avail­able in sil­ver, grey, and gold, and is much faster than the pre­vi­ous iPhone 5. It also has an im­proved cam­era and a fin­ger­print reader used to iden­tify users.

Face­book has be­come the big­gest so­cial net­work in SA, ac­cord­ing to a preview of the So­cial Me­dia Land­scape 2014 re­port by World Wide Worx and Fuse­ware. Mark Zucker­berg’s ser­vice now has an es­ti­mated 9m users in SA, com­pared to lo­cal com­pany Mxit, for ex­am­ple, with 7m. The re­search also found that mes­sag­ing ser­vice What­sApp is the most pop­u­lar app on smart­phones in SA.

• Sources in­side Nokia have ex­posed that the Fin­nish phone man­u­fac­turer was test­ing Google’s An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem on Lu­mia de­vices in or­der to po­ten­tially switch to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem should it have failed to be ac­quired by Mi­crosoft. Nokia’s Lu­mia phones run the Win­dows Phone op­er­at­ing sys­tem. It has also been sug­gested that Nokia held Mi­crosoft to ran­som with this pos­si­bil­ity, as los­ing Nokia to Google would’ve been a great blow for Mi­crosoft.

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