Many listeners ask us about the topics and websites we speak about on our weekly Digital Lifestyle show on Radio Islam. I’ve decided to post brief summaries of each weeks show.
This week (sunday 15th April) we spoke on a variety of topics.
ML Sajjaad and I continue our Blackberry vs Android differences (me being a ‘droid fan), this time we spoke about RIM’s early beginnings in the mid 1980′s and their recent decision to refocus onto enterprise and corporate services. Interesting to note was this (enterprise) made RIM and Blackberry very successful, however during their hey days there was no iPhone or Android to compete with. Time will tell how this plays out. Having had the misfortune of using a BlackBerry a few weeks ago, I’m amazed at how their cluttered and awkward user interface has become such a hit in South Africa.
Ainonov Android Tablet
Available for a mere R1500 including delivery to any South African address, this 7″ Android powered tablet brings the latest version of Android (version 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich) and a variety of features. Myself and Saaleha are contemplating buying this for our 10 year old niece. Well spec’d and very affordable, this is perfect for parents wanting to give their kids a useful and educational gadget.
Visit the Ainovo website for full details, pictures, specifications and ordering info.
Pay with Good Deeds instead of Cash.
We stray away from tech for a bit to showcase an interesting concept. A Pop-Up chocolate store that sells it wares by good deeds. Instead of purchasing your cocoa goodness with cash, you pay by pledging to do a good deed. Staff are equipped with iPads and allow you to post your pledge to your Facebook wall. An excellant marketing idea.
For the outdoor and cycling fans, a unique mountain bike that doubles as a rucksack and is foldable.
The Bergmönch is an Austrian made mountain bike, when folded, can be worn as a backpack and includes several storage compartments. Once unfolded it is a two wheel downhill mountain bike.
Read more about it watch their awesome promo video at:
*Idea* Would be great if local tour companies hire this out for trails and backpacking.
Somewhat of a video aggregator, the team at HalalTube.com scours the web for all authentic Islamic videos and media. They archive and embed various videos of leading Islamic scholars on their site.
You can browse by speaker or by topic. Being an American project, most of their lectures are people they are familiar with. Unfortunately not many South African lectures there. They do accept submissions so feel free to send them an email or ten. On the same subject, it would be great to see more of our South African Islamic scholars begin recording and uploading their lectures to various online services.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket
We only had a few minutes to talk about this nifty smartphone from Samsung. Soon to be launched in South Africa with a predicted price of under R1000, the Samsung Galaxy Pocket is perfect for students. Included is the Samsung Education Hub which includes the official South African education curriculum (grade 8 to 12).
Check out the specifications and a review here http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_pocket-4612.php