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How a South African Neighborhood Banished Private Cars for a Month

Last week, Paris shooed cars from its downtown for a single photogenic day . Now a neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa is one-upping that car-free day with a celebration that kicks cars off the street for the entire month of October.

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Alissa Walker

October 6th

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Apple notifies developers of incoming VAT-influenced pricing changes to South African App Store

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 12.10.58 PMThis weekend, Apple has notified App Store developers that the South African App Store will see app price changes due to the country’s new 14% Value Added Tax rate. Apple commonly makes these changes to align with tax changes in certain regions. It’s likely that these price changes will spread to other Apple web properties such as the iTunes Store and iBookstore. Expect to see these changes within the next 24 hours. A new pricing matrix can be accessed by developers in iTunes Connect.

 


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, Apple, indonesian rupiah, iTunes, iTunes Connect, South Africa, South African App Store, Value added tax

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Mark Gurman

June 8th

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A Tour of the Tallest Residential Tower in Africa

Skyscrapers tend to become lightening rods for the neighborhoods they're in—and nowhere is that more true than in Johannesburg's Ponte City, a hulking 54-story tower has gone from Apartheid enclave to drug dealer haven to symbol of urban renewal.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 11th

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South African police take Oscar Pistorius’s iPhone to Apple after failing to crack passcode

Reeva Steenkamp, shot by Oscar Pistorius (photo: India Times)

Reeva Steenkamp, shot dead by Oscar Pistorius (photo: India Times)

The International Business Times reports that three detectives investigating the killing of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have flown to Apple’s HQ in Cupertino to seek assistance in accessing the athlete’s iPhone.

Prosecutors want to access its SMS and WhatsApp messages as evidence for the trial.

South African police have been struggling to gain access to the phone for months, one of several handsets found in the double-amputee athlete’s Pretoria villa on the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has claimed that he cannot remember the passcode … 

Evidence from a second mobile phone found in the villa reportedly revealed that Pistorius had been accessing pornography on the night of the killing.

[The phone] suggests that he looked at the material while Steenkamp was present in the building, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The document goes on to state that this evidence paints a picture in “direct contrast to that of a loving couple spending their time together.”

South African police had reportedly asked the FBI to authorise Apple to unlock the phone, but that this has not yet happened, and the matter is now urgent as the murder trial begins on Monday.

Pistorius has admitted shooting Steenkamp through a bathroom door, but says that he did so believing her to be an intruder. Prosecutors will argue that he deliberately shot her following an argument.

The fact that even police were unable to bypass the passcode lock is testament to the security of iPhones, though law enforcement officials would of course have an easier time with an iPhone 5s, simply needing to obtain a court order to use a fingerprint to unlock the phone. 


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Ben Lovejoy

February 28th

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This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

In Johannesburg, where student housing is sparse, one developer is taking extreme measures—by creating a 370-bed dormitory out of shipping containers perched atop a set of abandoned concrete grain silos.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

February 11th

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Apple expands 3D Flyover coverage in Maps to Cape Town and Helsinki

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Apple has been adding a lot of new imagery in its Maps app for the 3D flyover mode that initially launched in just a handful of countries. Over the last year it has added coverage for a ton of new locations in the US, UK, France, and Canada, and over the last week readers have reached out to note the addition of two major cities for the feature: Cape Town, South Africa and Helsinki, Finland.

Apple’s list of supported cities on its website hasn’t been updated in a while, but over the last year the company has added coverage in Paris, new areas in California, and other cities in the US, France, Spain, and the UK.


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Jordan Kahn

January 15th

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This Stone Mosaic of Johannesburg Looks Like a Real Satellite Map

From afar, this bird’s eye view of Johannesburg looks like a satellite snapshot. But it’s not—it’s actually a massive, meticulously created mosaic. It contains thousands of fragments of stone and tile, but together, they look amazingly photorealistic.

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Leslie Horn

October 3rd

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Feedie: an app that shares food pictorially and literally

A lot of people use the iPhone, to take pictures of their food, and share the pictures on Twitter and Facebook. Sharing photos of your meals online has become a phenomenon and you probably have several friends who participate in this trend. But what if you can actually make a difference for a great cause by taking pictures of your food? That’s exactly what a new app Feedie does. The pictures you take with Feedie can be posted and shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Foursquare.

Because you took a picture at a Feedie restaurant, the restaurant donates to The Lunchbox Fund. Chef Mario Batali is one of the spokesmen for Feedie and The Lunchbox Fund. The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization that provides daily meals for orphaned children in South Africa. The organization works with several schools and have annually provided 240,000 meals since its inception in 2005. Feedie has provided 645 meals, since its launch in the end of April. This app is also now iOS 7 ready:

Upon first opening the Feedie app, it has you swipe through an easy to use interface that allows you to see how to use Feedie.

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To set up an account with Feedie, you can sign in with either your Facebook or Twitter account. You can set up your Foursquare and Google + account by pressing the button with the horizontal lines on it, in the upper right hand corner and then press settings.

When you first open the app, you have a feed that shows you every meal that every Feedie user has shared.

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If you have friends that are using Feedie, and are following them, you can easily switch to their feed by pressing the Following button.

To find the restaurants that participate with Feedie, press the Geo-pin icon in the lower right hand corner.

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It will show you the restaurants that participate on a map, as well as being able to look up by location. Since this app is new, currently most of the restaurants that participate are in New York City. If you want a restaurant to participate with Feedie, educate the restaurant owner about it. Then they can make the decision for themselves. If that restaurant does want to become a Feedie restaurant, they are able to enter in their email address on Feedie’s website. Feedie will then email them back asking for more information about the restaurant, and you are able to start a relationship with them.

To take a picture of your food, press the camera button, down at the bottom in the center of the screen. You are able to either take a picture or upload a picture. Photography fans are going to love the alert that tells you to make sure the camera flash is turned off.

There are even some food-themed filters that you can then apply to the photo.

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Then you are able to write a comment about your picture and share it.

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The app is very simple to use and beautifully designed with an awesome idea behind it. I hope that the next time you are out and about to share a picture of your food, that you first double check to see if it is a Feedie restaurant. If not educate the restaurant about it.

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Sarah Guarino

September 14th

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Feedie: an app that shares food pictorially and literally

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Sarah Guarino

September 14th

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How to Sun-Cook a Steak in South Africa

Consistent electricity is more guideline than rule in South Africa, even on the outskirts for the capital city of Johannesburg. This ambiguity leaves residents either living in the dark or at the mercy of expensive and hazardous kerosene- or coal-based fuels. One social entrepreneur however, has a plan to provide clean, safe, nearly free energy to even Johannesburg’s poorest citizens.

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Andrew Tarantola

September 2nd

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