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Google brings messaging together in new Hangouts

Published by on May 16th, 2013, 1 Comment

Google’s messaging systems have quickly become a mess – with the launch of Google Chat a decade ago they had a pretty decent headstart. But they quickly branched out into different channels with the launch of Google Voice, and later the Hangouts feature in Google+.

Google Talk was luckily built on the Jabber standard until now, meaning that you could quite easily integrate it with many different clients across many platforms. But Google never launched an official Google Chat client outside Android – until now. The new Google Hangouts app is meant to bring Talk, Hangouts video chat and Google Voice together into one product.

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Procrastination hampers telecoms uptake – Nashua

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments

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Universal access to the internet in South Africa is no longer being held back by high prices or a lack of education, but by government and regulatory inefficiency. Smartphones and mobile computing devices are getting cheaper and broadband far more affordable. But the spectrum needed to deliver high-speed bandwidth is still clogged up by the government’s frustrating delay in switching TV broadcasts from analogue to more efficient digital signals, says Mark Taylor, CEO for Nashua Mobile.

“We are at a juncture where technology developments have outpaced our regulations. The freeing up of spectrum through the digitisation of TV signals is lagging behind, and has serious implications for our operators remaining on the forefront of offering the latest technologies to South Africa.” Network operators are introducing the latest LTE wireless technology for high-speed, high-capacity data, but they cannot set up national LTE networks because spectrum is not available. “It’s critical that we see the delivery of additional spectrum quickly to remain globally competitive, otherwise South Africa will fall further behind in the broadband divide,” Taylor warns. “Universal access to broadband is starting to border on a human right. We can’t deliver that because TV channels are still using the spectrum, so digital migration must be finalised.” (more…)

Nokia announces new flagship – the Lumia 925

Published by on May 14th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Nokia today introduced the Nokia Lumia 925, a new interpretation of its award-winning flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920 (one of our favourite phones of 2012). The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces a metal design and showcases the latest PureView camera innovation, new features and third party applications coming to the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating better images. (more…)

Nokia shows new Lumia 928 low light video performance

Published by on May 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Nokia keeps on pushing the benefits of its Pureview cameras in its flagship phones – but this time they extended the incredible low light technology to video as well. Their new Lumia 928 phone is not only going to sport a new aluminium casing, it will clearly have an even better camera as well.

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Microsoft mocks iPhone and Galaxy Users in new Ad

Published by on Apr 30th, 2013, 8 Comments

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In these modern times it seems the easiest way to offend people is to mock their choice of phone. The biggest war is of course between Android and iPhone users – for every possible argument, there is a counterargument from the other camp. Microsoft decided to mock this ridiculous “war” with their new Lumia ad, which is set at a wedding.

Microsoft is showing off Nokia’s flagship phone, the Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 is arguably the current best Windows Phone device. With the current smartphone market belonging to Apple and Samsung, Nokia has been having a tough time in the last few years. A few years back they were by far biggest cellphone maker in the world, and had wonderful profits. These days those profits have dried up, but their latest Lumia phones do seem be having a positive effect. The Lumia range has also steadily moved into more entry level phone, with pretty great offerings in the form of the Lumia 620 and 520.

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Samsung shows off Design Process of the Galaxy S4

Published by on Apr 29th, 2013, 4 Comments

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Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, is clearly more evolutionary in approach, and most people will probably not notice the differences between it and its older S3 cousin, except for size. Samsung has long been accused of copying Apple’s designs for its smartphones, but with the S3 and S4 it is becoming clear that they have found their own design language.

As part of Samsung’s launch campaign of the S4, they have roped in their high ranking designers to share what they decided to do and how with the S4. It ranges from User Interface to actual product designers for the new phone.

Samsung is pushing their innovation strengths hard in this video, and the designers tell us a bit more about the more gimmicky features as well.

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BWB TV Review: HTC One (Video)

Published by on Apr 29th, 2013, No Comments

 

It is no secret that HTC has been in some trouble in recent years, and their recent phones have been dwarfed in sales compared to companies like Samsung. The fact of the matter is that HTC does not have the marketing muscle of companies like Samsung and Apple, but their previous HTC One X was still amazing (and our favourite Android phone of 2012).

And here we have HTC’s latest flagship, this time around simply called the “One”. So does it have what it takes to become the best Android phone on the market?

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HTC One Review – the New King of Android Phones?

Published by on Apr 29th, 2013, 24 Comments

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It is no secret that HTC has been in some trouble in recent years, and their recent phones have been dwarfed in sales compared to companies like Samsung. The fact of the matter is that HTC does not have the marketing muscle of companies like Samsung and Apple, but their previous HTC One X was still amazing (and our favourite Android phone of 2012).

And here we have HTC’s latest flagship, this time around simply called the “One”. So does it have what it takes to become the best Android phone on the market?

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The HTC One is the best feeling phone I have held in years. It is as simple as that. While it is indeed big, it is still quite comfortable to use. It is basically reaching the limits of what you might say is a comfortable phone to use, and I suspect most people will use it with two hands. Despite its rounded back, it never feels slippery in your hand due to a few well placed ridges (the previous One X felt particularly slippery).

I have always been bothered by phones that just simply don’t feel like high end devices. The HTC One is a perfect example of what a flagship phone should feel like. The front and back is made of aluminium, and it really feels like a real upmarket phone. It has chamferred edges which contrast well with the matte steel finish. (There is also apparently a black version arriving soon.)

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