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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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More Women needed in SA ICT Sector

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, 2 Comments

woman-on-laptopSouth Africa needs to actively encourage young girls to consider technology as a career option if the country is going to address key issues like the current skills shortage in the IT sector and spiralling levels of youth unemployment.

That’s the word from Thuli Sibeko, the organiser of the South African Girls in ICT event, being held on International Girls in ICT day on 25 April 2013. Now in its fourth year, the event aims to inspire girls to consider a future in technology, with more than 130 schoolgirls expected to attend a conference with leading women in the local ICT sector.

Ms Sibeko, the managing director of Anglo African Events, says the technology sector offers “an extraordinary opportunity” for girls and young women to forge successful careers in a field where there are expected to be two million more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them in the next 10 years.

“In a country where there are millions of unemployed young people, it’s important to break the existing stereotypes that technology careers are ‘too hard’ for girls, or ‘unfeminine’ or even ‘boring’,” said Ms Sibeko. “Education and skills training – and a change in attitudes – are vital to ensure women are not left behind.” (more…)

Vodacom first to get BlackBerry Q10

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Vodacom customers will be the first to get their hands on the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, which will be available at Vodacom World and other participating outlets on Thursday 2nd  May 2013. The Q10 is the first BlackBerry 10 OS device with a physical keyboard.

We had the opportunity to play with the Q10 at the recent Z10 launch, and we walked away very impressed. It certainly sticks to a similiar feel to the Bold 9900 which was a great phone to hold with premium materials.

Vodacom customers get even more with the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.  New contract customers will receive unlimited BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) texting and file sharing* for 24 months, valued at R19 per month. In addition to this, customers will also receive double their data for the first two months of the contract. Contract prices for the Q10 can be found below: (more…)

Nokia launches Asha 210 with dedicated WhatsApp Button

Published by on Apr 24th, 2013, No Comments

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Now this is a smart move. Recognizing the shift away from SMS, Nokia has embraced the WhatsApp standard for their new low cost Asha 210 phone. The new Asha 210 features a dedicated button to access WhatsApp, and a full qwerty keyboard for messaging addicts. Well done to Nokia for not creating some proprietary messaging standard that only works on one brand. WhatsApp is an excellent choice – and you will not be charged a yearly cost to use it.

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