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BWB: 5 must have sports apps for any South African fan

Published by on Jan 30th, 2015, 1 Comment

SportFor the average South African guy (and to a growing extent – woman as well!) being up to date with sports scores is an absolute necessity. The digital and mobile revolution has brought information to our finger tips and we can now track our favorite teams’ scores, performance and news even though your stuck in some far flung place between Gat-sonder-water and Pofadder. No more waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to find out what is happening with the Proteas down-under.

If you are anything like me, a good sports app is one of the first-to-be-downloaded and most used apps on my smartphone. Here are Bandwidth Blog’s 5 must have sports apps for any avid sports fan. If your favorite sport doesn’t feature on the list, feel free to leave a comment with a great app recommendation!  (more…)

Samsung announces Galaxy A-series for South Africa

Published by on Jan 30th, 2015, 2 Comments

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We were wondering if Samsung would bring these devices to the country, and we are so glad they did. South Africa seems like the perfect market for this device.

The Samsung A series is Samsung’s newest and slimmest smartphone range. It consists of the Galaxy A3 and A5. The range offers a trendy design and interesting functions to support social networking for young users. (more…)

The Oatmeal’s card game becomes the most backed Kickstarter project ever

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, No Comments

exploding-kittens-exlarge-169I don’t know about you but I am quite a big fan of the online comic “The Oatmeal“. The creator, Matthew Inman, produces satirical cartoons of a most random nature. His work consists of a mish-mash of topical issues to expressing his own personal pet peeves. It could be his love of long distance running or how Nicola Tesla was the world’s most underrated scientist, any and every topic is fair game.

Recently Inman launched a Kickstarter campaign for a card game called Exploding Kittens. He asked for a modest $10,000, but he never in his wildest dreams would have expected the backing he has received to date. (more…)

GoPro Hero4 firmware update brings incredible 240fps HD video

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, No Comments

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The GoPro Hero4 is probably one of the best (if not the best) action cameras out there. With it’s 4K resolution, it is by far the action camera of choice for many.

While avid GoPro users will surely be aware of the amazing capabilities of the Hero4, a new firmware update – set to roll out in February – will make these users even more excited about the world’s favourite action camera.

The new firmware update will allow users to record 720p HD video at an astonishing 240 frames per second, which of course makes it super slo-mo and the first time incredibly slowed down video can record in HD.

To put it in perspective for you, the 240fps frame rate is 10 times slower than the standard frame rate when shooting video. And as we all know (especially those filming a lot of action shots) everything looks better in slo-mo. (more…)

Mobile gamers spend two hours a day gaming

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 1 Comment

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This is a scary statistic that we didn’t imagine could be so high. All the doomsayers are sitting up and noticing – mobile gaming is almost for everyone, it seems.

A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices as of late 2014. This constitutes a 57% increase compared to the 80 minutes it was in 2012. If you would like to start dipping your toes in the gaming pool, check out our list of the Top 5 Mobile RPG Games.

The survey was only of 5,566 individuals, but you can be sure they used a representative sample. The report states: (more…)

Cape Town’s open data portal goes live

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In order to enhance transparency and accountability, the City of Cape Town has launched a new open data portal. Mayor Patricia de Lille has also stated that it will improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of the city.

This makes Cape Town the first so-called ‘smart city’ in South Africa, joining cities like New York and London. That being said, Johannesburg and Pretoria are also pushing for approval from their respective city councils. (more…)

Apple CEO reveals Apple Watch launch date

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, No Comments

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We can all stop speculating and piling together various rumours in order to paint a coherent picture – Tim Cook has revealed the date that Apple Watch devices will start shipping to customers.

He snuck the announcement in at the earnings call this week. Apple have had their best quarter in history and are hoping that the Apple Watch will drive the profits of the Cupertino company even higher. (more…)

Google’s space documentary is now available on YouTube

Published by on Jan 28th, 2015, 1 Comment

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Nowadays, every major company seems to be involved with space and space exploration in some way or another. The out-of-the-universe field that was once only reserved for the likes of NASA, has now captured the imagination of (mostly tech) companies worldwide.

There is Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic and of course, the mighty Google.

As you may of heard, Google has recently launched the Google Lunar XPrize – a sort of post Cold War space race competition that challenges different teams from around the world to land a spacecraft on the moon.

18 private teams from all four corners of the Earth will go head-to-head in a bid to be the first to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, the objective is not to simply land the spacecraft on the moon, but to also let it roam for 500 meters as well as being able to send data and images back to Earth.

The winning team will then receive a grand prize of a whopping $20 million. (more…)

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