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China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, No Comments

Cellphone lanes China

The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

Is Blackberry making a smart watch, too?

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, 1 Comment

BlackBerry

Since Apple joined the smart watch game on Tuesday, one can say that the race is officially on. With all the big players now in the ring, including Samsung, Motorola and LG, the competition as to whose smart watch is the smartest has heated up quite considerably.

Surprisingly, another player has joined, and it’s one that we definitely did not expect to see enter this fight. Welcome to the ring, BlackBerry.

That’s right, the struggling company has kind of, sort of announced that they are also looking into developing a smart watch.

BlackBerry’s President of Enterprise Solutions, John Sims, told reporters at the recent Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas that the company is researching the development of a BlackBerry smart watch.

“We’re doing internal research on different wearables…[sic] I would love to have BBM on a wearable…It’s definitely an area of research for us”.

Well better late than never I suppose?

As many can certainly agree, that is one thing we definitely did not see coming, considering the dire straits the company currently finds itself in.  (more…)

New Samsung ads mock Apple’s new iPhone, watch and event

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

New Samsung ad

Less than 48-hours after Apple introduced the world to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has released a series of ads that, once again, mocks the competition.

Staying true to their advertising form, Samsung’s new ads unashamedly bashes almost everything that happened at Apple’s event on Tuesday. From the new iPhones to the watch and even the event itself – Samsung shows no signs of diverting from their mocking advertising formula.

The ads, which were released as a playlist entitled ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ on YouTube yesterday, feature two guys in blue shirts – seemingly portraying Apple Store employees. It also has an accompanying hashtag; #NoteTheDifference.

The two guys are shown discussing Apple’s new devices as well as the keynote address.  (more…)

Stephen Hawking and Intel collaborates on a connected wheelchair

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, No Comments

Dr. Stephen Hawking

With Apple’s announcements on Tuesday, we could all clearly see that there is a major emphasis on health and fitness integrated technology. And while we were all consumed by Tim Cook’s keynote, another tech company – more famous for making chips – announced a new project that will no doubt transform the world of health and fitness integrated technology.

Intel announced their latest invention on Tuesday at the Intel developer Forum 2014 (which, unfortunately for them fell on the same day as Apple’s event, meaning less press coverage).

However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the project is still nothing less than amazing and innovative.

The company showed off their connected wheelchair – a project that is being endorsed by one of the greatest living scientists of our time, Dr. Stephen Hawking.  (more…)

HTC’s “Double Exposure” event to take place on the 8th of October

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, No Comments

HTC OneSo September the 9th has come and gone and the tech world is already preparing for the next big launch. Obviously the ball is now back in the Andriod court and HTC will have the first swing. Their event will take place on the 8th of October in New York City and is titled “Double Exposure”. Quite obviously the name refers to the current HTC One M8′s dual camera system and the future applications thereof. We are not yet quite sure what HTC will present but we can speculate… (more…)

Apple Pay – All you need to know

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Apple really hit it out of the park with their event last night. Along with finally announcing the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the swoon-worthy Apple Watch, the company also announced an all new service that will allow for mobile payments called Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is a mobile payment platform, that will in essence, allow you to make payments straight from your iPhone through the Apple Pay service.

The main goal with Apple Pay, as Tim Cook announced last night, is to make credit and debit card payments more secure – and of course easier and more efficient.

Cook started by saying that their goal is to eliminate the ‘fairly antiquated’ process of paying by card. He emphasized the fact that current credit or debit card payments are not as secure as we think. Magnetic strip cards are outdated and highly susceptible to fraud. While most of us have a chip card nowadays, these are also not as secure as they should be.

That is why the safest, most secure and most streamlined way of paying is mobile payments. As Cook said, with the current way of paying with physical credit cards, we are “totally reliant on exposed numbers”.

Apple Pay incorporates NFC technology to make the payments more secure. But besides the inner workings of Apple Pay, how it works (in layman’s terms to you and me) is quite simple.  (more…)

Exactly how fast is Uber growing? Uber fast

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

Uber CEO

It’s one of the most talked about tech companies in the world right now, and if these latest sentiments by its CEO are to be believed, it is also one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has made some pretty impressive statements regarding his chauffeur-like service. So impressive, in fact, that Uber might be contributing to  healthy chunk of job creation the world over.

Speaking at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Kalanick said that Uber is creating nearly 50 000 jobs per month. Yes, that’s right – 50 000.

“There are hundreds of thousands of partners connected to our system…[sic] We’re in the neck of 50,000 new jobs every month that are being created” he told the interviewer and surprised audience.

50 000 is no small number and considering that the company announced that they roughly create 20 000 jobs back in May, the growth rate of the company is nothing less than astonishing.  (more…)

HTC One M8 Review: The One who would be king

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

HTC_007On the day we are eagerly awaiting the new iPhone model we usually reflect back on the years’ latest and greatest in the world of flagship smartphones. This year we have seen some great devices being produced by the top names in the industry. Samsung elicited shock and awe with their latest Galaxy S5 and their trademark over-the-top marketing, Sony presented their hardware powerhouse Xperia Z2 and LG built on their ever increasing pedigree with the G3. Today we will see the last of the so-called “Big 5” release their 2014 model.

“But I only count 4 there!”, I hear everybody saying. And you would be correct. The missing smartphone would be the HTC One M8. Much like the brand philosophy of HTC the One M8 has quietly gone about its business. This beautiful phone is probably the hardest device to find when you walk into any Vodacom, MTN or Cell C store. Why? Because HTC is known for the best design on the market, advanced hardware and an all-round brilliant package. Bandwidth Blog was lucky enough to get our hands on the One and this review will surely back-up all of these statements. (more…)

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