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Windows Phone apps double in a year

Published by on Aug 11th, 2014, 2 Comments


Even though you may not find your favourite apps on iOS and Android if you search for it on Windows Phone, the situation is changing very quickly. We see more and more of our most used apps being ported to Windows Phone and we can’t be happier.

“We have more than 300,000 Windows Phone apps today and the Windows Phone Store continues to grow,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with The Next Web. “In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94%.” (more…)

Microsoft’s phones will touch you back (video)

Published by on Aug 8th, 2014, No Comments


While your fingers are in firmly in control of hand-held devices, they’re guided strictly by your eyes – and Microsoft thinks that’s a waste of your sense of touch. Researcher Hong Tan found that using so-called haptics to add tactile sensations to screens can have some concrete benefits.

For instance, by adding a keyboard-like “click” feeling to a Surface keyboard cover, one study showed that subjects could type faster and more accurately on it. Other potential uses include enhanced interfaces that let you feel resistance when you move a folder on the screen, or the ability to feel “textures” like rough cloth on a screen. (more…)

LG’s G3 A is an enticing addition

Published by on Aug 8th, 2014, No Comments


LG just announced another variant of its G3 smartphone, the LG G3 A. While we recently learned of two other variants, the LG G3 Stylus and LG G3 Beat, this one may be more to the liking of everyday users. It is basically just a stripped-down version of its flagship device. (more…)

Is Twitter delving into e-commerce?

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments

Twitter e-commerce

By the looks of things, Twitter may be going beyond simply being a social network. Recent moves by the company strongly indicates that they are looking to add an e-commerce option to their line-up.

This past week, a couple of Twitter users reported seeing a new option in their Twitter settings menu. The ‘payments and shipping’ option appeared on the settings menu in Twitter’s Android app.

While the option was there, it was not yet functional. Users reported that they could not open or activate the function, but it didn’t seem to disappear either.

Could this be a foreshadowing of what Twitter is planning? Probably. Twitter regularly test new  features and functions on a select few users before a full scale roll out.

And this latest report isn’t the first indication that Twitter is seriously considering a move into e-commerce.  (more…)

Apple to develop contactless wireless charging for peripherals

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, 2 Comments

Apple-battery-lifeWireless charging has been around for a couple of years now but we can’t yet call it true wireless. Yes there aren’t any wires involved when charging but you still have to put the device on a charging pad of some sort. Apple though has stepped up the plate to produce “true wireless” charging. The tech giant has been awarded a patent for new technology that will enable low-powered devices to be charged wirelessly within an specific range. (more…)

BWB Monthly: Top 10 Articles of July ‘14

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments


While we go through our daily lives, we don’t always have the time to read up about all the interesting things we necessarily want to. While consumer technology news never really stops, hopefully your workday does, and you can take a look at ten of our biggest articles in tech news in the last month, according to our readers. Check out this month’s countdown below. (more…)

Project Isizwe and Gumtree bring free Wi-Fi to South Africans

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments


Classifieds site Gumtree has partnered with Project Isizwe to bring free wi-fi to low-income communities across South Africa, starting with a large roll-out in the City of Tshwane. The initiative plans to create capacity to connect over 1 million people in the municipality by August 2014 via 219 “Free Internet Zones”, with even greater capacity planned for the 2015.

Project Isizwe is a non-profit organisation which aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa by facilitating the roll-out of Free Wi-Fi for public spaces in low income communities. Isizwe helps Governments plan, roll-out and maintain Free Wi-Fi networks and the non-profit structure allows for the pooling of bandwidth, the sourcing of local installers, and the co-operation with Governments without excessive mark-ups.

“As one of the biggest Internet sites in South Africa, the partnership was a natural strategic fit for Gumtree,” says Country Manager Johan Nel. “Our aim is not only to connect economically disadvantaged individuals to the Internet for the first time – we also have the larger goal of connecting those individuals  with opportunities such as 60,000 jobs registered on our site, or to gain free exposure for their own businesses by tapping into the platform and our user base.” (more…)

Lenovo launches Quad HD behemoth (video)

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments


A while ago we saw some teaser for Lenovo’s new phablet with a Quad HD display. Lenovo has officially announced the Vibe Z2 Pro.

It has a large 6-inch, 2560 x 1440 panel up front, offering a pixel density of about 490ppi. The phone’s construction offers a metallic unibody design, measuring just 7.7mm thick. Inside you’ll find a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera with optical stabilization. (more…)