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Shazam now available for Mac

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

Shazam for Mac

Popular music recognition app, Shazam, is now (finally) available as a desktop app for your Mac. This means that you can now enjoy all the functionality of Shazam without having to use your phone.

The app was officially released today and is free to download on the Mac App Store. Windows users are not that lucky I’m afraid, as the app is only available for Mac – or at least for now that is. According to Shazam’s chief product officer, Daniel Danker, other desktop versions could ‘potentially’ come to Windows sometime in the future.

But, nevertheless, Mac users can look forward to a smashing Shazam experience on desktop that will no doubt be equally as enjoyable as the mobile app.

Much like mobile app, Shazam for Mac runs inconspicuously in the background of your computer. It will then automatically recognize any song that is played on – or even near – your computer.  (more…)

It’s Siri vs Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, 2 Comments

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It seems Microsoft has taken a cue from Samsung and went with the ‘comparison angle’ for their latest Windows Phone 8.1 commercial.

This time around, however, the ad focuses on Cortana, the Windows Phone version of Apple’s Siri – and they’re out to prove that Cortana is much smarter (and perhaps friendlier) than Siri.

This is one of the first advertisements for the Windows Phone 8.1, so we’re not entirely sure if the tired ‘let’s compare our product against another’ theme is appropriate.

In the ad – which pits a Lumia 635 against an iPhone 5S – Cortana completes requests and handles an array of different tasks that Siri seemingly can’t. (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Brilliant LG G3

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

You can find the in-depth written review here. Find out more in our video review below:

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Xbox Live and Playstation Plus games for August

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Sony and Microsoft have just announced what the deals will be for the month of August. There are some great picks, and others that most won’t really be interested in. If you have an Xbox Live or Playstation Plus account be sure to check them out. (more…)

Cortana keeps getting smarter

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

CortanaMobile voice assistants are becoming much more than a party trick nowadays. The modern voice assistant approach allows the service to emanate from an online cloud perspective. Thus the developers can update the service with more features when ever they are developed. Recently both Google and Apple has been furiously updating their voice assitants (Google Voice Serach and Siri) to try and gain an edge in the market. Microsoft has also joined the party by recently launching new updates to Cortana. And they have a few neat tricks up their sleeve… (more…)

Winners Announced: myPrepaid Electricity vouchers

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, 3 Comments

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Last week we brought you an exclusive competition to win one of five R300 prepaid electricity vouchers. We got some great feedback and with the electricity price increasing in July many were hoping to walk away with the one of the prizes.

The winners have been announced and notified, and they are:

Wayne Hurst
Moegamat Yusuf Abdullatief
Mike Lamprecht
Justine Spilsburys
Ruan Barnard

According to Domenico Deidda, Director of myPrepaid, “Consumers can expect a substantial saving on electricity spend if the basic electricity saving tips are implemented and strictly adhered to. As of 2015, we can expect electricity price increases generally in line with inflation which means that, if you have not already incorporated electricity saving tips at home or even in your business, there is no better time to do so than now.”

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First Data acquires Gyft, founded by SA born entrepreneur

Published by on Jul 30th, 2014, No Comments

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Payment technology solution provider First Data has acquired mobile gift card platform Gyft, which was founded by SA born Vinny Lingham. It offers a mobile app that lets consumers organize, shop for and send gift cards to others. The company first launched its service in 2012, with its then iOS-only mobile gift card “wallet,” which has since expanded cross-platform to Android and the web, while growing its service to include cards from over 200 retailers.

The deal has been in the works for a couple of months, and was valued at under $100 million. Check out the full press release below: (more…)

You can now pre-order a 24-karat gold iPhone 6

Published by on Jul 30th, 2014, No Comments

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No date has even been set for the iPhone 6 launch and Apple hasn’t said a word, but, you can now pre-order a solid gold iPhone 6 – if you have the cash to burn.

Los Angeles-based luxury retailer, Brikk, has announced on their website that they are now taking pre-orders for either gold or platinum plated iPhone 6 models.

Those who seek more than functionality when it comes to their smartphone, can order a 24-karat yellow or pink gold iPhone 6 or, if you don’t want to be as flashy but still ensure top luxury, you can also order a pure platinum iPhone.

Then there is the ultimate in luxury plated iPhones – and one we’re sure Paris Hilton will like to get her hands on – the diamond encrusted, 24-karat gold iPhone 6.

Along with the solid gold plating, you can also request Brikk to have the Apple logo of your iPhone encrusted in 1.068 carats worth of sparkly diamonds. This gold plated, diamond encrusted iPhone 6 will set you back a mere $8,400 (or R89,139,12 – but who’s counting?) (more…)

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