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Launch: Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha

Published by on Jul 4th, 2014, 2 Comments

image3Alcatel is back with a bang! Some would argue that they have never left, but within the dog eat dog world of high-end smartphones they have never really featured. Until now. Bandwidth Blog was invited to join Alcatel at the launch of the Onetouch Idol Alpha (quite the name!) at Urban Tree in Sandton this past Tuesday (1 July). Alcatel are throwing down the gauntlet at the major smartphone players challenging them to produce a high quality and extremely capable smartphone at a fraction of the price.

The Idol Alpha will be available in SA quite soon (next week in fact – Monday 7 July) at all the major networks. But the launch night was all about the celebration of 4 years of hard work and the determination of the Alacatel SA team. (more…)

Microsoft smartwatch also on its way

Published by on Jul 4th, 2014, No Comments


Surprise, surprise. Microsoft is another tech giant stepping up to the plat when it comes to wearables. A year ago, nearly no-one knew or wanted to know about smartwatches and smart wristbands, now every major electronics company is making one. (more…)

Most efficient artificial photosynthesis created

Published by on Jul 4th, 2014, No Comments


With ‘green’ scientists saying that it is too late to simply curb our CO2 emissions – apparently we need more pro-active solutions. In other words, we now need to clear some of the CO2 already in the air.

Existing solutions like carbon sequestration aren’t ideal, and strategies like vacuuming the sky are still a UN pipe dream. At Princeton, scientists think they might have the solution we were waiting for. According to them, it is possible with an artificial photosynthesis system to one day turn CO2 into useful things. (more…)

Ericsson 5G delivers 5 Gbps speeds

Published by on Jul 4th, 2014, No Comments


Ericsson’s recent  mobility report forecasts that mobile data growth is expected to double in 2015, with phone users accessing 147, 000 TB (terabyte) per month in Africa. The rise of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones has prompted the rise.

To address the increased mobile data growth, Ericsson has recently demonstrated the company’s 5G network technology achieving speeds of 5Gbps. This performance will be critical in managing and addressing the data growth. (more…)

LG to launch the G3 Lite and G3 Beat

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments


We often find out what devices we can expect pretty soon by looking at trademark registrations, and this is one such case. The ones from LG we are expecting now are called the G3 Lite and G3 Beat (among others). (more…)

100 People get to test Project Ara (video)

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments


Ara Scouts is the initiative launched by Google whereby they will test their new Project Ara prototypes. One hundred lucky members of the public will get to test out Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team’s project that has a deadline to be completed approaching fast. (more…)

Google buys Songza music service

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments


With music services becoming ever more popular, rumours were rife of an impending acquisition from Google, as we have known for quite some time they want to better their music streaming capabilities. As they are so often in the tech industry, the rumours were correct and Google have announced their acquisition of Songza.

Having built a reputation for delivering curated playlists ranging from broad genre themes, Songza also focused on lists based on your mood. Google want the company’s knowledge to better the Google Play Music offerings. (more…)

Nvidia releasing a gaming tablet?

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

NVIDIA-Shield-TabletStrong rumours have emerged that Nvidia has a gaming tablet in the pipeline. Recently the graphics chip maker has seen another one of its documents leaked on the internet providing conformation of the upcoming device. A certification registered last week with the Global Certification Forum (GCF) provides the most compelling evidence yet, as reported by Android Community. The Nvidia “Shield Tablet” might be arriving sooner rather than later…