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First for FNB: Bank to offer Google Nexus 7

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, 1 Comment

FNB is the first bank in the country to offer the much anticipated ASUS Google Nexus 7 3G and Wi-Fi tablet in order to drive self-service banking and provide its customers with the latest in tablets and smartphones with which to access and use its dedicated Banking App, now compatible with the Google Nexus 7.

Kartik Mistry, Head of Smart Devices at FNB Core Banking Solutions says “Digital Banking via the latest devices is a critical strategy at FNB.  We are driving down banking costs via our digital channels and we are offering the very latest technology to our customers.”  

Since it became the first bank  to offer smartphones and tablets in October 2011, FNB has distributed more than 140 000 devices to its customers. FNB’s offer enables clients to pay off the latest smartphones and tablets over 24 months.

Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations says, “this tablet offer together with our FNB Banking App and free data is part of a unique offer from FNB. The FNB Banking App was developed in house and the data is also provided by our own internal ISP. We are creating a vibrant ecosystem, aimed at adding value to clients.”

Qualifying FNB Personal Cheque Account clients can get up to 3GB ADSL data free per month and FNB Connect offers clients free YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn between 7pm and 11pm so clients can bank, work and play without incurring extra costs.


Angry Birds Trilogy passes 1 million mark in sales

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, No Comments

Released in September 2012, Rovio’s Angry Birds Trilogy, that includes three popular games in one, has successfully passed the one million mark of units sold.

Angry Birds fans can play the Angry Birds Trilogy, that includes  the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo 3DS.

Angry Birds Trilogy offers players all-new animations and interactive backgrounds through more than 700 levels and 150 hours of gameplay.

Rovio will also be releasing Angry Birds Trilogy for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U.

According to Rovio “Angry Birds Trilogy: Anger Management, the recently released DLC pack, features even more content with 130 fan-favourite puzzles like Wreck the Halls and Birdday Party.”

Source: IT News Africa

HTC One Announced

Published by on Feb 20th, 2013, 3 Comments

In 2012 HTC launched its flagship Android device, the HTC One X (read the review here). It never got the sales HTC was desperately after, and had another disappointing year. The slightly changed follow-ups, the One XL and the One X+ couldn’t hit the mark either. It makes sense, then, why the company opted for a fresh start and simply called its newest flagship the HTC One.

It was announced in New York and London on the 19th of February to much fanfare. It has an all-around premium look, with two aluminium bands separated by a 4.7-inch 1080 Super LCD 3 display with a whopping 468 ppi. It does look somewhat like the Blackberry Z10, but better in our opinion. The back is the familiar polycarbonate cover we have seen HTC use of late. There you will also find the UltraPixel camera, HTC’s answer to the brilliant PureView cameras used on the latest Nokia Lumias.


Protocon 2013 keynote speaker announced

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

Protcon 2013, that is about turning ideas into reality, has announced Dr Ernest van Biljon as the event’s keynote speaker.

The 2013 Prototyping Conference, taking place on the 14th and 15th March in George, aims to bring all the parties in the production life cycle together in an enabling environment that stimulates networking and interaction between businesses through a series of themed sessions.


Galaxy S4 to be announced on 14th March, sources say

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

Many sites are currently indicating a launch date for Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and it might not be where and when you expected.

After a tweet posted by mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin, one of the biggest Russian telecom websites, suggested that Samsung would be announcing something big on 14th March, The Verge has now confirmed, based on information from sources close to the matter, that Samsung will be revealing at least one new device on that date.

It is suspected that one of the devices is the Galaxy S4, which is anticipated to be revealed at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. 


BWB TV: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

The ultrabook category has clearly taken the market by storm – initially started as a standard defined by Intel as an answer to the popular Macbook Air, most PC manufacturers were very quick to build their own versions. The idea is simple – very light, subnotebook class machines, with high end specifications, which cost a little more than standard notebooks. Most of these ultrabooks are now on their second generations, so they are better than ever.

But the problem with a standard like the “Ultrabook” is that manufacturers need to think of ways to differentiate their own products. A few ingredients are found everywhere – low power Intel processors, speedy solid state storage, and very thin bodies. Very quickly these machines all look like copies of each other. As you will see below, Samsung bends some of these rules for the better, with a very unique offering in the Series 5 Ultra Touch.

Samsung’s latest 13 inch ultrabook is a great example of how manufacturers are quickly reinventing their ultrabook offerings.

See below our video review of the Samsung’s latest entrant into the ultrabook space.  (more…)

Snapplify: Award winning digital publishing solutions

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, No Comments

At Bandwidth Blog we are always excited about featuring new and innovative South African born startups and so it’s time to meet Snapplify. Snapplify was recently featured on a  list of startups to watch in 2013 and won the 2012 LaunchCapeTown Entrepreneurial Competition so, we decided to find out more about this award winning digital publishing solution.

Of the win, Snapplify are “incredibly proud of our team and all the hard work they have put in. Our CTO, Jacques Millard, is aggressively developing and updating the technology and it makes us very proud when we see our innovation in mobile technology being rewarded the way it has.”

Currently one of the largest iOS app developers in Africa, Snapplify allows content producers or distributors such as authors, artists, publishers, retailers and corporates to manage, distribute and monetise content in custom branded mobile applications.


Transparent smartphones to be science fact?

Published by on Feb 19th, 2013, 3 Comments

All science fiction lovers will recognise this type of device, as it has popped up in many of Hollywood’s biggest films. I remember watching Minority Report more than a decade ago and thinking: “Damn, that would be so cool.” Transparent screens and phones might seem to be a pipe dream to us, but apparently they aren’t too far off.

This dream is being revived by Taiwan-based Polytron Technologies. They have already started marketing to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), showing prototypes of a transparent multi-touch display. The key technological component is Polytron’s so-called Switchable Glass. It is a conductive OLED that uses liquid crystal molecules to display the images.