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BWB TV: Hands-on at the Sony Xperia Z Launch

Published by on Mar 13th, 2013, No Comments

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We were fortunate enough to be invited to the launch event of the all new Sony Xperia Z. Sony decided to do a road trip around South Africa to their most important markets and held launch events in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

We gathered at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street with a very warm welcome. The event was much more intimate and inviting than some of the other extravagant launches we have been to, and in most ways we actually prefer it that way. There was much more time to talk to the relevant parties about the device, the company and the strategies surrounding marketing and sales.

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Google reveals integrated apps for Google Glass

Published by on Mar 12th, 2013, No Comments

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Google’s Timothy Jordan demonstrates Google Glass at SXSW 2013

While Google’s talking Adidas shoe created a buzz at the 2013 SXSW conference in Texas, the tech giant has by no means detracted its attention from promoting and further developing one of its most exciting innovations – Google Glass.

At a live developer panel at the conference, Google has revealed some apps integrated into the Google Glass technology that according to The Verge, uses  a “unified Timeline cards interface” to place various pieces of relevant information, depending on what app you are using, in your peripheral vision.

Apps include those for The New York Times, Evernote, Skitch Path and Gmail.

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Pinterest introduces web analytics

Published by on Mar 12th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Pinterest has today announced the introduction of Pinterest Web Analytics to provide website owners insight and understanding into what content their users find most interesting and how they are interacting with pins. This service adds to the current set of tools, including business accounts, Pin It buttons and board widgets, available for websites. 

Website owners can now get information about how many people have pinned from their site, seen these pins, and visited their site from Pinterest.

The free analytics service will also provide information about the most popular types of pins including those that have been repinned and clicked on the most.

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Samsung tweets Galaxy SIV teaser pic

Published by on Mar 12th, 2013, No Comments

With the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event taking place in just a few days time, on the 14th March in New York City, at which the next generation Galaxy SIV is expected to be launched, the company has now tweeted a teaser picture of the much anticipated device.

 

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Early iPhone prototype picture from 2005 surfaces

Published by on Mar 12th, 2013, No Comments

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In an Ars Technica exclusive, the site has published a photograph of an early iPhone prototype, way before it began to even look like an actual mobile phone, let alone the iPhone we are familiar with today.

The prototype photograph, given by an Apple employee that was present during the early stages of the iPhone development, dates back to about 2005.

As you can see, the screen is pretty huge measuring about 5-inches by 7-inches resembling the iPad Mini but of course without its sleek appearance.

Of the size, the source comments that “at the time it was really impressive seeing basically a version of OS X running on it. ”

The device was also fitted with a number of ports and while Apple never intended on having them on the final device, they were included to make it easier for developers.

Inside dotFNB, Cape Town

Published by on Mar 12th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Last week Monday, FNB opened the doors of its first dotFNB store in Cape Town at Cavendish Square shopping mall in Claremont.

Bandwidth Blog attended the official opening and received a tour from Kim Gibson-van der Walt, Head of dotFNB, FNB Banking Channels. Kim revealed that the dotFNB stores are considered “the future of banking and entrench FNB’s dominance of digital banking channels” where naturally, technology is a huge focus.

The dotFNB store is a space in which to both migrate and educate clients, something that is extremely important to the direction in which the bank is taking. Customers are assisted by staff that are technically trained to operate the online services on all the available devices in store as well as offer sound banking advise.

The store primarily addresses people who bank online and no longer want or need to visit physical branches but want to know more about the latest available online banking options and continue to receive advice.

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Zinio digital magazine subscription giveaway!

Published by on Mar 11th, 2013, No Comments

416252191_370Thanks to Zinio 10 lucky Bandwidth Blog readers now have the opportunity to each win a full subscription to any of the hundreds of magazine titles available.

Among an extensive variety of digital publications, Zinio offers a number of science and technology related titles including MacWorld, PC World, PC Magazine, iPad & iPhone magazine, iPhone Life, Mac Life, Wired, Maximum PC.

Winners can choose from any of the titles offered for the subscription period available – 6 months or 1 year for example.

Competition ends 15 March 2013.

Good luck!

To enter, fill in the form below:

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Google Doodle pays tribute to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author

Published by on Mar 11th, 2013, No Comments

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Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to the author of the comic science fiction phenomenon that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Created by Douglas Adams, born today in 1952, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comic science fiction series that was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.  Later, it developed into a “trilogy” of five books that sold 15 million copies in Adams’s lifetime.

In 2005, a Hollywood film version was released starring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s leading man Martin Freeman.

The doodle lets users play with several interactive illustrations, the concepts of which feature in the book itself.

Adams died of a Heart Attack in 2001.

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