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City of San Francisco blocks purchase of Apple products (Updated)

Published by on Jul 11th, 2012, 1 Comment

According to the Wall Street Journal the City of San Francisco has decided it will no longer be purchasing Apple products, namely its desktops and laptops, for its municipal agencies.

San Francisco, that is located not far from Apple’s Cupertino campus in California, has made the decision based on Apple’s removal of the green electronics certification from its products. Apple asked the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to remove MacBooks and Desktop products, 39 in total, from its green registry. Products include past versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The decision is primarily based on a 2007 policy that requires San Francisco city agencies to purchase 100% EPEAT-certified desktops, laptops, and monitors. Since Apple withdrew its certification, its products are no longer an option.

What does this mean? Well, the standards set by EPEAT require that products can be easily disassembled by consumers so they can remove any potentially toxic components. Some of Apple’s newest products do not function according to this requirement.


Hands on Review: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Published by on Jul 11th, 2012, 25 Comments

It’s no secret that Samsung have been on a roll recently in the smartphone arena. Their devices are selling remarkably well and they are now not only the largest cell phone producer in the world, but also the largest smartphone producer. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note was a surprise hit with consumers, no thanks to Samsung’s aggressive marketing campaigns. But 2011 also saw the rise of a giant among smartphones, the Galaxy SII. Close to 30 million have been sold, and I suspect many more will be. But the phone is losing steam, and naturally, along came its successor.

The Samsung Galaxy SIII is undoubtedly one of the most talked about smartphones the industry has ever seen, and no effort was spared in order for the device to live up to expectations. The Korean company gave its predecessor more than a year at the helm. Looking at the spec sheet, we can see why they decided to take their time.


Location Services Set to Take Off in SA

Published by on Jul 10th, 2012, No Comments

Location-based services (LBS) are set to break into the mainstream of South Africa’s mobile market, with more than half of consumers expressing interest in using these services in the near future.

This reflects a growing understanding of the benefits of LBS in South Africa, as well as more confidence in the privacy and security aspects of these applications, says Jacques Swanepoel MD of Cellfind, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms Group.

Commenting on recent TNS research that found that there is a growing appetite for LBS among mobile subscribers worldwide including South Africa, Swanepoel says that the technology is gaining traction for navigation, personal safety and entertainment applications.

The TNS research indicates that about 9% of South Africans are using LBS services, however, more than half (53%) are interested in being tracked via LBS in the future. TNS says that 60% of the consumers in the global research sample who don’t yet use LBS would like to start using it. (more…)

Infographic: Etsy is turning artists into entrepreneurs

Published by on Jul 10th, 2012, No Comments

Mashable published this interesting infographic about Etsy and how the e-commerce site is turning artists into entrepreneurs. Etsy.com functions as an online store front for individuals selling a variety of vintage and arts and crafts items that include art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food and toys.

The infographic below, created by MBAOnline.com, illustrates Etsy’s impact on small business owners and the ecommerce industry. The research conducted reveals a number of interesting figures and stats that include:

  • Etsy has 15 million DIY’ers in over 150 countries.
  • Etsy is valued at $600 million.
  • Etsy sells 2, 900, 000 items per month.

View the infographic after the jump…


Personalise your Mac with MacStickrs

Published by on Jul 10th, 2012, 2 Comments

Meet MacStickrs, a small internet based company that specialises in simple custom vinyl decals for Apple Inc. products. MacStickrs lets you personlise and accessorise your beloved Mac and other Apple products, giving them some personality while maintaining their sleek and clean design.

The stickers don’t leave any marks, they’re reusable, very easy to stick and they don’t curl up on the edges.

MacStickrs, launched in 2011, was founded by Aleksandr Karev, from Latvia and Jaroslav Urban from Lithuania with a goal to add a personal touch to the Apple MacBook with discreet, smart and fun decals that express each individual’s personality without interfering with the Apple product design. While Karev handles customer relations, support and business development, Urban is the company’s CFO and creative designer. As fate would have it, they met each other in the UK during their freshers week at Loughborough University.


My iOS6 Experience – Three days in purgatory

Published by on Jul 10th, 2012, 6 Comments

Well maybe not purgatory but three days of disappointment at least.

What on earth am I talking about? iOS 6, dear readers and how it’s the most disappointing piece of software I’ve used in ages. Before I get lambasted by the Apple faithful I’d like to state for the record that I’m still not comfortable with Android and I don’t see myself using an Android phone despite being tempted by the HTC One X. For me, iOS 6 is the Cindy Crawford of mobile operating systems: really hot back in the day, still pretty hot right now but not exactly in its heyday. I’ve been using iOS 6 on my iPad for the past three days and it’s extremely mediocre.


Joomla! Day 2012, Cape Town

Published by on Jul 9th, 2012, No Comments

Planning is well underway for the next JoomlaDay! JoomlaDay allows end users, managers, administrators, developers and service providers to the Joomla community, to connect in various ways from listening to presentations which cover technical aspects of Joomla! to case studies on how to use Joomla! in a web environment.

Here are some reasons why you don’t want to miss this event:

  • Learn more about Joomla: Experienced presenters will share their knowledge, with 2 tracks to choose from, over 2 days. These sessions are aimed at end-users, web site managers, administrators, developers and service providers.
  • Learn about Joomla! development: Exciting things are happening with the Joomla CMS and Platform development. We have scheduled sessions with expert, and well-respected speakers/developers/leaders in the Joomla! community, who will bring you up to speed on the new CMS development cycle, as well as the new possibilities that the Joomla Platform Project provides.

Win a Nokia Lumia 800 with Springleap and Bandwidth Blog

Published by on Jul 9th, 2012, No Comments

A week ago we told you about the great opportunity to win a Nokia Lumia 800 – and the competition is now open. Want to win? Sure you do! Who wouldn’t want to walk away with an awesome Nokia Lumia 800 – one of our favourite phones (see our review here). Follow these easy steps and you could be Twittering your way into awesomeness:

Springleap.com and Nokia South Africa are launching an exciting design contest to discover a fun, creative t-shirt design that will appeal to the Nokia Developer community and take inspiration from the recently launched Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone range. The contest invites designers from across the globe to illustrate what it means to them to be an app developer, offering a total of $2700 (R20 000) in cash prizes for the top 3 designs. But, here on BandwidthBlog we also want to give away the Lumia 800, and in order to win it, you need to follow these simple steps.