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Infographic: Cyber Monday 2012 in persepctive

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

On 26th November Cyber Monday 2012 became the largest day of online sales in history.

Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by Shop.org, is the biggest online discount day of the year held the Monday following Thanksgiving in the US. While originally an American sales day, the trend has begun to go global with Cyber Monday events being held in over 100 countries in 2012 leading to a 300% increase in online sales outside the US. Overall, Cyber Monday is growing at breakneck speed, reaching $1.98 Billion in 2012.

To help shed some light on just how big the day was, Broadband Blue has created an infographic to give the day some perspective.

View the infographic below:

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Australian police warn against using Apple Maps

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Just days after Apple CEO, Tim Cook admitted in an interview on NBC’s Rock Center that the company “screwed up” with Apple Maps, the app has received another blow to its already dismal reputation. This followed a public apology by Cook in October and the firing of the head of the iOS 6 software group, Scott Forstall.

The police department of Mildura in Australia has warned drivers not to use Apple Maps to locate the inland town since its location is incorrect,  putting Mildura in the middle of a national park about 70km away.

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BWB TV Review: Nokia Lumia 920

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, 8 Comments

We here at BandwidthBlog have always had a bit of a soft spot for Nokia’s Lumia range. While the high end target market has completely moved away from Nokia in the last few years, you can truly see that Nokia is doing its best to convince people to come back to their way of thinking. After moving to Windows Phone, Nokia has really pulled out all the stops with their Lumia range – while beautiful hardware with innovative software means that the phones look great on paper, it somehow has not translated into sales for Nokia. The Lumia 920 continues with that formula, but everything is much improved in this latest generation of Lumias. We spent some time with new flagship, the Lumia 920, and once again walked away very impressed. (more…)

Instagram disables Twitter photo integration

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by All Things D, Twitter users will no longer be able to view Instagram photographs inside of the micro blogging site, across both the website and mobile app as Instagram turned off support for photo integration with Twitter.

The announcement was confirmed by Facebook that acquired the photo sharing app in April this year.

While users will still be able to add links to their Instagram pics in Tweets for followers to click through to, they won’t be seen within the Twitter stream.

Twitter posted the following announcement on its official blog:

Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. As a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries. While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter, as was previously the case.

Earlier this week Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom revealed at the LeWeb Conference in France that the removal of Twitter Cards technology that allows for Twitter to properly display Instagram pictures in the stream was “the correct thing for our business to do at this time” and maintained that “we will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter.”

Vodacom iPhone 5 Pricing – We Break It Down

Published by on Dec 7th, 2012, 2 Comments

Vodacom seems to be the first South African network willing to give their pricing for the iPhone 5, which will launch on 14 December.

On the pre-registration page Vodacom shows the additional cost of an iPhone 5 16GB Black above the specific contract normal subscription cost, which is not really easy to analyze. So we went ahead and threw it all into one spreadsheet.

Here is the iPhone 5 16GB cost, broken down into total cost per month:

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Tim Cook’s first TV Interview on NBC’s Rock Center

Published by on Dec 7th, 2012, No Comments

In an exclusive TV interview and his first since taking over as Apple CEO when Steve Jobs resigned in August 2011, Tim Cook talks to NBC’s Brian Williams on the American Network’s Rock Center.

During  the interview that aired on the night of 6 December in the United States, Cook reveals that Apple will be manufacturing a line of Macs, in the USA. The comment comes after it was reported that iMacs had the words “Assembled in USA” inscribed on them when it is well known that China based Foxconn is a main  manufacturer of Apple devices.

In the interview, Cook also commented that he believes its important to create more jobs in the USA saying that “When you back up and look at Apple’s effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we’ve created more than 600,000 jobs now.” Cook also mentioned that the manufacturing of devices in the USA is more about skill set than price.

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!Waytag base their innovativeTechnology on TomTom Maps

Published by on Dec 7th, 2012, No Comments

Waytag, the Stellenbosch based startup that we featured in October has based their pioneering technology on TomTom’s worldwide location based solutions (LBS) platform. “Waytags will revolutionise the way we will share our addresses or locations in the future,” said Danny Grobben, General Manager TomTom Africa.

With the explosion of access around the world to the internet and digital maps via smartphones, tablets, PC and other connected devices, people need a simple yet accurate way of locating people and businesses around them. Waytag offers one word unique address for everyone, which you can look up and navigate to on any waytag enabled maps or navigation services.

Consumers and organisations can now claim their locations as their own personal or brand names as a means to locate and navigate to each other on digital maps. A waytag can be communicated verbally – find me at “!JoesPizzeria” or via text or social media. If a business moves it’s address, the waytag name stays the same, consumers will simply navigate to the new address by using the existing waytag address.

The user creates it, names it, updates it, manages it and chooses who to share their waytag with. The user is always in complete control of the information associated with their waytag. The solution can be compared with the role of a domain name system (DNS) for Internet services; the Waytag service provides a unique and unambiguous search result of consumer and business locations which will enable and simplify a variety of location aware applications.

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SwiftKey Flow Coming Soon

Published by on Dec 7th, 2012, No Comments

Every once in a while a third party application comes along that can change or enhance the entire experience on your mobile device. SwiftKey was this kind of app when it came along, and it has only improved with every iteration. SwiftKey 3 won the Mobile World Congress Award for Innovation in 2012.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with SwiftKey, it’s a keyboard that understands how words work together. It gives brilliantly accurate corrections and predictions and even sloppy typing will magically make sense, even when you miss spaces. It learns the words and phrases you use by connecting to your blog, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter etc. and also how you interact with the keyboard as you use it. It then learns as you go and makes typing easier over time. It supports over 50 languages and can also learn and predict multi-lingual typing for those that like to mix up their languages in every day speech. I can honestly say it’s probably the best cash I’ve spent on any mobile platform.

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