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FNB to launch mobile network with Cell C

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


According to a report by My Broadband, First National Bank (FNB) has plans to launch its own mobile network and is currently in discussions with Cell C to do so.

The network will offer FNB customers a variety of new mobile products and with the current opportunity for customers to purchase tablets and smartphones at discounted price, the move will enable FNB to ship and sell such devices with its own SIM cards.

While talks remain confidential, Virginia Magapatona, FNB’s head of corporate communications said that, “We continue to hold discussions with various operators on various matters and will only be in a position to formally announce any new features once launched.”

This is not a long shot for, nor a surprise from FNB, that has succeeded in executing a strong and pioneering digital marketing strategy that uses technology to differentiate it from other SA banks to make a smarter, easier and more efficient banking experience for its customers.


Augmented reality classroom communications tested

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


Certain students are just more prone to asking insightful questions in the classroom than others. Not necessarily because the latter students don’t have those questions in mind, but rather because they might be more timid in nature. Spanish professors have decided to tackle the problem, for these students to have a more inclusive environment where they can communicate directly with the professor privately. This is done during class and without interruption.

Researchers from la Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) have built just such a system which lets a professor receive feedback from students and know which ones have questions by using augmented reality technology, allowing them to continue with class while taking note of the needs of individual students. (more…)

Source: Instagram to get video feature

Published by on Jun 18th, 2013, No Comments


According to Tech Crunch, a source close to the matter has revealed that popular photo sharing app Instagram will let users take and share videos, similiar to Twitter’s Vine service.

Since its launch in January Vine has rapidly risen in popularity, surpassing Instagram’s daily shares on the micro blogging site according to statistics provided by Free Analytics service Topsy.

This is not the first we have heard of a possible video feature for Instagram with a report by Matthew Keys  having surfaced a few weeks ago, revealing that it was allegedly being tested internally.


Microsoft releases Office Mobile for iPhone

Published by on Jun 14th, 2013, 1 Comment

office-mobile-iphone-1Microsoft has announced the release of  Office Mobile for iPhone.

Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers can download the app for free from the App Store (U.S only for the moment) where they can access and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Once signed-in the formatting and layout of documents will remain the same when viewing or editing as a result of support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. So, when you view documents on a Mac or PC, they look exactly as they should.

Content can be accessed in the cloud on SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro and with device syncing recently edited or viewed documents can be found in the Recent Documents panel.

The app has been optimized for the smaller screen of the smartphone – The Slide Navigator allows you to page through PowerPoint presentations quickly while Speaker Notes help you practice presentations on the go and you can pick up where you left off reading a document with the Resume Reading feature.


Gartner special report: Trends in security and risk

Published by on Jun 14th, 2013, No Comments

gartner-logoAccording to a special report conducted by Gartner Inc. by 2019, 90 percent of organisations will have personal data on IT systems that they don’t own or control.

Organisations have traditionally been the target of security threats, and until recently, those hackers focused on attacking vulnerable IT infrastructure. As protection for such infrastructure improves, the attackers’ attention shifts to softer targets, such as employees, contract workers, customers, citizens and patients.

“As the amount of personal information increases multifold, individuals and their personal data will increasingly become a security target. And, yet in most scenarios the organisation is still ultimately accountable for the personal data on its IT systems,” said Carsten Casper, research vice president at Gartner. “The time has come to create an exit strategy for the management of personal data. Strategic planning leaders will want to move away from storing and processing personal data in the next five years.”

“The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) requires the implementation of stringent controls of those who collect and store credit card data. In response, many companies have decided to eliminate credit card data from their own systems and completely entrust it to an external service provider,” said Mr Casper. “The same could happen with personal data. If control requirements are too strong and implementation is too costly, it would make sense to hand over personal data to a specialised ‘personal-data processor.”

Gartner has identified the following steps to prepare for such a strategy:


Myspace launches $20 million ad campaign

Published by on Jun 14th, 2013, No Comments


Myspace has returned having officially launched  on Wednesday now under new management and with a slight change in name – notice there is no capital S.

In addition to a fancy launch party held in L.A and attended by a slew of celebrities including actor, singer and investor Justin Timberlake, owners Tim and Chris Vanderhook have poured $20 million into an advertising campaign to ensure the public know of its revival.

Now centred around music allowing users to connect with one another based on their song and artist preferences, Myspace returns with a complete redesign and free mobile app for iOS.


Local e-commerce startup Affordable Choice launches competition

Published by on Jun 13th, 2013, No Comments

affordable-choice-logoStellenbosch-based e-commerce startup Affordable Choice has launched a competition to promote the opening of its online shop where a tablet PC to the value of R3000 can be won.

In addition, the company has created a coupon especially for Bandwidth Blog that entitles readers to a 20% discount on checkout.

Affordable Choice sources a variety of quality products including smartphones, tablets, torches and laser pointers directly from suppliers to provide consumers with the best prices available.

Affordable Choice originated primarily as a result of an observation that founder Ryan Blake made while speaking to friends about how expensive products seem to be in South Africa, especially electronics.

“If you go anywhere else in the world then most electronic items are way cheaper than what they are here,” says Blake. “So I came up with a plan to get quality goods to consumers in South Africa by allowing them to bypass the big overheads required to run retail outlets and so allowing them to save.”

Affordable Choice sources products from companies that might not be as well known by consumers but yet still produce quality products and then brings these products directly to the consumers at an affordable price.


WhatsApp reveals significant milestone via Twitter

Published by on Jun 13th, 2013, No Comments

WhatsApp has announced via a tweet that the company has hit a new record after processing a staggering 27 billion messages in one day.

This milestone tops its previous record of 20 billion messages two months before and 18 billion in December 2012.