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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.

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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.

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Prototyping Conference 2013, George (updated)

Published by on Feb 18th, 2013, No Comments

Update: Due to feedback received, the organisers of Protocon 2013 have decided that the event will now run over a period of two days.

The Conference part of the event will now run on Thursday 14th March and Friday 15th March. The Exhibit, will still start one day earlier on the 13th, although exhibitors may run their exhibits from Tuesday through to Saturday.

Introducing ProtoCon 2013, the Prototyping Conference is about turning ideas into reality quickly.

Protocon 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.

Who’s it for?

Entrepreneurs and Corporates:
Meet and connect with developers
Gain access to investors
Promote your products and services
Learn how to grow your business
Think like a startup

Investors and Venture Capitalists:
Source new talent
Promote your business
Connect with businesses and developers

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Apple’s suppliers shown on interactive map

Published by on Feb 18th, 2013, No Comments

ChinaFile’s David M. Barreda compiled an interactive map from the Apple, Inc. updated “Suppliers List 2013,” released last month. The list reports the major manufacturing locations of suppliers who provide raw materials and components or perform final assembly for the company.

The recently published report is the seventh annual supplier responsibility report  put together by Apple but only the second to provide detailed addresses of its suppliers globally, the majority of which are in Asia. No surprise there.

Apple lists 748 suppliers with 600 of them operating in Asia. Other suppliers include those based in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

You can view the interactive map here. 

Could the mythical tricorder become a reality with X Prize?

Published by on Feb 18th, 2013, No Comments

In the late 1960′s, Star Trek featured a fictional medical device, the Tricorder, a handheld device used for sensor scanning  and data analysis to diagnose a multitude of ailments non-invasively.

Now according to a post published by Wired Magazine’s Jesse Sunenblick, a $10 million X Prize is fuelling a race to make the Tricorder a reality that could possibly change health care in the future.

One of the contenders is Scanadu SCOUT, a device that monitors vital health signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, developed by Belgian digital entrepreneur Walter De Brouwer.

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Samsung launches Rex line of handsets for emerging markets

Published by on Feb 18th, 2013, 1 Comment

Samsung has launched a new line of handsets called Rex that aims to compete with Nokia’s Asha range of touch screen phones specifically developed for emerging markets.

Described as “smart feature phones” the line includes four handsets namely the Rex 90, Rex 80, Rex 70 and Rex 60. All four devices run on a Java-based OS and feature Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and are available as either dual or single SIM devices.  Pre-installed Web browsers include Opera Mini and Access NF. Each phone also comes installed with messaging app ChatOn. 

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Sony PS Vita price cut by 20%

Published by on Feb 18th, 2013, No Comments

Sony has announced that the PS Vita will now be selling at a discounted price in Japan. From the 28th of February it will sell for 19,980 yen, both the Wi-Fi and 3G models. That means that the Wi-Fi model is cut by a fifth, and the 3G model loses a third of its price tag.

The Sony handheld has not been a huge success in terms of outright profit, even with sales numbers relatively high. The investment into research and development has not yet yielded great dividends for investors, which leaves many worried about the longevity of the “AAA” gaming industry. This, of course, refers to the big budget games and studios, spending millions of dollars on the development of a single game. The world of mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets has slowly but surely eroded the money spent on expensive titles.

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