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Our 5 Favourite New iOS7 Features

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 18 Comments

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Apple fans were probably nailed to their PC’s last night to see what Apple’s software guys have been brewing for the last year. The anticipation was more than usual this year – iOS’s development leadership structure had a reshuffle a few months ago, and Jony Ive has taken over the design of the new iOS7.

A New Look.

Jony Ive is the guy responsible for Apple’s hardware design until now. His work until now gives you an idea where his preferences lies. Simplicity and well thought out “golden rule” approaches can be found all over the new iOS7. App icons are all redesigned (after 5 years of very subtle changes) using a grid like design within the icon. All the 3D looking gradients of past icons are gone. Simple flat icons might take some getting used though.

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Bandwidth Blog featured on Expresso for Samsung’s Solar School

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments

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Bandwidth Blog was invited to be part of Samsung’s latest social responsibility program: the Samsung Solar School. As Samsung does best, they use technology to improve people’s lives and the Solar School does just that.

The school is designed inside a ship-container and equipped to such a level that you can literally put it anywhere and use it as a fully functional teaching facility. The solar panels at the top of the school, create enough electricity to power twenty-one notebooks, lights, a large touch screen and a server.

The Samsung Solar School created specifically for Africa was first shared by the company in late 2012. The educational content is changed according to a countries’ curriculum to keep on track with all other schools. The windows have strong burglar bars to keep the equipment safe and the walls are insulated to regulate the heat inside the ship-container.

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Google Women in Technology, JoziHub

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, No Comments

jozi-hubWomen@Google South Africa and Google for Entrepreneurs in cooperation with JoziHub are proud to be hosting the first open Women in Tech event, with the objective of fostering the local entrepreneurship community.

The event aims to equip female entrepreneurs/startups with the network, product knowledge, and other resources needed to be successful entrepreneurs.

The event will include guests Enyo Kumahor, Gustav Praekelt as well as Craig Wing, Daniel Acton, Julie Taylor, Jacqueline Rajuai, Natasha Matos and Sara Adams from Google.

You can submit your questions in advance here. 

There are only a few tickets available so book now!

Event Details:

When: Friday 21st June, 9am – 1pm

Where: JoziHub, 44 Stanley Road, Milpark, Johannesburg

Cost: FREE

RSVP: To attend this event or for more information go to: googlewomenintech.eventbrite.com

World’s first online stock exchange for startups launches

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, 1 Comment

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The Startup Stock Exchange that aims to help African startups raise money from global investors has launched today.

The Startup Stock Exchange, a regulated global public marketplace, is the world’s first online stock exchange for startup investing and funding that allows for interested investors to buy ownership shares in new companies.

According to TechLoy investors have access to a variety of startups, all of which have been thoroughly reviewed beforehand, from which to choose. The startups themselves are required to pay a fee in order to be listed on the SSX  to have access to a global base of investors, receive mentoring and feedback.

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Google’s new face-unlock

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, No Comments

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Google has patented new facial recognition technology which allows users to unlock phones with a wink and a smile. The first time we saw this feature was with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but since then Google has been hard at work to improve the technology and make unlocking your device easier and more unique. In the process they have also attained more IP protection. (more…)

WWDC 2013 Preview: Where is Apple headed?

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, 1 Comment

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So it is that time of the year again, with Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference taking place this week. But what can we expect from Cupertino? We already know that they will unveil the new versions of iOS and OS X, and they are garnering more interest than in the past. The mobile operating system from Apple has evolved very little since their initial release and are facing pressure from investors and consumers alike to come up with something bright and new.

It is indeed an important time for Apple as they have not been performing at their stellar levels in the last 12 months. The stock price has fallen dramatically in recent months, and for good reason. iPhone sales aren’t growing as fast as it did in the past and the first half of this year lacked any kind of innovation or new product launch. (more…)

Google to close $1.3 billion deal with Waze

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, No Comments

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About one month ago, news surfaced that Facebook was in negotiations to acquire crowdsourced mapping and navigation app Waze for $1 billion. Shortly afterwards new reports claimed Google was also interested and had attached a $1.3 billion price tag to the deal.

However, last month both companies reportedly called off the negotiations after failing to reach an agreement.

Rumours of the acquisition go as far back as 2012, during which time Apple was also reportedly interested in the startup.

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Apple to launch iPhone trade-in program

Published by on Jun 7th, 2013, No Comments

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According to Bloomberg, Apple will be introducing a trade-in program for older iPhone models with the aim of encouraging users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, the iPhone 5.

The program,  a first for Apple that already offers a web-based recycling service for used iPhones, iPads or Macs, lets users receive money for their smartphones.

Trade-in programs are used to boost sales of new, and expensive, devices in mature markets. According to the report, selling used iPhones in emerging markets can encourage first time smartphone users to commit to the Apple brand until newer models become available which, says Israel Ganot, CEO of Gazelle Inc., is a rapidly growing market.

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