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Nokia Lumia 920 to hit SA in November

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2012, 3 Comments

Nokia latest flagship phone, the Lumia 920 is scheduled to hit South African shores in November, with local mobile networks MTN and Vodacom adding their names to the growing list of operators globally ranging the flagship Windows Phone 8 device. The Lumia 920 will be joined by the Nokia Lumia 820 before the end of the year. The 820 and 920 are the latest phones from Nokia which will feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. In addition to built-in wireless charging, the Nokia 920 also comes with Nokia’a City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience.

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a snappy, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a more compact package. It comes with an exchangeable shell design, making it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

Both phones will be available in pentaband LTE with pricing, contract details and available colours being announced closer to sales start.

“With the first wave of Lumia we launched something completely new. We now have a range of four Lumia smartphones in the market and we have been very encouraged by the response from both consumers and our operator partners. We are seeing the same commitment behind the next wave of devices which underscores the momentum behind both Lumia, and the broader Windows ecosystem,” said Gerard Brandjes, Vice-President, Nokia.

Expect BandwidthBlog’s review of the Lumia 920 soon.

US Federal Agency drops BlackBerry for iOS

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2012, No Comments

It has been reported that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has announced that it will be terminating its eight year long contract with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) and instead, supplying its department with Apple devices. Ouch!

The department will who has said that RIM “can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency” will be replacing all BlackBerry devices with more than 17 600 iPhones for its employees including those from Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor.

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CS Forum 2012: And the winner is…

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2012, 1 Comment

After taking a look at all the comments left by those of you who entered the CS Forum 2012 ticket giveaway competition we have chosen the winner.

Congratulations to…Jo Duxbury!

Jo wins herself a ticket to attend the CS Forum taking place at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch this week from the 25  -26 October.

With a line-up that includes international speakers from companies such as Twitter, eBay, Facebook and more, the event will undoubtedly provide practical solutions (provided by the Workshops) and valuable advise for those looking to gain more insight into content strategy.

Bandwidth Blog will be at the conference so look out next week as we reflect and report on what was experienced.

SA tech-company Tourism Radio featured on CNN

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, 2 Comments

In an effort to showcase entrepreneurship in South Africa, CNN recently featured Cape Town-based travel technology company Tourism Radio on their Marketplace Africa programme (Watch the feature here).

Founded in 2005, Tourism Radio is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Mark Allewell. The company produces location-based technology and travel content, with audio clips that play automatically when users approach specific points of interest. “The uniqueness of the technology is in its ability to seamlessly arrange thousands of audio clips and organise them into a coherent dialogue, based on location,” says Allewell.

Tourism Radio’s mobile phone application, Hummba is a traveller’s community and travel guide shop; users can buy travel guides, upload postcards and share their travel experiences with fellow travellers.

CNN’s Robin Curnow spoke to Allewell about the challenges associated with being an entrepreneur in South Africa. Allewell admits that he was one of the lucky few. “We were very fortunate in that an international investor saw the potential of Tourism Radio when we were featured on the Discovery Channel in 2006. They immediately decided to buy in, allowing us to expand our operations to New Zealand, Namibia and Spain.

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Infographic: Facebook 2012 – Facts & Figures

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, No Comments

“Facebook 2012 Facts and Figures” is a 7200-pixel-high, third edition of infographics introducing statistical and historical data on Facebook – its reach globally, usage, top 10 pages and apps and more.

View the infographic after the jump…

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Revealed: What to expect at Google’s Android event

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, No Comments

According to The Next Web, a source has revealed to the site all that will be unveiled at Google’s Android event on 29 October in New York City.

Google sent out invitations to the media for the upcoming event last week, revealing that it will be taking place on the same day as that of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event and not long after Apple’s own special event (23 October).

While it is widely expected that Apple will be unveiling its iPad Mini, we speculate that Google will be unveiling an LG Nexus 4 as well as Android 4.2 and it looks like we were spot on.

According to the source Google will be releasing:

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Introducing Easygram: An Instagram plugin for WordPress

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, No Comments

Obox Design have recently launched Easygram, a new plugin for WordPress aimed at and ideal for Instagram fans.

WordPress users will now have the ability to create amazing blog posts or galleries with the photos taken from the popular photo sharing app for iOS and Android, making each WordPress site even more personalised, fun and unique.

“It’s a great addition to Obox’s free WordPress plugin collection and most importantly it works with any WordPress theme,” says Obox co-founder Dave Perel.

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Vodacom launches 89c/pm International Rates

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, 8 Comments

Vodacom has announced the launch of its international calling promotion that offers customers the lowest rate in South Africa when making international calls directly from a cellphone. Contract, Top Up and Prepaid customers will pay 89c per minute anytime, provided they cough up a R5 charge per month. This promotion will be available from 21 October to 31 December 2012.

This is in contrast with Cell C which launched their 99c per minute rates to much fanfare. Vodacom users might well have the lower rate per minute, but the R5 fee per month seems somewhat strange. Cell C CEO (and ex-Vodacom CEO) Alan Knott Craig even went so far as to say Vodacom “screwed customers long enough. Let them keep their R5″. (MyBroadband, TechCentral)

But R5 is not a high fee to pay for much improved international calling rates. We are pretty certain Vodacom users with family or friends overseas will subscribe to the service. The limited time deal seems curious though – hopefully Vodacom will keep the offer open in 2013.

To benefit from this great offer, customers can opt in by dialing *111# and follow the prompts on the 89c international calling menu. Calls are billed per second, from the first second. A R5 monthly fee will be charged. Customers can opt out at any time by dialing *111# and selecting ‘opt-out’ from the 89c international calling menu.

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