With past and present rumours buzzing around what the next iPhone will offer up, that is expected to arrive in September or October of this year, iLounge has shared some new and very specific details that it has obtained, about the much anticipated device.
Among other changes, the new details suggest that Apple will be abandoning the rumoured “teardrop-shaped iPhone 5” in favour of yet another glass-bodied design with new dimensions.
So far, details of the new iPhone include:
If any of our April posts may have passed you by, here is a recap of Bandwidth Blog’s top 5 most popular posts for you to catch up on. From momentous acquisitions and grand sub-sea cables to local and international product announcements, this is what you enjoyed reading the most in April.
In line with MWEB’s aim to make 1Mbps Uncapped ADSL the new entry level uncapped product in South Africa, MWEB dropped its 1Mbps uncapped data-only pricing to R199 per month and is now also offering a free upgrade to all data only uncapped 384Kbps customers.
The post reported that the West African Sea Cable (Wacs) will be officially launched in South Africa in Yzerfontein in May. The cable, that measures 14, 000km in length will link Yzerfontein in the Western Cape to London in the UK along the entire West Coast of the African continent. Very exciting news for possible changes in broadband pricing in SA.
Samsung has officially announced its new flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII. The highly anticipated device and the successor to the popular Galaxy SII (the best-selling Android handset and the only smartphone to rival the iPhone in sales), was announced at a media event in London where, putting rumours to rest, the official specs were revealed.
The phone will feature a 4.8-inch PenTile Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel primary and 1.9-megapixel front-facing cameras, 3.3fps burst mode and best-shot selection, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception, NFC, a 2,100mAh battery and a quad-core Exynos CPU.
There will also be a choice of 16GB or 32GB storage with The Verge reporting that a 64GB version will be coming later. Samsung has also partnered with Dropbox to offer additional free storage for the new device with a maximum of 50GB available that will remain valid for two years.
Powered by Google’s Android 4.0 OS, the Galaxy S III will also feature a Siri-like app called S Voice that gives users the ability to dictate commands to the device and prompt action. According to a Samsung representative quoted in the New York Times, “The feature can also be used to play songs, adjust volume, organize schedules and send e-mails.”
Web Africa has revamped its Business Uncapped offering, that has been designed specifically around the user looking for a business solution structured to prioritise business-critical traffic simply and efficiently, leveraging the added capacity it has built into its network, which increased by 8% in the last week.
The Business Uncapped product offers Uncapped ADSL from R299 per month, and now includes, at no extra cost, a .co.za domain, a web hosting package with unlimited traffic and a R400 Google AdWords voucher. In addition, each Business Uncapped subscriber has access to Expert Support in which service queries are handled by only the most experienced call centre agents.
“South African business owners are becoming a lot more demanding of their service providers, and rightly so. Business is all happening real-time, whether it’s delivering voice over the network or taking part in real-time trading. Making sure your business can guarantee quality connectivity should be the first priority for the serious business owner,” explains Tim Wyatt-Gunning, CEO of Web Africa.
Web Africa business customers’ ADSL usage is prioritised on its network, that aims to provide fast and stable connectivity for business-critical applications. The transparent Acceptable Usage Policy means business owners get to see exactly how they are consuming bandwidth and manage their usage to ensure optimal speeds at all times.
Vodacom customers can now buy airtime, data bundles and SMS bundles using their debit, cheque or credit cards via their mobile phones with the new Express Recharge service providing customers with a convenient way to top-up.
The service that lets customers buy Vodacom Prepaid or Top Up airtime for themselves or for other mobile phone users is available for customers who bank with Absa, Standard Bank and Nedbank.
Developed in conjunction with Absa, the enabler and provider of the financial back end, the service aims to ensure seamless and secure processing of transactions, achieved through verification by a bank card’s personal identification number (PIN).
Customers do not need internet access in order to buy airtime using funds from their bank account. To access this service customers can dial *130*082# from their mobile phones and follow the prompts.
To access this free service, customers are required to register their debit, cheque or credit card the first time they dial *130*082#. The service links a customer’s bank card to their cellphone so that they are able to perform the recharge. The recharge purchased is then deducted from the user’s bank account and only bank card charges apply.
“We’re taking convenience to the next level. Our customers can now recharge with ease whenever they want wherever they are. We’ve also added a new feature that allows customers to choose between purchasing voice airtime, SMS or data bundles, which means that our customers will not need to convert airtime to data bundles,” says Chris Ross, Managing Executive for Commercial Development at Vodacom.
This is the new Beoplay A3 iPad Dock from Bang & Olufsen Play that creates stand-alone, innovative and user-friendly devices. The Beoplay is part of the Danish company’s iPad dock range and is essentially a mix of a stand, speaker system and case that turns your iPad into your very own portable TV.
The triangular shaped and elevated dock, comes with speakers mounted on both sides. The system serves to optimise viewing and sound on your iPad by enabling it to stand upright horizontally or vertically or resting it flat on its back. For example, You can read the morning news while sitting at the breakfast table, listen to music in bed by resting it on your bed-side table or read a recipe while cooking by placing it on the counter-top. The Beoplay ultimately lets you use your iPad without having to hold it in your hands, lean over it on a flat surface or rest it in your lap which doesn’t exactly make for great viewing or sound.
Nashua Mobile has added the Nokia Asha 201, Nokia Asha 300 and Nokia Asha 303 to the selection of Nokia devices it supports on its flat-rate Xtreme Data package.
The Nokia Asha range will be available in store as of 7 May 2012. For R59.00 per month – on top of standard contract charges – consumers will be able to enjoy access to email, instant messaging, browsing and social networking on these devices. The predictable and fixed monthly cost removes the uncertainty associated with other data rate plans and eliminates the chance of ‘bill shock’. The package is subject to fair usage policies though.
The Nokia Asha 201 offers a Qwerty keyboard, while the Nokia Asha 303 integrates Qwerty and Touch and the Nokia Asha 300 offers a keypad and touchscreen.
All three devices offer access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and applications from the Nokia Store. Nokia Asha mobile phones make use of the new Nokia Web browser for Series 40 with up to 90% data compression. This means smaller downloads, pages that load fast, look great, and are easy to read.
Says Nashua Mobile Managing Director, Chris Radley: “We are excited to make the Xtreme Data package available on a new range of Nokia handsets, giving users even more choice of mobile phones that they can use with a flat-rate data package. In the next few months, we hope to add even more smartphones to the selection of devices supported on the Xtreme Data package.”
Xtreme Data is currently also available on Nokia X2-01 and Nokia C3 mobile phones based on the Series 60 platform, and the Nokia N8, Nokia E5 and Nokia E7 from Nokia’s smartphone range.
Nashua Mobile’s Xtreme Data service works by routing data from the handset to Nashua Mobile’s shared GSM data access point names (APNs) from Vodacom and MTN. Web access is controlled and managed intelligently by Nashua Mobile’s infrastructure partners, giving the customer a seamless experience that enables access to all their communication, social networking and information.
The Facebook developer blog has recently announced that there is now a new way for users to interact with Timeline apps directly from Facebook. In addition to users ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ content on the social networking site, Facebook has also introduced ‘action links’.
With action links, websites can now add more interactive features including customisable links to Timeline apps when their Open Graph stories appear, that lets users engage with their content in an even deeper way.
Some companies have already begun implementing this new feature. Along with the ability to like and share, foursquare has added a link to “Save This Place” when someone checks in and shares it on their Timeline. This “enables people to save a place to their foursquare to-do list directly from Facebook”. Website Fab.com has introduced a “Fave This Product” link which lets people add products to their favourites list on Fab.com.
“Action links tie one action to another, and can be part of any Open Graph story. Developers can designate an action link for any action they define, which will then appear throughout Facebook”, says Facebook software engineer Alex Wyler.
Source: Los Angeles Times