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Messaging service WeChat comes to BlackBerry

Published by on Jan 24th, 2013, 1 Comment

WeChat, a cross platform messaging service, committed to providing a seamless communication service to all users has now been extended to Blackberry for OS 5.0 and 6.0 and above.

WeChat is already available as a free download for iOS, Windows Phone, Android and Symbian.

In this current 1.0 release, WeChat has included its core features including push to talk. While performance is one of the key focuses in this release, WeChat will be sure to provide additional features in future releases that are in line with its vision to make WeChat “the new way to connect”.

According to Brett Loubser, WeChat Africa Specialist “Blackberry is still a strong name and there are still a lot of high end business users using it right now. As such, WeChat is dedicated towards providing a dominant cross platform presence by making sure we are available on the platforms that the users demand.”

Developed by Tencent, China’s largest internet service portal, WeChat has already seen tremendous growth, now totalling 300 million users, with the last 100 million users added in the last 5 months.

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Apple Reports Record Results

Published by on Jan 24th, 2013, No Comments

Apple has published a press release announcing record financial results for the first quarter of 2013, that ended on 29 December 2012.

According to the report Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads over that period, which included the festive season.

Quarterly revenue amounted to $54.5 billion and a record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion. These results compare to revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion during the same period the previous year.

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Gartner: Analysts identify key security solution predictions for 2013 and beyond

Published by on Jan 24th, 2013, No Comments

Increased adoption of cloud-based computing is expected to impact the way security is consumed as well as how key government agencies will prioritise security of public cloud infrastructures, according to Gartner, Inc. The growing importance of public clouds, along with the ever-persistent threat on private and public sectors’ infrastructures, is expected to result in the US government declaring them a critical national infrastructure.

“The popularity and increased adoption of cloud-based security services, albeit at different degrees, will influence the shape of future security marketplaces,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. “Deployments of virtualisation, and its replacing of traditional physical hardware platforms, are expected to impact the deployment model of future network security capabilities, which are expected to be based increasingly on virtual security appliances.”

Gartner has made three predictions about the security solutions industry for 2013 and beyond:

By 2016, public cloud infrastructure will include and be mandated to critical national infrastructure regulations by the US.

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Microsoft announces growing Surface range

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2013, 1 Comment

Microsoft has announced  on its website that it will be expanding its Surface range of PCs with the latest Surface Windows 8 Pro model.

Powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, the Surface will be available in 64GB and 128GB and come bundled with Surface Pen that lets users “edit, collaborate and get things done”.

According to Microsoft the latest model “provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package”.

In addition, Surface Windows RT will be available in 13 additional markets worldwide.

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Infographic: Top 100 blogs to follow in 2013

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2013, No Comments

In the extensive infographic below, you can view the top 100 technology blogs to follow in 2013.

Based on the research conducted, Bandwidth Blog took 32nd place.

Statistics of each blog include Facebook fans, Twitter followers and Alexa rank.

If you’re a technology lover and like to read technology blogs, consider having some, if not all, of these top 100 blogs in your bookmarklet.

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Meet Coub: the next generation of moving images

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2013, No Comments

This is Coub, a Moscow-based media startup, that makes it easy to turn videos into engaging “living” photos, display your creative work in novel ways, and add something extra special to your website or blog.

Coubs are short looped videos (up to about 10 seconds) similar to animated GIFs only more technologically advanced. They feature high picture quality, sound capability and small file sizes. More importantly they are easy for anyone to create, using videos from either YouTube or Vimeo, with the help of the online video editor found on the website.

They are also easily shareable on blogs, websites and social networks and are great for creating living photos, visual portfolios or playing with your favourite video clips or music videos.

Coub was founded by Igor Gladkoborodov together with his brother Anton who came up with the original concept. With programmer Mikhail Tabunov, the team began developing  Coub in the summer of 2011 and in January 2012 continued to work on Coub’s launch full time.

As expected with any new venture, the startup faced a few challenges. Coub had to overcome a number of technical difficulties to make creating a coub a seamless and fun experience.

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Is Cross Border data transfer prohibited in terms of POPI?

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2013, No Comments

POPI (the Protection of Personal Information Bill) has been a difficult subject for most corporates living in the age of cloud computing. Corporates using offshore data centres to store customer or employee-related personal information need not fear that this will be totally prohibited once the POPI becomes law. Although POPI prohibits the offshore transfer of personal data, POPI will provide for a number of exemptions to this prohibition.

POPI has been in the making for eight years and will hopefully be passed into law this year. Companies will then have a one-year transition period to get their houses in order to ensure they comply with POPI” says Tammy Bortz, director and IT law specialist at Werksmans Attorneys. “One of the benefits of POPI is that it sets out the requirements to enable the transfer of personal data offshore which will in turn enable South African companies to do business internationally,” says Bortz. (more…)

BWB TV Review: LG Optimus L7

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2013, No Comments

There is a lot going on in the smartphone world lately, but we thought we would take a step back from the high-end market for a minute and take a look at a device for the more budget minded individual. The festive season is over and most of us are strapped for cash, so what about the individual that is looking for a good device at a low price?

This week Theunis Jansen van Rensburg is doing a video review of the LG Optimus L7, a seemingly great looking Android phone at a very low price. Is it worth your money? (more…)

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