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FNB opens 7th dotFNB branch in Johannesburg CBD

Published by on Jun 12th, 2013, No Comments


FNB has opened the doors of its 7th dotFNB branch, in the Johannesburg CBD at the FNB Bank City Precinct.

After the first dotFNB branch opened in April 2012, the expansion of the dotFNB national footprint rolled out 6 branches since, the latest of which is located in Cavendish Square, Cape Town (take a look inside that store here).

The opening of the branch forms part of the ongoing development of the CBD which has taken place over the past few years and among several other projects has attracted new businesses and a growing resident population.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom announced

Published by on Jun 12th, 2013, No Comments


We have heard rumours about this device for some time and finally, it is official. Samsung took the wraps off its new Galaxy S4 Zoom variant, another spinoff of the flagship smartphone. What sets this one apart? It features a 10x optical lens with a 16MP CMOS sensor and a Xenon flash.

This is a natural evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Camera that was released towards the end of last year. This time around, you do get the full smartphone experience with the ability to make phone calls. We can’t image it will be very comfortable to make calls with, though, as it is big and heavy. It comes in at 208 grams and is 15.4mm thick. That being said, it is thinner than the aforementioned Galaxy Camera. (more…)

It’s finally official: Google acquires Waze

Published by on Jun 12th, 2013, No Comments


After months of rumours involving Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple, Vice President of Google Geo Brian McClendon has announced that the company has closed the acquisition of community-based traffic and mapping app Waze.

“We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic, frustrated that you chose the wrong route on the drive to work,” says McClendon, “but imagine if you could see real-time traffic updates from friends and fellow travelers ahead of you, calling out “fender bender…totally stuck in left lane!” and showing faster routes that others are taking.”


BWB reviews the Acer Iconia W700 on Dagbreek

Published by on Jun 12th, 2013, No Comments


Acer recently launched their new Iconia W700, offering an answer to consumers who don’t want to take out a laptop AND a tablet when checking in at the airport. We’re talking about the consumer who want the all-in-one solution of being able to type on a physical keyboard as well as flicking through a tablet touch-screen.

Jacobus Kriel conducted a full analysis of whether Acer actually made the cut (or not) on the latest episode of the breakfast TV show, Dagbreek.

Bandwidth Blog made its Dagbreek debut last week with the review of the Parrot Zik headphones.

Catch Bandwidth Blog every Tuesday morning on Dagbreek at 07:14 am during the month of June.

Note that the analysis is in Afrikaans as Dagbreek is an Afrikaans show.

Enjoy! (more…)

Mobile app 2go now available for Android

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments

2go-logoIn November 2012 we reported that mobile social network 2go announced that it was planning to extend its popular feature phone app to smartphones while growing its team of software developers and support staff.

Now having extended beyond its 10 million active user base, 2go, is now available for Android and will be hitting iOS and BlackBerry next.

2go has it largest user base in Nigeria, which interestingly enough isn’t a large Android market, representing only 5.2% of current monthly phone sales. But, this is a figure that has increased over time, a trend seen across Africa.

As the fastest growing mobile platform in Africa and with affordable smartphones available under $50, the move to Android was without a doubt the next logical step for the mobile social network as feature phone users begin to migrate to smartphones.

The app for Android features push notifications and a sleek user interface and lets users create their own profile, share files, photos and contacts and chat to friends on Facebook Google Chat and MXit.

2go can be downloaded from Google Play. (more…)

HP Announces Elite Mobile POS for Retail

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments


HP today announced the HP ElitePad Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solution, a POS device that helps retail and hospitality businesses. With the rise of sophisticated e commerce and mobile technologies, today’s tech-savvy consumers expect instant, customised access to a brand’s offerings. However, delivering this type of personalised experience can be challenging for brick-and-mortar businesses. To address this, 57 percent of retailers plan to implement tablets in their store in the next 12-36 months, citing consumer engagement as the top priority.(1)

The HP ElitePad Mobile POS Solution, which is composed of the HP ElitePad  plus the HP Retail Jacket for ElitePad, allows businesses to meet customer needs anywhere in the store with mobile POS and assisted selling capabilities. The new mobile solution integrates into a retailer’s existing IT infrastructure, saving time and money by allowing them to easily connect to store systems. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Contract Comparison

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 1 Comment

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By Stefan de Klerk, moneysmart research

The latest smartphone offering from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is now available from the 5 major mobile network providers in South Africa.

While Samsung smartphones may not have been as popular in this country as other devices (think BlackBerry), the popularity of Samsung smartphones is certainly increasing.

Samsung’s flagship device is the company’s attempt to compete directly with the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10.

When choosing the best smartphone contract for your individual circumstances, it’s always a good idea to compare similar offerings from the different networks.


Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: In-depth comparison

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 24 Comments


The next generation of consoles will be among us by the end of this year, with the Xbox One and the PS4 both being released in the holiday season of 2013. The new Xbox has been confirmed as a November release, whereas we don’t yet have the exact date for the PS4.

Gaming has truly evolved since the previous generation of consoles though, and these giants of the gaming world are also now becoming all-encompassing entertainment systems rather than just a vehicle for big budget games.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2013 started on Monday, 10 June and we finally saw what the PS4 looks like, with many other morsels of news being announced for both the consoles. Both Microsoft and Sony are preparing for a mammoth battle, so let’s see how things are shaping up. (more…)