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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.


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.


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…)

Groupon CEO Daniel Guasco event, Cape Town

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 1 Comment

From Twangoo to Groupon South Africa, an amazing e-commerce success story.

Organised by Le Cap40 Daniel Guasco, founder of Twangoo and CEO of Groupon South Africa will be talking to attendees of this event about the amazing journey to create, in less than 3 years, the largest eCommerce business in South Africa, and will share his views and advice on eCommerce business.

About Le Cap40: Le Cap40 is a dynamic community network focusing on the development of business between Western Cape and France

Event Details:

When: 23 January 2013, 5:15pm – 7pm

Where: Alliance Francaise, 155, Loop Street, Cape Town

For more information and to RSVP visit the Le Cap40 website. 


A complimentary welcome drink will be offered to all first comers.

Choosing an Office app for iPad

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 7 Comments

The iPad has been taking the enterprise by storm, and it is clear that among many office workers it is quickly becoming the device of choice for taking meeting notes, emailing and keeping up with your calendar. With the average person moving to a more browser centric work style, it is only natural to see that corporate will find tablets more enticing.

But there are a few things that PCs still do better than tablets.  Not everyone agrees that tablets are the future of computicket, but I do particularly like Steve Jobs’s vision for the future of tablets:

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.”

“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said. “They are still going to be around.” “only one out of x people will need them.”

One of the key areas where tablets still suffer is with proper Office suites. (more…)

Gartner: Worldwide mobile advertising revenue to reach $11.4 billion in 2013

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, No Comments

Worldwide mobile advertising revenue is forecast to reach $11.4 billion in 2013, up from $9.6 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide revenue will reach $24.5 billion in 2016 with mobile advertising revenue creating new opportunities for app developers, ad networks, mobile platform providers, specialty agencies and even communications service providers in certain regions.

“The mobile advertising market took off even faster than we expected due to an increased uptake in smartphones and tablets, as well as the merger of consumer behaviours on computers and mobile devices,” said Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. “Growth in mobile advertising comes in part at the expense of print formats, especially local newspapers, which currently face much lower ad yields as a result of mobile publishing initiatives.”


Sony announces 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 3 Comments

Sony has announced the launch of its 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z.

According to Endgadget, the device, powered by Android 4.1, offers the same design language as its recently launched Xperia smartphone counterpart and as a result also features a water resistant coating.

In addition, the tablet features a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (with microSD expansion), 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, 4G LTE support and Sony’s  “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology.