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Facebook explores access for children

Published by on Jun 6th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is exploring options with a new technology for children under 13 years old to have access to the social networking site that will enable their parents to supervise their activity.

This can be achieved by linking children’s accounts to those of their parents, who will be able to control who their children ‘friend’ on Facebook and the apps that they use.

According to the report, people who have spoken to Facebook executives regarding this new technology have said that Facebook may use it as an opportunity to charge parents for access to various games and entertainment by their children.

However, any new technology developed that could lift a ban on children may never actually be implemented, as it happens with many other features that Facebook tests.

Although Facebook currently restricts users under the age of 13 utilising the site, studies have shown that as much as 38% of them are in fact under the age of 12 and lying about their age to be part of the social networking site. By allowing children of this age group access, Facebook could significantly increase its user base.

Facebook prohibits access to children under the age of 13 because federal law in the U.S. requires parental consent for any information collected from them. Rather than implement ways to obtain consent from parents, Facebook, among other online companies, simply ban those children altogether.

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First Tweet Bar to open in Dubai

Published by on Jun 5th, 2012, No Comments

The first ever Tweet Bar will open at the Barasti Beach Bar in the United Arab Emirates at the Barasti Beach Stadium during the Euro 2012.

The Barasti Beach Stadium will be broadcasting all the Euro Cup 2012 games throughout the championship.

The fully air conditioned stadium was originally built in 2010 to broadcast the FIFA World Cup matches live from South Africa.

Customers planning to have some drinks at the bar during a Euro 2012 match, will be able to Tweet their orders via Twitter to @BarastiBeach while watching a match so that their order is ready for them when they arrive.

The drinks will then be ready for collection at the Tweet Bar and labelled with the tweeter’s name in order to identify who ordered what.

This new service, designed so football fans don’t have to waste any time standing in queues during half time, can be used from the 1st June to 8th July, between 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Source: Ahlan!Live

Bandwidth Blog’s Top 5 popular posts in May

Published by on Jun 5th, 2012, No Comments

Take a look at the top 5 most popular posts for the month of May on Bandwidth Blog. As you will see from the list below, it is clear thar Apple related news was what you enjoyed reading the most this month including iPhone 5 rumours and leaked details, free apps on offer and the iPad.

1. New iPhone details revealed:

With past and present rumours buzzing around what the next iPhone will offer up, iLounge shared some new and very specific details that it had obtained, about the much anticipated device.

2. Leaked images – could this be the next iPhone?

Every year around this time the tech press starts to dig up supposed leaked images of the next generation iPhone. 9to5Mac somehow got hold of next gen iPhone images, as well as parts for the upcoming model and published them online.

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Apple to bring complete Siri for iPad with iOS6

Published by on Jun 5th, 2012, 1 Comment

9to5Mac has reported that based on information provided by trusted sources, Apple will be bringing the iPhone 4S’s voice assist, Siri to the iPad as part of the features of iOS6. The complete Siri voice assist will be available when iOS6 launches in the coming autumn in the U.S.

With the exception of all phone related commands, Siri for iPad will include Music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps integration, E-mailing, Notes, Contacts searching, Safari integration and Wolfram-Alpha searching.

Apple has reportedly been testing iOS6′s Siri for iPad on both the new (third generation) iPad as well as 2011′s iPad 2.

In response to critics of Siri for iPad, commenting that because the microphone is further away from the user’s mouth than with a mobile phone it won’t be able to correctly interpret voice commands, sources have simply dismissed this as untrue, saying that any commands given will provide the same or similar accuracy to the iPhone 4S.

However, unlike Siri for the iPhone, Siri for the iPad will not be a full screen experience which can be activated by holding down the home button on the device, as with the iPhone. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with and will slide up from below the display to appear in the centre, once activated.

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Google to show off ‘Next Dimension’ of Maps

Published by on Jun 5th, 2012, 2 Comments

In recent weeks we have received information that Apple will be abandoning Google in favour of its own mapping solution. It has been reported that it might happen as soon as the next release of iOS, which will be revealed June 11 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Five days prior, though, Google will be holding an event to show off “The Next Dimension of Google Maps.”

“At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We’ll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go – both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.”

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IP Expo 2012, Sandton Convention Centre

Published by on Jun 4th, 2012, No Comments

The 2012 IP Expo, South Africa’s fastest growing end-to-end networking and infrastructure event is taking place in Sandton.

Areas covered include: IP Infrastructure, Virtualization, Cloud, Unified Comms, Storage and Security.

This year’s event will be offering more content, more visitors and more interaction.

Taking part in this event provides the opportunity to meet more than 2, 00 senior IT professionals over two days, achieve greater RIO through exhibiting, speaking and sponsorship and extend your brand reach through the event’s multi-channel marketing campaign.

Details for those wanting to attend the IP Expo as a visitor will be available 6 -8 weeks prior to the event date.

Event Details:

When: 15th and 16th August 2012

Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Exhibition 2

Participating: To secure your space as an exhibitor at the IP Expo 2012 or for more information click here.

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Insanely expensive gadgets, we wish we could own

Published by on Jun 4th, 2012, 2 Comments

While most of us spend our time looking for the best deals on the latest products be it an iPad or mobile phone or prefer to stick with older versions in order to save a couple of bucks, there is a small percentage of people in the world who buy gadgets that, with their innovative design, exclusivity and enormous price tag, we just dream about.

So, sell your car, your home and take on two more jobs and feast your eyes on these:

1. Megatrend MkIII Speakers ($80, 000)

The Megatrend Speakers, manufactured by Transmission Audio, that come in pairs, each stands at seven feet tall and three feet wide, literally creating a wall of sound in your penthouse suite. Each speaker comes in two pieces including 24 eight-inch woofers and an accompanying ribbon-line speaker tower for the high end.

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Microsoft SA confirms Lower Priced Windows 8 Upgrade

Published by on Jun 4th, 2012, 3 Comments

So you are in the market for a new PC, but you don’t want to take the jump before Windows 8 arrives? Microsoft SA has now confirmed that if you buy a Windows 7 PC now, you will get Windows 8 for only $15 once it becomes available. Microsoft has launched a Windows Upgrade Offer, which will allow qualifying buyers the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for around R125, which they can redeem when Windows 8 becomes generally available.

 “We’ve seen a great interest in Windows 8, especially given the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview this week, and yet we know many consumers want a new PC now,” the company said in a statement. “The Windows Upgrade Offer gives you the flexibility to purchase the new Windows PC you need today, with the knowledge that you can easily upgrade to Windows 8 when it’s available.”

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