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Stellenbosch based HealthQ Technologies creates world’s 1st open source metabolic chamber

Published by on Dec 5th, 2012, No Comments

Stellenbosch has recently become home to one of approximately 20 metabolic chambers globally – and the first of its kind to be based on open source technology. Enabling the tracking of human metabolism with an accuracy that far exceeds previous methods, this technology is set to revolutionise the way we think about exercise and nutrition. We attended the launch and walked away very impressed by this team’s ambition.

Metabolic chambers are highly specialised scientific research tools used to learn more about human metabolic activity. These chambers enable scientists to measure and characterise human metabolism under very specific controlled conditions over a broad range of activities, such as sleeping, eating, cycling, running, or the performance of various other forms of exercise. Data gathered from these chambers provide biological scientists with insights as to how human subjects react to different conditions at a metabolic level.

This type of information is of enormous value for the development of novel and increasingly accurate technologies for monitoring fitness, weight loss and general health and wellness. These are currently hot global investment topics experiencing explosive growth due, in part, to fast rising healthcare costs coupled with a global obsession with achieving optimal health.

Due to the complexity and high cost of construction, metabolic chambers are extremely rare. (more…)

Pixelated Gaming Xperience: Cancelled!

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

We have received confirmation from Pixelated Consulting Studios that the Pixelated Gaming Xperience scheduled to take place this weekend at the Cape Town International Convention Centre has been cancelled.

The email reads as follows:

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the Expo scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. As you can imagine this is most disappointing to ourselves and the various exhibitors, developers and other interested parties involved in the event. However, this is beyond our control.

As a result, Bandwidth Blog and Pixelated Gaming Studios are unable to award the free event tickets as offered in our competition.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused.

While reasons for the cancellation are still unknown, The CTICC has since removed the expo from the events calendar on its website.

Nokia to sell Espoo headquarters

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

Having previously reported that Nokia were considering selling its headquarters in Finland, The Verge has confirmed that the cell phone maker will indeed be selling its Espoo property.

As a result of the sale, Nokia will be adding approximately $220 million (170 million Euros) to its balance sheet with the Finnish journal Helsingin Sanomat having previously valued the property at $250-$400 million.

Having operated within the building since 1997, Nokia has entered into a long term lease agreement with its new owner, Finland-based real estate and investment company Exilion.


Jobs biopic to debut at The Sundance Film Festival

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, No Comments

Since first reporting on the making of a new biopic about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, it has now been revealed that the independent film titled jOBS will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2013.

We also now know that the film will look at the life of jobs from 1971 to 2000 covering his time at Apple, NeXT (you can watch some brainstorming footage here) and Pixar.

The film has already received positive reviews from those special few who have had the chance to see it with The Sundance Festival director, John Cooper telling The Hollywood Reporter that, Ashton Kutcher’s performance is “very formidable” and “it seemed like he really tried to grasp all the nuances of who Steve Jobs was.”


iTunes Music Store launches in South Africa

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, 10 Comments

Finally, the day South African Apple fans have waited for has arrived. After 9 long years of being available in first world countries, South Africans can now buy legal music from iTunes, using their South African credit cards.

Apple has made it clear that they will also focus on local artists, and the initial featured screens seem to support that. We ran a few talented South African artists through the search engine, and the results seem pretty good. Unfortunately we also found a few less talented ones as well.

Songs are available in rand pricing (a switch which occured about a month ago). We will be trying out the new service today, but we are particularly interested to see if iTunes Match will also be available to us. iTunes Match works like this – you have your music library (which you might have gotten very various sources, they do not all have to be purchased through iTunes), and then Apple goes and scans your library. Once Apple has these tracks it matches it to their massive iTunes catalogue, and then makes that catalogue available to your from any of your other authorized machines with iTunes, and all your authorized iOS devices like iPod, iPhone and iPad. Effectively this makes your entire music catalogue (legal or not) – available everywhere.


Hands on Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II

Published by on Dec 4th, 2012, 4 Comments

It’s not very often that a company can create a new segment in a market and be successful at it the first time they try. This is exactly what happened when Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note. Analysts said it would be a novelty product with very little widespread appeal, mainly because of its size. Well, they were wrong, it sold millions.

The successor has arrived and Samsung have already shipped 5 million Galaxy Note II devices in two months. We wanted to know if the capabilities of the stylus has improved, and also the product as a whole, so we put it through its paces.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 5.5″ 16M-color Super-AMOLED with 720 x 1280 resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, Exynos 4412 chipset
  • S Pen active stylus with deep system integration
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage, microSD slot

Local iPhone 5 Release Date Revealed (Update)

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2012, 5 Comments

Normally iPhone launch dates in SA get announced by the networks that carry the phone, but this time round someone spotted the launch date on Apple.com’s website:

We have been eagerly awaiting Apple’s latest phone, but it looks like manufacturing difficulties have made it very difficult for the phone to reach South Africa. With shipping times in 1st world countries reaching more than a week in most cases, dont expect massive stock to reach SA. Our advice – start calling you closest Vodacom and MTN stores to get on pre-order lists…

Update: A Vodacom spokesperson has confirmed to us that the launch date is 14 December, and pricing will be revealed closer to launch.

Pixelated Gaming Xperience Competition: Last day to enter!

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2012, No Comments

If you’d like the chance to win 2 tickets to the Pixelated Gaming Xperience Expo in Cape Town - 2 general admission tickets or 2 LAN tickets – then today is your last chance to enter!

Brought to you by Pixelated Consulting Studios, this expo finally brings the best of gaming to Cape Town.

The Pixelated Gaming Xperience will feature the PGX LAN with 200 seats available for a weekend of adrenaline pumping fury, competition and fun fuelled action with prizes up for grabs throughout the weekend. With a 3 day BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN, this event will translate into a gamer’s greatest experience.

For more information about how to enter click here.

Important Notice: Travel to and accommodation in Cape Town is the responsibility of the winner.