It’s no secret that the iconic Steve Jobs who passed away last year will be the subject of a new biopic about his years at Apple. It’s also no secret that Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher will be playing the part of the former Apple CEO. But, we want more details! And here they are.
In a recent interview by Neowin, the producer Mark Hulme of Five Star Institute reveals a few more details about the much anticipated independent film. Hulme will be putting up the money himself to fund the project with the working title of Jobs: Get Inspired, that is due to begin production in Los Angeles in May.
Hulme told Neowin that he was inspired to fund a movie about Jobs’s life when he noticed that on the day that his retirement was announced, the news consumed his creative and IT staff the entire day. Hulme had never seen so much buzz created and such a huge reaction from that one announcement which sparked the idea and the start of an exiting screen play.
Good news to all the Apple fans who have been holding out to get the new Retina display sporting iPad 3rd generation. In a few short weeks it will officially be available in SA.
On Friday, April 27, the new iPad will also become available in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa, and Thailand.
However, be aware, that even though “the new iPad” will have 4G capable radios, it will only reach 3G speeds on South African networks. We recently posted our review of the “resolutionary” tablet, and we are still confident in recommending it as the best tablet on the market. The major upgrade is of course the incredible new high resolution display, which even in its 10 inch size, has a million more pixels than your large screen Full HD display TV! Magazines look especially good.
Apple is also marketing the older iPad 2 in a cheaper $399 model, but we do not know whether Core will be bringing in this more affordable model.
Chaos Computers has launched its annual Tech Paradise Competition 2012: A larger than life luxury tech experience!
The prize is fantastic and so you do not want to miss out on the opportunity to experience the ultimate luxury tech experience.
The lucky winner will get to choose four friends to join him or her for a five day gadget getaway in an extravagant Camps Bay villa which you can enjoy all to yourselves. As if that’s not awesome enough, the villa will be kitted out with the latest in gadgets, games, big screens and all-you-can-eat junk food! You’ll even be picked up and taken to your destination in your own private limo.
As part of your entry, you’ll have to answer the following question: What is the top product or gadget on your wishlist? For inspiration, you can read some of Bandwidth Blog’s featured gadgets and reviews!
Umbono will be hosting Alpha & Beta in Cape Town, an event that showcases the Umbono Teams’ products and the businesses that they have built.
Attendees can expect insight into the Umbono program, direct feedback from current Umbono teams and management, an opportunity for networking, music and beer!
Umbono have three teams who are currently finishing their residence in the Program and three teams who have just begun.
If you have applied to Umbono in the past or are interested in doing so in the future, the Teams and Umbono management will be available for a Q&A session so you can learn more about their successful application experience.
When: 23 April 2012
Time: 6pm – 9:30pm
Where: Umbono, Unit 201, Old Castle Brewery, 6 Beach Road, Woodstock
Cost: This event is FREE
To RSVP for this event, complete the online form here.
For more information about Umbono and news updates around the program follow Umbono on G+
Many people buying a new machine don’t realize that the slowest part of a modern computer is primarily the storage. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that for the average user, a faster storage system will result in a much faster system than for example, buying a Core i7 instead of a Core i5.
Therefore, the next time you think your machine is running slowly, it might be in your best interest to try upgrading to a proper solid-state disk drive. Now sure, there are some challenges – of which cost and storage space limitations are the greatest. But if you can live with a smaller main storage drive, there is nothing that comes close to the speed increase from a SSD drive.
But the other small issue with upgrading to a SSD drive is the schlep of having to reinstall your operating system and apps. But now Kingston has released a brilliant little kit that makes that whole process a lot faster. While you can purchase the barebones SSD drive, the upgrade kit is actually a pretty awesome deal (about R300 extra). So how does it work?
According to a post published by the New York Times, a source revealed that before Instagram was recently bought by Facebook for $1 billion, Twitter was also interested in acquiring the photo sharing service.
According to sources familiar with the deal, in the months before the Facebook deal was secured, Twitter co-founder and Instagram investor Jack Dorsey had plans to buy the company. However, Dorsey clearly failed.
The New York Times writes that “Mr. Systrom may have lost one connection in the deal: Mr. Dorsey of Twitter. His company, according to several people briefed on the matter, had expressed interest in buying Instagram in recent months. Mr. Dorsey once used Instagram daily to send photos to Twitter, but he has not been back since the deal was announced, perhaps a sign that he is not happy to see it in the hands of a competitor. A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment.”
This discovery could also shed some light on some of the reasons why the social network bought the service that suggest that if it had not done so, it could empower other networks like Twitter and threaten the strength and growth of Facebook. In addition, this information may also provide some insight into the question of why Facebook paid such a massive amount for Instagram as interest shown by Twitter could have pushed the purchase price up.
Facebook has launched a new Timeline feature that automatically syncs your Timeline address and your email address and is expected to begin rolling out over the next few weeks.
The new program means that if your Timeline address or vanity url is facebook.com/bandwidthblog for example, then your Facebook email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has previously selected an email address will be unaffected.
While Facebook launched vanity URLs for users back in in 2009, there was no email address component. It was only later in 2010 that the social network gave users @facebook email addresses although its likely that most users would have preferred the email addresses they already had. Google+ on the other hand is heavily interlaced with Gmail which may have been the incentive behind this new move.
The latest change seems to be aimed at users who didn’t change to a vanity URL, which automatically netted a synchronized email address.
In about once month’s time a brand new under sea cable called the West African Sea Cable (Wacs) will officially be launched in South Africa. The cable, that measures 14, 000km in length will link Yzerfontein in the Western Cape to London in the UK along the entire West Coast of the African continent.
An official launch event for the new cable will take place next month at the landing site at Yzerfontein, north of Cape Town. The landing points of the cable along the coastline include countries such as Namibia, Angola, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Portugal.
Angus Hay, co-chair of the Wacs management committee and chief technology officer at Neotel, who has been commissioned to run the primary network operating centre in Johannesburg, has commented that the testing of the cable has progressed well and that once it has been launched at the site, commercial traffic is likely to become available shortly after. Currently, the cable is in the process of being accepted by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the supplier.
Many South Africans will hope that the introduction of the new giant cable will result in the lowering of broadband pricing across the country and according to Hay, increase and “improve competition”.