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Video interview: Alan Knott-Craig Jnr speaks about life after Mxit

Published by on Nov 21st, 2012, 3 Comments

I had the opportunity to sit down, once again, with Alan Knott Craig Jnr, to discuss his high profile exit from Mxit. We spoke about his thoughts on the industry, the future of Mxit and what’s next for him. We met in the very same office as the first interview, which we filmed just after he acquired Mxit.

Alan is currently in America. Why? Watch the video interview to find out.

See the video and full transcript after the jump.  (more…)

Tourism Radio to showcase audio guide at Le Web 2012

Published by on Nov 21st, 2012, 1 Comment

South African travel technology company Tourism Radio is teaming up with French automaker Renault at Le Web 2012 in Paris – the foremost blogging and web expo in the world -  to showcase its audio guides on the Renault R-Link multimedia system.

Renault first announced its fully-connected and integrated R-Link multimedia system at last year’s Le Web, where it was revealed that Tourism Radio would be one of the first applications available for download on the system.

Tourism Radio’s R-link application plays general audio information about the area a Renault vehicle is driving through, as well as information about specific points of interest nearby. It will serve as a personal tour guide, built right into the dashboard of future Renault models. The uniqueness of Tourism Radio’s technology is in its ability to seamlessly arrange thousands of audio clips and organise them into a coherent dialogue, based on location, creating a tailor-made user experience for each vehicle.


Meet Jacques Blom: The 14 year old entrepreneur

Published by on Nov 20th, 2012, 6 Comments

If you think you’ve done a lot in your life, think again. On Friday evening, a boy of 14 got up and presented his idea and business during the Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week (CTEW), and immediately raised the bar for what people of his age should have accomplished by their time.

Jacques Blom is from the Cape and currently attends high school, but that didn’t stop him from spotting a gap in a market and going for it. He was busy on Facebook, trying out a colour changer app that would make his profile look different and exciting – but the app was a hoax and asked him to complete a survey. This got him going on iStyla, a profile theme changer for Facebook. And he’s built it all by himself.

I was quite impressed by the site and how the business model works. New users sign up via Facebook and install free or premium themes. The code for the theme or style is injected into Facebook on the user’s side, through the browser plugin, but such that if one iStyla user visits another iStyla user’s profile page, their Facebook design will temporarily change to that person’s design. Where I got impressed was that Blom’s user base helps create the product – designers can design new styles, and the cherry on the top: an affiliate program which allows users to earn money based on how many new people they refer to iStyla. In fact, a user might just receive a commission for having their current style viewed by someone else! These last two points make me believe this can go far.

Right now, the site already has over 3,000 users and over a thousand Likes on it’s Facebook page. Blom’s profiles on StackOverFlow, StartupLi.st, Crunchbase and VentureBeat prove what the youngster has put into this so far, all on his own. It would seem the site uses a freemium model, with no charge for anything as of yet. And right now, with Facebook covering a billion users a little while ago, all he’ll need is traction.


The Hobbit characters to star in Windows Phone 8 campaign

Published by on Nov 20th, 2012, No Comments

Will Martin Freeman or Bilbo be staring in an upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS advert?

Middle Earth is coming to Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft will be teaming up with the characters of the much anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film to promote its new Windows Phone 8 operating system.

The new campaign, created by Wunderman, is as a result of a partnership agreement formed between Microsoft Inc. and Warner Bros. Studios who have given the company license to use the characters in the US, UK, Germany and France in what has been reported as a multi-million pound digital, press and television campaign.

The new campaign designed around the theme of a “smartphone reinvented around you” will feature a number of celebrities using the Windows Phone 8 OS in a personalised way in a series of television adverts that will showcase the operating system’s “persona-lisation elements”.


Serious iPhone-Videographer? Our Review of the SmartPhocus Lens System

Published by on Nov 20th, 2012, 1 Comment

Once you get into video recording with a modern smartphone you quickly realize how versatile these devices are for even semi-professional grade recording. Cranking out 1080p video from such a small device is great, but you quickly run into a wall if you do want more stable shots. Because of its small size, the iPhone is not very stable to use for longer video use and no amount of Apple software magic can fix that. So what do you do?

That is where professional mounting solutions like the SmartPhocus comes in handy. We previously had some hands on time with the OWLE Bubo (see our review here), which was an impeccably machined kit, but was also quite heavy. Well, the designers have been at work, and this is the replacement. Made from a lightweight polymer, the Smartphocus tightly grips your bare iPhone 4 or 4S, giving it a much more comfortable grip. On the rear you can see the area where your iPhone slides in. (more…)

Amazon, PayPal reject Nebank credit cards

Published by on Nov 20th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by MyBroadband, a number of Nedbank customers have been having difficulties using their credit cards online through PayPal and Amazon.com.

Specific to Nedbank, the credit cards are being rejected supposedly due to issues with the CCV number located at the back of the card, which assists in authenticating the online payment.

In the mean time, a Nedbank agent has confirmed that the technical team are working to resolve the problem, however, no deadline has yet been determined.

This has raised some concerns with clients as the problem has persisted since last week already with not much communication or explanation from the bank.

BWB TV: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Published by on Nov 20th, 2012, 5 Comments

We, at Bandwidth Blog, have always strived to bring you news, reviews and titbits that are informative, insightful and entertaining. In our quest to bring you everything you want to see, we now introduce to you Bandwidth Blog TV.

Our first instalment is a video review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Ever since we saw the first advert with James Franco we were excited to get our hands on the device.

Watch the review after the jump…


Living Your Brand launches small business marketing seminars

Published by on Nov 19th, 2012, No Comments

Living Your Brand will be hosting the first tothePOINT Small Business Marketing Seminar in Cape Town. tothePOINT has been specifically designed for small business owners who are looking to improve their marketing efforts, and using a ‘back to basics’ approach, tothePOINT will offer a simple, sharp snap-shot of how this can be achieved.

The way customers make decisions, how they discover, communicate, and share information, how they influence and are influenced, is evolving significantly – Now more than ever, it is important to be engaged in the online sphere. tothePOINT speakers have been selected from essential marketing communication disciplines to advise on some of the metrics that will assist in this process. They will break down fundamental facets of online marketing to ensure attendees leave the seminar inspired and having gained practical knowledge on which marketing tools will best suit their business strategy.