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Cape Town wakes up to content strategy: A review of the CSForum conference

Published by on Nov 1st, 2012, No Comments

Bandwidth Blog’s winner of the ticket to the 2012 CSForum, Jo Duxbury provides us with a review of her experience and highlights at the world-class conference that came to Stellenbosch’s Spier Wine Estate from the 25 – 26 October.


Introducing content strategy to South Africa

Answer the ‘So what do you do?’ question with ‘I’m a content strategist’ and you’ll likely encounter blank stares. Although not for long, if Kerry-Anne Gilowey has her way. After attending the first two Content Strategy Forum (CSForum) conferences in Paris and London, Gilowey undertook to bring the event to South Africa. The 150+ content strategists and the content-strategy-curious, who gathered from all over the world in Stellenbosch last week, are glad she did.


Vodacom unveils Summer Promotion deals

Published by on Nov 1st, 2012, 1 Comment

Vodacom has taken the lid off its summer promotion which will provide double value to customers who purchase a variety of products and services including talk time, data, SMS, MMS, Vodacom Millionaires and selected content services. The ‘Double your Summer’ promotion, which is available to Top Up, Contract and Prepaid customers, will run from 01 November to 14 December 2012.

“Our summer promotion is bigger, better and gives even more value to our customers. Now they can double the fun on content services and double their conversations – what a great way to stay connected this summer,” says Enzo Scarcella, Vodacom’s Managing Executive: Brand Marketing & Communications.

Contract customers who purchase SMS, MMS, Data or My Minute month-to-month bundles get double the value of their purchase. (more…)

Infographic: A look at Microsoft’s YouthSpark

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Did you know about Microsoft’s incontestable commitment to education and global youth? If not, then the infographic below might be of interest to you.

The infographic below looks at the where, who and how much of Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative which aims to empower children all over the world by connecting them with education and employment opportunities.

Microsoft has committed $500 million to the program so let’s find out what it’s all about.

View the infographic after the jump…


EA, Gameloft announce optimized games for all Nexus devices

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The Dark Knight Rises

As we all know, mobile is changing the way people receive and use content and is becoming the dominant force in technology. Even the gaming industry is suffering at the hands of cheap, fun mobile games.

In previous years only one smartphone a year was released by Google with the Nexus moniker. This year has seen that change, with the Nexus 7 tablet and also the newly announced LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, which has a jaw-dropping screen. There are even rumours circulating that 4 or 5 OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will be able to make a Nexus smartphone in conjunction with Google soon, including HTC, Sony and Motorola.


Metaio releases upgraded Augmented Reality tool

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Metaio, an augmented reality (AR) software and solutions provider today released the latest version of its Metaio Creator, the only commercially available desktop drag-and-drop content authoring software optimized for all print media.

“Publishers and design professionals aren’t necessarily experts in Augmented Reality yet,” said Peter Meier, Metaio CTO. “The Creator makes it easy for them to not only launch an experience but also to scale their content – massively.”

The Metaio Creator allows nearly anyone to take print media and attach websites, video, 3-D models, graphics or any other digital content using the latest image recognition, visual search and augmented reality technology. The newest version of the Metaio Creator updates the user interface and experience to make it even more intuitive and familiar.


Samsung’s solar powered internet school in SA

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As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative Samsung has recently publicised the development of one of its solar-powered internet classrooms on its official blog. The classroom, that was installed last year that can hold up to 21 students, situated in the rural town of Phomolong near Johannesburg is the first of its kind in South Africa.

As part of the the first stages of the programme, Samsung will be providing a technology-rich learning and teaching environment to K-12 classrooms across five countries in Africa including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The programme aims to reach 2.5 million students over the next five years.


Disney/Star Wars movie title mash-ups on Twitter

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, No Comments

With the news of Disney buying the Star Wars franchise for just over $4 billion, Twitter is buzzing with suggestions of Disney and Star Wars move title mash-ups as well catch phrases and song titles that users are posting under the hashtag #DisneyStarWars.

George Lucas explains one of the reasons why he sold the franchise: “I realised at some point I needed to retire. And I wanted to go on and do other things – things in philanthropy and doing more experimental kind of films. But I couldn’t really drag my company into that,” he said.

The seventh Star Was movie, with a working title of Episode 7, is set for release in 2015.

Here are just some of the suggestions:


Windows Phone 8 phones to land in SA in November

Published by on Oct 31st, 2012, 2 Comments

Less than a week after unveiling its new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has also launched Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system, calling it “a truly personal phone experience”.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, along with the range of new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colours and features. Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November in South Africa. Microsoft South Africa’s Anthony Doherty says live tiles, which allow users to customize the start screen and update automatically, are the heart and soul of Windows Phone.

“With a similar look and feel, the same technology core, and the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, tablets and the Xbox 360 console,” said Doherty.