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BWB TV Review: Apple iPhone 5

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, 1 Comment

This week we posted our review of living with the iPhone 5, and asked the question of whether it is worth upgrading to. While the design is an evolutionary update as is the norm with iPhones, we still believe it is a great phone.

The iPhone is always a difficult phone to review, because by the time it reaches South Africa, interested people have already read everything they need to know about the phone. This time around South Africa got the iPhone quite late in comparison to previous years, and we were all too pleased when an iPhone 5 finally got delivered to us on launch day by Vodacom. First off, we did not want to rush a quick review of the device. We basically wanted to know one thing – is it still the gold standard in the smartphone world? And that meant spending a few weeks with it.

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Sony introduces waterproof Xperia Z smartphone

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Sony has announced its latest flagship smartphone at CES 2013 with its Xperia Z, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1.5 GHz S4 Pro processor.

According to Sony, one of the phone’s major selling points is its water resistant coating that allows it to survive after having being submerged for up to 30 minutes in water that is up to one metre deep.

An NFC chip within the device that allows users to share photos, music and videos with compatible Sony devices lets users play back video footage on their TV set by tapping the phone against it.

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General Motors introduces API and SDK for new in-vehicle app platform

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Following the introduction of Ford’s new AppLink API that allows mobile apps to “talk” to cars, General Motors (GM) has today also introduced its very own API and SDK that will allow developers to create apps for the in-vehicle app platform. The apps created are then hosted in the infotainment system of GM vehicles rather than accessed by linking to the driver’s mobile phone.

So far, launch partners of this new development include iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Slacker and The Weather Channel.

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MWEB partners with Cell C for discounted data offering

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

MWEB has partnered with Cell C to offer customers a discounted data deal, valid until 31st January 2013.

The “exclusive promotional offering” from MWEB makes available a 2GB Cell C data package at a discounted rate of just R89 per month, normally priced at R99.

In addition, to the full suite of standard Cell C packages, MWEB will also be offering 5GB at R499, 10GB at R899 and 20GB at R1,799.

Carolyn Holgate, general manager of MWEB Connect says that “As a consumer champion, we like the fact that Cell C is shaking up the mobile internet space in terms of prices and simplicity, and we look forward to partnering with them to offer the best mobile internet deals. We believe that Cell C’s products will be a perfect complement to our ADSL packages with their competitive deals to the market.”

For more information on pricing and available packages click here.

Vizio launching stock Android tablets

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

Vizio, an American Company, are now betting on the latest trend of Android consumers and are launching a 7-inch tablet running stock Android. It is targeting the Nexus 7 directly, with a Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16 GB storage and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. It will run stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2. In the photo above is also the 10-inch tablet they will be launching, but details are still lacking.

It seems that more and more consumers are starting to show interest in devices running stock Android from Google. This has been evident with the high sales of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet, and the very high demand (which has not been met yet) of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet. The reason is simple, software updates.

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Cubli: a cube that can sit, jump and walk (video)

Published by on Jan 8th, 2013, No Comments

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This is something you probably won’t see every day. Staff at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich crammed a series of inertia sensors and constantly-spinning rotors (called reaction wheels) into a 15-centimeter cube that enable the contraption to move around on its own. They called it Cubli. (more…)

Apple App Store hits 40 billion downloads

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

According to an official Apple press release, the company has announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone from the App Store.

This figure includes unique downloads only, excluding any re-downloads and updates.

The release states that:

Currently, the App Store as over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. Apple’s incredible developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide, and developers have been paid over seven billion dollars by Apple.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services says that “It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community. Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

The App Store offers more than 775,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps available.

Nvidia announces own handheld gaming device

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, 1 Comment

Chip manufacturer Nvidia, best known for its graphics processing units having recently supplied Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC with GeForce graphics has announced that it is making its very own mobile gaming device.

The device, called Project Shield, features a Tegra 4-powered handheld system with both an integrated controller and screen and runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean. Games will be available to download from Google Play or TegraZone – so that’s Android games only.

Additional features of the device include a 5-inch 720p display with touch capabilities with 294ppi pixel density, up to 10 hours of battery life,  ports for HDMI, micro-USB, microSD and audio-out.

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