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BWB reviews the Acer Iconia W700 on Dagbreek

Published by on Jun 12th, 2013, No Comments


Acer recently launched their new Iconia W700, offering an answer to consumers who don’t want to take out a laptop AND a tablet when checking in at the airport. We’re talking about the consumer who want the all-in-one solution of being able to type on a physical keyboard as well as flicking through a tablet touch-screen.

Jacobus Kriel conducted a full analysis of whether Acer actually made the cut (or not) on the latest episode of the breakfast TV show, Dagbreek.

Bandwidth Blog made its Dagbreek debut last week with the review of the Parrot Zik headphones.

Catch Bandwidth Blog every Tuesday morning on Dagbreek at 07:14 am during the month of June.

Note that the analysis is in Afrikaans as Dagbreek is an Afrikaans show.

Enjoy! (more…)

Mobile app 2go now available for Android

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments

2go-logoIn November 2012 we reported that mobile social network 2go announced that it was planning to extend its popular feature phone app to smartphones while growing its team of software developers and support staff.

Now having extended beyond its 10 million active user base, 2go, is now available for Android and will be hitting iOS and BlackBerry next.

2go has it largest user base in Nigeria, which interestingly enough isn’t a large Android market, representing only 5.2% of current monthly phone sales. But, this is a figure that has increased over time, a trend seen across Africa.

As the fastest growing mobile platform in Africa and with affordable smartphones available under $50, the move to Android was without a doubt the next logical step for the mobile social network as feature phone users begin to migrate to smartphones.

The app for Android features push notifications and a sleek user interface and lets users create their own profile, share files, photos and contacts and chat to friends on Facebook Google Chat and MXit.

2go can be downloaded from Google Play. (more…)

HP Announces Elite Mobile POS for Retail

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments


HP today announced the HP ElitePad Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solution, a POS device that helps retail and hospitality businesses. With the rise of sophisticated e commerce and mobile technologies, today’s tech-savvy consumers expect instant, customised access to a brand’s offerings. However, delivering this type of personalised experience can be challenging for brick-and-mortar businesses. To address this, 57 percent of retailers plan to implement tablets in their store in the next 12-36 months, citing consumer engagement as the top priority.(1)

The HP ElitePad Mobile POS Solution, which is composed of the HP ElitePad  plus the HP Retail Jacket for ElitePad, allows businesses to meet customer needs anywhere in the store with mobile POS and assisted selling capabilities. The new mobile solution integrates into a retailer’s existing IT infrastructure, saving time and money by allowing them to easily connect to store systems. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Contract Comparison

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 1 Comment

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By Stefan de Klerk, moneysmart research

The latest smartphone offering from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is now available from the 5 major mobile network providers in South Africa.

While Samsung smartphones may not have been as popular in this country as other devices (think BlackBerry), the popularity of Samsung smartphones is certainly increasing.

Samsung’s flagship device is the company’s attempt to compete directly with the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10.

When choosing the best smartphone contract for your individual circumstances, it’s always a good idea to compare similar offerings from the different networks.


Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: In-depth comparison

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 24 Comments


The next generation of consoles will be among us by the end of this year, with the Xbox One and the PS4 both being released in the holiday season of 2013. The new Xbox has been confirmed as a November release, whereas we don’t yet have the exact date for the PS4.

Gaming has truly evolved since the previous generation of consoles though, and these giants of the gaming world are also now becoming all-encompassing entertainment systems rather than just a vehicle for big budget games.

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2013 started on Monday, 10 June and we finally saw what the PS4 looks like, with many other morsels of news being announced for both the consoles. Both Microsoft and Sony are preparing for a mammoth battle, so let’s see how things are shaping up. (more…)

Our 5 Favourite New iOS7 Features

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, 18 Comments


Apple fans were probably nailed to their PC’s last night to see what Apple’s software guys have been brewing for the last year. The anticipation was more than usual this year – iOS’s development leadership structure had a reshuffle a few months ago, and Jony Ive has taken over the design of the new iOS7.

A New Look.

Jony Ive is the guy responsible for Apple’s hardware design until now. His work until now gives you an idea where his preferences lies. Simplicity and well thought out “golden rule” approaches can be found all over the new iOS7. App icons are all redesigned (after 5 years of very subtle changes) using a grid like design within the icon. All the 3D looking gradients of past icons are gone. Simple flat icons might take some getting used though.

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Bandwidth Blog featured on Expresso for Samsung’s Solar School

Published by on Jun 11th, 2013, No Comments


Bandwidth Blog was invited to be part of Samsung’s latest social responsibility program: the Samsung Solar School. As Samsung does best, they use technology to improve people’s lives and the Solar School does just that.

The school is designed inside a ship-container and equipped to such a level that you can literally put it anywhere and use it as a fully functional teaching facility. The solar panels at the top of the school, create enough electricity to power twenty-one notebooks, lights, a large touch screen and a server.

The Samsung Solar School created specifically for Africa was first shared by the company in late 2012. The educational content is changed according to a countries’ curriculum to keep on track with all other schools. The windows have strong burglar bars to keep the equipment safe and the walls are insulated to regulate the heat inside the ship-container.


Google Women in Technology, JoziHub

Published by on Jun 10th, 2013, No Comments

jozi-hubWomen@Google South Africa and Google for Entrepreneurs in cooperation with JoziHub are proud to be hosting the first open Women in Tech event, with the objective of fostering the local entrepreneurship community.

The event aims to equip female entrepreneurs/startups with the network, product knowledge, and other resources needed to be successful entrepreneurs.

The event will include guests Enyo Kumahor, Gustav Praekelt as well as Craig Wing, Daniel Acton, Julie Taylor, Jacqueline Rajuai, Natasha Matos and Sara Adams from Google.

You can submit your questions in advance here. 

There are only a few tickets available so book now!

Event Details:

When: Friday 21st June, 9am – 1pm

Where: JoziHub, 44 Stanley Road, Milpark, Johannesburg

Cost: FREE

RSVP: To attend this event or for more information go to: googlewomenintech.eventbrite.com