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Competition: Win 2 tickets to the Pixelated Gaming Xperience

Published by on Nov 28th, 2012, 3 Comments

Pixelated Consulting Studios is bringing the best of gaming to the Mother City with the Pixelated Gaming Xperience Expo taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 7th – 9th of December.

The Pixelated Gaming Xperience will feature the PGX LAN with 200 seats available for a weekend of adrenaline pumping fury, competition and fun fuelled action with prizes up for grabs throughout the weekend. With a 3 day BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN, this event will translate into a gamer’s greatest experience.

Now, Bandwidth Blog are giving one reader the chance to win 2 tickets to the expo - 2 general admission tickets or 2 LAN tickets for this event -it’s your choice!

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bidorbuy launches Android app

Published by on Nov 28th, 2012, No Comments

bidorbuy has launched a shopping app for Android powered mobile devices.

The launch of the new app serves to expands bidorbuy’s mobile offering, which includes its recently upgraded iPhone application, the bidorbuy mobile website for high-end devices as well as a more basic mobile website, for older devices.

Developed in partnership with Prezence Digital, the app has an attractive interface and is simple to navigate, especially for anyone already familiar with the full bidorbuy website.

“We released this application to provide an interactive and convenient shopping experience for bidorbuy users with Android devices”, says bidorbuy CEO Jaco Jonker. He points out that in the period of one year (November 2011 – November 2012), the number of people who visit bidorbuy via a cell phone, smartphone or a tablet has more than doubled, confirming that South Africans are quickly adapting to the mobile world.

The Android app in addition to the iPhone app and bidorbuy mobi site provides users with a fully optimised mobile shopping experience. While users can browse and search through more than one million items, without an account in order to place a bid or make a purchase, users do need to log in.

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BWB TV Review: iPod Touch (5th Generation)

Published by on Nov 28th, 2012, 4 Comments

The original iPod touch was released five years ago as an answer to people who wanted the features of the iPhone, without the cellphone bill. Five years later and Apple still hasn’t changed the formula.

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The first thing you notice when you pick up the iPod touch is how incredibly slim the body is. Dressed in anodized aluminium, the iPod touch looks slicker than ever. Apple has even released a number of colours to best suit your taste, unlike the previous generation which only came in black and white.

All the new iPod touches feature a white face except for all-black model – but the rear of the coloured models look great. On the front it’s pretty familiar – it looks kind of like an iPhone without the phone speaker -  but this time it features a 4 inch screen similar to the iPhone 5.

This is also the first device to arrive in South Africa which carries the new “Lightning” connector. Lightning is Apple’s new proprietary connector which replaces the old 30 pin dock connector – which was getting a little old, despite its massive popularity across docks, cars, hifis etc. The problem is that if you have a bunch of devices which use the old connector, you will need to use converter plugs, or buy new cables to make it work with the new iPod touch – something which can quickly become very expensive. 

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Google to launch own branded touch notebook

Published by on Nov 28th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by the Chinese Commercial Times, Taiwanese companies Compal Electronics and Wintek will be contracted to produce the OEM and touch panel production respectively for Google’s very own branded touch notebook, which sees the tech giant following in the footsteps of competitor Microsoft having developed its own branded Surface tablet.

The publication also indicates that the Taiwanese companies have begun shipping components for the notebook.

The 12.85-inch Chrome powered OS notebook could be launched as early as the first quarter of 2013 with Google possibly developing a limited run of 20 million units.

These reports are not new with reports of a Google branded device having already surfaced back in 2009.  In 2010, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that if a Google branded touch sensitive device was ever launched it would only be powered by Android.

Source: The Next Web

BFore: The first online retail tech store in SA to offer credit & financing

Published by on Nov 27th, 2012, 2 Comments

Meet BFore, a local startup and online retailer that sells electronic items that include laptops, TVs, sound systems, cameras, cellphones and more.

However, BFore, previously a successful offline store, is more than just another online retailer, it also specialises in prepaid cellular contracts and is the first major online retailer to offer online credit and financing to its customers, something which the startup is focussing on maintaining and improving at the moment. Not only that, but there is more to come from BFore.

With a number of other online retailers already established in the increasingly popular space of online retail in SA, what was it that motivated BFore to be a part of it? BFore CEO, Richard Palmer explains that “the inspiration started from the fact that there are a high number of clients rejected by the cellular networks due to credit verification issues. We wanted to provide a contract type solution to customers without them having to go through the vetting procedures.”

As a result, BFore came up with what is a ‘prepaid contract’ scenario whereby they purchase packages currently supplied by MTN and then sell them to the client. The client can then pay for the package using a credit card, by EFT or alternatively applying for finance.

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MTN Business & Afrihost in ground-breaking partnership

Published by on Nov 27th, 2012, No Comments

In an official press release, MTN Business has announced that it and leading Internet service provider, Afrihost, have formed a ground-breaking strategic partnership that is set to leapfrog customer service by providing seamless converged solutions. Through the partnership, MTN Business will become second in the market in terms of IPC capacity and third in terms of physical connections. In turn, Afrihost will become more flexible in the design of products and services, and will also have more freedom over pricing and tailor-made solutions.

Says Zunaid Bulbulia, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Acting Chief Enterprise Business Officer of MTN SA: “We are confident that this collaboration will change the telecoms landscape, as two leaders in their respective markets have come together to fundamentally change the way in which DSL is offered. MTN Business is now able to provide a wholesale service and has put the power in Afrihost’s hands to be able to define their own product offering and service parameters. We are proud to be associated with a company that has proven over the years to be client-focused and innovative in their approach, not to mention having been voted best ISP for the second year in a row by consumers.”

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DocScanner S now available on Android after success on iOS

Published by on Nov 27th, 2012, 3 Comments

DocScanner S launched on iOS some time ago, but recently it has really started picking up steam. Because of this, the developers have now launched the Android version of the app, after 1.5 million downloads on iOS.

For those of you that haven’t had the opportunity to use it on iOS, the app essentially captures an image of a physical document and then converts it into a high quality JPG or PDF file for digital viewing. These days we tend to back up everything digitally, and it’s a much better solution than having to physically scan everything using an office printer or personal scanner at home.

If you use cloud storage like Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive for these kinds of backups, it makes even more sense. There is a free version of the app, so you can give it a try without having to couch up your hard earned cash. You can buy the full version for $3 if you are so inclined, with the only difference being that the free version leaves a DocScanner S watermark on your PDF documents.

Have you used it on iOS, or even on Android since launch? How do you rate the app?

Pixelated Gaming Xperience 2012, Cape Town

Published by on Nov 26th, 2012, No Comments

What is the Pixelated Gaming Experience?

In recent years, Cape Town has been deprived of an Electronic Entertainment or Gaming Expo and it’s time to end the wait. With other provinces already experiencing Gaming Expos, it’s Cape Town’s turn. Enter the Pixelated Gaming Xperience Expo!

This three day event is more than just an exhibition or convention, it is an event that will bring together both gamers (and non-gamers) regardless of age, race and gender. From families, casual gamers, hardcore gamers, computer enthusiasts, the young generation and technology conscious families, technophobes that want to learn a thing or two and techno enthusiasts that want to teach them; everyone will be at PGX Cape Town 2012!

PGX is powered and owned by Pixelated Consulting Studios (Pty) Ltd., one of South Africa’s leading consulting firms who will be providing a dedicated team of event organisers, public relations experts and a huge number of external service providers.

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