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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…

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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.

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Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 be the thinnest smartphone ever?

Published by on Nov 19th, 2012, 8 Comments

Samsung are making headlines all over the world and the latest round of rumours circulating is that the next iteration of their flagship device will be thin. Very thin!

A couple of months ago we reported that the Galaxy S4 might be released as early as March 2013, only about 9 months after the hugely popular Galaxy S3 was released earlier this year. We were sceptical about this rumour, as we felt it would be too soon after the 2012 holiday season and the S3 would still be selling very well over that period.

With the Galaxy Note 2 also selling well, Samsung want to push the Galaxy brand as high as possible, as quickly as possible. According to anonymous in-house sources, the Korean firm wants to blow you away with the latest member of the Galaxy family and has leaked some specs to boot. They seem to indicate that the device will actually be announced at CES 2013 in early 2013, with the device then releasing some time in Q2 2013.

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Samsung readying LTE devices for SA

Published by on Nov 19th, 2012, No Comments

With the recent introduction of its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2 mobile devices in South Africa, Samsung is reinforcing its commitment to ensure local users are able to benefit from high-speed LTE data networks. Vodacom recently launched their LTE offering, and Samsung’s latest LTE specific devices are amongst the handful of supported devices.

“Samsung has amongst the world’s most advanced and field-proven LTE product line-up. As South Africa’s mobile networks prepare to roll out these high-end data services to customers, we are excited to offer people the devices capable to benefit from the next step in wireless communication,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung South Africa.

Africa is the fastest growing mobile market in the world and is second only to Asia in terms of size. More innovative mobile devices capable of letting people get the most out of their connectivity experience has become critical as manufacturers seek to harness the power from more advanced communication technologies such as LTE.

“With new devices like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2, Samsung is providing consumers with a richer mobile experience. As African mobile operators start to embrace LTE, we want to offer them solutions that are capable of giving their users content and services that were previously not feasible,” adds Fleischer. (more…)

Kohler’s new Bluetooth Moxie Shower Head Speaker

Published by on Nov 19th, 2012, No Comments

Announced in a press release, kitchen and bathroom fixture manufacturer Kohler Co. introduced its new Moxie shower head with integrated speaker.

Inspired by a high demand for constant connectivity  - like taking your smartphone with you into the bathroom – Kohler’s new invention syncs with any Bluetooth-enabled device-smartphone and mp3 player and streams music directly into the shower. It is also both removable and rechargeable so you can take it with you into err..  any shower you use or anywhere else for that matter.

Kohler performance showering product manager Leslie Bronson explains that “We’re seeing a growing demand for music in the bathroom. Smartphones are transforming the way users access music. Half of all smartphone users stream music directly from their devices. The Moxie shower head takes accessibility to a whole new level.”

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Meet Spaza Shop: A South African market for Android apps

Published by on Nov 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Spaza Shop, developed by Dawid van Graan and Richard Barry of Polymorph Systems, is an app marketplace for South African Android apps. It helps South Africans with Android phones to find locally relevant apps and also gives South African Android app developers exposure to local users, both of which are not easy to do through the Google Play Store.

The apps are still hosted and installed through Google Play, and all the advantages this entails – ratings, update notifications, etc. – but the app is a very specific viewing angle on the Play Store  - local apps only.

Aimed specifically at South Africans the name is appropriate as locals know that the term refers to your local store, in your neighbourhood thereby making it clear who it is targeted at. As the saying goes, “local is lekker”.

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Infographic: Celebrating 10 years of Camera Awesome

Published by on Nov 16th, 2012, No Comments

As the smartphone industry continues to grow, more people will be relying on their phones to preserve their memories with apps like Camera Awesome.

Features of the app include:

  • Compositional tools and effects that help you line-up the perfect shot and choose an effect that will be automatically applied.
  • Settings focus and exposure to set and lock focus and exposure.
  • A vast array of effects to choose from to apply to your image.
  • Cropping and rotating tools to trim and positions photos.
  • The ability to share with friends and followers on a number of different social networks.
  • Timer or interval options.

Google launches mobile alternate reality game

Published by on Nov 16th, 2012, 2 Comments

Google has recently launched a new alternate reality game app for mobile devices. Ingress, is a free app soon to be available for download from the Google Play store.

While users play the game using their mobile device, it requires physically outdoor activity with players having to walk or drive to various locations in order to complete tasks or missions.

While anyone can play the game from anywhere around the world, everyone is essentially playing the game at the same time. Players are on one of two teams: “The Enlightened,” who embrace the power, or “The Resistance,” who fight the power.

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