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How did ‘x’ become the unknown?

Published by on May 9th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Everyone has at some stage during their school days come across the letter ‘x’ to represent an unknown variable in some sort of mathematical equation. I, for one, have always wondered why that specific letter became this all-encompassing symbol that represents any form of unknown.

We see it all over the place, even in pop culture. It once described the unidentified radiation in x-rays. We have the phrase “X-Factor”, and don’t forget X-Files. The list goes on, so I was very happy to find this explanation of where it originated. Check out the video below: (more…)

BlackBerry Z10 Contract Comparison

Published by on May 8th, 2013, 6 Comments

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By Lilian van Zyl, design and Stefan de Klerk, research.

BlackBerrys are extremely popular in South Africa and have provided many with their first access to the Internet. As a result there has been much hype around the arrival of the new BlackBerry Z10 (watch the BWB TV video review), now available on all major South African cellular networks.

When trying to decide which cellphone contract offers the best deal, it’s always a good idea to compare offers from different providers. This is why the moneysmart team, known for their comparative infographics, went through the exercise of comparing BlackBerry Z10 contracts from the four big networks.

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Nokia investors grow impatient

Published by on May 8th, 2013, 1 Comment

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According to a report by Reuters, Nokia investors are beginning to grow impatient as they continue to wait for the smartphone maker to catch up to the likes of competitors, and market leaders, Apple and Samsung. 

Investors expressed their concerns to CEO Stephen Elop at an annual genereal meeting in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday. Nokia’s transition from its own operating system Symbian to Microsofts’s Windows Phone OS was scheduled to take two years, and with that time having now come to pass, some investors are wondering if the Windows Phone strategy is enough or was even good decision from the start, with shares having plunged from 65 euro at their peak in 2000 to 2.72 euros presently.

While sales of the Nokia Lumia range running Windows Phone 8 show steady growth in the market, they cannot be compared to the lead taken by Apple and Samsung. Add to that the fallen share price and the heavy decrease in regular mobile phones sales and investors certainly have a point.

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Nokia shows new Lumia 928 low light video performance

Published by on May 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Nokia keeps on pushing the benefits of its Pureview cameras in its flagship phones – but this time they extended the incredible low light technology to video as well. Their new Lumia 928 phone is not only going to sport a new aluminium casing, it will clearly have an even better camera as well.

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BWB TV: Parrot Zik Review (Video)

Published by on May 8th, 2013, No Comments

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There is plenty in the electronics world to get a gadget fan’s geek-o-meter hitting the red, but usually a headset isn’t one of them. Looking at the Parrot Zik, though, that all changes. In the high-end headphone market it is difficult to make yourself heard (apologies). The Zik takes on a lot of competition, among them the B&W P3 and the Philips Fidelio L1.

Where the Parrot Zik tries to differentiate itself is through sheer technical brilliance. It has wireless Bluetooth connectivity, touch operation, noise-cancelling technology and sensors that pause music when you take the headphones off. Sounds pretty good, but is it? Check out our video review below.

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Google Maps redesign leaked

Published by on May 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Google Maps is one of the most used websites in the world, no surprises there. But, its influence has flowed over to basically all the consumer electronics on the market. It is constantly expanding the amount of data available to consumers and Street View completely changed the way we are able to see parts of the world we may never be able to go to.

Rumoured by Google Operating System, we may be seeing the first redesign to Google Maps in some time. Whether this is to simply change the look or to include some interesting new features remains to be seen.

Google I/O is around the corner and we think that it would be the perfect platform to announce and explain the changes coming to the mapping service.
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Dropbox’s first DBX developer conference

Published by on May 8th, 2013, No Comments

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Cloud storage has taken the world by storm, and most people have taken to it in one form or another. There certainly is an abundance of cloud storage services these days and they all try to differentiate themselves by offering unique services. Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services, and it wants to grow the capabilities of its offering. (more…)

Nokia Lumia 928 confirmed

Published by on May 7th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Since rumours first surfaced last month about Nokia bringing a new Windows Phone 8 handset to mobile carrier Verizon, it has now been publicly confirmed by Vanity Fair magazine which printed an advertisement for the Nokia Lumia 928 accompanied by the Verizon logo.

Endgadget spotted the printed advert today in the magazine’s latest issue. It offers minimal details about the new handset that includes confirmation of its name, the promotion of Nokia’s PureView camera technology, Carl Zeiss optics, and its ability to capture images “even in low light.”

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