As of this morning, Webafrica have launched their ‘Home Uncapped’ ADSL product. With this new service Webafrica are committed to providing timely and consistent access to the delivery of promised internet services so viewers can watch their favourite clips whenever they want.
Webafrica aims to speak to all home consumers in a language that they can understand, are comfortable with and help them get the very best internet experience.
Webafrica have chosen ZANews Tata and Tutu characters to endorse this new campaign and will therefore be representing themselves in a satirical “political party” (The WA Party) view whereby they will stand by 5 main manifesto points in order to provide a better online experience for all South Africans. These manifesto points are: service delivery, freedom, transparency, value and reliability.
With this campaign, Webafrica’s product differs from any other on the market in that it is one of the fastest on the market, will provide great value at competitive prices and will ensure excellent quality is maintained at all times. In addition, the service provider intends to be very transparent about its usage policy, allowing users to monitor and graphically see how close they are to what’s considered unacceptable.
Here are some of the benenfits offerd by the new service:
For more information on Webafrica’s new uncapped home internet service click here.
Disclaimer: Webafrica is a BandwidthBlog partner.
In order to enhance the MXit user experience in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, the largest mobile social platform in Africa has made the move of teaming up with Opera Software in a partnership agreement last week Tuesday. The aim of the deal is to offer Opera users in African countries one-click access to MXit services with MXit users being introduced to the Opera Mini browser through the popular chat client.
Christen Krogh, Chief development officer at Opera explains that the Opera Mini will appear under the MXit applications menu and MXit will appear on the Opera Mini browser’s start page. Both will be accessible via almost any data-capable handset.
The Opera Mini browser offers compression technology which allows for a fast Web experience at a lower price by compressing the size of pages before they are sent out to the consumer while still retaining functionality.
MXit’s CEO Alan Knott Craig says that “MXit empowers African people by helping them build community and make money via their mobile phones. We believe the alliance with Opera will bring us a step closer to fulfilling that vision.”
MXit, bought by World of Avatar back in September, has a global registered user base of 44 million, with the majority of these users residing in Africa.
The next web has reported that YouTube has begun testing some interesting redesigns that in addition to the updated overall look of the video sharing site, will be highlighting Google+ content. Typical of Google, who tend to conduct testing with a very small sample, the new redesign hasn’t yet rolled out to all users. There will also be an emphasis on user subscriptions which will keep users returning to specific channels and keep users watching while retaining viewer loyalty.
The YouTube redesign highlights include:
RIM, and the Blackberry brand, has been having a tough few months recently. They had the worldwide service outage, and the Blackberry brand has been having a tough few years trying to keep up with other handset makers. But after years of playing catch-up, the Bold 9900 looks to change that.
Modern smartphones have all switched to touch screens, which has made things difficult for RIM. Blackberry fans are typically quite picky about one thing – the keyboard. While the Torch 9800 did a good job of combining a touch screen with a keyboard, there was always a few fans out there who stubbornly chose the Bold for its keyboard–focussed design. But the Bold 9900 has the best of both worlds. You can just use the keyboard, or run it primarily using touch (except for text entry).
RIM also decided to let go of the staid, boring designs of most Blackberry devices, and blessed the 9900 with some great looks that will put most smartphones to shame.
So, is this the ultimate Blackberry?
Design and Build:
In a word: Stunning.
And no, I am not a crackberry addict. I am fairly picky about the way high end phones should be put together, and the Bold 9900 looks and feels great. If you are someone who likes their phones to ooze class, the Bold 9900 might suit you perfectly. The Bold 9900 has a great looking brushed steel edge which lends an incredibly solid feel to the device. The front’s top half is dominated by the capacitative glass screen, and the bottom is home to a great feeling thumb-keyboard.
So you were so eager to jump on the iOS5 update when it arrived, and now your phone wont last the day? It looks like Apple’s fancy new mobile operating system has been giving a few people very poor battery life. Well luckily Apple has fixed iOS5 with a simple Over The Air update. In the past it was a big mission to update your iPhone, requiring you to plug in your device to iTunes and then downloading a massive ipsw file.
This time it is a lot easier, provided you have iOS5 installed already. First off, make sure you have a battery above 50%, or plug your device into power:
You can then keep using the phone for other things. The download will happen in the background, and the phone will inform you once it needs to restart.
First off, you have to be connected to a wifi network, as the update is still 40+ megabytes to download. The whole update took us about 5 minutes on a decent internet connection. iOS5 is available on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S (on which it is preinstalled). Any iPod Touch 3rd generation and newer, and any iPad can install iOS5 as well. As a bonus, this update also enables multi touch gestures on older iPad 1′s. Which might be reason enough to get it…
Last night, the winners of the 2011 Bookmarks Awards, run by the Digital Media and Marketing Association, were announced in Cape Town where the campaigns and players in the digital and online marketing industry were honoured for their respective products and achievements.
“The success of this evening’s event and the calibre of the 2011 entries and winners is a clear indication that the digital industry is growing from strength to strength,” said Nikki Cockcroft, Chairperson of the DMMA and Bookmarks Chair, last night.
Bandwidthblog is proud to have walked away with a Silver award in the Best Specialist Publisher category.
Congratulations to all the winners!
View the full list of winners after the jump.
LinkedIn recently announced on its official blog that it has unveiled a new statistics dashboard for groups so admins can gain insight into the growth, activity and demographics of their groups. The dashboard is available to every group on the business social networking site with relevant information about the group being delivered in an info-graphic type display.
LinkedIn Data Visualization Designer Anita Lillie explaines that “We’ve designed each info-graphic view to highlight the most important signals you’ll need to help you understand your group better.”
While all the information is summarised on the Group Statistics dashboard, it can be further divided into the three different areas: growth, activity and demographics.
The activity panel focusses and comments and discussion as well as recent job and promotion counts for the group. In the growth area, users can see how the group has grown over time and how many members the group has gained. The demographics view shows exactly who is in the group including location, position, seniority level and industry type.
LinkedIn has been placing a greater emphasis on its Groups feature recently and last week, the company announced that its members created more than 1 million groups.
Daniel will present the argument for and Eric will present the argument against, with Neal Gandhi, co-founder of the iPlex chairing.
In addition, Wayne Gosling from Groupon, Emilian Popa from Rocket Internet and Eran Eyal from Springleap will also be there to contribute to the evening. Those wanting to attend can submit questions or tweet before or during the event (tweet them to @iPlexCapeTown).
When: 21 November from 4:30pm – 6pm
Where: Building G, Podium Floor, The Boulevard, The iPlex, Searle Street, Cape Town
Book your place for this event here