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Google buys entire Swedish wind farm’s power

Published by on Jun 5th, 2013, No Comments

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Going green is still all the buzz around the world of sustainable business. Not only is it ‘cool’ and considered the right thing to do among large businesses, you also receive several tax benefits when using green power.

Google have secured the electric output of an entire 72 MW wind farm in Maevaara, Sweden. According to the official blog, they will buy this electricity for the next ten years to run their data centre in Finland. The deal was brokered through the multinational insurer Allianz, which bought the farm, and will begin selling electricity to Google by 2015. (more…)

Bandwidth Blog debuts on SA breakfast show (updated)

Published by on Jun 4th, 2013, No Comments

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This morning marked Bandwidth Blog’s first television insert to be featured on the popular breakfast show Dagbreek on KykNet.

Jacobus Kriel, our partner at JaC Productions that produces our video reviews for Bandwidth Blog TV, will be the face of Bandwidth Blog and will showcase gadget reviews and trending technologies.

You can watch this morning’s feature on KykNET’s website here. 

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

Final Countdown to the IMC Conference, Cape Town

Published by on Jun 4th, 2013, No Comments

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We’re less than a week away to this year’s highly-anticipated Integrated Marketing Communication Conference taking place on the 10 & 11 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

As a unique platform to gain practical insight into marketing trends affecting both the international and local industries, the IMC Conference is proud of this year’s diverse mix of creative minds. Being influencers in marketing trend analysis and forecasting, these speakers will be sharing the latest in their respective fields.

The eight keynotes speakers include: (more…)

Apple vs. Department of Justice opening statements

Published by on Jun 4th, 2013, No Comments

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The U.S. Justice Department’s case against Apple Inc. began in court yesterday with both sides having presented their opening statements.

The Justice Department claims that ahead of the launch of the iPad and iBookstore back in 2010, the company conspired with publishers to raise e-book prices.

When confronted about the matter in an interview at the D11 Conference last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple rejected the settlement offer because it would have had to admit it did something wrong.

“We’re not going to sign something that says we did something that we didn’t do, so we’re going to fight,” he says.

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Samsung announces a new Galaxy Tab 3, the 8 inch variant

Published by on Jun 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Samsung is on course to drop the 7 inch tablet for good, and replace it with an 8 inch variant. We first saw this with the release of the Galaxy Note 8.0, and now within their Galaxy Tab line as well.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, very much like its larger brother, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, is a mid-range device. That being said, it does have a better camera and more RAM. Interestingly, the resolution of the screen is exactly the same as the 10.1 inch variant, meaning that it will have a much sharper pixel density. This device will replace the current Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch device. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch announced

Published by on Jun 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Samsung have revealed details of the newest version of the Galaxy Tab. The device seems to be permanently perched in Samsung’s mid-range in terms of specs, and we suspect that to endure. It would appear that they will from now on be focusing on the Note range of tablets as their flag bearers for slates.

It will be running the latest Android 4.2.2 Jellybean with the newest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. You also have WiFi, 3G and 4G (LTE) connectivity options, and Bluetooth 4.0. Unfortunately, they are sticking to the 1280 x 800 resolution screen. (more…)

Hands On Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Published by on Jun 3rd, 2013, 4 Comments

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Samsung has taken the smartphone market by storm – it is incredibly popular, and Android to the common man has become synonymous with the “Galaxy” brand. But the Android market has some truly great competitors right now. The HTC One is almost perfect, and the Sony Xperia Z sports a cool waterproof design. But thanks to Samsung’s huge marketing effort, the most popular Android phone out is the Galaxy S series, and most other Android phone are ignored. In a quick few iterations it has become the phone on everyone’s minds, and thanks to massive marketing, the phone that the average South African aspires to.

But is the new Galaxy S4 up to that high praise?

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The S4 looks a hell of a lot like the S3 – and its good to see that Samsung has nailed down their own design language. Much like the way you can recognize a iPhone, the S4 is unmistakably a Samsung Galaxy phone. In fact, if you don’t have some time to look at it with a close eye, it easy to mistake for the S3. And I think that is a good thing.

The S4 is a good looking phone in person, and it is dominated by a massive 5 inch display. This screen is larger than the S3, which means that the phone has now officially crossed over into the uncomfortable territory. Sure, thanks to curved edges it feels great in hand, but you need some monstrous paws to use this phone with one hand.

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Asus launches Zenbook Infinity

Published by on Jun 3rd, 2013, No Comments

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Among many other new products, Asus has just unveiled its Zenbook Infinity at Computex 2013, in Taipei.

This is what we know about the Ultrabook so far.

At 15.5mm the Zenbook Infinity powered by a dual-core Haswell processor features a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, built in touchscreen, backlit keyboard, 13.3-inch screen, USB 3.0 port on each side, SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort.

Other details of the device in terms of availability, pricing and specs have yet to be revealed.

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