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New Apple Mac OS X code point to Faster 802.11ac WiFi

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments


Apple’s latest laptops have slowly moved away from traditional cable based networking, so users are forced to move to wifi networks, or be forced to use adaptors to connect to Ethernet cables. While it is not a major issue, traditional 802.11n based networks are not exactly speedy. They top out at a theoretical 300 or 450 Mbps, but they never get close to that speed.

While the new standard has not been finalised, new code from the latest Mac OS X 10.8.4 beta release shows that Apple is working on getting their software ready. This means that upcoming Macs might indeed ship with “ac” capable wireless networking. And because Apple sells wireless networking equipment in the form of its Airport device range, expect them to be upgraded soon as well. Apple is most probably waiting for the 802.11ac standard to finalized before shipping this hardware.



Infographic: How Google Glass Works

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments


Google Glass: futuristic and applicable or fun toy? The debate is still raging and until the normal citizen can get their hands on it, we won’t know for sure. Before it does, though, people were starting to ask how it actually works, and many questions arose. From simple questions like: “Where is the processor?” and “Where is the ON switch?” to more difficult ones to answer like: “How does the augmented reality work?”

Luckily for us, a techie artist called Martin Missfeldt created an infographic that explains the wonders of technology behind Google’s technologically-enhanced Glass. The prism inside Glass projects a layer over the light generated by the environment around you. Meanwhile, the prism focuses the image directly on your retina.

Apple launching a new Mac Pro in May?

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments


According to one of the dedicated Apple websites, one of their sources said that Apple will announce a replacement to the Mac Pro at some point within the next month or two. It has been almost three years since the last significant update to the Mac Pro, with Apple focusing on the Macbook range lately.

Last year, Apple said that a new Mac Pro would be released sometime in 2013, and we think it can’t come soon enough. We would expect the announcement to come from Apple at WWDC 2013, with the Mac workstation getting all the glamour.

Google Play gets a new look

Published by on Apr 10th, 2013, No Comments

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Google Play has had a very metro-like look for some time now, but that all comes to an end today. Slowly but surely over the next couple of hours you should receive an update notification for Google Play (if you haven’t already). In today’s announcement on the official Android blog, Google explains that the new look app is meant to be “clean” and “simple.” The entertainment content will also be pushed into the foreground.

BWB TV Review: BlackBerry Z10 (Video)

Published by on Apr 9th, 2013, 2 Comments


BlackBerry has left their fans without a premium phone since the Bold 9900, and instead focussed their efforts on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The day has finally come that we can spend some hands on time with their new Z10 handset, which is major shift for BlackBerry. Gone are services like BIS and BES, but BlackBerry has finally caught up with its competitors with decent software and a great new gesture based user interface.

So is a BlackBerry without BIS and the lack of a physical keyboard still retain what makes BlackBerry a great device? (more…)

Next Generation XBOX to be announced in May?

Published by on Apr 9th, 2013, No Comments


Gamers have been shifting around in their seats in anticipation of the launch of both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the new Xbox (code named 720). After Sony’s mysterious launch of the PlayStation 4 in February, many Xbox fanatics have been scouring the web for any shred of information surrounding the possible launch of the Microsoft gaming platform. Well Xbox fans, time to get those wallets ready! Popular blogger Paul Thurrott reports that “sources familiar with the project” has informed him that the new generation Xbox will make its debut on the 21st of May. Thurrott claims that the new console will retail for around $500 and that there may be a $300 subscription model available. Precious little information has been leaked regarding the new console, but Microsoft did announce that they have partnered with Ericsson to enable serious development of the Xbox’s TV features.

The console wars have taken a bit of a backseat after the smartphone skirmishes started heating up between Apple and Android. We see a lot of similarity in the gaming console market, where Microsoft and Sony have been bumping heads for years now. Although, unlike the relatively close battle we see in the mobile market, one of the console sides sit with a potential end-game strategy. (more…)

Cell C slashes Data Costs

Published by on Apr 9th, 2013, 9 Comments

Last week we reported that Cell C’s CEO was planning more price cuts, but did not want to let his competitors know when he will “deal a uppercut” to them. Cell C has just announced their latest promotional data rates for people who want to get data only contracts, and once again they have significantly undercut their competitors.

Vodacom has recently matched their pricing for certain packages, so its good to see how quickly Cell C reacts to the competition. Many users were also worried that the Giga packages would soon be phased out, but luckily it is still in place for late night surfers (or downloaders…). The new Giga pricing drops from R249 to R189 per month, and still offers some of the best value for money in SA right now.

The Out of Bundle rate remains unchanged.

These latest prices will run from today until 30 June: (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Mega supersized phones coming

Published by on Apr 9th, 2013, 1 Comment


It’s no secret that Samsung sees the future in large, big-screen smartphones. Its flagship Galaxy S range has been given a larger screen with every iteration, then came the Galaxy Note, and recently we heard about the Galaxy Grand – a Note sized phone without the stylus – when reporting from Samsung Forum 2013 in Cape Town.

Now, we have heard that there are two even larger phones coming, apparently being called Galaxy Mega according to SamMobile. We do know SamMobile are very accurate when reporting on non-released or rumoured Samsung devices, so don’t be surprized if these pop up before long.