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Pixengo: A new iPhone App that lets your photos do the talking

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

An innovative new App, Pixengo is allowing users to add thoughts and emotions to still images by fusing them with 30 second sound bites.

The app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using iOS5 or above, allows users to record a voice message, whatever that may be, and then share it, bringing a new dimension to online picture sharing.

With Pixengo, you can:

  • Add the emotion of sound to greetings you send to friends and family.
  • Share the full travel experience – not just the visuals.
  • Create talking photo diaries.
  • Share what you’re doing in real time, with your own voice or ambient sounds.
  • Enrich your blogs.
  • Bring hotel or restaurant reviews to life.

First World Problem: Two fewer Twitter characters when tweeting a link

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

As of February 20th 2013, users will have two fewer characters to send a message on Twitter when sharing links. The t.co wrapper that is used by Twitter to shorten web addresses is being lengthened from 20 to 22 characters, which means, in turn, that you have two fewer for the message itself.

According to Twitter, HTTP links will go from 20 to 22 and HTTPS links will go from 21 to 23 characters reserved for the t.co short-linking wrapper. If you haven’t noticed it on Twitter, when you share a link it is automatically shortened, and takes up exactly 20 characters, leaving you 120 for the message. Now, you’ll have 118 (or 117 for HTTPS).

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Samsung releases teaser for CES 2012

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Samsung Electronics has released a teaser trailer for the launch of an upcoming device likely to be revealed at The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 that takes place between 8 – 11 January 2013.

The video was posted on the company’s Samsung Tomorrow blog with only the explanation of  “This is a teaser. Get ready for January 8th-11th, 2013 and stay tuned to Samsung Tomorrow to find out more on what this is about.”

Following the release of the Galaxy S3, the launch of Samsung’s next flagship handset could be on the cards. Could Samsung be revealing its Galaxy S4, which is rumoured to be the the “thinnest smartphone ever”?

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Study: Shoppers are likely to use online channels for shopping this festive season

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Festive shoppers are likely to use online channels for shopping this festive season, but don’t expect the malls to be empty.

In a survey conducted during the first week of December 2012 by online research specialists Columinate, it was found that a total of 70% of online shoppers intend to spend the same or more money online during this festive season compared to last year. While many online shoppers (44%) still intend to do all their shopping offline, a third of online shoppers stated that they will buy certain things online, but still make some purchases at physical stores. In terms of how much they will spend online, 60% indicated that they are likely to spend between R400 and R3 000 in a single online shopping instance.

An interesting difference emerged between the sexes, with significantly more females stating that they will do all their shopping in physical stores and men being much more likely to do all their shopping online. Men are also more likely to spend more money online compared to those women who also intend to do their shopping online.

A similar survey was conducted at the same time last year by the agency, and convenience was rated as the main reason for shopping online. This continues to be the main reason for such a decision in 2012, although some shoppers are also trying to avoid shopping malls (25%).

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Infographic: Cyber Monday 2012 in persepctive

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

On 26th November Cyber Monday 2012 became the largest day of online sales in history.

Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by Shop.org, is the biggest online discount day of the year held the Monday following Thanksgiving in the US. While originally an American sales day, the trend has begun to go global with Cyber Monday events being held in over 100 countries in 2012 leading to a 300% increase in online sales outside the US. Overall, Cyber Monday is growing at breakneck speed, reaching $1.98 Billion in 2012.

To help shed some light on just how big the day was, Broadband Blue has created an infographic to give the day some perspective.

View the infographic below:

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Australian police warn against using Apple Maps

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

Just days after Apple CEO, Tim Cook admitted in an interview on NBC’s Rock Center that the company “screwed up” with Apple Maps, the app has received another blow to its already dismal reputation. This followed a public apology by Cook in October and the firing of the head of the iOS 6 software group, Scott Forstall.

The police department of Mildura in Australia has warned drivers not to use Apple Maps to locate the inland town since its location is incorrect,  putting Mildura in the middle of a national park about 70km away.

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BWB TV Review: Nokia Lumia 920

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, 8 Comments

We here at BandwidthBlog have always had a bit of a soft spot for Nokia’s Lumia range. While the high end target market has completely moved away from Nokia in the last few years, you can truly see that Nokia is doing its best to convince people to come back to their way of thinking. After moving to Windows Phone, Nokia has really pulled out all the stops with their Lumia range – while beautiful hardware with innovative software means that the phones look great on paper, it somehow has not translated into sales for Nokia. The Lumia 920 continues with that formula, but everything is much improved in this latest generation of Lumias. We spent some time with new flagship, the Lumia 920, and once again walked away very impressed. (more…)

Instagram disables Twitter photo integration

Published by on Dec 10th, 2012, No Comments

According to a report by All Things D, Twitter users will no longer be able to view Instagram photographs inside of the micro blogging site, across both the website and mobile app as Instagram turned off support for photo integration with Twitter.

The announcement was confirmed by Facebook that acquired the photo sharing app in April this year.

While users will still be able to add links to their Instagram pics in Tweets for followers to click through to, they won’t be seen within the Twitter stream.

Twitter posted the following announcement on its official blog:

Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. As a result, photos are no longer appearing in Tweets or user photo galleries. While tweeting links to Instagram photos is still possible, you can no longer view the photos on Twitter, as was previously the case.

Earlier this week Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom revealed at the LeWeb Conference in France that the removal of Twitter Cards technology that allows for Twitter to properly display Instagram pictures in the stream was “the correct thing for our business to do at this time” and maintained that “we will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter.”

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