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Is Twitter delving into e-commerce?

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments

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By the looks of things, Twitter may be going beyond simply being a social network. Recent moves by the company strongly indicates that they are looking to add an e-commerce option to their line-up.

This past week, a couple of Twitter users reported seeing a new option in their Twitter settings menu. The ‘payments and shipping’ option appeared on the settings menu in Twitter’s Android app.

While the option was there, it was not yet functional. Users reported that they could not open or activate the function, but it didn’t seem to disappear either.

Could this be a foreshadowing of what Twitter is planning? Probably. Twitter regularly test new  features and functions on a select few users before a full scale roll out.

And this latest report isn’t the first indication that Twitter is seriously considering a move into e-commerce.  (more…)

Apple to develop contactless wireless charging for peripherals

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, 2 Comments

Apple-battery-lifeWireless charging has been around for a couple of years now but we can’t yet call it true wireless. Yes there aren’t any wires involved when charging but you still have to put the device on a charging pad of some sort. Apple though has stepped up the plate to produce “true wireless” charging. The tech giant has been awarded a patent for new technology that will enable low-powered devices to be charged wirelessly within an specific range. (more…)

BWB Monthly: Top 10 Articles of July ‘14

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments

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While we go through our daily lives, we don’t always have the time to read up about all the interesting things we necessarily want to. While consumer technology news never really stops, hopefully your workday does, and you can take a look at ten of our biggest articles in tech news in the last month, according to our readers. Check out this month’s countdown below. (more…)

Project Isizwe and Gumtree bring free Wi-Fi to South Africans

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Classifieds site Gumtree has partnered with Project Isizwe to bring free wi-fi to low-income communities across South Africa, starting with a large roll-out in the City of Tshwane. The initiative plans to create capacity to connect over 1 million people in the municipality by August 2014 via 219 “Free Internet Zones”, with even greater capacity planned for the 2015.

Project Isizwe is a non-profit organisation which aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa by facilitating the roll-out of Free Wi-Fi for public spaces in low income communities. Isizwe helps Governments plan, roll-out and maintain Free Wi-Fi networks and the non-profit structure allows for the pooling of bandwidth, the sourcing of local installers, and the co-operation with Governments without excessive mark-ups.

“As one of the biggest Internet sites in South Africa, the partnership was a natural strategic fit for Gumtree,” says Country Manager Johan Nel. “Our aim is not only to connect economically disadvantaged individuals to the Internet for the first time – we also have the larger goal of connecting those individuals  with opportunities such as 60,000 jobs registered on our site, or to gain free exposure for their own businesses by tapping into the platform and our user base.” (more…)

Lenovo launches Quad HD behemoth (video)

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A while ago we saw some teaser for Lenovo’s new phablet with a Quad HD display. Lenovo has officially announced the Vibe Z2 Pro.

It has a large 6-inch, 2560 x 1440 panel up front, offering a pixel density of about 490ppi. The phone’s construction offers a metallic unibody design, measuring just 7.7mm thick. Inside you’ll find a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera with optical stabilization. (more…)

Samsung launching Galaxy Note 4 in September

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, 1 Comment

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We have recently learned that Apple will likely reveal the iPhone 6 on September 9th, but it seems that we will be seeing another massive reveal the week before.

This is the time of year we usually see a lot of OEM’s release flagships before the holiday season starts, and Samsung will do the same this year as they have in previous years. They will release the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at IFA on September 3rd. (more…)

Have a look (and listen) to this 3D printed saxophone

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, No Comments

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We’ve heard of all kinds of 3D printed things, including 3D printed musical instruments. However, this is the first time we have come across a 3D printed saxophone.

Considering the fact that traditional saxophones are made of brass, it is essentially this metal that gives it its unique sound. What then would a 3D printed plastic saxophone sound like? Surprisingly like a sax.

This plastic sax was made by Olaf Diegel, who already dabbles in making ‘high-end’ 3D printed guitars under the name ODD Designs.

His version of a saxophone is made entirely of printed plastic. However, he did use a traditional saxophone to copy the various key spacings. (more…)

Report: Apple to hold media event on September 9th

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Finally, we have a (possible) date for the much anticipated iPhone 6 launch event – that is if these reports are to be believed.

According to various news sources, Apple has scheduled a “big media event” for September 9th and, by looking at all their previous September media events, this might be the day that we finally get introduced to the new iPhone 6.

The possible event was first reported by Re/code and quickly followed up with reports by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Now, as we know, these sources are usually on the ball when it comes to rumours.

However, nothing is set in stone unless Apple officially confirms – which, as you may have guessed, they haven’t.  (more…)

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