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5 reasons why you should watch Microsoft over Apple

Published by on Mar 20th, 2015, No Comments


Less than 5 years ago, Microsoft was an ailing giant.

Following nearly a decade under Steve Ballmer (by that point), the company itself was actually a financial success, which had managed to triple its revenue following the departure of Bill Gates as CEO in 2000. However, when pitted against the company’s greatest rival – Apple – Microsoft’s successes paled in comparison, delivering meandering successes with Xbox and Windows sales while Apple enjoyed runaway success with the iPod, iPhone, and later, iPad.

For those years, Microsoft was a largely reactive company, working frivolously to outdo Apple in spheres where the Cupertino behemoth was seen by the public as the great innovator. The pitfalls the company reached with it’s Zune media player and the release of Windows Vista were seen by many as the company’s darkest period.


Top 5: Weirdest ‘Smart’ Devices in the World

Published by on Feb 2nd, 2015, No Comments


Everything in the world is becoming ‘smart’. This doesn’t just refer to devices that do some really smart things, but also begin connected to the internet.

The new buzz phrase that is taking the tech world by storm is what is called the ‘Internet of Things’, which basically just refers to multiple devices speaking to each other, with the internet a predominant part of that communication. Because of almost anything being equipped with sensors these days, they are considered as ‘smart’.

As an example of where the ‘Internet of Things’ is heading: Your car rounds the corner to your home, which prompts your coffee maker to brew a fresh cup of coffee. The mug you pour your coffee into reads the ingredients and caloric information and sends it to your smartphone’s health application that collates the information (and everything else measured during the day). The fridge then realises that your milk is almost finished, and asks you on the companion app whether it should order some online at your favourite grocer. I think you see where we’re going here.

While this future is not too far away, we’re not quite there yet. However, you would be surprised to see in what kind of whacky items companies have put sensors and internet radios already. Here is our picks for the strangest ‘smart’ devices you can already buy today. (more…)

Top 5: Must have sports apps for any South African fan

Published by on Jan 30th, 2015, 2 Comments

SportFor the average South African guy (and to a growing extent – woman as well!) being up to date with sports scores is an absolute necessity. The digital and mobile revolution has brought information to our finger tips and we can now track our favorite teams’ scores, performance and news even though your stuck in some far flung place between Gat-sonder-water and Pofadder. No more waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to find out what is happening with the Proteas down-under.

If you are anything like me, a good sports app is one of the first-to-be-downloaded and most used apps on my smartphone. Here are Bandwidth Blog’s 5 must have sports apps for any avid sports fan. If your favorite sport doesn’t feature on the list, feel free to leave a comment with a great app recommendation!  (more…)

Top 5: RPG games for iOS and Android devices

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments

RoleplayingRole playing games have come a very long way since their original debut as table-top card games. The phenomenon easily moved to PC and console gaming and it was inevitable that they would be ported to your phone and tablet. The best RPG games excel in a combination of great battle systems, large open worlds, great story-lines and of course upgradable items and leveling heroes.

These games are set in crazy fantasy worlds and the best of the mobile lot lets players live out fantasy epics, transport them into far future space operas, or tell intimate, character-driven tales. From old school turn-by-turn RPGs to space exploration and dystopian steam-punk worlds, these are our best RPG titles for your iOS or Android device. (more…)

Bandwidth Blog’s Top 5 popular posts in June

Published by on Jul 6th, 2012, 1 Comment

Here are the top 5 most popular posts for the month of June on Bandwidth Blog. This month you enjoyed reading a mix of posts about all the big names in tech including Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Nokia. The one thing in common between them? New product launches both locally and abroad.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3 Launch in SA: Hands on Preview:

Bandwidth Blog’s contributing writer Theunis Jansen van Rensburg headed up to Joburg for the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and had the opportunity to test out some of the new flagship phone’s features in a hand’s on preview.

2. ZunguZ now lets you buy iTunes in SA:

Facebook-based payments platform ZunguZ announced this month that it has now made US iTunes vouchers available to South Africans which can be purchased through Facebook.


Bandwidth Blog’s Top 5 popular posts in May

Published by on Jun 5th, 2012, No Comments

Take a look at the top 5 most popular posts for the month of May on Bandwidth Blog. As you will see from the list below, it is clear thar Apple related news was what you enjoyed reading the most this month including iPhone 5 rumours and leaked details, free apps on offer and the iPad.

1. New iPhone details revealed:

With past and present rumours buzzing around what the next iPhone will offer up, iLounge shared some new and very specific details that it had obtained, about the much anticipated device.

2. Leaked images – could this be the next iPhone?

Every year around this time the tech press starts to dig up supposed leaked images of the next generation iPhone. 9to5Mac somehow got hold of next gen iPhone images, as well as parts for the upcoming model and published them online.


Insanely expensive gadgets, we wish we could own

Published by on Jun 4th, 2012, 2 Comments

While most of us spend our time looking for the best deals on the latest products be it an iPad or mobile phone or prefer to stick with older versions in order to save a couple of bucks, there is a small percentage of people in the world who buy gadgets that, with their innovative design, exclusivity and enormous price tag, we just dream about.

So, sell your car, your home and take on two more jobs and feast your eyes on these:

1. Megatrend MkIII Speakers ($80, 000)

The Megatrend Speakers, manufactured by Transmission Audio, that come in pairs, each stands at seven feet tall and three feet wide, literally creating a wall of sound in your penthouse suite. Each speaker comes in two pieces including 24 eight-inch woofers and an accompanying ribbon-line speaker tower for the high end.


Bandwidth Blog’s Top 5 popular posts in April

Published by on May 4th, 2012, No Comments

If any of our April posts may have passed you by, here is a recap of Bandwidth Blog’s top 5 most popular posts for you to catch up on. From momentous acquisitions and grand sub-sea cables to local and international product announcements, this is what you enjoyed reading the most in April.

1. MWEB slashes uncapped ADSL prices:

In line with MWEB’s aim to make 1Mbps Uncapped ADSL the new entry level uncapped product in South Africa, MWEB dropped its 1Mbps uncapped data-only pricing to R199 per month and is now also offering a free upgrade to all data only uncapped 384Kbps customers.

2. WACS sub-sea cable to launch in South Africa in May:

The post reported that the West African Sea Cable (Wacs) will be officially launched in South Africa in Yzerfontein in May. The cable, that measures 14, 000km in length will link Yzerfontein in the Western Cape to London in the UK along the entire West Coast of the African continent. Very exciting news for possible changes in broadband pricing in SA.