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Top 5: Action / Sports Cameras

Published by on May 15th, 2015, No Comments

Five-Best-Action-Cameras-Gear-Patrol-Lead-FullThe past decade or so has seen a rise in personal fitness and living healthy. Every weekend you will see runners, cyclers and other outdoor enthusiasts descend on their favorite routes or adventure trails. The tech industry has definitely capitalised on this sports / outdoors revolution, no more so than with camera/video gadgets. Who wouldn’t want to show off that sick mountain decline you mostly did just on one wheel on your mountain bike? Let’s have a look at the top 5 action / sports camera options currently available… (more…)

Top 5: Coolest Futuristic Car Concepts (video)

Published by on May 5th, 2015, No Comments

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Technology has always been part of the automotive industry, helping car manufacturers push the envelope of what is possible in your beloved chariot. Since the early 20th century manufacturers have showcased their latest ideas at motor shows. Some are outlandish, whacky and completely bonkers, and we love to see what their creative minds can come up with without needing to abide by any safety regulations.

Sometimes they even hint at what the company’s actual cars will look like within the foreseeable future. Here are some of our favourite concept cars from the last couple of years, stocked full of interesting technology. (more…)

Top 5: Portable power banks

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2015, No Comments

 

815LBGP60EL._SL1200_With many smartphones and tablets clocking in at just under a day’s battery life, it’s easy to pine for the era of resilience where Nokia and Motorola handsets could power on – quite literally- for nearly a week. While battery life is an area where most phone manufacturers are consistently improving (Notably Sony, with their Xperia smartphone range, and Apple with the iPad line) there’s still much to be desired.

South African consumers get a further kick in the teeth with load-shedding – where local power grids switch off for two hours at a time. In the spirit of this frustration, let’s look at the top five portable chargers that can be used to keep your gadgets juiced up and ready for anything.

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5 reasons why you should watch Microsoft over Apple

Published by on Mar 20th, 2015, No Comments

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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.

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Top 5: Weirdest ‘Smart’ Devices in the World

Published by on Feb 2nd, 2015, No Comments

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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.

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