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Gear: Multi-Purpose Pack By FirstSpear
If you have money (lots of money) and a penchant for travelling light (or a penchant for outdoors adventures that the rest of us probably don't want to know anything about) you can buy a backpack designed for your special missions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 April 2017  |  View Comments


News: Canon Suggests Giving Back With The Help Of An Anti-Selfie Campaign
You can do some good for animals this festive season by spreading the love and raising awareness with the help of Canon's #selfieless social-media campaign.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2016  |  View Comments


How Uber Analyses Its Data To Discover Customer Needs
An AfricaCom session featured Uber's Tim Willis, who spoke about Uber's growth in Africa, how it's disrupting courier services, and what it discovered when it drilled down into the data from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2016  |  View Comments


Lenovo Launches The Moto Z Modular Phone In South Africa
The Moto Z's selling point is Moto Mods - hardware extras that you can snap onto the device to extend the battery, have a better camera, or, even, convert the phone to a projector. Is this a gimmick? Is this the future? Lenovo is betting on the latter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 October 2016  |  View Comments


Introducing Lengau, The Fastest Computer In Africa
The CSIR has developed Africa's fastest supercomputer for the use of academics and industrial researchers. We got to go inside (twice) to find out more about the technology and how the supercomputer was planned and built. You can get a glimpse too with our quick video showcase.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 August 2016  |  View Comments


FNB's ConeXis Phones Continue The Bank's Charge Into 21st Century Banking
South African bank FNB has announced that it will be offering its clients two Android based handsets that are branded as FNB devices. Here's more about the smartphones, as well as some first impressions of both the initiative and one of the phones, to help you decide on whether you should get one.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 August 2016  |  View Comments


How I Made The DOOM Cape Town-Launch Highlights Video On An Android Phone
Last week's launch of DOOM in Cape Town offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with video production and editing on an Android phone. Here's what happened - and what tools you can use to make your own video.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


DOOM Launches In Cape Town
Journalists from around South Africa, plus a handful of lucky gamers, got a chance to try out DOOM at the MWEB MCave at the official launch of the game. TGN Racing Simulators also showcased VR games at the event to give gamers a break from the intense deathmatches.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 May 2016  |  View Comments


A Look At The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 Entries
The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 72-hour game jam featured indie games competing for top honours under the theme "Down, But Not Out" and a chance to be showcased at rAge in Cape Town. The winning games included some addictive gameplay, interesting premises, and... a little bit of tickling?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 April 2016  |  View Comments


Review: Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard
Happy Plugs is a Swedish company that describes itself as a fashion house, not a tech company, but it seems to be trying very hard to ensure that its products' performance is as notable as their aesthetics. Happy Plugs Earbud Leopard earphones are part of a range of audio devices that the company produces.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 August 2015  |  View Comments


The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2015  |  View Comments


The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden
Last month Red Bull brought the international finals of its Doodle Art competition to South Africa and set up the Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery in The Company's Garden in Cape Town, where visitors could interact with the doodles and learn more about the winning countries as part of a World Design Capital project.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 November 2014  |  View Comments


FIFA 15 Launches In South Africa With A Celebrity-Filled Soccer Showdown
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 October 2014  |  View Comments


News: iPhoneographySA 2014 Has Launched - Get Snapping
The fourth iPhoneographySA competition has just been launched, in which anyone with an iPhone and a passion for photography can enter up to five photographs and possibly win great prizes, including iPad mini tablets and MacBook Air notebooks.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 June 2014  |  View Comments


News: Get A Quickey - The Key-Sized Multi Tool That Makes It Through Airport Security
The Quickey is a multi tool the size of a key that's been seeking a small amount of crowd-sourced funding on Indiegogo. The campaign has been so successful that the project, with over a week still to go, is ridiculously overfunded and all sorts of new versions of the product have been introduced to keep up with demand - one of which now even raises funds for charity.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 April 2014  |  View Comments


dotFNB: Technology And Shopping Merge In A High-Tech Bank Of The Future
Through its high-tech dotFNB branches South African bank FNB is looking to the future by incorporating interactive technologies into the products and services, thereby turning the traditional banking experience into a retail adventure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 February 2014  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Still Single? Here's Why
Sexual performance tracking, plotting sexcapades on a map, chastity bras - the world's obviously drunk on the 21st century's technologies and has gone mad! If you've been a little too eager with your apps and hardware (so to speak) here are some of the reasons why you may still be single.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 February 2014  |  View Comments


Jabez Olssen On Editing The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Jabez Olssen, the editor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, discusses some of the challenges the team faced, what it is like working with Peter Jackson, and what hardware and software is crucial to getting the job done on such a massive filmmaking project.
Posted: 12 December 2013  |  View Comments


Infographic: Runtastic Facts And Figures
Runtastic's fitness apps for mobile devices have helped millions of people lose weight and get fit. We have an infographic depicting how much carbon has been saved, how many kilometres have been logged, and some cool records that have been set, courtesy of Runtastic.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 June 2013  |  View Comments


Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About iPhone Cases
What percentage of people have dropped their iPhones in the toilet? (It's more than you think. Also: yuck.) Do more men or women care about the brand of iPhone case they have? We have an infographic with the answers to these and other pressing questions, courtesy of Tiny Prints.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 April 2013  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Be My Valentine
From geeky gifts to anonymous messages, the Internet offers a 21st Century way to celebrate Valentine's Day, with a little old-school handiwork thrown in for good measure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2013  |  View Comments



brainwavez.org Gift Guide 2012
Happy festive season! Whatever you are celebrating (or not) you'll probably need gifts. After all, isn't celebrating commercialism what holidays are all about? Therefore, here's our 2012 selection of stuff you'll definitely want to buy for yourself (and might considering giving to other people too).
By: The brainwavez.org Team  |  Posted: 30 November 2012  |  View Comments


Impressive Student Projects Showcased At UCT's Annual IS Expo
A drug-dispensing and monitoring system, a crowd-funding platform, an online meal-booking system, a digital forensics case-management system, a traffic-incident monitoring system, and a health-data capturing and monitoring system were some of the student projects showcased at this year's Information Systems Expo at the University Of Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 October 2012  |  View Comments


Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 Inch
Protect your small tablet or e-reader with a designer form-fitting neoprene case by Built NY. It's light, has two pockets, and is available in designer styles.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 2 October 2012  |  View Comments


Is Print Media Heading For Extinction? Journalists Weigh In
At a lively session entitled "The Future Of Print Media: Does It Have One?", held as part of the 2012 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, four journalists from three continents debated whether print and quality journalism as we know it are still going to exist in a few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 28 September 2012  |  View Comments


Inside Groupon South Africa
Groupon South Africa recently moved into new premises in Cape Town. Take a peek "behind the green curtain" to find out more about the company and its operations in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 September 2012  |  View Comments


DODOcase Classic For iPad 3/iPad 2
New uses for the skills of artisan bookbinders have been devised in the form of the beautiful DODOcase Classic For iPad 3/iPad 2 hardcover protective case that is both durable and stylish.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2012  |  View Comments


Designing The Nokia Lumia 800: An Interview With Stefan Pannenbecker
Behind every tech product and gadget is a team of industrial designers who decide every aspect, from where the buttons should be placed to what materials the product should be manufactured from. Nokia Design's Stefan Pannenbecker tells us a bit about the development of the Nokia Lumia 800.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 May 2012  |  View Comments


Tech Bytes: Long-Distance Love Connections
From pillows that connect long-distance lovers to remote-controlled waterproof pleasure objects, advances in intimate technologies mean that lovers both near and far can remain connected - sometimes in very surprising (and occasionally disturbing) ways.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2012  |  View Comments


Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube
Zap the audio from your phone, tablet, or computer to the Verbatim Bluetooth Audio Cube for instant amplification of your favourite tracks (and the odd system alert sound but that just adds to the excitement).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 November 2011  |  View Comments


The ZombieBooth User Gallery Wants Your Braaaaaiiiinnnnss
What does an average zombie horde look like? What would you encounter if random members of the public suddenly amassed outside your house, looking for braaaaiiinnns? We asked for your best ZombieBooth shots and here's what we received. Combined, the collection is slightly frightening. Therefore, don't forget: when confronted, aim for the head. (Then run like hell!)
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2011  |  View Comments


ZombieBooth v3.05
Somewhere, deep in a lab that's probably in Japan, some clever real-time-processing technology has been utilised for the advancement of zombies. The result? With one click of a camera button and this free zombification app you can be your own worst nightmare!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 November 2011  |  View Comments


Verbatim GT Portable Hard Drive
With sleek racing-car looks the Verbatim GT Portable Hard Drive brings a fresh visual aesthetic to the average grey and beige computing environment. We took it for a spin to if what's under the hood is up to speed.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 July 2011  |  View Comments


Apacer AP520 USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
This compact hub from Apacer is designed to be portable and to take up as little space as possible in your bag and on your desk, while still making four ports available to you so that you can plug in and access multiple USB devices at once.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 May 2011  |  View Comments


Minkster Meitropolis Series Designer USB Flashdrives
Much like Mimobots and other designer USB storage devices, the Minksters are a combination of form and function and would look equally at home in your collection of miniature vinyl toys.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 May 2011  |  View Comments


The Sun In 3D
Tucked away slightly in the Wikimedia Commons is a 3D anaglyph of the sun that was taken by NASA in 2007 and spruced up on 9 February 2011 by a Wikipedia user to give it more depth and impact. Get out your red-cyan glasses!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 February 2011  |  View Comments


A Look At Shopping Online With NetGifts And NetFlorist
The online shopping sites NetGifts and NetFlorist offer South African consumers a wide range of gift items that are perfect for special occasions or emergency gifting situations. Read about our experiences trying out the site and placing an order.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 February 2011  |  View Comments


Paul Frank Laptop Case For 15-Inch Macbook Pro
Protect your notebook with a stylish, eye-catching neoprene-based cover designed by Paul Frank Industries for the MacBook Pro - but is it robust enough?
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2011  |  View Comments



An Introduction To Ovi Music And Ovi Music Unlimited
The Nokia Music Store, which is now called Ovi Music, and the Nokia Comes With Music service, which is now called Ovi Music Unlimited, have gone through some huge changes since their launch in 2009. Here's a look at what's on offer and what to expect if you are interested in either of the services.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 23 November 2010  |  View Comments


Nokia N8 First Look (Hands On) - With Screenshots!
It's felt as though Nokia has been stuck in a rut, while other phone manufacturers have been zipping past with fancy features and smart services. The N8 is the phone that Nokia is hoping will change all of that. I've had a sneak peek at what's coming - and here are my first impressions.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 19 August 2010  |  View Comments


World Cupinion
Part of the fun of a live sports event is watching it with friends and participating in the form of fan reactions - but what if you're home alone or stuck at the office? World Cupinion, a university research project being run during the World Cup, presents a whole new interactive experience.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 July 2010  |  View Comments


Nokia N97 mini (Testing Notes)
Nokia's N97 mini cellular phone, which runs Symbian S60 5th Edition, was released late last year. Is it an improvement over not-so-well-received Nokia N97? Have a look at our testing notes and decide for yourself.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 June 2010  |  View Comments


Apacer Handy Steno AH321
The entry-level Apacer Handy Steno AH321 USB 2.0 Flash Drive features a no-loss cap design and storage capacities from 1 GB to 16 GB, as well as some impressive performance capabilities.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 May 2010  |  View Comments


Showcase: Maemo 5 On A Nokia N900
Maemo 5 is a Debian Linux-based operating system that is installed on the Nokia N900 cellular phone. As it's a customised version of an operating system that is designed to run on all sorts of devices, including desktop machines and laptops, it has lots of productivity features and tools. This is a showcase of some of what the OS has to offer the phone.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 March 2010  |  View Comments


Nokia N900 Testing Notes
Nokia's N900 is a classy touchscreen phone that emphasises productivity as well as play. It runs the Maemo 5 Linux-based operating system and using it feels almost as though you have a mini desktop computer in your pocket. Almost. Our testing notes reveal the pros and cons.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 March 2010  |  View Comments


Apacer Handy Steno AH161 plus
The design of USB flash-memory storage devices has come a long way from the grey, thumb-sized units with a company logo that were (and still are) handed out at corporate events. They've now evolved into playful fashion accessories, such as this one, that will appeal to anyone with even the vaguest aesthetic leanings.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 March 2010  |  View Comments


Apacer Handy Steno AH160
Just over four years ago brainwavez.org was launched, complete with its first (tech) article, with the intention of it being primarily a tech-review site, with a little bit of culture thrown in. Instead it became a tech-culture site and we never got around to reviewing hardware and software. Today, that all changes. Behold! A tech Apacer's Handy Steno AH160 flash-memory storage device.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 February 2010  |  View Comments


Tasty Apps Red Snapper 1.3
Sometimes you need to archive a web page for offline viewing or permanent archiving, and the PDF function in Safari on the Mac just doesn't get it right. Enter Red Snapper: a perfect little browser plug-in for preserving almost everything on the Web. Well, if you have a Mac. Don't complain.
By: Paul Pregnolato  |  Posted: 24 April 2007  |  View Comments


DStv PVR Decoder
"Essentially the PVR is a South African version of the US TiVo system (or ReplayTV in the UK) but, rather than being a technological import from overseas, the device was developed locally for MultiChoice by UEC Technologies, a Durban-based company that is a subsidiary of the Altech group. The PVR has been in development and testing for two years - some people have already been using one in their homes for about a year to test the features - and, as of this month, it has been made available to the general public. MultiChoice is convinced that it will change the future of television in this country."
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 November 2005  |  View Comments