BWB Monthly: Top 10 Articles of January 2016

Check out this month‘s countdown of the Top 10 Articles of January 2016 below

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 of the Top 10 Articles of January 2016 below.

President Barack Obama pauses during his speech on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)
President Barack Obama pauses during his speech on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

  1. Obama orders research into smart gun technology

President Barack Obama has issued an order to his federal government to study smart gun technology in a new bid to stem gun violence in the United States.
In a memorandum released on Monday, Obama instructed the US Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to investigate whether fingerprint and radio-frequency identification on weaponry could help to limit the use of stolen weapons, prevent accidental gunshots, and track lost hardware.
Read more here.

  1. Netflix now available in South Africa

Netflix has simultaneously gone live in more than 130 countries around the world, including South Africa.
Read more here.

  1. Hands-on preview: Xiaomi Mi 4 ““ the promised land?

We‘ve got our hands on the Xiaomi Mi 4 ““ is this South Africa‘s best choice in the smartphone market?
We‘d be lying if we said we weren‘t greatly looking forward to this; we‘ve got our hands on Xiaomi‘s Mi 4 following its recent launch in South Africa, and it‘s almost time for an in-depth review.
Read the full hands-on preview here.

  1. Facebook introduces Sports Stadium

Facebook Sports Stadium has been officially launched today, and is now a dedicated area of the world‘s largest social network dedicated to sporting teams, events, supporters and communities.
Facebook Sports Stadium aims to offers site users a gestalt platform through which to engage with sporting events in real time.
Read more here.

  1. The world‘s first cloud-powered phone enters Kickstarter

While most of us are still getting to grips with the concept of having the computing power of a near-PC in our back pocket, a new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the very first cloud-based smartphone: enter the Nextbit Robin.
What differentiates a cloud-based smartphone from a regular smartphone? The Nextbit Robin will employ the cloud to store nearly everything on the phone ““ apps, multimedia, data ““ ensuring users never run out of storage space.
Read more here.

  1. iPhone 5se tipped to launch in H1 with little success

Within the first six months, we will be seeing the first 4-inch iPhone for the first time in about 3 years (as we predicted in our first podcast of 2016 below). We‘ve known this for quite some time, but something that hasn‘t been confirmed is the name of the device. We‘ve heard rumours of it being called everything from the iPhone 7c, iPhone 6c, iPhone 5e and now finally the iPhone 5se.
Is it just us or are naming conventions become more ludicrous every year?
Read more here.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg aiming to build his own AI assistant

As is the case almost every year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set himself some lofty goals for 2016. In the past he has set goals like learning Mandarin, but this should surely be one of his most difficult yet.
This year he is planning to write his own artificial intelligence to both run his home and help out around the office. It would pretty much be the Jarvis to his Tony Stark. The first objective will be to incorporate voice control throughout his house, which will then be expanded into various smart applications. For example, he wants to use facial detection into a smart door that will automatically let friends in.
Read more here.

  1. Apple allegedly developing wireless charging for next year‘s iPhone

We‘ve seen some interesting concepts from CES this year pertaining to the dream of true wireless charging (that is, charging without the need for a dock or cable) and a new rumour suggests that the next iPhone might include integrated Apple wireless charging.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple are quietly developing true wireless charging technology that could allow a phone to charge from at least some distance away from a charging dock.
Read more here.

  1. Facebook deliberately crashes its Android app to test user loyalty

While Jesse Eisenberg‘s Mark Zuckerberg from The Social Network might have once famously quipped that Facebook never experiences outages, a new report has indicated that the Facebook Android app has been deliberately shut down in the past in the name of social testing.
The report posits that Facebook has, in the past, deliberately shut down its Android app in an effort to see how many of its users would continue to use the service despite encountering more than one issue at a time.
Read the full review here.

  1. WhatsApp could face regulation in South Africa

2016 could be a trying year for OTT (over-the-top) network services such as Skype and Google Hangouts, as proceedings from sessions of Parliament could determine an inquiry into WhatsApp regulation in South Africa.
OTT services allow applications and services to send messages and make calls over data networks at traditionally lower rates than traditional telephone calls or SMS messages.
Read more here.
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