panasonic-image-skypeSkype has announced some major advances for the consumer in video calling - with high-definition pictures enabled and integration with TV sets. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it is unveiling partnerships with LG and Panasonic to offer Skype-enabled HDTVs from the middle of this year.

mp3playerIn today's world, music is omnipresent. It has swept into all aspects of our lives, be it TV, movies, shopping malls, public toilets, ringtones or waiting loops. Yet we still crave more. Music stimulates the brain. It's this deep rooted cultural pleasure that drives us to consume more and more of it. Note that some, like Amazon are exclusively for the USA market.

telkom_vs_neotelNeotel are doing a great job for telecommunications in South Africa, absolutely no question about it. Let us compare the cost of an ADSL line from Telkom - include the ISP (whether it be Telkom or another) to offerings available from Neotel.

afrihostAfrihost has a limited offer of R29 per GB of bandwidth used per month. Further topup is also charged at R29 per GB. This saving is just too good not to talk about it, we have been on this service for the last month and have not noticed any drop in the performance or service from our previous provider.

phishing_scamFraudsters have been emailing the general South African public with requests to confirm their banking details, so that the SARS refund can be deposited into their bank account. Do not follow the links on this email and rather delete the message.

telpcSkype is offering a "South Africa 400" package, which costs €9.95 ex VAT per month. If you convert that to local Rand, it comes to R127.44 for the 400 minutes, which equates to 32c per minute.

cellcameraA great photograph is one that captures the moment. A good photograph is not only about high resolution or huge amounts of detail. Some digital cameras today provide the ability to enlarge detail from great distances. Many great photographers of the past never had access to that kind of equipment. A simple cell-phone camera is able to takes quality pictures.

warA lot of us have ADSL at home, and most of us that have ADSL routers, have wireless network connectivity. Remember how easy it was to connect to the wireless router when it was first installed? Well here is the wake up call. The easier it was for you to connect, the easier it is for people outside your house to connect to the same wireless router.  Maybe you can trust your neighbour, but do you know the kids or the kid's friends well enough to know they will not try to hack into your network, or just use your bandwidth? These tips from About.Com are very good, and even if you don't know how to make these changes, I would suggest you get your computer consultant to come in and make the changes for you.

kinston32gbfake2If something seems too good to be true, goes the old saying, it IS too good to be true. The new high-end in USB flash drives, the 32GB version, with enough capacity to back up most typical users’ entire data build-up, typically retails at anywhere from $75 to $150 in the USA, and around R1 000 to R2 000 in South Africa. But now you can pick one up for R350 ($40) or less, depending how close you get to the source. One small problem: while they look, feel and present themselves to your computer as 32GB drives, they are in fact 1GB drives, partitioned to mimic 32GB drives. (Beware there are also fake 64Gb flash drives doing the rounds - from my reading they say to check the engraving on the metal connector, the real deal has engraving, the fake not. My advice would be to buy from a reputable vendor, so that it can be returned. - Editor Tech4Law)

microsoft_wireless_keyboardIf you're tired of battling mouse and keyboard cables, or if your cables aren't long enough to connect your keyboard and screen to your CPU on the floor, you might want to consider the wireless keyboard and mouse from Microsoft at around R600.

google_labs_logoSimilar Images from Google Labs allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words. Click the "Similar images" link under an image to find other images that look like it.

lcdvsplasmaWhich HDTV is best? Once again like all aspects of HDTV, it is not a straight forward choice, but relies on your viewing criteria.

contrastWhen looking at HDTVs, you may have noticed that the contrasts on the devices range from "2000:1" to "35 000:1". Rather easy to choose you may think, but not really, and this is why.

rst_roseWith the green revolution starting to gain momentum, we all need to do what we can to reduce the load on our planet. The RST shower rose can provide water and energy savings of up to 50%. And if that isn't enough to convince you, the RST shower rose will ensure that you never run out of hot water when your kids take a shower before you... And all of this without compromising your shower experience! Contact RST Water and Energy Saving (Pty) Ltd on 016 982 3320 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


calc_smlSaving electricity is becoming a national priority. Getting to grips with exactly how much power you are using at home and what your appliances consume is, however, a different matter. That's why Eskom have devised the "on-line residential energy auditor", an easy to use tool that helps you work out how much electricity you are using, what you should be paying, and how to save on each category.

gumtreeGumtree is a free classifieds website where you can buy and sell almost anything. It is localised for South African cities which makes it a great way to do business!



skype_credit_devilThe SKYPE Internet phone service is far and away the fastest growing "FREE" means of voice and video communication on the "world wide web". The proprietary software that SKYPE has developed for voice communications is technically amazing and it seems in a league of its own. 

hdreadyScreen quality and cost mostly! Just about all the HD Ready sets have a lower screen resolution, at about 720p. Whereas Full HD sets are all above 1080p.

tvinternetOne of the big trends at this year's the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the push for a holy grail that has thus far eluded the industry: internet connectivity in the living room.

avast_logo on technology for lawyersAvast! antivirus Home Edition represents one of the best FREE antivirus protection currently available on the market. This edition is FREE OF CHARGE for non-commercial & home use only. (Both of these conditions should be met.)


hdtvOften we want to discuss topics, but the sheer magnitude of the topic is just too big, and would either bore the reader to tears, or the reader might miss a very important fact which is near the end of the article.



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A combination of weak consumer spending and a peak in manufacturing capacity will push prices for flat-panel TVs down to unprecedented lows this holiday season, according to analysts.



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office_home_and_studentMicrosoft Office Home and Student 2007 includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote for non-commercial use in households on up to 3 computers.



I am always surprised at how many people haven’t yet heard about Skype. I don’t use it that often, but I have still saved thousands of Rand by making free or cheap Skype calls. Now I don’t profess to be an expert on Skype, so what I will do in this article is to give you an introduction to its basic features.


For years I purchased a licence for antivirus software to use on my home computer. Licensing was always a nightmare, and even for home use, the software was quite expensive. And that wasn’t the worst of it – the old antivirus software ate up a chunk of my system’s resources.

So simple, why don't we make the effort?

Petrol prices are high, and so are most other things, but something that does not seem to follow suit is our income. The picture on the left is a little excessive, but let's look at some ideas on how to make our litres last a little longer......

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