Author Nafisa Akabor


Internet could add $300bn to Africa GDP

A new report by McKinsey & Company shows that use of the Internet in Africa could add US$300bn to the continent’s cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. The report, “Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa”, studies

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Airtaxi to take m-commerce to minibus taxis

Thirty-three-year-old Vivid Tjipura, a qualified state prosecutor, has scooped a R100 000 prize for a concept of using mobile airtime as an emergency form of payment for taxi fare. The service, called Airtaxi, advances airtime to minibus taxi commuters if they run out


Nedbank app now works for the blind

Nedbank has added functionality to its smartphone banking application that allows blind people and those with visual impairments to use the software. The bank’s technology divisional executive, Glenn Smith, says the app offers the same experience it does to a person with good


Adapt IT in R98m SAP buy

JSE-listed Adapt IT has acquired a 100% stake in South African oil and gas consultancy Aquilon in a deal worth R98m. The acquisition will allow Adapt IT to expand into Africa’s fast-growing energy sector and strengthen its SAP solutions expertise. Aquilon


Mxit reloads its cannons

Stellenbosch-based Mxit, the social mobile chat company now chaired by outgoing First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, has released version 7 of it social network for feature phones, with iPhone and iPad versions coming later in the week. The launch of Mxit 7 is

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3D-printed chocolate: a photo essay

Nestlé South Africa has come up with the world’s first 3D-printed chocolate exhibition. Chocnology, currently on show at the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg, is being held in conjunction with Google, which recently launched Android “KitKat”, version 4.4 of its operating system for


Nokia Lumia 1020 is a go

One of 2013’s most anticipated handsets, Nokia’s Lumia 1020, has been launched in South Africa. At a recommended retail price of R9 999, the Windows Phone-powered 1020 is available at its launch through MTN and Vodacom in black, white and yellow. The Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel


Google launches e-books in SA

South Africans now have access to hundreds of thousands of books on Google’s Play store including bestsellers and classics from hundreds of publishers. Santiago de la Mora, regional director of print product partnerships at Google, says that with the launch of e-books, Google Play will


SA game rakes in Kickstarter cash

A Johannesburg-based software developer, Christopher Bischoff, has become the first South African to list a videogame on Kickstarter. The classic point-and-click adventure game, Stasis, went live on the crowd-funding website two days ago and, at the time of writing, had already received


Dexter malware still a threat: expert

Claims that infected systems caused by the Dexter malware attack are “clean” and that consumers have “nothing to worry about” are unfounded, a security industry expert has said. SecureData Africa chief technology officer Wayne Olsen says consumers should still be concerned as it is a

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