Author Nafisa Akabor

Start-ups

Phonefinder: profiting from complexity

Johannesburg-based start-up Phonefinder is hoping to profit from the complexity in South Africa’s mobile industry. The company is giving consumers the ability to compare mobile voice and data contracts from all the networks and service providers, allowing them to find the best deal online

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SA gets new player in digital music

Finnish digital music store Spinlet is expanding its presence on the African continent with plans to set up shop in South Africa. The company boasts a catalogue of almost 700 000 artists, which, according to the company, represents the largest catalogue of African

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Neotel deal could take six months

It could take six months to conclude exclusive discussions between Vodacom and Neotel, Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi said on Wednesday. In September, Vodacom announced that it had entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire Neotel, ending months of speculation that the two sides were

Start-ups

Start-up Rockstar targets Microsoft pros

Johannesburg-based start-up Rockstar 365 is a new “ranking” platform for Microsoft-based IT professionals to showcase their abilities in order to win the right kind of business or land their perfect job. Launched in South Africa, the team behind it is already taking the service global

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Nedbank launches Innovation Lab

Nedbank has taken the wraps off an Innovation Lab to allow employees to experiment with new technologies, trial business ideas and initiate product concepts. Nedbank CEO Mike Brown says that the lab is the culmination of the banking group’s efforts

Gadgets & Reviews

LG’s G2 smartphone reviewed

Korea’s LG Electronics is not a manufacturer one normally associates with high-end smartphones. Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Nokia are key players already in the space, with LG, at best, seen as very much the new kid on the block. It may have taken several years, but

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LG in bold play for smartphone market

LG Electronics South Africa MD Il Hwan Lee has high hopes for the company’s newly launched top-line smartphone, the G2, but does the LG brand have a chance of succeeding in what is already a very crowded Android market? Entering the smartphone category years

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Rwanda to offer free national Wi-Fi

Rwanda is hoping for a boom in business with plans to offer free Wi-Fi-based Internet access nationwide, starting with a roll-out in the capital city, Kigali. The Rwandan government started the city-wide roll-out last month, targeting schools, public buildings, bus stations and hotels in the city first. IT minister

Start-ups

Croking gives users a voice

South Afircan-led start-up Croking hopes user-generated ideas from its social community about brands will get companies to sit up and take notice once these ideas, known as “crokes”, become valuable within the community. They become of value once they gain traction through engagement

Start-ups

Start-up Mobicred targets online payments

A new start-up business, Mobicred, which offers online credit payment facilities to consumers, hopes to convince digital shoppers in South Africa to make purchases using its service as a convenient and, it says, safer alternative to credit card purchases

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