Author Nafisa Akabor

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Africa’s M-Pesa makes its way to Europe

Mobile money system M-Pesa, a service that originated in Kenya through Safaricom, in which Vodafone has a 40% stake, is making its way to Europe for the first time. The service is be introduced in Romania, reportedly the first time a mainstream mobile money service has made

Gadgets & Reviews

iPad mini with Retina display reviewed

Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is the second-generation in the line-up of smaller iPads. The main difference over the first iPad mini is the new high-resolution “Retina” display, which really should have been the screen used when the original device was unveiled in October 2012. Apple has become somewhat predictable with its

Start-ups

Springlab leaps into SA’s start-up scene

Cape Town is home to another start-up incubator, this one called Springlab, which wants to help nurture entrepreneurs across the sub-Saharan Africa region. The company’s two founders, Sheraan Amod and Eugen Peterson, bring a wealth of experience from the US and Germany respectively. “We bring two major

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MTN seeks to claw back users

MTN South Africa, which has lost market share in prepaid telecommunications to rivals in the past year, is attempting to claw back those losses. It is offering prepaid users with dormant Sims with airtime to induce them to use the network again. Chief marketing

Nafisa Akabor

Are our cars getting too smart?

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to speak to your car, to ask it to navigate you to a point of interest without knowing the address, or asking for restaurants by cuisine type that are closest to your current location? How about just telling your vehicle “I’m hungry”, and it bringing up a list of restaurants

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Little taste in SA for Raspberry Pi

The focus of the low-cost microcomputer Raspberry Pi, which costs as little as R349, has not hit its intended target market in South Africa, says RS Components, one of two global distributors of Raspberry Pi. RS Components GM Brian Andrews says it’s more South African hobbyists and designers that have taken an interest in the

In-depth

Yookos: Africa’s Facebook?

Yookos, a newish social networking site aimed at people across Africa, has signed up 10m users in the three years since its commercial launch and appears set for further strong growth. The network, which began in Nigeria as a Christian-focused site, is now headquartered in Johannesburg and is targeting a broader audience interested in what its founders

News

Security crucial to SA’s online shoppers

MasterCard’s annual Online Behaviour Study, presented by World Wide Worx, has revealed that the availability of secure payment facilities is most critical to South Africans when they shop online. The study revealed that 90% of respondents cite the availability

World

Somalia to get 4G/LTE

Somalia will be getting access to next-generation 4G/LTE services through Glocall Telecoms LLC, which has announced plans to deploy a network in Mogadishu. Glocall Telecoms and its subsidiaries plan to deploy the 4G network to schools, government buildings, businesses and individuals. Somalia is one of the world’s least connected

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Snailboy devs back with new game

South African game developer Thoopid, of Snailboy fame, has released a new game called Tap the Coin. It is available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and is free to download. An Android version has also just been launched. Tap the Coin requires the player to tap coins while bouncing forward to progress. It gets challenging when coins, which are

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