Author Nafisa Akabor


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


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


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


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


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

Nafisa Akabor

For Google, it’s all about the data

Google recently grabbed headlines with its US$3,2bn acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs. The deal is the second biggest in Google’s history, after the $12,5bn it splashed out for Motorola Mobility in August 2011. But why did it buy it? Nest Labs designs and manufactures Wi-Fi-enabled


Best smartphones of MWC 2014

Mobile World Congress (MWC) was dominated by prominent new smartphones from heavyweights Samsung, Nokia and Sony, with most revealing new and flagship handsets, but some, like Nokia, choosing instead to focus on more affordable devices aimed at emerging markets. Although Taiwan’s HTC did not


Vodacom ‘desperate’, says Cell C

Cell C has said it is “disappointed” in Vodacom over its decision to file papers against communications regulator Icasa, joining MTN in what may become a groundbreaking court case in South African telecommunications. Cell C chief legal officer Graham Mackinnon tells TechCentral that the


The best of the rest at MWC

While all the focus at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week was on the announcements from big names in mobile, such as Samsung, Nokia and Sony, plenty of other interesting developments were happening on the show floor

Gadgets & Reviews

Nokia’s Lumia 1520 phablet reviewed

The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first attempt at a phablet, a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. It was announced in October last year at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, alongside the midrange 1320 phablet. The 1520 has the same signature

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