Author Nafisa Akabor

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


What WhatsApp deal means for WeChat

Facebook is stumping up US$19bn in cash and shares to buy popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp, which has 450m active monthly users and which is adding a million new users a month. The deal could have been driven, at least in part, by a “potentially massive threat from the


Michael Jordaan in investment venture

Former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, who joined the board of social network Mxit as chairman in September 2013, has acquired a stake in AngelHub Ventures, a Cape Town-based company that provides seed funding to start-up businesses. Kevin Harris, who has worked

Gadgets & Reviews

MTN’s R499 Steppa smartphone reviewed

MTN has released a low-cost Android smartphone with a touch screen at an affordable R499. It’s aimed at those who’ve never had a smartphone before. The Steppa handset has a 3,5-inch TFT colour screen, with a 320×480-pixel resolution. It’s powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon


Standard Bank in Bitcoin trading pilot

It appears that Standard Bank is developing a Bitcoin trading portal of some kind. A discussion forum on Reddit suggests that a company called Switchless developed a “full operational and integrated Bitcoin portal system” for the South African


Internet Solutions scoops up Antfarm

Dimension Data division Internet Solutions has bought 12-year-old online media streaming service Antfarm for an undisclosed sum. Launched in 2002, Antfarm provides streaming services live or on demand to the public and to corporate and government customers. Internet Solutions connectivity and

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