Author Nafisa Akabor


Vodacom most expensive in contract match-up

As parliament this week shines a spotlight on the cost of communications in South Africa, it has emerged that Vodacom’s high-end, all-in-one contract packages are significantly more expensive than similar products at other Vodafone-owned operations around the world. An investigation by


Samsung debuts TVs built for Africa

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a line of curved, ultra-high-definition televisions at the Samsung Forum in Málaga, Spain, along with a set that has been designed specifically for consumers in Africa. The 23-inch entry-level high-definition LED TV will be available in South Africa and Africa at the


Wi-Fi start-up helps plug SA’s Internet divide

A Johannesburg start-up, e-Mbizo Solutions, reckons there’s money to be made providing Internet access in South Africa’s underserviced areas, including rural parts of the country, using Wi-Fi technology. e-Mbizo is providing free Wi-Fi – with a bandwidth limit of 250MB/day – to people living in


Zambia clamps down on Sims

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (Zicta) last week implemented a Sim card switch-off after the deadline for registration came to an end on 31 January, reportedly cutting off more than 2m cards in the process. The regulator had warned users that it would

Gadgets & Reviews

Kalahari’s Gobii tablet reviewed, the e-retailer in the Naspers stable, is introducing a 7-inch Android tablet to complement its number-one selling product, the Gobii e-reader. The Gobii 7″ WiFi Touch Tablet is a 7-inch colour LCD e-reader that plays music and movies. It’s a Wi-Fi-only tablet that doubles as an e-reader


IBM opens hi-tech facility in SA

As part of its focus on and expansion into Africa, IBM’s South African subsidiary has opened a multimillion-dollar client centre in Johannesburg. It’s the second such facility to be opened by IBM on the continent. The centre shares its location with IBM’s Innovation Centre. Together, the two centres


Mxit launched in India: details

South African social network Mxit launched its mobile instant messenger application in India, the company said on Wednesday. “The South African mobile social network has announced the first phase of its expansion for the emerging market with


Mxit eyes Indian riches

Stellenbosch-based mobile messaging platform and social network Mxit is taking aim at the vast Indian market, launching the service in the south Asian powerhouse this week in the hope of dramatically expanding its reach. The South African team


SA gets its own SXSW-type festival

South Africa will get its first multi-genre electronic “mashed-up” festival this year. The event will include music, art and technology, hosted by Hilltop Live. The festival, called XooXity, has been inspired by South African

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How technology is making us healthier

Self-tracking, body hacking, life-logging, wearables, the quantified self — you may have heard these terms being thrown around a lot in the past year thanks to companies such as Fitbit, Nike+ and Jawbone. It was these three companies that were largely

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