Author Nafisa Akabor


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


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

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