Author Nafisa Akabor

Gadgets & Reviews

BlackBerry’s Z30: a mixed bag

BlackBerry’s newest flagship smartphone, the Z30, is the successor to its very first BlackBerry 10-powered handset introduced earlier this year, the Z10. The most notable difference between the two is the Z30’s much larger 5-inch screen, up from the Z10’s 4,2 inches. Like the Z10, it’s devoid of front


SA start-up in Instagram print venture

Start-up 250gram, based in Cape Town, which lets Instagram users print images from their picture feed in a Polaroid-type format, has been launched, hoping to tap into the growing interest in the social image-sharing service. The company requires a minimum of 15 Instagram prints to be


Win a GoPro Hero3

One lucky TechCentral reader stands the chance to WIN a GoPro Hero3: White Edition worth R3 199. GoPro, manufacturers of the world’s most versatile camera, have released the new GoPro Hero3: White Edition to the delight of tech junkies worldwide. The Hero3: White Edition


Start-up Puntr targets sports-mad S Africans

A Johannesburg-based start-up is embracing the “second screen” trend of people using tablets or phones while watching television by creating a platform that enhances the experience of watching live sports. Puntr is a real-time social sports prediction game that lets soccer fanatics

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Tech companies confront Obama over NSA

Eight leading American technology companies have joined forces to demand changes be made to US surveillance laws, calling for current laws and practices to be reformed in light of revelations of mass surveillance of Internet users’ activities by the National Security Agency. In a letter


Kenya, Senegal lead iGDP in Africa

Kenya and Senegal are leading the continent’s “Internet GDP”, according to a report by McKinsey & Company called “Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa”. This is despite the two countries not being Africa’s largest economies. According to the report, the countries


Send messages from the grave with SA app

A new app, developed by a company based in Bloemfontein, allows its users to send SMSes and e-mails to family and friends when they pass away. The Mangifa app — Mangifa is Zulu for “when I die” — went live on the Google Play Store at the end of November. Users sign up with their South African


SA game Stasis reaches Kickstarter goal

A locally developed Windows PC game, which became the first South African videogame to be listed on crowd-funding website Kickstarter, on Tuesday reached its goal of raising US$100 000, or just over R1m. Chris Bischoff, lead developer of the Stasis game from development company

Gadgets & Reviews

The best smartphones of 2013

It’s been a bumper year in the smartphone sector, with Nokia alone announcing nine Lumia handsets, Huawei introducing the world’s slimmest handset, and Samsung debuting too many smartphones to count. There were many great devices that came to South Africa this year, including the

Nafisa Akabor

Spoken like an addict

I always seem to be defending myself when the topic of cellphone or Internet addiction comes up. When it happens, everyone around the table turns to look at me first. Why is it that I have to explain myself? Yes, I have a smartphone and, yes, like many people, I use it a lot. Except

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