Author Nafisa Akabor

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


Micket hopes it’s just the ticket

Micket, a new Cape Town start-up, has developed a mobile ticketing solution that allows users to purchase tickets — and gain access to events — all using their cellphones. The website can be accessed from a PC or mobile device, with payment made via credit card or EFT, after


BT eyes Africa for growth

BT Group, formerly British Telecom, has unveiled a new drive for growth in the high-growth markets of Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, with a plan to accelerate its expansion in these regions. Speaking via a telecast from Malaysia on Thursday, Kevin Taylor, president of


MTN’s Turkcell headache returns

Turkey’s largest mobile operator, Turkcell, has again filed papers against MTN, this time in the high court in Johannesburg, seeking damages in relation to the awarding of a telecommunications licence in Iran. Earlier this year, Turkcell, which claims that MTN’s


The curious case of the Lumia 525

The Lumia 520, which retails for less than R2 000, has proved to be Nokia’s fastest-selling Windows Phone-based device in markets around the world, including South Africa. Yet the company has decided against introducing its successor, the Lumia 525, in South Africa, raising questions as


Free Pretoria Wi-Fi now live

The City of Tshwane has completed the first phase of its free Wi-Fi roll-out in selected public areas around Pretoria. The roll-out is part of the city’s plan to use the Internet in education and economic upliftment, according to a statement. The network is being deployed in partnership with

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The HTC One Mini reviewed

HTC has taken a leaf out of Samsung’s book by offering a “mini” version of its flagship handset. Samsung had the Galaxy S3 Mini, and now the S4 Mini, and now its Taiwanese rival has followed suit with the HTC One Mini, a pared-down version of the HTC One


Youth market abandoning voice telephony

Younger users are abandoning voice faster than any other segment as mobile operators battle a decline in voice revenues for the first time in their history, according to research firm World Wide Worx’s latest annual Mobility survey. The study reveals that the

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Apple’s iPhone 5s reviewed

Apple released two iPhone variants this year, the 5s and the 5c. The smartphones were announced in September. According to Apple, it sold a record 9m units in its opening weekend. The iPhone 5s went on sale in South Africa last Friday. The phone has the same svelte look as

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