Author Nafisa Akabor

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Mobile data prices: how operators stack up

Standard and promotional prepaid data tariffs across South Africa’s mobile networks show vast differences in the prices consumers can expect to pay. TechCentral has put together a table showing what the four mobile networks – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile – offering on standard prepaid data

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Internet could add $300bn to Africa GDP

A new report by McKinsey & Company shows that use of the Internet in Africa could add US$300bn to the continent’s cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. The report, “Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa”, studies

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Airtaxi to take m-commerce to minibus taxis

Thirty-three-year-old Vivid Tjipura, a qualified state prosecutor, has scooped a R100 000 prize for a concept of using mobile airtime as an emergency form of payment for taxi fare. The service, called Airtaxi, advances airtime to minibus taxi commuters if they run out

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App to help S Africans fight crime

A new, free crowdsourcing mobile app, Spottm, which will let victims of crime request help from members of the community around them, will be introduced by a new South African start-up early next year. The app lets people alert police or family members during an emergency

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Nedbank app now works for the blind

Nedbank has added functionality to its smartphone banking application that allows blind people and those with visual impairments to use the software. The bank’s technology divisional executive, Glenn Smith, says the app offers the same experience it does to a person with good

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Adapt IT in R98m SAP buy

JSE-listed Adapt IT has acquired a 100% stake in South African oil and gas consultancy Aquilon in a deal worth R98m. The acquisition will allow Adapt IT to expand into Africa’s fast-growing energy sector and strengthen its SAP solutions expertise. Aquilon

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Mxit reloads its cannons

Stellenbosch-based Mxit, the social mobile chat company now chaired by outgoing First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, has released version 7 of it social network for feature phones, with iPhone and iPad versions coming later in the week. The launch of Mxit 7 is

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3D-printed chocolate: a photo essay

Nestlé South Africa has come up with the world’s first 3D-printed chocolate exhibition. Chocnology, currently on show at the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg, is being held in conjunction with Google, which recently launched Android “KitKat”, version 4.4 of its operating system for

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Nokia Lumia 1020 is a go

One of 2013’s most anticipated handsets, Nokia’s Lumia 1020, has been launched in South Africa. At a recommended retail price of R9 999, the Windows Phone-powered 1020 is available at its launch through MTN and Vodacom in black, white and yellow. The Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel

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Google launches e-books in SA

South Africans now have access to hundreds of thousands of books on Google’s Play store including bestsellers and classics from hundreds of publishers. Santiago de la Mora, regional director of print product partnerships at Google, says that with the launch of e-books, Google Play will

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