Author Nafisa Akabor


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

Gadgets & Reviews

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


SA showcased on Instagram

An Instagram account that showcases the very best photos from around the country, and managed by a fan of the popular image-sharing service, is fast indirectly becoming the service’s unofficial South African marketing presence. The account invites anyone to use the hashtag

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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


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


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


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


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


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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