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Figure 1: Instagram for doctors launched in SA

A medical application that allows healthcare professionals to share photos of patient cases and get input from their colleagues around the world has been launched in South Africa. Figure 1 is like Instagram for doctors and is already used by more than 150 000 healthcare professionals worldwide

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Why Samsung is struggling in mobile

Samsung’s third-quarter results were just as bad as the company warned as tougher competition caused profits to tumble by 74% in its mobile business. Overall, the Korean electronics giant on Wednesday reported a 60% drop in company-wide operating profit — its fourth consecutive decline and

Start-ups

Phonefinder profits from complexity

Turns out there’s good money to be made cutting through the complex packages and tariff plans of South Africa’s mobile operators. Start-up Phonefinder, which TechCentral profiled when it launched a year ago, now has as many as 5 000 different plans available on its website, and thousands of people

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PayPal brings US e-commerce sites to SA

Online money transfer service PayPal has launched a partnership with USaddress.com to make it easier for sub-Saharan countries to buy from American e-commerce stores. USaddress allows international customers to shop at any US online retailers and have the goods delivered to them, even

In-depth

Concerns over SA’s IP law amendments

The department of trade and industry’s (DTI’s) draft policy on intellectual property (IP), released in September last year, did not include input from experts in IP law. This, according to legal experts, has led to uncertainty in meaning, intention and compliance with the agreement on the international

Gadgets & Reviews

Acer Iconia Tab 8 review: stocking filler

Acer, a brand better known for its PCs than itx mobile computing products, has been flogging tablets since 2011. The latest version in its Iconia Tab range is this 8-inch midrange device that costs less than three grand. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is a good-looking tablet, although it looks remarkably similar to many

Gadgets & Reviews

MTN’s R999 Steppa Tablet beats its rival

South African consumers certainly have no shortage of options when it comes to low-cost smartphones. Now they can add tablets to the mix. Earlier this month, MTN launched its first low-cost tablet, the Steppa Tablet. It’s a rival in every sense to its fiercest competitor, Vodacom’s new Smart

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Foschini bets big on e-commerce

The Foschini Group, which owns a large number of well-known retail brands, including Foschini, Totalsports and @home, has launched head first into e-commerce, allowing customers to purchase goods across all of its stores online. The idea, according to the retail group, is to offer a seamless shopping

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Zwipit wants old phones for cash

Spain’s Zwipit has been launched in South Africa, promising consumers cash for their old phones and tablets. South Africa is the 10th country in which Zwipit, which was founded in 2011 and which is headquartered in Madrid, has been launched. Other markets where it operates include

Gadgets & Reviews

Sony Xperia Z3 review: large and in charge

Since the first Xperia smartphone from Sony hit the market in 2008, the company has been rolling out device after device, garnering a small but dedicated and growing fan base. Today, the Xperia range offers a mature selection of devices that the company hopes will appeal to those wanting

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