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Gobii IVP: Kalahari’s smartphone cheapie reviewed

The gobii IVP smartphone is the latest low-cost handset from Naspers-owned e-retailer Kalahari.com. The gobii IVP joins the gobii tablet and eReader products, which were launched late last year. The gobii IVP is an unassuming little smartphone and looks very generic by today’s standards. But it offers a range of features that will entice smartphone newcomers

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DStv expands HD to other bouquets

High-definition channels will no longer be the exclusive preserve of DStv Premium, MultiChoice’s high-end bouquet. The Naspers-owned pay-television broadcaster said on Thursday that it will make HD channels available to all its subscribers. “Effective immediately, customers who have channels

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Big money in hunt for SA e-retail riches

Big companies are splashing unprecedented amounts of cash into e-retail in South Africa, with the likes of online merchandiser Takealot.com recently raising R1bn of investment for expansion in the country and sub-Saharan Africa, and Naspers ploughing R5,6bn into e-commerce around the globe

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MultiChoice eyes Africa in big DTT push

MultiChoice is aggressively expanding its digital terrestrial television (DTT) footprint across sub-Saharan Africa. This is contributing to rapid growth in the number of pay-TV subscribers on its books outside its home market of South Africa. For the year ended 31 March 2014, the Naspers-owned company added

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Naspers numbers in a nutshell

Naspers has reported a 65% improvement in revenue from its Internet business on the back of robust performances from Tencent, Mail.ru and its e-commerce businesses. The more mature pay-television business, housed in MultiChoice, also delivered impressive numbers, with revenue rising by 20%. Trading profit, however

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SA e-commerce on cusp of boom?

Takealot made headlines last month when it secured about R1bn in funding from shareholder Tiger Global Management, an international investment firm. CEO Kim Reid told TechCentral when the deal was announced that Takealot is on an aggressive growth path in an effort to tap into what he called

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Deloitte predicts industry disruption

Ten million wearable computing devices will be sold worldwide this year, generating US$3bn in sales from smart glasses, smart watches and wearable fitness trackers. That’s one of the predictions in Deloitte’s 2014 technology, media and telecommunications trend report. But the sale of wearables remains small fry next to smartphones

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Internet thrilled the radio star

A lot of people think Gareth Cliff is an idiot. I’m not talking about his usual detractors — mother grundies and religious nuts. I’m talking about many of his 2m fans, the listeners of the breakfast show he used to host on 5FM. Why on earth would he leave such a job to start an Internet radio station? Their argument makes sense, at least

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In R1bn deal, Takealot seeks e-dominance

US$100m, or over R1bn. That’s the amount South African e-commerce site Takealot has raised from Tiger Global Management, an international investment company, according to a report on US website TechCrunch. Takealot CEO Kim Reid CEO says Tiger Global has been a shareholder in Takealot since its inception

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Gareth Cliff’s plan to reinvent SA radio

As I step into a rather ordinary looking building in the drab Johannesburg suburb of Rivonia, I get the sense there is a buzz in the air, even though there’s no one about as I walk past an unmanned reception desk. Stuck on the desk is a handwritten note instructing interns to head upstairs. That’s where Gareth Cliff, until recently the host

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