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Nokia finally launches 3 Android Phones

Published by on Feb 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Who would have thought? Nokia has now officially launched three Android phones – called the X, X+ and the XL.

All three run on a custom version of Android which uses a Windows Phone looking tiles interface. The phone will benefit from the huge Android apps ecosystem, while staying true to the look and feel of the latest Nokia phones. Nokia and Microsoft is supplying apps with the phone, and Microsoft’s own online services (Bing, Live, OneDrive etc) are bundled with the phone, not Google’s like most other Android phones. (more…)

The Business Side to the Upcoming Wearables Market

Published by on Feb 18th, 2014, No Comments

 

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Since the rumours many months ago that a certain consumer electronics company was going to introduce a smart watch, people have in equal parts been sceptical and excited about the potential of wearable technology. But despite the consumer appeal, is there a business case for using such things in the enterprise? Greg Vercellotti, executive director of Dariel Solutions, takes a closer look.

“If there was one thing that stood out from the Consumer Electronics Show held in Vegas last month, then it was how technology companies are looking at wearable technology as the next big thing. Whether this is going to be just a passing fad or is an accurate reflection of what the market wants will be hotly debated over the coming months,” he says.

Companies like Google, Samsung, and Sony, amongst others, have been promoting their products from glasses to wrist watches. (more…)

Strategy Works: MTN Legal Action Against Icasa Has Major Ramifications

Published by on Feb 15th, 2014, No Comments

MTN-LogoMTN’s decision to take legal action against Icasa, and by extension the government, over the recently announced mobile termination rates (MTR) is a game changing step that could have ramifications for years to come, according to Steven Ambrose, Strategy Works CEO.

Vodacom and MTN both publicly voiced their displeasure at the new termination rates announced by ICASA on 29 January. The main bone of contention was the significant and unprecedented asymmetry** awarded to smaller operators.

Icasa initially proposed an asymmetry rate of 40 cents in 2013 and then announced a final rate of 44 cents.

“The result of this would be a net cash flow effect of R1 billion in the initial year of the new termination regime from the larger networks to the smaller ones. This is amount that was too significant for the larger networks to ignore,” he says. (more…)

Vodacom launches “Vouchercloud” location based voucher service

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Vodacom today announced the launch of vouchercloud, a geo-location enabled app that seeks out the best local deals and displays them via smartphone.

Through vouchercloud, Vodacom has partnered with a range of top brands to deliver instant exclusive deals across a range of categories including shopping, eating out, leisure and entertainment. Some of our partners include Edgars, Jet, Makro, Game, Planet Fitness, Doppio Zero, Nu-metro Cinemas, McDonalds, Adega, Billabong and Pizza E Vino.

Hemmanth Singh, Managing Executive: m-Commerce at Vodacom said: “In the current economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Why not get your smartphone to work for you? It’ll locate all the nearby deals, sift through them and show you only those relevant to you, and then it’ll give you step by step guidance right to the door. With our extensive partner network, we’re confident you’ll be saving money from day one.” (more…)

Facebook announces “Paper” App (Video)

Published by on Jan 30th, 2014, No Comments

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Nowadays it looks like everyone is trying to develop an innovative way to stay up to date with news and your social feeds. We are already spoiled for choice through apps like Flipboard and Pulse, but now Facebook wants in on the action as well.

Today they announced their new “Paper” app – it will naturally focus on your Facebook feed, but presents it in a very natural newspaper-esque design, with natural folding and flipping screen elements. Instead of sticking to the typical up and down scrolling metaphor, Paper will use a horizontal pane to move around between stories. (more…)

Innovative Tech Show to disrupt the African Consumer Goods market

Published by on Jan 30th, 2014, No Comments

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YourTechLive is a new full-value-chain event set to take place in Sandton in November 2014. The first of its kind on the African continent, the show will present the latest and greatest technology & gadgets from existing manufacturers and distributors operating on the continent. More importantly, it is also a channel for manufacturers looking to enter the world’s fastest growing consumer electronics market and will challenge the industry to lose its complacency and give consumers what they know their counterparts in Europe and the US are already using.

A 2012 Deloitte & Touche report noted that (more…)

Shazam and Rdio team up for instant song tag and replay

Published by on Jan 28th, 2014, No Comments

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Rdio, the digital music service, and Shazam, a music tagging company, today announced an international expansion of their music discovery partnership to include South Africa. South African users of the Free and Encore version of the Shazam App for iOS and Android are now able to instantly listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.

By connecting Shazam to Rdio in a few simple steps, listeners can also create an playlist on Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks.” This playlist automatically updates with every new song tagged in Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, through the Rdio app. The exclusive partnership which started late 2012 in the United Sates, is now live in South Africa and an additional 28 countries around the world. (more…)

Review: HTC One Mini

Published by on Jan 16th, 2014, No Comments

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In past reviews we made several references to the HTC One as probably the best Android phone on the market. With a decent aluminium build, stonking performance and gorgeous screen, it is decidedly more upmarket feeling device than its competitors.

But the current trend to keep on supersizing phones is not for everyone. Case in point – the iPhone continues to sell well, despite just about every other competitor releasing ever bigger screens. HTC is smart enough to note this, and have released a smaller version of its terrific HTC One.

The One Mini is somewhat smaller than the One, but also trades its high end components for some more affordable alternatives. But has this more mid range components taken away the shine of the One range? Lets see. (more…)

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