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Vodacom now Best Performer on JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index

Published by on Nov 29th, 2013, No Comments

Vodacom-Solar-Panel-RoofVodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile operator, was one of six companies recognised as a Best Performer company on the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index. Vodacom is the only ICT company to be recognised as a Best Performer on the SRI Index.

The mobile operator qualified as a Best Performer in the low environmental impact category. The index recognises those companies that regard society, governance and environment as an integral part of their corporate strategy, and ultimately share this information transparently in their reporting. Vodacom’s environmental efforts was recently in the news with their new solar panelled roof at their Cape Town head office.

We are particularly proud of our achievement this year as the 2013 review for the first time only considered publicly available information, in the JSE’s effort to promote increased disclosure and transparency about sustainability performance,” says Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer for corporate affairs.  “We recognise that sustainability has long since evolved from being a corporate nice to have to a core competence that speaks directly to our bottom line. Integrating sustainability into the very core of our business is very much part of our overall strategy at Vodacom.” (more…)

Expect increase in Online Banking Attacks in Coming Months

Published by on Nov 27th, 2013, No Comments

Neverquest-Trojan

Kaspersky Lab has recorded several thousand attempts to infect computers used for online banking with a malicious programme that its creators claim can attack “any bank in any country”. The Neverquest Trojan banker supports just about every possible trick used to bypass online banking security systems: web injection, remote system access, social engineering, and so on. In light of the Trojan’s self-replication capabilities, a sharp rise in the number of attacks involving Neverquest can be expected, resulting in financial losses for users all over the world.

The weeks prior to the Christmas and New Year holidays are traditionally a period of high malicious user activity. As early as November there have been instances where posts were made in hacker forums about buying and selling databases to access bank accounts and other documents used to open and manage the accounts to which stolen funds are sent. Neverquest appeared on the market even earlier – an advert looking for a partner to work with the Trojan on the servers of a group of cybercriminals, with their support, was posted in July of this year. (more…)

Review: Apple iPhone 5S – should you upgrade?

Published by on Nov 25th, 2013, 5 Comments

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Apple’s iPhone formula has been going for quite some time now – the first one arrived in 2007, and the 3G model landed in SA in 2008. Apple has clearly had an evolutionary design theme with the iPhone, and the latest 5S model continues the tick / tock update methodology. It might look almost identical the iPhone 5, but on the inside it is a major step forward.

I ordered the 5S on Friday, and Monday morning Vodacom’s courier partner arrived with Apple’s latest phone. Out of the box I got a carrier update for a Vodacom SIM card, so clearly Vodacom has made sure the new 5S slots in well on its network.

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Yes, it looks the same as the 5 – (more…)

iPhone 5S and 5C SA Pricing Revealed

Published by on Nov 15th, 2013, 7 Comments

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Well, the day has finally arrived for Apple fans. The new iPhone 5S is now available in SA – and Vodacom and MTN have also revealed their pricing for the new phones.

We are quite happy to see that many of the vendors have stepped with earlier hours on launch day, and needless to say lines have formed in front of the relevant stores. For example, here is Vodaworld in Midrand this morning:

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First up is MTN, who seems to have pretty aggressive pricing, with decent data bundles compared to previous years: (more…)

Mxit Announces Version 7 for Feature and Smartphones

Published by on Nov 12th, 2013, 2 Comments

Mxit, the South African mobile social network, today announced the release of Mxit 7 for feature phones, to be followed later in the week by versions for iPhone and iPad. The launch forms part of a phased rollout which will see Mxit 7 available on Android and BlackBerry devices in the coming weeks, and Windows Phone early next year.  Mxit 7 will run on more than 8,000 devices, including tablets and embraces the capabilities of each platform to offer an immersive chat experience that feels native to each one.

For the iPhone users, Mxit 7 for iOS has been rebuilt from the ground up for iOS 7, and features such as Doodlechat and Backdrop make for a fun and immersive chat experience.  Mxit 7 for iPhone and iPad will be available in the App Store on 15 November. We have been playing around with a pre-release version, and the new design is a massive step forward.

 

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“Our users love to chat, so we improved the chat experience across all versions of Mxit. We’re also building on the things that made Mxit great in the first place – the fact that we can reliably deliver half a billion messages every day – and extending that with new features like group chat,” says Vincent Maher, Chief Product Officer of Mxit.

Maher also insists that feature phones are still a primary focus for Mxit, and will remain that way for quite some time. (more…)

Vodacom announces new “uChoose” Contracts

Published by on Nov 8th, 2013, 3 Comments

uChoose

Today Vodacom launched their new uChoose Smart plans, inviting customers to create their own plan by combining the flexibility of monthly payments and the  spend control of prepay. On Vodacom uChoose you can select from four simple plans that include larger internet bundles, anytime-any network minutes and SMS.

The user chooses a plan that suits them: (these prices exclude a phone)

 

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Small

Medium

Large

X-Large

Subscription*

R 129p/m

R 199p/m

R 399p/m

R 579p/m

Minutes

75

120

250

400

SMS

200

300

500

800

Data

200

300

500

800

And then you can enhance the bundle:  (more…)

Nokia Lumia 1020 finally in SA

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Nokia latest flagship, the Lumia 1020 has touched down in South Africa.. Boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is unlike any smartphone in the market today, enabling zoom by enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilisation, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images produced by any (not only phone) digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Using a feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for editing, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020′s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, delivering clear pictures even in low light conditions. Additionally, it captures blur free videos with stereo sound thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. (more…)

Spinlet Music Platform launching in SA

Published by on Oct 31st, 2013, No Comments

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We always appreciate any new online music service in South Africa – and the latest entrant is a Finnish company called Spinlet. On a mission to make music fully mobile, affordable and heard,Spinlet will shortly launch its revolutionary music platform in South Africa. This will be the company’s second launch on the African continent. Spinlet’s SA office, based in Cape Town, will drive the company’s expansion into sub-Saharan territories where it will derive its growth from two streams – the music fans and the music artists.

The digital entertainment company was founded in Finland in 2006, and was subsequently acquired by Verod Capital in 2011. In the same year it moved its headquarters to San Francisco in 2011 and opened a marketing and distribution office in Lagos, Nigeria where it has been enthusiastically welcomed by fans and musicians alike.

In the short time it has been operating in Africa, Spinlet has established itself as a serious player in a highly competitive market. “As smartphone and broadband penetration increases and data costs reduce across Africa, we have noted that the appetite for the type of entertainment services which Spinlet can provide has significantly increased” says Neil Schwatrzman, Group CEO of Spinlet. “This has endorsed our decision to target emerging markets in Africa and we look forward to seeing similar levels of enthusiasm from South African music lovers when we launch our download site and mobile app”.

One third of global industry revenue was derived from digital music in 2012, (according to the IFPI, the organisation that represents the music industry worldwide) and this is set to increase year on year. With this in mind, Spinlet has chosen the perfect time to enter the market in Africa as the desire for African grown music continues to expand.

Focused not only on providing music, Spinlet also gives music fans what they want, when and how they want it. This, and the fact that its focus is on growing new music artists and sharing revenue with performers, is what makes Spinlet such an attractive and unique proposition.

Spinlet is uncovering new music talent every day thanks to its ‘Spinners’ – the girls and guys on the ground who are sourcing and recommending new artists and sounds and crowdsourcing relevant and desired content. (more…)

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