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2014 – The Year of the Data Economy

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2014, No Comments

JacquesGuest Post By Jacques van Niekerk, CEO of Acceleration

Data is the fuel that drives the digital economy. During 2014, we can expect to see more focus than ever on how brands can drive value from data for their own businesses, but in a way that also delivers massive value to their customers.

What we are seeing is a broad transformation from the wasteful, interruptive advertising models of the past to an approach to marketing that is as engaging and empowering for the consumer as it is effective and efficient for the brand. I believe that three interlinked trends in the market are moving us in this direction.

New ways of thinking about privacy (more…)

Newly launched: The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa

Published by on Nov 14th, 2013, No Comments

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There’s a new organization in town and they call themselves the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa.

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa comprises of voluntary operators, service providers, tech providers and other associated bodies. The organization was officially launched yesterday, November 13th, at the AfriCom conference in Cape Town.

The founding members of South Africa’s latest tech organization are dimension Data, Internet solutions, AlwaysOn and Comsol. (more…)

Entrepreneurial initiative, StartUp Bus, comes to Africa

Published by on Nov 11th, 2013, No Comments

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Start-up Bus, an annual ‘entrepreneurial roadtrip’, has finally spread their reach and will for the first time this year come to African soil.

Founded in 2009, Start-up Bus has given many young, start-up companies and developers a platform to cultivate and launch their company across the US and Europe.

The initiative gives the roadtrippers – or ‘buspreneurs’ as they say – an opportunity to conceive, build and then eventually launch their start-up at the end of the trip. The buspreneurs will be accompanied by 10 industry mentors through out their journey. The whole event will also be covered by members of the media, who will join the entrepreneurs and their mentors on the revolutionary road trip. (more…)

MyEdit introduces premium-content bundles

Published by on Nov 6th, 2013, No Comments

MyEditYesterday, we reported on the launch of Media24‘s brand new content aggregation app, MyEdit. MyEdit gives it’s users news and stories from some of South Africa’s top newspapers and magazines and tailors it to their specific interests.

MyEdit is also free to download – both Apple and Android smartphone or tablet users can download the app form either the Apple App store or Google Play.

Once the app is downloaded, readers then choose their favourite interests from 20 categories which include sport, news, fashion, entertainment and many more. (more…)

Media24 launches world class content aggregation app, MyEdit

Published by on Nov 5th, 2013, 1 Comment

Home ScreenMedia24 has just launched their all-new content aggregation app, MyEdit. The app, which is billed to be South Africa’s biggest content aggregation app, is now available for free from Apple and Android app stores.

The app is  downloadable – on iPads and Android tablets as well as smartphones. The MyEdit app tailors content from some of South Africa’s leading publications to match readers’ interests.

MyEdit aggregates it’s content into 20 categories, some of which include news, sport, entertainment and fashion. More than 40 of South Africa’s most popular magazines, newspapers and websites are aggregated for the MyEdit app.

These include content from magazines such as YOU, DRUM, Fairlady, Men’s Health, tvplus, True Love, Finweek, Go! and Move!. (more…)

ABSA partners with Telkom on Mobile, ADSL

Published by on Nov 5th, 2013, No Comments

Two of South Africa’s oldest and largest institutions, Telkom and ABSA, have joined forces on Telkom’s ADSL and prepaid Telkompackages.

According to Telkom, ABSA customers will now receive cash rewards when they purchase airtime for the newly launched Telkom Mobile or when subscribing to Telkom ADSL contracts.

In a statement released on Monday, the South African communications giant said that they believe ABSA customers are a source of “quality customers” and that their loyalty will give Telkom a “long tenure”.

The cash rewards tie in with the ABSA Rewards Programme. This is a bank rewards initiative that, unlike other South African banks, offers it’s customers real cash back for swiping their ABSA card. (more…)

Confirmed: iPhone 5S & 5C to launch in SA November 15th

Published by on Nov 4th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Last week we reported on a rumour that the iPhone 5S and 5C is to be officially launched on South African shores on November 15th.

As it turns out, that rumour has been confirmed and South Africans will be able to get their hands on the latest iPhone models from the 15th.

On Saturday, November 2nd, cellular giant Vodacom released a statement saying that they will be offering iPhone 5S and 5C models as of November 15th.

MTN, Vodacom’s biggest competition, also released a statement today saying they will offer the new iPhone models from the 15th as well. (more…)

Worldwide Video Game Market to total $93 billion in 2013

Published by on Oct 31st, 2013, No Comments

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The worldwide video game marketplace, which includes video game console hardware and software, online, mobile and PC games, will reach $93 billion in 2013, up from $79 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc.

Gartner Inc., which was founded way back in 1979,  is a leading information technology and advisory company based in Connecticut, USA.

Gartner concludes that, driven by strong mobile gaming and video game console and software sales, the market is forecast to reach $111 billion by 2015.

Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market, with revenue set to nearly double between 2013 and 2015 from $13.2 billion to $22 billion.

“As mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) continue to grow, the mobile game category will show the biggest growth due to the entertainment value provided by games compared with other app categories,” said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. “This growth is fuelled by healthy premium mobile device sales globally and a desire by consumers to play games on these multifunction devices that are capable of displaying increasingly sophisticated game content.” (more…)

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