As Oscar Pistorius’ trial date draws closer and closer, investigators have finally secured a meeting with Apple in California, to help them unlock Pistorius’ locked iPhone.
According to FOX news, investigators met with Apple at the headquarters in California yesterday, in an attempt to retrieve more evidence from Oscar’s iPhone.
Since last year, investigators have had somewhat of a headache with the locked iPhone. Oscar, of course, said that he could not remember the passcode to unlock his iPhone – thus the locked phone has been with investigators ever since, where they have tried numerous times to by-pass the security code.
However, unlocking the phone proved more difficult than initially thought, and investigators had to secure help from Apple officials in California. (more…)
Wyzetalk has today announced the launch of Graduate Hub – the social and business network that connects students in a closed social community, allowing them to discuss their studies, jobs, bursaries, lifestyle and other areas of common interest.
“There is a real need for students to receive information that is pertinent to them in every phase of their student life. Not only are they in a phase of accumulating and sharing knowledge, they are also faced with the reality of funding their studies and finding work experience that will get them ahead. The Graduate Hub community was created to provide very necessary support from like-minded individuals and companies that have the best interests of students at heart,” says Gys Kappers, CEO of Wyzetalk.
The social business platform is easy to access on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone using native apps for each technology environment that can be downloaded from the stores. It’s safe and conversations are focused on topics that are only relevant to the students and not cluttered with social chatter and irrelevant ads. “It’s not just about content, ideas and chatter; rather it is about using a rich multi-play platform in a meaningful way to gain intelligence, insights and sentiment in a way that will help students come together to share interests and make more informed decisions about their studies and future. (more…)
MTN’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…)
Cape Town-based mobile taxi ordering startup, Zapacab, has just released native apps for both iOS and Android smartphones to make ordering a Zapacab that much easier.
The app was designed in response to passenger’s demand for “clever, easy to use apps”.
Initially, Zapacab aunched their product on mobile browsers to allow all passengers easy access to ordering a cab. However, considering the fact that most passengers are either iPhone or Android users, request started piling in for a slicker app-based experience.
CEO of Zapacab, Rupert Scully, said that while Zapacab will still continue to offer the web based service to Blackberry users, it was strategic to launch these native iOS and Android apps:
“It is the sort of service you use on a regular basis so an app makes sense. People love clever, easy to use apps, and that is exactly what our team has delivered,” he concluded. (more…)
As of today, Web Africa custmers can expect reduced costs of their capped ADSL packages – some from as little as R1.50
In January we reported on Web Africa’s drastically reduced prices for their uncapped ADSL customers; and now it seems that the customers on capped ADSL packages will also welcome new, lower prices.
CEO of Web Africa, Tim Wyatt-Gunning, was adamant that the price reductions is not just for promotion, but rather here to stay:
“This isn’t a short-term promotional exercise…[sic] these price reductions are so deep that we believe they will convince many consumers and businesses, who previously felt it was simply too expensive, to switch to ADSL. Each Rand now buys between two and three times more data than before thereby allowing users to start using the internet to its full potential as an affordable alternative to data hungry applications such as TV, DVD’s, CD’s and photos” he said. (more…)
As of yesterday, the DMMA (Digital Media & Marketing Association) has become a part of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and will now be known as the IAB South Africa.
The IAB is a global, interactive advertising bureau, founded in New York City in 1996. The IAB is comprised of more than 600 media and tech companies that, together, are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the US alone.
Their main focus is to grow the digital industry worldwide – thus, it makes sense for the DMMA to be part of such a prominent global bureau. (more…)
As of the 1st of April, you will have to cough up a little bit more for your digital or online purchases.
The National Treasury has announced that they will be implementing a 14% VAT tax on all digital and online products, services and tech support. Sounds a little cunning? Well, according to Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, it’s not.
In 2013’s budget speech, Gordhan proposed a new regulation that will add VAT to foreign business traders that “sell e-books, music and other digital goods and services”.
Now, it seems that the proposal has turned into a reality. The minister recently published the all new ‘Electronic Services Regulations’ for comment. (more…)
As the travel industry gets better acquainted with the tech industry, South African companies are also making their mark on this ever growing market.
Cape Town-based travel tech innovator, Tourism Radio, has recently partnered with German app producer, Yopegu, to create a innovative audio mobile travel guide app.
The app, that is specifically designed for mobile use and aimed at travelers, contains detailed travel guides to 20 well known travel destinations world wide including Paris, New York, Berlin and Rome.
The app features hours of Tourism Radio audio as well as text travel content. While Tourism Radio already produces its own range of audio travel apps, the company believes that the partnership with Yopegu is an excellent opportunity to modernise travel across various distribution channels. (more…)