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88mph startups meet with investors

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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88mph, one of South Africa’s leading seed investors and accelerators, recently held their Cape Town Investor Day at the Crossley & Webb vintage car showroom, and the startups showing at the event were definitely something to get excited about.

88mph operates from Cape Town as well as Nairobi and Lagos and aims at providing startups with more than just funding. In addition to the initial investment, the accelerator also provides these startups to networks, gives them feedback on their products and assists them with business models, marketing and helps them to experiment in the market.

In February, 88mph invested in seven startups – all of which have been hard at work over the past 10 weeks. The company’s Investor Day will allow these startups to communicate with venture capitalists and high net worth individuals and show them what their business can do.  (more…)

AfricanUp – Connecting a continent on the rise

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Startups, investors and tech hubs listen up – the newly launched AfricanUp platform will soon become your new best friend.

AfricanUp is a platform geared towards helping startups, technology hubs and accelerators connect with each other, as well as helping investors find startups. All in all, AfricanUp is a platform for the technology eco-system at large to tell the world it’s story.

AfricanUp is the brain child of South African entrepreneurs Paul Cartmel and Nic Haralambous. Through a connection between the power of New Media Lab’s Lenticular technology, and Haralambous’ business-development, AfricanUp was born.

Haralambus has said that the idea with AfricanUo is not to revolutionize the tech industry, but rather to just get down to basics and offer a platform for startups to connect with investors, accelerators and more:

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when launching a platform like AfricanUp. Our goal isn’t to build a revolutionary technology business. Our goal is to connect startups, founders, investors and accelerators from around the world,” he said.  (more…)

App Store users, get ready for a price increase thanks to the new digital purchases law

Published by on Apr 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

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Apple and App Store users, unfortunately I have some bad news for you. As of today, prices in the South African App Store will be raised – and no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Today, Apple sent out an email to all developers explaining that the prices of cotent and apps in various App Stores will be raised as of April 1st.

A total of 5 countries are being affected by the new price increase. These countries include India, Indonesia, Australia, Turkey and the good ol’ RSA.

Apple hasn’t made it clear as to exactly how much the prices will increase to.  (more…)

Investigators meet with Apple US about Oscar Pistorius’ iPhone

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, 2 Comments

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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 launches Graduate Hub for students

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, No Comments

WyzetalkWyzetalk 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…)

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…)

Zapacab releases simple app to order a taxi

Published by on Feb 11th, 2014, 2 Comments

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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…)

Web Africa reduces capped ADSL packages to as low as R1.50 per GB

Published by on Feb 4th, 2014, No Comments

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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…)

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