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Introducing IFIII: SA’s Simple Free Online Fund Comparison Tool

Published by on Mar 25th, 2015, No Comments

IFIII

Short for ‘If I Invested In…’, IFIII offers an easy to use tool for investors of all levels to calculate and compare funds, while also benefiting from a historical review of fund performance across a range of South African funds, in order to determine how much could have been made from choosing the right fund. (more…)

Cape Town based Obox makes website creation easy

Published by on Mar 5th, 2015, No Comments

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Cape Town based web software company Obox has released Layers, a new product that promises to enable simple website creation with WordPress. The launch, which took place 2 weeks ago has already seen 15,000 product downloads and has been featured on some of the world’s top product blogs.

WordPress currently powers around 23% of the entire internet and as a result has sprung a hundred million dollar theme and plugin industry, aiming to provide users with more options for how they want their sites to look. Yet despite its popularity, themes are still is not easy for novices to use. (more…)

RSAWEB trying to alter the software development landscape

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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Following the successful launch in 2014 of Cloud Servers, allowing companies to deploy a server in seconds and only pay per hour when they use it, RSAWEB is set to introduce yet another interesting new product into the market this week: Flex Cloud.

Based on Jelastic’s technology, RSAWEB’s Flex Cloud is set to be “the next generation hosting platform for JAVA, Ruby and PHP, providing an auto-sizing, highly scalable Cloud platform that will allow developers, software agencies and SaaS vendors to increase efficiency” according to RSAWEB. It allows developers to concentrate on their development and decrease the amount of time spent on infrastructure and server management. (more…)

Bookmark Awards 2015: Big agencies clean up

Published by on Feb 20th, 2015, No Comments

Bookmarks 2015

The annual Bookmark Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in digital media, was held last night at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, and proved yet again that the South African digital landscape is very much alive and kicking.

This was the 7th Bookmark Awards, and this year they received close to 800 entries.

Hosted by Youtube-famous comedienne, Anne Hirsch, a total of 13 gold, 34 silver and 44 bronze awards were given to various agencies and individuals making waves in the South African digital space.

This year, big, respected agencies seemed to clean up most of the awards with young and smaller agencies also taking home some awards and showing a lot of promise for the future of digital creativity in the country.

Big agencies like Ogilvy, Gloo, Quirk and the King James Group had a very successful night, sweeping most of the categories and some big awards.  (more…)

SA’s Parcelninja attracts R20 million UK investment

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Prcelninja

Ecommerce start-up Parcelninja, which provides cloud-based warehousing and delivery solutions in South Africa, has attracted a R20 million investment from C5 Holdings.

C5 Holdings is the parent company of C5 Capital, the London-based specialist data and cyber security fund manager.

Parcelninja is a Gauteng-based ecommerce solutions company which offers a full suite of services to South African online shops. (more…)

Samsung announces Galaxy A-series for South Africa

Published by on Jan 30th, 2015, 2 Comments

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We were wondering if Samsung would bring these devices to the country, and we are so glad they did. South Africa seems like the perfect market for this device.

The Samsung A series is Samsung’s newest and slimmest smartphone range. It consists of the Galaxy A3 and A5. The range offers a trendy design and interesting functions to support social networking for young users. (more…)

Cape Town’s open data portal goes live

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In order to enhance transparency and accountability, the City of Cape Town has launched a new open data portal. Mayor Patricia de Lille has also stated that it will improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of the city.

This makes Cape Town the first so-called ‘smart city’ in South Africa, joining cities like New York and London. That being said, Johannesburg and Pretoria are also pushing for approval from their respective city councils. (more…)

South Africa’s Digital Future in Serious Doubt

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2015, 4 Comments

SA risks falling behind the rest of the world as the information revolution gains real momentum

Steven Ambrose

South Africa’s digital future looks bleak and its current Internet growth trajectory won’t support the exploding “internet of everything” and the accompanying devices and digital services that will mainstream in the next five years.

Steven Ambrose, Strategy Worx CEO, attended the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas USA, one the largest electronics and technology trade shows in the world earlier this month. Ambrose says the standout trend at CES was that everything is now connected and every device has become a smart device.

“The second industrial revolution (information revolution) has now reached a tipping point with high-speed, high quality, ubiquitous broadband becoming the third utility in the first world after water and electricity,” he says. (more…)

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