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Vodacom launches “Vouchercloud” location based voucher service

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 1 Comment


Vodacom today announced the launch of vouchercloud, a geo-location enabled app that seeks out the best local deals and displays them via smartphone.

Through vouchercloud, Vodacom has partnered with a range of top brands to deliver instant exclusive deals across a range of categories including shopping, eating out, leisure and entertainment. Some of our partners include Edgars, Jet, Makro, Game, Planet Fitness, Doppio Zero, Nu-metro Cinemas, McDonalds, Adega, Billabong and Pizza E Vino.

Hemmanth Singh, Managing Executive: m-Commerce at Vodacom said: “In the current economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Why not get your smartphone to work for you? It’ll locate all the nearby deals, sift through them and show you only those relevant to you, and then it’ll give you step by step guidance right to the door. With our extensive partner network, we’re confident you’ll be saving money from day one.” (more…)

LG G Pro 2 phablet announced

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The announcement has been made before MEC 2014, which was a surprise, but LG has taken the wraps off of its successor to the LG Optimus G Pro. The G Pro 2 is pretty much what we thought it would be following several leaks. (more…)

Disney launches startup accelerator program

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, No Comments


Disney has long since made every child’s dreams come true. Whether it’s allowing them to meet princesses or marvel in the magic that is Disney World – and now it seems that the company is rearing to make the dreams of young startup companies come true, too.

Yesterday, Disney announced the launch of their startup accelerator program called Disney Accelerator. The aim of the program is to turn young, tech-powered companies’ fairytales into reality.

To make the program work and provide the best possible assistance to the startups, Disney has partnered with TechStars – a mentorship-driven startup accelerator.  (more…)

LG G2 Mini teaser posted by LG

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 1 Comment


We have previously heard about the possibility of a mini version of LG’s flagship G2 smartphone. As we found out recently when we reviewed the LG G2, it is a great phone. This made us extremely excited to give the LG G2 Mini a go, but we had no idea if it was real.

Now, however, we know that we will get this device sometime in the future. LG have just posted a picture on its Facebook page depicting a smaller version of the G2. The rumours previously stated that it will also have a Snapdragon 800 processor, which means it won’t be watered down version of the G2 like we had with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini. (more…)

HTC’s ‘Desire 8’ leaked – it’s big and beautiful

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, No Comments


This week we reported that HTC plan to make more mid-range smartphones to compete with the plethora of Galaxy phones out there. They didn’t waste any time to announce a new one. Lo and behold, here’s a leak of an upcoming “New Desire 8″ series mid-range device.

It will be a dual-SIM phone, with a 5.5-inch display which will make it the largest non-flagship HTC available. It will also have a 13MP camera, although it won’t be UltraPixel technology. The front-facing camera will be a whopping 5MP. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on at Cape Town launch

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 11 Comments


We recently had the chance to get some hands-on time with Sony’s new flagship in miniature, the Xperia Z1 Compact, at the SA launch in Cape Town on the 12th of February. The little killer packs flagship-grade specs into a much smaller footprint than most of today’s premium smartphones.

Although the concept isn’t new, other manufacturers like Samsung with the Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC with the One Mini have tried the same ploy. (more…)

Sony promotes its waterproof MP3 player with clever campaign

Published by on Feb 12th, 2014, No Comments


If ever there was a marketing campaign that cut to the chase about why the product is great, it’s this one by Sony.

Last year, Sony introduced the world to their latest Walkman-range MP3 player – a small, cleverly designed MP3 player that is also waterproof.

The device, which has inbuilt headphones, was marketed as the perfect device to use when exercising, as it can fend off water and sweat. So whether you are doing a few laps on the pool, or having an intense cardio work out, you needn’t worry about getting moisture on your device.

However, even though the promise a waterproof MP3 player, that allows you to take a dip in the pool while listening to your favourite song was appealing to some, most people thought it rather strange.

Could this device really be waterproofed enough to go swim with? Will it cope being completely immersed in water?

Well, in fact, it can – and Sony was out to prove it with a genius marketing campaign. (more…)

Uber to let users request sky messages for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day looming, many people are trying to come up with the perfect gift to win their sweetheart’s love. That task might just get a little easier if you take a queue from Uber and make use of their UberSky service.

UberSky is the latest addition to Uber’s marketing arsenal. Basically, the taxi-hailing service will allow it’s users to request a sky message on Valentine’s Day just like they would request a ride.

Unfortunately, the UberSky service will only be available for US Uber users residing in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City or Dallas. So no dreams of having a sky message written for your sweetheart above Table Mountain just yet.

However, having your heartfelt emotions written up high for all to see, doesn’t come cheap. It will cost American Uber users $500 to request a sky message.  (more…)