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Gartner: examining the future for IT sales strategies

Published by on Aug 8th, 2013, No Comments

gartner-logoOne of the biggest barriers to innovation in the traditional technology providers’ sales model is lack of flexibility to reinvent themselves without placing quarterly revenues at risk, according to Gartner, Inc.

“As technology has continued its unprecedented advance in recent years, the sales models used by providers to bring technology products to market have failed to keep up,” said Tiffani Bova, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The greatest innovation challenge for providers today may be in finding the means to reinvent the sales organisation and go-to-market model to meet new market demands, while at the same time continuing to protect and defend existing customers and deliver net new revenue.”

One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay on top of their industries when technologies or markets change. However, technology advancements are challenging the status quo in many ways. Because of this, the market will split into three types of provider that approach the market in very different ways — some clinging on to old models of selling to protect their installed bases, some evolving their products to compete better and some taking a revolutionary approach with radical new products and business models.


Android Device Manager launches to track your phone

Published by on Aug 8th, 2013, 2 Comments


Find My iPhone has been around for ages, and finally Google has released its equivalent. Some users have already begun receiving access to the all-new Android Device Manager.

If you’ve misplaced your device in the house, you can use this service from the web to ring your phone. This function will override any silent or vibrate settings, so you won’t have to worry about not hearing it. Additionally, it will show you exactly where on a map your device is hiding.

You can also elect to enable remote wipes, though this needs to be set up on your phone or tablet first before you can trigger it remotely. You locate your device through the Device Manager web page, and then send the “Erase Device” command. You’ll be warned about losing all your important stuff, and that once you wipe the device you can no longer locate it. This makes sense, as you’re not signed into Google on it anymore.

LG G2 announced: 5.2-inch 1080p, new rear design

Published by on Aug 8th, 2013, 1 Comment


We watched the live streaming of the launch of LG’s newest flagship yesterday, and there are some interesting design aspects and features to share. As you have come to expect from the usual flagships, it’s also loaded with plenty of specs.

The new device, which runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, comes with a larger display than its predecessor, packing a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel. It also offers a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Additionally, you can expect to find a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (as well as a 2.1MP front-facing cam), a non-removable 3,000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and your choice of 16GB or 32GB internal storage. (more…)

Yahoo! to unveil new logo 5th September

Published by on Aug 7th, 2013, No Comments


Yahoo! reveals the first in a series of new logos

According to Yahoo!’s official blog, chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt has revealed that the internet company will be introducing a new logo on 5th September.

According to Savitt, Yahoo! wants its logo – “the essence of its brand”  - to “reflect the spirit of innovation” and “reimagined design” that the company has adopted over the last year with the introduction of a number of new products.

To get started, Yahoo! has launched 30 days of change during which time it will display a variation of its logo on its homepage, on Tumblr, its Twitter account @Yahoo (#dailylogo) and on its Facebook page.


BBM comes to Samsung smartphones across Africa

Published by on Aug 7th, 2013, 2 Comments

bbm-samsung-africaBlackBerry’s free messaging service, BBM, that is soon arrive on Android powered devices will become available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa as well as on Google Play and the Samsung App Store.

The availability of the service will give customers in Africa access to BBM chats, multi-person chats and BBM Groups, all of which allow users to share photos and send voice notes.

Vice president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics Africa George Ferreira explains that “It is important to strike a balance between developing high-tech smartphones that carry brands into the future and creating a sustainable ecosystem that primarily supports the needs of consumers that use these devices.”

And according to Andrew Bocking, executive vice president BBM, at BlackBerry, “BBM provides one of the best and most robust mobile messaging experiences today.”

Samsung and BlackBerry will also be working together to market BBM for Android to customers and mobile phone users across Africa.

Source: HumanIPO

Vodacom launches new Budget Android Phone

Published by on Aug 7th, 2013, No Comments

Vodafone-Smart-MiniVodacom today launched the new Vodafone Smart Mini, an affordable and easy to use entry level smartphone which does not compromise on performance.  This value for money android phone is now available at Vodacom World in Midrand and from other participating outlets.

The Android Jelly Bean 4.1, handset offers a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor and 4GB storage. The phone offers high quality at an attractive price point when compared to other low cost smartphones.

Customers that sign up on a Top Up 135 plus contract at R149 per month will receive two Vodafone Smart Mini handsets for the price of one. The deal also includes R135 worth of airtime, 100MB of data per month and a free Starter pack for the second phone. (more…)

Gust Pay launches Coffee Club Smartphone App

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Mobile payments startup Gust Pay launched a new version of their Gust Finder app for iOS today.

The app rewards you with a Free Coffee when visiting participating Gust Coffee Club merchants.

Choose any coffee from the menu when you are within 100 meters of a partner location by showing your Gust Finder deal confirmation screen to the merchant. The app has a map, list and Augmented Reality view to help you discover new coffee shops and restaurants. Shake your device and you’ll get suggestions for nearby places to visit.


Bitcoin dramatically extends commercial reach

Published by on Aug 7th, 2013, No Comments


Kenya’s M-PESA is hailed as one of the world’s innovative mobile money programs. It was launched in 2007 as a joint venture between Vodafone and the Kenyan telecommunications company Safaricom, but it now also operates in some sub-Sahara African countries as well as in India and Afghanistan. It is basically a virtual wallet, allowing users to transfer money without the need for a bank account. This initiative brought a new option to most of the 80 percent of the country’s 44 million citizens that have cellphones – but most of them do not bank accounts; the percentage of people without bank accounts in Kenya is especially high.

Thanks to a new venture called Kipochi, M-PESA now operates in the virtual currencies space as well. Through M-PESA, users are now able to buy bitcoins, which can be used for digital commerce or even for making cross border money transfers, something M-PESA users cannot do now. (more…)