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dotFNB opens first store in Cape Town

Published by on Mar 5th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB has today opened another dotFNB store at Cavendish Square shopping mall in Claremont, the first in Cape Town. 

Following the success of the first dotFNB branch, which opened in April 2012, five stores have since opened around South Africa.

“DotFNB entrenches FNB’s dominance of digital banking channels and shows the bank’s strategy of on-going innovation. We understand the global trend of convenience, especially for consumer services, like banking. With this growing momentum of digital, self-service banking, customer experience has become an even more important element in our business,” says Kim Gibson-van der Walt, Head of dotFNB, FNB Banking Channels.

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Google to launch same-day delivery service

Published by on Mar 5th, 2013, No Comments

google_shopper_iconAccording to Tech Crunch, Google has plans to launch its very own same day delivery service, called Google Shopping Express.

The service aims to focus Google’s e-commerce initiatives like Google Wallet and Google Shopping and compete with Amazon Prime as well as eBay Now.

Based on information received by a source close to the matter, Google Shopping Express will be $10 or $15 cheaper for a one year subscription, than Amazon Prime.

The subscription means same-day delivery from popular US retailers like Target and Walmart.

It is not yet known when Google Shopping Express will launch.

Cost breakdown of the R40 million provincial government website

Published by on Mar 5th, 2013, 37 Comments

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Yesterday news broke of the R140 million that was reportedly spend on the website of the Free State provincial government.

First reported by the The Sowetan newspaper, the amount was soon disputed by Free State director general Elzabe Rockman who revealed that the figure was closer to R40 million. Still, this is an exorbitant amount of money to spend on a website and you don’t have to know much about web development to realise this.

It has also come to light that the website is WordPress-based rather than custom built, with the theme costing  a mere $40.

The tender was awarded by the Free State Province for the “Redesign/Relaunch of a comprehensive and integrated website” to the “Cherry Ikamva-Jugganaut Joint Venture”.

In an interview with 567 Cape Talk yesterday, Arthur Goldstuck, CEO of World Wide Worx commented that not even the most secure and complex of corporate or banking websites in South Africa would come at such a cost.

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Samsung Galaxy SIV design potentially leaked

Published by on Mar 5th, 2013, 10 Comments

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Renowned techno savant @evleaks on Twitter somehow gets very reliable information on a regular basis about new devices. Yesterday, just ten days before the March 14th launch date of the new super phone, he posted pictures of a rendered Galaxy SIV. The second image shows the same mockup alongside the previous Galaxy phones, also confirming its status as the largest one yet.

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Going Google Roadshow SA 2013

Published by on Mar 4th, 2013, No Comments

going-googleA first for South Africa, the Going Google Roadshow introduces and details Google’s cloud-based business solution portfolio including Google Apps for Business, Google Search Appliance and Google Geospatial.

Gain insights from key speakers, customer testimonials, product demonstrations and senior Google executives.

Hear a distinguished line up of local and international speakers discussing cloud-based technology and the future of business in South Africa.

Program details include:

  • Customers discussing insights from their business transformation experiences
  • Cloud, business and technology trend predictions from industry experts
  • Live solution demonstrations
  • The chance to meet with senior Google executives

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Dropping 8ta is a Great Move by Telkom

Published by on Mar 4th, 2013, 3 Comments

8taAPPThere’s been a lot of talk about Telkom dropping the 8ta brand despite pushing millions into marketing the brand. Respected brand journalist Chris Moerdyk essentially says this is the biggest mistake Telkom has made in ages.

Chris is quite patently wrong. Yes, Telkom have plowed tons of money into the brand and it’s now a waste but the truth is that 8ta is actually a terrible brand. It’s confusing, the colours are frankly quite heinous and their stores are clinical.

Telkom is also a crap brand but the truth is that 8ta is actually a decent mobile network. Their data is well priced and they are the cheapest for phones such as the iPhone 5.

In addition, Telkom users can now get add on data or voice contracts on their current account without extra credit checks and hassles. Telkom has suddenly expanded their footprint for walk in stores or, in the case of both stores being in a mall, save costs. Let’s not even get into the concept of business customers who now have the ability to bolt on a cheap contract to their ADSL or voice line.

The Twitterari, tech journalists and marketing consultants might think this a bad idea but they’ve clearly never been into a Telkom store during the day. It’s busy, it’s chaos and it’s an amazing opportunity for Telkom to suddenly tell the general public that they happen to have a mobile network.

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Forbes Africa Magazine launches app

Published by on Mar 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Forbes Africa, that released its first print edition in October 2011,  has launched its very own magazine app across multiple platforms.

The app, available for iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Amazon powered devices is available for free download after which an in-app paid subscription is required at $32.99 per year.

Chief Editor of Forbes Africa magazine, Chris Bishop says that consumers have been asking about the launch of an app for the magazine for quite some time now. “We are very pleased that it is finally here,” he says, “we know we have a good product and this opens it up to a whole new audience which we believe is waiting Forbes Africa.”

Forbes Africa, the sixteenth local-language edition of the successful Forbes magazine, features editorial content from across the continent and includes relevant content from its partners in the US.

Source: Techloy

Google pays tribute to South African legend

Published by on Mar 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Google has today paid tribute to a South African musical legend through its Google Doodle.

The Doodle, celebrates the birthday of Miriam Makeba who would have turned 81 today and as usual, clicking on the icon reveals a wealth of information about the South African singer.

Miriam, fondly known as Mama Africa, passed away in November 2008.

A civil rights activist and actress Makeba became the first African artist to win a Grammy Award for her album with Harry Belafonte in 1966.

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