IT News Africa will be hosting Africa’s inaugural Tech Demo Africa Showcase in Johannesburg in April. This event aims to showcase cutting edge technology from established companies and start-ups and will focus on two main sectors: Enterprise technology and eGoverment.
This two day event will feature cuttingedge demos, engaging keynotes, lively panel discussions and noted local and international speakers, along with an amazing technology exhibition area.
The event provides the opportunity to launch and demo your product to an audience of IT leaders, venture capitalists, local and international media as well as potential partners and customers.
This event is aimed at business leaders, service providers, key government dignitaries, VCs and developers.
When: 17 – 18 April 2o12
Where: Radisson Blue Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tickets: Visitor’s Pass - $150 includes full 2 day exhibition access as well as seminar, Gala dinner, keynotes and demo presentations access.
For more information about the event and other packages available click here.
IMB, which stands for Internet Mobile Banking is a Cape Town based startup that believes it is “more than just a bank” because it offers customers far more. IMB’s main focus is to make payments, particularly from mobile devices, easier for both consumers and merchants in a way that is beneficial to both.
The motivation behind IMB, which initially began by building a mobile wallet back in 2005, was to solve a number of problematic issues associated with online banking. These include expensive fees, lack of micro-billing, inability to use debit cards for online transactions and the search for more efficient ways to transact with money via more efficient software and API services. Another important factor was that many people, like mobile game developers were having to use services like premium rated SMS messages in order to get money from those without credit cards.
James Godwin, Chief Information Officer, who is passionate about what IMB is trying to achieve, says that “Visa, Mastercard and the banks control how people pay for things and we wanted to change that.” Godwin first entered into the mobile technology industry when he began running an internet service provider that he later sold. It was when he opened a developer business that he met IMB’s CEO, Tim Colman. At first, the two wanted to find a way for people to shop online with debit cards, but they met resistance from some SA banks and so headed in another direction allowing websites and brick and mortar businesses to receive payments via mobile phones that was cost effective, safe and efficient.
Another way of making mobile banking more cost effective and providing customers with alternative ways to receive notifications other than from an sms (which is expensive) is by introducing a social element that can further evolve into geo tagging to monitor your spending, sending a checkin to foursquare upon purchase or notifying a friend through Twitter. “There are a lot more options” says Godwin, “but we would like customer feedback to best evolve and direct our system to better enable the social space.”
RCS, an independent financial services company has provided credit and financial services to more than one million customers in South Africa. That’s a lot of happy shoppers! Over the years, the RCS business has grown and expanded, always with the intent to establish themselves more firmly within the industry as a credible financial services institution.
Over time, RCS has evolved to offer a diverse product range to customers. With one card, RCS offers consumers over 15 000 stores to choose from with more than 400 retail brands including Incredible Connection, Hifi Corporation, Game, Makro and Dionwired to name but a few. From Fashion and DYI to automotive and of course tech & gadgets, BandwidthBlog’s favourite of them all, RCS has it all.
RCS are making it possible for one lucky BandwidthBlog reader to win R5000 worth of tech and gadgets. They have given us a card and we can’t wait to go shopping for you – to possibly get any one of the latest gadgets that we have reported on including the XBox 360 Speed Wheel, BlackBerry Curve 9360 or the Olympus E-PL3. So if you’re eager to get your hands on any of these gadgets and more, we’ll show you how.
Answer the following question and post it in the comments below: With a budget of R5000, if you could spend it on any gadget, what would it be and why?
The BandwidthBlog team will choose the best answer and we’ll purchase that gadget for you with R5000 loaded onto our very own RCS card because, well, RCS Because, well, RCS helps to ‘make things possible!”
Competition closes on the 11th April 2012.
About a week ago a big storm erupted because it was discovered that certain apps (like Path) could access the iPhone address book, and then also send that address book details to a server to be stored. While everyone was focussing on the offending companies like Path and Twitter, the real culprits were Apple, because they did not have anything in place that informs the user that a app is accessing his or her contact details.
Finally Apple has replied to these concerns, and have decided to bring out a software update that will force the user to give permission to an app before it can access the Address Book. No word yet about when this software update will arrive, but it is safe to assume it would land with iOS 5.1 which should arrive by mid March 2012.
Here is Apple’s official statement regarding the issue:
“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines*,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”
So the apps did not comply with Apple’s guidelines. But for a company that has such stringent vetting standards when it comes to Apps, it does seem like a massive oversight on their behalf. But al least they will now do something about it.
Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, has raised over $1 million for one of its latest featured concepts, the Elevation Dock, surpassing its goal of $75, 000.
Designed by Casey Hopkins from Oregan, the Elevation Dock is the solution to the frustrations of undocking from lightweight docking stations currently available on the market. The Elevation Dock makes for easy undocking by simply pulling your phone up and works without a case. The ease of undocking is achieved by a special low-friction connection, the weight of its solid metal construction and tacky rubber feet.
The dock is made from solid aluminium and comes in a variety of surface finishes similar to those found on Apple’s unibody Macbook Pro’s and iMacs. The result is an accessory that is heavy, durable and attractive. The Elevation Dock compliments the craftsmanship associated with Apple products far more than its current docking stations.
According to executives briefed on the company’s plans, Facebook will be providing details of its Timeline feature for brands in the U.S. this month.
The feature, that recently rolled out to all of Facebook’s 800 million users, was originally announced at the F8 conference in September last year. As for brands, the company said it would make it available in the future but did not specify when. David Fischer, Facebook VP-Marketing and Business Partnerships, said that Timeline for brands would be “consistent” with the Timeline look-and-feel, but not a carbon copy.
Now sources reveal that the new pages for brands will start in beta with a few partners followed by a release in various stages to a few marketers.
AdAge reports that the tabs or apps marketers currently host on their Facebook pages to sell products or take polls to users could become boxes on the brand’s Timeline, similar to how apps for Spotify or Washington Post Social Reader live on users’ Timelines.
However, this change in format for brands could put the responsibility on the brands themselves to develop their own apps using custom verbs other than”like,” in the same way that Pinterest’s Facebook app that tracks when its users have “pinned” something. Promoting the use and development of “Open Graph” apps, which can have their data tapped for ad targeting, is currently a focus for Facebook.
To-do list apps are never that exciting – in fact, most of them simply rehash the same ideas. Different lists, and items you check off underneath each. But today a new app launched that has had a few user interface desginers very excited. You see, Clear does not follow any user interface guidelines which most good designers seem to agree with. Instead it uses an interface entirely devoid of buttons.
Users use a combination of pinches, drags and sweeps in order to create and complete tasks. In fact, the only familiar part of the interfaces is the occasional keyboard that pops up. Here is a basic guide to using the app:
- Pull down on a list to add an item
- Swipe an item right to complete it
- Swipe an item or list left to delete it
- Pinch apart two items to insert a new one between them
- Pinch vertically together to close the current list and show all the lists
Any items in your list can have a colour associated with it, but you simply hold them and drag them to the priority you want. You might want to check out this hands on demo of the app:
FNB has recently released a press release that states that as part of its ongoing attempt to provide its customers with convenient financial solutions and services, it has enabled 22seven limited access to its customers’ accounts.
FNB, currently leading the way in innovation with its very own banking app and partnership with paypal for its withdrawal service, is now the first of the major banks to allow the personal money management startup to have access to its customers’ accounts. This is in contrast to Absa Bank, who recently blocked 22seven from accessing its own customers’ account information.
Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO Online Banking at FNB says that “FNB has set a precedence of responding to our customer’s needs with innovative products and services. We are now providing a secure means to engage with 22seven in response to our customers’ need to learn more about their financial behaviour.”
FNB online customers can set up a secondary user on their online profile, already available on FNB Online Banking, that will require different username and password login details. This secondary user profile then enables users to select the accounts they wish to share, but offers limited functionality.