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Introducing Easygram: An Instagram plugin for WordPress

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, No Comments

Obox Design have recently launched Easygram, a new plugin for WordPress aimed at and ideal for Instagram fans.

WordPress users will now have the ability to create amazing blog posts or galleries with the photos taken from the popular photo sharing app for iOS and Android, making each WordPress site even more personalised, fun and unique.

“It’s a great addition to Obox’s free WordPress plugin collection and most importantly it works with any WordPress theme,” says Obox co-founder Dave Perel.


Vodacom launches 89c/pm International Rates

Published by on Oct 22nd, 2012, 8 Comments

Vodacom has announced the launch of its international calling promotion that offers customers the lowest rate in South Africa when making international calls directly from a cellphone. Contract, Top Up and Prepaid customers will pay 89c per minute anytime, provided they cough up a R5 charge per month. This promotion will be available from 21 October to 31 December 2012.

This is in contrast with Cell C which launched their 99c per minute rates to much fanfare. Vodacom users might well have the lower rate per minute, but the R5 fee per month seems somewhat strange. Cell C CEO (and ex-Vodacom CEO) Alan Knott Craig even went so far as to say Vodacom “screwed customers long enough. Let them keep their R5″. (MyBroadband, TechCentral)

But R5 is not a high fee to pay for much improved international calling rates. We are pretty certain Vodacom users with family or friends overseas will subscribe to the service. The limited time deal seems curious though – hopefully Vodacom will keep the offer open in 2013.

To benefit from this great offer, customers can opt in by dialing *111# and follow the prompts on the 89c international calling menu. Calls are billed per second, from the first second. A R5 monthly fee will be charged. Customers can opt out at any time by dialing *111# and selecting ‘opt-out’ from the 89c international calling menu.

The international calling promotion will be available for calls made to the following countries: (more…)

Aspiring tech entrepreneurs, listen up!

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, No Comments

Earlier this month Byte Orbit launched Startup Knight, a competition that aims to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs in South Africa.

The notion behind Startup Knight is not only to provide a once off prize to the winner, but to mentor and support the startup during the incubation phase up until its maturity. The grand prize consists of out of software development to the value of R100 000 sponsored by Byte Orbit. In addition several other established organisations such as Microsoft, Nokia, Bandwidth Barn and 8ta have also come on board with a substantial amount of added extra sponsorship for the winning startup.

Even though there are many startup competitions on the South African landscape, Startup Knight is differentiated through being hosted by a software development – Byte Orbit.


SA First: 8ta enables Wi-Fi in cabs

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, No Comments

In a first for South Africa, 8ta has enabled free Wi-Fi in cabs with 150 currently operating in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

The Nissan Lavina cabs are branded with 8ta’s current 60GB+60GB offer and indicate that they are Wi-Fi enabled.

To enable Wi-Fi use in the cabs 8ta has installed a router in each of the cabs; using 8ta’s network infrastructure to supply the actual Wi-Fi service in the vehicle. While in the cabs passengers will have full Internet connectivity, including web-browsing, e-mail and social network access.


The dawn of mobile influence

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 2 Comments

When we all sat down for PriceCheck’s presentation at the Online Retail Conference in Cape Town last week, online and brick-and-mortar retailers both expected a lecture on price comparison. We were wrong.

Andre de Wet (GM of PriceCheck) took us through a rather enlightening talk showing that physical retailers stores’ walls are evaporating and with the mobile tools that consumers have nowadays, strategies need to change for a retailer to stay at the top.

De Wet stressed that “mobile shopping is not necessarily mobile buying.” In other words, while 50-60% of your customers will use their phones inside your store, it is for research and price comparisons and not to purchase goods. However, this research directly affects purchasing behaviour. And interestingly for the future, 14% of those on mobile click on the buy button anyway.


The Vodacom App Star Challenge goes international

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, No Comments

Vodacom’s talent search for innovative Apps has gone international with the addition of countries such as Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Qatar and Tanzania. Developers not only have an opportunity to design and showcase their apps in South Africa, they now have an opportunity to participate in the international Vodafone App Star Challenge which provides an opportunity to increase exposure of their apps by commercialising them to millions of customers globally.

The competition has two segments – the local and the international challenge. In the local challenge, the top three finalists will be rewarded for developing innovative apps. The top two finalists will also get an opportunity to compete against international participants from competing countries. Winners of the international challenge will be eligible for $25 000, $15 000 and $10 000 cash prizes for the first, second and third prizes respectively; and the fourth and fifth prize winners will receive $2 000 each.

“In the 2011 Vodacom App Star Challenge, we saw some highly innovative apps come to the fore. This year we’re hoping that innovation will be switched a notch higher and that it will also feature a variety of unique apps that may contribute towards helping South Africa in addressing its socio-economic challenges,” said Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Digital Media at Vodacom.


Final day: Win a ticket to the 2012 CS Forum!

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Today is your last chance to win a ticket to the 2012 CS Forum taking place from the 24 – 26 October in Stellenbosch!


If you’d still like to enter, here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit the CS Forum website and take a look around at the speakers (including those from Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp and eBay), schedule and workshops available.

2. Then tell us in the comments section of this post why we should give you the ticket!

3. You also need to tweet your answer to @bandwidthblog with the hashtag #csforum12.

For more information about the CS Forum Workshops taking place on the 24th October, click here.

The winner will be announced on Monday 22 October. Good Luck!


Important Notice: Travel to and accommodation in Cape Town is the responsibility of the winner.

88mph launches in Cape Town with Google Umbono

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Investors increasing speed to exactly 88mph: How Google is taking entrepreneurship forward in Cape Town, South Africa and Africa.

Many of you will know who 88mph is, and for those who don’t, it doesn’t refer to the speed of bikers in a recent article I wrote on News24. Nor does it mean the WordPress development company at 88mph.com. In a move that was applauded from Cairo to Cape Town, 88mph, a top African start-up incubator, has merged forces with Google (Umbono) and created a fantastic space for entrepreneurial investment and lab-type assistance. Their opening launch party happened on Wednesday in offices which are almost finished and already stylish, situated at 66 Albert Road, Woodstock.

The event was all about what they revolve around: tech start-ups. Kicking off with a few short presentations from Johanna Kollar and Kresten Buch on how they plan to invest, 88mph and Google showed investors how the ecosystem in South Africa has more than enough deal flow, and in turn showed entrepreneurs that a stint on the 4th floor will give you the kick your idea needs. While craft beer and ice tea flowed freely and pizzas were scoffed in seconds, 8 teams pitched for a chance at winning techware and a place on the 4th floor.