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ZTE launches first Firefox OS phone for consumers

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, No Comments


Mozilla announced that they would delve into the smartphone operating system business some time ago, and some developer phones had been handed out at MWC 2013. Back then, we saw that it was going to be on the cheaper side of the smartphone scale and Mozilla did confirm it later on. Now they have launched their first consumer phone that is available for purchase, caused the ZTE Open, launched in Europe first. Later on it will be released in emerging markets in both Asia and South America, with plans to expand into Africa also being discussed. (more…)

Mobile app WeChat introduced to Africa

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, 1 Comment

we-chat-logoWeChat, a new mobile social communication tool supporting voice, video, photo and text interaction, has confirmed its place in the African market with the announcement of cross platform compatibility for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphones.

The service, available for free via a proprietary application, enables users to chat individually or in groups using a mobile data or a WiFi connection. To use, WeChat requires handset owners to undergo a subscription process via Facebook or mobile number.

Founded by Hong Kong-listed Internet company Tencent and supported by Naspers, globally, the service has over 50 million users, having grown exponentially since its launch in 2011.

WeChat’s recent introduction to the African mobile environment is yet another exciting development for this unique offering believes Brett Loubser, Managing Director WeChat South Africa. “We are extremely enthusiastic about WeChat’s prospects for growth in Africa. Traditionally, mobile users tend towards services that enable them to engage in conversation without restrictive costing models. The fact that WeChat is a free service equipped with unparalleled voice, video, photo and text sharing functionality bodes well for its continued progress on the continent”.


Everest app launches in SA

Published by on Jul 4th, 2013, 1 Comment


Everest, the popular iPhone app aimed at helping people achieve life goals and dreams, has announced its launch in South Africa on Thursday, July 4th, available for immediate download on the Apple App Store.

“Nelson Mandela, Christiaan Barnard, and Elon Musk have inspired me”, says co-founder and CEO Francis Pedraza, “so I am excited to see the goals and dreams the rest of the people of South Africa will accomplish with Everest!”


From learning a new language, to getting in the best shape of their life, to teaching their kid how to ride a bike, Everest helps people break goals into smaller daily steps, get support and accountability, and beautifully capture their journey.

People had added over 1,000,000 steps to their goals since the app was first released in the United States in January.

Everest is also announcing a new feature this week: Dream Journeys, a beautiful new web interface for sharing progress and asking for suggestions.

The first South Africans who accomplish these goals on Everest will be recognized: (more…)

Gust Pay launches new payment app

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2013, No Comments


Mobile payments service, Gust Pay, is now out of Beta. The Stellenbosch based startup, which recently won the best South African startup at Seedstars World, launched a new version of their mobile payment app for smartphones last week.

Gust Pay version 1.2 is free and available for iOS and Android devices. The new release includes a big set of changes: cleaner and simpler user interface, improved registration process, a new backend with multi-currency support, easy WiFi profile installation, secure credit card linking and quick account top up.


TAKEALOT.com appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2013, 2 Comments

takealot-cmo-declan-hollywoodTAKEALOT.com, a South African innovative online retailer recently appointed Declan Hollywood to be its new Chief Marketing Officer.

Declan, formerly with Google in Johannesburg and Dublin, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College in Dublin and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

While at Google, Declan was Industry Manager for the retail portfolio, making him an ideal candidate to head up marketing for TAKEALOT.com.

“We are super excited to have Declan on board. He has great experience that has been difficult to find in the local market.” Said Kim Reid, CEO of TAKEALOT.com.

Declan starts with TAKEALOT.com on the 1st of July while still in Dublin and will be in Cape Town from mid July.

TAKEALOT.com, that has apps for Android and iOS, recently introduced SAVEALOT Daily Deals in May, a new initiative offering customers savings on selected products on a daily, first-come-first-serve basis.

Motorola rolls out first Moto X advert in new campaign

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2013, No Comments


Motorola has today rolled out the first advert in a new campaign for its upcoming smartphone, the Moto X. This is the first campaign  and smartphone from the company since being acquired by Google in August 2012.

The smartphone was recently confirmed by Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside at the 2013 D11 conference who also revealed that it will be the first to be built in the U.S. with the advert also highlighting that it is the “first smartphone you can design yourself”.

The advert, displaying the tagline “Designed by you. Assembled in the US.” will appear as a full page spread today in the editions of The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. The timing of the spread is no coincidence with its patriotic tone and imagery befitting the 4th July celebrations that will take place in the U.S. on Thursday marking the country’s independence.


Net Prophet 2013 round-up: Justin Stanford

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2013, No Comments


At the 2013 Net Prophet conference Justin Stanford, co-founder of 4Di Group and entrepreneur addressed the audience on the topic VC in SA: Where are we now? and gave some insight into and perspective on venture capital in South Africa.

Stanford focussed on this own background as an entrepreneur who has invested in and built businesses before,  the ecosystem of VC locally and the plight of the startup.

Watch Stanford’s presentation in the video below:


Tour of the Large Hadron Collider (video)

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2013, No Comments


The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is on the forefront of particle physics on the border between Switzerland and France. This massive machine, which is the largest and highest energy particle accelerator in the world, is 27 km in circumference and took 10 years to build. The reason it has been making headlines lately is because of the ‘probable’ discovery of the Higgs Boson, the ever elusive particle that explains why matter has mass. It sounds obvious to most people, but science hasn’t ever conclusively discovered the reasons for mass.

The LHC went live on 10 September 2008, with proton beams successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time, but 9 days later a faulty electrical connection led to the rupture of a liquid helium enclosure, causing both a magnet quench and several tons of helium gas escaping with explosive force. The incident resulted in damage to over 50 superconducting magnets and their mountings, and contamination of the vacuum pipe, and delayed further operations by 14 months. On November 20th 2009 proton beams were successfully circulated again, with the first recorded proton–proton collisions occurring 3 days later at the injection energy of 450 GeV per beam. On March 30th 2010, the first collisions took place between two 3.5 TeV beams, setting a world record for the highest-energy man-made particle collisions, and the LHC began its planned research program. (more…)