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Opinion: Why I Wouldn’t Touch A BlackBerry 10 Device Ever

Published by on Feb 6th, 2013, 18 Comments

As I write this, Blackberry (they are no longer being called RIM) are launching their new devices to the world. Their new Blackberry 10 OS might be innovative and their new devices look vaguely decent but I still wouldn’t buy one. I can’t exactly bash them before I’ve tried them but here’s why I’ll avoid these new Blackberry devices like the plague:

  1. I don’t trust them:  (more…)

Chrome is No. 1 browser in Africa for the first time

Published by on Feb 5th, 2013, 2 Comments

Google Chrome is fast becoming a formidable rival against the world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer and in December 2011, it overtook Firefox, making it the N0. 2 browser in the world. 

While Internet Explorer remains the most dominant browser globally, in Africa where Firefox reigned supreme, Chrome overtook Internet Explorer in March 2012, making it the second most popular browser.


Huawei unveils Windows Phone for Africa

Published by on Feb 5th, 2013, 1 Comment

Huawei Windows Phone 4Afrika

Huawei has today launched a customised Windows Phone, in partnership with Microsoft, that is exclusively available in Africa.

The new device is part of Hauwei’s 4Afrika Initiative that aims to increase the penetration of smartphones across the fast-growing continent. The phone will initially be launched in seven Southern African countries including Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa.

The new smartphone is a customised version of the Huawei Ascend W1, that was unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Facebook reportedly developing tracking app

Published by on Feb 5th, 2013, No Comments

According to a report by Bloomberg, sources familiar with the matter have revealed that Facebook is developing a mobile app, expected to be unveiled sometime in March, that can track the location of each user with their smartphone.

The app has been developed to benefit users by enabling them to find Facebook friends that are nearby. This feature made a significant appearance at the South by Southwest Conference last year, where a number of emerging apps had the ability to introduce people to others using the same app around them.

Facebook too will benefit from the launch of this new app by allowing advertisers to target users based on their location, routine and habits as the social network aims to profit from the use of Facebook heavily accessed through mobile devices.


The Issue with Digital Media

Published by on Feb 5th, 2013, 2 Comments

This Sunday the Superbowl took place in America and for marketers it’s a massive excuse to spend copious amounts of money on half-time T.V. ads. Placing an ad costs $4 million, a lot of money regardless of how much it costs to create the ads. Lets ignore the production costs for a moment and focus on that $4 million figure. Digiday pointed out some interesting stats about what you can do with that kind of money: (more…)

Mediatech Africa Gears Up for 2013

Published by on Feb 4th, 2013, No Comments

Industry heavy weights and enthusiasts in the live entertainment, audio visual and broadcasting arenas already find themselves in eager anticipation of Africa’s most successful trade exhibition. With a diverse selection of products and the latest technologies in media and entertainment, Mediatech Africa promises an engaging showcase.

Local and international visitors have the opportunity to network and interact with some of the biggest names in advanced technology, including management and manufacturing executives. Following the success of 2011 when the expo hosted 6800 visitors and represented over 800 brands, this years’ show hopes to attract an even bigger African audience.


The Economist: The ‘hothouse of entrepreneurship’ of the Nordic region

Published by on Feb 4th, 2013, No Comments

According to a report by The Economist entitled ‘If in doubt, innovate’, the Nordic region is becoming what it calls ‘a hothouse of entrepreneurship’.

With the mention of such a location, one would naturally think first of Helsinki-based Angry Birds’ creators Rovio who have gone on to develop and launch further popular iterations of the game including Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars. 

What you may not know about this region is that this ‘hothouse of entrepreneurship’ came about by a group of students at  Aalto University in Finland, when in 2010 after a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology organised  a “summer of start-ups”. These summer camps aimed to highlight the power and potential of the establishment of new companies in Finland in comparison to let’s say, Nokia, for example.


Samsung announces Q4 2012 results

Published by on Feb 4th, 2013, No Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced revenues of 56.06 trillion Korean won (R457.61 billion) on a consolidated basis for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, a 7-percent increase quarter-on-quarter. Consolidated operating profit for the quarter hit 8.84 trillion won (R72.16 billion), representing a 10-percent increase on-quarter, while consolidated net profit for the same quarter was 7.04 trillion won (R57,46 billion).  The full-year 2012 operating profit was 29.05 trillion won (R 237,13 billion) on revenue of 201.10 trillion won (R1,64 trillion).

In its earnings guidance disclosed on January 8, Samsung estimated fourth quarter consolidated revenues would reach approximately 56 trillion (R456,10 billion) won with consolidated operating profit of approximately 8.8 trillion won (R71,67 billion).  Highlighting the quarterly performance, Mobile Communications generated quarterly revenues of 27.23 trillion won (R189,21 billion), a 4-percent increase compared with the previous quarter. The growth was mainly driven by solid sales of Samsung’s GALAXY S III and GALAXY Note ll. All told, operating profit for IT & Mobile Communications, which encompasses four business units including Mobile Communications, was 5.44 trillion won (R44,31 billion) on revenues of 31.32 trillion won (R 255,09 billion).

“Despite uncertainties in Europe and concerns over the U.S. fiscal cliff creating a difficult business environment, we did our best this quarter to achieve strong earnings based on a strategic focus on differentiated and high value-added products as well as our technological competitiveness,” said Robert Yi, Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations. “Heading into this year, we are expecting a slow recovery in the component business due to reduced capital expenditures, while competition in the set business will intensify further as demand slows and the mid- to low-end market expands,” he added. Mr. Yi also expressed caution over the continued strength of the Korean won in 2013. (more…)