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Groupon CEO Daniel Guasco event, Cape Town

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 1 Comment

From Twangoo to Groupon South Africa, an amazing e-commerce success story.

Organised by Le Cap40 Daniel Guasco, founder of Twangoo and CEO of Groupon South Africa will be talking to attendees of this event about the amazing journey to create, in less than 3 years, the largest eCommerce business in South Africa, and will share his views and advice on eCommerce business.

About Le Cap40: Le Cap40 is a dynamic community network focusing on the development of business between Western Cape and France

Event Details:

When: 23 January 2013, 5:15pm – 7pm

Where: Alliance Francaise, 155, Loop Street, Cape Town

For more information and to RSVP visit the Le Cap40 website. 

 

A complimentary welcome drink will be offered to all first comers.

Choosing an Office app for iPad

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 7 Comments

The iPad has been taking the enterprise by storm, and it is clear that among many office workers it is quickly becoming the device of choice for taking meeting notes, emailing and keeping up with your calendar. With the average person moving to a more browser centric work style, it is only natural to see that corporate will find tablets more enticing.

But there are a few things that PCs still do better than tablets.  Not everyone agrees that tablets are the future of computicket, but I do particularly like Steve Jobs’s vision for the future of tablets:

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.”

“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said. “They are still going to be around.” “only one out of x people will need them.”

One of the key areas where tablets still suffer is with proper Office suites. (more…)

Gartner: Worldwide mobile advertising revenue to reach $11.4 billion in 2013

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, No Comments

Worldwide mobile advertising revenue is forecast to reach $11.4 billion in 2013, up from $9.6 billion in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide revenue will reach $24.5 billion in 2016 with mobile advertising revenue creating new opportunities for app developers, ad networks, mobile platform providers, specialty agencies and even communications service providers in certain regions.

“The mobile advertising market took off even faster than we expected due to an increased uptake in smartphones and tablets, as well as the merger of consumer behaviours on computers and mobile devices,” said Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. “Growth in mobile advertising comes in part at the expense of print formats, especially local newspapers, which currently face much lower ad yields as a result of mobile publishing initiatives.”

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Sony announces 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, 3 Comments

Sony has announced the launch of its 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z.

According to Endgadget, the device, powered by Android 4.1, offers the same design language as its recently launched Xperia smartphone counterpart and as a result also features a water resistant coating.

In addition, the tablet features a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (with microSD expansion), 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, 4G LTE support and Sony’s  “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology. 

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TomTom launches new app to simplify mileage registration

Published by on Jan 21st, 2013, No Comments

TomTom has launched a new app that makes it easier for drivers to keep an accurate log of their trips using their smartphone. The new WEBFLEET Logbook app for Android and iPhone helps drivers and businesses reduce mileage claim administration and create reliable logs for tax compliance.

A driver simply selects whether a journey is for business, private or commuting purposes, validating journey information on his mobile device.
The app works in combination with the in-vehicle TomTom’s LINK tracking device which reports the trip information. Company trip records are simultaneously updated in TomTom’s WEBFLEET fleet management system.

By fulfilling their obligations using their mobile device – before or after journeys – drivers can reduce the laborious paper work traditionally associated with mileage claims.

“By working in conjunction with the in-vehicle LINK tracking device, the WEBFLEET Logbook app minimizes driver involvement, maximising accuracy and reliability to mark a significant advancement from existing GPS smartphone apps.” said Daan Henderickx of TomTom South Africa. “Simplified and automated processes for companies and their drivers frees up valuable time for improved productivity.”

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Google to relocate to new £1 billion HQ

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, No Comments

Google, that currently operate out of two Central London offices, has decided to relocate its headquarters to the King’s Cross area between the very busy King’s Cross and St. Pancreas stations.

According to The Guardian, Google has purchased  a 2.4 acre site and having hired architectural firm AHMM, plans to build a seven and 11 storey complex for 1 £billion that is expected to be completed in 2016. 

The Agony and Ecstasy of an SSD

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, 5 Comments

I usually replace my laptop every three years as things tend to start getting a little long in the tooth around this time. Everything starts slowing down, there almost always seems to be dust everywhere and productivity starts to falter. As the proud owner of a 15-inch Macbook Pro I run my life/business(sometimes very little difference) on it so productivity levels need to be high. April would mark the three year anniversary of owning my machine and since I’ve been lusting after a Macbook Air or some cool new Windows 8 Ultrabook it was a perfect time to upgrade. I’d had ideas about getting an SSD for my laptop in order to speed things up but couldn’t really quantify whether somewhere between R1000 and R2000 was worth spending to get essentially very little benefit and I could have rather spent that money on buying a new machine. On a whim I decided to buy a Samsung 830 128Gig SSD drive and swap out my old hard drive.

For those not in the know, an SSD is basically a large flash drive that replaces your hard drive. A traditional hard drive uses a spinning platter to store data while an SSD (Solid State Drive) has no moving parts meaning less chance of failure as well as the benefit of speed and battery life. I was the most skeptical, how could this really speed up my computer so substantially?

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Instagram finally releases monthly active user data

Published by on Jan 18th, 2013, 1 Comment

Instagram has released official monthly active user data for people using the photo sharing service on a regular basis.

This is the first time Instagram has released data that reveals actual user numbers after having been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.

The following statistics, that reveal a growth in user numbers, were published on Instagram’s press centre:

 

  • 90 million Monthly Active Users
  • 40 million Photos Per Day
  • 8500 Likes Per Second
  • 1000 Comments Per Second

The results follow published reports, claiming that Instagram’s user base was rapidly declining due to a controversial proposal to change its terms and conditions.

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