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TAKEALOT.com rolls out SAVEALOT Daily Deals

Published by on May 15th, 2013, No Comments


After the recent launch of its new mobile shopping app for Android and iOS, TAKEALOT.com has now introduced a new initiative offering customers  savings on selected products on a daily, first-come-first-serve basis with SAVEALOT Daily Deals.

SAVEALOT Daily Deals delivers two new deals every weekday (9am – 9pm) with up to 70% savings on a variety of items across all 14 of TAKEALOT.com’s departments, including Electronics, Home and Kitchen, Sports, Pet Supplies and more.

The deals page is currently available on desktop with the mobi-site version to follow.


Stock drops as BlackBerry announces BBM for iOS and Android

Published by on May 15th, 2013, 9 Comments


According to Bloomberg, BlackBerry has fallen the most in a week as stock dropped 4%. This comes after the recent announcements of the BlackBerry Q5 for select markets and now the company’s plan to make BlackBerry’s messaging service (BBM) available to iOS and Android devices.

While shares of the Ontario based company have increased to 28% in 2013, BlackBerry’s decision to ‘share’ its free messaging service, similar to that of WhatsApp, will mean losing control of one of its most exclusive and valuable services, that arguably made BlackBerry such a popular and appealing device when it first emerged.


Heins announces BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry 10.1 for Z10

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


BlackBerry has announced its Q5 smartphone at the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the new device that runs BlackBerry 10, aimed at emerging markets, describing it as “youthful and fun”.

The Q5, that will be available in selected markets from July,  features the typical BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys as well as a 3.1-inch touchscreen.


Nokia announces new flagship – the Lumia 925

Published by on May 14th, 2013, 1 Comment


Nokia today introduced the Nokia Lumia 925, a new interpretation of its award-winning flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920 (one of our favourite phones of 2012). The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces a metal design and showcases the latest PureView camera innovation, new features and third party applications coming to the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 925 includes the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video, including the best low light images. The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Nokia Smart Camera offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating better images. (more…)

Facial recognition software comes to Google Glass

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


A user of Google Glass, one in a team of programmers, has recently found a way to bring facial recognition software to the wearable computing device.

The app, called MedRefGlass, available on GitHub, lets doctors and medical practitioners pull up patient files while looking at them directly.

On his blog, developer Lance Nanek said of the idea behind the app, “Some people I talked to said hospitals are full of very busy people, often with their hands full, working with a lot of information – so Google Glass making it wearable is especially looked forward to there!”


Distimo: Top Global Apps – April 2013

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments

Application analytics and tracking company Distimo has revealed the top global apps for the month of April on its blog including the most downloaded free, paid and top grossing.

Distimo also recently published its monthly publication for April that focused on daily estimated downloads and one-off revenues for individual apps in the Amazon Appstore versus Google Play. You can read this report here. 

Top Free Applications:

The most downloaded free application worldwide in Google Play as well as in the Apple App Store was the same as March. So Candy Crush Saga was again the most downloaded app globally in the Apple App Store, while Facebook was again the most popular application in Google Play in April 2013.



GustPay wins Best Startup at SeedStarsWorld Cape Town

Published by on May 14th, 2013, No Comments


SeedStarsWorld is an exclusive worldwide competition, held in 20 countries through 2013 to discover the best startups in emerging markets and regions with vibrant startup communities.

The South African leg of the event was held on Friday 10th May, in Cape Town. Each entrepreneur was given exactly six minutes to pitch their business idea in front of a jury made up of local and international judges.

GustPay, a Stellenbosch based startup was selected as the winner. The prize included a flight to Switzerland to compete in the global finals and a cash prize of R50,000.


African Utility Week 48 hour Hackathon, Cape Town

Published by on May 13th, 2013, No Comments


Imagine your life without electricity, water and sanitation. Well, millions of people on the African continent make do without these resources that we take for granted. With access to reliable electricity, safe water, and sanitation the social and economic growth will respond positively everywhere it touches.

The 13th annual African Utility Week with sponsorship from MTN is organising a 48 hour utility hackathon on Tuesday 14th May to Wednesday 15th May 2013 at the CTICC in Cape Town.

Who should attend?

  • You are a social entrepreneur, innovator, open source developer, data scientist, designer (graphical, gui, industrial etc), open hardware enthusiast, project manager.
  • You would like to make a difference.
  • You want to meet like-minded people and have fun.
  • You can’t resist a challenge.