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Yahoo acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion

Published by on May 20th, 2013, No Comments


It’s no surprise that Yahoo has today announced the acquisition of  blogging site Tmblr for approximately $1.1 billion in cash.  The deal exceeds Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of photo sharing app Instagram.

Prior to the confirmation of the deal, news of talks between the two companies was broken by All Things D. The technology news site has also reported that Tumblr were in talks with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter earlier this year about a possible deal yet no other offers were reportedly made.

The official press release from Yahoo states that, “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.”


MTN launches custom YouTube channel

Published by on May 20th, 2013, No Comments


MTN has launched the first custom YouTube channel in Africa.

MTN says it has customised the look and feel of its channel to “increase brand awareness” and control its content discovery to suit the type of campaign, event or location.

In addition to various videos, the channel offers customer comments and recent blog posts.

The channel is part of MTN’s aim to deliver “a bold new digital world to it’s customers”.

MTN hopes that this new form of communication will build relationships with customers and provide valuable feedback as well.

MTN’s chief marketing officer Serame Taukobong says, “Our excitement not only stems from the fact that the MTN brand will take pole position in terms of visibility and presence, but also because we will be able to feed the hunger for fresh and current content to the bustling online community”.

Samsung AlwaysOn Partnership benefits businesses

Published by on May 20th, 2013, No Comments


Being connected has become such a part of our daily routine that it is unheard of to not check email, send a social network update, or edit a document in the cloud wherever we find ourselves. And given the increase in Wi-Fi hotspots, one could live ‘always on’ without too much effort.

“Companies see improvements in productivity when employees are able to work remotely and access the corporate network while travelling,” says Mike van Lier, Business Leader for IT Solutions at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “These employees can provide live feedback from the field to ensure that data is always relevant and all internal stakeholders know exactly what the latest developments are. What’s more, mobile data rates have become more competitive to provide business users and consumers with affordable options when it comes to the connected experience.” (more…)

Vodacom increases data and sms for current customers

Published by on May 20th, 2013, 1 Comment

vodacom-red-logoVodacom launched integrated Smart and Red packages in March this year, offering customers  voice, data and SMS in one combined package at a fixed price aiming for an uncomplicated smartphone experience and predictable billing.

Vodacom has now taken this one step further and upgraded the data and SMS allowances for all current customers on these packages. The Smart Small data allowance has increased from 75MB to 200MB, the Medium has increased from 120MB to 300MB and the Large and Extra-Large allowances have doubled. The Red Advantage plan has increased from 700Mb to 1Gb, the Premium from 1.2Gb to 1.6Gb and the flagship VIP plan with limitless talk time has grown from 1.5Gb to 2.0GB

The new allowances will kick-in for both new and all existing Smart and Red customers from 1 June 2013 and will be valid for the remainder of their contracts.

Speaking about this, Chief Officer of the Consumer Business Unit Phil Patel said, “We wanted to reward the early adopters who have bought into our new integrated plan concept. Not only are our packages worry free, we’ve even managed to do something few mobile networks have been able to do and give our customers a positive surprise.”


Galaxy S4 selling twice as fast as predecessor

Published by on May 20th, 2013, No Comments


JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung, has told the Korean press that he expects the Samsung Galaxy S4 to pass 10 million units sold this week. He said he is “confident” the milestone would be met, also adding that “it is selling much faster than the previous model, the S3.” (more…)

Bandwidth Confessionals

Published by on May 20th, 2013, 1 Comment


By Wimpie van Rensburg, Systems Engineer, Riverbed Technology

Have you ever upgraded your bandwidth, even though you knew it wasn’t going to solve your latency problems?

If you said yes, it’s okay. Everybody has done it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Your intentions were good, and besides, it gave you a reprieve from all those user complaints. But then, after awhile, they started again, didn’t they?

And now you are right back where you started from, thinking about going back to bandwidth. Do you really think things will be different this time? Sure, there will be the honeymoon period, but eventually you will be right back where you started, broken promises and shattered dreams. I’m begging you, don’t do it, don’t go back to bandwidth!


NATIVE launches Bookly – a Library on your Phone

Published by on May 17th, 2013, No Comments


Thanks to NATIVE’s new Mxit app, bookly, author Fiona Snyckers can now launch her book to an audience of 7.3 million monthly active users and do it three weeks before the real-world launch in bookstores.

bookly is the most sophisticated e-reader app available on the Mxit platform.  NATIVE began developing the app in early 2013, and was eager to bring suitable partners on board as quickly as possible. Publishers Random House Struik and Modjaji Books stepped up as partners creating an appropriate focus on serialised South African novels.


City of Joburg Broadband Network coming July

Published by on May 17th, 2013, 1 Comment


The City of Joburg Broadband Project will go live on 1 July 2013 after a 3 year build phase.

The completion of the fibre optic network covers all 7 regions of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) municipality and will deliver a live network that will offer key services to all municipal buildings connected to the network.

This fibre optic network, that will be operated by BWired for 12 years,  was designed by Ericsson South Africa and uses world class leading technologies utilized in Smart Cities around the world. It marks one of the biggest rollouts of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of its 1.2Tb core capacity and 940km coverage.