My Broadband has reported that First National Bank (FNB) has recently announced that its Internet Service Provider, FNB Connect, will from today be increasing its free monthly ADSL data.
Qualifying FNB cheque account customers will now receive up to 5GB of ADSL data on a monthly basis.
The announcement by FNB comes after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) decided to decrease in the wholesale of IP Connect costs to Internet Service Providers by 30% since the 1st April 2012.
In addition to the free monthly data, FNB Connect registered customers will also receive unmetered data access to any of FNB’s websites including FNB Online, FNB Connect and eBucks. Browsing on social networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter will also be unmetered on ADSL between the hours of 7pm – 11pm.
Farren Roper, Head of Products and Markets at FNB Connect has said that “It made sense for us to pass on the benefit of the reduction in the IPC costs directly to our customers. With this offer, as well as our free website browsing offers, we are essentially providing free internet data to thousands of qualifying FNB Customers.”
To redeem the free data, customers are required to register on the FNB Connect website. Qualifying customers will have the data automatically allocated to their accounts.
FNB is also responsible for bringing the new iPad to South Africa.
“I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.” – Mark Zuckerberg
It is about a week since Instagram, the mobile focussed – photo sharing service has announced their Android application launch, but it seems a much bigger deal was brewing behind the scenes. Today Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will acquire Instagram for a billion dollars, but he also went on to explain that Instagram will run as its own seperate company, and keep its mutliple social network roots.
Lenovo has recently revealed a new tablet called the IdeaTab S2109.
The 9.7 inch tablet that runs on Android 4.0 offers a unibody, 8.9mm-thick case and a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS screen.
The tablet also features a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera (but no rear camera), quad speakers on the back, a micro-HDMI jack, a microUSB slot and a microSD memory card slot.
The CPU that powers the device as well as the memory storage capacity has not yet been revealed but what is known is that the tablet will run on Android’s latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of battery life, Lenovo claims the device will provide a full 10 hours of power.
Last week music icon Beyonce joined the long list of entertainers and celebrities when she signed onto Twitter joining artists like Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Coldplay.
While many artists are beginning to realise the potential of the service for interacting with fans, Twitmusic is taking engagement with music on Twitter to the next level.
A Philippines-based startup, founded in 2011, Twitmusic is a music playing service that allows tracks to be easily shared on Twitter, giving songs a greater chance of being spread across the micro blogging service. It also gives artists the opportunity to share videos, concert details and pictures with their fans.
The site is very Twitter specific with co-founder Stefano Fazzini admitting that they adopted a similar aesthetic to Twitter in order to make artists feel more comfortable on the website. That’s a move aimed at encouraging usage on Twitter, in a similar way that a user might opt for Twitpic over Flickr when tweeting a picture.
Existing Twitter users can sign-in to Twitmusic easily using an app that syncs to their Twitter account. Once logged in, just like with a tweet, mentions of a song once it has been listened to, can be shared to a Twitter feed with one click, by selecting ‘Love’, ‘Retweet’ or ‘#nowplaying’.
When I managed to get hold of the 3rd generation iPad, I was a little disappointed to find that it would not fit perfectly into tighter, better designed cases that was made for iPad 2′s. Sure, your average sleeve fit quite well, but cases with any plastic reinforcement would not fit well. So I had to give up on my previous favorite case, the Speck FitFolio, and go looking for a different one. Walking into my local Incredible Connection did not help, as none of the older iPad 2 cases fit the new iPad. (See my review of the 3rd generation iPad here)
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has recently lost additional executives at the VP and senior VP level that have left the company in the days following the recent dismal earnings call.
The source that included “people close to the company” apparently were unable to say whether the executives quit or were let go as part of CEO Thorsten Heins’s undertaking to conduct a ”comprehensive review of strategic opportunities”
Just last week former co-CEO Jim Balsillie, CTO of software David Yach, and COO Jim Rowan all moved on from the company which could indicate that Thorstein is indeed cleaning house at all levels of the company.
These changes may be necessary to resolve the company’s fast shrinking market share as it competes with Apple Inc. and devices powered by Google’s Android operating system.
RIM was most recently hit with another patent suit by Dutch semiconductor company, a DXP Semiconductors NV alleging that certain models of its BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet infringe on its patents.
Source: The Verge
On the back of what MTN claims was “a successful launch of the R5 recharge voucher”, and with the reduction in airtime margins and prepaid tariffs, MTN has launched a new R2 airtime voucher specifically aimed at the need to further lower the denomination of its recharge option by its prepaid customers in Africa.
Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN SA explains that “Market analysis has highlighted that a large segment of MTN Pay-As-You-Go customers prefer to recharge more frequently, in smaller denominations, as a means to “top up” to meet their ongoing needs for cellular connectivity.”
Originally, it was the demand from customers to lower its recharge denomiation that lead to the launch of MTN’s R5 voucher back in October 2007.
Taukobong adds that “We have continued to listen to our customers and realised that they require an even lower denomination. So in June 2010, we launched the R2 recharge voucher in virtual format. The availability of the R2 physical voucher today is to complement and drive what has already proven to be a product with high demand in the market.”
In a footnote to the press announcing the voucher, MTN said that it supports an RSP [recommended selling price] based on the face value of its products and discourages the practice of selling MTN products above the face value.
“However the power is in the hands of the consumer to stop this practice,” MTN said.
The physical format R2 voucher is currently only available from MTN Authorised Distributors.
Source: My Broadband
Take a look at the updated office space of commenting platform Disqus since the company recently grew in size and had to make some necessary changes to accommodate the additional staff.
The offices, located in San Francisco, California, was updated with the help of design company Blitz that has also worked with companies Skype and Stripe.
The large open area has been designed to create a fun, relaxing and creative environment. The large open plan space is divided with free-standing shelving and pillars. Large unusual lighting features, couches and coffee tables provide employees with a space to relax and conduct meetings in an informal space.
Bright pieces of green and blue pillows, carpets and wall art, compliment the choice of dark furniture and grey carpeting.
The office also offers employees with an area for bicycle storage and encourages them to ride rather than drive into work.
View the Disqus office space in the gallery below: