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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.


Acquisition: Sun International proposes purchase of Powerbet Gaming – ‘VoltBet’

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Sun International has announced the proposed purchase of Powerbet Gaming, the operator of interactive betting site Voltbet.com for R30 million, demonstrating the exponential growth of the online sports betting industry around the world and in South Africa and its current and potential impact.

A  hotel and gaming group, with properties including Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino and the Monticello Grand Casino in Santiago, Chile, Sun International has extensive experience of the land-based gambling industry and it has now recognised the vast potential of online and mobile wagering.

In the six month results posted on 28 February 2013 by Powerbet, Voltbet.com’s Gross Gaming Revenues (GGR) were reported to have improved by 51% over the comparative review period, posting revenue of R2.4 million at a 60% improved operating margin of 6.39%.


Digital entrepreneurial initiative extends online service

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Emerging Stars, an online portal that offers a selection of business opportunities in emerging economies, has announced the launch of their extended online service designed to partner entrepreneurs, distributors and investors.

Founded as a television project to scout emerging countries for young, innovative entrepreneurs, Emerging Stars introduced the online portal as a natural extension of the brand.

Initially a free service utilised to generate and direct interest from its TV series, the directory became a trusted listing service for entrepreneurs, distributors and funders alike. While working on the series, the research team built a fast-growing network of entrepreneurs, investment agencies and business consultancies – along with a cache of already-vetted business opportunities.


Google I/O keynote review: The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected

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Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page

Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page

By Paul Williams

Tech talk has been in overdrive this week as Google I/O comes to a close. The annual developer-focused conference saw Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO, deliver the opening keynote speech on May 15th.

What did Page and co. really say in those three and a half hours (spoiler alert: there were zero new hardware announcements) and what do you really need to know? If you missed out, take a look at the good, the bad and the unexpected that came out of the 180-minute keynote.

Google Play Music All Access

The Good: More unlimited music. Spotify proved that millions (24 million in fact) are over radio-only music services like Pandora, and want the freedom to create their own playlists – without having to pay for it. Enter Google Play Music All Access (yep, that’s a mouthful). It’s Google’s version of Spotify, where you have access to millions of songs, create your own playlists and radio stations, and get song recommendations based on music you already like. To try and set itself apart from Spotify, Google Play also gives you access to eBooks, movies, magazines and TV shows.


Seven new ‘big name’ apps coming soon to Google Glass

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Google has announced the addition of seven new apps coming to Google Glass at this year’s Google I/O which has demonstrated the largest gathering of Google Glass wearers to date.

Glass will be receiving the big name apps that Google calls Glassware that include breaking news alerts from CNN, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook posts, reminder notes from Evernote and fashion features from Elle.

Currently Path, The New York Times, Google+, Gmail and Google Now are the only official apps available on the wearable computing device while other developers lucky enough to get their hands on a pair, continue to create apps like the Winky app that let you take photographs with a blink of an eye. A group of programmers has also brought facial recognition software to Google Glass with the MedRefGlass app.


Apple celebrates 50 billion app downloads

Published by on May 16th, 2013, No Comments


Apple certainly has a reason to celebrate as it hit the 50 billion download mark today and that doesn’t include updates or re-downloads.

Apple.com’s home page opens with “50 billion app downloads. We couldn’t have done it without.” In an official press release Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue thanked the “incredible” customers and developers alike for getting the company to this historic mark.

“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years,” he continues.


Inside online gaming company KIXEYE, San Francisco

Published by on May 16th, 2013, 1 Comment


Online gaming company KIXEYE moved into its new 3 story headquarters in San Francisco after outgrowing its previous office space.

Designed by Rapt Studios the space reflects the gaming culture that exists within its walls among its employees. More than just decor, upon entering, the office immerses both visitors and staff in this very culture - a military bunker complete with a uniformed guard and looping alarms. The rest of the space takes inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey - stark, monochromatic and geometric. You’ll even find a character in the kitchen.

Other Rapt Studios projects include the offices for Adobe, Google, Apple, LucasFilm, Warner Brothers and Disney.

Working areas, from semi-private to larger conference rooms, are equipped with writeable surfaces that include the walls and sliding white boards to encourage collaborative thinking, share ideas and create an inspiring environment.