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Google+ announces updates to pages and profiles

Published by on Mar 7th, 2013, No Comments

Google+ has just announced some updates based on feedback received from users that include improvements to pages and profiles.

“We spend lots of time listening to your feedback, and today we’re launching some profile and page updates that you’ve been asking for.”

The update includes a new tab for Local reviews which will now appear alongside your photos, +1′s and YouTube videos. The Local reviews tab, which will highlight favourite restaurants, can also be hidden via settings.

Google+ now provides users with an easier way to edit information with the  ‘About’ tab that now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) each with its own prominent edit link making for a much cleaner appearance.

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WooCommerce launches version 2.0

Published by on Mar 7th, 2013, No Comments

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This week, WooCommerce launched the much anticipated 2.0 version of the free e-commerce plugin.

WooCommerce has rewritten large parts of the code base, added new features and have made it more capable to handle everything needed for an online store.

Features of the 2.0 version include:

  • Better stock handling
  • Easier email template handling
  • Improved tax options
  • Multi download support
  • New order screens
  • New product panels  
  • Realtime checkout validation
  • Improved pagination and sorting

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Google Play celebrates first birthday with special deals

Published by on Mar 6th, 2013, No Comments

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Google Play, previously known as the Android Market, is celebrating it’s First birthday by offering Android users a full week of special deals, it announced on the Google Play Store.

The offering includes discounts on music, games, travel bookings. movies and in-app purchases and gift cards.

It is worth noting that the offers will vary across different markets.

The Google Play Team wrote that “It was just a year ago today that we launched this amazing shop on the interwebs to offer the best in digital content. Since the best parties are the ones that send you home with a present, today we celebrate our birthday with a festive goodie bag full of gifts. Don’t delay in picking up these limited-time offers. It’s been an incredible first year and we look forward to sharing the gift of digital diversions for many more to come.”

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Wrap-up: Mobile World Congress ‘13

Published by on Mar 6th, 2013, No Comments

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The yearly visit to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress is a highlight for anyone remotely interested in mobile technology. It is always a huge, extravagant affair with manufacturers flexing their muscles, and this year was no different. It took place from 25 – 28 February, and now that it’s over and we have had time to digest, we thought we would bring you an overview of some of the biggest newsmakers at the conference.

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Health24 launches site redesign

Published by on Mar 6th, 2013, No Comments

Health24logoLaunched over a decade ago, Health24 has always been a trusted source of health information and is the “go-to” portal for nearly a million monthly unique browsers (January 2013 international Effective Measure stats).  This month, it received a re-launch facelift to provide additional editorial tools, multimedia and a focus on interactive elements for users.

The mammoth task of mining the over 300,000 Q&A’s answered by medical experts (600,000 answered by other readers), collapsing the content sub-sections into a simpler navigation bar, enhancing the Expert Forums and simplifying the Condition Centres has resulted in a new site that offers much more functionality than previously offered.

Says Health24 Managing Director Dr Danie Pauw: “Health information is “lean forward” information. Users are intently keen to understand medical conditions when it affects them and their families, or find healthier ways to live. We now have a stronger focus on lifestyle sections, daily health news and tips. Our popular Condition Centres around common ailments and Wellness Centres provide our readers with up-to-date and in-depth health content.” (more…)

Fortune: Google’s YouTube to launch music streaming service

Published by on Mar 6th, 2013, No Comments

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Last week we reported on a rumour (one that has been around already for quite some time) of Google developing its very own subscription music service to compete with the likes of Spotify.

We know that Google has been in negotiations with a number of record labels to allow it license to use their music in the service and it seems that this applies to YouTube as well.

Now, Fortune has reported that Google’s YouTube service is also planning on jumping into the subscription music service pool unsurprisingly with the help of the Google brand.

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Locally designed app, Found Shopping launches at Design Indaba

Published by on Mar 6th, 2013, 1 Comment

Icon_512x512A new locally designed app, Found Shopping launched at the 2013 Design Indaba in Cape Town on Friday and people attending the design showcase had the opportunity to be the first to sample it.

With the launch of the app, Found Shopping had hundreds of people sharing and discovering the best buys around them.

The team behind Found Shopping’s previous app, Google Umbono-backed Pashash (read the review here), won Startup World South Africa last year.

Co-founder, Faheem Kajee, subsequently spent two months in Silicon Valley marketing and getting feedback before deciding to refocus the proposition specifically around sharing deals. Enter Found Shopping.

Based on the research, it turned out that finding a great deal is about a lot more than just saving money – It’s about feeling like a smart, savvy shopper that has outsmarted the system. “We think of deals as little gems which everybody loves,” says Kajee. “Found Shopping is the best way for people to share the exhilaration of finding these gems first.”

The app builds on the idea of Sport Shoppers: a term coined by researchers at San Francisco State University to describe a market segment that shops competitively. Sport Shoppers compete for deals, experience a high when they find something, and even train to improve their performance.

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dotFNB opens first store in Cape Town

Published by on Mar 5th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB has today opened another dotFNB store at Cavendish Square shopping mall in Claremont, the first in Cape Town. 

Following the success of the first dotFNB branch, which opened in April 2012, five stores have since opened around South Africa.

“DotFNB entrenches FNB’s dominance of digital banking channels and shows the bank’s strategy of on-going innovation. We understand the global trend of convenience, especially for consumer services, like banking. With this growing momentum of digital, self-service banking, customer experience has become an even more important element in our business,” says Kim Gibson-van der Walt, Head of dotFNB, FNB Banking Channels.

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