A recent job posting by Uber.com shows the service is coming to both Cape Town and Joburg according to this job posting. If you’re like me you’re probably thinking: “what the hell is Uber.com?” Here are the details:
Uber is a venture-funded startup company based in San Francisco, California that makes a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire. The company arranges pickups in the San Francisco Bay, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Diego, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Denver, London, Melbourne, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Munich, Baltimore Phoenix, Stockholm, Sydney, Baltimore, Detroit, Milan, Sacramento, Rome and Singapore.
Uber drivers have cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app. Using the apps, customers can track their reserved car’s location.
Uber has indicated it is planning to expand operations to include non-taxi ridesharing in the near future.
Considering they’re taken the service to large parts of America, Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia I guess they’ve run out of places to try market the service. It’s great to see a massive startup looking at South Africa and Africa as a whole to enter however I wonder if someone forgot to do their homework. While it’s technologically a great product (you hail a car with your phone) and it’s going to be a good employer for drivers and the tech industry I’m skeptical. (more…)
Everest, the popular iPhone app aimed at helping people achieve life goals and dreams, has announced its launch in South Africa on Thursday, July 4th, available for immediate download on the Apple App Store.
“Nelson Mandela, Christiaan Barnard, and Elon Musk have inspired me”, says co-founder and CEO Francis Pedraza, “so I am excited to see the goals and dreams the rest of the people of South Africa will accomplish with Everest!”
From learning a new language, to getting in the best shape of their life, to teaching their kid how to ride a bike, Everest helps people break goals into smaller daily steps, get support and accountability, and beautifully capture their journey.
People had added over 1,000,000 steps to their goals since the app was first released in the United States in January.
Everest is also announcing a new feature this week: Dream Journeys, a beautiful new web interface for sharing progress and asking for suggestions.
The first South Africans who accomplish these goals on Everest will be recognized: (more…)
Whatsapp is the little messaging app that has taken the world by storm – it has quickly become one of the first apps most users install on any smartphone. Whatsapp is currently sending 17 billion messages daily, much more than Apple’s iMessage which sends “only” 2 billion. Until now Whatsapp has been using a subscription based pricing model of a dollar per year on a lot of its platforms. But the iPhone has stuck to a once off $1 price.
But now the developers behind Whatsapp have made public that they intend to move iPhones away from this pricing strategy as well. So within this year, Whatsapp will become a free app, that charges you a dollar after a year’s use. Current users of the app (who have paid the once off $1 for the app) will be informed when they will be charged as well.
The new subscription model would apply to new users, Koum said, and would likely follow the same pricing structure as its other apps, which are free for the first year and then cost $1/year, compared to the single, for-life $0.99 purchase that users make on iOS today. “We’re relaxed on dates, but definitely this year. It’s on the road map,” Koum said. (more…)
I’m so sick to death of waiting for the Mailbox app on my iPhone I’m almost at the point of deleting it yet something keeps me hanging out. For those not in the know:
“The Mailbox app uses gestures to make quick work of incoming mail, allowing you to clear out your inbox in a jiffy.”
The app is apparently life changing, however I’m tired of waiting and I think this reservation system is a bad way of going about things. The reservation system is fairly simple: “Demand for Mailbox has been incredible, and in order to deliver a world-class email experience we’re filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’ve already reserved your Mailbox, download the app and enter your reservation info. If you don’t have a reservation, download the app to get your place in line. Everyone can watch the line move in real-time from inside the app.” (more…)
The iPad has been taking the enterprise by storm, and it is clear that among many office workers it is quickly becoming the device of choice for taking meeting notes, emailing and keeping up with your calendar. With the average person moving to a more browser centric work style, it is only natural to see that corporate will find tablets more enticing.
But there are a few things that PCs still do better than tablets. Not everyone agrees that tablets are the future of computicket, but I do particularly like Steve Jobs’s vision for the future of tablets:
“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.”
“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said. “They are still going to be around.” “only one out of x people will need them.”
One of the key areas where tablets still suffer is with proper Office suites. (more…)
Checkers is the first SA retailer to enable consumers to get instant shopping discounts on their cell phones, which can be redeemed at Shoprite and Checkers stores.
Shoprite Checkers hopes that EeziCoupons, which are available in the Checkers SA app, will revolutionise outdated paper coupons. They are available to all South Africans to enhance the consumers’ shopping experience and bring considerable savings to consumers.
Getting the mobile coupons is easy – consumers simply need to view coupons on their cellphones, purchase those products in store and enter their one unique code, called a WiCode at the till’s pin pad in the store.
The total discount will then automatically be taken off their total shopping amount, and they will see their savings at the bottom of their till slips. Consumers will have access to thousands of rands worth of savings with one easy code on their cellphones for all coupons available– no printing or cutting is required. Offers are also continually updated. (more…)
24.com just launched a Facebook app that offers users a unique way to engage and connect with the news. So expect News24 stories popping up a whole lot more in your Facebook news feed. In order to read a shared article, users will have to accept the News24 app for their Facebook account.
The app is designed to allow users on the social network to read, share and comment on articles. It opens up increased engagement around the news as users can see what their friends are reading in real-time and comment on their articles. The app automatically shares all the articles users are reading on their Timeline and News Feed but they have the option to control their sharing preferences.
The response to the app has been impressive. Since its launch in mid May, week on week referrals from Facebook have gone up 75% and the total unique story impressions have been 3 587 180.
Says 24.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Jannie Momberg: “The app is currently live for News24 and Sport24 and we plan to roll it out across other platforms around the beginning of July, including: Nuus24, isiZulu24, Parent24, Food24, Wheels24, Fin24, Channel24 and Women24. International trends have shown that news related social apps are proving increasingly popular as friends choose to share and read news that their friends are reading with 25-34 year old’s the fastest adopters.”
One of the great things about the Amazon Appstore is that it gives away a different Android paid-for app for free every day, which means you often find great gems for your phone, provided you check in every day. Apple is now taking a similiar route, and is starting to give away one app on the iOS App Store and another on the Mac App Store for free every week.
For example, this week you can download Cut The Rope: Elements to your iPhone for free, and of course it is the number one downloaded app on the Appstore.
On the Mac App Store you can now find the brilliant Cobook app which enables super-easy address book changes, and syncs with social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. The app quietly sits on your taskbar, and when you need to search for a specific contact’s details you just click on the cobook icon (or tap the hotkeys) and start typing the name or business name.
You can also easily add to or edit existing contacts, which will then be synced back with the Address Book app on your Mac. So if you use a service like iCloud or Google Contacts, the changes will reflect on your phone as well. Nifty.