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hotel booking platform Jovago expands to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi

May 21, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on hotel booking platform Jovago expands to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi

After recently expanding into South Sudan just last month, the online booking portal Jovago, founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), is continuing to expand across Africa, bringing operations to Zanzibar, Djibouti and Malawi in order to offer easy and transparent hotel booking to users across the continent. Jovago is an online hotel booking service...

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Zimbabwe: Telecel subscribers to browse Facebook for free

May 21, 2014 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Zimbabwe: Telecel subscribers to browse Facebook for free

Telecel pre-paid subscribers with data-enabled handsets can now browse on Facebook for free, even when they have no airtime, utilising the Facebook Zero web-site. Facebook Zero is a mobile web-site that includes all the key features of Facebook but is...

Standard Bank launches game-changing payment app

May 21, 2014 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Standard Bank launches game-changing payment app

Standard Bank today announced the launch of their mobile payment app, SnapScan. This is the bank’s first mobile payment offering that allows merchants to receive payments from their customers through a combination of a QR code and a secure PIN number....

Johannesburg suburb aims to become most connected

May 20, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on Johannesburg suburb aims to become most connected

A Johannesburg suburb well-known for its restaurant and village culture is now aiming to become one of South Africa’s most connected. The Parkhurst Residents and Business Owners Association (PRABOA) has put out a request for proposal for Fibre-to-the-Home...

Botswana Assesses Open Data Readiness

May 16, 2014 • Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Botswana Assesses Open Data Readiness

The Botswana Innovation Hub, in conjunction with the e-Government Unit in the Office of the President, have agreed to conduct a diagnostic study to assess the capability of Botswana, inside and outside the government, to implement an Open Data program. The...

Bitco, Shycom ink partnership

April 25, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on Bitco, Shycom ink partnership

The founders and Directors of BitCo have offered their network and vast experience in ICT to up and coming  new market player Shycom in an exciting new partnership that is a key part of BitCo’s entrepreneurial development strategy. Selling BitCo products...

Start-up to develop Android desktop computer

March 11, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, Southern AfricaComments Off on Start-up to develop Android desktop computer

Google’s Android operating system has been the dominant mobile platform for a number of years, but Cape Town-based Capsule Technologies is turning the tide – by using the operating system to develop a desktop computer. Franck Martinaux, Technical...

Judge bans Twitter in Pistorius trial

March 10, 2014 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Judge bans Twitter in Pistorius trial

High Court judge Thokozile Masipa on Monday afternoon banned the use of Twitter in disseminating evidence presented by pathologist Gert Saayman in the murder trial of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. “There shall be no live broadcast now … that applies...

Event: Counting the cost of not having business continuity

February 28, 2014 • Events, Southern AfricaComments Off on Event: Counting the cost of not having business continuity

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial recession, companies globally have faced tremendous pressures to cut costs. Like marketing, business continuity is often an early casualty of such measures. And just as a lack of marketing leaves a company disadvantaged...

The mobile industry is changing at an exponential rate as new influences shape the way consumer expectations rise and the competition, new and old, pile on advancements such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) as being differentiators.

Smart cities will help Africa leapfrog says Deloitte

February 24, 2014 • Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Smart cities will help Africa leapfrog says Deloitte

Due to increased access to connectivity and the associated predicted urbanisation, African cities wishing to uplift their populations into the 21st century are going to have to start focusing today on what the city of tomorrow will look like, according to...

What do malware and mosquitoes have in common?

February 24, 2014 • Southern AfricaComments Off on What do malware and mosquitoes have in common?

Malware seems to be everywhere and it’s incredibly challenging to combat. It can take many forms and is increasingly resistant to traditional approaches to detect and stop. Instead of relying on a single attack vector, malware will use whatever unprotected...

MTR delay not in public interest says Telkom SA

February 21, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on MTR delay not in public interest says Telkom SA

Recent moves to oppose new Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs) will delay reducing the cost of calls to the consumer, and are not in the public interest according to Telkom SA. The telecommunications services provider issued a press release stating its...

What future for the distribution channel in a cloud-based world?

February 19, 2014 • Enterprise IT, Southern AfricaComments Off on What future for the distribution channel in a cloud-based world?

Over the past few decades a whole industry has built itself on the distribution and resale of hardware and software — an industry that is now under threat as software sales move online and entire services move into the cloud. But, says Jessica van Wyk,...

VoIP buying guide for small businesses

Avianto Lifestyle estate connects with fibre thanks to BitCo

February 18, 2014 • Company News, Southern AfricaComments Off on Avianto Lifestyle estate connects with fibre thanks to BitCo

An affordable complete IP network is now available throughout Avianto Lifestyle estate,  one of South Africa’s first integrated estates. Fibre Internet, Voice and video services are now easily accessible to occupants. This initiative is powered by leading...

96% of businesses not managing data effectively – KPMG study

February 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern AfricaComments Off on 96% of businesses not managing data effectively – KPMG study

  KPMG Capital recently announced findings from a recent data and analytics (D&A) report that reveal a stark disconnect between C-suite executives who realise the value of big data, but are unsure of how to effectively implement and manage their...

Cisco, Comztek unite to deliver in Mauritius

February 18, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Cisco, Comztek unite to deliver in Mauritius

Comztek in Mauritius is working closely with vendor partner Cisco to ensure that customers throughout the region will benefit from superior service and quality solutions. Built off of the back of a historically solid and mutually beneficial business...