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Intensifying competition and regulatory changes in the South African telecommunications market are shaking things up. The landscape is seeing the emergence of new technologies and services and a deeper penetration of smartphones. Local telecommunications providers are pushing into parallel markets such financial markets through insurance products, mobile money and...
Attend a hotel conference these days and the issue of the sharing economy is likely to raise its head, in particular competition from short-term rental services via the internet. Airbnb is a classic example of the sharing economy, as the online business brings together homeowners and renters. It’s clear the...
South African children have become more active on the Internet as the national lockdown progresses. Comparing their activity in the first week of January and the last week of March, the overall number of website visits grew by 200%. This became evident from the analysis of Kaspersky Safe Kids...
The privately owned communications service provider SEACOM has selected Ciena Corporation’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and OneControl Unified Management System for the upgrade of its submarine network across the Southern and Eastern African coastlines. This falls in line with SEACOM’s focus on driving the development of the African internet and opening...
Snap Inc. is determined to make its camera-equipped sunglasses a hit. Snapchat has begun selling a new version of its eyewear with built-in cameras after the first version failed to catch on with users of the youth-oriented social network. The company is launching an updated version of its Snapchat-connected Spectacles that...
Social media platform, WhatsApp bans about two million accounts per month from its messaging platform. According to the company, three-quarters of problematic accounts are identified without user report or human intervention, 20 percent of them at the time of registration. At a recent press briefing in New Delhi, company executives said...
Africa’s mobile users are increasingly concerned about the mobile risks and the potential for digital identity theft; however, this is not stopping them from using their favourite messaging platforms and applications. This emerged in new research carried out by KnowBe4 among smartphone users in Nigeria, Mauritius, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya,...
With 13 million South Africans on Facebook, 2.68 million on Instagram and 7.4 million users on Twitter, social media marketing is a key tool for reaching new audiences and boosting sales for any business. “It’s not just about ‘doing’ social media,” says Kiara Havenga, Social Media Marketing Head Tutor at...
New data from KPMG International shows that women delegates are playing an increasingly prominent role in the public discussion from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.   While about 17% of WEF delegates in Davos are women, they have accounted for more than a third of Davos...
Publiseer, an African-focused digital content distribution platform, was recently announced as the provisional winner for the ITU Innovation Challenges in Busan, South Korea. As a result of this victory, Publiseer has been invited to attend the 2019 Young ICT Leaders' Forum (YILF), which will take place in Busan, Republic...
Sony Music Entertainment Africa has just unveiled two state-of-the-art features - Real-Time Earnings and Cash-Out - that allow their artists to view and withdraw earnings faster than ever before through the Sony Music Artist Portal. In these unprecedented times where artists need immediate access to funds, the Real-Time Earnings element...
Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has added WhatsApp notifications to its service. Through its integration with the WhatsApp Business solution, customers who use WhatsApp to chat with family and friends can now also receive instant notifications on the status of their transactions. Given the challenges of SMS delivery in many markets,...
According to a report via barakafm.org, the Google Cultural Institute - in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives - has launched a digitised version of the country's National Archives. The report reveals that the initiative celebrates and promotes Kenyan history, Africa's heroes and cultural heritage. According to the report, with...
Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Kaizala Pro is now available in Nigeria. Microsoft Kaizala is a mobile app that aims to improve the way businesses communicate and collaborate. The mobile app is designed for large group communication, workflow management, reporting and analytics, and is integrated with Office 365. Microsoft Kaizala...
On Wednesday 1 November 2017 Kaspersky Lab researchers revealed that the company has discovered a range of vulnerabilities contained in popular dating apps which have the potential to result in various negative consequences for users: from simply identifying a particular person, to unsecured data transmissions and the leaking of...
The world’s largest social network, Facebook, celebrated a milestone by crossing over the one billion mark of people using the network to connect and communicate. “This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my...
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