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  • Is mobile driving a South African ecommerce explosion?

    South Africa's ecommerce space is set to see a mobile explosion this year, with mobile being responsible for a massive part of that growth. That's according to research released on Wednesday by PayPal, which suggests that online shopping in South Africa is expected to reach R37-billion this year. While that's significantly more than the R28.8-billion which was spent online in 2015, the number is expected rise even higher -- to R46-billion in 2017. By that stage, the research suggests, mobile will account for around R19-billion of overall online shopping. "There is no doubt that the rapid penetration of smartphones in South...

  • CallPay, PayU launch mPOS app in Turkey

    Telephony card-based payments company CallPay on Tuesday announced a partnership with Naspers-owned PayU to launch a mobile payments app in Turkey. The deal, which is aimed at providing existing and new PayU Turkey merchants with a secure solution to accept mobile payments, allows merchants to accept card payments on the fly using their smartphone and the PayU mPOS Application. Making use of an application based card reader, PayU mPOS can process card transactions in multiple currencies and supports instalment sales in Turkey. Merchants can then email or SMS transaction receipts to their customers. The companies said the application further...

  • Tidal app shoots to number one, malfunctions after Kanye West album launch

    Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming service, is experiencing a meltdown. And it has something to do with Kanye West, the king of meltdowns. By virtue of being owned by Jay-Z, Tidal is positioned to have exclusive rights to music by artists that are friends and associates of Jay-Z, Beyonce and their extended circle, however, Tidal appears to not be taking advantage of this. The Life of Pablo, Kanye West's anticipated album, was released on Tidal on the weekend. The release was no small affair with Kanye building up momentum by releasing a song every Friday in the months before and then...

  • Mobile first: getting the best out of loyalty programmes

    The recent article by Memeburn staff writer Nur Bremmen ‘Should South African loyalty programmes reward social media engagement?’ shared excellent insights about loyalty programmes in South Africa. I would like to add to the discourse by providing additional insight as a mobile transaction platform provider and loyalty app developer to some of our country’s best known retailers. Right now consumers, retailers and brands are feeling the pinch. Economic turmoil and the recent interest rate hike is curtailing discretionary spending. Consumers are looking to make their money stretch as far as possible, and brands need to work harder to keep customers...

  • The honeymoon is over: dating apps now a hotbed of crime

    Like so many aspects of daily life that have moved online, dating is another that has exploded in popularity in the last few years. Unlike online dating sites, dating apps appeal to a new generation of online daters because of their simplicity and ability to link with other social networks to generate automatic profiles for their users. But despite the ease of downloading these applications, do we consider the risk of using such applications on our personal data? The rise of dating apps has been met with much controversy. In January, UK police announced an increase in the number...

  • This new ttrumpet feature aims to make communities safer

    Whilte-label over the top (OTT) app ttrumpet on Monday announced the launch of a new services aimed at improving safety in communities and around businesses. According to ttrumpet co-founder Grant Theis, this new "Community Channels" feature is designed to be the second part of its security ecosystem. The first part of that ecosystem involved the launch of Tag Me, which allows users' family and friends to follow each other’s journey remotely (in real-time) and raise the alarm if they go off-route or don’t reach their destination when expected. Community Channels means that users can now also report suspicious activity in...

  • Tim Cook takes the worst photo with an iPhone, faces Twitter ridicule

    Apple has long promoted the iPhone camera capabilities, in fact it is one of the selling features of the iPhone. The company has a campaign called 'Taken on an iPhone' to showcase the iPhone's camera capabilities. It would appear however that Tim Cook, the man at the helm of the Cupertino based tech giant, cannot take beautiful photos with the iPhone. During the Superbowl 50 yesterday, Tim Cook took a picture of the Broncos as they celebrated their win. The picture was out-of-focus and had too much meaningless foreground. Twitter, that ever-ready-to-ridicule-beast, wasted no time in tweeting at Cook, some...

  • 5 steps to making your WordPress site mobile friendly

    Mobilegeddon or Google’s 2015 mobile-friendly update cemented the fact that we live in a mobile-first world. The algorithm update by the search-engine giant favored websites, which were optimized for smaller screens, including WordPress websites. No longer a blogging tool, WordPress CMS (Content Management System) is a favorite with industry professionals to build brilliant websites. But Google doesn’t want websites to be just brilliant, it wants them to be mobile-friendly all the way. Here comes the big (and the most obvious) question. How to make a website mobile-friendly? Is it through age-old tricks or some new trends on the market...

  • The sharing economy is doing amazing things for mobile payments

    Over the past few years, the sharing economy has gone from something that a few tech-savvy idealists were excited about to a fundamental part of our everyday lives. Companies such as Uber, Airbnb, and Instacart, have all ridden this boom to become massive companies with global operations. Interestingly, they've brought mobile payments technology with them. That's hardly surprising. Many of these companies depend on customers being able to make reliable mobile payments in order to survive. And when you consider PwC's estimate that the global sharing economy will grow from US$15 billion in 2013 to US$335-billion in 2025, you...

  • Tigo Tanzania is giving its cutomers free access to WhatsApp

    While MTN and Vodacom are waging war on OTTs like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Hangouts and so on in South Africa, in other markets telecommunications are finding innovative ways to get in on the action with them. Tigo, Tanzania's leading teleco, has announced that it is going to offer WhatsApp for free in Tanzania to its 10 million users on its weekly and monthly internet packages. Tigo is the first service provider to offer free access to WhatsApp in Tanzania. Customers using iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia Symbian60-phones will be able to take advantage of this offer. In South Africa,...

  • 7 things you need to know about building mobile apps in 2016

    The market for mobile apps keeps growing infinitely like a hydra on steroids. The use of mobile devices is limitless. For every use the mobile has been put to, there must be an app. Each original app spawns hundreds if not thousands of copycat apps. Interestingly, apps get downloaded with such an astonishing frequency that even rookie developers get their 15 seconds of fame. But what does it take to be a top app development service? Photo Source: netdna Choose the niche The market for your app will be as frequent as the need for its functionality. If you developed...

  • This app lets you make free calls without an internet connection

    Hush. No one tell South Africa's mobile networks about this. Swedish mobile communications service Rebtel this week announced a new in-app feature that allows users to make free international calls without an internet connection. The service, which costs US$1 a month, works by hijacking local phone lines and, according to Rebtel, the call quality is as clear as it would be with a conventional landline call. The new feature adds to Rebtel's existing offerings, which allow people to make unlimited app to phone calls, app to app calls, and the ability to call any phone in the world via...

  • IDC: people are still buying smartphones in their billions

    The rate at which smartphones ship is incredible. And with more and more people joining the list of smartphone owners, the shipment of phones is going to grow. Not only that but it appears it is influencing the invention of cheaper handsets with manufacturers casting their nets wider instead of making only premium models. In the latest preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 399.5-million units during the fourth quarter of 2015, recording a 5.7% year-on-year growth. In the year 2015, according to the IDC, a total of...

  • WorldRemit users can now send money to MTN mobile money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia

    International remittance service WorldRemit on Thursday announced that it had inked a deal with the MTN Group, allowing its customers to send money to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the launch follows the signing of a global partnership agreement earlier this year, to enable WorldRemit customers all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. “This partnership makes sense for both companies, as WorldRemit and MTN share a disruptive approach to innovation and bring impactful services to our customers. Together, we are now providing an...

  • ISPA weighs in on OTT regulation, tells networks to innovate

    It's been a long time since South Africa's seen a tech issue as contentious as the bid by the country's mobile network operators to regulate over the top (OTT) apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype. The networks' argument is that these apps, which allow people to make calls and send text messages, have eaten their traditional revenue streams without spending any money on infrastructure. Everyone else's argument is that the people using theses services spend ridiculous amounts of money on data, all of which goes into the operators' bank accounts. The latest part to weigh in on the...