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  • Why spend R159 per month on Xbox Live when you can do this?

    News of Microsoft increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold in South Africa has not been received positively. Then again, when do price hikes ever get a good reaction? Anyway… the increase from R50 a month to R159 a month has seen many lash out at Microsoft – and rightfully so. Sure, the pricing ostensibly brings us in line with the exchange rate, but when the competition is much cheaper, it’s cause for alarm. With that in mind, I wondered what else you could get for R159 a month…

  • PayPal severs app support for BlackBerry, Amazon Fire & Windows Phone

    It's not uncommon news for BlackBerry, Windows Phone or Amazon users to hear that a company is discontinuing app support for their platforms, but this time, the player is 170-million user strong PayPal. The company took to its blog to announce that it will no longer support BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone or Amazon Fire by the end of June 2016. This is largely thanks to the new version of its mobile app, which brings new functionality. "Version 6.0 of the PayPal mobile app has enhanced features and a new look and feel. We have brought features that our customers use most...

  • 4 things to consider for video game-based marketing

    The focus of Games-Based Marketing, a board term which extends past simple Gamification, is on making the consumer's experience of interacting with a brand engaging, enjoyable and memorable. One way that brands can do this is by incorporating a game into their marketing strategy. Games are a fantastic tool for brand awareness – something that McDonalds figured out in the 80s – as those that are well designed and well supported will excite and fascinate their users. This means that a well-designed game has more reach and is capable of spreading brand awareness further through word of mouth than any...

  • Foxconn replaces 60 000 workers with robots in China

    Foxconn, the manufacturing company behind the likes of the iPhone and PlayStation 4, has replaced 60 000 of its workers with robots, according to a new report. "The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110 000 to 50 000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs," a government official told the South China Post. That effectively means that a workforce equivalent to the population of Knysna has been replaced by machines. In response to a BBC query, Foxconn stated that robots were implemented to complete the repetitive tasks, and that now its...

  • The network of the future is all about context [EMEA Atmosphere]

    Technology is changing everything. As a reader of this site, you know that all too well. But what you might not know is that some of the biggest changes are occurring thanks to changes in the networking space brought about by the consumerisation of enterprise tech. While some of those changes have been scary for network administrators, the ones who've adapted have actually found that they suddenly have eyes on some incredible contextual data that is immensely useful to other aspects of the business. That was the message from HPE Aruba CTO Partha Narasimhan during the day two keynote at the...

  • Microsoft cuts 1850 jobs in mobile unit, takes $950m hit

    Microsoft's mobile division has endured a torrid time in recent years, seeing lay-offs, mergers and spin-offs. Unfortunately, the company has announced another round of job cuts. The Redmond company plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware division, affecting up to 1850 jobs in the process, it announced in a press statement. "As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950-million, of which approximately $200-million will relate to severance payments," the company explained. Read more: Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation - with enterprises that value security,...

  • 7 niche dating apps for Android & iOS that actually exist

    Many people are familiar with the likes of Tinder and OkCupid, but what if your needs are more specific than a mere dating/hookup app? Fortunately, there are quite a few alternative and niche apps around, whether you're into the BDSM scene, cannabis, threesomes or more. 3nder (free - iOS) Always wanted to try a threesome but not sure how to find willing partners? Then consider trying 3nder, branded as Tinder for threesomes. Anyway, the app is available for couples and singles, while passcode and fingerprint authentication is supported to keep nosey people out of the app. 3nder also supports photos and group chats, naturally. In...

  • Call centre management: are you managing the people or the tech?

    It’s easy for businesses to get sucked into the technology available and the features it offers, forgetting that managing the people who are using the features is what is going to show a positive return on the investment in the technology itself. Lost in translation The old adage, communication is key is just as relevant in the business world as it is in other contexts. And when it comes to large enterprises, different departments with differing objectives often result in disparate systems and cumbersome processes. Contact centres can be caught at the heart of this. Not only does this increase the complexity...

  • 5 great affordable smartphones with above average battery life

    You might be wondering what phones you should be buying for your specific usage case. Want a swanky body, a brilliant camera or an extremely hardy battery? Look no further. Today, we look at the latter. We round up the best phones for the job, starting with the top five phones with extra long battery mileage. In no specific order, here they are.

  • Former Konga VP Gabriel Gab-Umoden on his latest venture, Legend.ng

    Gabriel Gab-Umoden isn’t new in Nigeria’s tech space. Having served as a Vice President at ecommerce company Konga, Gabriel knew what the potentials of the ecommerce sector in Nigeria are but he surprised the industry when his next venture had absolutely nothing to do about ecommerce and was opposed to the norm in the ecosystem in Nigeria where tech companies start in Lagos before going elsewhere.

  • It’s official: Twitter announces character count and @reply changes

    Twitter made a pretty big announcement Wednesday, and it's something that many users have requested. The company has officially announced that it will soon neglect to count image links and @replies towards the 140 character limit. This effectively means that users can now dedicate all of those 140 characters to actual written content within tweets. "In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters," the company's senior product manager Todd Sherman...

  • Google Maps ups ad game to help businesses capture mobile users

    Google is about to get a lot more evil especially if you hold an absolute hatred for advertisements. Google Maps is getting a slew of new advertising features, that will help brands, physical stores and the like reach consumers more effectively. "To help marketers succeed in this mobile-first world, we have redesigned AdWords -- from the ground-up -- and re-thought everything from creatives and bidding, to workflow and measurement," Google's SVP of ads and commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy, noted on the AdWords blog. This change comes courtesy of smartphone usage trends, which has seen Google receive close to 50% of its search queries...

  • We’re in the era of the intelligent workspace [EMEA Atmosphere]

    By now, pretty much everyone in the business world understands that people want their device experiences at work to match their device experiences at home. Everybody gets it, but there are still plenty of businesses which are still suspicious of this state of affairs. Thing is, they don't have to be. In fact, the workspace revolution that started with people wanting to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, could fundamentally change the workplace as we know it. And if the right structures are put in place, leading with a mobile first approach could actually result in happier, more...

  • 6 powerful collaboration tools for digital agencies

    Digital agencies can be called as a conglomeration of many stakeholders such as in-house employees, freelancers, agency partners, clients, and of course the audience! More often than not, the bandwidth of a digital agency gets assessed on the basis of their ability to handle and access data. Being one of the heavy data-driven businesses, digital agencies need to smartly collaborate data and teams in order to live up to the expectation of all its stakeholders. Here are six best collaboration tools that can do wonders for digital agencies. 1. Skype Skype is one of the most popular names in both, home and work...

  • AG#HASHTAG review: Cassper’s much friendlier Ghost

    Recruiting these so-called brand ambassadors to sing a product’s praises is a marketing trick that’s getting very old in the industry. Yes, it definitely works, but it also means that companies don’t need to make the absolutely best device they can. I mean, why should they? If you can pay the likes of Jay-Z or Beyonce to flaunt their product for an entire music video? So when AG Mobile announced that they’ve partnered with South African hip-hop sensation Cassper Nyovest with its latest phone, I let out a big, long sigh. I let out an even bigger one when I...