Mobile money in emerging markets: where to next?

mobile money We recently identified some of the main challenges that have faced mobile network operator (MNO) mobile money (MM) products, and why the concept's overall impact in emerging markets remains a bit of a mixed bag. This week, we look at whether the shift to interoperability heralds a new deal between banks and operators that offers a sufficiently compelling model to make services practical and affordable for the vast majority of the poor and unbanked. The aid and donor community has always ...

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How big tech companies keep journalists under their thumbs

News Image David Weidner, a 15 year veteran reporter on the Wall Street beat, recently wrote an interesting article about the time he spent reporting on some of the world's biggest companies and financial institutions. He notes that much has changed and a lot hasn't in his time among America's financial elite. Presumably to mark each of his years covering the financial services sector he came up with 15 "takeaways." The one that caught my eye was number three: Too cozy for comfort: It's ...


Why nurturing creativity is necessary for innovation

Innovation Without creative individuals, we would not be able to enjoy the innovation that punctuates our lives on a daily basis. How can organisations retain this valuable skill while driving productivity? Creativity has always been the driving force behind human innovation. This unique quality is recognised as the primary contributor towards the ‘spark’ that has brought us each and every basic necessity, creature comfort and technology that we take for granted on a daily basis. Without it, the human race would be ...

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Google+ to allow third party apps for brand pages

Google Plus Black Late last year Google+ launched Plus Pages as a way for brands to connect with users on the social network. The problem was that these pages couldn't be managed with third party apps. But it seems Google+ is about to change all that. "With Google+ Pages, millions of businesses and brands are now connecting with their followers in meaningful ways online," writes Googler Eduardo Thuler in a post. "... many brands use third party tools to manage their social media ...

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Nelson Mandela’s birthday: the online conversations [Infographic]

Mandela Day social media You may have seen what Nelson Mandela's life story could have looked like if social media had been around since before the fall of apartheid, but what did internet users really have to say on his 94th birthday yesterday? His name trended world wide on Twitter and the YouTube tributes poured in -- and all the while, online reputation management company BrandsEye was monitoring the buzz. Birthday wishes and stories of how people were spending their 67 minutes on Mandela Day ...

News, YouTube

YouTube launches first video sharing anonymity tool

youtube blur YouTube has launched a "face blurring" tool that allows users to protect the identity of people in videos. "As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them," said the video sharing site on its blog. This service is a first for online video sites -- according to the international human rights organization, "no video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently ...

Future Trends, Video

Technology is destroying our ability to pay attention, making us rude [Video]

Mobile shopping Technology is addictive and it's making us terrible at our jobs. It's not your fault though, it's part of our evolutionary wiring. That's according Excite founder and Google Ventures Investment Partner Joe Kraus. He argues that the more access we have to the internet the more distracted we're becoming. The numbers seem to back him up too. The average internet user visits 40 websites a day and switches between applications more than 36 times in just an hour. But your ...


Google rolls out email from SMS service, starting with Africa

mobile africa This is very cool. Millions of people around the world have GMail accounts. But a sizeable number of those people who own "dumb phones" have only ever been able to access the service on a desktop computer. Until now. Google has just announced that it's rolling out GMail SMS, a service that lets you send and receive emails as SMSes on your mobile phone. The really cool part though, is that you don't have to be connected to the internet ...


8 YouTube tributes to Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday

Tributes have been pouring in for Nelson Mandela on today, his 94th birthday. We decided to cherry pick some amazing inspirational video tributes to South Africa's great leader and a global icon for freedom and democracy. There are so many of them out there but we really liked these ones up you do too! Have any cool ones we missed? Pop a link in the comments box! Mandela's life in social media: We've already written a standalone piece about this campaign, ...


SA agency wins major US open education contest

Creative agency Blink Tower has won an award from the US Education Department and Open Society Foundations for explaining why Open Education is important. The South African-based agency beat out 60 other entrants, with a video explaining how standard education models can leave students and teachers working with out-of-date materials and massive expenses. The open education solution would see relevant educational tools being put online, allowing them to be constantly updated and repurposed. The competition was launched in March ...






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