Infographic, Mobile

The mobile phones landscape in Uganda [infographic]

The iHub Research team has been at work pulling together mobile phone stats for Uganda and collating them into an infographic.It’s good to see the 41% density of mobile phones and impressive numbers starting to show up from the 1-million users of Uganda's MTN (60% market share) Mobile Money solution.As iHub writes explaining who they are, "iHub Research shares stories about the vibrant East African technology community by conducting ICT research on technology innovation within the community," and as ...

Gearburn

Tegra 3, CPU-style graphics in your pocket

Tergra-3-chip NVIDA, creator of leading-class graphic cards and GPUs has released further details on the Tegra 3, a "PC-Class CPU" for mobile devices.Already, tablet owners have been privy to exceptional gaming experiences, fuelled mostly by the Unreal engine. NVIDA though, is taking graphical prowess to a new, meatier level. While Tegra 3 (or Kal-El as it was previously called) has been known about for months, very little in the way of images or videos demonstrating the new CPU has been released, ...

News

The Bookmarks Awards strike gold, although few golds awarded

The fourth rendition of South Africa's digital awards, the largest and most glamorous yet, awarded just eight golds, more than 35 silvers and many bronzes out of 52 categories, judged across a variety of digital media disciplines.The Bookmarks is an event that recognises innovation in digital media and internet-based work for both agencies and online publishers. It was a lively, energetic, well-organised and noisy affair hosted by 5FM DJ Anele Mdoda and well-known technology columnist Simon Dingle.Across the various ...

Gearburn

Telkom Do Gaming to launch Battlefield 3 league

Bad-3 South African telecommunication giant Telkom, under the Do Gaming banner will launch a Battlefield 3 league in 2012 with ZAR100 000 in prize money up for grabs.Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Manager, says Battlefield 3 has been a key focus for Telkom Do Gaming over the past couple of months and will be an important part of the 2012 Do Gaming League."The Telkom Do Gaming stand at the rAge expo exclusively hosted the game before its launch, giving gamers the chance ...

Advertising & Marketing

New Nando’s campaign takes a poke at Malema sentencing

Nandos Julius South African fast food franchise Nando’s has capitalised on the suspension of Julius Malema from the ANC with a brand new campaign. The former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president and political firebrand was suspended for, among other things, bringing the ANC into disrepute.Using the power of pun, the campaigns tagline draws parallels between the franchise's chicken dishes and Malema's rapid political demise: Full Size

Future Trends

Gamification: The hype becomes reality

Research company Gartner reckons that by 2014, more than 70% of the Forbes' major companies will have at least one "gamified" application.The research company says that although the current "success" of gamification is largely driven by novelty and hype, it is positioned to become a "highly significant trend" over the next five years.Gamification is the use of game design techniques and mechanics to solve problems, motivate people and engage audiences.Typically gamification applies to non-game sites and applications in ...

News

Julius Malema axed from ANCYL, Twitter reacts

julius-malema1 Julius Malema, upstart leader of South Africa's ANC Youth League (ANCYL) today faced the music for his multiple political indiscretions. Of the rulings, one stands out and Twitter was there to capture the moment.Malema, and a number of his cohorts from the ANCYL leadership, had been facing charges before an ANC disciplinary committee. The charges ranged from ill-discipline to bringing the ANC, as a whole, into disrepute.As social media analytic tool Topsy.com shows, mentions of Malema dramatically shot up as ...

News

RIM denies renewed reports of BlackBerry smartphones going down

BlackBerry BIS error Barely a month after BlackBerry suffered its widest service failure, there are fresh reports that users are again experiencing service failures. BlackBerry parent company Research In Motion (RIM) has hurriedly downplayed these reports.Given the last outage was as much a public relations failure as a technical failure, RIM has been quick to issue a statement regarding what it has chosen to characterise as a service disruption.Using Twitter, the Canadian company quickly replied to initial user complaints saying: "We're getting ...

General Tech, Innovation

Fully automatic: 7 mind-blowing tech innovations

innovation Recently, I wrote an article discussing how rapid technological innovation may ultimately have far reaching impact on the job market through jobless growth. This week, I would like to take the opportunity to look at some of these technical innovations and developments more closely. Here are seven pretty mind-blowing achievements in a world that is quickly becoming fully automated.Robotic Cars If you think you can hold on to your job as a driver, think again. Back in September, a German company ...

Africa, Mobile

NFC is the future of African mobile money

NFC Mobile money has made more of an impact in Africa than a number of other emerging market regions. In fact, through services like Safricom’s M-Pesa, people on the continent have been using their mobile phones for financial transactions since long before Google brought out its wallet. But can emerging markets on the continent, and elsewhere, take mobile money beyond money transfers?This is, after all, how the whole mobile money market emerged with M-Pesa: People buying airtime from agents and ...

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