GustPay dreams of zero queues at festivals with NFC wristband trial

GustPay, the South African geo-fenced mobile payments startup that recently moved into beta, held a launch party last week and introduced about 400 of Stellenbosch’s university goers to its smartphone payment technology. The event celebrated the launch of GustPay's apps in both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. It was held in partnership with TrustFabric and online music discovery service, also part of the Stellenbosch based World of Avatar group, the investment holding company. Joe Botha, one of the founders ...


FNB injects Acer laptops into its interest free eCommerce lineup

Award for the geekiest bank in South Africa? That’s easy. FNB. In addition to gadgets by HTC, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung, FNB clients can now buy Acer laptops and ultrabooks at no interest or charges over a 24 month period. New and existing FNB Gold or Platinum Cheque Account clients as well as FNB Private Clients will be able to get their hands on Acer’s Aspire S3-391 Core i5 Ultrabook, 320GB Acer Timeline Ultra M3 and Aspire V3-571 Core i3 ...

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Microsoft ditching the name ‘Metro’ for something more commercial

windows 8 Say what? Apparently Microsoft is about to ditch the name "Metro" for something more commercial reports The Next Web. It seems as the Redmond-based company will get rid of the name that it had given to the Windows 8 interface as the product official commercial release gets closer. According to the software giant, "Metro" was just a code name, and not the official one which will be used after launch. "We have used Metro style as a code name during ...


Fresh out of beta Moneysmart reveals bank integration, master plan

moneysmartiphoneandroid Moneysmart, the online personal finance manager (PFM) we covered last year, will be exiting beta in the next few days. It sports a new look, iOS and Android apps, and now, direct integration with all but one South African bank. Absa is yet to give Moneysmart its blessing, but CEO Tobie van Zyl is confident that an agreement will be reached by the end of this year. With big name backers and a maturing feature set, Moneysmart is coming out ...

Facebook, News

Facebook confirms that 83 million accounts could be fake

facebook social media dislike Um. Remember when Facebook said it had grown to 955-million users late last month? As it turns out, it could have around 872-million actual monthly active users (MAUs), because around 83-million Facebook accounts are fake. According to the company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, 8.7% of Facebook's monthly active users are either wrongly classified as personal accounts, or they're duplicates or spam accounts. In addition, Facebook also admits that its user data could be less than 100% accurate, ...


South African VC Knife Capital receives international recognition

Africa-Map To the people living on the African continent, the brilliant innovation emerging from the continent’s unsung entrepreneurs is axiomatic. The rest of the world however remains largely unaware of its rise as a tech powerhouse. To those paying attention however, it’s clear. In its Fortnightly Thoughts research report American investment banking and securities company Goldman Sachs asks: “Is now the time for multi-nationals to be investing in Africa?” The answer: In short, our conclusion is yes. Africa’s exceptionally robust growth over ...

News, Online journalism

Investigative journalism gets the YouTube treatment

This is very interesting. The Centre for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has launched a YouTube channel in partnership with some of the biggest players in the media industry. An initiative of the Knight Foundation, the IFiles will be curated by the CIR and will feature content from the likes of the BBC, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Investigative News Network (INN). Independent filmmakers and freelance video journalists will also get a chance to have their work featured on ...


Doctor Who is riding a dinosaur in this explosive new trailer

doctor who promo Geeks, are you ready? The latest installment of popular British science fiction show Doctor Who is almost here and BBC America is not holding back. A few months ago the broadcaster released a teaser trailer of the upcoming season, setting the Doc Who fan world into a froth of anticipation over what is to come. Now a full trailer is ready to go and the Doctor and his companions will once again face a world of danger, time travel and creatures ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Check out Durex’s cheeky response to SA’s rowing gold

Durex Ad This is brilliant. Not the gold for South Africa's lightweight four rowing team. Sure that's brilliant if you're South African. What people from around the globe will be able to appreciate though is Durex's quick response to it. The South African office of the condom brand tweeted out a picture of a rower, along with a bottle of its lubricant and the text, "it's all in the stroke". A quick, clever, relevant pun that alludes to sexuality -- that's a ...

Google, News

Google Wallet now supports more credit and debit cards on more phones

google wallet Unless you've somehow been avoiding its products, Google probably hosts your email, stores your documents, knows who you interact with (via Google+), customises your searches, tracks which YouTube videos you've watched, and maybe even built your phone's operating system. Now the tech giant could soon keep your debit or credit card info on its servers and help you pay for everything from your morning coffee to your new Chromebook, thanks to some major updates to Google Wallet. Google's mobile payments app ...






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