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  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India's ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter's foot in the door of India's booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It's interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial's mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • Mozilla Firefox might be coming to an iPhone near you

    It looks like Mozilla is planning on bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS. If current mobile and browser stats are anything to go by, this would be a smart move if the fiery fox is to dig itself out of a hole in terms of gaining market share. Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk said that “We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." According to TechCrunch, Blakk was quoting Mozilla’s VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale. Mozilla Firefox is currently available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. iPhone and iPad users are...

  • MTN now lets people send money between Ivory Coast and Benin

    The MTN Group has revealed the launch of a mobile money cross-border payment service between Ivory Coast and Benin, positioning itself in the middle of the mobile money industry that has grown massively in Africa. The service, it says, has been introduced to enable the cheaper and easier movement of money in the West African region, potentially cutting miles that people have to walk to banks. This service is not the first of its kind that MTN has initiated between two countries. Back in April, the mobile giant introduced a similar service between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. The success of...

  • Facebook Messenger now has 500 million monthly users

    Facebook faced a lot of flak after it forced users to download Messenger a few months ago. Not only were people annoyed by the fact they now have to use a standalone app to chat to their friends, they were also freaked out by the perceived infringement on their privacy. This, however, doesn't seem to phase the bulk of the social networking giant's users anymore. At least not its half a billion monthly active users. Facebook announced yesterday that 500 million people are using its instant messaging app each month, and that it's more committed than ever to give...

  • 9 graphs that will give you new insight into Africa’s thriving mobile landscape

    We love graphs. They are colourful, digestible and usually provide interesting, insightful data. Below are a couple of charts provided by GSMA's latest report The Mobile Economy that we thought you'd be interested in. We all know by now that mobile is a big deal in Africa. While it's great that the continent is one of the most penetrated regions in the world, it's even more interesting looking at how this technology effects people, from boosting GDPs to creating jobs and innovations. Read more: Sub-Saharan Africa will have half a billion mobile subscribers by 2020 2G connections accounted for 85%...

  • 50% of YouTube’s traffic is now from mobile

    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed that 50% of views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets. This is impressive growth considering that mobile accounted for 40% of YouTube videos last year and only comprised six percent of views on the video-sharing platform as of 2011. “Mobile is super important. I think it’s important for every business right now,” Wojcicki said. Wojcicki is correct, and one only has to look at other platforms to realise how big the number of people who access social and content platforms on mobile. The 50% growth in mobile views is not a fluke for...

  • Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

    Bharti Airtel Limited, commonly known as Airtel -- an Indian multinational telecommunications services company with its headquarters in New Delhi -- has launched a training programme aimed at giving new technology skills to thousands of young people in Gabon. The initiative, which will be run in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is called “Train My Generation: Gabon 5 000” and will be stretched out over a period of three years. For UNESCO, the initiative is ground-breaking. It's the first time it has formed such a partnership with a private organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative...

  • WeChat cannot succeed in Africa if it holds tight to its Chinese legacy

    WeChat is blazing around the globe caring very little of what is in its path. In the last year, the platform's global launch has seen it begin to weave itself into the fabric of Africa's tech ecosystem and platforms of choice. I recently started using the platform. Before now, it held no real appeal for me -- none of the people I would ordinarily IM with are on the platform and sharing seemed futile if my crowd wasn't there to share with. That said, the platform has managed to attract a fair number of users, but what are they doing...

  • Samsung expects a poor quarterly profit, smartphones wearing it down

    Samsung is expecting its quarterly profits to punch in at 4.1-trillion won (US$3.8-billion) -- that's about 60% down from last year's 10.2-trillion won forecast. The tech company seemingly has its fingers in all pies on the market -- from televisions to smartphones, smartwatches and processors. The latter seems to be where it's placing its bets going forward, nudging away from its poor performing mobile sector. A report by Counterpoint Research in July highlighted the company's struggle to keep up with the likes of Apple's iPhone 5s. Even though Apple's then flagship smartphone has been on the market for about seven months,...

  • Facebook to launch ad platform to better track users across 3rd-party sites

    Facebook is allegedly on the verge of launching a brand new ad platform designed to improve how marketers target and measure the advertisements bought on the web. While this update may be applauded for its skillful innovation in the advertising space, it does sound rather creepy. People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the update was a redesigned version of the Microsoft-created Atlas Advertiser Suite which the blue social giant bought in early 2013. Essentially, as noted by the WSJ, the update is to focus on how users interact on ads that appear on Facebook's services as...

  • On indie games and why I play them

    I’m not an avid gamer. I once got addicted to Word Mole on my old Blackberry – it’s embarrassing, but I couldn’t stop playing it. Now, and for the first time, my gaming interest has been fully seized and I’m left wanting more. This is how a new generation of game developers are making their mark in the saturated realm of mobile games, and creating games that are not only beautiful to look at, but intuitive to play. These indie game developers are taking a new approach when it comes to the user experience and the function of the games they create. Their...

  • In China, they now have designated sidewalks for people on their phones

    China has over half a billion smartphone users. It's then almost no surprise then that in the City of Chongqing, a new sidewalk has been unveiled exclusively meant for people walking around, looking down at their glowing screens. China's People Daily popularised the news when it tweeted that it's an "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users to avoid possible crashes." --essentially, the lanes are designated areas for slow-moving, distracted people on-foot. Chongqing City has set up China's 1st "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users ” to avoid possible crashes on Fri pic.twitter.com/jFiCbbE1yk— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 13, 2014 Ever since...

  • From rice to burgers: MMA Smarties Awards revealed in SA

    In an attempt to highlight some of the country's top mobile marketing campaigns, South Africa's MMA Smarties Awards recently took place, with the final winners that including campaigns for Tastic rice by Yonder Media, Hungry Lion by Quirk and Boxer Superstores by Mobitainment, among others. The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is one of the world's leading non-profit trade organisations with over 70 members active in South Africa. MMA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation and innovation of marketing through mobile, driving business growth with closer and stronger consumer engagement. One of the event's judges, Tim Bishop, Director Deloitte Digital and...

  • 16 graphs that shed new light on the South African smartphone space

    As we've pointed out time and time again, South Africa is a mobile country. If you're a regular reader then stats like the fact that the country has more SIM cards than people, with a mobile penetration of around 128%, are probably pretty familiar to you. Dig a little deeper into the data though and some interesting stats, facts and figures start to emerge. A recent attempt to do exactly that saw online audience measurement tool Effective Measure, survey 5 000 plus desktop internet users focusing on a number of areas including smartphone usage, ownership and advertising. The...

  • Africa’s mobile banking apps are a serious weapon in their war against the telcos

    “The money that goes through the MTN eco-system in one month is more than the money that gone through all the commercial banks since inception”, that’s according to Vincent Kiyingi, Head of IT at Pride Microfinance Limited Uganda. The wake of mobile money services took the banking sector completely by surprise starting with Safaricom’s MPesa mobile money transfer service in Kenya. The service, as of Safaricom's Half Year 2013 -2014 Results, has 18.2-million registered users of which 11.6-million are active users. The network’s strongest weapon is its widely distributed agent network which currently stands at 78 856 MPesa agent...