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Number of loyalty cards linked to mobile doubles, study finds

More than three billion loyalty cards will operate as mobile only, or be integrated into mobile apps by 2020, up from 1.4 billion last year according to a new study from Juniper Research...

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SA entrepreneurs: you now have your own loyalty rewards programme

Mercantile Bank, a financial institution aimed exclusively at entrepreneurs, on Friday announced that it had entered into an agreement with wiGroup to develop a loyalty and rewards programme for its clients...

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Smart glasses could make a comeback, shipping over 12 million by 2020
Smart glasses could make a comeback, shipping over 12 million by 2020

The current market in consumer smart glasses is 15 months behind previous expectations, thanks to the withdrawal of Google Glass in 2015, but a new study by Juniper Research shows that over 12 million consumer smart glasses will ship in 2020...

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Weak rand is causing havoc for technology companies

Computer prices, including laptops and tablets, have increased 20% over a one month period since November 2015, throwing the technology market into disarray...

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Time-saving technology to make life easier

Dialdirect takes a look at five gadgets that will be launched in 2016 that are guaranteed to make life a whole lot easier...

Miele introduces new coffee makers to SA market
Miele introduces new coffee makers to SA market

Miele has announced that it has brought two new counter-top coffee makers to South Africa. The brand new CM7 models are able to prepare up to 20 different beverages, including various types of tea. The top-of-the-line model, the CM7500, even descales automatically...

Devices start ordering refills from Amazon online shop
Devices start ordering refills from Amazon online shop

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon on Tuesday announced the arrival of devices that order their own refills from the online retail titan...

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Visa Prepaid integrated into Oxigen Wallet through ZAZOO technology

ZAZOO has partnered with Oxigen Services India to seamlessly integrate its mobile virtual card (MVC) technology to power Visa Prepaid into Oxigen Wallet...

PIXI 3 now available in SA
PIXI 3 now available in SA

Smartphone brand, ALCATEL ONETOUCH, has announced that the PIXI 3 (4.5) smartphone is available from Vodacom outlets across the country...

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Heineken uses Google Cardboard for Next Level Bar

Heineken has pushed its Next Level Bar beyond the streets of Braamfontein and into the cyber world...

Ultra-thin, high-def TVs battle for CES crown
Ultra-thin, high-def TVs battle for CES crown

LAS VEGAS: A battle for the title of best new television opened at the Consumer Electronics Show, with titans fielding new slim, smart, ultra high-definition models...

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With 'smart fitness watch', Fitbit eyes new players

LAS VEGAS - Fitbit on Tuesday unveiled its 'smart fitness watch', aiming to get into the growing smartwatch segment with upgraded fitness tracking features...

Oculus to start taking virtual reality headset orders
Oculus to start taking virtual reality headset orders

LAS VEGAS, USA: Facebook-owned Oculus VR will begin taking orders for its Rift virtual reality headsets on Wednesday, as the doors of Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza officially open in Las Vegas...

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China economy weighs on consumer tech spending

LAS VEGAS - Spending on personal tech gadgets is taking a hit from the economic slowdown in China and the strong US dollar, researchers from the Consumer Technology Association said Monday...

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Apple wins holiday race as screen size expands: survey

Apple came away the winner in mobile device holiday sales worldwide amid a shift to bigger screens, a survey showed. Apple accounted for 49.1 percent of devices activated over the Christmas week...

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Huawei hits 100 million smartphones

Chinese manufacturer Huawei announced on Tuesday that it had shipped 100 million smartphones in 2015. The company said that the number represented...

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Moody's, S&P cut scandal-hit Toshiba's credit rating to junk

Crisis-hit Toshiba's woes deepened when Moody's and Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating to junk, casting doubt on a turnaround plan unveiled...

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Wearable tech market surge led by new gadgets

WASHINGTON - The global market for wearable technology is seeing a surge, led by watches, smart clothing and other connected gadgets, a research report said on Thursday...

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Top technologies for retail at a glance

Trends change on a daily basis and it's impossible to keep up. So where are we with the current landscape of technology and where are we headed?

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Walmart unveils mobile pay service, challenging Apple

WASHINGTON - Walmart on Thursday announced it was launching its own mobile payments service, challenging similar offerings from Apple, Samsung, Google and others...

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Yahoo plans "reverse spinoff" instead of Alibaba sale

WASHINGTON - Yahoo said Thursday it would seek a "reverse spinoff" that would separate the Internet company's core operations from its holdings in China's online giant Alibaba...

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SMEs must use big data to improve festive season sales, says FNB Business head

Many small businesses are following the lead of their larger counterparts by harnessing the power of big data to understand customer buying trends better, in order to increase profitability during busy holiday periods...

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Wearables market surge led by Apple, Chinese makers

WASHINGTON - The global market for wearable tech surged in the third quarter, fueled by the Apple watch and gains from Chinese manufacturers, a market tracker said on Thursday...

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New payment tool provides access to non-credit card online shoppers

What sets PayU Wallet apart from other offerings in the market is the ability for users to load cash into their Wallet Balance via card, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or cash deposit at a bank or ATM. This opens up online shopping to non-credit card shoppers, solving the perennial problem of access...

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New business website shares local bests

OfLocal is a consumer-generated information website that provides users with useful insight on venue and location-specific information...

Always On during Black Friday
Always On during Black Friday

South Africans are excepted to visit retail stores and online shopping sites to grab the best shopping deals on Black Friday. This year will be an even bigger one for local e-tailing stores...

Checkers teams up with Uber for Black Friday
Checkers teams up with Uber for Black Friday

The Black Friday sales promotion will return to Checkers this Friday, 27 November. Checkers was the first food retailer to bring Black Friday to South African shores in 2014, and this year has also teamed up with Uber to offer selected customers a free, seamless journey to and from their supermarkets on the day...

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New mobile shopping app from Toys R Us

Toys R Us has launched a new online shopping app to purchase toys, gaming and baby products via their mobile devices...

Wakaberry introduces the WakaApp
Wakaberry introduces the WakaApp

The self-service, soft-serve frozen yoghurt bar franchise has added a new dimension to its interactive culture by launching its loyalty card programme as a smartphone app...

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