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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014 14:00

SKA to redefine Africa's image

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom says the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will transform perceptions of Africa as the continent is not usually seen as a location for cutting edge science and technology.

27 Mar 2014 11:48

Philips to establish research and innovation hub in Kenya

Philips has announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, which is to work both on the creation of new inventions, as well as bringing them to the market.

26 Mar 2014 08:00

Online retail future still good despite closures

Despite the recent closure by Naspers of SA Camera, Style36, 5 Rooms and Kinderelo, I believe that the country is constantly developing and online retail is growing at a rapid rate. Naspers has confirmed this by stating its intentions to restructure and focus on its general online store, Kalahari.com.

By Cuan Chelin 20 Mar 2014 11:07

Using animation to make sense of big data

There are a number of specialists who all contribute to analysing and interpreting big data. We'd like to add a less obvious specialisation into the mix, namely animation and gaming.

By Glenn Gillis 7 Mar 2014 06:54

Managing online retail risks

Retailers moving into the online space for the first time face risks that do not exist in the bricks-and-mortar world and they need to ensure they are well protected.

By Brendon Williamson 4 Mar 2014 10:53

Double the smarts from Sony

Sony Mobile Communications has introduced two new smartphones - Xperia M2, a 4G model and the Xperia Z2, a premium waterproof smartphone. Both will launch in South Africa in the second quarter of 2014.

27 Feb 2014 13:50

XLink receives Frost & Sullivan award for M2M best practice in retail and finance

XLink Communications was recently awarded the 2014 South African Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award Machine-to-Machine in Retail for its VersaLink platform - just one solution in a line of 3G routers offered by XLink for primary or backup communications in the point-of-sale (POS) electronic funds transfer (EFT) space.

Issued by Grapevine Communications 26 Feb 2014 12:40

M2M industry set to grow 23% annually

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, which allows both wireless and wired systems (cellular, wireless and fixed devices) to communicate directly with other devices, is expected to grow as an industry from a current US$121 billion business internationally to $948 billion by 2020.

21 Feb 2014 13:21

FNB adds gesture technology in branch

FNB has launched interactive gesture technology in its Canal Walk cashless branch, dotFNB. This motion sensor technology recognises the movement of shoppers that pass by the storefront, prompts messaging and allows those who choose to interact with the screen to explore its banking products and services. Moreover, customers can apply for an account, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

20 Feb 2014 10:11

New cyber-shot cameras from Sony

Sony has released several new cyber-shot cameras in its range. These user-friendly point-and-shoot digital cameras are equipped with extended optical zoom, which gives users shooting power to capture still and clear photos at a distance. These will all be available in South Africa from April 2014.

17 Feb 2014 10:50

World of opportunity within wearable technology

As one of the first Google Glass Explorers, shopper marketing expert and futurist Liz Crawford has seen first-hand how wearable technology will prove to be the next great opportunity for savvy retailers and marketers.

3 Feb 2014 11:30

Flux Trends looks at the 'State We're In'

The 2014 Q1 trend synopsis from Flux Trends, 'The State We're In' will be run in Johannesburg and Cape Town in February 2014 to provide a comprehensive snapshot of trends that are changing the way we live, work and play. Its theme is, 'A Fork in the Road'.

31 Jan 2014 11:52

[2014 trends] 12 broad (but cherry-picked) trends

Our selection of trends is broad - but cherry-picked - to give you a sense of what the trends are, across a wide variety of industries.

By Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg 29 Jan 2014 09:26

Two new smartphones from Sony

Sony has released two new smartphones - Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia E1 - for the South African market. The Xperia E1, a mid-tier model, is available by the end of the first quarter of 2014 and the Xperia T2 is available now.

17 Jan 2014 13:39

The future is personalised engagement

Given the pervasiveness of mobiles in South Africa, one would expect it to influence the retail sector greatly. However this is not the case says Jesse Green of Perk, a company that works with retailers to engage shoppers on their mobiles while in-store.

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Jan 2014 07:38

[2014 trends] Waka waka (this time for Africa)

It wasn't too long ago that Shakira was singing to thousands at the FNB Stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup: "Waka waka (this time for Africa). Your time to shine. Don't wait in line. Y vamos por todo."

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 15 Jan 2014 07:09

Sony launches new products at CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, which ended on Friday 10 January 2014 in Las Vegas, was the largest in its history with 185,806sqm of exhibit space housing more than 3200 exhibitors. More than 150,000 industry professionals attended, including more than 35,000 from outside the US.

13 Jan 2014 10:47

DCC launches high performance Ethernet switch

Mellanox's Switch X-2 based SX1012 Ethernet Switch is now available from Distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC).

8 Jan 2014 07:10

Sony Mobile's Xperia Z1 Compact enters market

Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") has introduced its Xperia Z1 Compact, offering the very best of Sony technologies from its flagship Xperia Z1, in a new compact size at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas.

7 Jan 2014 10:38

MTN sells Rwanda, Zambia towers to IHS

MTN Group has sold a total of 1‚228 mobile network towers in Rwanda and Zambia to IHS Holdings for a price that was not disclosed.

By Samuel Mungadze 23 Dec 2013 07:53

New data solution targeting digital retail sector

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Effective Measure has launched a new data solution, SHOP, targeting the digital retail sector. It provides deep demographic profiles of online audiences from each stage of the transactional experience from browsing to check out.

19 Dec 2013 08:56

Forecast shows shift to omni-channel purchasing

Adobe's Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast shows interesting shifts towards omni-channel purchasing - a trend in which retailers connect with customers on multiple physical and digital channel, often simultaneously.

17 Dec 2013 08:34

New consoles, online games to keep market soaring to 2017

PARIS, FRANCE: The global video gaming market is set to grow 11.1% a year until 2017, boosted by a new generation of consoles and the increasing popularity of online games, according to IDATE digital research and consultancy firm.

9 Dec 2013 12:53

New research shows mobile purchases fall in volume, gain in value

MEF has completed its third annual mobile consumer survey of 10,000 respondents, across 13 countries including various African countries, to gather insights in to mobile consumer behaviour.

6 Dec 2013 11:36

Album apps the 'future of music'

The reduction in sales of CD music has been attributed to the emergence of downloadable digital music - and piracy. But will album apps take off in South Africa?

5 Dec 2013 11:05

iGlass turns storefront windows into touchscreens

iGlass, a creative template that turns a standard storefront window into a touchscreen where consumers can buy products, get quotes, browse catalogues or brochures and view and be alerted to product information.

23 Nov 2013 10:18

Turning mobile devices into gaming consoles

Logitech has released its PowerShell controller that turns compatible devices into mobile gaming consoles and roughly doubles battery life. It provides console-style game controls and increasing game playtime on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7.

21 Nov 2013 11:02

Will self-service oust the human element in retail?

While Web self-service, e-commerce and self-service kiosks are experiencing runaway growth in South Africa, the need for the human touch is still apparent in most industries.

By Kevin Meltzer 19 Nov 2013 11:36

Emerging markets into the future

Emerging markets is the now and the future. 70% of the world's internet population is in emerging markets and the adspend is starting to move to these markets.

By Danette Breitenbach 18 Nov 2013 12:05

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