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Mall of Africa
Mall of Africa future-ready with Wi-Fi network

Open-access Wi-Fi Network, VAST Networks together with Ruckus Wireless successfully deployed the continent's largest mall Wi-Fi installation, providing consumers and retailers with...

28 Apr 2016

#CommerceMonth: Wooting up e-commerce with Rory Magee
#CommerceMonth: Wooting up e-commerce with Rory Magee

An online PC store that started out in a bedroom in 2007 now has a factory and expansion plans in its midst. This is the story of Wootware; and considering its steady growth...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Apr 2016

Winemaker, Pieter Walser, put his instincts to the test
Bottling brainwaves

Buried deep in our brains is a complex infrastructure of nerves known as the limbic system that keeps us alive on the most primal level...

20 Apr 2016

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Scanning your trolley load in one shot

It's a Saturday and you're one of many shoppers standing in a slow-moving queue at a supermarket till. If that store was using radio frequency identification (RFID) which can scan an entire trolley in one action, you would have been home long ago...

By Meshan Morar 19 Apr 2016

Jaco Marais
#CommerceMonth: Speeding things up with KaChing

We asked Jaco Marais, co-founder and managing director, to tell us more about KaChing, how it facilitates commerce and how it has been influenced by e-commerce...

By Cari Van Wyk 18 Apr 2016

PIXO changes the way we use our tablets
PIXO changes the way we use our tablets

Product designer and Design Indaba alumnus Oscar Diaz creates objects that are meaningful for people by re-looking at the seemingly ordinary things we see every day...

By Kate Walker 15 Apr 2016

Products receiver cyclones
GWK unveils Farm Foods factory

GWK unveiled one of the most modern and technologically advanced food production facilities on the continent, the GWK Farm Foods factory...

11 Apr 2016

iFix and Hirsch open repair kiosk in Centurion
iFix and Hirsch open repair kiosk in Centurion

iFix, in partnership with Hirsch, has launched a walk-in, walk-out service kiosk, which offers clients an affordable, efficient and hassle-free way to deal with repairs and servicing of Apple, Huawei and Samsung devices...

4 Apr 2016

Conor Keane, President and CEO of Spring Mobile Solutions with Alastair Gore, MD of Nuva Via.
Spring Mobile Solutions partners with Nuva Via

Spring Mobile Solutions, which provides cloud-based, enterprise-grade mobile applications to consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies globally, has entered into a partnership with local company Nuva Via to expand its South African and African presence...

4 Apr 2016

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It's not about quantity, it's about quality of data in retail

Consumers share data across multiple channels when they research, review and purchase products online. This adds an additional layer to an already large, complex volume of data through which retailers have to trawl to in order to get the business insights they require...

By Gary Allemann 23 Mar 2016

[rAge2016] Michael James on the SA gaming space
[rAge2016] Michael James on the SA gaming space

Throngs of gaming, gadget and tech enthusiasts descended on GrandWest Casino this past weekend...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Mar 2016

The "A" speaker: A solution to noise pollution
The "A" speaker: A solution to noise pollution

Akoustic Arts' "A" speaker is described as the world's most advanced directional speaker because of its ability to create a narrow beam of sound that only the listener can hear...

By Jamie Matroos 22 Mar 2016

Bidorbuy now taking bitcoins
Bidorbuy now taking bitcoins

South Africa's online marketplace bidorbuy.co.za, today announced the addition of bitcoin as a payment method through their partnership with BitX, a leading global bitcoin platform...

10 Mar 2016

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'Detachables' the hot new thing in cooling tablet market

The global market for tablet computers will see another decline in 2016, but one bright spot is in 'detachables' which are gaining as PC replacements, researchers have said...

9 Mar 2016

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SA sectors that should reap big data benefits

As corporates increasingly harness the power of big data analytics to improve productivity, gain market share and a competitive edge, there are sectors that are lagging behind by not fully capitalising...

7 Mar 2016

Goodyear unveils spherical concept tyre at Geneva Motor Show
Goodyear unveils spherical concept tyre at Geneva Motor Show

Goodyear unveiled its latest concept tyre, Eagle-360, at the Geneva International Motor Show. After 117 years of making tyres, Goodyear presented its vision of a future tyre that looks radically different...

3 Mar 2016

Google tests digital wallets that can stay in pockets
Google tests digital wallets that can stay in pockets

Google said it is testing ways to let people use digital wallets without having to even take smartphones out of their pockets. The Internet colossus is dabbling with ways to make its Android Pay system...

3 Mar 2016

New app gives Vida e Caffe customers instant loyalty points
New app gives Vida e Caffe customers instant loyalty points

A new study from Juniper Research has found that 1.4 billion loyalty cards were mobile only or integrated into mobile apps in 2015 worldwide. The research forecasts this will rise to 3 billion by 2020...

29 Feb 2016

TomTom sparks a fitness revolution
TomTom sparks a fitness revolution

Last week Thursday saw the launch of the all-new TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch at the ultra swanky Zenith Sky Bar in Cape Town. Utilising everybody's favourite fitness motivator, music...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 Feb 2016

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Middle East and Africa 3D printing market to total $1.3 billion by 2019

Spending on 3D printing in the MEA market is set to increase from $0.47 billion in 2015 to reach $1.3 billion by 2019, according to the latest forecasts from International Data Corporation...

24 Feb 2016

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Massive increase in mobile spend by SA shoppers predicted

A global survey for PayPal, conducted by Ipsos, which sheds light on consumer shopping habits in South Africa has found that online shopping in SA is expected to reach R37 billion this year...

19 Feb 2016

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[eCommerce Africa Confex] Get mobile with mpayments

An obsession with social media means we are permanently attached to a mobile device, so it's logical that this is where the future of financial services delivery lies...

By Nicci Botha 19 Feb 2016

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Google Express service—which launched in 2013 by offering non-perishable goods—will now include a range of fresh items in test markets in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
Google makes fresh push into grocery delivery

SAN FRANCISCO - Google said on Wednesday it was adding fresh foods to its grocery delivery service, ramping up its challenge to Amazon and a long list of delivery startups...

19 Feb 2016

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#DesignMonth: Humanising retail technology

With highly publicised warnings of the risks of venturing too far down the artificial intelligence trail from academic and business moguls like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, the conversation of whether technology will eventually evolve beyond humanity's ability to control it can lead to quite the fascinating debate.

By Alison Embrey Medina 18 Feb 2016

New technology at PE's Baywest Mall helps shoppers locate 'specials'
New technology at PE's Baywest Mall helps shoppers locate 'specials'

Stellenbosch-based Skybird Technologies has launched an integrated software platform called One, which makes use of specialised Gimbal proximity beacons...

16 Feb 2016

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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...

10 Feb 2016

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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...

By Stuart Thomas 8 Feb 2016

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...

5 Feb 2016

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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...

2 Feb 2016

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