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Facebook introduces new shopping ad format to showcase products
Facebook introduces new shopping ad format to showcase products

Marketers want better ways to visually inspire mobile shoppers to purchase, and so Facebook is introducing a new ad format called 'collection'...

3 days ago

BET.co.za launches first mobile app
BET.co.za launches first mobile app

South African online bookmaker BET.co.za has announced the launch of their first mobile app, available for iOS...

Issued by 4i 3 days ago

SA brands must adopt an IM first approach - but not WhatsApp, yet
SA brands must adopt an IM first approach - but not WhatsApp, yet

Using WhatsApp in its current form as a brand engagement channel is a neat technical solution to a problem, but it's a mistake to think of it as a marketing solution...

Issued by AAM – Always Active Mobile 23 Mar 2017

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Google Family Link lets you monitor kids' mobile usage

Apple's Family Sharing functionality has been one of the better features for parents, allowing them to approve family members' purchases and more. Now, Google has stepped things up in a big way thanks to the Family Link app...

By Hadlee Simons 16 Mar 2017

#IABDigitalSummit2017: Digital debrief with Leonel Silva
#IABDigitalSummit2017: Digital debrief with Leonel Silva

Leonel Silva, media partnerships director EMEA at Celtra, is one of the international speakers at today's IAB Digital Summit. He lets us in on the rise of creative programmatic advertising and mobile video…

By Leigh Andrews 16 Mar 2017

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Beware of returning that missed call!

NEWSWATCH: There's a new mobile scam doing the rounds – and it's affecting freelancers and those who do international business...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Mar 2017

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Apps: The holy grail of content marketing

Business book author Tony Schwartz wrote, “Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the internet..."

By Julia Rhodes 10 Mar 2017

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Mobile weather platform unveiled for emerging markets

A weather app, designed for developing countries to assist users in predicting severe weather events or disasters, has been launched…

23 Feb 2017

J. Walter Thompson Cape Town and SunSteam join forces to bring energy to everyone under the sun
J. Walter Thompson Cape Town and SunSteam join forces to bring energy to everyone under the sun

A highly contested business win in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector has seen J. Walter Thompson Cape Town appointed to lead all marketing communication on the African continent for innovative solar technology enterprise SunStream Technology Inc...

Issued by JWT 22 Feb 2017

Mobile app promotes, awards acts of random kindness
Mobile app promotes, awards acts of random kindness

Change our World for Good has worked with Net#work BBDO to develop a mobile Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) App, which encourages users to set goals for performing random acts of kindness and rewards them...

22 Feb 2017

Get better results - know where your customers are
Get better results - know where your customers are

You can only get better results if you know exactly where your customers are. Accurate, geomapped addresses provide better data quality and results...

Issued by AfriGIS 17 Feb 2017

Data is the ‘new oil' and everyone needs to know what they're leaking
Data is the ‘new oil' and everyone needs to know what they're leaking

F-Secure's Chief Research Officer, Mikko Hypponen, warns about the growing intrusiveness of social media and internet-connected devices...

Issued by Maximizer Software 16 Feb 2017

Google Maps adds bucket list feature
Google Maps adds bucket list feature

You can create lists of places, share your lists and follow other lists, all without ever leaving the Google Maps app...

15 Feb 2017

Google-owned YouTube has supported live streaming of video through computers for about six years, even broadcasting US presidential debates online ()
YouTube adds mobile video streaming for top talent

SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube on Tuesday began letting popular online video personalities broadcast on the go using mobile devices, ramping up a challenge to Facebook and Twitter in the live-streaming arena...

8 Feb 2017

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Trackhacking: Redesigning the sound of cancer treatment

With World Cancer Day having just been marked on 4 February, the dreaded ‘C' word is top of mind. Here's how Cancer Dojo has partnered with the Berklee College of Music and employed design thinking to turn the scary noises of MRI machines into uplifting music...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Feb 2017

Vicinity Media opens Cape Town office, welcomes new staff and publishers
Vicinity Media opens Cape Town office, welcomes new staff and publishers

February is a going to be a busy month for Vicinity Media. The growing mobile advertising network recently opened its third regional office in Cape Town (after Johannesburg and Dubai). The office will be run by CEO and co-founder Daryl van Arkel and co-founder Charles Talbot...

Issued by Vicinity Media 6 Feb 2017

New Club Med campaign all about a world of choices and experiences
New Club Med campaign all about a world of choices and experiences

Club Med Southern Africa has revealed its latest campaign which highlights the brand's manifesto of a world of choices and signature experiences while affirming their latest brand positioning...

2 Feb 2017

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The role of apps in the digital transformation journey

Whether businesses use the cloud, on-premise systems, or an amalgamation of both, digital transformation is happening – and applications are playing a rather big role…

By Gavin Holme 1 Feb 2017

Cartoon Network launches app
Cartoon Network launches app

The Cartoon Network Anything app, available free across Africa, contains exclusive content allowing fans to engage with their favourite shows and characters in a whole new world on their portable mobile platforms...

27 Jan 2017

Warc research indicates rise in non-trackable conversations about your brand
Warc research indicates rise in non-trackable conversations about your brand

Warc research suggests a growing proportion of online social activity is ‘dark', driven by the rise of chat or mobile-focused messenger apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line and WeChat...

26 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Top five mobile trends to help you plan for 2017
#BizTrends2017: Top five mobile trends to help you plan for 2017

This is not another "year of the mobile" trends piece - that ship sailed five years ago. If you do not have a mobile presence then you really should not be playing in the digital space...

By Lynette Hundermark 26 Jan 2017

Good news for news junkies
Good news for news junkies

News24 is launching a brand-new app called News24 Edge that personalises the experience of News24's top-quality journalism...

Issued by 24.com 24 Jan 2017

Smartphone, internet use at record high in US: survey
Smartphone, internet use at record high in US: survey

More than three-fourths of American adults now use a smartphone, helping to boost internet adoption to a record level, a survey showed on Thursday...

16 Jan 2017

Smartphone revolution blazes on as iPhone turns 10
Smartphone revolution blazes on as iPhone turns 10

The smartphone continues to change the world a decade after the debut of the iPhone, even as Apple is under pressure to come up with a new wonder...

9 Jan 2017

Smartphone with Google 3D Tango from Taiwan's Asus
Smartphone with Google 3D Tango from Taiwan's Asus

Taiwan-based electronics group Asus announced on Wednesday it was launching a new smartphone which uses Google Tango 3D technology and allows users to experience augmented and virtual reality...

6 Jan 2017

China's TCL out to revive BlackBerry smartphones
China's TCL out to revive BlackBerry smartphones

Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation was at CES on Wednesday with a plan to revive BlackBerry handsets knocked from the mobile phone throne by Apple and Google...

6 Jan 2017

Apple removes New York Times app from China store
Apple removes New York Times app from China store

Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations...

6 Jan 2017

Global launch by Huawei of new mid-range smartphone
Global launch by Huawei of new mid-range smartphone

Chinese electronics giant Huawei announced on Tuesday a global launch of its mid-range Honor 6x smartphone which includes dual-lens camera technology and is aimed at young consumers...

4 Jan 2017

Data prices respond to market economies
Data prices respond to market economies

Compared to other technologies, smartphone usage is still in relative infancy, but growing as network access increases and real data prices fall. However, some feel that the rate of progress is not rapid enough...

By Luke Muller 22 Dec 2016

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