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Episode 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba - Part 1

Date: 11 Feb 2016
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Viacom, Snapchat global partnership
Viacom, Snapchat global partnership

Viacom and Snapchat announced a global partnership, anchored in both content production and advertising sales, which will bring two high profile channels to Snapchat Discover...

MTN Nigeria's legal battles pile up
MTN Nigeria's legal battles pile up

Abu Dhabi headquartered telecoms company Etisalat is suing MTN for the second time in under a year in Nigeria. Etisalat confirmed to Bloomberg that it is suing MTN...

Donovan White
Emoji: Language killer, parasite or symbiosis?

Without sounding dramatic, the rise of mobile, Emoji, as a parasitic 'language', could be the culprit for the abuse and ultimate death of written language...

By Donovan White, Issued by NATIVE VML

The future of the cellular industry - Mortimer Harvey
The future of the cellular industry

According to Eleanor Potter, Consumer Executive at Altech Autopage, "Today, it's all about understanding what the customer wants and adapting accordingly...

Issued by Mortimer Harvey

South Africans at world final of Get in the Ring Entrepreneurship Challenge
South Africans at world final of Get in the Ring Entrepreneurship Challenge

Two South African startups Newtech Rail and Adfire Creative M3dia's iMORPH3D app beat down the competition from the rest of central and southern Africa at the Get In The Ring entrepreneurship challenge in Johannesburg last week...

Boris Dzhingarov
Mobile-friendly websites: What you need to know

The longer you wait to go mobile, the greater you risk losing quality traffic. Here are some popular questions about mobile-friendly websites, answered...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library

Vicinity Media releases a 300 x 250 ad unit (with distance window) - Vicinity Media
Vicinity Media releases a 300 x 250 ad unit (with distance window)

Vicinity Media has added the 300 x 250 rectangle ad unit to their range of mobile ad inventory. The larger unit has been developed to take advantage of larger smartphone screens and thus increases performance...

Issued by Vicinity Media

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It's hard out there for an app

The average iOS app makes 50 cents per download, with most discovery coming from a simple app store search. However, once installed, the average person only uses 26 per cent...

Impacting the economy one micro job at a time
Impacting the economy one micro job at a time

Revolutionary micro-jobbing platform, M4JAM, provides companies, brands, etc. with real-time data and consumer insights and contributes to the growing data economy...

By Cari Van Wyk

Study shows mobile or web only campaigns are over - The SpaceStation
Study shows mobile or web only campaigns are over

The latest poll of over 5,000 respondents surveyed across the IAB SA publisher network has given the industry a deep level of understanding of the premium mobile audience...

Issued by The SpaceStation

MRC accredits Sizmek for mobile web and in-app served ad measurement - Sizmek
MRC accredits Sizmek for mobile web and in-app served ad measurement

Sizmek, the open ad management company for omni-channel campaigns, has been accredited by the Media Rating Council for its measurement of served ad impressions and clicks on mobile web and mobile apps...

Issued by Sizmek

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Cell C does not support OTT regulation

MTN and Vodacom have declared war on consumer interests. The infamous duopoly wants to...

By Jose Dos Santos

Mobile convergence an opportunity in challenging 2016
Mobile convergence an opportunity in challenging 2016

Convergence is a term that's been with us for some time. As with many things we get used to, sometimes we just accept them without really knowing what they're all about...

By Lazarus Muchenje

Why brands need to wise up about mobile marketing in Africa - JustPalm
Why brands need to wise up about mobile marketing in Africa

If you take an interest in digital and mobile marketing, you may already have come across a number of predictions around 2016 marketing trends, and maybe even a couple that focus on mobile marketing...

By Patrick Palmi, Issued by JustPalm

Save WhatsApp in South Africa
Save WhatsApp in South Africa

MTN and Vodacom have called for the government to regulate WhatsApp (as well as Skype and similar services). They are claiming that their profits are being undermined...

New portal for youth advice
New portal for youth advice

Corporate Fundamentals owner and founder, Jill Young and her business partner, Russel Brand have opened a new portal, offering advice and tips on career and entrepreneurship...

Zazoo increases its global footprint through partnership with India's Oxigen - Mobile Marketing Association
Zazoo increases its global footprint through partnership with India's Oxigen

Zazoo has partnered with Oxigen Services India to seamlessly integrate its Mobile Virtual Card ("MVC") technology to power Visa Prepaid into Oxigen Wallet in association with RBL Bank as sponsor bank and co-branding partner...

Issued by Mobile Marketing Association

WhatsApp Inc via Wikimedia Commons
WhatsApp faces possible regulation in South Africa

Over-the-top internet services, such as WhatsApp, could be regulated in South Africa depending on the outcome of planned Parliament hearings this month...

By Gareth Van Zyl

Fine doesn't keep MTN Nigeria down
Fine doesn't keep MTN Nigeria down

The raging dispute between MTN and Nigerian authorities - now being battled out in court - has not made the cellphone giant shy about expanding in Africa's most populous country...

By Asha Speckman

Carmen Murray
A 'mobile safari' inspired by the Big 5

The Mobile Migration of smartphones has begun, and herds graze through the pastures of a connected world, and the "smartphone herds" are increasing as the sun rises and sets...

By Carmen Murray, Issued by Mobitainment

Five mobile app trends to look out for in Nigeria 2016
Five mobile app trends to look out for in Nigeria 2016

Nigeria has witnessed an explosion of mobile apps in the last couple years, making it convenient for smartphone users to do everything from paying bills to saving money, shopping, ordering food, keeping up with news...

By Nkem Ndem V

Facebook open for 2016 Awards
Facebook open for 2016 Awards

For the fifth year, the Facebook Awards celebrate the best creative work being shared on the Facebook platform. More businesses are using Facebook and Instagram to connect with audiences and tell stories...

App usage soars as smartphones take hold
App usage soars as smartphones take hold

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Global app usage soared in 2015 as a growing base of smartphone users found new ways to use their devices, a study showed on Tuesday...

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How to choose the best name for your mobile app

Building a mobile application demands patience and perseverance. After a long and iterative process, developers tend to rush through the final stages and drag the project to the finish line...

By Mehul Rajput

Image source © Memeburn
Three big predictions for mobile money, FinTech and financial inclusion in 2016

As with so many things in human history, the evolution of money has been characterised by slow and steady progress, interspersed with periods of rapid technological advancement...

By Alix Murphy

ICASA on e-labelling and premium-rated services regulation
ICASA on e-labelling and premium-rated services regulation

ICASA has announced that it is considering the Mobile Manufacturers Forum's industry Code on e-labelling, and is open for comment on premium-rated services regulation...

©Geoffrey Goldswain via 123RF
Wearables, smartphones to 'dominate' Christmas

Despite fears that the smartphone market is tanking, a research firm believes that the consumer market will show healthy growth as shoppers spend cash on tech during the holiday season...

By Duncan Alfreds

BBM Stickathon announces winning designs
BBM Stickathon announces winning designs

The winning design of the BBM Stickathon was created by Wesley van Eeden, and will be available for download from the BBM Shop on Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phones...

Public domain via pixabay
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...

By Duncan Alfreds

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