New taxi app books a ride for Ivory Coast middle class
New taxi app books a ride for Ivory Coast middle class

ABIDJAN, CÔTE D'IVOIRE: In bustling Abidjan, a homegrown company has tapped into the global taxi app revolution that has spawned Uber and other online transport networks. While Uber has already jumped into several African markets from South Africa to Egypt, Africab seeks to provide Ivory Coast's emerging middle class with a locally-owned high-tech and reliable travel option.

13 hours ago

Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa
Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa

Deloitte Africa predicts that over 300 million smartphones, or more than one fifth of units sold in 2017, will have machine learning capabilities within the device in the next 12 months. The company's 16th edition of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions showcases how mobile devices will be able to perform machine learning tasks even without connectivity which will significantly alter how humans interact with technology across every industry, market and society.

14 hours ago

Converting scale to value in the digital economy
Converting scale to value in the digital economy

The rise of the digital economy is developing at pace globally and is now probably the single most important driver of innovation and prosperity. The proposition of its potential to stimulate growth has become almost conventional wisdom among business and policy influencers. The digital economy can stimulate competition, improve trade, ease capital accessibility, promote efficiency and innovation as well as provide an inclusive platform for economic participation.

By Yusof Seedat 3 days ago

Digital consumers show less brand loyalty
Digital consumers show less brand loyalty

Research across consumers in 12 countries finds those that prefer digital engagement channels to human customer service are more likely to switch brands or service providers.

12 Jan 2017

Recreating the spirit of Silicon Valley in South Africa
Recreating the spirit of Silicon Valley in South Africa

Silicon Valley. That magical place where employees not only work incredibly long hours but also get access to quirky benefits that create an environment many consider perfect for career development. Gareth Hawkey, CEO at redPanda Software, a local custom software development firm, highlights a few lessons local companies can take to heart to look after their most important asset – their people.

12 Jan 2017

Does your ISP pass the speed test?
Does your ISP pass the speed test?

The Internet is an essential part of our daily activities, at home and at work. As a result, the performance of your Internet connection can significantly affect productivity and impact leisure activities such as streaming movies and music. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are inclined to make claims about upload and download speeds when consumers and/or businesses sign up for a service, nevertheless in many instances, users make use of ‘speed tests' to check or validate these claims.

By Calvin Collett 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Wi-Fi ushering in the era of South African connectivity
#BizTrends2017: Wi-Fi ushering in the era of South African connectivity

Connectivity is all around us. Whether it is fixed-line, mobile, or wireless, South African business users and consumers have embraced the benefits that this data access provides them and examining some of the Wi-Fi trends that are making this technology a key driver in changing the local communications landscape is critical.

By Riaan Graham 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Embracing a changing digital world in 2017
#BizTrends2017: Embracing a changing digital world in 2017

Even though the past year has seen the strengthening of several 'traditional' technology trends such as cloud computing, big data, and predictive analytics, the likes of virtual and augmented reality and conversations as a platform (better known as chatbots) are already attracting interest for 2017.

By Natassia Badenhorst 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Digitalisation - a business critical move in 2017
#BizTrends2017: Digitalisation - a business critical move in 2017

Business as we know it has changed; it is all about collaboration, connectivity and mobility, and of course, for these to work hand in hand there is a real need for organisations to move towards integrated technology solutions. It is about digitalising your business through solutions that are tailored to your organisational structure and needs, as well as those that meet the demands of your customer network.

By Gavin Meyer 11 Jan 2017

Smart home hardware and services revenue to exceed $190bn by 2021
Smart home hardware and services revenue to exceed $190bn by 2021

According to new data from Juniper Research, revenues from smart home hardware and services will reach $83 billion this year, rising to $195 billion by 2021. This will be generated through entertainment, automation, healthcare and connected devices.

10 Jan 2017