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Month: November 2015

Chuwi’s Dual Bootable Hi8 Tablet now available in China at $79.9

Chuwi’s Dual Bootable Hi8 Tablet now available in China at $79.9

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Chuwi, one of the Chinese companies focusing mainly on making tablets is back in the market again with the release of a Dual Bootable Hi8 which is capable of dual boots between the Windows 10 and Android version 4.4 KitKat. Chuwi's Hi8 is priced for as low as $79.9 (roughly Rs. 5,135). The Dual Bootable Hi8 Comes packed with an 8-inch Full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1020 pixels and spotting a 64-bit Intel Z8300 Quad Core chipset clocked at a speed of 1.84GHz each and an Intel HD Graphic (Gen 8) processor under the hood. The tablet also comes with a 2GB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 32GB which can be further expanded using microSD card to as much as 64GB. On the connectivity front, the Chuwi Hi8 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS with Full Size...
Apple iPad Pro to go on sale under T-Mobile today

Apple iPad Pro to go on sale under T-Mobile today

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's newest device in the line of tablets - The iPad Pro - is the biggest tablet yet from the smartphone manufacturer and the device stops at a measured diagonal size of 12.9 inches. This device also comes with some smart accessories like the keyboard and smart pencil and although announced earlier (around September), became officially available for sale starting from the 11th of September. However, one of the favorite carriers in the United States - T-Mobile - didn't have the device for sale since then but till today. Offering the device for sale via its JUMP! On demand programme, the device would be sold for a down payment of $199.99 and monthly installmental payment of $34. There is interest-free financing plan for the purchase of the device likewise which would see you pay a down...
Edusko, the online educational institution platform, launches in Lagos

Edusko, the online educational institution platform, launches in Lagos

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Edusko is an online platform that does its own business by connecting parents and students in this country to other schools abroad. Just of recent, the Edusko platform launched in Nigeria and Lagos was chosen as the favorable launch location for this innovative platform. The main dream and vision that Edusko has and pursues is the making available of schooling platforms to parents and children that are seeking such within Africa and beyond the shores of the continent likewise, allowing schools to also make contact with and reach out to the parents of these wards and their children too. “There are over 500, 000 schools in Africa and we understand that the decisions of choosing the right schools may be difficult most especially for parents who do not want to gamble with their children’s edu
SA might have known of MTN’s fine – City Press

SA might have known of MTN’s fine – City Press

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The fine that was just recently imposed on MTN by the National Communications Commission (NCC) of Nigeria has taken a new twist as the City Press have published a report that hints toward the opinion that the South African government may have well been aware that such sanctions would be placed on the mobile telecommunications company before a public announcement was even made at all. MTN recently got slapped with a fine that amounted to about NGN1.04 trillion because the service provider didn't follow normal protocol and disable the accounts of over 5.1 million subscribers due to their failure to register their respective lines before the deadline. This amount was accrued as a result of NGN200,000 fine on each customer that are yet to register and didn't get de-activated. This report by ...
FreedomPop to partner Intel in launching first smartphone in 2016

FreedomPop to partner Intel in launching first smartphone in 2016

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FreedomPop, the wireless service provider which churns out its service to the general public at affordable prices has announced that they would be making their very own smartphone. The smartphone, which is due for launch next year (2016) would be designed to specifically work on FreedomPop's network and would be made successful through a partnership with Intel. The device to be built by FreedomPop, which has no name attached to it yet, would be made to work very well with various Wi-Fi networks and perform most of the simple operations of a device such as texting and calling via Wi-Fi. This brings to mind a similar by Google which it calls the Project Fi. Reportedly, the device would be run by the SoFIA Atom x3 processors from Intel which are not as expensive as the top processors...
Could the Huawei-made Nexus 6P just be another “Bendgate”?

Could the Huawei-made Nexus 6P just be another “Bendgate”?

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A video on the Youtube account "JerryRigEverything" went viral last week, showing that the Nexus 6P is not of premium build as it yielded ever so easily to the bend test and scratch test that it was subjected to. After this video emerged and went to a lot of viewers, fans and advocates of the Huawei built Nexus 6P started to point fingers at Jerry, saying that the destruction of the Gorilla Glass protection before the bending test made the device give way easily. Others said that it might be due to the fact that Jerry had received a device of lesser build quality as another video emerged showing the 6P able to withstand 90 pounds of load. In a bid to clarify himself and drive his point home, Jerry has made a new video official via his JerryRigEverything account where he features a ...
Microsoft to release Windows 10 Mobile update by December

Microsoft to release Windows 10 Mobile update by December

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Microsoft has announced its readiness for update rollout on its Lumia smartphones. The Windows 10 update which is expected to be available by December might be Microsoft's own way of ushering in the festive period. With the schedule of November as the official launch for Windows 10 update on PCs, they've has a whole lot on their hands and this might be why the rollout for the Lumia smartphones have to wait a month more. The Windows 10 build 10956 will be rolled out on November 12 to some select devices and its availability will largely depend on the carrier and country in which the smartphone is being operated in. However, the update will not be reaching all and sundry yet as the Windows 10 Mobile build 10956 is unlikely to be available for some Lumia devices and some other smartph...
Siam 7X US start-up smartphone to sport rear e-ink display

Siam 7X US start-up smartphone to sport rear e-ink display

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We see a lot of smartphones on the market these days and after a brief rundown of their specifications, we feel the only thing different about them is their brand names. Manufacturers have taken sight of this and are now making sure that with a new launch comes a new feature that sets them apart from the rest. With the PuzzlePhone being modular, Samsung offering its curved screen displays, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 being unbeatable with its shatter-proof technology, the rear e-ink display that is sported on the YotaPhone and the 3D touch technology introduced by Apple, we feel that these OEMs are stepping up. However, considering YotaPhone to have mostly a Russian influence in its board, it take some time for the device to arrive the US market and as such, a startup has taken it u...
Twitter substitutes Favorites’ Star feature for Hearts

Twitter substitutes Favorites’ Star feature for Hearts

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Twitter is going through a process that is seeing a total revamp of the company and with the amount of changes we're seeing these days, its hard to even keep up at all with them anymore. The new wave started with the announcement that the social platform is looking to increase the tweet count from 140 characters to a still unknown number, then followed the launch of the Twitter Moments which we must say, is a laudable improvement over the ordinary hashtag feature. Then and again, Twitter introduced the ad for Moments feature and now, they have come with yet another feature as Twitter replaces the Favorite (star) feature that we've been used to over years with the Love (Heart) symbol. This means that we can no longer choose tweets to be favorites, but we can express our love for them. You...
Juabar wins Tanzanian leg of SeedStars world Competition

Juabar wins Tanzanian leg of SeedStars world Competition

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The Seedstars World Competition has hosted its Tanzanian leg after visiting a nice lot of African countries likewise and a winner has been chosen in that region. Seedstars World is faced with the task of identifying startups around the world, bringing them together and giving them the necessary encouragement needed to launch them out there into the world. The Tanzanian leg of the competition saw none other than Juabar Tanzania Limited emerge the overall winner of this regional contest. Juabar is a start-up that is based on the use of solar energy for mobile charging. The finals of the Tanzanian leg took place on the 5th of November, this 2015 and the event held at the Buni Innovation Hub which is situated in the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology building. On the night of the...
Google Wallet gets updated, supports multiple bank accounts now

Google Wallet gets updated, supports multiple bank accounts now

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The Google Wallet got split with the innovative Android Pay platform launched by Google to Android smartphones and with this split has seen good things start coming to the Google Wallet platform too which has started to see some updates. Like we are aware, an update is sure to bring new and exciting features, offer improved performance and as well, fix some bugs and any other problems that would have been complained of. The newest update to the Google Wallet now makes sure that you can use the application across various bank accounts. If you had been on the platform before, you would have noticed that it is possible to add more than once credit or debit card detail to the platform but these has to have been issued by the same bank. This makes it uneasy to host multiple accounts on the Wal...
Is Google trying to abandon “Android One” ship?

Is Google trying to abandon “Android One” ship?

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Google launched the Android One programme earlier in a bid to cater to the needs of smartphone users that would like an Android but wouldn't be able to afford one. With the Android One programme, high end mobile phones are produced at totally low costs for users to enjoy the Android platform in an undiluted form. The Android One has then gone up to be successful with devices such as Infinix Hot 2 selling fast and hot (no pun intended) in the Nigerian market so far, and so this makes it one of the most laudable initiatives from Google. The Android One platform was first launched in India and it didn't accrue to much. This would be largely because the device was launched for sale online and this meant that only the elite could gain access to ordering one, cutting back on the potential buyer...
Somalia gets first hotel listed on Jovago

Somalia gets first hotel listed on Jovago

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Jovago is the leading online hotel registration and booking platform in Africa and they have recently achieved another milestone in the portfolio by signing their first of Somalian hotels. This further cements the fact that the hospitality industry is now looking towards e-commerce as the best way to propagate its business and truly get across to even more people. Somalia, which is just getting back to its feet after being rid with a lot of terrorist actions and activities over the years which has also seen a cutback in its internet capabilities, have started to enjoy a decent amount of internet connectivity now, many thanks to Liquid Telecoms. “The country has attracted new attention from Africa and beyond owing to the many aspects put in place for its reconstruction,” said the Managing
Nine South African startups to battle for top spot in “Get In The Ring” contest

Nine South African startups to battle for top spot in “Get In The Ring” contest

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Its time for startups to take their pitching battles to the ring, and this time, it would be nine startups from South Africa that would be doing battle as each has the drive to emerge victorious and cart home the larger spoils for the day. The "Get In The Ring" startup competition is a globally recognised brand competition where start-ups are chosen to represent themselves against other start-ups, doing picthcing battles one-on-one with each other in the ring. In South Africa, nine finalists have been chosen from a total of 3 different provinces (at 3 each from each province) and these would be expected to do battle against each other. According to provinces and in no particular order, the start-ups are as shown below. Gauteng Province •Adfire Creative M3dia (James Sands): a 3D illusion
Winners of SA’s Small Business Awards revealed at gala event

Winners of SA’s Small Business Awards revealed at gala event

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The National Small Business Chambers of South Africa recently organized the Small Business Awards and like everything that has a start, an end must be in sight. At the conclusion of the programme, we have brought you a rundown of the businesses that made the final cut. It should be noted that this edition is the 8th edition of the programme and it denotes the commitment of the Nation Small Business Chambers to the recognition and encouragement of small businesses and startups. Alongside the different categories in which they have emerged successful, the winners are as given below in no particular ranking order. 2015 National Small Business Champion Reginald Pillay (Ariston Global) 2015 National Entrepreneur Champion Gill Bowen (Shooshoos) 2015 National Woman in Business Champion Sonja ...
BBC World Service launches the African-themed BBC Minute Catchup

BBC World Service launches the African-themed BBC Minute Catchup

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BBC World Service have shown that they are really running a World Service by launching a platform for Africans to remain caught up with their favorite events on the BBC World. This recent launch, which is in conjunction with the most recent winner of the Hackathon, has been called the BBC Minute Catchup and it ensures that African youths never are out of tune with their favorite BBC events. BBC's digital innovation team, Connected Digitals, also chipped in to the making of this platform which simply operates to make sure that users are allowed to listen to and share latest editions of BBC Minute. For those who have no idea what the BBC Minute is, it is a fresh half-hour update that occurs every 60 seconds and based on world news. “African audiences have become ‘mobile-first’ before the
TrueCaller hits 200 million subscribers, adds Number Tagging feature

TrueCaller hits 200 million subscribers, adds Number Tagging feature

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TrueCaller is a leading search technology group and recently, we brought you the news of how this institution launched a new feature on its Trudialer application which ensures that you know the availability of a user that you're about to call. Owing to this and many other perks that the TrueCaller platform holds, the company has announced today that they have achieved a stunning milestone of 200 million users, and more stunning is that they achieved this status in only a timeframe of 10 months. TrueCaller has then in a way celebrated this announcement by even more rewarding customers with a new feature called the Number Tagging which would ensure that users have richer information brought to them from around the world. Number tagging would be integrated into TrueCaller's mobile platforms...
5.7″ LG G4 Stylus debuts in South Africa

5.7″ LG G4 Stylus debuts in South Africa

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LG is doing good with its products, and it wants to keep business just that way. With increased demand from customers day in day out, smartphone makers need to look for ways to revitalize their programmes and give customers the new niceties which they always crave. That would have been what birthed the idea behind the LG G4 Stylus which comes with its own Stylus pen. Now available in the South African market selling for a yet to be disclosed price, how about we take a moment to know what you'll be getting at that price (when it finally becomes available with pricing)? The LG G4 Stylus goes all beast mode on us with some of its specifications. The device comes with a build of 5.7 inch of screen, you should be sure that messy operations would be avoided when using the stylus to perform scre...
MTN SA to launch dual SIM Huawei Mate S on its network

MTN SA to launch dual SIM Huawei Mate S on its network

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The Huawei Mate S device which was launched just over a little while ago and can still be considered to be relatively new is an high end smartphone from Huawei and it is now set to be launched on the MTN network. Launching the Huawei Mate S via MTN would mean the first time that MTN would launch an high end smartphone like this on its network. The Mate S device to be thus launched by MTN would be the dual SIM variant of the device and it is reported that it would start selling at a price of R10,799 on a PayAsYouGo retail plan. MTN would also offer the device for sale at a contract price of R499 per month on its My MTNChoice 100 platform. The Huawei Mate S runs on the Huawei-made Kirin 935 chipset and packs 3GB of RAM under the 5.5 inch screen. MTN would be offering for sale only the 64...
Activision purchases King Digital (Candy Crush Developer) in mega deal

Activision purchases King Digital (Candy Crush Developer) in mega deal

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Candy Crush has become something of an household name nearly everywhere you see an Android device. The gaming application and software which was developed by King Digital started off as an online game which you can invite friends to play over the Facebook platform but as the users began to grow, it was released as an APK extension and installable file for Android users. The Candy Crush game is a very addictive one that although comes free, operates the in-app purchases method which allows you to play for free but get needed tokens for a paid price. Candy Crush has now ceased to be the property of King Digital but now, that of Activision, as both parties have effected a deal that would see the sale of the software and developer platform from the former to the latter. Activision is an int...