What is the most popular smartphone brand in South Africa?

What Is The Most Popular Smartphone Brand In SA?

What is the most popular smartphone brand in South Africa?

Samsung has won the title hands down this year. They received 40% of the votes for being the best smartphone brand for 2017. This is according to the South Africa Mobile Report for 2017.

According to the report, which conducted various surveys among 4993 South African mobile internet users, the stats prove that Samsung is a tough brand to compete with.

Here Are The Findings:
When it comes to best smartphone brands, Samsung is sitting pretty at 40% of all users. Apple surprisingly only makes up a measly 10% with Huawei …read more

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s Aspiring Innovator Programme

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner's aspiring innovator programme

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s aspiring innovator programme.

As revealed by Gartner, the goal of the Aspiring Innovator Programme is to both support the African startup technology community, as well as provide delegates access to exciting new local technology providers.

Selected by a team of Gartner research analysts, the startup companies have the opportunity to profile their solutions in front of an audience who are actively looking for new partners and solutions. The Aspiring Innovators are also afforded a chance to engage one-on-one with senior IT decision-makers who visit their stands.

At the 2017 Gartner Symposium, which was held in Cape …read more

How your phone use is affecting your health

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How your phone use is affecting your health.

The amount of time we spend on the phone – either for business or personal use – can have a harmful effect on our overall health. The concerns about how posture and phone use influences well-being is not a new one, however, it has become a greater concern due to the increase of the amount of time we spend on the phone.

It is hard to imagine a time when we didn’t spend quite as much time on the phone as we do now. These days it seems everyone has one and cell phones …read more

Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi

Merck Accelerator

Merck Accelerator hosts fourth accelerator program in Nairobi.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Although working separately, clear similarities can be identified between these teams’ business models, as they both make use of artificial intelligence to achieve advances in healthcare.

Michael Gamber, Head of the Innovation Center in Darmstadt, welcomes the new intake of startups: “Due to the number of high-quality applications from over 60 countries, selecting startups for our fifth round in Darmstadt and our fourth intake in Nairobi was not easy. …read more

Are we safe to bank on biometrics?

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Are we safe to bank on biometrics?

For financial institutions, the primary goal of digitisation is making banking simpler and more intuitive for customers. Biometric identification has huge potential, offering convenience, simplifying password management and providing a frictionless authentication process. However, combining the desire for ease of use with the need to improve security is a difficult balancing act.

With biometrics in banking rapidly gaining momentum, it is equally becoming an area of great interest for cybercriminals, meaning the security of the apps and systems that support these mechanisms is more critical than ever.

Biometrics offer an exciting new frontier in security, with …read more

New mobile rewards app launched in South Africa

Van Schaik Bookstore has enhanced its rewards programme with a lock-screen replacement android Rewards App.

Van Schaik Bookstore has enhanced its rewards programme with a lock-screen replacement android Rewards App.

Van Schaik Bookstore has enhanced its rewards programme with a lock-screen replacement android Rewards App. The app will offer student consumers rewards, freebies, deals and information, as well as free Wi-Fi and WhatsApp benefits. Van Schaik has also launched a mobile virtual network called Van Schaik Mobile, that through a Van Schaik SIM card, offers airtime and data linked to rewards in the app.

Through the app, students can generate income and stay informed and be entertained with a wide range of general, course-related and university-specific content.

Stephan …read more

NCC reveals that internet users in Nigeria are decreasing

Internet users in Nigeria decreasing

Internet users in Nigeria decreasing (Image source: Buzz Nigeria)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that the number of people using the internet in Nigeria decreased in the month of July 2017. The number of users declined from 91,629,066 in June 2017 to 91,450,252 in July 2017, a decrease of 178,814, according to a report by Nigerian Communications Week.

The telecommunications industry regulator made this known in its monthly internet subscribers’ data fact sheet, which is published on its website. The figures revealed by the NCC represent internet users on both Global System Mobile (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access …read more

Gartner Symposium 2017: The digital transformation roller coaster

Gartner Symposium 2017: The digital transformation roller coaster

Peter Sondergaard, the Executive Vice President at Gartner. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

The 2017 edition of the Gartner Symposium kicked off on Monday 18 September 2017 at the Cape Town, South Africa at the International Convention Center (CTICC).

The four-day event was opened by Peter Sondergaard, the Executive Vice President at Gartner, who set the scene for the conference by likening the digital transformation journey to a roller coaster, in which expectations are currently at their peak but there is a digital dip of disillusionment on the horizon.

In his keynote presentation, Sondergaard highlighted that some business won’t make it through this transformation …read more

How digital disruption is shaping Africa

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How digital disruption is shaping Africa.
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Some of the foremost challenges and drivers businesses face today when it comes to digital disruption are practically universal. On a global scale, these hurdles include efficiency, sustainability, regulations, customer intimacy and innovation.

However, each industry has a different journey ahead and it’s all about reaching a new kind of consumer who thrives on digital interaction. This means organisations should not only become digital, but rather become something unique.

Companies born digitally have changed customer expectations. This is sometimes referred to as the GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple) experience.
Consider the following:

BlueBorne Attacks: Tips to protect yourself and your Bluetooth-enabled devices

'BlueBorne vulnerability'

BlueBorne Attacks: Tips to protect yourself and your Bluetooth-enabled devices. (image source: Fortinet)

Fortinet has urged caution regarding a new Bluetooth exploit, known as BlueBorne, that has been discovered to exploit a number of Bluetooth vulnerabilities, making billions of devices potentially vulnerable to attack. While there is no evidence that such attack vectors currently exist in the wild, it is possible that proof-of-concept exploits exist in labs, or could easily be developed and released in the wild.

BlueBorne is a hybrid Trojan-Worm malware that spreads via Bluetooth. Because it includes worm-like properties, any infected system is also a potential carrier, and will …read more