Facebook intros Groups app

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Android and iOS users will be the first to access the new Groups app. Facebook has introduced its Groups app, which will integrate faster accessibility of groups for people using mobile devices.  In a blog post released this evening, Shirley Sun, the company’s product manager, said: “We’re introducing a new Facebook … Read more

Opera Mobile Store replaces Nokia Store

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Nokia feature phone users will access the Opera Mobile Store from next year onwards. The Opera Mobile Store is set to replace the Nokia Store as the default app store for Nokia feature phones, following an agreement reached between Opera Software and Microsoft.  According to a statement released by Opera Software, … Read more

Mixed signals on skills

By Jane Steinacker, Account Manager ICT skills in SA do not paint a happy picture and more are needed, says industry veteran Adrian Schofield. The 2014 JCSE ICT Skills Survey has presented a mixed bag of results, leaving the industry confused. According to Adrian Schofield, manager of the Applied Research Unit at the Joburg Centre … Read more

Ditch fixed voice, Telkom told

By Martin Czernowalow, Group Investigative Editor While dwindling fixed voice revenues are no surprise, Telkom’s mobile growth is not expected to hold steady either. While the market is not surprised by Telkom’s dwindling fixed-line revenue, its mobile growth has been better than expected, but analysts doubt it is a rate the company can sustain in … Read more

ICT progress marred by rift?

By Bonnie Tubbs, ITWeb telecoms editor Telecoms and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele has released three public documents in the past two weeks. The release of SA’s ICT policy review discussion paper last week has been welcomed as a sign the energy former communications minister Yunus Carrim injected into the process has not dissipated. True … Read more

Mr Price sees online sales surge

By Martin Czernowalow, Group Investigative Editor South African fashion retailer Mr Price saw a huge surge in online sales in the first six months of the financial year. JSE-listed retail giant Mr Price says its online sales in SA grew by 195.3%, to R44.7 million, in the six months to 27 September. The retailer reports that … Read more

Multibillion budgets for green buildings

By Tyson Ngubeni, Rooftop solar panels are a popular alternative for companies looking to reduce electricity spend. A mix of increased environmental responsibility and rising electricity costs is prompting a growing amount of South African businesses to invest in greener buildings, with just four of the new developments in Gauteng accounting for more than R5 … Read more

BT`s AMEA plans `progressing well`

By Nicola Mawson, ITWeb news editor BT has connectivity points in 43 of 46 sub-Saharan African countries, says Oliver Fortuin, MD of BT Global Services for sub-Saharan Africa. BT’s Global Services arm says its plan to invest and skill up in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) has progressed well as it … Read more

DST pushes hydrogen power plans

By Staff Writer, ITWeb The DST hydrogen fuel-cell power is part of the department’s aim to focus on cleaner alternative energy. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its intention to work alongside the private sector in alternative energy research. It is set to launch a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered generator at the University of … Read more

BCX to continue tapping into Africa

By Staff Writer, ITWeb Business Connexion (BCX) is set to continue with its African expansion strategy by buying entities on the continent as the industry makes a fundamental shift towards the Internet of things. During the year to August, the listed company – which is in the midst of being bought out by Telkom for … Read more