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Native Mobile Report July 2013

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This month's snapshot of the latest mobile trends in the local and international digital landscape.

This month's snapshot of the latest mobile trends in the local and international digital landscape.

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  • 1. Mobile ReportJULY2013
  • 2. INSERT IMAGE IN BACKGROUND MAKE SURE IT FILLS THE SCREEN 100% A MONTHLY SNAPSHOT OF MOBILE NEWS, VIEWS, EVENTS & DEVELOPMENTS LOCALLY AND ABROAD
  • 3. HOWTOUSETHISREPORT Thisreport isintended to be aneasy-to-reference tool It isaresource that you can flipthrough in your owntime – and not to necessarily read from front-to-back
  • 4. CONTENTS » Executive Summary » Section 1: Mobile Landscape » Section 2: Mobile Innovation and Campaigns » Section 3: Mobile Devicesand Operating Systems » Section 4: Mobile Networks » Section 5: SocialNetworks » Sources and Contacts
  • 5. Executive Summary
  • 6. EXECUTIVESUMMARY 1. LiquidTelecomdeploysnewopticalnetworkinAfrica whileAngolalookstobecomeAfrica’stelecoms hub. 2. MiniSmartphonesarethenexthottrend. 3. AnewWi-Fi-basedsystem,thatcantrackpeoplemovingbehindwalls. 4. Malawi’sgovernmentcommits toe-paymentsinthecountry. 5. AnewtinyUSBSmartphonecharger. 6. FoursquaretargetsfeaturephoneswithnewNokiaapp. 7. SayhellototheUbuntuEdge,thefirstsmartphonetouseopen-sourceUbuntuTouchsoftwareaswell asAndroidandtobethebiggestcrowdfunding initiative. 8. OrangeteamsupwithTotalnetworktoextendmoneyservice.
  • 7. EXECUTIVESUMMARY 9. Applecelebratesits AppStore5th anniversary,theirplansforsolar-powereddatacentre andtheiOS7 Beta4FingerprintSensorForiPhone5S. 10. MicrosoftOutlookisnowavailableoniPhonesandiPads,theyalsoplantodeliverwhitespacebroadband toSouthAfrica. 11. Android4.3JellyBeanrollsouttoGoogleNexus4usersinUK. 12. MTNNigerialaunchesAppStore. 13. ElectronicpaymentterminalsreachesintoAfricaandOneNetExpressfromVodacom. 14. Areal-timeFacebook‘likes’counter. 15. Google+overtakesLinkedInandTwitter,andcomessecondafterFacebook. 16. Thelateststatisticsaboutthemajorsocialmediaplatformshasbeenrevealed. 17. WhopaysthehighestratesforFacebookadds?
  • 8. Mobile Landscape SECTION1
  • 9. ANOTHEREXTENSIONFOR GAUTENGONLINE » TheGautengDepartmentofFinance(GDF)hasextendedthecontractofthe current Gauteng Online service provider by another month, after the departmentfailedtofinalisethetenderprocessesfornewserviceprovidersin time. » Department spokesperson Sithembiso Ndlovu says the GDF decided to extendCloudseed’scontractuntiltheendofJulyinanefforttokeepschool computersrunning. » Ndlovuwas unabletoconfirm thecostofthis second extension,butearlier this year the department paid Cloudseed R126 million for a three-month extension. » The GDF announced that from July, the Gauteng Online project will be no more, as the e-learning solution will be taking its place. The e-learning solutionwillbearevampofitspredecessor,allowinglearnerstohavetheir owndevicesandtheire-booksandcurriculumcontentreadilyavailable. » GDF head of communications John Mgwenya says the department had to embrace the new teaching methodologies that existed globally, and hence had to accommodate the new devices and the dissemination of content currentlybeingintroducedintothemarket. Source: ITWeb, 1 July 2013
  • 10. FREEWIFIFORTSOGOSUN GUESTS » Tsogo Sun hotels has introduced a free WiFi service at all of its various establishmentsacrossthecountry. » The JSE-listed hotel group installed high-speed connectivity WiFi in all its hotels, with the data limit varying per room per day, depending on which gradeofhoteltheguestisstayingin. » In Tsogo Sun’s Deluxe hotels, 750MB is free per roomper day to in-house guests; in Southern Sun hotels, the cap is 500MB per room per day; in Garden Court hotels, the cap is 350MB per room per day; and in StayEasy hotels,thecapis250MBperroomperday. » Inallthehotels,thesedatalimitsarelimitedtoamaximumofthreedevices perroom. » TsogoSun’sWiFiservicewasinstalledbyserviceproviderAlwaysOn,inthe formofitsRuckusWirelessWiFisolution. » AlwaysOn CEO Nico Pretorius says the AlwaysOn solution at Tsogo Sun consists of more than 4 000 high-performance, 802.11n dual-band Smart WiFiAccessPointswithadaptiveantennatechnologytoensureoptimalWiFi coverageandperformance. Source: ITWeb, 1 July 2013
  • 11. LIQUIDTELECOMDEPLOYSNEW OPTICALNETWORKINAFRICA » LiquidTelecom,theleadingwholesalecarrierinAfrica,haschosenEkinops,a leading supplier of next-generation optical transport equipment, for its new long-haulDWDMnetworkacrossSouthAfrica,ZimbabweandZambia. » Thenetworkfeaturesthelongestuninterruptedfibrespansonthecontinent. » Liquid’s new optical network spans more than 2 500km and was built to accommodate the growing demand for bandwidth in the region as well as theneedforanultra-long-haultransmissionnetwork. » Thenewnetworkcarriesmultiple10Gwavelengthsandcanscaletosupport manymore10Gand100Gservices. » Typical long-haul optical networks requirean amplifier site every 100km in ordertoamplifythesignal.InruralAfrica,withitswideopenspaces,where the distance between towns can be more than 400km, this is a major challenge. » The costs of building an amplifier site every 100km – including the power generator,sitesecurityandroadstoaccessthesite–areenormous. » ThiswasthemainchallengeforLiquidTelecomandoneofthekeyreasonsit chose Ekinops, a company that specialises in long spans thanks to its DynaFECdynamicforwarderrorcorrectiontechnology. Source: BusinessWire via ITWeb, 2 July 2013
  • 12. MTNUGANDAMOBILEINTERNET USERNUMBERS‘GROW85%’ » MTNUganda’smobileinternetusersgrewby85%duringthepastyearto endofJune2013,accordingtotheoperator’sseniorofficials. » Ernst Fonternel, chief marketing officer at MTN Uganda, has said the telcomnowhas1.6millionmobileinternetsubscribers. » MTN's mobileinternettrajectory is based onGPRS/EDGE,3G and Long TermEvolution(LTE)intheEastAfricancountry. » The telcom launched its LTE mobile network earlier this year, which formedpartofnetworkexpansionplansinthatcountry. » MTN officials said the LTE network is planned to offer almost triple the speedsofexistingmobilebroadbandconnectionsavailableinUganda. » MTNUganda says ithasa 52.5%marketshareofthatcountry’s mobile market.OtheroperatorsincludesBhartiAirtel,WaridTelecom(Essar)and SmileTelecom. Source: ITWeb Africa, 3 July 2013
  • 13. SAMSUNGGALAXYS4HITS20 MILLIONSALES » TheSamsungGalaxyS4waslaunchedabouttwomonthsago,anditlooks likethehandsetcouldbeSamsung’smostpopularsmartphonetodate. » According to a recent report, Samsung’s SK Shin confirmed to Korean reportersthatSamsunghavenowsoldatotalof20millionSamsungGalaxy S4smartphones. » TheSamsungGalaxyS4comeswitharangeofnewfeaturesthathavemade itapopulardevice,likeSamsung’sneweyetrackingtechnologyintheformof EyePauseandEyeScroll. » The Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolutionof1920x1080pixels,anditfeaturesAndroid4.2.2JellyBean,italso comeswith2GBofRAM. » TheSamsungGalaxyS4alsocomeswitha2megapixelfrontfacingcamera andarearfacing13megapixelcamera,plusachoiceof16GB,32GBor64GB ofbuiltinstorageandamicroSDcardslot,plusa2,600mAhbattery. Source: Geeky Gadgets, 3 July 2013
  • 14. NEXTHOTTREND:MINISMARTPHONES » Thesedays,pickingoutasmartphoneisalmostliketryingonshoes.Doesafour-inch,four- and-a-half-inch,orfive-inchscreenfitbest? » For years, the trend in major smartphone brands' screen sizes had been the bigger, the better. Whether it was the iPhone 5's extra row of apps or the giant, tablet-sized Android "phablets,"phoneshaddefinitelybeengettinglarger. » But recently, that trend has begun to reverse. Samsung and BlackBerry released mini versions of their top-of-the-line smartphones and Apple and HTC are rumored to follow suit. » TheSamsungGalaxyS4minihasa4.3-inchscreen,whichshavesoffmorethanahalf-inch offitslargerversion.TheBlackBerryQ5isn'tsmallerinsizethanthetop-of-the-lineQ10,but itusesalloflastyear'stechnologyinside. » Largerscreenscancontributesignificantlytothepriceofasmartphone,sosmallerdevices released by low-costsmartphone makers likeChina-based Huawei,ZTEand Lenovoare wildlypopularEmergingmarkets. » Top-tiersmartphonemakers"arefinallywakinguptothefactandstartingtofightback"with awaveof"smartphonemini"launchesthisyear,saidSmithen. » But other analysts are doubtful that the top smartphone brands are truly getting the message.”It'snotaboutsizesomuchastheprice,"notedSarahRotmanEpps,ananalystat Forrester. Source: CNNMoney, 5 July 2013
  • 15. ZIMBABWEMOBILEPHONE USAGEHIGHAMONGYOUTHS » About nine out of ten youths in Zimbabwe have access to mobile phones, accordingtoasurveycarriedoutbytheMassPublicOpinionInstitute(MPOI). » The YouthSurvey was carried outbetween19and28Januaryand covered justover1,000youths.Moreover,theyouthssurveyedwerebetween18and 30yearsandexcludedthosestayinginpolicecampsandmilitarybarracks. » “Roughlysevenineverytenoftheyouths(73%)haveaccesstoacellphone daily,15%accessitonceortwiceaweekand2%afewtimesinamonth,”the reportadds. » It says “about nine in ten (89%) of youths” use cellphones for making and receivingcallswhileabout85%usemobilephonesforsendingandreceiving textmessages. » And other results of the survey say only about 26% of the youths surveyed used theinternet togetnews while 56%said they frequently used handset accessoriessuchasthecamera. » Zimbabwe -- which the World Bank says has a population of close to 13 million -- has three mobile operators: Econet, Telecel and state owned NetOne. Econet has said its network users number 8 million. Meanwhile, TelecelandNetOnehavesaidtheyhave2.5millionand2millionrespectively. Source: ITWeb Africa, 5 July 2013
  • 16. MOBILEAPPGROWTHEXPLODING » The number ofapps is exploding,drivenbya huge uptick in the numberof mobiledevices—andpeopleareusingthoseappsalldaylong. » Flurry,acompany thatprovidesappdevelopers withtools to measurehow much people are using their apps, released data on “the state of the apposphere”at MobileBeat2013. » AccordingtoFlurry’schiefproductofficerPrashantFuloria,thecompanynow tracks300,000appsfrom100,000developersworldwide. » Thoseappsareononebilliondevices,givingFlurrydataonmorethanthree billionapp“events”eachday. » “We’re seeing a tremendous disruption by mobile” as huge numbers of peoplemovefromthetraditionalwebtomobiledevices,Fuloriasaid.That’s beingdrivenbythelargenumberofmobiledevicesaroundtheworld—and there’splentyofroomformoregrowth. » Significantly, Flurry has found that app usage is driven by all kinds of apps acrosstheboard:productivityapps,games,lifestyleapps,socialnetworking, andmore. » MomswithAndroidphonesspend53percentoftheirapp-usagetimeplaying games.OniPads,that’s48% oftheirapptime,andoniPhones,31%. Source: VenturesBeat, 10 July 2013
  • 17. ANGOLALOOKSTOBECOMEAFRICA’S TELECOMSHUB » Angolan government officials have been quoted in reports earlier this month as sayingthatoverthenexttwoyearsAngolacould establishitselfasahubforAfrican telecoms. » Angolan officials say African telecoms could use Angola to connect to Europe and South America when subsea networks such as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)arescheduledtocomeonlinein2014. » SACSisplannedtostretch6,000kmanddirectlyconnecttwoportuguesespeaking nations:AngolaandBrazil. » Currently,AngolahastwooperationalsubmarinecablesSAT3/SEACOMandWACS. » SongalsoaddsthatthereareseveralinitiativestoconnectAfricawithBrazil,which includesnotjustSACSbutalsotheSouthAtlanticExpress(SAex). » SAexistheproposedsubmarinecommunicationscablethatisplannedtolinkSouth AfricaandAngolatoBrazil. » “A South Atlantic cable can also offer a competitive edge in offering lower latency connections,especiallytofinancialmarketsintheUS,” saidSong. » ‘’Angola is bringing what Africa desperately needs in telecommunications, more competition.Andthatislikelytobegoodforeveryone,”headded. Source: ITWeb Africa, 16 July 2013
  • 18. MILLIONSOFSIMSATRISK » Over half a billion cellphone users could be in danger of having their mobile identity seized – together with all the personal and sensitive informationthatgoesalongwithit. » ThiscametolightwithGermanfirmSecurityResearchLabsrevealingit had found a flaw in mobile SIMs that still make use of an encryption technologyfromtheseventies,dataencryptionstandard(DES). » According to the firm, the easy-to-crack encryption method renders users’SIMcardsvulnerabletohackers,whocouldessentially“poseas thephoneowner”andcommitfinancialcrimesorengageinespionage. » Vodacom says it has assessed the impact of Security Research Labs' findingsand,withthehelpofitsSIMvendors,thecompanyisputtingin place "a comprehensive set of measures" to ensure that subscribers arefullyprotected. » TheITU’slatestICTnumbersrevealtherearecurrentlyalmostasmany mobilesubscriptionsastherearepeopleintheworld(6.8billionoutof 7.1billionpeopleonearth)–meaningabout7.4%ofallcellphoneusers couldbeindangerofhavingtheirSIMsremotelyclonedorhacked. Source: ITWeb, 22 July 2013
  • 19. Mobile innovation and campaigns SECTION2
  • 20. CONNECTINGAFRICAWITH MOBILE‘NETWORKBOXES’ » While cellular connectivity provides excellent coverage for metropolitan areas, access is still sparse in rural communities, limiting rural residents’ abilitytoaccesstheservicestheyneed. » Becausecellulartelephonyissowell subscribed,buthaslimitedspectrum available, services become slow and often unusable in metropolitan areas, particularly in situations such as concerts and sporting events, or even in shoppingmallsandofficebuildings,wherelargenumbersofpeopleareall tryingtoaccessthenetworkatthesametime. » Mobile‘networkinabox’solutionshelptoaddressthesechallenges,offering anaffordableall-in-onecellularnetworkthatisquickandeasytodeployand provides all of the features of a public cellular network, including voice, messaginganddata. » These boxes scale down base station technology, which typically requires enoughhardwaretofilla6x3mcontainer,tothesizeofacuberoughly20cm oneachside,containingalloftheservicesneededforafull-blownGSMbases » These boxes are highly cost effective from a number of aspects, including deployment, maintenance, floor space, power consumption and cooling costs,andarethereforetheidealsolutionfordeploymentinAfrica. Source: ITWeb, 1 July 2013
  • 21. MALAWI’SGOVERNMENT COMMITSTOE-PAYMENTS » Malawi has committed to transitioning government cash payments to electronic disbursements, as part of a broader move to switch to e- paymentsinthecountry. » Malawi’s government also says that it has joined the ‘Better Than Cash Alliance’, which was founded by the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationandtheOmidyarNetworktoempowerpeoplebyhelpingthem shiftfromcashtoelectronicpayments. » ApressstatementreleasedbyMalawi’sgovernmentandtheBetterThan CashAlliancesays “most poorhouseholds havenooptionbutto subsist almost entirely in an informal, cash-only economy, making it extraordinarily difficult for them to access financial services like bank accounts,tosaveforthefuture,buildassetsorgetcredit.” » Malawi’sgovernmentgoesontosayinthestatementthatitsprimarygoals in shifting to e-money are to increase transparency, decrease costs, accelerate economic growth, and address poverty by increasing financial inclusionforallMalawians. » Theinitialphaseofthetransitionisplannedtofocusonsocialwelfareand salarypaymentsinMalawi,whichhasapopulationofjustover15million accordingtotheWorldBank Source: ITWeb Africa, 1 July 2013
  • 22. WI-FITECHSEESTHROUGH WALLS » ResearchersatMIT'sComputerScienceandArtificialIntelligenceLaboratory havedevelopedwhatcouldbecomelow-cost,X-rayvision. » The system, known as "Wi-Vi," is based on a concept similar to radar and sonar imaging, but rather than using high-power signals, this tech uses reflected Wi-Fi signals to track the movement of people behind walls and closeddoors. » WhenaWi-Fisignalistransmittedatawall,aportionofthatsignalpenetrates throughandreflectsoffanyhumansthathappentobemovingaroundinthe otherroom. » Relying on low-cost Wi-Fi technology, the Wi-Vi system could be utilized in everythingfromdisasterrecoverytogaming. » Becausethedevicecandetectactionbehindawall,thesystemcouldbeused asagesture-basedinterfaceforcontrollingappliancesorlighting. Source: GizMag, 1 July 2013
  • 23. APPLEPLANSSOLAR-POWERED DATACENTRE » ApplesaiditplanstobuildanewsolarfarmwithNVEnergyforpowersupply toitsnewdatacentreinReno,Nevada,amajorsteptowardsitsgoalofhaving itsdatacentresrunonrenewableenergy. » AppleandothertechnologycompaniessuchasAmazon.comandMicrosoft, whichbuildandruncomputerserverfarms,havecomeundercriticismfor theirhighconsumptionofelectricityandotherresources. » ThesedatacentrescatertoanexplosioninInternettraffic,streamingcontent throughmobiledevicesandhostingofservicestocorporations. » ThenewsolarfarmwillprovidepowertoSierraPacificPower'selectricgrid that serves Apple's data centre and when completed will generate about 43.5millionkilowatthoursofcleanenergyayear,Applesaidinastatement. » Apple already runs its largest data centre in the US on solar power. The centre in Maiden, North Carolina, produces 167 million kilowatt hours, the powerequivalentof17600homesforoneyear,froma100-acresolarfarm andfuelcellinstallationsprovidedbySiliconValleystart-upBloomEnergy. Source: ITWeb, 2 July 2013
  • 24. SOUTHWEST,DISHTEAMUPTOOFFER FREEIN-FLIGHTTVONMOBILEDEVICES » DetailedbyUSAToday,SouthwestAirlinesandDishNetworkhasteamedup to offer free access to live television as well as on-demand content to passengersonallWi-FienabledplaneswithintheSouthwestfleet. » Streaming to devices like the iPad, iPhone and other mobile platforms, passengers will be able to choose from thirteen live TV channels and at least75on-demandshowsfromDishNetwork’slineupofchannels. » ApproximatelythreefourthsoftheSouthwestfleetisWi-Fienabled. » WhileairlineslikeVirginAmericaandJetBluealreadyofferaccesstoliveTVto passengers, viewing is restricted to the television screen mounted in the headrestoftheseatdirectlyinfrontofthepassenger. » It’simportanttonotethatthepassengerdoesn’thavetopaythe$8-per-day Wi-Fiaccessfeeinordertowatchthelivetelevisionfeed,butwouldstillneed topayforaccesstosurftheWeborchecktheiremail. » Inaddition,thepassengerdoesn’thavetodownloadanyspecialsoftwareto accessthevideofeed.Allvideoplaybackishandledthroughthebrowseron thelaptop,tabletorsmartphone. Source: Digital Trends, 3 July 2013
  • 25. STAYPOWEREDUPWITHTHIS TINYUSBSMARTPHONECHARGER » The new CulCharge USB phone charger gets right to the point with no unnecessaryfrills,andit'scompactenoughtocarryaroundinyourpocket. » TheCulChargeisasimplechargermadeofflexiblesiliconethathasaUSB plugononeendandaconnectiontoaphoneontheother. » There are versions with connectors for both iPhone and Android devices: lightning(foriPhone5),30-pin(foriPhone4),micro-USBandmini-USB. » The 6-cm-long USB charger can also handle data transfers, in addition to juicingupyourphone. » Thelittlecablereallyisflexible,sinceitcanbendmorethan180degrees— niftyforthosehard-to-accessUSBslots. » TheSlovakia-basedcompanyistryingtoraise$15,000onIndiegogo.With36 days still left in the campaign, supporters had already pledged more than $7,000. » Withpledgesstartingat$8,supporterscangettheirownCulCharge. » Thecompanyisalsotargetingdistributorsandresellersathigherpledgesby offeringself-containedkiosksthatcomestockedwithCulChargesforresale. Source: Mashable, 6 July 2013
  • 26. FOURSQUARETARGETSFEATURE- PHONEUSERSWITHNEWNOKIAAPP » Foursquare unveiled a new app designed for feature phones, specifically targetingNokia'srangeofSeries40handsets. » S40isasoftwareplatformusedontheFinnishcompany'slineofmid-range featurephones,aswellasonitsAshaseries,whicharemarketedaslow-end smartphones. » FoursquarewillbepreloadedonnewAshadevicesworldwidewhentheyhit themarketinseveralmonths. » "HundredsofmillionsofpeoplearoundtheworlduseNokiaS40phones,and nowthey'llallhaveaccesstoFoursquare,"thelocation-basedsocialnetwork saidinablogpost. » In fact, last year, Nokia said it sold 1.5 billion units of its S40 phones. With mobileconsumersindevelopingmarketsoptingtobuyfeaturephonesover costlier smartphones, it seems the Finnish company is tapping into the lucrativelow-endhandsetmarket. » Foursquare launched its original S40appback in2011. Those who own an S40phonecangetFoursquare'supdatedappinNokia'sOviStore. Source: Mashable, 10 July 2013
  • 27. UBUNTUEDGEDUAL-BOOTS ANDROID,SEEKS$32M » Say hello to the Ubuntu Edge, the first smartphone to use open-source Ubuntu Touch softwareaswellasAndroid. » UbuntucreatorBritishcompanyCanonicalwantstobringthedual-bootingEdgetofruition byraisingawhopping21.5millionpounds($32million)inamonthonIndiegogo. » Itclaimsthisisthebiggesttargeteverforacrowdfundedcampaign. » Thecampaignintendstoproduce40,000units;ifyouwanttoownanEdgeofyourveryown, you'llgetahandsetifyoupledge394pounds($600)today,or532pounds($830)thereafter. » YouwillhavetowaituntilMay2014toactuallygetyourhandsontheEdge,however. » Canonical says it's adopted crowdfunding to see which technologies early adopters are interestedinpayingfor,withoutamanufacturerhavingtospendmillionsondevelopinga productthatthenprovestobeaflop. » ThecompanyhighlightstheEdge'sbatteryandscratch-proofscreenastechnologiesthat wouldbeadoptedmorewidelyiftheycouldbeprovedbythisprojecttobethesortofthings peoplewantfromtheirphones. » TheEdgepromises"thelatest,fastestprocessor,"withatleast4GBofRAMand128GBof storage.Ithas a 4.5-inch,720p screencovered inpuresapphire crystal,whichCanonical claimstobe"thehardestnaturalsubstanceafterdiamond." Source: CNET, 22July 2013
  • 28. ORANGEUSESTOTALNETWORKTO EXTENDMONEYSERVICE » Orange and oil and gas group Total have forged a partnership in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stationsintheregions,spanningatotalof13countries. » Orange said customers will benefit from the density of the Total distribution network,withitsservicestationsopenforextendedhourssevendaysaweek. » Customers will be able to open an Orange Money account on site and perform withdrawalsanddeposits. » Thesystemenablesuserstotransfermoneyfrommobiletomobile,paybillsand withdrawanddepositmoneythroughanetworkofcertifieddistributors. » ThisfirststageofthepartnershipisalreadyoperationalinSenegalandCameroon, andwillgoliveinover1,300servicestationsinthe11othercountries(Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Uganda) where both groups are present in the secondhalfof2013. » Asecondstagewillfollow,whichshouldenableOrangeMoneycustomerstopay forpurchasesmadeinTotalservicestationsusingtheirmobileaccount. Source: banking technology, 25July 2013
  • 29. APPLEIOS7BETA4REVEALS FINGERPRINTSENSORFORIPHONE5S » Apple recently released Apple iOS 7 Beta 4, and some interesting detailswerediscoveredinthelatestversionofiOS7,byHamzaSood, supportforafingerprintsensorfortheiPhone5S. » Hamza found that the iPhone homebutton will contain a fingerprint sensor,thisisobviouslyforthenewiPhone5Sandthefutureversions oftheiPad. » TherumorscameuppreviouslythatthenewiPhone5Swouldfeature fingerprinttechnology,anditlookslikethetechnologywillbeusedto unlockthe handsetwiththehomebutton. Source: Geeky Gadgets, 30July 2013
  • 30. Mobile devices and operating systems SECTION3
  • 31. FIREFOXBLAZESONTO SMARTPHONES » Mozilla has partnered with ZTE and Alcatel to introduce the first two smartphonespoweredbyitsHTML5-basedmobileoperatingsystem,Firefox OS,totheEuropeanmarket. » MozillaunveiledboththeFirefoxOSandFirefoxMarketplaceappstoreatthe Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, earlier this year,during which it also announcedtheFirefox-operatedsmartphones. » TheFirefoxOSisbuiltentirelyonopenWebstandards,andthefeatureson thephonearedevelopedasHTML5applications. » Mozillahaspartneredwith20hardwareandoperatingpartners tohelp roll outFirefoxOS. » The first smartphones running the OS, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTEOpen,willfirstbereleasedinCentralandEasternEurope,andtoother worldmarketslaterthisyear. Source: ITWeb, 2 July 2013
  • 32. BLACKBERRYQ5RELEASED INTHEUKANDSOUTHAFRICA » TheBlackBerryQ5launchedon July1intheU.K.andSouthAfrica. » Thedevicefeaturesa3.1inch720x720resolutionscreen.UnliketheQ10, thekeysontheQ5keyboardaremorebasic. » YoucanpurchaseitunlockedfromretailerslikeExpansysfor£344.99($523 USD)orCarphoneWarehousefor£319.95($485USD). » Vodafone,OrangeandEEareofferingthephonewithmonthlyplansfrom £21.00upto£36.00permonth($32to$55USD). » Torefreshyourmemory,BlackBerryCEOThorstenHeinssaidearlierthis yearthatthecompanywouldlaunchsixBlackBerry10modelsin2013.Two wouldbelow-endphones,twomid-rangeunitsandtwowouldbehigh-end models.Thisoneisanentrylevelmodel. Source: Geeky Gadgets, 3 July 2013
  • 33. BLUETOOTHKEYBOARDPUTSTHE OFFICEINYOURPOCKET » Themorewirelessourworldgets,themoreconnectedweseemtobecome. OneKickstarterproduct,whichhas madea lotofnoisenotevenone week intoitscampaign,isexploitingthisparadox,puttingyou"onefoldawayfrom work.” » TheportablekeyboardcalledmyTypeisspearheadedbykeyboardevangelist andMITgraduateBrunnW.Roysden. » ItfitsnicelyinyourpocketandworkswirelesslyviaBluetoothwiththeiPhone, second and third iPad iterations, iPad Mini, iPod touch, Android (with HID support)andWindows8tablet. » Thekeysinterlockwhenit'sclosedsothekeyboardfoldsupconveniently. » It's justmorethanonefootlongwhenunfolded,and includesa microUSB portforcharging. » Its battery life lastroughly eighthours,and thekeyboardis splash resistant (forthemostpart)withamaximumwirelessrangeofupto33feet. » Interestedbackerscansnagonefor$59inblack,white,blue,greenorpink. Source: Mashable, 3 July 2013
  • 34. MOBILEAPPLINKSBLOOD DONORS » LifeBankAppfromNigeriaisthefirstmobileapplicationthatallowspotential blood donors to match with those in urgent need of blood based on their location. » The app is a result of a 3 day hackathon held in Lagos by a group of developers,designersandhealthcareprofessionals. » Blood transfusion organisations around Africa and the world have been known to use social media and e-mail for raising awareness for “blood donationsdrives”. » SouthAfricanNationalBloodServiceusessocialmediaextensivelyinraising awarenessandincallingforblooddonationsatitsvariouscentres. » Meanwhile in the Bahamas they have the Red Donor website, which is a “Blood Donor Drive” awareness platform, a kind of Kickstarter for blood donations. » However,noneoftheseorganisationshavedonewhatagroupoftechiesand designersinNigeriahavedoneinpartnershipwiththeOnePercentProject- anorganisationthataimsto“bridgethegapbetweenwillingblooddonorsall aroundthecountryandthepeoplethatneedthemintimesofemergency. Source: ITWeb Africa, 4 July 2013
  • 35. APPSTORECELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY » Theappstore, celebratedisofficialfive-yearanniversaryonJuly10, initiallylaunchedin2008with500apps,thecompanysaidintimeline featuredontheAppStore. » Itlogged10millionappdownloadsinthefirstweekend. » AsofMay2013,thecompanysaid,therearenowover850,000apps availableandthestorepassedits50billionthdownload.Thatworksout toover800downloadspersecond,Applesays. » Tocelebrateitssuccessthecompanybeganoffering10ofitsmost popularapps,includingthejournalingapp“DayOne,”photoeditor “Over”andgamessuchas“InfinityBlade,”“TinyWings,”and“Where’s MyWater,”forfree. » Thecompanyisalsooffering“BarefootWorldAtlas,”“HowtoCook Everything,”“TraktorDJforiPhone,”“Badland,”and“Superbrothers: Sword&SorceryEP”initslistofgiveaways. Source: Washingtonpost, 9 July 2013
  • 36. MICROSOFTDELIVERSOUTLOOK TOIPHONEANDIPADUSERS » iPhoneandiPadusersarenowabletogetmanyofthesamefeaturesof OutlookintheformofnewapplicationavailablefromtheiTunesStore. » Using whatMicrosofthasdubbedOWAforiPadandOWAforiPhone, userswillbeabletoaccessOffice365accountsfromtheirdevices. » Inadditiontogivingusersaccesstotheiremailwithoutbeingonline,the application also seems to act as another Trojan horse for Microsoft’s Metro-designlanguageandOffice365. » The application’s Mail,Calendar and Peopleareas sit behind a sort of StartScreenthatfeaturesLiveTilesthatquicklyupdatetheuserontheir latestemail,anddocuments. » Theentireexperienceisn’ttoofar-flungfromthedesignsofOffice365 foriPhone,Office365foriPadaswellasOutlook.comandWindows8.1. Source: GottaBeMobile, 16July 2013
  • 37. AFRINOLLYLAUNCHESON WINDOWSPLATFORMS » Nigerian-owned African entertainment application Afrinolly has announcedthelaunchofitsappforWindowsPhoneandWindows8. » Afrinolly,developedbyFansconnectonline(FCO)-whichalreadyexists onBlackberry,NokiaS40,andJava-isexpectedtoallowuserstowatch full length Nigerian (Nollywood), Indian (Bollywood), and other African moviesonthenewlyincorporateddevices. » The company, backed by telecom giant, MTN, is a digital marketing agency that specialises in developing social media platforms and mobile applications that primarily promulgates Nigerian movie industry. » The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, is worth over $250millionwithaveragefilmproductionplacedatover2,500movies peryear–2,408,2,514and2,621in2008,2009and2010respectively. » Theindustryhasgrowntobecomethesecondlargestfilmindustryin theworldintermsofnumberofannualfilmproduction,placingitahead ofHollywoodandonlybehindBollywood. » WiththeadditionofAfrinollyonWindowsphone,thesectorisexpected todevelopfurther. Source: Ventures Africa, 19July 2013
  • 38. MICROSOFTTODELIVERWHITESPACE BROADBANDTOSOUTHAFRICA » Software giant, Microsoft Corp. has partnered with University of Limpopo’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and local network builder, Multisourcetolaunchapilotprojectthatwilldeliverhigh-speedandaffordable broadbandtounder-servedcommunitiesusing“whitespaces”technology. » ‘Whitespaces’isatermforusingunusedfrequenciesfortelevisionbroadcasters todeliverwirelessInternetservicesoverrangesofupto5.4km. » ThepartnershipbetweentheentitieswillhelpprovethatTVwhitespacescanbe used to meet the South African government’s goals of providing low-cost broadbandInternetaccessforamajorityofSouthAfricansby2020. » TheprojectwilluseTVwhitespacesandsolar-poweredbasestationstoprovide low-costwirelessbroadbandaccesstofivesecondaryschoolsinremotepartsof theLimpopoprovince. » It will also provide each of the five schools with Windows-based tablets and projectors while teachers will get laptops and training and education-related content. » Solarpanelsforchargingdevicewillalsobeprovidedwherethereisnoaccessto electricity. Source: Ventures Africa, 29July 2013
  • 39. ASUSINTENDSTOENTERUS SMARTPHONEMARKETIN2014 » AccordingtoarecentreportbyAllThingsD,Asushavebeentalkingto the majorUS carriers and building relationships with them and other retailers. » AsusisexpectingtolaunchsomenewsmartphonesintheUSin2014, althoughasyettheyhavenotrevealedanydetailsonparticulardevices, wesuspectwe willseeacoupleofnewAndroidsmartphonesforthe US. » AsusalreadysellsitstabletsandotherdevicesintheUS,whichinclude the Asus Padfone, a combo device of a tablet and smartphone, and obviouslythecompanyislookingtosmartphonesasthenextstep. Source: Geeky Gadgets, 30July 2013
  • 40. YANDEXOFFERLOWPRICEDCLOUD STORAGEAT$30AMONTHFOR1TB » Russia’spredominantsearch engine Yandex has this week suggested the prices ofits cloud storageservice toprovidemore competition against the likesofDropboxandGoogleDrive. » Yandexhavenowadjustedtheircloudstoragepricestoreflectthefollowing: 10GBfor$1permonthor$10peryear,100GBfor$5or$50ayearand1TB for$30or$300ayear. » Yandexalsooffersafree20GBworthofcloudstorageandthecompanysays thatYandex.Diskisavailableinternationally,withappsforWindows,MacOS, iOS,AndroidandWindowsPhoneaswellasabrowser-basedinterface. » After launching back in April 2012 Yandex explains that its cloud storage offeringnowhas12millionuniqueuserspermonth,mostlyinRussiaand theCIScountries,butwith6.5-7%comingfromelsewhereintheworld. Source: Geeky Gadgets, 30July 2013
  • 41. ANDROID4.3JELLYBEANROLLSOUT TOGOOGLENEXUS4USERSINUK » AndroidJellyBean4.3hasstartedrollingouttoGoogleNexus4usersinthe UK. » Thesearchgiant'sflagshipsmartphoneisthefirsttogetthelatestversionof themobileoperatingsystem,whichcomeswithseveralnewfeatures. » Multipleuserprofiles-allowingtheabilitytoshareanAndroiddevice-and improvedBluetoothcomewithJellyBean,whichwillbecomeavailableas anover-the-airupdate. » OpenGL3.0support,meaningbettergraphicsforAndroidgames,additional languages such as Hindi and Afrikaans, and autocomplete when dialling phonenumbersarealsonowincluded. » GoogleunveiledJellyBean4.3duringapresscallinSanFranciscolastweek alongsidethenewGoogleNexus7tablet. » The Android 4.3 update is 169.3MB in size and comes ahead of the next editionoftheoperatingsystem-KeyLimePie. Source: Digital Spy, 30July 2013
  • 42. Mobile Networks SECTION 3
  • 43. MTNNIGERIALAUNCHESAPPSTORE » MTN Nigeria has partnered with US-based app store developer, neXva, to launchanappstore-NextAppsstore-foritscustomers. » Thenewly-developedappstoreoffersacatalogueoffreeandpremiumapps anditisinitiallyavailableforAndroidSmartphones. » ItfeaturesglobalandlocalappssuchasEfiko,eHausa,Nigerianconstitution andNewsBasket. » NextApps store supports “one-click” billing, enabling MTN customers to purchaseappsthroughprepaidcreditortheirphonebill. » “Weknowthatappstorecustomersarelookingforalocalisedexperiencein thedepthandbreadthoftheappsoffered.Thisinforms why ourcontentis alwaysbasedonthelookoutforthenewer,bestandmostrelevantappsthat canbringMTN’scustomersinNigeriaaverypersonalisedcatalogueofapps that is very relevant to their day-to-day lives,” neXva COO and co-founder, ShuanZelberexplained. » neXva is a mobile app technology company based in San Diego, California withofficesinFranceandSriLanka. Source: Ventures Africa, 5July 2013
  • 44. MTNLAUNCHESELECTRONICPAYMENT TERMINALSINCAMEROON » Electronic payment terminals (EPTs) catering for mobile phone prepaid purchaseshavebeenunveiledbyMTNCameroonandEasyPay. » The terminals are planned to sell prepaid airtime 24 hours per day at several popular sites such as hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants, pharmaciesandevennightclubs,saysMTN. » Payment modes areavailable in two formats as well. The first is a kiosk version,whichlookssimilartocashdistributionmachines,andthesecond isaminiatureversion,saysMTN. » MTNsaystheEPTtechnologyisbasedonthesamemodelusedbybanks fortheirelectronicpayments. » Kioskswillaccept1000,2000,5000,and10,000CentralAfricanCFAfranc banknotes. Receipts are said to be provided immediately upon each transactionaswell,whilemobilemoneycashinandcashouttransactions canalsobedonethroughtheEPTs,accordingtoMTN. Source: ITWeb Africa, 11 July 2013
  • 45. TELKOMMOBILELAUNCHESLOWEST PREPAIDOFFERINSOUTHAFRICA » TelkomMobilehaslauncheditslatestprepaidtariffplandubbed-SIM-SONKE-at afunctionheldattheTelkomMobileBuildinginCenturion. » With this new plan the company is pointing its price scope squarely at the competition,byofferingtheloweststandardmobilecallratesinSouthAfrica. » SIM-SONKE is a per second prepaid tariff plan available on the Telkom Mobile Network,andseescustomerspaying29centsperminuteonpersecondbillingfor callstoanyTelkomMobileSIMnumber. » Calls toany otherSouthAfricanmobilenetworkas well asany national land line number(bothTelkomandNeotel)arechargedat75centsperminute. » Beyondthelowcallrates,SIM-SONKEwillalsobenefitfromfreeunlimitedcallsto otherSIM-SONKEsubscribersbetween21:00and06:00,iftheyrechargewithR5or moreduringthecourseoftheday. » UserscanpurchaseaSIM-SONKEstarterpackfor99cfromtheirnearestTelkom storesaswellasparticipatingShopriteCheckersstores. » ThisstarterpackcontainstwoSIMcardsenablingthebuyertokeeponeandgive theothertoapersonthattheycallthemost.BothSIMcardsmustbeRICA’dbefore theywillbeactivated. Source: techsmart, 11 July 2013
  • 46. ORANGELAUNCHESWESTAFRICA MOBILEMONEYSERVICE » Amobilemoneyserviceallowingcross-bordertransfersinMali,Senegaland Coted'IvoirehasbeenlaunchedbyFrenchtelecomsfirmOrange. » The service, dubbed ‘Orange Money International Transfer’, is targeting the three countries among which 200 million euros are transferred every year acrossborders,accordingtoOrange. » With Orange’s mobile money service, a customer in Cote d’Ivoire can send money directly to friends and family or to suppliers in Mali or Senegal with their‘OrangeMoneyaccount.’ » Sendersneedtodialaspecialnumberfromtheirmobilephones,thenenter theOrangetelephonenumbersoftherecipientsandtheamountstobesent. The money is immediately available in the recipients’ accounts and can be withdrawnfromanyOrangeMoneydistributor. » “Weareproudtobethefirstoperatortooffercustomerstheabilitytomake international money transfers between mobile phones in this area of Western Africa,” says Thierry Millet, director of the strategic NFC and paymentprogrammesatOrange. » Orange also plans to expand the service to the other countries in which it operates. Source: ITWeb Africa, 12 July 2013
  • 47. SOCIALNETWORKESKIMI STRIKESMTNNIGERIA » A data bundle enabling unlimited access to one of Nigeria’s largest social medianetworks‘Eskimi’hasbeenunveiledbyMTN. » Eskimi,whichisamobilesocialnetwork,saysithasapproximately6million usersinNigeria. » The data bundle to enable easier access to Eskimi from MTN Nigeria is plannedtobecomeavailableintwopackages:aweeklyofferingfor25Naira andmonthlyfor60Naira. » Users of the Eskimi bundle can then browse the social network for the selectedperiodwithoutanyadditionalcharge,saysMTN. » All aspects ofEskimipagescanbebrowsed viathepackage,includingthe likesofmessages,profiles,fanclubs,chatrooms,forumsandevenmusic content. » Larry Annetts, chief marketing officer of MTN Nigeria says: “Eskimi has showntremendousgrowthinNigeria,hittinga6millionusermarkthisyear injustfewyearsaftertheservicewaslaunchedinNigeria.” » “WearehappytopartnerwithEskimiinintroducingthesenewEskimidata bundleplans,”Annettssays. Source: ITWeb Africa, 15 July 2013
  • 48. VODACOMINTRODUCESONENET EXPRESS » Researchhasshownthat69%ofcustomerswillratherhangupacallthanleavea voicemail message for a business to call them back. This means that every call missedisabusinessopportunitymissed. » Vodacom One Net Express is the first mobile switchboard designed for small and mediumbusinesses,allowingthemtobeavailableatalltimes,whetherintheoffice orontheroad,onasinglenumber. » Italsoincludesintelligentfeaturesthatroutecallsongroupsinthebusiness-withno calldivertimageofthebusinessasitdirectsbusinesscallstotherightdepartment. » This service is available on any cellphone, whether it is a basic phone or a smartphone. » For just R149* per user per month, a business will never miss another call while savingmoney,aseachemployeeontheVodacomOneNetExpressservicereceive 500freeminutestocallotherpeopleinthebusinessforfree. » A business can also port its landline telephone number to, or request a landline telephonenumberfromVodacom. » Thisisdonebyreplacingabusiness’traditionalfixedlandlinewith3Gdeskphonethat workswithaSIMcard.Bydoingso,VodacomOneNetExpresscanlinkabusiness’ cellphonesandlandlinetelephonenumbers. Source: techsmart, 15 July 2013
  • 49. DUBAI’SOGERTELECOMINJECTS $350MNINCELLC » SouthAfrica'sthirdlargestmobileoperator,CellC,saidon itwillreceive a$350millioncashinjectionfrommajorityshareholderOgerTelecom andafurther$222millioninloans. » Dubai-basedOgerTelecom-partlyownedbySaudiTelecom-holdsa 75%stakeintheSouthAfricanfirm. » Itinvested$200millionin2012andCellCsaiditwouldmakeanother significantinjectionin2014. » Cell C said it also has a further 2.2 billion rand ($222 million) in loans fromNedbankandtheDevelopmentBankofSouthAfrica. » CellCexpectstousethefreshfundingtoimprovenetworkqualityand boostitscapitalstructure. » Ithasincreasedusersbyabout2.5millionto11.5millioninthelastnine months. Source: ITWeb Africa, 16July 2013
  • 50. CELLCREDBULLDATASPECIAL: R99FOR2.4GB » CellCannouncedanewpre-paidproductundertheRedBullMobilebrand thatgivessubscribers200MBpermonthfor12monthsforR99once-off. » ChiefcommercialofficeratCellC,JosedosSantos,explainedthatthisisa launch offer, and that the new product will get the benefits of Cell C’s SupaChargepre-paidproduct. » Thepromotionwillbevalidfor60days,afterwhichthedealwillcostR149, DosSantossaid. » Thedealalsoincludes2freeRedBullStudioCDsmixedbyDJThiboTazz and DJ Niskerone, as well as access to the Red Bull Mobile portal which includesmusiccontent,videos,games,apps,wallpapers,andringtones. » Itwillalsooffersubscribersaccesstocompetitionswhichwillletthemstand achanceofwinningticketstoglobalandlocalevents,suchassecretparties. » DosSantossaidthattostartwith,2coupleswillwinticketstotheAbuDhabi GrandPrix. » Thedealhasgoneonsale asfrom18Julythrougharound6,000outlets. Source: Mybroadband, 17 July 2013
  • 51. TELECOMEGYPTTOPROVIDE4TH LINEMOBILESERVICES » Telecom Egypt (TE) has revealed its intention to provide customers with fourth line mobile services, as it seeks to grow its market share in North Africancountry. » TheMD/CEOofTE,Mohamed Elnawawy explained thatthenew service– whichdeliversthefastestmobileInternetexperience–willgivethecompany theneededbasetopushitsgrowthandexpansionagenda,notingthatitwill givethestate-ownedoperatortheopportunitytocompetein85percentofthe market,fromwhichitiscurrentlyexcluded. » “We’re not just a new mobile player. We’re a new mobile player that has connectionsto7millionusers,”hesaid. » ThelaunchofthefourthlineserviceswasslatedforMid-July. » TE, the country’s only fixed-line operator according to Ahram Online, confirmed that it had signed an $84.5 million agreement with mobile operator,EtisalatEgypt,whichallowsEtisalattomakeuseofpartsofitsbasic infrastructuretoprovideservicestoitscustomers. Source: Ventures Africa, 22 July 2013
  • 52. Social Networks SECTION4
  • 53. JHBZOOCREATESWORLD'S FIRSTANIMALTWEETER » AhoneybadgerthatlivesintheJohannesburgZoohasbecomeanovernight sensation by becoming the first animal in the world to be an active Twitter user,throughtheuseofitshi-techenclosure. » BG already has more than 2 000 followers after being on Twitter for only abouttwoweeks. » SeniorartdirectorattheJoburgZoo,Moira-GeneSephton,saysthezoohas longbeeninterestedingoingdigitalasitrealisestheintegralrolesocialmedia playsinlettingpeopleknowaboutitseventsandzoocauses. » Digital agencies Hellocomputer and BinarySpace designed an enclosure using motion sensors triggering activity-related tweets. Should BG move aroundhisfoodbowl,forexample,afood-relatedmessagewillbetweeted. » The wireless sensors use passive infrared technology and xbee wireless modules,whichcommunicatewithabasestationoutsidethecage.Whena sensorgetstriggered,itsendsthroughanotificationtothebasestation,which will in turn send it through to a server which handles the sending of pre- writtentweetsbasedonthedata. » Thehi-techenclosurewasdesignedinsuchawayastoposenothreattoBG. Source: ITWeb, 2 July 2013
  • 54. FACEBOOKSTICKERSCOME TOTHEWEB » Facebook stickers, the extra-large emoticons mobile users have been throwingintoFacebookchatsforawhilenow,arenowalsoavailableon thewebversionofFacebook. » Usingstickersissimple:startachatwithsomeone,clickontheemoticon iconinthelowerrightcornerofthechatwindow,choosethestickeryou likeandclickittosendittothatperson. » Youstartwitharelativelylownumberofstickers,butyoucangetmoreby clickingthebasketiconintheupperrightcornerofthestickerwindow. » All the sticker sets are currently free, but Facebook will probably introducepaidoneslateron. Source: Mashable, 3July 2013
  • 55. FLIIKE:REAL-TIMEFACEBOOK ‘LIKES’COUNTER » “Fliike”isthenameofaFacebook“like”counterthatbusinessescandisplay toshowoffhowpopulartheyareonthesocialnetwork. » CreatedbyFrenchstart-upSmiirl,theFliikeisnowavailableforpre-orderon theirwebsite,anditofferssomethingthatmanystoresmayfindintriguing:A waytoshowcaseadigitalpresenceinatangible,attention-grabbingway. » It’saphysicalcounterthatgoesupto100,000thoughifyouhavemorelikes thanthatyoucancustomorderaspecial. » They’restartingatapromotionalpriceof300Euros(thoughregularpricewill be400)andthey’relarge,mechanicalcountersthatuseWi-Fitoconnectto Facebookandmonitorlikes,flippingnumberswheneveranewdigitalfanis born. » Whenyouputthecounteronyourbarorwhereverelseyouwanttodisplayit, youcanusealaptoporotherdevicetohookuptoSmiirl’sWi-Fi,whichwill appearoncethecounterisconnectedtoadevice. » ThenyoulogontotheWi-Fi,gotoSmiirl’swebsite,andfollowthedirections tolinkyourFacebookaccounttothephysicalcounter. » CEOGauthierNadaudsays“WearefocusingonFacebookrightnow,butof course Smiirl want to go further than that. Our dream is to make different objectsforeverysocialnetwork/digitalservice’’. Source: DigitalTrends, 3 July 2013
  • 56. YAHOOBUYSXOBNI » Yahooannounceditssecondpurchaseinaweekwiththereportedacquisition ofemailproductivityproviderXobniforapriceof$30millionto$40million. » "Didyouevermeetsomeonewhotruly'gets'you?That’showwefeelabout Yahoo,"Xobniwroteinacompanyblogpostannouncingtheacquisition. » Xobnialsopromised,"Ofcourse,soonyou’llbeabletouseYahoo!products withXobnigoodnessbakedrightin.” » Xobni("Inbox"spelledbackwards)providessoftwarethataimstoimprovethe functionalityofyouremailby"makingiteasytosearchanddiscoverallyour contacts — even those who aren't in your address book," according to the company. » Xobni products like Smartr Inbox and Smartr Contacts let you search for everyonewithwhomyouhaveexchangedemails,textsorcalls. » ThepurchasecomesjustonedayafterYahooboughtmobilevideoappQwiki for$50million.UnderCEOMarissaMayer,Yahoohasbeenonabuyingspree lately,culminatingwiththe$1.1billionpurchaseofTumblrlastmonth. Source: Mashable, 4 July 2013
  • 57. FACEBOOK'SGRAPHSEARCH AVAILABLETOALLINU.S. » Facebook'sGraphSearch,whichletspeoplemoreefficientlydigthroughthe massivesocialnetworkforpeople,placesandothercontent,isnowavailable onallEnglishversionsofthewebsiteintheU.S. » Theadvancedsearchfeaturewillappearasanormalsearchfieldatthetopof Facebook.com,thoughitisnotyetavailabletomobileusers. » Torunasearch,typeinafullquestionthatlaysoutwhatyouwanttofind.Start with the types of content on Facebook such as photos, people, businesses, movies or bands, or a general topic like tea or badminton. Next, narrow it down with qualifiers like location, dates, friend recommendations or profile information. » Once you start typing, Graph Search will helpfully suggest possible combinationsandquestions.. » The company has certain safeguards in place to protect minors from potentiallycreepyGraphSearches. » Facebooksaysthefeaturehasbeenimprovedsinceitwasfirstlaunchedin January as a beta feature for select users. The company says the latest versionisfaster,understandsnaturallanguagequestionsbetter,andreturns morerelevantresults. Source: CNN, 8 July 2013
  • 58. GOOGLE+CONTINUESTO DOMINATELINKEDIN&TWITTER » YoumaynotbeusingGoogle+,butyourfriendsprobablyare. » Google+,despiteitslatestart,issolidifyingitspositionasthenumber2social networkafterFacebook. » Inadistantthirdplace:Yahoo,withjust7%ofsociallogins;andTwitter,with 6%. » Google+ launched to a limited number of users in June, 2011, and more widelyinSeptemberofthatyear.Inthetwoyearssincethen,ithaszoomed pastsocialnetworksthatwereyearsaheadandhadhundredsofmillionsof usersalready:LinkedIn,Twitter,andahandfulofChinesesocialnetworks. » Google+nowhasmorethan500millionregisteredusersand343million active users, according to anindependent study by GlobalWebIndex from December,2012. » Facebook is twice as big, claiming over a billion registered users, while GlobalWebIndexestimatesFacebookhasalmost700millionactiveusers. Source: VB, 8 July 2013
  • 59. 56%OFSOCIALMEDIAUSERS SUFFERFROMFOMO » We all know that social media can be an addiction, a slippery slope consumed by a syndromecommonlyreferredtoasFearofMissingOut(FOMO). » IfyouindulgeinafewdaysawayfromyourInboxorTwitterstream,theemailsstarttopile upandkeynewsismissed. » Infact,anewsurveyconductedbyMyLife.comrevealed56%ofpeopleareafraidofmissing outonevents,newsandimportantstatusupdatesiftheyareawayfromsocialnetworks. » Manywouldtradeotheraddictionstostayconnectedthisway—about26%saidtheywould tradehabitssuchassmokingcigarettesorrealityTVforaccesstosocialnetworkingsites. » Inthesamevein,about51%ofpeoplevisitorlogonmorefrequentlytosocialnetworks thantheydidjusttwoyearsago.Anduserswanttheirupdatesfirstthinginthemorning: About27%ofparticipantsflocktosocialsitesassoonastheywakeup. » People are managing more social networking accounts as well. About 42% of study participantshavemultipleaccounts—andthepercentagejumpsto61%forthosebetween theagesof18and34.Theaveragepersonalsomanages3.1emailaddressescompared with2.6fromlastyear. » Although52%ofrespondents said they haveconsideredtakinga “vacation”from one or moresocialnetworksinthepastyear,only24%saidtheywilllikelyfollowthrough.Why? FOMO,ofcourse. Source: Mashable, 9July 2013
  • 60. WHYISN'TLINKEDINBLOCKED INCHINA? » TheChinesegovernmentblocksmostoftheworld'smajorsocialmediasites—Twitterand Facebook, among others. It even restricts Internet users' access to Slideshare. But not LinkedIn. » One reason LinkedIn may have avoided government censorship is China's difficulty connectingwiththerestoftheworldonline. » Besidesemail,LinkedInisprobablytheonlycommonmajorsocialnetworkingplatformthat canbeaccessedbypeopleallovertheglobe. » And for obvious reasons — there aren’t many foreigners on Chinese social networks like WeiboorRenren.ThemostsuccessfulChineseSNSoverseasisprobablyWeChatwith70 millionusersoutsideofChina,andit'slikelythatmanyofthemareChineseresidingoverseas. » Secondly,sinceLinkedInhasnolocalizedsiteinsimplifiedChinese,mostChineseLinkedIn users know at least basic English. So naturally, it’s a useful tool for companies to look for talentswhoarewell-versedinbothlanguagesandhaveamoreglobalmindset. » IfChinablockedLinkedIn,eventhestate-ownedcorporationswouldn’tbeabletoeasilyfind thosetalents.LinkedInactsasafilterthatcanhelpemployersfindfolkswhoareproficientin bothlanguages. » WhileChina'sInternetisprettyclosed-offingeneral,theabilityforuserstoaccessLinkedIn gives3millionChinesepeopletheopportunitytoconnectwiththeworld,whichmightnotbe suchabadthing. Source: Mashable, 12 July 2013
  • 61. FACEBOOKINTRODUCESPHOTO COMMENTSFORPAGES » It's been one month since Facebook introduced photo comments for personalaccounts,andnowthesocialnetworkisextendingthefeatureto brandPages. » UsersandPageadminscannowrespondtopostsandcommentsusinga photo instead of, or accompanied by, words, a Facebook spokesperson tellsMashable. » Leavingaphotocommentisassimpleasclickingonthecameraiconnext tothecommentboxanduploadinganimagefromyourcomputer. » For now, photo comments can only be uploaded using a desktop or mobilewebbrowser. » Althoughmobileappuserscanseephotocomments,theycan'tyetleave them, although we imagine that capability will be included in a future update. » PhotocommentsareautomaticallyenabledonPages,butPageadmins canturnthemoffatanytime. Source: Mashable, 19 July 2013
  • 62. FACEBOOKSTATISTICS » Facebook is the world’s largest Social networking platform with over 1 Billionregisteredmembersglobally » TimeSpentpermonthperperson:7hours45mins » 1outofevery7minsonlineisspentonFacebook » Theaverageuserhas130friends » 800millionupdateseveryday » Morethan6.1millionSouthAfricansareonFacebook » Facebook is South Africa’s fastest growing social network with over 100.000newmembersregisteredeachmonth » 5.2 millionMobileusersand3.2millionSmartphoneusersinSouthAfrica » 50/50Male/Femalesplit » 2.8millionareover18yearsofage » 1.3 million+ Johannesburg | 960K Cape Town | 840K Pretoria | 550K Durban Source: Blue Magnet, 2013
  • 63. TWITTERSTATISTICS » 200MillionTwitterAccounts » 100Millionactiveusersworldwide » 350milliontweetsperday » 13%ofonlineadultsuseTwitter » 1.6Billionsearchqueriesperday » TheaverageTwitteruserhastweeted307times. » 163billiontweetssincethedawnofTwitter » 1,1MillionRegisteredTwitterUsersinSouthAfrica » 405,000ActiveSouthAfricanusers » 520,000UniqueSouthAfricavisitorstoTwitter.com » Averageof115,000TweetsinSouthAfricap/day » Averageof3,4MillionTweetsp/monthinSouthAfrica » SouthAfricansgenerateaverageof80Tweetsp/minute » Most active cities: 19,684 Johannesburg | 14,273 Cape Town | 6,537 Pretoria Source: Blue Magnet, 2013
  • 64. LINKEDINSTATISTICS » Morethanthan175millionmembersinover200countriesandterritories » LinkedInmembersdidnearly4.2billionprofessionally-orientedsearches ontheplatformin2011andsurpassed5.3billionin2012 » Morethan2millioncompanieshaveLinkedInCompanyPages » 23%ofuniquevisitingmemberscomefrommobileapps,versus just10% last year. That number reaches 27% when including mobile visits to the website(2012). » Therearemorethan2.2millionSouthAfrican’sonLinkedIn » 600kbetweentheagesof18to54years » 840kJohannesburg|313kCapeTown|160kDurban » Approx.70,000membersinGovernmentSector » 950katExecutiveorseniormanagementlevel » 500kareunpaidoratentrylevel » 20karecurrentlyintraining » 35%ofgraduatesuseLinkedInasaprimarysourcefortheir jobsearch Source: Blue Magnet, 2013
  • 65. YOUTUBESTATISTICS » Over 800millionuniqueusersvisit » Over4billionhoursofvideoarewatchedeachmonthonYouTube » 72hoursofvideoareuploadedtoYouTubeeveryminute » 70%of YouTubetrafficcomesfromoutsidethe US » YouTubeislocalizedin43countriesandacross60languages » Thereareapproximately 6millionusersinSouthAfrica » YouTubegrewbyjustover1million inthelast6monthsinSouthAfrica » Thelargest age group 18-24withtotalof 1934400users,followedbythe usersintheage25-34 » 49%male 51%female Source: Blue Magnet, 2013
  • 66. GOOGLE+STATISTICS » There are over 400 Million Google+ users in the world with almost half- millionSouthAfricausers » 36.32%Married| 31.92%Single|42.42%lookingfornetworking|39.40% lookingforFriends » Approximately71%ofusersaremale » MajorityofusersinSA–at37.3%–areaged25-34,followedby18-24year oldscomprising35.8% Source: Blue Magnet, 2013
  • 67. TWITTERSAYSANDROID&WEBWILL GET‘REPORTTWEET’BUTTON » After a petition brought over 66,000 people to Twitter’s virtual doorstep,the company says it will be expanding its abuse reporting processes. » Thecompany’sUK-armexplainedinablogposttitled“Wehearyou,” that it already rolled out a way to report individual tweets from the tweetitself » This feature, however, is only available on the social network’s iOS apps. » TwitterpromisestoaddtheoptiontoitsAndroidandWebpresences, thoughnotimetableforthisreleasewasgiven. » Twitter explained in the blog post that the sheer number of tweets acrosstheglobemakesitdifficultforthecompanytomanuallyreview every single tweet, so it has automated and manual processes in place. Source: VenturesBeat, 30 July 2013
  • 68. SAMARKETERSPAYAMONGTHE HIGHESTRATESFORFACEBOOKADS Source: Bizzcommunity, 31 July 2013 » South African marketers pay among the highest rates for Facebook advertisingintheEurope,MiddleEastandAfricaregion(EMEA),withcost perclick,costperpagelike,costperthousand impressions andaverage cost per app install numbers that are all significantly above the global average. » That's one of the key findings of the Facebook Ads Benchmark Report from Salesforce.com, the provider of the cloud-based Social.com social mediaadvertisingplatform. » ThereportalsoshowsthatSouthAfricanmarketersexperiencerelatively averageperformanceforthesecosts,withanaverageclickthroughrateof 0.332%. » SouthAfricaisthemostexpensivecountryontheaveragecostperinstall metricatUS$2.46-thenextmostexpensiveisCanadaat$1.71. » WithanaverageCPCof$0.40.SouthAfricanFacebookadvertiserspaythe thirdhighestratebehindDenmarkandSweden. » Thereportrevealsthatonaglobalscale,Facebookadswithatruesocial contextsuchas SponsoredPlaceCheck-InStoriesandSponsored Page PostLikeStorieshavehigherclickthroughratesthanaverage.
  • 69. Sources and Contacts
  • 70. SOURCES »bankingtechnology »Bizcommunity »BusinessWireviaITWeb »BusinessTechby MyBroadband »CNET »CNN »CNNMoney »DigitalTrends » DigitalSpy »Engadget »GeekyGadgets »GizMag »GottaBeMobile »ITWeb »ITWebAfrica »Mashable »MyBroadband »techsmart »VentureAfrica »VenturesBeat »VB »Washingtonpost
  • 71. CONTACTUS Angus Robinson | Director: Mobility [tel] +27 (11) 555-3800 [cell] +27 (83) 635 4400 [fax] 0867210884 [email] angus@native.co.za [twitter] @angusrobinson Have a look at all previous Mobile Reports and other mobile work on our site - http://www.native.co.za/home?keyword=mobile Should you have any mobile insight, strategy, campaign or solution requirements please contact us.
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