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Vodafone Passes give you unlimited data for your favourite apps

Vodafone Passes give you unlimited data for your favourite apps

Applications, Telecomms
Are you always worried that your YouTube, Netflix or Spotify addiction will see you blast through your monthly data allowance? Well, Vodafone Passes have been unveiled to give unlimited data for key apps. There are four main passes available, grouped by type of app. There's the Video Pass, which is £9 per month (£7 initially as an intro offer) that includes Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, TV Player, Vevo and My5. That means you'll be able to watch (stream and download) as much movie, TV and video content you want from these apps, with no further cost each month. There's also the £5 per month Music Pass (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Soundcloud, Amazon Music) and Social Pass (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), plus the £3 per month Chat Pass (
South Africans Prefer Using Mobile Apps Over Other Banking Interactions

South Africans Prefer Using Mobile Apps Over Other Banking Interactions

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South Africans prefer to use their bank’s mobile app rather than other interactions such as in-branch or phone contact, according to a new survey. Respondents to a Avaya survey said they prefer a digital approach to basic banking over any direct contact with bank staff, according to ITNewsAfrica. Nine countries from around the globe were surveyed in the Customer Experience in Banking Survey, conducted with YouGov, which included over 10,000 banking customers in South Africa, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, India, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. South Africans admitted that they preferred to use a mobile banking app to access their banking services, while it was also revealed that they are the second most satisfied nation in terms of the service of thei
Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Applications, News
 The Scandinavian firm will be hiring key African personnel, and it will also decide on a location, either in South Africa or Nigeria, where its African headquarters will be set up, according to ITNewsAfrica. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages through the use of a mobile app. Expansion plans in Africa include the hiring of two African directors, with a business development director and a sales director expected to join the company. Where they will be based is still undecided, however, as Truecaller executives will visit both Nigeria and South Africa at the beginning of November to consider locations for their African headquarters before a final decision is made. Truecaller’s
10 Fintech And M-Commerce Apps In Contention For AppsAfrica.com Awards 2017

10 Fintech And M-Commerce Apps In Contention For AppsAfrica.com Awards 2017

Applications, FinTech
The shortlist of finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 was recently announced, with a number of fintech and m-commerce apps considered. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa, with various categories included to recognize mobile apps that impact numerous industries and sectors. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners set to be announced at the awards party in Cape Town on Nov. 6. Here are the 10 fintech and m-commerce apps in contention for the AppsAfrica.com awards 2017. Sources: Mastercard, AppsAfrica, TrueAfrica, Inc, CNNMoney. PesaChoice allows users to send money and make payments. Photo – PesaCh
Parliament of Zimbabwe now has a mobile app to keep us up to date

Parliament of Zimbabwe now has a mobile app to keep us up to date

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Back in 2016 we saw the Parliament of Zimbabwe take technology seriously as they embraced it to improve service delivery. They were working on a lot of projects, live-blogging parliamentary debates (which did not come to be for somewhat obvious reasons) and also an enhanced website which was launched. On the website all important information is shared and in digital format with audio recordings being the most interesting. At the launch of the website last yearParliament said to expect a mobile application in the first quarter of this year, 2017. The Zimbabwean government is slowly but surely getting with the times. The Parliament of Zimbabwe has finally launched the mobile application, available on Android, iOS and Windows (yay, Windows not forgotten.) They did not ma
Uber Loses Another Senior Figure as European Policy Chief Quits

Uber Loses Another Senior Figure as European Policy Chief Quits

Applications, Start Ups
Uber's European policy chief Christopher Burghardt is quitting to join the electric vehicle charging network company Chargepoint, the companies said on Tuesday, becoming latest senior figure to leave the taxi app. Burghardt, the head of policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, departs after one year with Uber and will become managing director for Chargepoint in Europe in November, he told Reuters. Earlier this month, Uber's top boss in Britain also quit the Silicon Valley company, which was told last month by London's transport regulator (TfL) that its licence to operate in the British capital would not be renewed. It is appealing that decision. HIGHLIGHTS Uber's European policy chief Christopher Burghardt is quitting He will join the electric vehicle c
Direct Pay Online Group Launches DUMAPAY 2.0 app

Direct Pay Online Group Launches DUMAPAY 2.0 app

Applications, Breaking News, Mobile Money
Direct pay Online Group has launched a new version of its DUMAPAY payments App to help it’s over 25,000 merchants across Africa to accept a wider range of payment options instantly and securely. The new DUMAPAY version 2.0 is the first mobile application that supports multiple payment options in Africa. Merchants using the app will be able to accept card, e-wallets and mobile payments such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, M-PESA, Airtel Money, MTN Money, Tigo. mVisa which is one of the payment options that has been added in the upgrade following the recent partnership Direct Pay Online had with Visa. “We always aim to be ahead of the pack when it comes to embracing technology and making things easier for our merchants. This new version of the DUMAPAY payments app ensures that o
Direct Pay Online Gains Security Certification in 12 Countries Across Africa

Direct Pay Online Gains Security Certification in 12 Countries Across Africa

Applications, FinTech
Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) is the first payment service provider (PSP) in Africa to receive the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 certification in 12 African countries. This comes after the successful completion of comprehensive audits in the Group’s global headquarters and all its other markets which include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Africa, the Direct Pay Online Group headquarters is in Kenya and the team on ground runs all other markets with the support of local branches & teams. PCI DSS is the highest privacy and security standard in the Payments industry and applies to entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data or sensitive authentication data. The c
Countering the Social Media Hack

Countering the Social Media Hack

Applications, News, Social Media
The first step in building a social media security program is making sure the corporate accounts themselves are protected. To do this, treat social media just like you do the corporate website: closely audit who has access and mandate robust security settings. In an age where social media has become the top business platform for many marketing and sales teams, companies have to grapple with the dual definition of “exposure.” To anyone on the go-to-market side of the house, the connotation is undoubtedly positive; social media has been a godsend. More followers yield more engagement, more engagement yields more conversions, more conversions yield more sales and customers. However, “exposure” is also the age-old enemy of security teams, who struggle to keep up with a quickly eroding s
Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

Applications, Entertainment, Mobile Money, Telecomms
Africa is the global leader in mobile money, which has become an important component of Africa’s financial services landscape. Mobile network operators (MNOs) have dominated mobile money services in Africa for the past decade. More recently, fintechs have established a solid footing in the market, and a number of banks are beginning to compete aggressively for the mobile banking customer. While some banks have chosen to “go it alone”, others are forming partnerships in hopes of reaching the market faster. This article outlines five paths banks can take to retain ground in the battle for the mobile customer in Africa. Africa is the global leader in mobile money Mobile financial services (MFS) span the full spectrum of financial services, from payments and current accounts, to s
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