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Facebook’s Whatsapp Is Getting Into Digital Payments

Facebook’s Whatsapp Is Getting Into Digital Payments

Applications, FinTech, Mobile Money
a business (also known as an enterprise, a company or a firm) is an organizational entity involved in the provision of goods and services to consumers.Businesses serve as a form of economic activity, and are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services allocated through a market to consumers and customers in exchange for other goods, services, money, or other forms of exchange that hold intrinsic economic value. Businesses may also be social non-profit enterprises or state-owned public enterprises operated by governments with specific social and economic objectives. A business owned by multiple private individuals may form as an incorporated company or jointly organise as a partnership. Countries have different laws tha...
Indonesia summons representatives from messenger services and search engines over its  content

Indonesia summons representatives from messenger services and search engines over its content

Applications
Indonesia’s communications ministry said on Tuesday it will summon representatives from messenger services and search engine providers including Alphabet Inc’s Google to push them to clean up obscene content. Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format images were removed. “We will call all providers, including Google to clean up their network,” said Semuel Pangerapan, a director general at Indonesia’s communication and informatics ministry. The government had decided to block websites of these tech giants by 6 November. With inputs from Reuters--firstpst
Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

Microsoft acqui-hires cinemagraphic photo app Swng

Applications, Breaking News
Computer vision and clever imaging technology remain hot areas in consumer and enterprise apps, and today Microsoft is picking up a startup called Swng Technologies to give it some IP and talent in this department. Swng Technologies had developed a cinemagraph app called Swng (originally called Polaroid Swing) that lets you take impressionistic, GIF-like short videos that you can then ‘move’ buy dragging your finger or a mouse across them. The startup’s team will be joining Microsoft’s Skype division, the companies said today. Skype may be known more as an app that lets you make voice and video calls, but it has been revamping itself as a more enhanced messaging and chat app, with a Cortana integration and a Snapchat-inspired makeover earlier this year. It’s not clear exactly what Swng
Facebook, WeWork and others use this startup to make swag

Facebook, WeWork and others use this startup to make swag

Applications, Start Ups
Swag, especially good swag, can be important. That’s where Swag.com comes in. The company, which launched 15 months ago, aims to be a way for companies to get quality swag to help people rep their brands. “People think of swag as junk, but it shouldn’t be,” Swag co-founder Jeremy Parker told TechCrunch. “It could be an amazing marketing tool if it’s built right.” Swag.com offers products like water bottles, umbrellas, shirts, jackets, USB drives, bags and other items from brands like Patagonia and Case Logic. Once you pick the product, you upload your designs, specify how many you want printed and then wait for Swag to send you the production mock-up for approval. Standard production time takes about 15 days, while priority production takes 10 days and costs a bit more. Production
New SA Fintech Enables Free Peer-to-Peer Email and Mobile Payments

New SA Fintech Enables Free Peer-to-Peer Email and Mobile Payments

Applications, FinTech
South Africa has just got its own version of Venmo, one of the US’s most successful payment platforms owned by PayPal that processes $25 billion in person to person payments annually. The Slide app, founded by three young South Africans who recently returned from living in the States, has been developed to change the way South Africans pay each other. Says co-founder Irshad Kathrada, “In the US we witnessed the huge growth in payment methods and how easy it was to pay people. So we developed Slide – a safe, simple and free way of sending money from one person to another using a mobile phone. Making a payment is as easy as sending a message. It saves you having to carry cash or knowing someone’s bank account details. It also doesn’t matter which bank or mobile network operator the sender
WhatsApp is savings lives in Argentina, could the same be done in Zimbabwe?

WhatsApp is savings lives in Argentina, could the same be done in Zimbabwe?

Applications
Zimbabweans do not an introduction to WhatsApp. If you have internet access to be reading this article, there is a very high chance you use the free messaging app. The application has grown in popularity around the world to a point where over 1 billion people use it. If you have internet access, the app is free to use and it is user friendly too. We use the app for different reasons, from keeping in touch with old friends from Primary School to responding to customer queries at work. However, with those many people using the app we are seeing more and more people solving problems in their communities with the app. Indonesia We saw the Central Jakarta Immigration Department in Indonesia introduce a new registration management system where passport applica
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

Applications
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
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