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Mobile apps

  • Don’t fancy queuing for petrol? This app’s got you covered

    If you're looking for evidence that South African entreprenurs are embracing the idea of the on-demand economy in a big way, look no further than FillApp. The app, built by software development house Cybatar, labels itself as "the first online filling station in Africa" and promises to "change the South African fuel retail industry forever". The Pretoria-based startup has been running a prelaunch customer development campaign through its website since August and claims to have acquired more than 900 users who "are ready to start using the services". FillApp is essentially Uber, but for petrol and gives people the option...

  • On-demand delivery startup WumDrop takes home 2015 MTN App of the Year Award

    Last night, major South African telecom MTN announced the winners of the annual App of the Year Awards. Ranging from big business to lean startups, winners in a number of categories were recognised, including the prestigious Business App of the Year Award. Some local apps that shone at the annual competition include WumDrop, Vula Mobile, EskomSePush and M4JAM. The judging panel consisted of industry experts Jonathan Hoehler, Kobus Ehlers, Liron Segev, Nafisa Akabor, Tanya Kovarsky, and Andile Khumalo. WumDrop, an application allowing users to summon a courier at R12 per kilometer, took home the award for the Best Enterprise App & Best Overall App of 2015....

  • Zapacab relaunches as white-label solution to save SA taxi companies from Uber

    Uber's disruptive nature in South Africa's taxi sector is more heated than ever before. So much so that it just prompted the relaunch of a white-label product which taxi companies can use to compete with the San Francisco-based multi-billion dollar company. "Taxi companies need to be able to compete with Uber, as currently they are unable to," says Mark Allewell who -- together with undisclosed partners -- bought the Zapacab IP from the original founders. Zapacab offers independent South African taxi companies to create their own branded mobile app so they can compete with the likes of Uber. "There is a huge...

  • 10 apps that could improve your startup’s day-to-day productivity

    Are you still using paper or sticky notes to try to stay organised in your work? You don’t need to do that anymore – now you can boost your business productivity with a high quality business app. These eight apps will help to increase your business efficiency. Give them all a try and let us know which ones work best for you. Evernote Why would you ever take notes again by hand when you can use Evernote? This free app saves your notes onto your phone or the cloud, so that you can access them from anywhere you like. The...

  • IBM hopes to catalyse South Africa’s growing app economy

    The so-called app economy is expected to create trillions of dollars of opportunities globally over the next few years, including in Africa, where a highly mobile market is poised to leapfrog directly into the era of apps. With organisations already starting on their journey to become fully mobile, digital enterprises, the opportunities for app developers are endless. In South Africa, Cape Town is already making a name for itself as a hotbed of social app development, while Gauteng is evolving into a centre for enterprise app development. IBM is working increasingly closely with incubators and innovation hubs across SA to...

  • 7 productivity apps South African small business should know about

    The head of products at MWEB, Rihana Hoosain, gives small business owners the low-down on some of the latest and greatest tech solutions to transform their businesses. Embracing great online tools and apps can really transform your small business in many ways -- from getting your staff in sync, increasing productivity, business intelligence and profitability to improving, simplifying and revolutionising the way your customers shop and pay. Here are a couple of interesting tools that could increase your business productivity. 1. Slack Slack is a small business collaboration and real-time messaging tool that has gained enormous popularity around the world over...

  • SA’s mobile TV app Tuluntulu part of Foundry50’s top global startups

    South African TV and audio streaming app Tuluntulu is named one of Unilever's Foundry50 top startups from around the globe. Tuluntulu is the first startup from Africa recognised by Foundry and will be introduced to relevant marketers and agencies from around the globe at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Unilever is one of the world's biggest ad agencies with over 7 000 marketers at its disposal and 300 designated as mentors for the selected Foundry50 startups. "The reality is that the more the marketing industry can get behind startups, pilot with them, partner with them and help them scale,...

  • Ghana’s student app startup Flippy Campus is going to DEMO Africa 2015

    Flippy Campus, a made-in-Ghana product that aims to improve students' campus experience has become one of the first startups that will be pitching to investors at the one of the continent’s biggest startup event, DEMO Africa, held later this year in Lagos, Nigeria. The Flippy Campus team emerged the most outstanding startup among the ten that participated in the DEMO Africa pre-pitch event in Accra. According to the organisers, Flippy Campusu stood out and the team was able to convince the jury on their ability to link innovation, creativity and scalability. Students that follow Flippy Campus channels can access campus events...

  • Enter your app into the MTN Business App of the Year Awards

    Entries for the annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards are now open. This year the awards will be focusing on categories rather than platforms, which is a change to form since the event first started back in 2012. MTN Business's competition has crowned many successful apps over the years, with startups like SnapScan and Wildlife Tracker to the big guys like FNB's banking app, Health ID from Discovery and DStv's Supersport app. Entries for the awards will close on the 26 June and can be submitted on the MTN App of the Year website. The final ceremony will take...

  • Travelstart’s Flapp wants to be the go-to tool for SA’s busiest flight route

    Flapp -- a portmanteau of Flight App -- is online travel booking site Travelstart's entry into the app market. The recently released app is touted as "the two tap booking app" for Cape Town to Johannesburg flights and vice versa. According to Travelstart, Flapp has been designed to specifically cover the two-hour Cape Town to Johannesburg route, which is among the busiest in the world. It will not be a spin-off of Travelstart, but rather its own brand with its own target audience. The company found that last year 43% of bookings for the route were booked under a week in advance,...