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  • HelloFood plans world domination with Brazil success

    More from the Rocket Internet camp, its online food delivery service HelloFood is taking over as a top food delivery service in Brazil surpassing its competitor Jánamesa. The move signals the consolidation of HelloFood as "a leading player in the contested Brazilian market" says Rocket. According to the online business builder, "HelloFood with its affiliated brand foodpanda is the largest group of online food ordering platforms worldwide". HelloFood, together with its affiliate brand Foodpanda, helps restaurants to increase sales through online and mobile platforms (iOS and Android) and provides them with constantly evolving technology and analytics. For consumers, hellofood offers an...

  • Uber drives into Johannesburg with secret tests

    No more speculating, Uber is coming to Africa with a South African play. According to a press release by the company, secret Ubers were spotted across Johannesburg, marking the company's entry into Africa and its fifth continent. Uber is a US$50-million San Francisco-based company which makes a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire. At its core, the company is an on-demand private driver. Users of the service can request a ride at any time using the service’s iPhone and Android apps or from its mobi site. With your credit card registered on the service,...

  • Gust Pay launches social currency component to its offering

    Mobile payments startup Gust Pay launched a new version of its Gust Finder app for iOS this week. The app rewards you with a Free Coffee when visiting participating Gust Coffee Club merchants. So here is how the rewards work: simply choose any coffee from the menu when you are within 100 meters of a partner location by showing your Gust Finder deal confirmation screen to the merchant. The app has a map, list and Augmented Reality view to help you discover new coffee shops and restaurants. Shake your device and you'll get suggestions for nearby places to visit. Gust Finder...

  • SA developer launches public transport app to ease the daily commute

    Geolocation and mapping apps are a rich market to tap into in Africa. Even Google, with all its glorious Maps, has yet to outline and document Africa's routes in detail, given its sheer scale and connectivity problems, especially in rural areas. Apps like Waze and HopStop show that new competitors can contribute with innovative tools like social aggregation, but in all likelihood will be bought up and incorporated into larger firms, as happened with Waze and Google, and HopStop and Apple respectively. South African-based developer Lebogang Nkoane has joined the party with a public transport route manager application named awayto.be,...

  • Rocket Internet launches online hotel booking service Jovago in Nigeria

    I am starting to think that Nigeria is Rocket Internet's new pet project. You can't really blame them, with Africa's biggest population, an obsession with tech and people who like to spend, it's an easy fit. The company today announced the launch of Jovago -- an online hotel booking service in Nigeria. According to a release by Rocket, Jovago offers around 140 000 hotels worldwide that users can choose from and its free. "Jovago provides all information about hotels, as well as means to compare different options and find the ideal location. In Nigeria the portfolio consists of over...

  • Obox launches SalesGenius, a sales tracking web app

    Cape Town based company Obox, best known for its WordPress theme business, has just launched SalesGenius, a web app that allows you to track sales for anyone using Envato, the online platform that gives people a means to sell their digital goods via a family of online marketplaces Obox made its name after switching from creating full websites to WordPress themes in 2009. The company hit international headlines by building some of the official themes for the well-known, but now defunct, blogging platform Posterous. According to Obox, SalesGenius can "predict, analyse and anticipate your sales on a daily, or...

  • Taking instant messaging to the next level: 2go Bread in Nigeria

    Okay this is pretty awesome. You know you have made it when your company has its own food and you didn't even know about it. Popular instant messaging platform 2go got a nice a little surprise when they saw this, a loaf of bread brandishing its logo. 2go, much like other chat platforms, allows its users to message each other for free, meet new people and share updates and photos with friends and family. The platform uses a mobile currency, GoCredits, that enables users to buy content, play games and message each other in chat rooms. This photo, taken in...

  • Snapplify plans global expansion with a shimmy into New York

    Things are going well with Snapplify it seems: the app maker favoured by South African publishers is setting its sights on world domination with a global expansion plan. Last month, the mobile digital publishing solutions provider announced a global partnership with SPi Global, a global digital and epublishing service provider to content owners and publishers, to help expand its footprint. Since launching in 2011 the company has enjoyed some major successes in with multiple partners in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the US and UK. To help fast track its growth, the company has opened up a New York office to help...

  • Exclusive: Could Thoopid be the Rovio of Africa with upcoming Snailboy game?

    High-quality games are not something you readily associate with Africa or South Africa's gaming scene. Sure there are a lot of gamers, and they all love to play high-quality titles, but it's a young and small scene on the development side. A startup based in Cape Town, Thoopid, is out to change all of that with its upcoming mobile game Snailboy, a game so beautifully animated, brimming with life and character, we'd go so far as to call it the Angry Birds of Africa, not least because Snailboy controls similarly to Angry Birds' 'catapult' mechanic. Snailboy is a simple enough concept:...

  • Afrinolly taking on all platforms with Windows 8 launch

    Watch out iROKO Partners, it looks like competition is finding its way to you. AfriNolly a platform dedicated to African entertainment especially that of Nollywood is stepping up its game with a new platform launch. The Nigerian-based entertainment company has been beta testing its Windows 8 offering for some time now and has finally announced the launch of its Windows 8 app as well as a Windows Phone app. Developed by developers at FansConnectOnline Limited in Lagos' growing tech ecosystem, Afrinolly allows users to watch an assortment of Nigerian entertainment, such full length Nollywood movies, other African movies, trailers, short...