Uber limits price hikes in snowstorm

2015-01-28 13:36

Uber has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during a snowstorm.

Under-fire Uber CEO offers olive branch

2015-01-19 07:54

The CEO of controversial online ride-sharing company Uber has stuck a newly conciliatory tone, promising to create 50 000 new jobs.

Gay dating app helps men banish the blues

2015-01-08 12:29

Gay dating app Blued has been a godsend for gay men, allowing them to privately contact Chinese men seeking same-sex companionship.

Car-sharing apps pose threat to motor sector

2014-12-20 13:21

The smartphone could throw a spanner in the works of the car sector's post-crisis turnaround, with the big manufacturers facing a long-term threat from apps.

Uber brings Christmas shopping relief to SA

2014-12-18 08:20

With Christmas around the corner and malls being packed with shoppers, an online partnership between Uber and kalahari hopes to bring back the "ho ho ho" into the festive season.

US prosecutors sue Uber

2014-12-10 13:59

California prosecutors have sued Uber over the ride-booking company's background checks of drivers and other allegations.

Mobile apps still collect data on US kids

2014-12-08 14:01

After US regulators issued new privacy rules for kids' mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute software programmes that quietly collect vast amounts of data.

'Don't dumb down smart homes'

2014-12-08 08:41

Your home should learn your habits automatically to be truly considered smart, says an industry insider.

Uber boss sorry over journalist target team plan

2014-11-18 09:16

Uber executive Emil Michael has apologised for comments suggesting that the company hire a team to dig up dirt on journalists.

Apps lift the smart boat

2014-11-07 14:33

Social media, games and fitness dominate SA smartphone apps, says Arthur Goldstuck.

'Help me please' app to fight crime

2014-11-05 09:00

An app dubbed the "Uber for armed response" is planned to be launched in South Africa before Christmas.

OLX hits 200 million users

2014-10-29 13:04

Online classifieds provider OLX has announced that it has surpassed 200 million active monthly users.

Uber-heated battle as mobile apps rattle taxis

2014-10-13 13:11

Southeast Asia's notorious taxi market is undergoing a shakeout as Uber and home-grown mobile booking applications gain popularity in a region.


Retailers of any shape and size can now unlock the power of mobile transacting with the announcement that WiGroup is opening its platform to smaller retailers, its CEO says.

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M4JAM offers cash for tech recycling

2014-10-08 14:03

Micro-jobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) has launched a tech recycling programme on its social network platform.

Man arrested over spyware app

2014-09-30 11:35

US authorities have charged a man who sold a cellphone app that surreptitiously recorded phone calls and intercepted texts and e-mails.

WeChat boosts revenue for Apple in China

2014-09-08 11:35

Millions of people have made China Apple's third-largest market for software sales, and a huge chunk of that comes through WeChat.

SA cash management app 22seven goes free

2014-09-02 11:03

Money management program 22seven has announced that it would no longer charge for subscription.

Happy apping - check out the top smartphone apps

2014-08-27 13:05

Mobile chat is probably the most hip pastime that people use their smartphones for, based on the most popular apps on online platforms.

Opera scores default browser deal on Asha smartphones

2014-08-21 14:56

Opera Software has announced that it has signed a deal with Microsoft to be the default browser on Asha range of smartphones.

Android malware checker aims to improve security

2014-08-18 14:29

To protect Android smartphones against fraudulent applications, a security company has released a scanner that seeks to protect mobile devices from identity theft.

SA developers score at awards show

2014-08-15 07:09

South African talent has been celebrated as local developers were recognised in the MTN App of the Year Awards.

Apps aim to improve productivity - kind of

2014-08-13 09:50

New apps are designed to act as personal time assistants to get tasks done and improve productivity, but not everyone is convinced that they are useful.

Google bombs 'Bomb Gaza' game

2014-08-05 07:29

A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invites users to "drop bombs and avoid killing civilians" has been pulled from Google's app store.

Alibaba might invest in Snapchat, reports say

2014-08-01 12:09

Snapchat has held talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba toward a possible investment in the mobile-messaging start-up.


Apps to the rescue as Eskom blackouts bite

2015-01-22 09:00

As the spectre of Eskom's rolling blackouts haunts South Africans, a number of local developers have built applications to alert users of when load-shedding will hit.

China taxi driver law hurts Uber

2015-01-09 07:55

Chinese regulators have banned drivers of private cars from offering services through ride-hailing apps, adding a new legal hurdle to Uber's global expansion.

Five of 2014’s weirdest mobile apps

2014-12-31 11:55

From navigating a bird through tricky obstacles to just saying ‘Yo’ and viewing medical patients’ images online, 2014 has been interesting for mobile application ideas.

Uber rival slammed as 'stunningly pointless'

2014-12-18 16:15

A Singapore government-sponsored alternative to Uber has been panned as "stunningly pointless" by online commentators.

Driving While Black app offers sensible advice

2014-12-12 14:16

A new smartphone application will provide common sense advice to motorists of all races and outline what civil rights you have during a traffic stop.

Delhi bans all Uber-like firms after rape claim

2014-12-09 10:05

India's capital has banned internet-based taxi firms after a female passenger reported she was raped by a driver contracted to US online cab company Uber.

Uber driver accused of rape, was arrested for assault

2014-12-08 10:15

An Uber taxi driver will appear in an Indian court, accused of raping a young female passenger, as the popular US online ride-hailing service comes under fire.

Uber doubles in value to $40bn

2014-12-05 08:05

Ride-sharing start-up Uber is now valued at $40bn, twice what it was worth six months ago, after raising a fresh $1.2bn in funding.

Beijing blocks pollution mobile app

2014-11-11 14:10

Beijing authorities have blocked a popular application that reports the smog levels in the city as the Asia-Pacific conference winds down.

'Help me' security app ideal for big cities

2014-11-06 07:43

The new instant armed response programme is designed to roll out in large metros after a successful launch in Stellenbosch.

WhatsApp founders jump into rich list

2014-10-30 14:00

WhatsApp founders have received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9bn when they sold their messaging service.

Snapchat hack exposes flawed security

2014-10-15 10:30

The prospect of Snapchat photos hitting the internet has driven home a simple fact: The mobile app's core feature is flawed.

Panic over stolen Snapchat images

2014-10-13 07:53

A huge trove of evidently intercepted Snapchat images and videos has been exposed online, raising fears about what may be revealed in the messages.


Retailers of any shape and size can now unlock the power of mobile transacting with the announcement that WiGroup is opening its platform to smaller retailers, its CEO says.

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Apps to help you take a break from, well, apps

2014-10-07 07:51

Smartphone users feeling overwhelmed by the onslaught of communications and devices vying for their time can turn to new apps to help them take a break.

Apps aim to make students more productive

2014-09-09 11:10

Students eager to keep on top of classes, assignments and extra-curricular activities can turn to new apps to keep them organised.

Free 22seven strategy eyes SA growth

2014-09-03 11:03

Now that financial management app 22seven is free, it is expected to make further inroads as a tool to help South Africans manage their cash.

WhatsApp 'taking over' SA mobile chat

2014-09-01 12:03

South Africans are hooked on WhatsApp as the instant messaging chat application has taken a dominant market share in the country.

Uber drives into mobile dining, travel apps

2014-08-25 07:42

Uber has pulled into dining and travel smartphone applications as the internet age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles.

Jakarta threatens to ban Uber car app

2014-08-21 11:20

The Indonesian capital is threatening to shut down controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber due to licensing issues.

Apps offer intense workouts in high speed instalments

2014-08-18 13:09

Fitness buffs who can't make it to the gym but still want to exercise can turn to apps for a short, intense workout when they are pressed for time.

Yahoo bolsters local search with Zofari app

2014-08-13 13:26

Yahoo has said it was bolstering its local search capabilities by absorbing the team from the smartphone recommendation app Zofari.

Here's how to fight cyber stalkers with mobile apps

2014-08-12 14:50

As mobile technology races ahead, cyber criminals have new ways to target their victims, but you can use digital tools to get your own back. Watch our video.

Alibaba invests in Kabam for mobile market play

2014-08-01 14:03

Alibaba Group Holding has invested $120m in San Francisco-based mobile games studio Kabam, the latest in a string of US investments intended to build up the Chinese online retailer's presence.

New programme lets you earn cash with your smartphone

2014-08-01 11:04

Your smartphone has cost you money, but perhaps it could also earn you cold hard cash. A new but micro-jobbing platform may be the trick to earn some extra funds.

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