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SA consumers embrace digital shopping

SA consumers embrace digital shopping

08/04/2019 - 09:30
Smartphones have become the go-to technology for online shopping, with more than 20percent of South African consumers using them weekly over other mobile devices. read more
 Global smartphone sales see worst drop ever in 2018, survey shows

Global smartphone sales see worst drop ever in 2018, survey shows

04/02/2019 - 10:58
Global smartphone sales saw their worst contraction in 2018, and the outlook for 2019 is not much better, new surveys show.  read more
Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 – GfK data

Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 – GfK data

13/12/2018 - 15:42
Panel television sales soared in South Africa during Black Friday week, climbing by 66% to just over 93,000 units when compared to the same week in 2017, according to point of sale tracking data from GfK South Africa’s Weekly Monitor. This builds on the 47% growth over 2016 recorded during the week of Black Friday in 2017.  read more
AI and the retail revolution

AI and the retail revolution

23/04/2018 - 14:21
2018 has been widely touted as the year that practical applications of artificial intelligence reach maturity and begin to impact our day-to-day lives. However, it's not AI creating sentient robots that will be changing our lives in 2018, but instead, it will be how AI is applied within sectors like retail or financial services. read more
4 Tips to meet shoppers’ expectations via mobile

4 Tips to meet shoppers’ expectations via mobile

11/05/2017 - 10:58
Mobile shopping continues to be on the rise. So it comes as no surprise that brands and retailers continue to invest more and more into this shopping channel. read more
Retail searches on smartphones increase 23%

Retail searches on smartphones increase 23%

08/05/2017 - 17:22
Digital has continued to drive growth for UK retailers with online retail searches steadily growing throughout the post-Christmas quarter, boosted by a massive increase in searches on smartphone devices. read more
With Samsung licking its wounds, can Google finally ignite retail sales?

With Samsung licking its wounds, can Google finally ignite retail sales?

17/10/2016 - 14:55
Smartphones have become an essential part of day-to-day life in the developed world over the past half-decade. read more
Smartphones drive cross-device orders

Smartphones drive cross-device orders

29/07/2014 - 14:17
Virginia - Smartphones generated 19% of paid search clicks and 9% of search spend in second quarter 2014, while tablets produced 18% of clicks and 19% of spend. read more
Microsoft-Nokia to officially seal the deal

Microsoft-Nokia to officially seal the deal

23/04/2014 - 10:52
Microsoft will officially conclude its buyout of Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia by Friday, after clearing all regulatory hurdles in the US and internationally, the company said Monday. read more
Samsung smartphone sales take a knock

Samsung smartphone sales take a knock

09/04/2014 - 08:17
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it is on track to post its second straight quarter of profit decline, as slowing smartphone sales growth continued to weigh on earnings. read more
BlackBerry hit with $423 million loss

BlackBerry hit with $423 million loss

31/03/2014 - 08:23
BlackBerry Ltd reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Friday, sending its shares up nearly 7 percent, even as its smartphone sales continued to slide. read more
Motorola boss departs for Dropbox

Motorola boss departs for Dropbox

18/02/2014 - 11:06
The head of Google-owned maker Motorola, Dennis Woodside, has announced that he is leaving the smartphone maker to become chief operating officer at the online storage firm Dropbox.  read more
Lenovo eyes West African phone sales

Lenovo eyes West African phone sales

12/02/2014 - 07:34
Lenovo, the largest maker of personal computers (PCs), plans to expand its smartphone business in three West African countries this year as it builds on a surge in demand in Nigeria.  read more
Nokia East Africa says VAT on mobile phones is hurting sales, seeks zero-rating

Nokia East Africa says VAT on mobile phones is hurting sales, seeks zero-rating

29/01/2014 - 10:51
The introduction of 16 percent value added tax on mobile phones in September last year has cut Nokia's mobile phone sales by 20 per cent, the company has said. read more
Mobile to trump desktop in 2014: Yahoo

Mobile to trump desktop in 2014: Yahoo

23/01/2014 - 16:04
truggling Internet giant, Yahoo will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer has said at this year's Davos World Economic Forum. read more
‘China Mobile in talks with Apple’

‘China Mobile in talks with Apple’

20/12/2013 - 08:04
Taipei - China Mobile Ltd said it's still in talks with Apple Inc to sell iPhones amid mounting industry speculation that the pair are about to announce a deal to net the technology giant hundreds of millions of potential new customers. read more
BlackBerry here to stay, says new CEO

BlackBerry here to stay, says new CEO

04/12/2013 - 08:48
Ottawa - BlackBerry's new chief executive cast off persistent talk of the smartphone maker's demise, vowing on Monday that the company would pick itself back up and was "here to stay". read more
Samsung shares rise

Samsung shares rise

25/11/2013 - 08:41
Seoul - South Korean markets took in stride a US federal jury's order for Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple, with Samsung shares going up 0.69 percent on Friday. read more
Motorola plans comeback through low-cost phones

Motorola plans comeback through low-cost phones

15/11/2013 - 08:16
Motorola is betting that low-cost smartphones can provide the spark to rekindle its struggling business, even as the company’s ownership by Google Inc will force it to sit out of China, the world’s largest smartphone market. read more
BlackBerry board not keen on break-up

BlackBerry board not keen on break-up

12/11/2013 - 09:03
BlackBerry Ltd’s board does not believe a break-up of the Canadian smartphone maker is currently in its best interests, even though Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd, among others, have expressed interest in acquiring parts of the company, according to people familiar with the discussions. read more
Samsung surges to new profit high

Samsung surges to new profit high

25/10/2013 - 09:51
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s quarterly operating profit surged 26 percent to a new record, matching estimates and powered by a strong recovery in its memory chip business as smartphone sales growth eases sharply. read more
HTC CEO wants to claw back smartphone market share

HTC CEO wants to claw back smartphone market share

23/10/2013 - 10:30
HTC Corp’s chief executive has handed some duties to the company’s chairwoman as the smartphone maker struggles to claw back market share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the Financial Times reported. read more
Panasonic pulls out of smartphone business

Panasonic pulls out of smartphone business

29/08/2013 - 10:56
Panasonic Corp is finalizing plans to pull out of the consumer smartphone business in Japan and has approached potential buyers for its cellular base station business, the Nikkei reported. read more
Alarming smartphone growth for emerging markets

Alarming smartphone growth for emerging markets

27/08/2013 - 07:46
Ovum estimates that the number of smartphones in emerging markets will reach nearly 50% by 2017, which translates to over two billion devices. read more
Smartphone growth soars

Smartphone growth soars

29/07/2013 - 07:48
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), while the shipment of smartphones grew 52.3% according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). read more
Blackberry to face tough questions from investors

Blackberry to face tough questions from investors

09/07/2013 - 08:22
BlackBerry will likely face tough questions about its future at its annual meeting on Tuesday after dismal quarterly results last week triggered a 28 percent plunge in the Canadian smartphone maker’s share price. read more
Nokia buys Siemens’ stake in NSN

Nokia buys Siemens’ stake in NSN

01/07/2013 - 10:43
Finnish mobile phone company Nokia said on Monday it has agreed to buy Siemens AG’s stake in their joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion). read more
Microsoft considered Nokia buy

Microsoft considered Nokia buy

20/06/2013 - 14:59
Microsoft Corp recently talked with Nokia about buying the Finnish phone maker’s devices unit, but the discussions faltered and are not likely to be revived, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday in its online edition.  read more
Smartphones bloom in emerging markets

Smartphones bloom in emerging markets

18/06/2013 - 08:04
Global smartphone shipments are expected to reach 958.8 million units in 2013, surpassing feature phone shipments for the first time, the IDC says. read more
How Lenovo is setting itself apart

How Lenovo is setting itself apart

23/05/2013 - 15:05
Lenovo Group Ltd’s bold acquisitions in its flagship PC business, a foray into mobile gadgets, and a relatively light debt load are setting it apart from PC rivals as industry shipments take their steepest fall in decades. read more
Sony aims to regain sales from Samsung

Sony aims to regain sales from Samsung

13/05/2013 - 10:40
Sony forecast annual profit that missed analysts’ estimates on Friday as chief executive Kazuo Hirai rolls out new Xperia smartphones and Bravia televisions to recapture market share lost to Samsung Electronics. read more
Microsoft pushes for SA mobile growth

Microsoft pushes for SA mobile growth

07/05/2013 - 08:52
London - Microsoft, trying to find growth markets for its mobile products, is projecting that rising demand in South Africa will help it pass BlackBerry and Android and pave the way for further gains on the continent. read more
Samsung and Apple heading in different directions

Samsung and Apple heading in different directions

06/05/2013 - 09:26
An estimated 405 million handsets, including 197 million smartphones, were shipped in the first quarter of 2013, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research.  read more
Samsung beats Apple to record profit

Samsung beats Apple to record profit

26/04/2013 - 09:12
Seoul - Samsung on Friday released the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone, as it announced record first quarter profits driven by surging sales growth in its mobile division. read more
Apple's first profit drop in a decade

Apple's first profit drop in a decade

24/04/2013 - 09:41
San Francisco - Apple reported on Tuesday that its quarterly profit dipped for the first time in nearly a decade as it squeezed less money from its champions in the competitive smartphone and tablet markets. read more
BlackBerry rejects return rate of Z10

BlackBerry rejects return rate of Z10

15/04/2013 - 09:09
Montreal - Smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday slammed as "false and misleading" a brokerage research note which claimed consumers were returning the new Z10 handsets at a high rate. read more
Tablets spur smart connected device growth

Tablets spur smart connected device growth

08/04/2013 - 09:30
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart Connected Device Tracker, worldwide shipments of smart connected devices grew 29.1% year over year in 2012, crossing 1 billion units shipped with a value of $576.9 billion.  read more
Apple loses 'unlocking' patent

Apple loses 'unlocking' patent

08/04/2013 - 07:55
Munich - Apple has lost its patent protection in Germany for "slide to unlock," one of the most familiar features of its iPhones and iPads, with a court ruling that it was not a solution to something that had previously been a technical problem.  read more
Samsung predicts earnings increase

Samsung predicts earnings increase

05/04/2013 - 07:55
Seoul - South Korea's Samsung Electronics said on Friday it expected a sharp increase in first-quarter operating profit to 8.7-trillion won ($7.7-billion), up 52.9 percent from the first three months of 2012. read more
Nigerians Spent $1.2 Billion On 21 Million Mobile Phones In 2012

Nigerians Spent $1.2 Billion On 21 Million Mobile Phones In 2012

04/04/2013 - 08:24
Nigerians Spent $1.2 Billion On 21 Million Mobile Phones In 2012: GFK RT A report by GfK Retail and Technology Nigeria has shown the Nigerian market spent an average of 181 billion naira ($1.2 billion) to purchase 21.5 million mobile phones in 2012. read more
BlackBerry posts profit, Z10 a hit

BlackBerry posts profit, Z10 a hit

02/04/2013 - 07:20
Toronto - BlackBerry announced an unexpected quarterly profit on demand for the new touchscreen device that holds the key to its successful turnaround, but revenue remained far below year-earlier levels.  read more
New HTC phone to rollout this week

New HTC phone to rollout this week

25/03/2013 - 07:45
Taipei - Taiwan's HTC on Sunday announced its much-anticipated new flagship smartphone will go on sale in three countries this week, although the rollout elsewhere will only take place by the end of April. read more
BlackBerry boss takes swipe at Apple

BlackBerry boss takes swipe at Apple

19/03/2013 - 13:04
Sydney - The head of Blackberry has taken a swipe at Apple, saying in an interview the iPhone's operating system was outdated, while promising thousands of new apps as it prepares to launch its new Z10 handset. read more
Mastercard heads to mobile with virtual wallet

Mastercard heads to mobile with virtual wallet

26/02/2013 - 08:56
Mastercard unveiled its bid to dominate the mobile payments market on Monday with a ‘virtual wallet’ allowing customers to keep personal payment details in their phone and avoid checkouts by scanning bar codes in-store to pay. read more
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 unveiled

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 unveiled

25/02/2013 - 08:51
Samsung Electronics is beefing up its tablet range with a competitor to Apple’s iPad Mini that sports a pen for writing on the screen.  read more
Nokia to fight back against Chinese rivals

Nokia to fight back against Chinese rivals

25/02/2013 - 08:41
Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is set to launch cheaper handset models in an attempt to fend off growing competition from Chinese rivals in the low-end market, company sources said on Friday. read more
HTC takes on Samsung

HTC takes on Samsung

20/02/2013 - 10:27
Taiwan’s HTC Corp has unveiled the new smartphone that it hopes will set it apart from the crowd of Google Android devices on the market and help it to make up ground lost to Samsung. read more
Apple loses iPhone trademark (in Brazil)

Apple loses iPhone trademark (in Brazil)

18/02/2013 - 09:59
Brazil’s copyright regulator on Wednesday stripped Apple Inc of the right to use its iPhone trademark in that country, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Wednesday. read more
LG unveils new full-HD smartphone

LG unveils new full-HD smartphone

18/02/2013 - 09:16
Seoul - LG Electronics unveiled Monday the latest version of its flagship smartphone, boasting a higher resolution screen aimed at gaining a technical edge over bigger rivals like Samsung. read more
LG hit by waning TV sales

LG hit by waning TV sales

30/01/2013 - 10:31
LG Electronics Inc fell short of consensus forecasts in quarterly earnings on Wednesday, with profits in its TV division tumbling to around one tenth of year-earlier levels as the world’s No.2 TV maker bumped up promotional spending in the year-end holiday season. read more
Retailers to Spend $55bn Annually on Mobile Marketing by 2015, Juniper Report Finds

Retailers to Spend $55bn Annually on Mobile Marketing by 2015, Juniper Report Finds

25/01/2013 - 11:39
Hampshire, UK – 23rd January 2013: As retailers increasingly utilise mobile devices as a touchpoint on each stage of the retail lifecycle, a new report from Juniper Research has found that annual spend by retailers on mobile marketing will reach $55bn, almost double the $28bn level expected this year.  read more
Steve Jobs threatened patent lawsuits

Steve Jobs threatened patent lawsuits

23/01/2013 - 09:27
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs threatened to file a patent lawsuit against Palm if that company’s chief executive didn’t agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees, according to a court filing made public on Tuesday. read more
Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100m

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100m

15/01/2013 - 07:42
Seoul - Samsung Electronics said Monday that global sales of its flagship Galaxy S smartphones had topped 100 million since the first model debuted in 2010, cementing its dominant position over US rival Apple.  read more
Gadget sales to reach $666bn in 2013

Gadget sales to reach $666bn in 2013

14/01/2013 - 07:28
Stamford - Worldwide spending on devices such as mobile phones, tablets, printers and PCs will reach $666bn in 2013, according to market research firm Gartner.  read more
Samsung predicts record profit

Samsung predicts record profit

09/01/2013 - 09:09
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co on Tuesday estimated its operating profit for the fourth quarter at a record 8.8 trillion won (8.3 billion dollars). read more
Global connected smart devices up 27%

Global connected smart devices up 27%

18/12/2012 - 08:22
The worldwide smart connected device market – a collective view of PCs, tablets, and smartphones – grew 27.1% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12) reaching a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion. read more
BlackBerry maker stages comeback

BlackBerry maker stages comeback

23/11/2012 - 14:25
Toronto - Shares of Research In Motion surged more than 15% in Toronto on Thursday on rising optimism about its soon-to-be-launched BlackBerry 10 devices, the company's response to Apple's iPhone and to Android-based smartphones. read more
Huawei to capitalise on African growth

Huawei to capitalise on African growth

14/11/2012 - 09:09
Huawei Technologies’ revenue in southern and east Africa might climb as much as 30 percent in the next three years as growth on the continent outpaced most regions, the company said yesterday. read more
Android dominates on smartphones

Android dominates on smartphones

06/11/2012 - 08:10
Google‘s Android operating system is now on three of every four smartphones shipped in the third quarter, according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report.  read more
Panasonic downsizing mobile unit

Panasonic downsizing mobile unit

29/10/2012 - 08:11
Panasonic Corp may shrink its mobile phone unit by withdrawing from Europe within six months, prompting a possible writedown on the business in the year ending next March 31, two sources told Reuters. read more
Apple loses appeal against Samsung

Apple loses appeal against Samsung

19/10/2012 - 08:28
Apple Inc lost its appeal of a ruling that its rival Samsung‘s Galaxy tablet computer did not copy Apple’s registered tablet designs in a British court on Thursday. read more
Nokia losses expected to continue

Nokia losses expected to continue

19/10/2012 - 08:23
Nokia is expected to report another quarterly loss and dwindling cash reserves on Thursday, underscoring the importance of next month’s new smartphone launches as it battles to recoup ground lost to Apple and Samsung. read more
Mobile messaging traffic to double by 2017

Mobile messaging traffic to double by 2017

17/09/2012 - 08:59
A new report from analyst firm, Juniper Research, forecasts that global mobile messaging traffic will reach 28.2 trillion annually by 2017 – nearly double the 14.7 trillion messages which will be sent in 2012. read more
Stakes high as Apple releases iPhone 5

Stakes high as Apple releases iPhone 5

12/09/2012 - 09:22
Apple’s debut of its redesigned iPhone will test anew its high-stakes strategy of once-a-year upgrades for a product that accounts for about 70 percent of the company’s profits.  read more
China will be top smartphone market in 2012

China will be top smartphone market in 2012

31/08/2012 - 08:04
San Francisco - China will overtake the United States as the biggest market for smartphones amid a surge in low-cost handsets, a survey said on Thursday.  read more
Tesco Brings Virtual Shopping to Busy Airport Terminal

Tesco Brings Virtual Shopping to Busy Airport Terminal

13/08/2012 - 08:40
Hertfordshire, England – Tesco wants to make sure busy travelers don’t come home to an empty fridge.  read more
Samsung outsells Apple iPhone

Samsung outsells Apple iPhone

02/05/2012 - 07:54
Samsung Electronics reported a record $5,2bn profit in the first quarter on Friday, overtaking Nokia as the top cellphone seller, and its Galaxy smartphones outsold Apple’s iPhone at the top of the market.  read more
UK spends £4.8bn on online adverts as mobile grows fast

UK spends £4.8bn on online adverts as mobile grows fast

04/04/2012 - 07:49
Brands in Britain spent almost £5 billion (R61bn) advertising online in 2011, with video ads and marketing on social media platforms driving growth to its biggest increase in five years against a weak economic backdrop.  read more
Emerging markets switch on to gadgets

Emerging markets switch on to gadgets

23/01/2012 - 08:06
Consumers in South Africa and other emerging economies continued to be the key drivers and purchasers of consumer electronic goods last year, a study by Accenture has found. read more
Sony Ericsson slips into the red ahead of rebrand

Sony Ericsson slips into the red ahead of rebrand

20/01/2012 - 13:59
Sony Ericsson has announced losses of €207m (£173m) for the fourth quarter of 2011, well below analysts expectations, shortly before it finalises the acquisition by Sony of Ericsson's stake in the business read more