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Tired Of Potholes? Download the App

Residents of Johannesburg now have it easier than before. Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) recently launched a Smartphone app that allows residents of the city to report potholes and faulty traffic lights. Known as Find & Fix, the app is part of JRA’s turnaround strategy, which has seen the organisation turn its eye to the delivery of service. Part of the strategy includes the organisation’s commitment to becoming more accessible to its citizens and road users and...

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Foursquare Spilts, Swarm Take The Check-In

When Foursquare first announced that it was splitting the app in two, the move surprised many. Even the Co-Founder & CEO, Dennis Crowley admitted to thinking that the move was crazy, at first. Swarm, Foursquare’s latest offering is the company’s passionate move to separate the social and discovery aspect of the original Foursquare and it is but one part of Foursquare’s future plans, and the original app won’t be replaced by Swarm. The “checking in” function...

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Valour Smart Bike, Brings GPS Directions To Your Handlebar

Unlike the motor vehicle industry, the bicycle has seen little innovation over the years. Even though we now have cars smart enough to drive themselves, innovation has been lacking in the bike industry. In comes the Vanhawks Valour smart bike. A bike reported to connect with a Smartphone app and brings in GPS technology straight to the handlebars. The first connected bike, the Valour smart bike features performance tracking, interactive feedback and security sensors that all...

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Byte Money, specialising in receipting and allocating funeral insurance policies

Byte Money – The profitability of a business entity is quite often determined by volume of goods and services traded and by extension of how well the money is receipted and saved. Recent research and statistics have indicated that about R2.5 billion is collected and receipted in cash for the funeral industry in South Africa using handwritten receipts and receipt books. Of the collected amounts, between 30% to 35% is lost due to fraud, theft or...

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Catch app the event dating solution

Catch app – Events have over the years become great social and business platforms. For those who have very active social lives, events provide the perfect opportunity to meet and connect with people of like-minded interests and share knowledge of common interest. For others in the business world, events are the best networking opportunities where new products are introduced and innovative entrepreneurship ideas introduced.There are so many stories of success where the first meeting point was at...

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Your Gadget’s Battery Is Swelling Up. Should You Panic?

The reality of a swollen MacBook battery doesn’t merit quite a panic attack. And is not as uncommon as one would think. Truth is, lithium ion batteries have a limited lifespan. Once manufactured, and in use, they start ageing. According to Apple, laptop batteries are good for five years for 1,000 recharge cycles. Even not using a battery the wrong way can hasten its demise.  If a MacBook battery bursts or leaks while in the service shop,...

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Foursquare Checks In Two

During The New York Ideas conference in Manhattan recently, Foursquare Co-Founder and CEO Dennis Crowley discussed his organisation’s latest announcement that it would split the Foursquare app, as we know it, into two. Foursquare announced the introduction of a new app called Swarm; which aims to help you stay in touch with friends. The company is simplifying its services, providing apps that can be described in one word or tweet and come with a single-case use....

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Google Glass Goes On a Trip

Google Glass just became an essential companion. Recently, the app launched the official apps for Foursquare, TripIt and OpenTable. With these latest additions, Google Glass now has an impressive suite of travel apps that any dedicated traveller would want. Wearers can explore your surroundings, make restaurant reservations, get updates on planned trips and even get to translate menus and signs. Google Glass’ new set of apps emphasizes one of the many areas that the glasses can...

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Diarize me app, the instant appointment app

Diarize me – The act of making an appointment is a significant gesture of civilisation which is recognised and appreciated both at an individual and business level. Not only is it an act of civilisation but the ability to make good appointments and stick to them can quite often prove to be the difference between getting products and services at the preferred time for customers and increased profitability for business houses. One app which has effectively...

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Edit Your Twitter Experience: Mute Your Chatty Peers

Characterised by the short bursts of inconsequential information, Twitter was one of the most-visited sites in 2013. With over 500 million registered users, who post about 340 million tweets per day, you can imagine the potential information overload. This overload is all too clear when you skim through your timeline and realise that a friend of yours is harping on about a topic you not particularly interested in. Twitter has come up with a solution, a...