Technology and E-commerce News

Shopify valued at $1.27 billion

Shopify, the company that allows budding entrepreneurs to quickly start a business online, is valued at $1.27 billion dollars.

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Apple HomeKit vs. Samsung

Apple Inc will release its Apple HomeKit functionality next month allowing users to control their home devices with their iPhones and iPads.

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Hope for Publishers! Adblock Plus Acceptable Ads

There are millions of small and medium-sized websites and blogs out there that rely on advertising revenue to survive. Adblock Plus’s Acceptable Ads feature caters for the display of non-obtrusive ads giving publishers who care about the layout and content of their sites a chance at survival.

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A Future Outlook on Software Engineering and Mobility

The Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering’s (JCSE) director, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, had some positive words regarding the current status and future outlook on software engineering and mobility.

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Panasonic to reclaim their South-African market

Electronics Company, Panasonic has announced that they are set to retake the South-African market place. They will be offering a wider range of products from kitchen utilities to home theatre systems.

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Dubsmash Takes Over Social Media

Dubsmash is taking lip syncing to a new level by allowing users to make short videos of themselves together with their favourite songs, commercials, movie quotes or sound clips.

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Sony Lawyer: “WikiLeaks’ conduct rewards a totalitarian regime…”

Sony Lawyer, David Boies, cautioned against media outlets using hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment letters and documents on Wikileaks. This warning comes after the controversial Wikileaks website posted confidential Sony documents that were hacked by cyber terrorists.

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Blackberry Sweden to Shut Down Resulting in 150 Job Losses

Blackberry may close its doors in Sweden.  The Toronto-based company announced that negotiations are underway with trade unions regarding the 100 jobs which may be lost as a result.

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Kalahari and Takealot Merger is Bad News for Smaller Companies

South African online stores Takealot and Kalahari are merging to the detriment of smaller e-commerce ventures.

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Chinese Company LeTv is Nearing Its USA Expansion

The company has just opened offices in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. LeTv (pronounced L-E-T-V) is a maker of mobile phones and smart TVs as well as a provider of a streaming service for speakers of languages originating from China.

 

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