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Cell C high speed 42mbps network launch...

Invited down to Port Elizabeth to experience the launch of the new 42mbps Cell C capability and meet the team. Good times. I've used Storify to capture the essence of the event, complete with pictures, tweets, videos and locations.

Storify really is an amazing tool - a visual capture of "social media" covered events.

[View the story "Cell C Launches 42mbps network in Port Elizabeth" on Storify]

HTC launches a pretty compelling range of new Android phones...

Was at the HTC Quietly Brilliant launch the other day. It was about time I got a handle on this Android thing (considering it's now the biggest mobile operating system in the world - I think). HTC launched an entire range of SmartPhones, including an entry-level variety. Here are some quick thoughts, pics and videos from the event.


An Instagram styled "polaroid" of the event, held at BuddhaTa in Design Quarter.


Here's the whole range of phones, in order of fanciness from left to right. The three that interest me most are the ChaCha, the Flyer (their Tablet) and the Sensation (iPhone competitor).

I think finally, we have a set of mobile phones with hardware powerful enough to run Android properly. Previous versions of Android phones that I've played with have always felt a little sluggish. And the icons were a little small. I'm not sure why the icons bothered me so much, perhaps I'm just used to the Steve Jobs iPhone Dogma - but they did. The icons have im…

MindBullet: Wall Street Crunch Spreads to Micro Finance (12 July 2013)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.

This week we see what happens if the Micro Finance industry gets out of control. In South Africa, micro finance usually involves tacking financial products onto airtime purchases or using mobile wallets to procure products and services without having a bank account. Let's not kid anyone - from a technology reach perspective, it's a bloody exciting business. And it's extremely profitable.

Any mobile graph you look at will show you the South Africa still has double (or more) the amount of cellphone users than bank account holders. That means USSD access to cheap, simple financial products is always going to succeed.

But like most things these days - we need to regulate oursel…

Social Media Masterclass (MAY 2011) - brought to you by FutureWorld...

I don't often use this blog for shameless self promotion... Ah crap. Who am I kidding. Of course I do. But this, dear Readers, is a worthy bit of promotion. Together with Lisa Moretti and the FutureWorld Group, I'm putting together a series of social media masterclasses. Practical, humorous and tangible introduction to social media. From it's definition, to it's implication and application - there is going to be some great content.

If you're interested in booking, drop me a line on andy at onebigwidget dot com and we can chat.

Please note: Lisa is flying down for 1 week only in May. She's pretty damn impressive. Trust me.

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Here's the official invite from the FutureWorld CEO's:

You've heard the hype - now here's a once-off opportunity to unpack the real value (and the risks) of unleashing the social media storm into your business.

For one week only in South Africa, from Monday 09 May 2010, FutureWorld brings together our newest gurus: t…

MindBullet: Space Crash Takes Down the Internet (15 March 2014)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.

One day, we're doing to wake up and go DUH. We're putting a lot of gear in space, gear that we are increasingly reliant on. And yet we have no real way to clean up after ourselves. It's like mine dumps, rubbish dumps and toxic waste dumps. Humanity has a track record of not being around when the dishes need to be done.

So it makes sense that somethings going to go wrong. How dependent is your business on internet or communication links that are in turn dependent on certain satellites being up? We certainly saw the hoo-hah recently when the undersea cable to South Africa had an issue and "the net went down". If it happens in space... it's a little harder to fix.

ZA Tech Show Episode 154 - Regardless

Your crew this week consists of Andy Hadfield, Steven Ambrose and Simon Dingle. We discuss;

The Nokia E7 and the state of Symbian.Vodacom going red.Cell C network experiences.Chip manufacturing issues in Japan.Connecting the iPad with 8ta.Nintendo’s 3DS.Android’s rocketing market share.
Our technology picks and pick-ons this week:

Stephen Ambrose – Picks: SwiftKey.
Andy Hadfield – Picks: No Agenda’s business model and Evernote.
Simon Dingle – Picks: Lego Star Wars III.

Visit the ZA Tech website to download the audio!

TED Tuesdays: Corey Doctorow - Privacy and what to do about it...

Every Tuesday (well, almost every Tuesday), I force myself to block an hour out of the diary and watch a TED video. Keeps the strategic brain humming. And it's good business soul food. I'll share, if you will...

Privacy is probably the most critical theme of our times. And we're completely ignoring it.

Just think back 6 years, before FaceBook and other digital sharing mechanisms became "mainstream" in South Africa. A friend was an actual FRIEND. We organised parties by email, not in front of our entire social graph. Our kids pictures were shown to family, not to the world via Twitter.

Any we're blissfully unaware of where this is all going, and if there are any consequences to our actions.

This is a must watch video. Corey Doctorow pushes the limits, being an activist. But his message is sound. The action and the potential negative consequences of not worrying about privacy, are far too removed from each other. If we're doing damage, it's going to hit …

Help ZA News stay alive...

Any satire in this country deserves support. It's tricky to get advertisers, you spend a lot of your time trying not to get sued... and hell, we live in a world where all content should be free. The creatives, writers and puppetmakers gotta eat people!


Hop through to IndieGogo (fund raising platform) and donate to a really worth cause (and have fun using a world class crowd-funding platform): http://www.indiegogo.com/ZANEWS-Season-4

Here's the email plea from the Executive Producer...

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Subject: Help us make it happen for 'ZANEWS Season 4'

Dear friends,

I'm writing to let you know about the delicate situation 'ZANEWS', the satirical puppet show Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) and I have been producing since 2009, currently finds itself in.

Inspired by cult shows "Spitting Image" and "Les Guignols de l'Info", Jonathan and I developed ZANEWS over a period of 12 years because we were convinced South Africa was ready for - actu…

MindBullet: Pharmaceutical industry slumps. Insulin irrelevant (1 August 2016)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.

This week, we see the pharmaceutical industry's most profitable segment become entirely irrelevant. It's something we often ignore in the tech sector - genetics, bio-tech, nano-tech. Our ability to switch on / switch off parts of the human system is going to play a frighteningly influential role on our future.

You know, sometimes I think we're a little too obsessed with our present. It's the operational way of attacking business and the world. We worry about social media, technology, communications, sales targets - because that's what makes our daily world tick. And that's what pays the salary at the end of the day. But the real step changes that our going to chan…