First National Bank takes tech seriously in a bid to beat the competition

Major South African bank, First National Bank (FNB) is leading the home-grown technology race with a successful App, a prominent on-line presence and  cashless dotFNB branches. Farren Roper, Head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations spoke to News24 about the company’s aggressive approach to on-line and how they are changing the face of South African …

Profile of a teenage tech millionaire – Nick D’Aloisio sells Summly app to Yahoo! for £20 million

Having just bagged a monstrous amount of money after selling his Summly app, 17-year old Nick D’Aloisio explains that although his bank balance has changed, he remains the same. The Summly app summaries web articles of all kinds into three concise paragraphs for easier reading whether studying, catching up on news or just browsing through general interest …

Facebook ranked ‘Best place to work’ by Glassdoor employee poll

If you envisaged the hallowed halls of Facebook to be the domain of an egotistical, slave-driving CEO.  Count yourself very wrong.  Facebook was ranked the ‘best place to work’ this year by U.S. job site Glassdoor.com. A review of job satisfaction and Chief Executive approval ratings found Mark Zuckerberg to have the highest rating this year at 99.3%. …

New ‘UChek’ app tests urine for medical ailments by camera phone

Yes you read correctly.  ‘UChek’, unveiled at TED in Los Angeles yesterday is a smartphone application that tests your urine for possible illnesses by way of camera pictures.  Can this be true? Yes.  What seems like a very unlikely story is in fact a very useful tool, particularly in the developing world where the use of mobile phones is revolutionising remote healthcare. The invention by …

‘SliceBiz’ Crowdfunder app wins Apps4Africa prize

The saying ‘Alive with possibility’ is thrown around quite a bit on South African shores and there are other variations of this elsewhere on the continent.  Africa is undoubtedly proving to be the next frontier for investment and entrepreneurship of all kinds.  It’s a small wonder then that a Crowdfunding app won the annual ‘Apps4Africa’ cash prize. The $10,000 prize, sponsored …