Saturday, November 21, 2015

8 handy things to do with your old smartphone

Here are a few ideas from HTC on non-wasteful ways to get rid of your old mobile device:

Sell it to a buyback service
If you need some cash you could sell it to Zwipit This company will pay for your smartphone, neaten it up and sell it to someone else. The online process is relatively pain free and Zwipit will arrange a courier and assess your device and pay you what they feel it is worth.

Trade it in
Some stores and networks offer great trade-in deals – offering you a discount on your new device in exchange for your phone.

Advertise it on an online classified service
You might just get a better price for your smartphone. You can advertise it on sites like Gumtree or OLX. Just follow these common sense tips along the way:

Use it as a hotspot
I really like this idea.  If you constantly need access to the internet use your old smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.  You’ll have internet access wherever you go without constantly running down the battery of your primary smartphone.

Turn it into a mobile gaming console
It could possibly be a perfect gaming console for your child. Are you a gamer? Why not turn it into a retro games arcade?

Play some music
Plug the smartphone into a loudspeaker and use apps such as Mix Radio or TuneIn Radio to turn it into a makeshift radio. You could also use it for podcasts or load your own music onto it.

Give it away
You could help someone out in need such as a house helper or charity.  Perhaps you know someone who might just need a phone.

Recycle it
Perhaps it is beyond repair or use.  Consider recycling it. There are many e-waste disposal sites around the country.

These tips courtesy of HTC.
The HTC Desire 626 is available at MTN stores nationwide.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn partners with HTC for new body art inspired design


Jourdan Dunn

Global fashion icon reveals body art-inspired design for HTC INK M9 Limited Edition campaign

HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, unveiled its latest campaign HTC INK. Working in collaboration with worldwide fashion icon and supermodel Jourdan Dunn, and tapping into the fashion world’s passion for body art, HTC INK will see bespoke celebrity body art designs engraved onto a limited run of HTC’s premium HTC One M9 handsets. 

A ground-breaking star of international high fashion runways, advertising campaigns and magazines, with an approachable street style and a personal love of body art, Jourdan is the ideal choice to launch this style-led Limited Edition campaign, which capitalises on the global trend for ‘ink’, in both permanent and temporary forms. 

With the look and feel of the HTC One M9 inspired by the artistry of high-end fine jewellers, coming in a number of brushed-metal, two tone finishes, Jourdan’s HTC INK design will replicate this in the form of temporary metallic body art. Created by Cally-Jo Pothecary, who was responsible for Rihanna’s henna-style hand inking, it will be engraved onto the back of a series of Limited Edition HTC One M9 handsets. 

On her appointment as HTC INK’s first global ambassador, Jourdan said: “My experience in the world of fashion means that I have a passion for creativity and expressing personal style. The HTC INK campaign seemed like a fun way for me to showcase the inspiration behind my own body art and share my love of design.  I’m proud to be part of HTC’s campaign and am excited to see people around the world with my creation on their HTC One M9.”
HTC’s CEO Cher Wang said: “Cleverly executed and unique body art is as much an expression of your style and personality as your outfit, haircut or your smartphone. No brand has yet tapped into the potential of body art and it seemed a natural fit for HTC’s commitment to promote brilliant design and individual expression. With Jourdan Dunn working alongside us, we will continue to lead the industry in setting trends and making technology more human and individualistic.”

About HTC One M9 
The newest flagship in the globally acclaimed HTC One family, the HTC One M9 is HTC’s most personal, beautiful and powerful smartphone yet. A classic yet timeless celebration of beauty and elegance, it combines high style, personalisation and performance and, with a raft of high end features, is perfectly designed for those who aspire to a brilliant life.

Interpreting Jourdan Dunn’s HTC INK design
Jourdan worked with celebrity ‘ink-er’ Cally Jo Pothecary to come up with an image that encapsulated her feelings about a new direction in her life, her excitement over upcoming creative projects, and being able to express her individual style through her partnership with HTC.

The open hand and eye symbolise the need for protection and strength, whilst still being open and approachable in personality and style. The natural leaf-elements and patterns around the outside of each visual reflect the growth in creativity that she is feeling at this time, whilst the sun and moon together indicate balance and harmony in her character.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton
Images - Supplied

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Get your flu vaccination with Uber and Discovery Health

It's estimated that between 45 000 and 60 000 South Africans are hospitalised with influenza-associated illnesses each year. Catching the flu is easy and preventing it should be too. That is why this winter Uber, the innovative app that connects riders with drivers, has partnered with Discovery Health to provide South Africans with flu vaccinations at the tap of a button.

How to get your flu shot on demand:
  1. Between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Friday 22 May 2015 only, you will be able to request up to 5 flu vaccinations to your doorstep using the Uber app for only  R100
  2. Starting at 10:00 AM, open your Uber application and toggle over to the red cross icon
  3. Set your pickup location, and request a ride as you normally would
  4. Within minutes, a Discovery Health accredited nurse will arrive at your location, ready to administer flu vaccinations for up to five patients
  5. If you are not yet an Uber user sign up here and enter the promotional code UBERHEALTHSA and enjoy a free first ride up to R150!
Discovery accredited nurses will come equipped with a flu prevention pack, stocked with a few surprise items from Uber and Discovery to keep you healthy during the winter months.

Important to note:
  • The offer is open to anyone using Uber, not just Discovery clients
  • Discovery Health accredited nurses can administer up to 5 individual vaccinations during one home visit
  • While the flu vaccination and flu prevention pack will be free, a once off fare of R100 will be charged directly to your Uber account to cover the cost of the home / office visit
  • All Discovery Vitality members will earn 1000 Vitality points following their flu shot
  • All DiscoveryCard holders, who add their Discovery credit card to their Uber account, will have the R100 home visit fee refunded
  • This activation will be for one day only - Friday 22 May 2015
  • You must be an Uber user to request your flu shot on demand
  • You must be 18 years or older to request UberHEALTH
  • Should you not be able to get your flu vaccination on demand on the day, you can visit a number of accredited facilities in the Vitality Wellness Network, including Clicks and Dis-Chem pharmacies as well as many GPs
We anticipate that demand will be through the roof, so please be patient and keep trying.

For more info and updates from Uber follow @Uber_Joburg, @Uber_Durban and @Uber_CT on Twitter and like Uber’s Facebook page at

For updates from Discovery Health follow Discovery_SA on Twitter and like Discovery Health on Facebook at

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Digital Marketing Workshop For Cape Town

The Worlds Leading Exponents on Digital Marketing

  • Would you like to grow your business with free marketing opportunities?
  • Would you like to learn how Social Media can make a real difference to your bottom line?
  • Would you like to take full advantage of the Internet Age?
  • Would you like to "BREAKOUT" of the chains that are holding your business back?
If you have answered "YES" to any of the questions above you should attend the Digital Marketing for Leading Business "Breakout" session.

The PSASA is proud introduce you to five International Speakers from four continents around the World who will help you grow your business using the tools that are available to all of us. How ever you want to refer to the changes that have already taken place in recent years to our marketing, this is the conference you want to attend in order to learn how to make it work for you, your business and your bank balance.
Only R950 per delegate including a buffet lunch (R450 for PSASA members).

5 of the best speakers on various issues around digital or online marketing, speaking live via Skype at the PSASA pre-convention meeting on the morning ofFriday 17th April.

The line up for the morning is as follows:

Alan Stevens (MC) - UK
Rebecca Morgan - USA
Ian Brodie - UK
Arthur Goldstuck - RSA
Gihan Perera - Australia
Bob Urichuck - Canada

Protea Hotel, Breakwater Lodge 1895 Portswood Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051
Friday 17 April 2015 8 am - 12.15 pm ·
Lunch and Refreshments included
Only R950 per delegate (20% discount for 4 or more people)
(R450 for members of PSASA)
RSVP to Simone Scholtz at or 071 670 2168.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jobs In Digital

Below are the jobs in digital available around South Africa:

Graphic Designer

Hirsch's is looking for a vibrant, dynamic and creative Graphic Designer for their Advertising Dept.
Minimum of 1 - 2 years experience and a suitable qualification..

Please send your CV and Portfolio to

Community Manager

The Chat Factory is looking for someone to manage their clients' social media strategies and online communities.

Must know how to use Facebook, Twitter etc.

Job is based in Gauteng and you might need to travel countrywide.
Must have own transport.

Please send your CV to

Nifty 250 Is Hiring

For more info visit their site:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Now you can draw cash from the ATM using the FNB App no card required

FNB today announced that the cardless cash withdrawal feature is available on the latest version* of the FNB Banking App. The feature allows customers to withdraw money at an ATM without using their bank cards.

This launch to the 1.2million active devices that currently make use of the FNB Banking App comes shortly after FNB announced that R2 billion has been withdrawn through cardless cash withdrawals on cellphone banking.

Giuseppe Virgillito, Head of Banking App at FNB Digital Banking says the rollout to the App was the logical next step.

“Enhancement of the FNB Banking App has always been driven by innovative banking solutions and customer demand. Our latest results show a 67% increase in App transaction volumes. This comes as a result of increased usage across the spectrum of App features as well as more customers that are migrating to the App for their digital banking needs.”

Over the past year, the FNB Banking App has been enhanced to include features such as lost or stolen card cancellation, opening of new accounts and ordering of new cards. Use of these features continues to see growth.

Whilst cancelling a cheque card would ordinarily imply that the customer would not have the tool to access their cash whilst waiting for a new card, cardless cash withdrawal serves as a complimentary feature ensuring that a customer can gain access to cash whenever needed.

“Irrespective of the reason for not having a card with you, your mobile devices are unlikely to be more than an arm’s length away. Cardless and cashless features on digital channels ensure simplified banking and 24/7 access to accounts, no matter what the circumstances,” concludes Virgillito.

*The latest version of the FNB Banking App is available from Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry app stores.

To use Cardless cash withdrawals on the FNB Banking App:
·         Launch the FNB Banking App
·         Select Cardless Cash Withdrawals
·         Enter your FNB online banking password
·         Follow the prompted steps
·         Once the temporary ATM PIN has been received the money can be withdrawn from any FNB ATM

Monday, March 16, 2015

TomTom Developer Day and User Conference For South Africa

Date for your Tech Diary

TomTom’s Second Annual ‘Developer Day & User Conference’, will take place from 21 to 22 April 2015 at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand.  This year they expect to be hosting between 200 and 250 delegates.­
The conference will comprise of a number of presentations, including that of two international keynote speakers: Charles CautleyTomTom’s Managing Director: Maps and Licensing and Kim FennellPresident and CEO of deCarta (The LBS Platform Company).

Dates: 21 - 22 April
Time: 8am - 6pm
Where: Bytes Conference Centre, Midrand 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LG Showcases Its Latest Tech In Smart Car of The Future

LG Electronics (LG) is showcasing its various automotive products at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland from March 3-15. In collaboration with top automotive design studio Italdesign Giugiaro, LG has contributed several of its products and technologies for the Gea concept car.

LG has supplied all in-car displays for the Gea. A 12.3-inch full HD IPS display, which handles instrument control and displays other information, is located at the center and on the passenger side of the car. In addition, there is a 6-inch curved HD Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display in the front and rear console.

LG’s technology is not limited to the inside as the company’s Surface Illumination (SI) LED technology decorates the tail lamp. Also, there are three rear cameras replacing conventional mirrors which can be seen only when they are being used.

The Gea is also compatible with LG’s latest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane LTE, which was newly introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona. Through an exclusive app, the LG Watch Urbane LTE can get feeds and other information from the car, as well as be used to open and close the car’s door.

“I believe this collaboration is very meaningful for LG,” said Woo-jong Lee, president and CEO of LG Electronics Vehicle Components Company. “While cooperating with a firm as globally known as Italdesign Giugiaro, the partnership will definitely help LG to better understand smart cars, which will become more and more important market in the future.” 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jobs In Digital

Here are some of the jobs in digital available in South Africa

Digital Strategist 

Senior, Permanent Position
Must know content management systems, html, social media channels and more.


Community Manager - Durban 

Junior to mid-level position. Full-time position.

Duties include community management, social media updates, copywriting, scheduling, planning
and more.

Email your CV to

National Social Media Manager for Uber South Africa

Role will be based in Jhb / CT

For more info:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meet The Blackberry Classic

Although familiar in appearance, BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry® Bold 9900 experience with:
·        Three times faster browser
·        60 percent more screen space
·        50 percent longer battery life
·        Greater variety of applications through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore

Top features of the BlackBerry Classic that drive productivity, communications and collaboration include:

·        BlackBerry® Keyboard & Trackpad – The QWERTY keyboard has stood the test of time as the iconic BlackBerry feature that users know and trust. Crafted for optimal speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic’s QWERTY keyboard gives users the control and confidence to communicate quickly and clearly using one hand with a trackpad and classic navigation keys.
·        BlackBerry® Browser – The BlackBerry 10 web browser is amazingly fast and astoundingly beautiful. That’s why rates it amongst the top mobile browsers for web fidelity.Access your favorite online content as it was meant to be seen, faster than ever before and with unlimited browser tabs.
·        Screen & Battery – The BlackBerry Classic offers a form factor optimized for power communicators with a 3.5-inch touch screen display, 294 dpi HD resolution and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for greater durability. The BlackBerry Classic also offers a large battery capacity and state-of-the-art battery optimization software. With up to 22 hours of battery power, you can be confident that BlackBerry Classic will be ready to deliver results when you need it.**
·        Premium Components – The device is built with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology. This includes a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of device storage (expandable by up to 128GB via uSD), and a 2MP front- and 8MP rear-facing camera with enhanced optics and upgraded imaging sensors.
·        BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.1 – The BlackBerry Classic comes preloaded with the BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, offering a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user’s most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. With this new operating system, users gain access to powerful features, including:
o   BlackBerry® Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry.
o   BlackBerry® Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
o   Dual app storefronts for a wealth of professional and popular apps:
§  BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World showcases essential productivity apps for business professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration.
§  Amazon Appstore – Preloaded on BlackBerry Classic, users can access popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Kindle for Android and Cut the Rope 2. Users can also scan Android apps for malware and privacy issues prior to installation using BlackBerry Guardian.
·        BlackBerry® Hub – The one place to manage all your conversations – email, texts, BBM, phone calls, social media and more. You can even glance at what’s next in your calendar. It’s always available with a single swipe to help you stay organized, in control and on top of all your conversations.

BlackBerry Classic is built on BlackBerry’s renowned secure operating system, with built-in protection against viruses, tampering and data leaks. The BlackBerry Classic is private by default, protecting users with encrypted email, web browsing and BBM.

The Blackberry Classic is now available in South Africa. 

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vodacom Business BYOD security solution - BBM Recruitment Competition

Vodacom Business launches BYOD security solution

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is on the rise.  Employees are increasingly using their own smartphones, tablets, and other devices for work. It’s great for employees to be able to use the device that they prefer and can help companies increase productivity and reduce costs, but it can be a major challenge when it comes to managing company network security. Vodacom Business has now stepped in with a new solution which gives IT security managers the tools needed to safely bring BYOD under control.

Vodacom Secure Device Manager is a new Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution developed by Vodacom Business. This solution provides administration functionality for businesses to remotely manage mobile devices and enforce security policies, giving employees secure access to corporate data. The tool can be used for both company-owned and employee-owned devices across the business.

Chris Ross, Managing Executive of Products and Services at Vodacom Business said:

“With around 95% of employees stating that they use at least one personal device for work, BYOD is a reality that company IT security managers simply can’t ignore.

“Although the ability to allow staff to work at any time, from anywhere and on any device provides real business benefits, it also brings significant risks. To ensure that information does not end up in the wrong hands, it’s imperative that companies put security measures in place.”

Vodacom Secure Device Manager is a solution that enables companies to manage all devices using company resources through an internet-based console. Once devices have been added, companies can maintain the security of their data and applications, even if a device is lost or stolen. This is done by ensuring that only authorized and compliant devices have access to the company network, and by locking down and wiping the data from any lost or stolen devices. 

Vodacom Secure Device Manager also enables companies to remotely monitor the health of smart devices and run diagnostics to identify issues and fix problems as efficiently as possible. On top of this, the service allows the viewing of application inventory and data against thresholds in order to simplify the management mobile assets and inventory. Updating or adding new policies, settings, certificates, applications, and software can also all now be managed wirelessly via the internet using Vodacom Business’ MDM solution.

“The web-based console gives companies the ability to control who can access company information and applications via their own smart devices, thereby protecting vital information and helping companies to comply with regulations such as the impending POPI Act,” adds Ross.

Vodacom Secure Device Manager works across key platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Mobile devices. It’s a highly scalable solution designed to support as many or as few devices as needed, making it suitable for use by small businesses as well as large organisations and government departments.

“Companies will also have access to a dedicated Vodacom Business support team to provide the kind of round-the-clock support that our customers have come to expect from us,” adds Ross.

The Great South African BBM Recruitment Contest

Something exciting from BlackBerry just for you:

1.      The competition will run between January 30, 2015 and April 30, 2015.
2.      BBM users in South Africa – on BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone – are eligible to participate.  However, participants must already be BBM users by January 30, 2015 in order to qualify to win. 

3.      Participants must recruit new BBM users and add them to their BBM contact list.

4.      Each new recruit must be new to BBM, have a minimum of ten contacts by the end of the contest and send messages regularly.  The 1,000 people who recruit the most new BBM users will receive 1,000.00 ZAR each of airtime credit applied to their mobile prepaid account.
For more info on BBM and The Great South African BBM Recruitment Contest, please visit or

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Review of CMAD by Cath Jenkin

Being a community manager can sometimes feel like a lonely job. When you’re dealing with client queries, feedback requirements, complaints, compliments and trying to get that beloved escalation matrix well, escalating…some days can feel like a train ride with no tracks.

But then along comes the 24-hour CMAD celebrations and the webcasts we participated in, and that reminds all of us that, despite feeling lonely some days, we’re actually on the steam train together.

Perhaps the best part of participating in the webcast with Nazareen Ebrahim, Kirsty Bisset, Samantha Perry and Fred Felton (link- was the reminders that we’ve all got our tickets for this train ride and, so often, the challenges faced by us in our daily work, are faced by all of us, across the globe.

As we discussed the definitions and strategies for coping with a social media crisis, it’s evident that the importance of a crisis communications strategy is unparalleled. As Kirsty Bisset said, it’s important to go through the “What ifs” before they happen, so that internal response and action plans are well coordinated long before a crisis hits. As Samantha Perry pointed out too, within a crisis situation, it’s important that the right people are vested with the ability to speak on behalf of a company or brand and the importance of having a CEO or company leader come to the fore in times of crisis is a reassuring mechanism that helps to calm a client panic or outrage. Nazareen Ebrahim related a few poignant examples of how this has come into play, citing Tony Fernandez’ online responses when the AirAsia aeroplane went down in late 2014.

I’m certain that lessons learnt and shared during our session were well received and, judging by the tweets we read and online comments, it’s great to know that our webcast proved useful for Community Managers out there! Thanks to MyCommunityManager for having us!

Cath Jenkin

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How do you handle a social media crisis?

That seems to be the question that everyone is asking.  Just how do you handle it?  What do you do? Where do you start? 

Well on 26 January 2015 at 1pm SA Time we will be unpacking this tough topic.   Some of the top experts in South Africa will be looking at some of the worst social media disasters and how companies and brands dealt with them.

Our experts will also be providing some valuable insight into what it takes to handle a crisis.
Join freelance journalist Samantha Perry, Cath Jenkin from ContentCandy and DigiKids, Nazareen Ebrahim from Socially Acceptable and Kirsty Bisset the Big Spoon at Stir.

They will be sharing their experiences and advice.

This is all part of Community Manager’s Appreciation Day on 26 January 2015 #CMAD

Find out more here:

Direct link to more info on this google hangout:

Hope to see you there

Fred Felton – Host of the Social Media Crisis Segment for CMAD
Creative Director – Falconscove

Twitter @fredfelton