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Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot soon to make getting insured easier

Insurer and financial services provider Liberty Life plans to launch a chatbot in the third quarter of this year that’ll allow consumers to get quotes for Liberty short-term insurance for things like vehicles using a mobile app,WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or the Liberty website. The company is also introducing telematics to its mobile app to allow customers to complete a two-week driving te...[Read More]

Spotify is live in South Africa and it’ll cost you R60/month

Music streaming service Spotify goes live in South Africa today. Users can choose from the free or Premium packages. The free service is extremely limited, but users can try the Premium service for 30 days before they’ll be charged the R60/month subscription fee. That’s the same month fee Apple Music, Google Play Music and Deezer charge for their equivalent services. Spotify is also of...[Read More]

Spotify is launching in South Africa this month

We’ve been hearing rumours that the world’s largest streaming music service Spotify would launch in South Africa “any day now” for, well, about two years. Then, late last year, we spotted a job ad that suggested the latest batch of rumours were true. Now we’re convinced we’ll see the service before the end of March. Why? Because we’ve had an invitation to ...[Read More]

Facebook and Vodacom testing OpenCellular platform to get rural areas online

Two years ago Facebook announced OpenCellular, an open-source project aimed at building hardware that will allow mobile operators to offer connectivity cost effectively in rural and other under-serviced areas. Vodacom’s parent company, Vodafone, announced at Mobile World Congress today that it’s been trialling OpenCellular in South Africa and India, while other trials by other operator...[Read More]

What ever happened to that Tesla Roadster?

If you have been following the journey of Elon Musk’s spaced-out Tesla Roadster, now is the time to check it out because within a few months it will be too far from Earth to track with telescopes. This is according to a website dedicated to showing the position of the Roadster, called ‘Where is Roadster’. The website was created by Ben Pearson, founder of Old Ham Media, who decided to create...[Read More]

A Spotify smart device might be in the pipeline

Apparently, Spotify has enough time on its hands to start working on its own smart speaker, and maybe its own AI voice assistant, but it doesn’t have the time to launch in South Africa (yes, we are still waiting). But you know… priorities! According to a job posting that has recently surfaced on the Spotify website, they are looking for a hardware operations manager (key word here being R...[Read More]

Comic Con Africa is coming to Joburg in September

South African gaming and comic fans, best you mark 14-16 September 2018 in your diary, because Comic Con Africa is coming your way. The event will take place at the Kyalami Convention Centre and feature everything from comic books, competitive table-top gaming, eSports, anime and manga, to fantasy and series lore. The event is being organised by VS Gaming in association with Reed Exhibitions, the ...[Read More]

Apple Authorised iPhone Screen Replacements now available in South Africa

Starting on Monday, 29 January, South African iPhone users will be able to pay for Apple Authorised screen replacements that’ll keep their smartphone’s warranty intact. Announcing the service on Thursday, Core Group added that the service will be available through iStores and Digicape nationwide. According to the announcement, the screen repairs performed by an Apple Authorised Service...[Read More]

Facebook to roll out an online marketplace for South Africans

If you’re a resident of South Africa then you’re likely aware of OLX or the more venerable Gumtree. The next company to step into this space locally is one you might have heard of as well: Facebook. That’s correct, Facebook is now launching Facebook Marketplace for South Africa. Users will soon have an icon on their apps which will take them through to a community marketplace whe...[Read More]

Former FNB chief set to launch app-based “Bank Zero” this year

Former FNB CEO and angel investor Michael Jordaan and former FNB executive Yatin Narsai have announced plans to launch an “app-driven bank” called Bank Zero before the end of 2018.  Bank Zero won’t have any physical branches, though customers will be able to get physical cards for transacting at stores and at ATMs, and all communication and interaction with the bank will be done ...[Read More]

Forget the bubble, most popular cryptocurrency is likened to environmental threats

As Bitcoin surged through $12,000 last week it has ignited a number of debates about cryptocurrencies, not least of which is whether they have reached their mainstream moment and are a bubble that is about to burst. Underpinned by blockchain – which most observers identify as the real star of the show – Bitcoin is on an upward streak this year that has risen as quickly as Steinhoff’s precipi...[Read More]

BCX – Disruption is in our DNA

At BCX we offer technology solutions not products. Our role isn’t to sell hardware or software solutions in isolation, but to use our technology offerings to find new, innovative and sustainable solutions to today’s problems, and tomorrow’s. We believe in finding the right solution to problems that account for the work companies have already done, and carefully consider what they still hope to ach...[Read More]

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