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With SimplyBlu, Standard Bank wants to make ecommerce easy

Standard Bank has unveiled a new ecommerce service called SimplyBlu to enable South African business owners to easily sell products or services online.

Standard Bank’s MyMo account is its big all-mobile, low-cost play

Standard Bank has launched a new transactional bank account called MyMo that has a base, monthly fee of R4.95/month and includes a Standard Bank Mobile SIM card.

Samsung Pay has arrived for Samsung wearables

Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay, its mobile payments solution that launched with Standard Bank and Absa earlier this year, is now available on the company’s recent wearable devices, specifically, the Gear Sport, Gear S3 and Galaxy Watch. The Korean electronics giant has confirmed the service will be coming to five more banks in 2019, including the recently announced Discovery Bank due...[Read More]

Standard Bank launches its own ‘integrated’ MVNO – Meet SB Mobile

You can’t be a bank in South Africa these days unless you’re also administering your very own mobile network and now Standard Bank has joined in the cellular party. The bank has launched SB Mobile, its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) backed by Cell C and, by extension, MTN. So far, so good… so what? How is SB Mobile going to stand out in an increasingly crowded pack? O...[Read More]

Standard Bank announces Samsung Pay integration and new ‘virtual cards’

It’s been a mad week for new payments solutions. We’ve seen Absa roll out a Samsung Pay beta, and FNB launch Fitbit and Garmin Pay, and now Standard Bank has joined the party by announcing new virtual cards to make it easier for anyone to shop online, even if they don’t have a credit card. The bank has also announced that, like Absa, it’ll soon be supporting Samsung Pay. &#...[Read More]

Standard Bank’s Shyft scoops the MTN App of the Year award

The 6th annual MTN App Awards has come and gone and at the end of the day there was a final overall winner: Standard Bank’s Shyft app, which took both the Financial Solution and the overall Business App of the Year categories. Standard Bank’s head of Forex sales Fikile Kgobe said ” We are extremely honored to have received these awards and it’s a true validation of all the hard w...[Read More]

WeChat Africa to invest R50 million in tech startups

Instant messaging service WeChat Africa has announced it intends to invest R50 million in African tech startups. The company will take applications from startups in January, and those that take its fancy will get support from it for a “speedy entrance into the market using the WeChat platform”, according to a release from the company announcing the initiative. WeChat has roped in Batst...[Read More]

Get on your bike and ride – Africa Cycle Fair kicks off 23 October

Here at Stuff Magazine, we like technology. We like it so much, in fact, that we will even use tech for activities that we’re less than enamoured with. Like cycling. We don’t like pushing a bicycle around for hours at a time but we will, because we get to play with carbon fibre frames, Garmin watches and bike GPS units. So we’re understandably interested in the Standard Bank Afri...[Read More]

South African iPhone lovers can now upgrade every year

South Africans will be able to upgrade their iPhones annually, through a new financing option and buy-back plan local iStores are offering in partnership with Standard Bank. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will go on sale locally next Friday, October 16. Using a Standard Bank-issued credit card, people will be able to buy a new iPhone on a 24-month contract and trade it in after 12 months to settle ...[Read More]

Absa’s Apple Watch app: “The smallest thing in banking”

Despite the Apple Watch not yet being available via official channels in South Africa, Absa Bank has launched an Apple Watch app that allows customers to view their account balances and account limits. In doing so, it’s pipped rival Standard Bank to the post. Standard Bank announced in June that it is testing its own Apple Watch app, which will be available to customers in September. Absa pa...[Read More]

Standard Bank’s Apple Watch app coming in September

Standard Bank has announced it’ll release a dedicated Apple Watch banking app by the end of September. The app is currently in a pilot phase with a limited number of users, presumably in-house testers. The bank recently added support for Apple’s Touch ID to its mobile banking app for iOS-powered devices like the iPhone and iPad. “We are continuously looking for ways to make our custome...[Read More]

Simple ways to stay secure online

Every South African with an email address will, at some point, receive a phishing mail or 419 scam email from either a bank claiming details have been compromised and need to be updated, or from some or other custodian or estate executor looking to transfer money from a hitherto unheard of benefactor in exchange for a fee. The bulk of banking phishing mails are made to look like they come from Abs...[Read More]

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