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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Uber – the app that mag­i­cally brings you a car and driver that we re­viewed in the 26 Septem­ber is­sue of Fin­week – has of­fi­cially launched in Cape Town fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful cou­ple of months of op­er­a­tion in Jo­han­nes­burg. The com­pany says the re­sponse from South Africans has been over­whelm­ing and that it is look­ing at places like Dur­ban and Bloem­fontein for pos­si­ble fu­ture launches too.

Black­Berry em­barked on an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign last week to as­sure ex­ist­ing own­ers that the com­pany was still in busi­ness and that there’s noth­ing to worry about. This in the face of rumours of a pos­si­ble buy­out by in­vestors and news that Black­Berry is lay­ing off 40% of its work­force ahead of a $1bn quar­terly loss. The ad­verts taken out by Black­Berry in news­pa­pers say that the com­pany still has cash and is fo­cus­ing on low­er­ing its cost mod­els to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing for its users.

Google’s An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem should be out in the wild by the time you read this, co­branded with Nestlé KitKat. Ver­sion 4.4 of An­droid is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade that

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