African phone pioneer sidesteps Samsung, Nokia and Huawei

first_img African mobile device pioneer Mi-Fone opens up on strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 NOV 2014 Tags Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 AFRICA: Mi-Fone, billed as being Africa’s first devices brand, has survived – and thrived – by being more prepared to customise its brand than larger rivals says Alpesh Patel, the man behind the brand.“We are not in a position to keep up with the likes of Samsung, Nokia and Huawei so we have been very innovative. We don’t have any ego. The way we got into some of the carriers was by customisation. We enabled them to promote their own brands,” Patel (pictured) told attendees.Patel is group CEO, Mi-Group International, the company behind Mi-Fone, which was set up in 2008. He has a 20 year background in the handset business.“We set up in the middle of a recession. We are not founded by private equity or venture capital. It’s been a really tough journey and six years later we are surviving against all the odds. We are trading into 12 countries and established as the first African devices brand.”Like many outsiders trying to break into the handsets business, Patel found the best way was to be more flexible than bigger rivals.“We knew Motorola needed a 100,000 order before they would put anyone’s name on their phone. We used that to our advantage,” he explained about one deal Mi-Fone struck.Another example was the Obama phone, released on the day Barack Obama became US President. “We figured if you could put his face on a cup or T-shirt, you could put it on a phone.” The company sold 8,000 phones in five days in western Kenya.But being a pioneer is not easy. “The biggest challenge is the mindset of the African consumer today. I think they respect international brands more than homegrown ones. Also, I have lots of challenges with operators because they are big guys and only want to buy from other big guys”. Author Devices Previous ArticleOfcom preparing ground for new UK 4G auctionNext ArticleEtisalat, CellC feel the strain of data privacy Related Richard Handford Xiaomi hit by more growing pains Home African phone pioneer sidesteps Samsung, Nokia and Huawei Mi-FoneMi-Group Internationallast_img read more

Angel Fire Bike Park Extends Season Through Nov. 3

first_imgAngel Fire Resort News: The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR Ah yes, autumn. A favorite time of year for a crisp, morning ride through golden glades, kicking up leaves! But seriously, it is gorgeous this time of year at Angel Fire Resort and the Bike Park is extending the season through Nov. 3 weather permitting. New Trail Opening More Information can be found at www.angelfireresort.com. Events:  Gravity Games Oct. 12: Angel Fire Bike Park’s Annual Gravity Games celebrates mountain biking with fun competitions, great prizes and tons of gravity. Bring the whole family to enjoy a bike-filled day of fun. The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR Smoke Signals is the newest trail from Angel Fire Bike Park. Fire 5 Final Race of the Season Oct. 13-14: Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5 is the premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains presented by Schwalbe. This series consists of three unique downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season. Amateurs and pros alike are invited to join in one or all three races. The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFRlast_img read more

“Important” compressor order for Galileo

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“Dr. Strange” Beat “Trolls” and Mel Gibson at the Box Office

first_imgMarvel has another hit on its hands with “Dr. Strange”.  It opened at the top of the box office with $85 million, beating out the weekend’s other two new releases, “Trolls” and MEL GIBSON’s “Hacksaw Ridge”.  Here’s the Top 10 . . . 1.  NEW:  “Dr. Strange”, $85 million.2.  NEW:  “Trolls”, $45.6 million.3.  NEW:  “Hacksaw Ridge”, $14.8 million.4.  “Boo! A Madea Halloween”, $7.8 million.  Up to $65 million in its 3rd week.5.  “Inferno”, $6.3 million.  Up to $26.1 million in its 2nd week.6.  “The Accountant”, $6 million.  Up to $70.9 million in its 4th week.7.  “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, $5.6 million.  Up to $49.2 million in its 3rd week.8.  “Ouija: Origin of Evil”, $4 million.  Up to $31.4 million in its 3rd week.9.  “The Girl on the Train”, $2.8 million.  Up to $70.7 million in its 5th week.10.  “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, $2.1 million.  Up to $83.3 million in its 6th week.last_img read more

World Cup: Rahane’s brisk knock was crucial, says VVS Laxman

first_imgBatting legend VVS Laxman has congratulated current India opener Shikhar Dhawan for his highest one-day international (ODI) score of 137 runs against South Africa in the World Cup here Sunday.”Congrats @imshikharD on a fantastic 100. Really proud of you mate. All your hard work has paid of. Keep it up. #cwc2015. We r seeing a special knock from @SDhawan25,” Laxman tweeted.Laxman also lauded Ajinkya Rahane, whose brisk innings of 79 runs off 60 deliveries helped India reach 307 for 7 in the Pool B game.”While @SDhawan25 is hogging the limelight @ajinkyarahane88 quietly playing a v.imp knock. What a player.#CWC15,” said the Hyderabadi.”While I am happy with india getting 300 in the first 2 games I am more happy and impressed with the performance of the bowlers.#cwc2015,” he added.last_img read more

Here Is the Best Mason Rudolph Photo

first_imgMason Rudolph was incredible in Saturday’s win over Kansas State. Incredible.This photo, though, is even better.There’s more heaped on QB1’s shoulders than folks probably know, and he handles it unbelievably for a 20-year-old kid. I could not be more all in on the Mason Rudolph era in Stillwater.Photo of the day here. pic.twitter.com/XLFFCR1lw1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2015AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Players React on Social Media to Win over Kansas

first_imgGreat team win today.!!— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) October 23, 2016 That interception-pitch-pitch-almost fumble was completely unnecessarily, but damn it was fun to watch #okstate— Jeremy Seaton (@Jseaton44) October 22, 2016screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-7-19-55-amscreen-shot-2016-10-23-at-7-22-04-am Oklahoma State took care of business on the road Saturday, showing out despite an 11:00am kick against the bottom cellar Jayhawks to spoil their homecoming, 44-20. Here’s what the players had to say about the win on social media.I swear the game feels so much better when you win— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) October 22, 2016 I love @OSUAthletics ???— brandon sheperd (@bshep10) October 22, 2016center_img Feel good to be back in Stillwater, proud of my brothas, as always. All GLORY to the man upstairs win, lose, or draw— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) October 23, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Postgame Show: The Kyles Discuss Oklahoma State’s Win Over Kansas State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State escaped Manhattan on Saturday with a 43-37 win over Kansas State, and Kyle P. and Kyle B. discussed it on the postgame show. Thanks again to COOP Ale Works for sponsoring the podcast and our postgame shows. I’m going to need a few F5 IPAs tonight.Thanks to everyone for listening and watching. LIVE on #Periscope: Let’s talk about that wild #okstate win over Kansas State. https://t.co/uiTli8OfpC— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016last_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson’s Career Highlights Will Makes You Appreciate His Greatness

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Chris Carson’s time as a Cowboy has come to an end. He saw some ups and downs over his two years in Stillwater but finished on a definite high note.After arriving in Stillwater with high expectations, he lived up to those and then some in the stretch of his senior year.With the emergence of freshman tailback Justice Hill, Carson was the Thunder to Hill’s lightning, and the tandem lit up Big 12 defenses down the stretch run that landed OSU in a Big 12 title game against OU. In his last seven games after returning from injury, Carson averaged 7.3 yards per carry and rushed for eight touchdowns.That’s why it’s no surprise he’s getting a look by scouts in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. Take a stroll down memory lane to some of the best times of Carson’s OSU career:last_img read more

2017 NTL Livestream Link

first_imgCan’t make it to the 2017 NTL? We have got you covered. Livestream coverage will begin at 8.50am ADST on Wednesday the 7th March 2017. To view the livestream, click here.Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 National Touch League:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYoutube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – tfaofficial Related LinksLivestream Linklast_img read more