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The trouble with Microsoft

The trouble with Microsoft

The pain, it seems, is not over for former Nokia workers as their new employer, Microsoft, prepares to cut its workforce by a massive 18 000. Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but 12 500 are expected to be from the newly acquired Nokia mobile business which added

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm. Consulting and research firm Ovum says most sub-Saharan countries, including

Stop the torrenting: piracy’s a mug’s game

Stop the torrenting: piracy’s a mug’s game

Having been a child of the home computer boom of the early 1980s and then worked with computers for many years, I can’t help but sigh every time a new campaign to reduce piracy comes into effect. It’s the same now that the

How Russian hackers stole the Nasdaq

How Russian hackers stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring US Internet traffic picked up an alert. The signal was coming from the Nasdaq. It looked like malware had snuck into the company’s central servers. There were indications that the intruder was not a kid somewhere, but the intelligence

The $10bn app you’ve never heard of

The $10bn app you’ve never heard of

A Japanese messaging app called Line has filed for an initial public offering valued at nearly US$10bn. For an app almost unknown outside Japan it’s an audacious move. However, messaging is there simply to suck you into Line’s mobile world, where the real profits are made. Unlike its rivals, it is already

ZATS: Ep 309 – ‘Mainly mobile’

ZATS: Ep 309 – ‘Mainly mobile’

Brett Haggard hosts Steven Ambrose in a chat about the state of mobile in South Africa, and a variety of other things. More specifically, they discuss the return of HTC to the local market, the launch of the LG G3 smartphone

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

Jobs bloodbath at Microsoft

The pain, it seems, is not over for former Nokia workers as their new employer, Microsoft, prepares to cut its workforce by a massive 18 000. Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but

PayFast embraces Bitcoin for payments

PayFast embraces Bitcoin for payments

One of South Africa’s biggest online payment gateways, PayFast, has announced that it will now accept crypto currency Bitcoin as a payment method. The integration is being done in partnership with the BitX exchange and allows buyers to purchase

Hlaudi draws fire from abroad

Hlaudi draws fire from abroad

An international organisation that promotes press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has warned controversial SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng against taking South Africa’s media freedom backwards. CPJ was reacting to Motsoeneng’s proposal to license journalists and increase

Time to rethink the concept of privacy

Time to rethink the concept of privacy

The current debate over the right to be forgotten, spurred by a European Union ruling that allows people to stop certain Web pages from appearing in search results, is proof – if further proof was required – of the distinct form of public life that is being created by the Internet. Our digital identities are shaped by how

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