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Lessons from the ‘please call me’ case

Lessons from the ‘please call me’ case

Throughout history, intellectual property has been a contested terrain. Recent legal disputes involving big companies such as Apple and Samsung have brought the subject down to an everyday conversation. South Africa’s intellectual property law shares many

What if Moore’s Law fails?

What if Moore’s Law fails?

The semiconducting silicon chip launched the revolution of electronics and computerisation that has made life in the opening years of the 21st century scarcely recognisable from the start of the last. Silicon integrated circuits underpin practically everything we take for granted now in

Telkom in bid for rapid ADSL growth

Telkom in bid for rapid ADSL growth

Telkom has introduced a new, entry-level asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) product at a wholesale price of less than R50/month in an attempt to light a fire under demand for fixed-line broadband and to steal market share from the mobile operators

Bitcoin explained in plain English

Bitcoin explained in plain English

Bitcoin has been declared the “end of money as we know it” and as a currency for our times; decentralised, and created specifically for seamless exchange on the Internet. That is, it would be, if

Windows 95 turns 20

Windows 95 turns 20

The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on 24 August 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions, it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’s stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in

Chasing pirates doesn’t pay

Chasing pirates doesn’t pay

It has been a bad week for companies wanting to build businesses around making money from illegal movie downloaders. Last Friday saw an Australian judge refuse Voltage Pictures the right to send downloaders of Dallas Buyers Club a letter demanding an undisclosed payment. Justice Nye Perram decided that

Internet fuelling academic cheating

Internet fuelling academic cheating

Academic plagiarism is no longer just sloppy “cut and paste” jobs or students cribbing large chunks of an assignment from a friend’s earlier essay on the same topic. These days, students can simply visit any of a

Telkom deal good for SA: MTN

Telkom deal good for SA: MTN

The deal between Telkom and MTN would have been good for competition in South Africa’s mobile market. That’s the view of MTN South Africa, which on Tuesday reacted to the news that Telkom had decided to walk away

Tech set to revolutionise transportation

Tech set to revolutionise transportation

Flying cars in The Jetsons and Back to the Future, or Star Trek’s spaceships and teleportation, may have captured the imagination decades ago, but most current methods of transport have been around a long time. Railways were being rolled out rapidly from the

Icann and the future of the Internet

Icann and the future of the Internet

The Internet today is far bigger and more inextricably linked to our daily lives than its creators in the 1970s and 1980s could have imagined. So perhaps it is not surprising that some of the structures put in place decades ago may have failed to keep pace with its

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