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Best smartphones of 2014

Best smartphones of 2014

Smartphone users have had plenty of options to choose from this year as the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturers introduced flagship devices to eager audiences. Though the improvements over 2013’s models have been more iterative than revolutionary, the picks this year have stood

Streaming: music’s saviour, or its death knell?

Streaming: music’s saviour, or its death knell?

Taylor Swift’s recent announcement that she is removing her music from the Spotify music service has started a debate about the future of music. Swift argued that artists are not receiving appropriate compensation and that

Too much hot air in renewables talk

Too much hot air in renewables talk

Normally futurologists, especially those who deal with the impact of climate change, paint a picture so dystopian that even Hollywood runs screaming for the hills. But at last week’s four-day climate change conference, hosted by the department of environmental affairs in Midrand, it was different

The end of Edison’s light bulb

The end of Edison’s light bulb

The incandescent light bulb was birthed more than 200 years ago, when the first experiment saw chemist and inventor Humphry Davy pass electrical current through a thin strip of platinum. Seventy-five years later, Thomas Edison

W Cape broadband details emerge

W Cape broadband details emerge

The Western Cape government has updated the timelines for the complete deployment of its R1,3bn broadband initiative after an initial contracting period with the State IT Agency and Neotel took longer than anticipated. The tender, which was issued

Fears over slump in Telkom spending

Fears over slump in Telkom spending

Telkom has denied that it is underinvesting in its network after the company revealed on Monday that its capital expenditure in the six months to 30 September 2014 fell sharply, with capex-to-revenue coming in well below guidance provided previously. This fall in capex prompted analysts on Monday

Broadband: E Africa’s new railway to the world

Broadband: E Africa’s new railway to the world

The excitement over the potentially transformative effects of the Internet in low-income countries is nowhere more evident than in East Africa — the last major populated region of the world to gain a wired connection to the Internet. Before 2009, there wasn’t a single fibre-optic cable connecting the region

Dawn of the planet of machines

Dawn of the planet of machines

The day is coming, we are told, when the world as we know it ends. Somewhere in a laboratory, possibly Silicon Valley in the US or more likely a rogue research group in China or North Korea, an engineer or

Is it time to terminate e-mail?

Is it time to terminate e-mail?

This year saw the 43rd anniversary of e-mail. Compared to a human working life, e-mail has after more than four decades on the job now reached retirement age. Is it time for e-mail to step aside to allow us to embrace the alternative? Every minute in 2012 saw 168m e-mails sent around the world

How mankind landed a robot on a comet

How mankind landed a robot on a comet

Imagine launching a robotic spacecraft on a 10-year mission to land on a comet 600m kilometres from Earth knowing that you will not be able to make any physical repairs to the craft during the journey. This daunting engineering challenge has been the ultimate goal of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta

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