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Gmail’s Inbox app puts the fun back in e-mail

Gmail’s Inbox app puts the fun back in e-mail

Love the company or hate it, Google has fundamentally changed the way we use the Internet. The company has set the standard for two of the Internet’s biggest drawcards, Web search and e-mail, for more than a decade. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. This week, Google unveiled

The return of radical anonymity

The return of radical anonymity

Human beings are fickle creatures. As soon as any trend reaches its peak, its polar opposite is suddenly the next big thing. Technology is particularly prone to these societal mood swings. Take the latest surge in online anonymity, for instance. The last decade of the Web has been dominated

What to do about SA’s failing Post Office

What to do about SA’s failing Post Office

The irony about the Post Office strike, former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan tweeted this week, is that the longer it drags on, the more its customers will move to electronic alternatives — never to return. That the Post Office is in crisis

E-commerce foes click with merger deal

E-commerce foes click with merger deal

Two of South Africa’s biggest online retailers, Takealot.com and Kalahari.com, surprised just about everyone this week when they announced plans to merge their operations. The proposed deal is surprising because, until now

Digital TV delays: who’s pulling the strings?

Digital TV delays: who’s pulling the strings?

Several delays in the regulatory process necessary to roll out government’s subsidised television set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television indicate continuing indecision and possible manipulation by broadcasting industry players, individuals in state entities and deployed ANC

SA’s operators must stop their whining

SA’s operators must stop their whining

If there’s one group of local companies that doesn’t need help, it’s our telecommunications providers. For decades, this cosy oligopoly has reaped the enormous benefits of rapidly growing new markets, from cellular telephony to data. And yet now they are whining about unfair

Windows 10 marks end of an era

Windows 10 marks end of an era

Was Microsoft really that desperate to distance itself from what commentator Paul Thurrott calls the Windows 8 “Frankenstein’s monster” that one full version number for the next version wasn’t enough? Microsoft announced this week that

Passwords: you’re doing it wrong

Passwords: you’re doing it wrong

Early in September, Google announced that around 5m Gmail usernames and passwords had been leaked. Although Google said less than 2% of those details “might have worked” due to the age of the data stolen, this is by no means

Videogames, the new spectator sport

Videogames, the new spectator sport

If you’d told most people in 1994 that in 2014 there would be a website dedicated to watching other people play videogames, they would have laughed at you. And yet on Friday, Amazon concluded a deal to buy Twitch, an electronic sports broadcaster, for nearly

Dumb pipes? Not us, mobile networks insist

Dumb pipes? Not us, mobile networks insist

Should South Africa’s mobile operators extend their offerings beyond telecommunications and into a broad range of value-added services such as financial services, media and e-commerce, or should they be low-margin “dumb pipes” over

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