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All the world’s a hard drive

All the world’s a hard drive

The world of connected everything is fast approaching. It’s a world where everyday objects, from a toothbrush to our glasses, are able to communicate, save and share data. This is a time of great innovation, with an avalanche of ever-smarter devices beginning to move our way, generating more and more

SABC saga: SA deserves far better

SABC saga: SA deserves far better

The saga of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as the permanent chief operating officer of the SABC, after an unacceptably long and controversial tenure acting in the same position, has united South African political parties — including the ANC — in ways no issue has in recent times. A broad range of the public and organisations

Communication a huge issue for ANC

Communication a huge issue for ANC

“There is no confusion in the ANC.” Those are the words telecommunications and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele used in parliament this week to deflect criticism that President Jacob Zuma’s post-election decision to

And now for the data democracy

And now for the data democracy

Among the many changes we have experienced during our 20 years as a democracy, one of the most fundamental has been the relatively sudden and widespread release of information. Back in 1994, at the dawn of

Why SA should care about open data

Why SA should care about open data

Cape Town is mulling over public comments to its draft proposal to provide open access to the city’s data. The city is developing plans to establish and populate a single online and open portal for data

Let’s license lying SABC bosses instead

Let’s license lying SABC bosses instead

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has a delightful proposal for journalists: we should all be licensed. Apparently he thinks we should be treated like doctors and lawyers: proper professionals with a licence to practice, framed certificates on the wall and everything. Motsoeneng, we’re flattered

Chinese smarts put squeeze on Samsung

Chinese smarts put squeeze on Samsung

Samsung warned this week that its earnings in its most recent financial quarter were likely to have tumbled by as much as 26,5% – the third straight quarter of decline – in part because of a glut of unsold smartphones and growing competition from Chinese manufacturers. These must be troubling times for the

Court ruling invites Google as censor

Court ruling invites Google as censor

Which is more important to you, your right to freedom of speech or your right to privacy? Would you rather have the ability to control what is said about you or the ability to speak openly about contentious subjects? A fascinating collision between these rights is currently under way in the European Union

Telkom boss signals a change of attitude

Telkom boss signals a change of attitude

South Africans love to complain about Telkom. It’s been a national pastime for years. The customer service problems associated with the fixed-line operator are the stuff of legend – and nightmare. So, when Telkom’s CEO, Sipho Maseko, steps up to the plate and promises to fix these deep-seated

Mobile VOD in Africa on cusp of boom

Mobile VOD in Africa on cusp of boom

Balancing Act Africa research counts 73 video-on-demand platforms operating in Africa — on the Internet, via satellite or through mobile applications. Mostly, these are “over the top” services with the vast majority set up by independent providers. Although they may have operating alliances with mobile

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