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The connected car: mission irreconcilable?

The connected car: mission irreconcilable?

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Those were the alleged words of John Wanamaker, a US merchant and notable type that lived at the turn of the 20th century. I say “allegedly” because if the Internet has

Mobile operators are coming for your Wi-Fi

Mobile operators are coming for your Wi-Fi

They’re coming for your Wi-Fi. They’re big, they’re infinitely rich, and they’re patient. And when they take your Wi-Fi, they’ll tell you that they did it for you. No, really, check out this video from Ericsson. It’s taken some time for the strategy to become clear, but the

Let’s not forget the feature phones

Let’s not forget the feature phones

Applications have revolutionised the use of smartphones to such a degree that “dialling” has now fallen off the list of the top five most-used functions. Apps are undoubtedly big business, and the race is on between the most popular mobile platforms. Google

Open up networks for cheaper mobile data

Open up networks for cheaper mobile data

Internet service providers have done a commendable job of bringing down the cost of fixed-line broadband in South Africa. Although the actual connection fees to Telkom remain high (thanks to Telkom’s monopoly over the “last mile” into homes), the price of uncapped and

Censor’s tentacles spread onto the Web

Censor’s tentacles spread onto the Web

The Film and Publication Board’s newly published draft online regulatory policy reflects a growing trend in government that at best betokens nanny statism and at worst a move towards more autocratic rule. The FPB, which was transferred to the department of communications

3D printing hype wanes

3D printing hype wanes

Last week, Rectron held a brand awareness event for the MakerBot brand, a popular collection of 3D printers. Sadly, attendance didn’t reflect that. Only a handful of media types showed up, outnumbered by the company and marketing people on hand, despite some rather nice

Progress may be near in digital TV fiasco

Progress may be near in digital TV fiasco

South Africa may finally be on the verge of making some real progress in its seemingly never-ending move from analogue to digital terrestrial television. But important questions remain unanswered

Gov’t, not the market, has failed in broadband

Gov’t, not the market, has failed in broadband

This week, telecommunications minister Siyabonga Cwele claimed there has been a “market failure” in the roll-out of broadband in South Africa. This, he said, is the reason the poor don’t have access

Consumers set to lose in digital migration

Consumers set to lose in digital migration

Consumers stand to be the biggest losers during South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT). As the country races to meet an international deadline to switch off analogue TV by 2015, major decisions are being made that will raise costs for consumers and

Here’s a better way to roll out rural broadband

Here’s a better way to roll out rural broadband

The announcement by President Jacob Zuma in his state of the nation address that Telkom will be the “lead agency” for the roll-out of broadband in underserviced parts of South Africa has ignited a political firestorm

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