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Why your bank may soon be your telco

Why your bank may soon be your telco

South Africa has not been particularly keen on the mobile virtual network operator model. It’s lagged most developed and some developing markets in launching mobile brands on the back of cellular

Data prices are killing South Africa

Data prices are killing South Africa

Later today, Amazon will lift the lid on the size of Amazon Web Services, or AWS, the behemoth cloud computing platform that seems to run half the planet. Well, at least a third, the other third

E.tv bid could delay digital migration

E.tv bid could delay digital migration

Just as South Africa’s broadcasting digital migration project looked to be making solid progress for the first time in years, one of the protagonists in the long-running war over the encryption of TV signals is unleashing its lawyers, potentially setting the process back by

Inside Eskom’s week from hell

Inside Eskom’s week from hell

Just before the Easter long weekend, Eskom ramped up the amount of generation capacity taken offline for planned maintenance by 40%. This was a substantial move (and a very belated positive one). In practical terms, planned maintenance had been hovering around the 4GW

Next chapter opens in browser wars

Next chapter opens in browser wars

Back in 2009, Google released a fun video showing a team walking around New York, asking pedestrians what a Web browser is. The vast majority of those interviewed seemed to confuse it

Apple, HTC put down roots in SA

Apple, HTC put down roots in SA

As Samsung begins the first weekend of sales in South Africa of its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the curved-screen Galaxy S6 edge, rivals Apple and HTC are upping their game in the

From Carrim to Cwele, a disconnect

From Carrim to Cwele, a disconnect

Yunus Carrim’s appointment as minister of communications in July 2013 was greeted with apprehension. The avowed communist’s expertise lay with the local government sector. He knew nothing about technology. In fact, he joked at the time that he barely knew

Consumer ire misplaced as Vodacom hikes rates

Consumer ire misplaced as Vodacom hikes rates

When Vodacom announced 10 days ago that it will hike the subscription fees of a range of contract tariff plans from 1 May, it caught consumers by surprise. Many took to social media networks and the comments sections of news websites to voice their displeasure

End of the line for portable hard drives?

End of the line for portable hard drives?

A few years ago, I needed a new hard drive for my media centre. It became an agonising ordeal. Storage was expensive, but eventually a 1TB hard drive started costing only around R2 000. I jumped in, bought the drive and never looked back. It was my last personal storage

Expect fireworks as WhatsApp allows calls

Expect fireworks as WhatsApp allows calls

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular smartphone instant messaging platform, has started rolling out voice dialling in its application (Android users only for now), striking fear into the hearts of mobile

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