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Forget the watch, it’s Apple Pay that’s big

Forget the watch, it’s Apple Pay that’s big

When Apple revealed its latest products to the adoring faithful last Tuesday, most people were focused on the gadgets. The new iPhone (it’s bigger) and the Apple Watch (it’s not just a rumour). But the potential game changer is really Apple Pay. Sure, the bigger (and much bigger) iPhone is going

The real lesson of the iCloud hack

The real lesson of the iCloud hack

Some have called the recent hacking of 200 celebrities’ private photographs a sex crime. Others have expressed unseemly delight at this “dream come true”. But few have focused on the real problem here: our collective failure to

How the Internet enforces our prejudices

How the Internet enforces our prejudices

Whenever mankind makes a great technological leap forward, we expect utopia will soon follow. But even the greatest invention in history, the Internet, is subject to the gravitational forces of reality. When the Internet entered the mainstream in the

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto

<i>Domo arigato</i>, Mr Roboto

For more than a century, science-fiction writers have been dreaming of robots intelligent and adaptable enough to pass as human. And the mechanical creatures that inhabit books and movies may finally become reality — and within our lifetimes. This isn’t a result of a single massive

Let’s celebrate, not denude, SA’s tech pioneers

Let’s celebrate, not denude, SA’s tech pioneers

The Internet is full of get-rich-quick schemes. Just like the secrets to magical weight loss, these schemes are exactly what they appear to be – too good to be true. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for ordinary people to make money via the Internet. Two local start-ups are betting they can

Amazon e-books dispute turns ugly

Amazon e-books dispute turns ugly

Publishing books seems like a noble and romantic business. You might imagine publishers in waistcoats, discovering new authors, delivering knowledge and enjoyment to the world, and wearing little glasses at the ends of their noses. Alas, there is nothing noble or romantic about Hachette’s dispute with Amazon. For more than six months Hachette

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

Amazon misfires with the Fire Phone

Amazon misfires with the Fire Phone

Amazon is not a consumer electronics company. Yes, the e-commerce giant has sold tens of millions of its own devices to customers. And yes, it has just launched a smart phone, but measuring Amazon by Samsung’s or Apple’s standards overlooks the most important thing about its business. When Amazon

Hitting back at the surveillance state

Hitting back at the surveillance state

Someone may be reading all your e-mail. At both security agencies and cybercrime enterprises, thousands of geeks are busily sifting through e-mails that they have intercepted. This is happening every second of every day, around the world. Of course it’s highly unlikely that anyone at America’s National

Straight out of Cupertino

Straight out of Cupertino

Their idea was simple — a line of high-quality headphones, each with Dre’s explicit stamp of approval. Recognising that more and more music was being consumed using mobile devices, Dre and Iovine capitalised on both the appetite for quality headphones and the enormous power and authenticity

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