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The PC is not dead

If you believe the claptrap coming out of the Apple camp in the past week, then you’ll accept as gospel that the era of the personal computer is over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The PC is alive and well; it’s just being reinvented. Listening to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s keynote speech at the launch of the iPad 3 (sorry, the “new iPad”) last week

Why ANC’s policy reboot is flawed

The ANC has proposed a sweeping overhaul of policy governing SA’s technology sector. For the most part, the proposals are reasonably business-friendly and should be welcomed. But the lingering conviction that state intervention will ensure the delivery of services to all is still a cause for concern. The proposals, contained

Defending the pay wall

Subscription-based news applications and pay walls are regarded by some people as a denial of the fundamentally open nature of the Internet. But is it really practical or in our best interests to assume everything online should be free? Free content carries no guarantee of quality whereas paid-for content implicitly does

How Icasa is stealing our freedom

Broadcasting regulator Icasa is expected to furnish its reasons within the next week for barring TopTV from launching adult channels on its satellite pay-TV platform. However it tries to justify the decision, Icasa deserves to be challenged all the way to the constitutional court

Data, the hidden treasure in publishing

Most publishers are struggling to monetise their online operations in a world where advertising revenues are under pressure and audiences remain reluctant to pay for content. Their biggest hope of making money lies in unlocking the value of the reams of data they collect about their audience

Mac changes spots

Apple is introducing new features to its Mac OS X operating system that sometimes appear somewhat counterintuitive and are slowly driving this writer to consider alternatives. I admit I was a reluctant convert to Apple, but switched to the Mac platform with the release of Mac OS X 10.5

Nokia’s last throw of the dice

It’s no secret that Nokia is in trouble. It lost close to US$1,5bn in 2011, its market share, particularly in the profitable smartphone market, continues to plunge and its big bet — a partnership with Microsoft — has yet to produce significant revenues. So when I received a review model of Nokia’s newest phone, the Lumia 800

Telkom has a point

Telkom came out guns blazing at Competition Tribunal hearings this week, warning that if it were fined the maximum allowed for alleged anticompetitive behaviour last decade, its business could be put in jeopardy. Does the fixed-line operator have a point or is it all just grandstanding? In its closing

Consumer IT: the stuff of nightmares for CIOs

Corporate IT departments have a big challenge on their hands. Their users are bringing all sorts of newfangled devices like smartphones and tablets into the work environment and expecting them to interact seamlessly with their companies’ IT systems. Employees love these gadgets and

MTN’s BIS alternatives more like BS

MTN SA’s newly launched “smartphone Internet services” have created a storm of protest from consumers. The operator says they’re aimed at entry-level smartphone users and are positioned as an equivalent to BlackBerry’s immensely popular BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS). There’s

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