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Time to open up SA television

Time to open up SA television

The move to digital terrestrial television isn’t simply a chance for set-top box manufacturers to make a quick buck. It presents a unique opportunity to introduce new competition in the broadcasting market where, until now, consumers have had precious little choice. In terrestrial broadcasting

Clever, Trevor

Clever, Trevor

It’s not often I find myself cheering when reading through government documents, but I did just that last week as I took in the plan’s revised proposals for the information and communications technology sector. Here, in black and white, a government commission has laid out many

In this fight, only the lawyers win

In this fight, only the lawyers win

It sounds trite, but in the growing litany of lawsuits between the world’s major consumer electronics manufacturers, the only real winners are the lawyers. Although patents have a place, particularly in the early days of any new technology, they’re ill-equipped to deal with one of the inevitable consequences of innovation: the best

Rethinking the local loop

Rethinking the local loop

US President Barack Obama’s former White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reported to have said, when confronted with the 2008 financial crisis: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you

Against the tide

Against the tide

With hype building once again ahead of the launch of the next iPhone, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world doesn’t revolve around the fruity company in California. The new iPhone — or whatever it’s eventually called — is guaranteed saturation coverage in the next few weeks leading up to a rumoured 12 September

A tragedy in the making

A tragedy in the making

Public enterprises director-general Tshediso Matona said last week that government has made no decision about what it plans to do about the vexing question of Telkom. Ruling-party politicians are debating whether the company will remain listed on the JSE or

Apple: tech’s new bully-boy?

Apple: tech’s new bully-boy?

It’s hard to think that just 15 years ago, Apple was staring bankruptcy in the face. What followed, under the leadership of Steve Jobs, has become one of the most celebrated turnaround stories in modern business. At more than US$550bn, Apple today is the biggest listed company on the planet by market value

Cloud schmoud

Cloud schmoud

If you pick up any tech magazine or read any technology news website you’ll see reams of content about “the cloud”. But is cloud computing really “the next big thing”? Is there enough substance to differentiate it from existing hosted offerings to warrant the hype? Is cloud a natural evolution in the IT

No respite for battered Telkom

No respite for battered Telkom

It hasn’t been a good year for Telkom, or a good decade for that matter. The JSE-listed company’s share price is down by almost 40% since January. Cabinet has put paid to management’s plan to sell 20% of its equity to Korea’s KT Corp. The price of mobile services is falling, eroding its market share

Why it pays to fail

Why it pays to fail

Do you remember the first time you played a videogame? Do you remember spending hours trying to get the plumber to his damsel in distress? Or trying different timings on a jump to get to the other side over a ravine? Do you remember not making it

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