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Microsoft’s right call on tablets

Microsoft’s right call on tablets


It had all the hallmarks of an Apple keynote. No one knew exactly what Microsoft would be announcing in Los Angeles, but the excitement among gadget junkies about a potentially game-changing product from the US software giant was palpable. What

In defence of open source

In defence of open source

The Internet world changes quickly. Open source, the practice of promoting free redistribution and access to an end product’s implementation, was little known and often unpopular. Just a few years ago, it was common to see debates on

What’s in a password?

What’s in a password?

Every new service you sign up for online requires a password or PIN, and staying on top of the burgeoning list of login details often leads to laziness. But recent security breaches of sites like LinkedIn have once again highlighted the importance of developing a good password strategy, even if the idea sounds

Horses for courses in the device market

Horses for courses in the device market

If the crew of the first Shuttle arriving in space bumped into some Martians, and assuming the crews were predominantly male, talk would quickly turn to comparing rocket sizes and the specifications and relative performances of their craft. If the Martians asked the embarrassing question

The widening gyre

The widening gyre

Events of the past week have shown that it’s become more urgent than ever that government sell its stake in Telkom . If it continues as a significant shareholder, it risks further undermining one of SA’s most important companies and inflicting long-term damage on SA’s economy. The opportune

Government’s wrong call on Telkom

Government’s wrong call on Telkom

Government first raised the idea of a deal between Telkom and Korea’s KT Corp. So, last week’s decision by cabinet not to support the transaction comes as a surprise and a setback for the JSE-listed company and raises serious concerns for shareholders and

Vested interests opposed to ‘Net access

Vested interests opposed to ‘Net access

As manufacturers, we care what the set-top box specification says. We can actually produce any box to any specification. However, we remain duty-bound not to stand by idly when there is a deliberate distortion of facts, such as is happening now on the issue of the “return path” that would allow consumers to

Cabinet’s Telkom decision will cost jobs

Cabinet’s Telkom decision will cost jobs

The claim by the department of communications that it rejected the R3,3bn Telkom deal because it ran counter to its plan to “improve access to information and communications technology services” does not stand up to scrutiny. Cabinet, and indeed communications minister Dina Pule, must stop

Cabinet right to can KT deal

Cabinet right to can KT deal

The past few years have been significant for Telkom. The market has shifted significantly and, after a slew of CEOs, it appears Nombulelo Moholi and her management team are getting things back on track. The advances of a company as big and successful

Why digital TV should be a one-way street

Why digital TV should be a one-way street

Government should mandate a return path for Internet access in the tender it will issue soon for the digital television set-top boxes it will subsidise for millions of poorer South Africans as the country moves in the next few years from analogue to digital broadcasting technology, says an industry lobby group

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