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There’s life for BlackBerry after smartphones

There’s life for BlackBerry after smartphones

It’s official. BlackBerry, the Canadian company that invented the smartphone and addicted legions of road warriors to the “CrackBerry”, has stopped making its iconic handsets. Finally conceding defeat in a battle lost long ago to Apple

Musk lays out his plan to get to Mars

Musk lays out his plan to get to Mars

Entrepreneur Elon Musk laid out a vision of travel to Mars that was heavy on both technology – the how of getting there – and on the dangers that await those first explorers just a decade from now. “The first journey will be very

Growing worries over SA’s nuclear plans

Growing worries over SA’s nuclear plans

Nuclear energy in South Africa is a highly contentious issue. The decision on whether to proceed with the construction of a fleet of nuclear power plants is destined to become the financially most far-reaching and consequential defining

New WBS investors not in for an easy ride

New WBS investors not in for an easy ride

Former top bankers Michael Jordaan and Paul Harris could steal a march on South Africa’s established mobile telecommunications operators when they launch their new national wireless broadband network early next year thanks

Broken cabinet steering SA to disaster

Broken cabinet steering SA to disaster

South Africa’s cabinet has become dysfunctional. This highest executive body charged with managing the state’s daily affairs has 35 members. The cabinet is responsible for, among other things, “developing

Inside Yahoo’s massive data breach

Inside Yahoo’s massive data breach

In July, Yahoo received a report of a hacker claiming to have 280m user account credentials for sale on the black market. An initial investigation found no evidence to back that up, according to a person familiar with the probe. Claims like

In cars, Apple must drop the iSecrecy

In cars, Apple must drop the iSecrecy

You may have read that the world’s most valuable company is cooking up something in the automotive world. In keeping with Steve Jobs’s practice of cloaking everything in iSecrecy, Apple hasn’t even

Why Vodacom, MTN failed at mobile money

Why Vodacom, MTN failed at mobile money

Excessive regulation, a business model that tried to do too much too soon and trust worries among consumers. These are the reasons Vodacom’s M-Pesa and MTN’s Mobile Money failed in South Africa, according to the CEO

How much SA’s big banks spend on IT

How much SA’s big banks spend on IT

South Africa’s big four retail and commercial banks spent in excess of R30bn on IT in the 12 months to end-June 2016, including the cost of staff involved in this function. Excluding the cost of people, nearly R15 out of every R100 spent on

The smartphone revolution is over

The smartphone revolution is over

It’s been less than a decade since Apple shook the mobile telecommunications industry to its foundations with the original iPhone. The handset helped turn Apple into the world’s most valuable company (US$620bn this week) and inflicted huge

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