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Lessons of the ‘Facebook murder’

Lessons of the ‘Facebook murder’

The Facebook Live video of the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr by Steve Stephens has been watched at least 1,6m times. It took Facebook three hours to take the video down, and by that

How Vodacom’s new contracts stack up

How Vodacom’s new contracts stack up

Vodacom’s revamped Smart+ and Red+ integrated packages have seen increases in data, voice and SMS allocations across the board. And, in the case of its Smart packages – ranging from the R199 (200MB) to R699 (1GB) level

Here’s why IS wants to buy DFA

Here’s why IS wants to buy DFA

Internet Solutions (IS) is, according to Bloomberg, in talks to buy Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) from Remgro, majority owner (51%) of DFA-parent Community Investment Ventures. The report last week suggested that the sellers want as much as

Vodacom hikes contract prices by stealth

Vodacom hikes contract prices by stealth

While Vodacom’s “overhaul” of its Smart and Red integrated contract plans has meant an increase in the number of bundled minutes, SMSes and data practically across the board, it has also managed to lift the pricing for these plans. Its mid-level Smart M+ plan is now

Where to next for smartphones

Where to next for smartphones

There is no innovation more emblematic of the early 21st century than the smartphone. Putting a handheld computer combined with a video camera, permanently connected to the Internet, in the pockets of billions of people

The war on Kodi

The war on Kodi

The anti-piracy squads are at it again. In the past few months, the UK government – one of the more zealous enforcers of copyright – has been responding to Kodi, the free media centre software that is fostering a wave of illegal

Why business must embrace ‘design thinking’

Why business must embrace ‘design thinking’

You may have heard about the sword of Damocles, hanging above its target by a single hair. It’s a metaphor often used to describe impending doom, yet this is not the actual meaning. The story goes that

ICT policy could prove disastrous for SA

ICT policy could prove disastrous for SA

The national integrated ICT policy white paper, which was released last October by the department of telecommunications & postal services, is an ambitious document filled with many good ideas. It is essential

Four mobile networks in SA makes no sense

Four mobile networks in SA makes no sense

Spectrum access and industry consolidation are urgent imperatives if information and communications technology is to be used as an effective tool in assisting South Africa to achieve the growth objectives of

The long-term risk of surveillance laws

The long-term risk of surveillance laws

Did you hear the latest gaffe from government? They want to monitor your WhatsApp messages. The fools! Everyone knows you can’t do that. For one thing, there’s just too much of it. For another, a lot of private communication is now encrypted. From Turkey

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