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SA’s mobile industry is under threat

SA’s mobile industry is under threat

South Africa has leapfrogged into the information age with extensive wireless communications services and speedy smartphone adoption. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently reported that mobile Internet penetration is expected to exceed 70% in

The tech pendulum is swinging again

The tech pendulum is swinging again

If you frequent the conferences and launches held by technology companies, you would surely have come across statements similar to the following: “Up to 40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies will not be around in a decade’s time. They will

Now, Obama, pardon Edward Snowden

Now, Obama, pardon Edward Snowden

So, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Manning will be released in May. Now the US president must follow up that decision, before he leaves office this week, by giving a full pardon to

Hello, computer

Hello, computer

I never get tired of this: hold down the button and tell Siri to set a timer. It has, at the very least, made me a better cook. As Marco Pierre White said, cooking is part art and part exact chemistry, so measure and time precisely. I’m not alone, at least as far as

Red flags as audit firms get into IT

Red flags as audit firms get into IT

The last few years have seen a rise of advisory and consulting services at today’s largest audit firms. However, despite the trusted status of these firms, such activity may pose risks to audit quality and investor protection in days to come. This issue

Inside MTN’s huge network overhaul

Inside MTN’s huge network overhaul

In the 18 months to June 2016, MTN has invested R16bn in its network in South Africa. Nearly a third of this – R4,5bn – was spent on adding 1 300 new physical sites to its footprint. This addition translates

Black Friday discounting shows retail malaise

Black Friday discounting shows retail malaise

After Checkers pioneered the introduction of Black Friday ­- the US shopping day after Thanksgiving – in South Africa in 2014, we’ve seen other retailers steadily adopt the sales “event”. This year, however, practically every retail chain in the country

Just how well is Telkom’s FreeMe doing?

Just how well is Telkom’s FreeMe doing?

Telkom says its mobile business has been boosted by the launch in July of its FreeMe bundles built around data (not voice minutes) which largely upended the market. It achieved profitability in that unit for the first time

Cloud musings: Tiger Brands and Eskom

Cloud musings: Tiger Brands and Eskom

If you ask me, we hear too much from those who sell technology and too little from those who use it. They certainly get the opportunities at numerous closed-doors corporate meetings, where the people selling do all the listening

Why Snap won’t crackle and pop

Why Snap won’t crackle and pop

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat is looking to go public with an initial public offering in March 2017. Snap has filed its intentions secretly with the US Securities and Exchange Commission

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