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Ford’s driverless cars here in 5 years

Ford’s driverless cars here in 5 years

Ford Motor Co, which put the world on wheels a century ago, is now taking the driver out of the driver’s seat. The company said it plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle – no steering wheel and no accelerator or brake

Google debuts Duo video chat app

Google debuts Duo video chat app

Google nailed e-mail with the 2004 introduction of Gmail. But as traditional e-mail falls out of favour with a growing sliver of the population, Google has struggled to make its messaging tools relevant or introduce

Facebook’s bid to be the new king of advertising

Facebook’s bid to be the new king of advertising

Facebook collects less than the 5% of the US$500bn spent on advertising each year. To achieve the deepest, darkest dreams of Mark Zuckerberg, the company must become the first one that dominates both the kind

The best tech businesses aren’t really tech

The best tech businesses aren’t really tech

Technology companies are a lot like contemporary art. Their valuations reflect narratives more than anything else, and it’s just as important to devise the right framework to describe a phenomenon as it is to build a beautiful product. Two New

Apple acquires AI start-up Turi

Apple acquires AI start-up Turi

Apple has acquired artificial intelligence start-up Turi for about US$200m, according to people familiar with the situation, in the latest deal by the iPhone maker to accumulate advanced computing capabilities for its

Tech’s super rich just got richer still

Tech’s super rich just got richer still

Technology billionaires are making a run for the top of the global wealth rankings as surges for Facebook, Amazon.com and Google parent Alphabet added US$5,6bn to their founders’ fortunes this week. Google co-founders

TalkCentral: Ep 150 – ‘The Pokémon election’

TalkCentral: Ep 150 – ‘The Pokémon election’

With just a few days to go to South Africa’s municipal elections, TechCentral hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg get into election mode and wonder just how many Pokémons they’ll be able to catch at their local

Google now more than just an ad business

Google now more than just an ad business

Google has spent years telling Wall Street its investments in non-advertising businesses will eventually pay off. Thursday’s results suggest that’s beginning to happen. Google parent Alphabet reported second

End of an era for Web pioneer Yahoo

End of an era for Web pioneer Yahoo

On Monday, Yahoo’s years-long fight to survive as a standalone company will draw to a close. Verizon Communications will announce plans to buy Yahoo’s core assets for a bit more than US$4,8bn before the market opens, said

Meet the SA youngsters taking on WhatsApp

Meet the SA youngsters taking on WhatsApp

Themba Moyo, 36, and Lisa Phendla, 33, have a plan to build the next big thing in instant messaging, and they’re going to do it by allowing consumers to chat to each other on their smartphones, even if they have run out of data or airtime. Their app, Teta

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