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Listen up South Africa, here comes Spotify

We’ve heard the phrase “Spotify is launching in South Africa soon!” so many times in recent years we’re understandably cynical when we hear it again… but this time we have reason to believe it’s more than merely hearsay and optimism. What makes us so confident? Spotify’s London office is advertising a position for a “Senior Editor/Music Programmer – ...[Read More]

Huawei is now bigger than Apple, in terms of smartphone sales

This might come across as heresy but Apple isn’t quite the force in the smartphone world that it once was. Chinese company Huawei has come along and dislodged the American tech-maker from its long-held Number 2 spot in the world smartphone rankings. In terms of units sold, that is. The folks over at Counterpoint Research have been keeping tabs on recent smartphone sales and Huawei’s be...[Read More]

Telkom’s turn-around proof that even the most dysfunctional SOE can be saved

Who would have thought that Telkom, once the most dysfunctional of lazy and ineffectual monopolises, would emerge as the most efficiently run and most profitable of state-owned enterprises? The once-floundering telco has rebuilt itself as a nimble and effective operation, demonstrating that anything is possible with clear vision, good management and a lack of political interference. Telkom is bles...[Read More]

Mark your calendars – Apple’s iPhone 8 reveal should be set for 12 September

We may finally have a day for the iPhone 8’s official reveal and it’s right around the corner. Apple is reported to have set “…a product-announcement event” for 12 September this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report, a move which would be… well, about what we’ve come to expect from the company. Apple is said to be revealing three phones this tim...[Read More]

Icasa’s proposal that data should not expire is a good move but more is needed

It’s not quite the #DataMustFall that people have been begging for, but telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given us #DataMustNotExpire. Icasa has published draft regulations in the Government Gazette stipulating new time frames for the expiry of data. This is a good step, and such proactivity should be rewarded. Cellular operators obviousl...[Read More]

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

Popularity of latest ‘honesty app’ Sarahah shows how much we desire validation, whatever the cost

A new app called Sarahah (which is Arabic for “honesty”) launched its English-language version this summer, promising an anonymous way of offering supportive criticism for teams in the workplace. It has since attracted 300m users and reached the top of Apple’s App Store download charts in more than 30 countries, but already users say they are receiving harassing and obscene messages. Sarahah’s des...[Read More]

Google’s newest feed — the search giant is trying a new look for its most iconic service

The most famous page on the internet is about to lose its minimalist status. Google last week announced its famously blank main page – launched in 1996 – is going to give up its white space. Instead it will get a Facebook-like news feed, much like the mobile version which has been suggesting stories based on your search history. This functionality has been available for quite a while and tends to ...[Read More]

The internet never forgets

There’s a fascinating ethical debate unfolding in Europe as EU lawmakers are tackling Google about the so-called “right to be forgotten”. If you did something in life that was picked up by a search engine and the circumstances have now changed, European law allows you to request those search results to be deleted. Like all such ethical laws, there are specific terms and condition...[Read More]

Vertu, maker of massively expensive smartphones, is closing down

We’ve seen more than a few smartphones by Vertu and we’ve even handled a few but the first reaction we have is almost always “Who the heck buys these things?” And the answer, at least now, is “Fewer people”. That’s because Vertu is going away and it is taking its insanely overpriced phones (and around 200 jobs) with it. Despite high-end partnerships and ha...[Read More]

Chinese researchers take the first steps towards making teleportation a reality

It’s not quite frikkin’ lasers, genuine hover boards or time travel, but BBC News reported yesterday that Chinese researchers have “teleported a photon from the Gobi desert to a satellite orbiting five hundred kilometres above the earth”. How did they manage this feat of sci-fi wonderment? Through something called quantum entanglement, “a process where two particles r...[Read More]

BBM wants to promote local urban music with Stage360

BBM has launched a new music-discovery and artist-promotion service within BBM Discover called Stage360 Music. BBM Discover is a content platform, and the Stage360 Music portion of it will allow musicians and bands to upload their own content and interact with fans using BBM’s chat functionality. Stage 360 Music will see big-name local artists like Skwatta Kamp’s Slikour and fans talen...[Read More]

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