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The years-long DTT scandal seems to have a Gupta link, denying SA better broadband and TV

This is about government policy, so you’re going to have to bear with me. Last week, the previous communications minister (Faith Muthambi) won her Constitutional Court case against the policies of her predecessor (Yunus Carrim) and of her own party. This final legal step might lead to a conclusion to this epic, ten-year saga, you might foolishly believe. But this is the ANC government and we are w...[Read More]

Showmax has started creating its own content

Netflix does it, Amazon Prime Video does it, and now homegrown video-on-demand service Showmax does it, too. What is it? Why original content, of course, under the self-explanatory banner of Showmax Originals. It’s first production? A mockumentary series starring Julia Anastasopoulos of SuzelleDIY fame. The series will consist of eight, 20-minute episodes that’ll go live on Showmax in ...[Read More]

The iMac Pro is Apple’s most beastly Mac ever

iMac users have been waiting for an update to their beloved all-in-one, and boy did Apple deliver at WWDC 2017. Cupertino’s first new desktop computer since 2009, the iMac Pro, is an unadulterated, no-holds-barred beast of a machine that should make professional video and graphics users salivate like puppies in a butchery. Spec options include a 5K display, an all-new AMD Radeon Vega graphic...[Read More]

Kaspersky wants to ensure connected cars can’t be compromised

A growing number of modern cars come with some sort of connectivity, from GPS to SIM cards for concierge services and communications. Features like remote diagnostics, telematics and infotainment rely on communications between vehicles and manufacturer’s cloud services. And self-driving cars will connect not just to brand-specific infrastructure, but in all likelihood to one another. Which i...[Read More]

Liberty introduces Stash, a tax-free investment app for your spare change

Insurance and investment company Liberty has launched a new app called Stash aimed at getting South Africans to invest and take advantage of Treasury’s generosity when it comes to tax-free investments. The app allows users to link any credit, debit or cheque card from any of South Africa’s major banks (with the exception of Capitec) to it. When users transact with the linked card the t...[Read More]

WeThinkCode gets a R60m injection from BCX

WeThinkCode, the Joburg-based coding school that wants to address South Africa’s coder shortage and help youngsters to find gainful employment, has received a R60 million investment from Telkom-owned BCX. The funds, which will be provided over three years, will be used to grow WeThinkCode’s Johannesburg office and enable it to open a new campus in Cape Town later this year. As part of ...[Read More]

Introducing DEOD, South Africa’s niche video streaming service

There’s a new video streaming service in town called DEOD that offers users the choice of TV news, sports, on-demand TV shows and movies, and the option to rent the latest films. The service is available via web browser, or on Android and iOS devices. DEOD is the brainchild of Discover Digital, which says it plans to take the service to other African markets (Zimbabwe, Zambia and East Africa...[Read More]

Ads next to hate speech, overstating of views ravage YouTube, Facebook’s reputations

The only surprising thing about major brands pulling their YouTube advertising for appearing alongside extremism and hate speech was how long it took to happen. Google has been criticised for years about the problems with its YouTube advertising – which sees adverts appearing alongside undesirable, sometimes illegal content, including antisemitism or videos advocating violence – about which the la...[Read More]

How WhatsApp encryption works – and why there shouldn’t be a backdoor

A battle between national security and privacy is brewing. Governments and secret services are asking encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp to allow them access to users’ data. Most recently, in the wake of the March attack at Westminster, Amber Rudd, the UK home secretary, said it was unacceptable that the government couldn’t read the encrypted messages of suspected terrorists. The main a...[Read More]

Uber introduces driver selfies for security

In an effort to reduce fraud on driver accounts and reassure riders their driver is who the app claims they are, Uber has introduced a new security measure called “Real-Time ID” that requires drivers take a selfie from time to time. The whole process takes a few seconds, and if the selfie doesn’t match the details Uber has on file the driver account is temporarily blocked until U...[Read More]

As expected the Snapchat listing has been meteoric, the largest since Alibaba’s in 2014

If you want to see the changing nature of social media, then Snap’s listing last week is it. The biggest IPO since Alibaba’s US$168bn in 2014, the Snapchat parent listed at three times that of Twitter, valuing it at $24bn on its first day, $28bn on its second. And it still doesn’t make money. In fact, on revenue of $404m last year, it lost $514m and $373m the year before. But the...[Read More]

Budget Mods for budget Motorolas are coming next year

Lenovo-owned Motorola intends to bring the modular system found on its flagship Moto Z device to more affordable devices in 2018, and will offer different quality Mods in the same categories to cater to different budgets. That’s according to Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo chairman and CEO. Yuanqing made the comments during a press briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. “We ar...[Read More]

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