Huawei now the second biggest smartphone seller

By Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter, the first time in seven years that any contender has managed to split the top two. Multiple market analysts said that...

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Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Source: Fin24  With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba – the...

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It’s comply or die for SA’s SMEs

By Tracy Bolton, director: General Business at SAP Africa On 25 May this year, a new piece of legislation came into effect in Europe that could have severe consequences for non-compliant South African businesses. The General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR for...

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ANC to change Constitution to expropriate land

By Natasha Marrian for Business Day The ANC has decided to change the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation. This was decided at a two-day lekgotla held in Irene, outside Pretoria, which concluded on Tuesday. The move is seen as one which reflects the...

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Shock rise in SA unemployment as manufacturing bleeds jobs

By Tehillah Niselow for Fin24 The official unemployment rate increased by 0.5% to 27.2% in the second quarter of 2018, up from 26.7% in the first three months of the year. Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for April, May...

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Do female consumers pay ‘pink tax’?

Source: Supermarket & Retailer Women pay more for cosmetics and clothing than men, says Use Your Voice (UYV), a non-profit organisation that distributes sanitary pads across South Africa. In a Facebook post, since shared more than 6 600 times, UYV compared the...

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Amazon now sells office supplies to cities, organisations

By Abha Bhattarai for The Washington Post  The city of Atlanta, Denver public schools and the Mesa, Ariz., police department are among the 1 500 public organisations that since last year have signed new contracts to buy office supplies, books, even musical instruments...

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South Africans love loyalty programmes

By Stephen Cranston for Financial Mail According to research firm AC Nielsen, SA has the highest penetration of loyalty programmes anywhere, with almost two-thirds of the population belonging to more than one programme. There are two broad categories of reward...

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Preparing for Black Friday: lessons learnt from 2017

Source: Supermarket & Retailer If 2017 is anything to go by, Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the busiest South African shopping days and, like the US, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This year, online retailers are preparing for even...

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Netflix retaliates in DStv battle

By Lynsey Chutel for Quartz For months, the chief executive of South Africa’s biggest TV company, MultiChoice, has suspected Netflix was messing with him and the rest of the DStv parent company. Calvo Mawela was clearly spooked, yet it seemed laughable that relative...

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Facebook tests Russian troll blocker feature

By Annie Palmer for DailyMail  Facebook will soon be able to notify you if Russian trolls are sliding into your DMs. The social media giant is testing a new feature that will include additional information from unfamiliar contacts who have direct messaged you on...

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BYOD can transform your workplace and boost productivity

Technology is making workspaces and work styles more flexible and collaborative by the day. Cutting-edge personal devices continue to infiltrate the workplace and with cloud computing and superior Internet connectivity, the idea of working from anywhere is the new...

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