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How WhatsApp is killing calls in SA

A recent article by MyBroadband explored how the popularity of VoIP services like WhatsApp has impacted voice income for South African major mobile networks: Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C. Vodacom has experienced a “slight decrease in the consumption of...

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ACSA to spend R1.2bn digitising SA airports

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has set aside R1.2 billion to digitise the country’s airports, according to a recent article in ITWeb. The announcement was made as the company released its financial results to 31 March. Highlights include: Profit fell by 58%,...

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Why WeWork doesn’t work

Source: The Economist With its stylish shared workspaces and chic occupants, lubricated by fruit-infused water and nitro coffee on tap, WeWork, a firm that rents out temporary offices, had seemed to be riding the wave of a new trend in managing desk-jockey life. But...

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SAPS launches free app to fight crime

Published by Kirsten Jacobs for Cape Town Etc An app for citizens to use in the fight against crime has been launched by the South African Police Service (SAPS). Called My SAPS, the app was developed by Vodacom and will be available on both Apple and Android devices....

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ISP Cool Ideas hit in DDoS attack

Internet service provider Cool Ideas yesterday suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which affected all customers on their network. The attack lasted almost four hours. Customers experienced intermittent connectivity loss and degraded performance...

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Naspers just created Europe’s largest tech company

By Elizabeth Schulze for CNBC Prosus, a spinoff of South African consumer Internet group Naspers valued at $100 billion, listed on the Amsterdam Euronext exchange Wednesday. The group’s best-known investment is a 31% stake in Chinese tech giant Tencent. The...

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MTN fined R5m for hiking WhatApp bundle prices

By Kgomotso Modise for EWN  The network has been slapped with a R5-million fine for failing to notify authorities in time before hiking the price of its 1GB monthly WhatsApp bundle. MTN says it believes its penalty from Icasa in the 1GB monthly WhatsApp bundle case...

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How to watch the Rugby without DStv

The SABC has failed to reach an agreement with SuperSport to broadcast the Rugby World Cup, taking place in Japan later this month. However, there are alternative ways to watch the World Cup, according to MyBroadband: Use an international streaming service, such as...

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SA govt has been conducting mass surveillance on citizens

By Arnold Zafra for Reclaim The Net Affidavits and other documents of former State Security Agency Director-General Arthur Fraser reveal that the South African government has been conducting mass surveillance on all communications in the country. This was filed in...

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Cape Town named Africa’s leading digital city

By Lorine Towett for Wee Tracker It is no doubt that Cape Town has continued to cement itself as Africa’s tech hub. The city boasts being home to a majority of South African startup firms with new companies opening shops almost on a monthly basis. The South African...

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Hacker discovers DSTV user credentials online

By Roger Bambino for Tech JaJa Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor heads the Cyber Security Service Team at Internet Solutions. He recently bumped into some MultiChoice credentials on the open Internet as he was giving a live demo at a conference. Dr Gameli is also the...

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