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Any economic growth could trigger fresh round of power cuts

By Charlotte Mathews for MiningMx  The under-performance of Eskom’s fleet of coal-fired power stations is currently being concealed by falling demand. Even a 0.1% uptick in GDP growth would result in a resumption of load-shedding, Nelisiwe Magubane, chairperson of...

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FNB backtracks on password decision

FNB recently announced a new online banking policy which prevented users from saving their passwords to their browsers. However, the bank received a backlash from techsavvy users, who pointed out that using software to bypass this feature would create more...

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What is going on at WeWork?

By Annie Palmer for CNBC  WeWork released its much-anticipated S-1 filing to go public earlier this week. The filing lays the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the largest IPOs of the year, but also details the myriad risks WeWork is likely to face...

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Do you really need to buy Microsoft Office?

By Yasmine Crossland for Good Housekeeping  Both at home and at work, Microsoft Office has been a staple part of computing for decades. Pretty much all of us will have have used it at some point to create Word documents, Powerpoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets....

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The role of mobile technology in retail

By Sandra Wrobel-Konior for Business2Community  Technology is changing the way most industries do business, and retail is no exception to the ever-evolving advancements. Although some are afraid technology may be hurting the retail industry by moving everything...

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Google Maps now offers augmented reality directions

Source: Make Use Of Google Maps is rolling out a new feature called Live View. Google Maps’ Live View uses augmented reality (AR) to display virtual signposts and directions in the real world. Which should make it easier for you to get from A to B without getting...

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Lowest Internet advertising growth rate since 2001

By Mark Sweney for The Guardian The internet is about to lose its mantle as the fastest-growing sector of the global advertising market for the first time in two decades, as brands seeking risk-free space to spend their ad budgets turn to traditional media such as...

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IT managers inundated with cyberattacks

A recent Sophos survey has found that IT managers are struggling to cope with the volume and magnitude of cyberattacks. The following key findings relate to South Africa: Cybercriminal tactics have evolved into using multiple attack methods and often multiple payloads...

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WhatsApp rolls out trial fingerprint lock

By Babu Mohan for Android Central The latest WhatsApp beta for Android adds support for fingerprint locking. WhatsApp had rolled out the authentication feature to iOS beta users roughly six months back. Even with the Fingerprint lock feature enabled, you can still...

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FNB users can no longer save their passwords in a browser

First National Bank (FNB) has announced that users will no longer be able to save their online banking passwords in their browsers. Going forward, whenever a user wants to log into their account they will have to do so manually. This forces users to keep their banking...

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Facebook adds local languages for fact-checking

Source: Punch Facebook says it will fight fake news on its platform by using African languages such as Swahili, Senegal, Afrikaans, Zulu, Setswana, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Southern Ndebele, Yoruba and Igbo languages. Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy,...

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