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Ad-blockers hurt multibillion-dollar industry

The rise in ad-blockers comes at a time when the Internet has become the fastest growing advertising medium. Ad-blocking software is threatening to hurt the multibillion-dollar global online and mobile advertising industry. Although ad-blocking software has been around for years, its use is growing. Some 200 million people used ad-blockers last …

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Banks to drive SA’s smart ID roll-out

Government, with the help of banks, plans to replace 38 million green ID books with smart ID cards within five years. This is according to Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, who on Wednesday announced new pilot phases for South Africa’s proposed smart ID card project. The move to smart …

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Africa must focus on oceans, power and ICTs

A focus on oceans, power generation and ICTs will move Africa towards a new era of inclusive growth, President Jacob Zuma said in New York on Sunday. Zuma told the Pan African Students Association at Princeton University that the growth of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa …

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Free internships for SA coders

A Johannesburg academy is aiming to equip self-taught coders with free internships to prepare them for jobs in large corporations. “We take people who are self-taught in coding, have a limited working understanding of programming, or may have some tertiary education; and provide them with an opportunity,” Gary Bannatyne, co-founder …

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MultiChoice under pressure

In the past, video content was only distributed by a few broadcasters but today they are countless, says MultiChoice executive chairman Nolo Letele. Pay-TV operator MultiChoice is feeling the pressure from local and international over-the-top (OTT) players. On top of that, the company believes the regulatory framework in SA is …

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Cell C LTE network goes live

South Africa’s third biggest mobile network Cell C has launched its LTE network this week, the last major local operator to do so. LTE offers faster download speeds than 3G and Cell C is promising speeds of 30Mbps on its 4G network. At Cell C’s Johannesburg headquarters on Wednesday, the …

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Global Internet growth slows

In developing countries, 25% fewer women than men had Internet access, a number that rises to 50% in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and more than half the world’s population is still offline, the United Nations Broadband Commission …

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SA Wi-Fi growth will ‘boost GDP’

Wi-Fi access in South Africa is on a growth path, but more needs to be done to ensure the technology delivers on its potential to boost local gross domestic product (GDP), says an industry body. “South Africa has just over 0.03% of the globe’s almost 300 million Wi-Fi hotspots when …

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Tens of millions squandered on DTI aerospace project – DA

Tens of millions of rands have been squandered on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), initiated by the department of trade and industry (DTI), with nothing to show for it, the DA says. The Democratic Alliance’s deputy economic development spokesperson, Patrick Atkinson, in a prepared statement delivered outside the CAV on …

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Dramatic slide in Mxit’s user base

The number of monthly active users on mobile social network Mxit has fallen from 4.9 million in 2014 to 2.7 million in 2015. This is according to the SA Social Media Landscape 2016 report from World Wide Worx and monitoring company Fuseware. This means that Mxit is far off its …

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