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E-commerce emerges as telecoms springboard

A number of telecoms companies have started shifting focus from retail to e-tail – the latest being SA’s newest mobile entrant me&you mobile – as the country continues to bridge the digital divide. Yesterday, Brett Howell, who is heading the new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), said the company would …

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Telkom announces broadband price cuts

Telkom says price adjustments and its renewed focus on value will aid the socio-economic development of SA. Telkom Wholesale Services today announced wholesale unit price reductions of up to 63% across its product range including wholesale fibre broadband access, IP Connect, Resell DSL, Metro Ethernet and SAIX dedicated access offerings. …

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WhatsApp calling stirs operators

OTT calling services pose a real threat to the hefty traditional voice revenue streams operators have long enjoyed. SA’s operators have always been on the defensive when it comes to voice over IP (VOIP) services and, with over-the-top (OTT) voice calling now more of a reality than ever, consumers can …

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Maths top 10 best jobs

The IT sector is one of the most promising for job-seekers at the moment. CareerCast.com’s annual rankings of the top 200 careers for 2015 reveal mathematics is key for career success. According to the US-based Internet career resource, the majority of the top 10 jobs for this year – based …

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E-commerce giant Kalahari to close within a month

E-commerce in South Africa is set for a major change as the discontinuation of the kalahari.com brand and website is set to happen within a month. The Kalahari brand and website will be folded into takealot.com within a month, according to an announcement from the online retailers. “The Kalahari website …

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SA’s math and science education worst in the world

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and an education researcher dispute the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking of SA’s maths and science education as the worst in the world. The WEF’s 2015 Global Information Technology report, released yesterday, condemned SA’s education system, and showed the country has again dropped in …

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Michael Jordaan in solar power venture

Michael Jordaan

Former FNB boss Michael Jordaan now has a finger in SA’s energy and telecoms pies. Former First National Bank (FNB) boss Michael Jordaan, who recently opted to leave the banking world to pursue his passion of enabling disruptive business models backed by technology, is now backing a solar power venture. …

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Windows 10 allows big changes for future Xbox

Savvy Xbox One owners and “Metro”/”Modern” design enthusiasts likely already know this: The Xbox One OS is a version of Windows 8. The fact that the Xbox One dashboard looks strikingly similar to Windows 8 on a tablet is no mistake — it’s the same OS, to an extent. In …

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Hacker steals fingerprint from photo

A German computer hacker has demonstrated how easy it is to foil biometric fingerprint security by using nothing but commercial software and a couple of high resolution photos of one’s hand. To prove it, he recreated the German defense minister’s print. German hacker Jan Krissler, aka ‘Starbug,’ claimed that by …

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