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Streaming TV threatens SA broadcasters – expert

Internet streaming is a serious competitive threat to broadcast television in South Africa, but the technology is hamstrung by cost challenges, says an analyst. “There is no doubt that internet streaming is a viable competitor to broadcast television… if you can afford and are able to get the requisite bandwidth,” …

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Flight attendant video breaks the internet

A flight attendant’s performance during a safety demonstration has taken over the internet, with multiple shares on social media and video sharing sites. On YouTube, the video posted by a user called HiliBorn, says that the WestJet flight attendant identified as Michael McAdam performed a quasi-burlesque safety routine. Passengers can …

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Samsung confirms new smartphones coming to SA

Samsung has confirmed that South Africans will have to wait a few weeks to get their hands on the company’s latest gadgets. Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 in New York on Thursday night and revealed to Fin24 that the smartphones will be available in South …

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Naspers to launch Netflix ‘competitor’

Multinational media and technology company Naspers is gearing up to unveil an internet streaming service that will take on Netflix in developing markets. A person with knowledge of the matter told Fin24 that Naspers will launch the streaming service at an event in Johannesburg next week. Furthermore, Fin24 understands that …

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Staff exodus ‘plagues’ telecoms dept

DTPS director-general Rosey Sekese has been placed on a 60-day precautionary suspension. Director-general Rosey Sekese is the latest senior official at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) to be suspended pending an investigation by the Public Service Commission. Sekese’s 60-day suspension follows a bout of exits by senior …

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Lack of data scientists poses SKA problem

There are not enough data scientists in SA to handle the vast amount of data that will need to be interpreted when the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope is live. While several local universities have recently identified big data skills as essential, it will take some time for these data …

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Apple Music attracts 11m users

Apple Music’s three-month free trial period began on 30 June. Apple’s new music streaming service has attracted more than 11 million members during its free trial period, a response music industry experts called respectable but not overwhelming. Apple Music rolled out with a three-month free trial period on 30 June. Nearly …

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Telkom, BCX deal approved: what next?

BCX CEO Isaac Mophatlane says there won’t be any dramatic changes in the near future. The Competition Tribunal has approved Telkom’s bid to buy Business Connexion (BCX) for R2.67 billion, but the looming question is the impact this deal will have on the employees of both companies. Telkom is in a …

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