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Cape Town Wi-Fi tender award ‘imminent’

Free Wi-Fi on Cape Town’s public transport infrastructure is nearing a finalisation phase, despite financial challenges, says a senior official. “The City has issued a tender to identify a service provider for providing Wi-Fi on MyCiti buses. This tender has closed, adjudicated and the appointment of a service provider by …

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Facebook dominates SA’s smartphones

Social media applications dominate the South African smartphone scene, local research has found. According to data in a South African Social Media Landscape study by World Wide Worx and Fuseware, chat application WhatsApp is the most dominant application on smartphones, taking the number one position on both Android and iOS …

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MTN targets WhatsApp

Mobile operator MTN has fired a shot at popular chat application WhatsApp. The operator fumed at the popularity of chat over the top (OTT) operators. “You have these players which are getting huge benefit out of an industry without making any investment. How do we level the playing fields?” chief …

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Pricing for the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus revealed

Pricing for the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in South Africa has been revealed by official distributor the iStore. The iStore, which has 20 stores across the country, will be selling the new iPhone range from October 16 for contracts from all cellular networks. Pre-orders have opened from Friday …

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SA tops whole of Africa in mobile app downloads

South Africa leads in mobile application downloads in the sub-Saharan Africa market as consumers in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya race to catch up, says an international organisation. The GSM Association (GSMA) revealed in its ‘Mobile Economy Report for Sub-Saharan Africa 2015’ report – which was released in Cape Town this …

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Gold Reef City could end load shedding

A lithium battery in your TV so you can watch your favourite show during load shedding; a tax on producing electricity via your rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV); and turning Gold Reef City into a pumped storage hydropower system. These are some of the outrageous ideas that could become a reality …

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Renewable energy access for all by 2050

Political will is needed to bring about a “just transition to a green and inclusive economy”, Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo said on Monday. He said at the SA International Renewable Energy Conference that a new report being released by Greenpeace on Tuesday would help policy makers plot the way …

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Wind farms to seek better, cheaper storage

Wind farm operators are under no illusion that their small power generation output will be inadequate to meet South Africa’s baseload issues. However, they believe that in time new storage measures and lower costs will change the game radically. Aurora Wind Power head of construction Christiaan Swanepoel told media on …

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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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