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No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

Digital future The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt. The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We've been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using private, hybrid and public cloud architectures. The IoT is already deeply ...

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Weekly Roundup #18: Facebook Messenger, Spartan, Sami Inkinen and the final Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron LaFinale Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker tackle topics as diverse as Facebook Messenger's transition to a platform, the latest updates to Microsoft's Project Spartan, an entrepreneur who's also an extreme athlete, and the final Bugatti Veyron. As a company, Facebook is 11 years old now. If it had remained the social network it was back then, it might still be ...

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Facebook’s solar-powered internet drones are finally hitting the skies this year

Facebook drones No, it's not a summer blockbuster in the works. Facebook is really going to start testing drones to beam internet access to people within the next few months. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the drone is called Aquila and will start doing its rounds when summer hits the States this year. Announced almost exactly one year ago, the ambitious stunt is part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative which seeks to give between 1.1 billion and 2.8 billion unconnected people access to ...

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‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

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Live video streaming feud: Twitter launches Periscope, Meerkat completes a funding round

bull fight Like two bulls readying themselves for a fight, bellowing, mooing, looking menacing, intimidating the other, Twitter and Meerkat are ramping up their respective livestreaming plays. Today Twitter launched Periscope on iOS, a live video streaming startup it acquired back in January for a reported US$100-million. As news of the purchase became public, Twitter also cut off Meerkat’s ability to access its social graph. The news left Meerkat in the cold, considering that up until then, it had been the sole ...

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Standard wank in a digital world: using someone’s likeness in video games

gaming heroes We love the digital space because it’s so creative and communicative. Our ability to blog, meme, post and share content through digital platforms is sexy. Naturally, in digital and “real world” contexts there are limitations on an unfettered ability to create and share content. What is unclear is if using someone’s likeness in video games is part of those limitations? The gaming industry is big business. Global gaming is forecast to rise to US$70.1-billion in 2015. South Africa’s gaming industry is ...

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How Mazda is quietly giving the big automakers a run for their money

mazda-mx-5 Mazda isn’t the biggest car manufacturer out there. In fact, the Hiroshima-based company is likely not even in the top five in its native Japan. Have a gander at the various lists ranking major global automakers (in terms of annual production or overall revenue) for the past few years, and Mazda is nowhere to be seen. Which is a bit of a shame. Now, half a decade after concluding a relationship with Ford that started as a financial lifeline and finished ...

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