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  • Vox Telecom continues ADSL power play with cap increases

    Vox Telecom made tech headlines in South Africa last year with its capped ADSL promotions. The ISP delivered several affordable capped "Fat Pipe" offerings at the time, including 100GB of data for just R164 a month (which has since been bumped to 150GB). Now, in the wake of Telkom's IP Connect discount to service providers (which takes effect as of today), Vox has revealed larger caps for its Fat Pipe packages. So what can you expect for your cash then? The entry-level 75GB/R189 a month option has been bumped up to 100GB, the 100GB/R249 a month option is increased to 150GB, while the top-end 1TB/R1899 a month...

  • 1 in 3 people value their smartphones above their friends, study finds

    There's this hunk of plastic and silicon sitting on my desk right now that I'd hike a mountain to find signal for. Yes, it's my smartphone. It's such an integral part of my life, that if I lost it, I'd be pretty damn lost myself. Security company Kaspersky, in a rather fitting study, noted that one out of three consumers feel the same, and are "willing to ditch their friends for their smartphone." The study was conducted at the universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent on behalf of Kaspersky. So the results are from people who likely know a thing or...

  • 427m leaked passwords surface from enormous 2013 MySpace data breach

    Remember MySpace? If you do, you were probably a teenager when N'SYNC was a thing, and the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy the world. But it remains relevant as ever in 2016, even if it is for all the wrong reasons. Back in June 2013, MySpace experienced something of a security breach. Hackers gained access to "email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords", details the company's blog, but more importantly, this breach affected those "Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013." That means practically everyone who used the old MySpace platform was, and is, at risk. The breach is reportedly...

  • Xiaomi: the latest Android manufacturer to shake hands with Microsoft

    Xiaomi has become the latest Android manufacturer to reach a patent agreement with Microsoft. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra and Microsoft confirmed that the deal includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement. How will Xiaomi users be affected by this deal? The agreement will see Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype come preinstalled on Xiaomi phones and tablets, starting in September 2016. Xiaomi devices set to receive the apps include the Mi Max, Mi 5, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3. Microsoft noted that this wasn't the first time it has worked with Xiaomi, saying that its Azure technology powers the Mi...

  • TV is dead…at least as we know it

    Digital has changed everything. Complex algorithms have, whether consumers are aware of it or not, changed the way we consume and engage with content. In an online tango between publishers and consumers, the personalisation of content streams has become so finely honed that the same platform offers hugely divergent content from one user to the next. Consumers have become so used to this new normal that consumption demands are extending beyond the online world into other media. On-demand television is a clear illustration of users losing patience with the old “broadcast to” paradigm, and should provide an early warning system to...

  • Big Data, machine learning is serving consumer wanderlust

    Given the massive increase in the amount of data that companies – of all sizes and across sectors -- are generating, it is no surprise that data analytics and machine learning are fast becoming key components of every innovative company’s toolkit. For the uninitiated, machine learning refers to the way in which companies can now leverage computing power to find important patterns within their data -- and then use these patterns to improve their service or product offering. Because of the sheer volume and complexity of the data being created today, it is often far beyond the capacity of any...

  • The IoT future: 6 ways smart technology will affect your business

    Smart technology (IoT), is simply about connecting devices, but while the focus has been on technology that facilitates the creation of smart households, its business applications are endless. According to BI Intelligence, it is projected that by 2020, 34-billion devices will be connected to the internet. While we have heard many international examples of the use of smart technology, in Africa there are more and more examples of the technology being tested and implemented. Smart technology has the potential to change everything and every business needs to consider what these will be and how it will affect them. Here are six ways...

  • Two essential tools for your business toolkit

    Organising two important areas of your business can be made a lot easier by using a couple of simple but powerful tools. Effective Leads Management and Project Management are as essential to many small businesses as they are to large corporations. Fortunately, great brains and expertise have been roped in to develop a couple of tools that make these facets of business easy to do. Sales people will tell you that it’s not enough that you market your product or service effectively if that doesn’t result in quality sales. But the sales also don’t just happen. Successful sales is a...

  • Joy and (some) confusion: Twitter reacts to Alexander Rossi’s Indy 500 win

    Winning the Indy 500 is a milestone achievement for any racing driver, being part of the Triple Crown of motorsport. Winning the 100th running of the event though? That’s a surefire way to go down in the history books, as Alexander Rossi did, competing in his first Indy 500. The American, who previously raced in F1 for Manor and Caterham and is currently Manor’s test driver, managed to coast across the line in sensational fashion. While rival racers opted for a splash and dash pit stop several laps from the end, Rossi managed to save fuel by coasting at every opportunity.

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • X-Men: Apocalypse, Angry Birds dominating SA cinemas [2016/05/31]

    It looks as though South Africans are still loving superhero movies, contrary to genre stagnation complaints on social media. Over this past weekend, 27 to 29 May 2016, SA movie goers lapped up the recently released X-Men: Apocalypse, along with video game adaptation Angry Bids, and Alice Through the Looking Glass -- the movie no one asked for. Regardless of what reviewers are saying about those titles, people still want to see them. Disney's current Marvel juggernaut, Captain America: Civil War is still in circulation, but coming in at 8th place. Even the much applauded re-imagining of The Jungle Book is only...

  • Microsoft’s new Windows 10 upgrade popup is pretty damn sneaky

    It takes a brave human to market an operating system to its legion of potential users, and when Microsoft set its arbitrary billion devices in three years running Windows 10 goal at the OS's launch, we imagine that the company's marketing team unanimously sighed. Either that, or they threw in the towel, because Microsoft's latest ploy to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 is just downright dirty. After the numerous pop-ups, dialogs and alerts in Windows update users have dealt with this past year, the company has played its final card: tapping the X button on its new popup now...

  • Tips for creating great content on a tight budget

    Search 'how to create content that gets results' (or something along those lines) and you’ll be presented with an unending stream of blogs and articles that, in essence, will tell you that ‘your content has to be emotive, information rich and industry relevant’. This is all well and true but most of these blogs and articles neglect to tell you how to do this from a practical perspective, especially when you are a small-to-medium size business with a small-to-medium size marketing budget. Does this mean that content marketing is a game that is reserved exclusively for big brands with big budgets?...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 12 stunning snaps of Johannesburg

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we're in the thriving South African metropolis of Johannesburg. Jozi. eGoli. JHB. With an estimated 8-million inhabitants, Johannesburg is the country's biggest city, but it's not often regarded as a destination with rich physical beauty. With that said though, you just...

  • Here’s why you should still be working on networking

    In an age of professional social networks, it might seem as if the design of your CV and depth of your LinkedIn profile determines your ability to advance your career. In reality, networking is still an essential skill that should be fine-tuned and perfected. Here are some important insights into this often-overlooked business skill. Network first, Facebook later Decision makers still value human contact. Your digital profile is still considered a ‘cold call’ by the people who matter – they want to know who you really are, beyond a one-dimensional summary. Although it’s vital to play in the digital networking space, there’s...