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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • #datamustfall: Afrihost Mobile offers R1/250MB promotion

    In the wake of the #datamustfall social media campaigns, MVNO Afrihost Mobile has stepped up to the plate with a promotion. The network has announced a special of 250MB of mobile data every month for a once-off fee of R1. "If you use up all of your 250MB in the month you will automatically be capped. You will never pay us another cent unless you choose to buy extra data," Afrihost wrote on its website. It's interesting to note that Afrihost Mobile piggybacks off the MTN network It's not a permanent move though, with the promotion set to run until January 2017. Still, 250MB a...

  • Most popular products on PriceCheck from 2006-2016 [infographic]

    Popular price comparison/ecommerce website has been around for quite a long time, starting out way back in 2006. Now, the company has issued a rather cool infographic, detailing the five most popular products for each year of its existence. "Over the past 10 years, PriceCheck has tracked the most popular categories on its platform, starting with digital cameras in 2006 and 2007. By 2008, smartphones had overtaken the photography addiction, with the Apple iPhone 8GB garnering 1500 views on the site since launch," the company wrote in a press statement. PriceCheck reported a 500% increase in queries for HTC phones in 2014...

  • Feeling impatient? Here’s how to get Google Allo in SA

    It's been a long time coming, but Google Allo is finally rolling out across the world, bringing a variety of cool features to a messaging platform. As with many app rollouts, these things can take a bit of time and Google Play isn't granting access at the time of writing. But if you're feeling a little impatient like us, we show you how to get Google Allo in SA... Enable installations from third party sources For starters, you'll want to visit your settings menu and the privacy or security sub-menu. From this sub-menu, you should be able to enable installations from third party/unofficial sources. You'll need...

  • Employees download malware every four seconds

    A new pair of studies reveals that employees are downloading unknown malware at a staggering rate. The Check Point 2016 Security Report and the SANS 2016 Threat Landscape Study revealed "critical challenges" facing businesses, Check Point wrote in an emailed press statement. The Check Point report saw the company analyse the activity of 31 000 Check Point "gateways" around the world. The SANS study, on the other hand, saw 300 IT security professionals being surveyed. "Researchers found a 9x increase in the amount of unknown malware plaguing businesses. This was fuelled by the employees -- who downloaded a new unknown malware every four...

  • F35 fighter jet still has ‘significant’ tech issues

    The Lockheed Martin F35's troubles have been well-documented, ranging from major software issues to a horrendous price tag. But is one of the most advanced military jets in history making good progress? According to a Secretary of Defense memo, spotted by Bloomberg and the Project for Government Oversight, the F35 is "on a path toward failing" to deliver the full capabilities for the programme by 2018. The memo added that the Department of Defense was paying US$400-billion for the programme. The memo noted that the military jet would be unable to perform close air support operations as effectively as the older F16,...

  • Telkom Mobile revises uncapped LTE throttling policy

    Telkom Mobile has announced a revised fair usage policy (FUP) for uncapped LTE users, following negative publicity on social media. Users who had allegedly fallen foul of Telkom Mobile's FUP expressed frustration after being throttled to extremely slow speeds. Now, the network has announced an overhaul of its policy for uncapped users, giving them an extra 100GB of full-speed data before throttling comes into effect. "This means that customers would have to use in excess of 300GB of data per month before Telkom's FUP will be applied. Telkom has also included an additional 50GB data allocation for peer-to- peer services such as BitTorrent and...

  • Google Trips is Google’s nifty dedicated travel app

    Google Now already delivers a bunch of features for travellers, but the Mountain View company is upping the ante in a big way with the launch of Google Trips. The new app serves as a hub for travel information, offering trip details from your Gmail account and taking the form of Google Now style cards. So that means you have a card dedicated to your upcoming Johannesburg trip, for instance. Tap the card and you'll get a ton more details to check out, such as reservations, things to do, saved places from Google Maps, day plan options, food and drink choices and...

  • Huffington Post, Media24 team up for HuffPost SA

    A South African edition of the Huffington Post will be coming later this year, courtesy of a deal between the publisher and Media24. HuffPost SA will be the 17th edition and the first one for sub-Saharan Africa, the duo announced in a press statement. "South Africa is an extremely exciting market for the company as internet users there are expected to grow to 35.4 million by 2018, digital video is expected to grow by more than 29%, and overall mobile phone users to 41.5 million," said Jared Grusd, CEO of The Huffington Post in the statement. "On a personal level, I'm particularly...

  • US woman sues after smart vibrator transmits her data

    A Chicago woman is suing adult sex toy manufacturer Standard Innovation, claiming that its We-Vibe smart vibrator transmitted user data back to the firm. The class-action lawsuit alleges that data was collected without consent, violating privacy and fraud laws in the process, the Chicago Tribune reported. The suit claimed the woman used the We-Vibe "several times", but didn't know it was sending her "personally identifiable" information to the manufacturer and monitoring her activity. News of the legal action comes just over a month after two hackers from New Zealand revealed that the smart vibrator was phoning home. The duo claimed the device was sending...

  • BREAKING: Daily Maverick gets R12m funding round

    The holding company for local online news publication the Daily Maverick has announced the conclusion of a R12-million funding round. The round comes in the form of private investments for a minority stake in the business, the company announced in a press release. The funds would be used to support the Daily Maverick's editorial operations and to "spin off businesses and operations in content production, eventing and digital advertising," the company added. More specifically, the round will enable the publication to redesign its website, "bolster" the commercial team and expand into areas such as business, investigations and different languages. The Daily Maverick funding round will see...

  • Fast internet for all, 5G everywhere by 2025 – EU

    The European Commission has announced a few rather ambitious connectivity targets for 2025. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the internet connectivity proposals will encourage funding in high-speed networks and improve public access to WiFi. "We need to be connected. Our economy needs it. People need it. And we have to invest in that connectivity now," Junker said during his State of the Union Address. The EU is calling for fast public WiFi and 5G along transport routes The first proposal calls for all "socio/economic drivers" to have access to 1Gbps internet connectivity. So this means schools, universities, transport hubs and public service providers are...

  • Is your brand getting on the SA eSports bandwagon?

    A new summit at rAge 2016 aims to educate brands about the burgeoning SA eSports scene. The eSports Branding Summit, a partnership between rAge and Global Assembly Marketing eSports (GAMeS), will "explore opportunities esports presents to South African business and how it can capitalise on the eSports phenomenon". GAMeS cited worldwide figures for eSports, saying that the worldwide esports market will reach US$910-million in 2016. The organisation also pointed to The International 6 Dota 2 tournament, which had a record-breaking US$20.7-million prize pool. "Despite these impressive figures, for many, eSports remains the biggest thing most people have never heard of," says Mlondi Mashinini, GAMeS summit programme...

  • Stream ripping now a bigger issue than illegal downloads

    Torrent groups and downloads have traditionally been the biggest thorn in the music industry's side, but it looks like stream-ripping is the industry's new arch-nemesis According to the Music Consumer Insight Report 2016, over a third of internet users (35%) access unlicensed content on the internet. The report, which was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), found that traditional illegal downloads were waning in favour of stream-ripping. Who needs torrent sites when stream ripping is a thing? "Infringement is changing, with half (49%) of 16 to 24 year olds stream ripping from sites like YouTube," read an excerpt of...

  • Blue Origin reveals rival to SpaceX Falcon rockets

    Private space firm Blue Origin has announced the New Glenn rocket, towering above the SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. The rocket was announced in a newsletter by Blue Origin and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post reported, adding that it would be ready to launch "by the end of the decade". New Glenn, named after the USA's first astronaut John Glenn, would have 3.85 million pounds of thrust at sea level. By comparison, the Falcon Heavy is expected to have 5.5 million pounds of thrust. The new rocket will come in two stage and three stage flavours, giving more flexibility with payloads and...

  • Apple dropping 3.5mm audio jack a ‘revenue move’

    To the surprise of almost no-one, Apple revealed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would ditch earphone jacks in favour of the Lightning connector and wireless functionality. The company revealed wired earphones that connect via Lightning as well as "AirPod" wireless earphones that implement their new Apple W1 wireless chip. This new bit of silicon facilitates easy pairing with Apple devices. However, IHS Technology senior analyst Paul Erickson says Apple is merely trying to migrate users from established standards to their own standard, for the sake of revenue. Apple is trying to muscle in on the accessories market by opting for...