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  • Is FNB set to become South Africa’s next mobile operator?

    Is the world's most innovative bank getting ready to launch its own mobile network? That answer may be yes, according to reports which suggest that First National Bank is in negotiations with South African operator Cell C to use the network to launch its own mobile offerings. According to MyBroadband, a deal between the two would see FNB become Cell C's second mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) -- an operator which runs its network on the back of another's infrastructure. Cell C already provides this service to Virgin Mobile, which launched as the country's first (and to date, only) MVNO...

  • Yahoo! discloses data requests and will soon introduce transparency reports

    Yahoo! has joined other tech giants named in the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM scandal in defending its innocence by releasing data requests from the government. In a release co-signed by CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell, the company states that in last six months it has received between 12 000 and 13 000 requests based on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as well as those made by other US law enforcement agencies. According to release, Yahoo! says that most of the user data requests it received pertained to fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations. "Like...

  • Can Shuttleworth really help startups by taking on SA exchange controls?

    When news broke that tech billionaire Mark Shuttleworth was looking to take on the South African Reserve Bank over its system of exchange controls, reactions were mixed. Some lauded his actions, others were not so sure. They wondered why a man who had emigrated from the country, and been labelled an economic refugee by the central bank's legal representation, was suddenly so interested in how money enters and exits South Africa. If a statement released by Shuttleworth is to be taken at face value however then we have an answer. He says he's not a spoiled businessman looking to...

  • Project Loon: Google’s bid to connect the globe with high-altitude balloons

    Google has confirmed the existence of Project Loon: its attempt to provide remote areas of the world with internet access using high-altitude balloons. The existence of the project has been suspected for some time now, with Memeburn reporting that the internet giant might also be using blimps to carry out its ambitious project. Google says it believes that it "might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides internet access to the earth below". The system, developed by the company's secretive Google X research lab, is still in its...

  • Cyberwarfare and the secrets of PRISM: top tech stories you should read

    Sometimes, the big things actually appear to be quite subtle. Like the level of applause in a crowd during Sony's PS4 event at E3, which becomes an early indicator of the fan sentiments to follow. Some things aren't visible to the public -- like the data-capturing going on through the PRISM programme or the measures spy chiefs are taking to arm themselves for cyber attacks. Even the stories behind less mysterious projects are unknown -- like the real time scoring system that existed years before the rise of the second screen and live tweeting. This round up of some...

  • Workflow on the go: how to bring your office to your mobile

    Are you busy meeting clients all day? Do you have an important conference to attend for the remainder of the week? Five years ago, you might have had to let your employees know how work should be handled in your absence. But today, because of the growth of mobile access, you're expected to attend that conference and coordinate your team at the same time. And the more realistic vision is that your supervisor's expectations are no longer unreasonable – thank mobile technology for that. Companies are turning to mobile devices for their executives, and in turn, enterprises are moving to Apple,...

  • The most comprehensive guide to the SA startup landscape ever [Resource]

    You have just arrived on South Africa's startup scene, you're lost and not sure where to start, or what to do next. You have inherited millions and you're looking to invest through an Angel Network and its safety in numbers. Your company is great but your growth strategy is a bit lacking. Don't worry, there are places, people, organisation and events to look to for advice and information. We have scoured South Africa's entrepreneurial landscape and hand-picked some of the top players to get you started. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 review: my life companion

    I own no smartphone. Every so often, a company sends me their phone to review and for a few weeks or months, I live the dream again. From Samsung to Sony to Apple to BlackBerry and back again, this is my story. I live with the phones so you don’t have to. This is my story of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 weren't good. I actively hated it because I thought it was just a lazy upgrade. I’m here to tell you what you already know: that the Galaxy S 4...

  • We know we’re being watched, but are we okay with it?

    We all knew it was happening somehow, we just didn’t know that the services we trust and depend on almost daily would be directly implicated. When we can’t see something and we’re not sure if it really exists it doesn’t bother us that much. However now that we know PRISM exists and we have some proof, we feel uneasy. I have spent the last few days assessing my thoughts about the revelation of PRISM and what the NSA and US government are up to on a global scale. I wanted to really understand why this upset me. I can appreciate...

  • Hacktivists ‘Anonymous Africa’ bring down the website of SA’s ruling ANC

    It seem Anonymous Africa has struck again. Just days after attacking South African news website IOL, the group is claiming responsibility for taking down the official website of the country's ruling African National Congress (ANC). The website, which the ANC has confirmed was taken offline by an external distributed denial of service (DDos) attack, went down earlier today after Anonymous Africa (@zim4thewin) tweeted threats to take action for the government's support of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Ladies, gentleman and secret agents. today we shall be hitting one of the biggest enablers of the mass murdering mugabe. the ANC in 50...

  • New Nando’s ad takes a leaf out of the Old Spice book

    Check this out. It's the new ad for fast food chicken franchise Nando's. Notice anything familiar about it? Nope? Cast your mind back a bit. Yup it's a pastiche of the Old Spice series of ads fronted by Isaiah Mustafa. If we're honest, we're not quite sure what to make of it. On the one hand, it's a pretty slick interpretation of the genre, delivered with typically dry Nando's humour. On the other, the original ads started hitting their peak nearly three years ago. So what exactly was Nando's thinking with this one? Well one potential answer is the insanely...

  • Burning Hot: social media managers, quirky startups and the PS4

    Between Apple's string of announcements at WWDC, the annual gaming frenzy that is E3 and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth taking the South African government to court, it's been a pretty big week in tech. It was therefore pretty difficult to select the stories for Burning Hot, our weekly round-up of the most interesting stories across the Burn Media suite of sites. Fortunately Stuart Thomas was up to the task. The articles featured in the video include a piece on what it's like to be a social media community manager for a major corporate (hint: it involves more than just staring...

  • South African learners lobby for data-free Wikipedia access

    A group of grade 11 learners at Sinenjongo High School in Cape Town, South Africa has written four letters to major telecom operators Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and 8ta to address the need for free access to Wikipedia via their mobile phones. This comes after the Wikipedia Zero initiative promoted access of free knowledge in developing countries across the world. Many countries including Kenya, Uganda and India have adopted this policy with successful results in an attempt to reduce the barriers to free knowledge. The four South African telecoms though have since responded with little enthusiasm and support. Wikipedia Zero...

  • Hate the iOS7 makeover? You’ll love the ‘Jony Ive Redesigns Things’ Tumblr

    In the aftermath of the announcement of Apple's heavily revamped operating system this week, the analysts tried to explain why iOS was ditching long-established design elements and icons. What happened to skeuomorphism and photo-realism? Why did the notebook app icon no longer look like an aging yellow legal pad, and the calendar didn't resemble the red-and-yellow object you stuck on your desk ten years ago? Ah, the analysts said, we are moving on to a level of smartphone maturity, where you know what a photo app looks like without having to look at a 'photo' of a sunflower. Tumblr,...

  • NSA to launch inquiry into whether whistleblower Snowden had China ties

    The US' National Security Agency (NSA) is set to investigate whether Edward Snowden, the man who unveiled its complex spying programme, had ties to Chinese state organs. When Snowden, a private security contractor with experience working for the CIA, came forward earlier this week as the whistleblower responsible for making the world aware of PRISM, a top-secret NSA system that collects emails, documents, photos and other material for agents to review. It was also alleged that much of that information came from major US tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, sparking a series of denials from the...