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  • Microsoft Edge hits Android, iOS because people asked for it (lol)

    Microsoft Edge represents a big improvement over the much-maligned Internet Explorer, but it's still a long way from threatening the likes of Chrome and Firefox (both critically and commercially). So colour us surprised to hear that Microsoft is bringing Edge to Android and iOS. And they're apparently not just doing it to test the waters, but because people wanted it. "One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is 'we want our browser experience to move to our phones'. You spoke, we listened," read an excerpt from an official blog post. As for...

  • Afrihost Mobile Data review: an answer to #DataMustFall?

    Data prices is an issue bubbling beneath the surface of South African politics and culture. As more South Africans use social media and other data-reliant technologies, the price of those crucial megabytes have come under the spotlight. And especially so in 2017. President Jacob Zuma acknowledged these issues at the State of the Nation Address in January, while citizens have also made their feelings known through campaigns like #SocialMediaBlackOut and #DataMustFall. Across the fence, telecoms are also making changes. Vodacom launched its Meg Your Day campaign in June, while MTN has reiterated its free Twitter service, albeit with a few bumps. But even...

  • Afrihost adds budget option to Fixed Wireless LTE-A lineup

    South African ISP Afrihost has announced a budget option to its Fixed Wireless offering, running on the Rain Network backbone. "Afrihost is going all-in and now offering Free LTE-Advanced Modems with signups until the end of November," the company announced in a press release. "This is on top of the Double Data that users can lock in until the end of November 2018." Alongside its more expensive packages, like the 330+330GB Anytime Data offering at R1549pm, Afrihost is introducing a new entry level product to the lineup. "We are also launching a new 25+25GB Package today at R299pm to cater to users with...

  • Donald Trump calls for terrorists’ internet to be ‘cut off’ after London explosion

    US President Donald Trump has tweeted that terrorists' internet should be "cut off" and "use better" in the wake of an explosion in London that saw dozens injured. Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017 "The internet is main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he tweeted. A homemade explosive caught fire in a tube station Friday morning, injuring 18 people who were taken to hospital in non-critical condition. We have taken 18 patients...

  • Vumatel explains planned R89/month fibre internet in Alexandra

    Fibre provider Vumatel made headlines in local tech publications last week when it revealed plans to deliver 100Mbps fibre internet to residents of Alexandra for just R89 a month. The move elicited skepticism from some, especially when you consider that fibre internet in wealthier suburbs has a much higher price. Vumatel marketing head Kirsten Eddey told Memeburn that it indeed started at R89 a month for "up to 100Mbps". So how did the provider come up with the concept? "With the recent surge in 'data must fall' conversations, we decided to look at how we could contribute to the movement. We realised...

  • Here’s how municipalities should do free WiFi – Project Isizwe

    Project Isizwe's Tshwane Free WiFi Project is probably the standout free WiFi initiative in the country today. Featuring relatively generous data caps and loads of zero-rated content, there's no doubt that it's been a game-changer for many citizens. We've also seen the Western Cape Free WiFi project and a few other similar initiatives pop up. But other regions in South Africa have been a little slow to get the ball rolling. Now, Project Isizwe has published a blog post by CEO Dudu Mkhwanazi, comprehensively outlining ways that municipalities can create sustainable free WiFi projects. "The critical importance of connecting citizens both now...

  • Telkom LIT: zero-rated streaming on FreeMe packages

    Telkom has announced Telkom LIT (don't say "fam"), an initiative to zero-rate streaming services on selected FreeMe mobile data packages. The company confirmed that free music streaming on Google Play Music, Apple Music and Simfy Africa would apply to 2GB FreeMe packages and above. Want zero-rated video streaming too? Then you'll want a 5GB FreeMe package or better. Zero-rated video streaming applies to Showmax, Netflix, YouTube and Google Play. In case you forgot, Telkom's 2GB FreeMe deal costs R149, while the 5GB deal will set you back R299. Unfortunately, the 1GB FreeMe package isn't included in the zero-rated malarkey. Meanwhile, the network has...

  • To go with Rain’s LTE-A or not: a few questions to ask yourself

    A general rule of thumb is that fixed-line internet connections are more reliable than wireless connectivity. But here in South Africa, fixed-line connections are anything but a certainty. ADSL from Telkom isn't a guarantee, owing to widespread copper theft. And even though Telkom and several other players are deploying fibre across the country, these are often restricted to wealthier suburbs. So we're glad to see LTE-A actually rolling out across the country, courtesy of wholesale provider Rain and Internet Solutions. As a result of the network, quite a few ISPs have hopped on the bandwagon and started offering near-identical LTE-A packages,...

  • Telkom overhauls uncapped plans – free landline calls, mobile data included

    Telkom has announced a substantial overhaul of its uncapped internet packages, in the form of 'Unlimited Home Internet' deals. The plans see Telkom dramatically increasing their fair usage policy, depending on the package you take, while also delivering free Telkom to Telkom calls at any time. Additionally, the provider is throwing in between 1GB and 3GB of mobile data, depending on the package. Telkom group communications executive Gugulethu Maqetuka told Memeburn that the price for the plans also included ADSL and phone line rentals. The packages start at R599 a month for 4Mbps uncapped, including a fair usage policy of 360GBs. The...

  • Unsure about fibre coverage in South Africa? This map will help

    Fibre-based service provider Otel is busy laying out its own infrastructure, but it also sells data packages on other open-access fibre networks. There are quite a few of these networks though, so the service provider has created a network-agnostic coverage map for end-users. The map, available at fibre2thehome.co.za, allows you to simply browse a map or search for your area to quickly find out whether your area has fibre coverage in general. There doesn't appear to be any differentiation between fibre networks though. Otel told Memeburn that this was an intentional approach as other coverage maps "confuse clients by giving 12 different...

  • Death and social media: how the internet has redefined mortality

    I was scrolling through Instagram one day when a dog account I followed posted a picture of the dog next to a tombstone. "RIP Dad," the caption read. He was only 23. Immediately I found myself searching for his page, for his girlfriend's page, for any sign of life -- and any warning of death to come. I wanted to know the ins and outs of their lives: how they met, when they got a dog, how in love they were, how his loved ones were coping. I wanted to know how he died. I stared at his last post, wondering if...

  • Western Cape Free WiFi: can we expect more data, better caps?

    The Western Cape Free WiFi Project is arguably less impressive than the Tshwane Free WiFi Project from a bandwidth perspective, but it's still a pretty solid achievement in terms of coverage. Starting with 50 hotspots across the province, the access points have steadily spread out since the launch in March 2016, now hitting the 178 mark, the provincial government told Memeburn. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Could we expect the rolling over of unused data, for starters? "Currently, because of the active nature of our users, there is not currently a demand for rolling over unused data purchased...

  • 4 tips for keeping your identity safe on the internet

    Over the course of the past decade, the brick-and-mortar institutions of yesteryear have rapidly been replaced by online counterparts, with South Africans now turning to the Internet to perform banking transactions, book flights and even shop for groceries. While this rapid surge in connectivity has undoubtedly made the world a more convenient place, it’s also made many South Africans vulnerable to the threat of online fraud and identity theft. According to recently released statistics from the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS), identity theft has increased by over 200% in the past six years, with an estimated 8.8-million South Africans affected...

  • MWEB, WebAfrica hop on LTE-Advanced bandwagon

    A few months ago, we saw Rain (formerly known as WBS) launch its own LTE-Advanced network, delivering faster speeds and better ping. Now, MWEB and WebAfrica have revealed LTE-A products using Rain's network. Interestingly enough, the two ISPs are offering identical prices and data allocations, starting off at 55GBs for R549 per month. Need a little more than that? Then you can get 85GBs for R799 a month. The top-end options from both ISPs see you paying R999 a month for 120GB of data. The packages are month-to-month deals as well, allowing you to upgrade or downgrade as you see fit. The...

  • Corbyn vs May vs Twitter: UK elects a hung parliament, the internet reacts

    Yesterday, the United Kingdom voted in their snap election called for by Prime Minister Theresa May. May, who was hoping to increase her Conservative Party's majority in the House of Commons, has seen the opposite take effect and the UK are now looking at a hung parliament. Their biggest opposition, the Labour Party, has gained 29 seats, assuring that the Conservatives do not have a house majority despite their lead. This could lead to May's resignation. Naturally, the liberal-leaning Twittersphere took to this news quite well. When the Brexit clock is ticking, you blow £143000000 of taxpayer money on a snap election after years of austerity,...