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Former FNB chief set to launch app-based “Bank Zero” this year

Former FNB CEO and angel investor Michael Jordaan and former FNB executive Yatin Narsai have announced plans to launch an “app-driven bank” called Bank Zero before the end of 2018.  Bank Zero won’t have any physical branches, though customers will be able to get physical cards for transacting at stores and at ATMs, and all communication and interaction with the bank will be done ...[Read More]

Forget the bubble, most popular cryptocurrency is likened to environmental threats

As Bitcoin surged through $12,000 last week it has ignited a number of debates about cryptocurrencies, not least of which is whether they have reached their mainstream moment and are a bubble that is about to burst. Underpinned by blockchain – which most observers identify as the real star of the show – Bitcoin is on an upward streak this year that has risen as quickly as Steinhoff’s precipi...[Read More]

BCX – Disruption is in our DNA

At BCX we offer technology solutions not products. Our role isn’t to sell hardware or software solutions in isolation, but to use our technology offerings to find new, innovative and sustainable solutions to today’s problems, and tomorrow’s. We believe in finding the right solution to problems that account for the work companies have already done, and carefully consider what they still hope to ach...[Read More]

5 Things you can expect from Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip

This year the Snapdragon 835 chip was the belle of the ball for Android phone makers. The flagship phones from Samsung, LG, OnePlus and about 100 others — with the notable exceptions of Apple and Huawei, who like to do their own thing — all used it. Next year it’s going to be inclusion of the 845 that marks phones, tablets, virtual reality headsets and some laptops as being on th...[Read More]

iStore reveals iPhone X contract deals

Today might be Black Friday (which means you can get 50% off a year’s worth of Stuff magazine, for example), but for Apple fans the bigger tech news is that the iPhone X is officially on sale in South Africa. The iStore has announced network contract pricing and iStore card finance pricing for the new jewel in Apple’s handset crown, and there are more contract options and buy-this-get-...[Read More]

On-demand delivery service WumDrop acquired by Makro

Retailer Makro has acquired a majority stake in WumDrop, the on-demand delivery service that was a Stuff App Award winner in 2015. Neither party has disclosed the value of the deal. Makro says the acquisition will reduce delivery time for items ordered online by customers living within 20km of a Makro store from three days to three hours. WumDrop was founded in Cape Town in 2014 by Simon Hartley a...[Read More]

OnePlus phones are coming to South Africa

From 15 November South African consumers will be able to buy the OnePlus 5 smartphone locally for R12,000 via Cernotech, the same company that distributes Cat Phones. The device will also be available from FNB for R600/month for 24 months. Originally launched in June, the OnePlus 5 offers seriously impressive specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor found in Samsung’s S8/S8+/Note 8, LG&...[Read More]

Sent a WhatsApp by mistake? Now you can delete it

We’ve all done it. You get a WhatsApp message from someone, open the app, rapidly fire off a response… and then realise you’ve sent the wrong message to the wrong person or group. More often that not the result is a bemused recipient who at worst finds out the embarrassing pet name you use for your significant other. But sometimes the result is a surprised hockey group that now h...[Read More]

Cell C enters the streaming market with Black

Mobile operator Cell C has announced a video streaming service called Black that will go live in South Africa on 14 November. In addition to on-demand video content, the platform will include live TV streaming and additional services like the ability to bet on sporting events via the company’s affiliation with online betting service ClickaBet, and the option to make hotel reservations. Cell ...[Read More]

Will technology take your job? More of us are safer than we thought, but not all

We all want to know how many jobs will be threatened by the rise of robots and technology. You might feel vulnerable if your job is one that could be affected. But thanks to a new report, 27% of the 160 million people in the United States labour force can breathe easier knowing their jobs are safer than they thought. That’s 43 million living, breathing and working people in America. By extension, ...[Read More]

iStore announces iPhone 8/8 Plus contract pricing

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus go on sale in South Africa today, and the iStore has released contract pricing for the devices on all major networks for those looking to take new contracts or extend their existing one and upgrade to one of the new handsets. Consumers who choose to upgrade to take out a new contact via the iStore can get free training, setup and technical support and can choose to take up ...[Read More]

Share your real-time location with WhatsApp Live Location

The Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has added a feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with individual or group chats. Called Live Location, the new feature includes end-to-end encryption and lets you decide how long the person or people you’re sharing your location with can view it. The feature is rolling out on both Android and iPhone in coming wee...[Read More]

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