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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]

Listen up South Africa, here comes Spotify

We’ve heard the phrase “Spotify is launching in South Africa soon!” so many times in recent years we’re understandably cynical when we hear it again… but this time we have reason to believe it’s more than merely hearsay and optimism. What makes us so confident? Spotify’s London office is advertising a position for a “Senior Editor/Music Programmer – ...[Read More]

Huawei is now bigger than Apple, in terms of smartphone sales

This might come across as heresy but Apple isn’t quite the force in the smartphone world that it once was. Chinese company Huawei has come along and dislodged the American tech-maker from its long-held Number 2 spot in the world smartphone rankings. In terms of units sold, that is. The folks over at Counterpoint Research have been keeping tabs on recent smartphone sales and Huawei’s be...[Read More]

Telkom’s turn-around proof that even the most dysfunctional SOE can be saved

Who would have thought that Telkom, once the most dysfunctional of lazy and ineffectual monopolises, would emerge as the most efficiently run and most profitable of state-owned enterprises? The once-floundering telco has rebuilt itself as a nimble and effective operation, demonstrating that anything is possible with clear vision, good management and a lack of political interference. Telkom is bles...[Read More]

Mark your calendars – Apple’s iPhone 8 reveal should be set for 12 September

We may finally have a day for the iPhone 8’s official reveal and it’s right around the corner. Apple is reported to have set “…a product-announcement event” for 12 September this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report, a move which would be… well, about what we’ve come to expect from the company. Apple is said to be revealing three phones this tim...[Read More]

Icasa’s proposal that data should not expire is a good move but more is needed

It’s not quite the #DataMustFall that people have been begging for, but telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given us #DataMustNotExpire. Icasa has published draft regulations in the Government Gazette stipulating new time frames for the expiry of data. This is a good step, and such proactivity should be rewarded. Cellular operators obviousl...[Read More]

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

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