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Got great blockchain ideas? Tari Labs wants to help you build the things you love

The word “blockchain” tends to conjure images of cryptocurrencies and the volatility that comes with them, leaving many regular Joes (and Jills) wary. But blockchain technology has myriad other applications. One of them is managing things like digital assets — think concert tickets, in-game purchases and other digitally scarce commodities. Three visionaries are building a blockch...[Read More]

Get on the bus: Fortnite will be putting up $100 million in eSports tournament prize funding

Remember how your parents told you you’d never get rich playing video games? Feel free to send them this link and a GIF of Nelson from The Simpsons. Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite Battle Royale, is going to be putting up a lot of cash for the upcoming esports season of the battle royale title. How much cash? A cool $100 million, a number so high that we’re not even going to bot...[Read More]

Can’t get ADSL or fibre? Rain’s LTE-A service could be a good alternative

The newcomer to the mobile data game, Rain, uses LTE to offer an alternative to fixed-line internet for homes and small businesses, and in doing so, go some way to reducing the exorbitant data costs facing South Africans each month. The company is constantly expanding its coverage and plans to broaden the range of products it offers, but at this stage Rain only offers LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) packages...[Read More]

How to download your personal data from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

The personal data debacle has been going strong since Facebook ‘accidentally’ decided a few users’ personal information wasn’t important enough to secure, and they kinda sold access to it to someone. This has prompted other social media platforms (a few of which are also owned by Facebook) to roll out ‘download your data’ features. This after the public suddenly realised that these guys have perso...[Read More]

What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained

Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called “5G” because it’s the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. The first generation, retroactively called 1G, was a fully analog system for transmitting voice. I...[Read More]

Open an FNB account with a selfie, track spending and take a holiday with new app updates

FNB are rolling out a few updates for their banking app, some of which are first for banking apps in South Africa. FNB’s long been known as the most innovative bank in the country and the best to harness new tech, and its proved itself adept at using new features to win new customers. Switching banks, like switching mobile operators, is perceived as painful. FNB’s long tried to counter...[Read More]

MultiChoice sees a streaming future with DStv: Here’s why it better hurry

In a sign of streaming video is affecting traditional broadcasters, DStv will launch its own internet video service having seen Netflix account for a loss of 100,000 DStv subscribers. (Read more here.) This news follows an inquiry by the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) into the subscription television broadcasting sector. MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela told Stuff these we...[Read More]

The first notchless, bezelless flagship might come from Lenovo

Ah, dreaded notches — can’t live with them, and can’t squeeze front-facing cameras into almost edge-to-edge displays without them. Unless you’re Vivo, which used a pop-up camera in the edge of its concept Apex handset to get around this problem. Now Chinese hardware maker Lenovo, which owns Motorola, has teased its own take on a bezelless, notchless phone. Every big-name smartpho...[Read More]

The best (and worst) prepaid data prices in SA

Data remains a hot topic in South Africa. Pressure from consumers and the #datamustfall movement recently prompted regulator Icasa to abolish data expiry, which will mean that once you buy data its yours to use. No non-sensical expiring, vanishing or other skullduggery. But, if you’re planning on changing service providers or getting a new contract a bit of research is key to getting the bes...[Read More]

The inquiry into MultiChoice monopoly is a misguided waste of time when mobile data costs are much more pressing

This week the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is holding hearings into “the subscription television broadcasting sector… to determine whether there are competition issues in the sector, which require action to be taken by the Authority [sic] through the imposition of pro-competitive conditions on relevant licensees”. Let’s decode this double-speak from the Government Ga...[Read More]

The coolest things to come out of Google IO this year

That’s a wrap! The Google IO keynote has concluded, and if you haven’t been following it, we’re here to give you a breakdown of the most intriguing announcements. They really could’ve called it the Google AI keynote this year, as most of the ingenious new developments Google is coming up with includes everyone’s fave new buzzwords — Artificial Intelligence. Android P and your wellbeing...[Read More]

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