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How technology could help rural South Africa turn sunshine into income

In South Africa 15.6% of the households are not connected to an electricity supply. This is unlikely to change in the near future with centralised power production because it requires major investments to extend power lines to remote communities. For these communities, having their own decentralised grid solutions holds tremendous economic potential.

South Africans don’t trust companies to protect their data privacy

A survey found that consumers’ were very concerned about the protection of their data. As much as 64% of the participants know someone personally whose personal data has been misused. Unwanted marketing was common, suggesting that contact information which was meant to be kept private, had been shared with others.

Finding that “SA prices are high”, “lack transparency” latest salvo in war on costly data

The Competition Commission last week confirmed what all South Africans have been telling each other for years: the cost of cellular data is too high. Releasing a provisional report from its data services market inquiry, which has been dragging on since August 2017, the commission’s finding no doubt contributed to the fall of Vodacom and MTN shares. They said the convoluted pricing structured...[Read More]

The internet speeds you’ll need for Google’s Stadia, and how SA weighs up

In March, we saw Google make an unexpected announcement - the company is entering the gaming industry. The search engine giant announced its cloud-gaming platform, Google Stadia, that’ll run exclusively online. Basically it's Netflix, but for games. And now we know what internet speeds you’ll need. The news... isn't good. For South Africans, that is. 

Nokia 9 PureView launched and priced for South Africa

It's turning into a decent week for Nokia fans. We've already taken a look at the Nokia X71 (not a spy-plane) and now we've got local details for the Nokia 9 PureView. Specifically its availability and how much it's going to cost. And it's surprisingly inexpensive. 

Huawei’s P30 range is now available at MTN – Here are your contract options

The highly anticipated Huawei P30 Pro and its buddies are now available in South Africa. MTN South Africa details its contract offers available.

Huawei launches South African online store, P30 series pricing

Huawei South Africa revealed its first official South African online store at its P30-series launch event this week, along with pricing for the new range.

Huawei launches the P30 Lite, priced at R6,000 for South Africa

Huawei has officially introduced the final member of its P30 series of smartphones: the Huawei P30 Lite. We've already seen what the P30 Pro can do (except we haven't really seen what it can do, yet -- the low-light camera performance is said to be amazing) and the P30 is no slouch either. The P30 Lite, on the other hand... that's the budget contender and it's looking quite er... contentious.

Bloodhound LSR gets name change, another shot at breaking land speed record in SA

We've been following the fortunes of the Bloodhound SSC, the rocket-powered car that was supposed to hit South Africa in order to break the land-speed record, almost from the very start. We thought that all was lost when the project was delayed, and then delayed some more, and then ran out of money but it's back. Bloodhound SSC has become Bloodhound LSR (which stands for 'Land Speed Record') and h...[Read More]

Honor launches its Honor 10 Lite, available in SA from 5 April

Honor, the standalone brand that sprung forth from the fertile smartphone valley that is Huawei, launched its newest smartphone for the South African market this evening. The event took place at Vodacom World in Midrand, appropriate because the device, the Honor 10 Lite, is going to be exclusive to Vodacom. 

HP’s Reverb VR headset is landing in SA from April (and will start from R13,000)

So you’re considering a virtual reality headset, are you? Printer and laptop maker HP are hoping to tempt you away from the more established offerings from Facebook-owned Oculus and the HTC/Valve collaboration known as the Vive. Their newest offering is called the Reverb and with it HP hopes that a better pair of screens will make you turn your eyes in its direction. HP’s Reverb headse...[Read More]

Garmin looking to make its MARQ with a new collection of tool watches

Hey, you know what we really need? A bunch of highly-specific smartwatches, tailored to one of several very specific activities. Just kidding, you never need anything like that. Unless you're making a living doing said activities, we guess. Wanting them, though? That's another story. And we certainly want to give Garmin's new MARQ line of connected tool watches a closer look. 

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