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Netflix pricing won’t change in South Africa for now

So, Netflix US is getting more expensive, you say? Well, Netflix users in South Africa won’t see a price hike just yet. A new report by The Guardian mentions that Netflix US is raising monthly subscription prices with between 13% and 18%. The increase comes after Netflix has invested a lot of money they don’t technically have in new content to keep newcomers on the streaming scene at bay. The anno...[Read More]

Alienware announces 17in gaming notebook at CES

Alienware, the gaming brand developed by Dell, have announced their thinnest, lightest gaming notebook yet. And this one’s coming to South Africa in just a few weeks time. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, Dell and Alienware decided to give consumers what they want — an affordable, lightweight gaming machine. A machine that appeals to both amateur gamers as well as pros. And...[Read More]

What trended on Google in South Africa this year?

Google has announced its annual statistics concerning web search around the world. And locally we’re not even surprised, because most of the top Google search terms for South Africa in 2018 mirror the real issues that South Africans experience on a daily. Here’s a breakdown of the search company’s Year in South African Search. The Google year review looks at the top searches in a few categor...[Read More]

Uber South Africa opens call centres for local users

Brace yourselves for the craziness that is the South African road system in the holiday season. This includes the people who generally choose to Uber, though those folks will hopefully be a little calmer. Why? Because the company is finally launching a call centre in South Africa. The call centre is aimed at providing 24/7 telephonic support to customers who experience issues, whether that’s...[Read More]

Stuff’s load shedding survival guide for 2018 – Unlimited power!

We’re not here to disappoint anyone — we know you’re all quite fidgety because you’ve been stuck watching prehistoric Netflix (a candle flickering against the wall) for the past two weeks. Maybe you haven’t had a proper warm bath for a few days, or you’ve long since blown by your take-away budget. Here’s something to brighten up your gloom slightly — Stuff’s load shedding survival guid...[Read More]

New minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has her work cut out to reinvigorate this essential part of our economy

It was easy last week to focus on the failure to fire South Africa’s two most incompetent Cabinet ministers – Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane – but the country should be heartened by our new communications minister. It might be facetious to say Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is infinitely better than any of her predecessors because they are such a motley crew of useless and corrupt Zumaïtes...[Read More]

Standard Bank launches its own ‘integrated’ MVNO – Meet SB Mobile

You can’t be a bank in South Africa these days unless you’re also administering your very own mobile network and now Standard Bank has joined in the cellular party. The bank has launched SB Mobile, its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) backed by Cell C and, by extension, MTN. So far, so good… so what? How is SB Mobile going to stand out in an increasingly crowded pack? O...[Read More]

Bill and Hillary Clinton give stark assessment of the internet and its problems

Although the internet has enabled an “amazing advance” for humanity, it has “real problems” with social networks, the addictive nature of smart devices and the loss of our personal privacy, says Bill and Hillary Clinton. It was an unusual scene: a former US president and former first lady, the two most powerful elected officials in America some might say, sitting on a stage...[Read More]

Here is the local pricing for the rest of Apple’s newest crop, from the iPad Pro 11in to the Mac Mini

We got an early peek at Apple’s MacBook Air pricing yesterday, now the rest of Apple’s latest have had their costs revealed. In the process, iStore has confirmed that we’re only going to be getting the 128GB and 256GB versions of the MacBook Air. If you’ve got your heart set on a new iPad Pro, then you’re looking at paying between R14,000 (for the 64GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi ...[Read More]

Is this the Apple MacBook Air pricing for South Africa? If so, you can pre-order it now

Usually when local pricing for a new Apple product is announced it turns up in Stuff‘s inbox without notice or warning. It’s not often found on the local iStore website for all to see, without fanfare. But that’s just what has happened with the local pricing for Apple’s new Macbook Air — it’s just kinda turned up. The new MacBook Air is now available on the iSto...[Read More]

SA’s newest bank, app-focused Bank Zero, begins trial runs

It’s really hard to innovate in the world of banking when your roots stretch back further than some countries have been countries, but South Africa’s newest bank, Bank Zero, is looking to give it a shot anyway. The new financial institution, which is backed by the likes of Michael Jordaan, has been granted its license by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and is now beginning Alpha ...[Read More]

Apple better worry – Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro costs R19,000, pre-orders open tomorrow

Apple unveiled more smartphones than usual for 2018 but the price… oh, the price is the thing. And they might be in trouble, as Huawei unveiled their camera-rrific Mate 20 Pro at an event in Johannesburg this evening and the Chinese company’s new flagship comes in at just R19,000 if you’re grabbing it pre-paid. The XS, if you remember, starts at R22,000. And Huawei have decided t...[Read More]

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