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Staff Reporter. Image Courtesy of NASA. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has invested about R18.9 million in the development of two nanosatellites, a move that will increase maritime domain awareness in South Africa. According to DSI, this is the first initiative in the country, which seeks to provide…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SABC and eMedia Investments, which owns free-to-air satellite platform Openview, have inked a channel carriage agreement that will see the public broadcaster supplying Openview with six television channels – SABC 1, 2 and 3 and three new channels. The deal is significant in that it’s the…
Staff Reporter. Netflix is testing a feature that asks viewers to verify they share a household with the account holder, the company said, a move that could lead to a clampdown on sharing of passwords. A small number of Netflix users are receiving a message asking them to confirm they…
Staff Reporter. Facebook Inc will allow content creators on its platform to earn revenue from short-form videos via advertisements, the social network said on Thursday. The announcement came in a blog where the company detailed its plans to help creators make more money, as smaller tech rivals have been racing…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s long-awaited plan to sell more high-speed internet spectrum has been thrown into doubt after Telkom won a court ruling suspending the process. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa should hold off on the auction and lift a deadline for the submission of final bids while…
Staff Reporter. Nasa scientists on Monday unveiled first-of-a-kind home movies of last week’s’ daredevil Mars rover landing, vividly showing its supersonic parachute inflation over the red planet and a rocket-powered hovercraft lowering the science lab on wheels to the surface. The footage was recorded on Thursday by a series of…
Staff Reporter. A brief three months after launching its A-Series smartphones in South Africa late last year, OPPO has become one of the country's Top 5 smartphone brands. Globally, it is the fifth-largest provider of smartphones, selling 111.8 million units in 2020. And with the fortunes af major competitiors, Huawei…
Staff Reporter. Multichoice has announced price increases for its DStv packages for 2021. The group’s Premium package has seen a marginal increase of R10, taking it to R829 per month. Similar R10 price increases are being introduced for the DStv Compact and DStv Compact Plus packages, with DStv Family seeing…
Staff Reporter. Throughout the month of February, discounts, coupons and free subscriptions are up for grabs for users who own a Huawei device and have a HUAWEI ID. You can enjoy a wealth of HUAWEI Mobile Services benefits with just one click. These spectacular deals are available across five of…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Jeff Bezos has a formulation about one-way doors and two-way doors – decisions that are irreversible and permanent and those that can always be unwound. Stepping through what’s almost certainly a one-way door on Tuesday, Bezos said he will resign as chief executive officer…
Staff Reporter. WhatsApp has extended the deadline by which its two billion users must either accept its updated terms and conditions or stop using the service. The original cut-off date was 8 February, but users now have until 15 May to take action. The firm was criticised for sending the…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called on the public to disregard conspiracy theories linking the deployment of Fifth-Generation (5G) technologies and infrastructure to the spread of the novel Coronavirus. In a statement issued on Monday, the authority said this narrative should be ignored as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Communications and Digital Technologies minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has provided more details on her department’s plans to enforce local content quotas on streaming services such as Netflix. The proposal is contained in the department’s white paper on Audio and Audio-visual Content Services policy framework,…
Staff Reporter. Facebook is working on a number of new features for its WhatsApp messaging application, many of which are expected to launch this year. These include everything from deeper integration with Facebook-owned platforms as well as long-awaited functionality across desktop, web, Android, and iOS platforms. WhatsApp is testing a…
Staff Reporter. Stats SA has launched an online dashboard called the South African Covid-19 Vulnerability Index, which tracks the areas in the country likely to be most susceptible to the coronavirus. The dashboard was developed as a way to track the vulnerability at a local level across the country, using…
Staff Reporter. Telkom has launched Telkom Pay, which is its digital wallet service that runs through WhatsApp. Telkom Pay allows customers to send money to anyone with a cellphone number and can be accessed without any other app or software. "We are launching financial services solutions that cater to everyone…
Staff Writer. Photo Credit:Dwayne Senior. Naspers has agreed to invest R45-million for a stake in online learning platform The Student Hub, which helps TVET (technical and vocational education and training) colleges overcome physical infrastructure constraints. The investment is being made through Naspers Foundry, the company’s R1.4-billion early-stage technology investment vehicle.…
Telkom and the SABC have partnered to launch a new online streaming video service called TalkomOne, which will house the public broadcaster’s free-to-air radio and television channels. The deal, which has a five-year term, will "showcase South Africa’s most-watched TV programmes and most listened-to radio platforms, on one online platform,"…
Photo Credit:Arnd Wiegmann. Google has sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30% mobile app store tax, demanding that the over 3% apps selling digital items without complying follow the rules within a year. The change follows lawsuits by Fortnite videogame maker Epic Games last month accusing Google…
If you enjoy motion video content and have a HUAWEI device, then you will be sure to enjoy the HUAWEI Video app. HUAWEI Video is the default video player for all HUAWEI mobile devices running EMUI version 5 or higher, and provides multiple video playing capabilities. The app supports multiple…
In today’s fast-paced world, our phones play the role of digital assistant, as they enable socialising, photography, shopping, payments, entertainment, business transactions and so much more. It’s vital that all of your data is always on hand for you to access whenever you need it – whether it be key…
The Invitation to Apply (ITA) for both the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) and the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum, also known as high demand spectrum will be published no later than 30 September 2020. “The Authority first highlighted the delay on 2 July 2020. The delay was occasioned by,…
ADvTECH and Microsoft have joined forces to host the first ever educational hackathon in the world. Set to take place virtually during September and October, students from across ADvTECH schools in South Africa, Botswana and Kenya, will log on simultaneously and - in a race against the clock – troubleshoot…
Photo Credit:Adobe Stock. Thousands of South Africans have written complaints to the government over a new policy that would let mobile networks build cellphone infrastructure, like 5G towers, on private land, which they say could devalue their property. Since Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams gazetted the policy last week, dissent has…
DSTV has announced that it will be re-organising its M-Net Movie channels from the six current channels into four “slick, fuss-free” channels from 1 September. These channels will be known as M-Net Movies 1, 2, 3, and 4. DStv said that while there will be fewer M-Net Movie channels after…
As lockdown restrictions to maintain social distancing continue to shelter many citizens all over the world, boredom and agitation continue to become side effects of our cabin fever. Many content creators, curators, musicians, artists and influencers have invested in new ways to adapt to this new reality by leveraging technology…
The ‘low touch/high tech’ economy means we need companies to help staff create new habits; going back to work is easier if you feel safe and supported. Here’s one example of how to accommodate staff as they learn to adapt. Due to COVID-19, businesses across the globe have had to…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Vodacom Business Africa said that it is expanding its footprint into the Middle East by providing connectivity to partners and clients in 12 countries in the region. The new countries added to its network include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia…
Photo Credit:Adobe Stock. MTN has launched its new 5G service in Gauteng, Western Cape, and Free State with data plans from 75GB to 500GB. During a live-streamed launch event, MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa said that 5G will deliver higher peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, increased reliability and greater…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Telecommunications giant Vodacom has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network across three South African cities. “Vodacom has switched on Africa’s first live 5G mobile network in three cities — Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town — with further roll-outs planned in other parts of the country,” the operator said…
Getty Images. Facebook has introduced new Messenger Rooms that can host groups of people on video – including those who do not have an account. It has rolled out the new service, alongside a host of expanded live video-focused features across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, in an apparent attempt to…
Getty Images. Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched its Cape Town data centres, the first on the continent. The AWS Africa (Cape Town) region brings the Amazon.com-owned cloud giant’s “availability zones” to 73 worldwide in 23 geographic regions and comes a year after its most direct rival, Microsoft, launched two…
Getty Images. Netflix said that it will raise about $1bn in debt, a day after announcing that it had added more than twice as many subscribers as it had forecast in the first quarter. The funds will be used to acquire new shows, produce original content and for possible acquisitions,…
Icasa has refused to budge on its decision to “expropriate” a portion of Telkom’s spectrum assets, describing the allegations made by Telkom as “spurious”. TechCentral broke the news on Monday that Telkom had accused Icasa of expropriating its radio frequency assets in its allocation of emergency temporary spectrum to operators…
Apple unveiled its biggest expansion of services in a decade, launching streaming music in 52 new countries while adding new markets for some of its other services. The move comes as part of a global expansion of the company’s most popular services, with the App Store, Apple Arcade and iCloud…
Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Icasa has announced that it has received about 35 applications for access to temporary high-demand spectrum. The authority invited applications this week for access to the spectrum after communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said government would move to open key spectrum bands to alleviate demand for broadband…
The National Department of Health's novel coronavirus (Covid-19) WhatsApp helpline is now available in four of South Africa's official languages – English, Sesotho, isiZulu and Afrikaans. Initially, the service was only able to respond to English queries, but it has changed when updates were made to accommodate the three additional…
Image:Wallmart. Spare a thought for Jennifer. You see, as more and more of us are working from home in an attempt to avoid the spread of coronavirus through social distancing, some of us are on steep learning curves when it comes to technology. Mostly, how to not embarrass ourselves while…
The social network also invited software savants to take part in an online ‘hackathon’ aimed at creating ways to use Messenger to ease social-distancing and deliver accurate information about the pandemic, according to Chudnovsky. — AFP. Facebook is stepping up its efforts to push out accurate information about the novel…
Amazon Web Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd (AWS ZA), announced that it has attained Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 status. As part of the B-BBEE Level 1 status, AWS ZA achieved maximum points for Enterprise Development, Supplier Development, and Ownership elements of the scorecard, upon first verification. AWS…
Image:Samsung. Samsung has unveiled its second folding phone, a "Z Flip" model with a lofty price tag aimed at "trendsetters." The Galaxy Z Flip will be available beginning Friday at a starting price of $1,380, head of Samsung product marketing in Rebecca Hirst said at a San Francisco unveiling. "It…
Cell C and MTN have signed an expanded roaming agreement that would see Cell C reduce its expenditure on building out its national infrastructure. This new deal builds on the existing roaming agreement that the two mobile networks entered into in 2018, which provided 3G and 4G services to Cell…
WhatsApp will be adding new features to the app, such as three new options for groups, adverts, new themes, and disappearing messages. In a new settings menu dedicated to groups, users will be able to select one of three options: Nobody My Contacts Everyone “(The) ‘Nobody’ setting means you’ll have…
MultiChoice have reached an agreement with A+E Networks Africa to extend the current contract to air HISTORY and LIFETIME channels on the DStv platform. This extension of the contract, which was set to expire at the end of October, will ensure that viewers continue to enjoy their favourite factual entertainment…
Vodacom and the South African Police Service(SAPS) have officially launched the MySAPS app – a platform which aims to streamline crime reporting. In a statement issued today, Vodacom announced the official launch of the app. “This will further strengthen the relationship between the police and communities – creating better policing…
The Discovery Channel (Dstv 121) has an open window and it will run from the 11th of October until the 17th of November 2019. According to a statement released to the customers on other packages they will enjoy content such as Gold Rush and Street Outlaws and special premiere of…
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame inaugurated what is being described as Africa's "first high tech smartphone factory" in the country's capital Kigali. President Kagame hailed the launch as another breakthrough for development in Rwanda, which has enjoyed rapid economic growth in recent years and gained a reputation as a hub of…
Multichoice has announced that it would scrap the History, Crime + Investigation and Lifetime channels from the end of the current contract term. According to MultiChoice, the Crime+Investigation Network (DStv 170), History channel (DStv 186) and the Lifetime channel (DStv 131) will be removed from the channel list at the…
Cell C is in advanced talks with MTN to gain more access to its network as SA’s third-biggest mobile-phone company. The company has shut down its fixed-LTE offering through Internet Solutions, expanded its roaming agreement with MTN, and scaled back investment in its Black streaming service to aid its financial…
Blue Label Telecoms has announced that it will sell its shareholding in Blue Label Mobile to DNI 4PL Contracts Proprietary Limited (DNI). In terms of this transaction, Blue Label will sell 85% of Blue Label Mobile issued shares and all claims on loan to DNI 809. The price consideration payable…
File Photo. A new report from The Information reveals that a group of Huawei managers had concerns that the company was over-reliant on Google before the US-China trade war kicked off, but nothing was done about it. The Information, citing sources, reported that Huawei's consumer head, Richard Yu, met with…
Image:Bloomberg. Facebook is set to allow users to see the information about themselves that has been shared with the social network by other apps and websites they have used and delete it if they wish. Much of the advertising found on the internet is shown to users based on what…
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has revealed its rival to Google's Android operating system after a ban from the US government threatened its use of the software on its phones. The Chinese firm unveiled Harmony, a dedicated operating system for the company's phones that the company said should offer improved security…
Facebook confirmed that it's changing the name of its two most popular apps, Instagram and WhatsApp, to better disclose its ownership of the apps. Soon, Instagram will be known as “Instagram from Facebook” while WhatsApp will become “WhatsApp from Facebook.” According to the sources, the app's name will stay the…
Telkom said it has upgraded over 96% of its prepaid fixed-line customers to wireless prepaid services, which the company said will improve their customer experience. Telkom explained that its wireless service is more reliable than its copper-based technology and is less susceptible to interruptions as a result of adverse weather…
Huawei has launched its new Y9 Prime 2019 mid-range smartphone in South Africa, which the company said will compete with Samsung’s recently-launched Galaxy A Series devices. Upon launching its Galaxy A series smartphone in South Africa, Samsung said that it hoped the devices would claim back some of the market…
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has noted the dissatisfaction expressed by some taxpayers over technical glitches encountered while trying to submit returns. SARS acknowledged that while many taxpayers have experienced a smooth service, some may have experienced difficulties with logging in, not receiving one-time pins, the inability to upload…
My Broadband - MTN has warned its customers about two fake MTN social media accounts that claim to be official. MTN AWOOF Giveaway and MTN Free Dashout are not official accounts, said MTN, nor have they been endorsed by the company or its service providers. Instead, MTN said that these…
The Zero-Math Maintenance Calculator A Free Tool to Grow the Economy and create a better life for Children and Single-Parents What if we could solve South Africa's child maintenance problem and create new opportunities through the use of technology? Mediation Academy has built a tool, doing just that - and…
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