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ICASA

Icasa releases licences for provisional spectrum

29/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) last week released licences for the so-called provisional radio frequency spectrum and aims to award permanent spectrum licences in March next year. The provisional spectrum marks the end of temporary spectrum assignments given to operators at the height of Covid-19 to ease network pressure in April last year. 

roam

Telkom roaming deal with MTN

29/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Telkom plans to roam on the Vodacom and MTN networks depending on who has the best network coverage. The company revealed the details about its roaming plans after MTN surprised the market

eMedia

eMedia Profit Jumps

29/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

eMedia Holdings recently reported its financial results for the six months ended September 2021, revealing a significant increase in revenue and profit compared to the same period in 2020.

journalism

Overall Winners of 2021 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards announced

29/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

South African journalism has once again excelled at capturing and telling the stories of our colourful, vibrant and…

suppliers

Suppliers warned against misleading advertising for Black Friday

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

As consumers prepare to spend their hard earned money during Black Friday, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) warned suppliers against deploying misleading advertising to lure consumers into making purchases. NCC commissioner Thezi Mabuza said the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) makes it prohibited conduct for any supplier to market any goods or services in a manner that is misleading, fraudulent or deceptive in any way.

Uber

Uber fined R5.3 million

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Uber has been ordered to pay a 300,000 euro (R5.35 million) penalty, adding to the challenge of a court-ordered partial shutdown imposed on its ride-hailing service in Brussels earlier this week.

CSI

South African companies spend R10.3 billion on CSI

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

South African companies spent an estimated R10.3 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 2021 financial year, a 7 percent decrease in real terms from R10.7 billion last year, according to CSI consultancy…

2U Inc

2U, Inc. and edX Complete Industry-Redefining Combination

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

2U, Inc, a global leader in education technology, has completed its acquisition of substantially all assets of edX, a world-leading online learning platform and education marketplace. The acquisition brings together the unique strengths and complementary capabilities of two major forces in online education to create one of the world’s most comprehensive free-to-degree online learning platforms.

e4

Software company e4 implores SA businesses to create a roadmap for digital transformation

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

South African software company e4 wants businesses to embrace digital transformation due to the Covid-19 pandemic dispersing the workforce.

German union

German union urges Amazon workers to strike on Black Friday

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The German labour union Verdi has called on employees to strike at three different Amazon locations to coincide with “Black Friday” discount shopping on November 26, as part of an international campaign…

Honor

HONOR launches its first vlogging smartphone the HONOR 50 in South Africa

26/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

With an aim to provide innovative and high-quality products, global technology brand HONOR today announced the launch of its first vlogging smartphone the HONOR 50 in South Africa.

Clickatell

Pick n Pay partners with Clickatell

25/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Pick n Pay has chosen Clickatell to manage their WhatsApp customer communication channel, according to a Clickatell statement. Pick n Pay’s WhatsApp channel will have catalogues, Covid-19 FAQs, a store locator function and other customer services options.

global smartphone sales

Global smartphone sales in Q3 decline

25/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Global smartphone sales to end-users declined 6,8% in the third quarter of 2021, compared to the same time period in 2020, according to Gartner.

Sipho Maseko

Maseko says customers hated Telkom

25/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said Telkom faced an uncertain future with an unsustainable financial situation, increased competition, and customers hating the…

SMEs

Digitalisation key to improving SMEs chances of success

25/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Approximately 75% of South Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) fail within the first five years. And these companies contribute only 25% to gross domestic…

NSO

Apple sues Israeli spyware maker

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The suit, which seeks an injunction against NSO to stop it from using any Apple software, service or device, comes after the July publication of The Pegasus Project by The Washington Post and 16 other news organisations that detailed the use of Pegasus in dozens of attacks against journalists, human rights workers and political activists in countries across the world.

Zoom shares

Post-pandemic demand drops Zoom shares

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Zoom  shares were down about 12% Tuesday morning after the video-conferencing company reported a smaller-than-projected number of large customers for a second straight quarter, stoking concerns about growth as more workplaces and schools open back up.

satellites

South Africa has plans to build its own satellites

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Government is fast-tracking plans to develop South African-owned satellites that will focus on connectivity and tracking, says Communications and Digital Technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshaveni.

Black Friday

As Black Friday approaches, payment fraud shoots up

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The growth of phishing attacks mimicking e-payment pages was spotted in the run-up to the Black Friday period.

Internet of Things

Connectivity issues disrupt IoT rollouts

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Despite the accelerating speed of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, poor or…

noodles

Online petition demands the recall of instant noodles after five children die after eating them

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

ant noodles has amassed over 1 500 signatures.

MTN Nigeria shares

Its all systems-go for MTN Nigeria share sale

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN has announced that its plan to sell 575 million ordinary shares in MTN Nigeria was approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The share sale offer will be made through a bookbuild to qualified investors, and a fixed price to retail investors.

agility

Platforms will drive future of business agility

24/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

In the business to business (B2B) space, customers are demanding greater flexibility and choice to achieve their own business agility goals. Agility is critical for survival within the highly competitive landscape of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is shaped by constant flux in… 

virtual trade city

Africa’s first virtual trade city launched

23/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African United Business Confederation (SAUBC) has partnered with Africa Free Trade Agency (AFTA) and the SMME (Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises) Chamber of Commerce to launch Africa’s first Virtual Trade City. The virtual trade city is a web-based application that links to the B2B (Business to business) mobile app and web-based market places. The confederation said participants would receive a link and their login details.

encrypt

Facebook and Instagram to delay encryption of users’ messages

23/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook Messenger and Instagram are delaying plans to encrypt users’ messages until 2023. Antigone Davis, Meta’s head of safety, attributed the delay to concerns..

MoMo

MTN Mobile Money partners with Nedbank

23/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN has announced that its Mobile Money (MoMo) customers can now withdraw cash across South Africa from Nedbank ATMs. Antigone Davis, Meta’s head of safety, attributed the delay to concerns about…

Digital technology

4 Ways an As-a-Service Approach Accelerates Business Speed

23/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Digital technology drives nearly all aspects of business and our daily lives. Over the past 18 months we’ve also witnessed the important role technology plays in …

identities

Instagram wants you to take a video selfie to prove your identity to combat malicious spam

22/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Instagram is reportedly adding a new feature that will assist users confirm their identities on the platform. Instagram said it will not collect any data that relates to people’s physical features and that the feature will only be used for identity verification and nothing else. “Instagram is now using video selfies to confirm users’ identity. Meta promises not to collect biometric data,” said the company.

AMP

Twitter stops opening links in AMP on iOS and Android

22/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Twitter has quietly rolled back its support for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on mobile, according to a support page. The support page originally detailed how Twitter would automatically send users…

Chat Banking

African Bank launches customer Chat Banking service on WhatsApp

22/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

African Bank has launched a Chat Banking service on WhatsApp that will allow customers to chat directly with the bank just like any other WhatsApp contact.

Apple parts

Apple soon to sell parts need to fix iPhones in 2022

22/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Shattered screens and aging batteries in iPhones used to require a trip to the Apple Store – or a local repair shop – to fix. But starting in early 2022, iPhone owners in the United States who want to try repairing…

online platform

New portal will promote made-in-SA products

17/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

A new online platform showcasing South African technology will be launched this week by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies. The DigiTech portal will list products from South African companies, including SMEs and entrepreneurs, says Mininster of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. And government will be encouraged to procure from the products and services listed on the portal, she adds, saying we need to take a risk and support our own developers.

DCDT

Huawei goes ahead with training South Africans in tech

17/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Huawei and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has kicked off the 2021 edition of their Seeds for the Future course, aimed at preparing ICT students for the future of work.

Openserve

Openserve’s inclusion in Equiano undersea cable system is paramount to unlocking connectivity in SA

17/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

In the age of the digital economy, access to the internet remains a crucial driver of economic growth and sustainability. While South Africa has made many strides over…

Information Memorandum

ICASA publishes the updated Information Memorandum for another round of consultation

17/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) has published an updated Information Memorandum (IM) for the licensing of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum…

virtual conference

INSPECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE SAYS AUDITORS SHOULD ALSO PLAY THE ROLE OF WATCHDOGS

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Speaking on day two of the Southern Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) virtual conference, currently under way in Centurion, north of Johannesburg, the Inspector of Intelligence, Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe said auditors should be beyond reproach at all times.  

cyber attacks

Trends 2022: Supply chain cyber-attacks on the rise, as ransomware attacks break records

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

In the last six months, an organisation in South Africa was attacked on average 1737 times per week. This is more than double the global average (819) of attacks per organisation per week, according to Check Point Threat Intelligence Report. So what can we expect from the…

Vietnam

Vietnam jails Facebook user for anti-state posts

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

A court in Vietnam sentenced an aquaculture farmer to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of spreading “anti-state propaganda” on Facebook, state media reported. Nguyen Tri Gioan, 42, was convicted at a one-day trial in the central province of Khanh Hoa of “making, storing and spreading information, materials and items for the purpose of opposing the state“, the official Vietnam News Agency said.

Vodacom group

Vodacom reports higher revenue despite tough exchange rate

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom Group has reported revenue of R49,9-billion for the six months ended 30 September 2021, up 4,2%, as strong normalised growth of 7,9% was partially offset by rand appreciation. The group added 6,2-million customers to bring its total to 129,9-million across the group, including Safaricom.

US and China

US and China leaders, Biden and Xi to discuss Tech

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

This week marks an important moment between the US and China as leaders of both nations will meet and talk about all things trade, politics and climate. Tech will be high on the agenda. Tensions eased slightly after Meng Wanzhou, chief executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei, was allowed to return home from Canada after a deal with US prosecutors. 

Airtel Money

New digital payment solution launched by Airtel Money and Mastercard

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Airtel Money has today launched the Airtel Money Mastercard virtual payment solution in Zambia, that allows all Airtel Money customers in the country, even those without a bank account, to make global e-commerce payments safely and securely, underpinned by a growing demand for digital payments.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI email system compromised by hackers

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Hackers compromised a Federal Bureau of Investigation email system on Saturday and sent tens of thousands of messages warning of a possible cyberattack, according to the agency and security specialists. Fake emails appeared to come from a legitimate FBI email address ending in @ic.fbi.gov, the FBI said in a statement.

Whatsapp Bundles

MTN reduces WhatsApp bundle prices

16/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN has announced a revision to its WhatsApp and social media bundles, promising its customers more data and value. In addition to its WhatsApp packages, MTN also offers social media prepaid data bundles that work for Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter.

AG Tsakani Maluleke

AUDITOR GENERAL CALLS FOR ACCOUNTANTS & AUDITORS TO SIDE WITH THE PUBLIC

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

      Johannesburg – On Monday, the Auditor-General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke addressed auditors and accounting professionals on challenges faced by the South African public sector. The main objective of her address was to provide a platform for accounting and audit professionals to engage on various topics which are impacting the industry.

last seen

WhatsApp might let you hide ‘last seen’ from specific people

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

With an aim to empower its users with new features, Meta-owned WhatsApp is working on a feature that will let you hide your “last seen” status from specific people. According to GSMArena, the beta version of WhatsApp for Android now has an option to hide your “last seen” status from specific people.

Olympia

You can now take a virtual guided tour of the original Olympic Games site

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, together with Microsoft and digital cultural heritage company Iconem, has unveiled a digital reconstruction of ancient Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games, as it stood more than 2 000 years ago. A website and app enable anyone to take a virtual guided tour through 27 sites…

legislation

Biden signs legislation to tighten US restrictions on Huawei, ZTE

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

US President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to prevent companies like Huawei Technologies Co or ZTE Corp, deemed security threats, from receiving new equipment licences from US regulators.

Most popular online news publications in South Africa

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The October 2021 Narratiive website traffic report revealed that News24, BusinessTech, and IOL are the biggest news publications in South Africa.
Narratiive is the official traffic measurement partner of the IAB South Africa and provides accurate traffic statistics for South African websites.
South African’s top online publishers run Narratiive website tags, making it possible to produce an accurate like-for-like traffic comparison.
The latest report showed that News24 remained South Africa’s most popular online publication with a readership of 12.2 million unique monthly browsers.

Black Friday

Up to 70% off with Vodacom’s Black Friday deals

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom is offering incredible Black Friday deals with up to 70% discounts throughout November as part of its commitment to keep customers connected on SA’s leading network. These deals will be available every Friday during the month, on an array of Vodacom products, such as laptops….

Vodacom

Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement Mum on Basic Services

15/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) says the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement tabled by the Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, this week, has dismally failed to address the issue of basic services needed by the people.

    Digital transformation

    Digital transformation takes off

    11/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A survey of more than 450 higher education professionals in South Africa has revealed an increase in digital transformation across the sector. The survey found that 55% of respondents are motivated by the need to enhance the student experience, 51% are driven by the need to improve…

    ICASA

    ICASA invites applications for the Provisional Assignment of Radio Frequency Spectrum

    11/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    nt Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has resolved to invite applications from infrastructure-based mobile network operators for provisional assignment of radio frequency spectrum under the new ICT COVID-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, 2021.

    Safe Banking

    Safe way to save banking details on your phone

    11/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The latest survey by NordVPN has shown that 33% of users save banking details on their devices to use them on shopping apps and websites later. While many customers go for this option out of…

    Vodafone

    Vodacom Group to acquire control of Vodafone Egypt for R41 billion

    11/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodafone Egypt is a clear market leader in a fast-growing market.
    Proposed transaction provides unique opportunity to accelerate Vodacom Group’s growth…

    Amazon

    Amazon’s e-commerce sales set to jump

    11/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    past two years. In 2021, the e-commerce net sales of the retail giant are expected to hit over $146-billion, or $60-billion more than in 2019, and the increasing trend is set to continue next year. According to data presented by StockApps.com…

    Vodacom

    Vodacom Group to acquire strategic stake in CIVH assets and create an InfraCo

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk


    • Vodacom’s investment will foster economic development and help bridge South Africa’s digital divide in some of the most vulnerable parts of our society
    • The South African consumer will benefit from the fresh capital injection through accelerated fibre reach

    10 November 2021. Vodacom Group today announces that it has agreed terms to acquire a strategic stake in Community…

    Telkom

    Telkom delivers strong earnings growth 

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom South Africa has shown earnings growth for the six months ending 30 September 2021.
    In a period marred by civil unrest, global semiconductor shortage and a third wave of Covid-19, Telkom sustained revenue and delivered EBITDA growth of 1,2%.

    N1

    Net 1 on track

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Net 1 UEPS Technologies has reported first quarter 2022 revenue of $34,5-million, a decrease of 2% from Q1 2021, with an operating loss of $11,2-million, and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $10,1-million. As of 30 September 2021, the group has…

    Vodacom

    Vodacom deploys new network sites in Northern Cape 

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodacom Central Region, covering the Free State and Northern Cape provinces, has switched on two new 3G and 4G enabled base station sites in deep rural areas in Kamiesberg Local Municipality, Northern Cape province.

    Mukuru

    Mukuru expands in South Africa

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    African fintech Mukuru has extended its partnership with Pargo Click and Collect and announced that its many users can now receive their remittances via WICODE at any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave store. Mukuru CEO Andy Jury says that financial…

    Bitcoin

    Bitcoin pushing towards fresh all-time high

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Bitcoin could hit new all-time highs this week, which will bring upside to other cryptocurrencies, particularly those directly involved in fintech development. This is the prediction from …

    Xi Focus

    Xi Focus – Close-up: All aboard China’s express train to development

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    What does a high-speed train, which runs at 350 km per hour, have in common with China’s approach to global cooperation? Foreign leaders at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), not only found out but got on board, too. In November 2018, during the inaugural CIIE in Shanghai, President Xi Jinping invited foreign leaders to take a simulator of the Fuxing, China’s fastest high-speed train in service, on a test drive.

    5G

    The 5G spectrum conundrum: are we future ready?

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    There is a dire need to ensure that 5G spectrum policies include effective spectrum allocation and management strategies.
    This is key to ensuring that the evolution from 3G and 4G networks to 5G networks and capabilities is seamless, viable for ecosystem players, and accelerates digital transformation imperatives.

    Employees

    Employees feel working environment isn’t fair

    10/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    And, according to Gartner, human resources (HR) leaders feel largely the same – only 22% would characterise their workplace as having a high degree of fairness. Just 18% of employees said they work in a high fairness environment and have an employee experience that is characterised as fair.
    And, according to Gartner…

    Meta Company

    Meta Company accuses Facebook of stealing name

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In an interesting turn of events, a Chicago-based tech firm called Meta Company is going to court against Facebook, alleging that the social network stole its name and “livelihood” after it rebranded its name to Meta. Meta Company Founder Nate Skulic alleged that when Facebook failed to buy them, it aimed to “bury” the company by force of media. On October 28, “Facebook decided to commit trademark infringement and call themselves Meta,” Skulic claimed in a public letter.

    BMW

    New BMW may not have some features due to chip shortage

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    BMW has taken a decision to remove some features on its new cars due to the shortage of chips. According to Bimmerfest form the German auto maker has decided that the 3 Series, 4 Series Coupe / Convertible / Gran Coupe (but not i4), Z4, as well as the X5, X6, and X7, SUVs will be built without touch screen functionality.

    booking platforms

    Google and big international online booking agencies are squeezing independent travel companies out of business

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The big international online tourism booking and event platforms impose pricing parity policies on the venues listed on their sites, not good news for consumers looking for cheaper prices and it stifles marketing innovation among tourist venues and resorts.

    digital travel

    Digital travel declaration solution supports governments in opening borders

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    SITA announced that it will make its Digital Travel Declaration solution – which allows passengers to share required travel and health documentation with governments ahead of travel – available to governments free of charge globally.

    Banking malware

    Banking malware threats surge on mobile banking popularity

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Banking malware threats are sharply increasing as cyber criminals target the rising popularity of mobile banking on smartphones, with plots aimed at stealing personal banking credentials and credit card information. This is according to the Nokia 2021 Threat Intelligence Report…

    businesses

    Digitalisation during the pandemic: are businesses moving forward with technology?

    09/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In almost 18 months, the world has been disrupted, and how we work and how businesses operate has shifted. While the permanency of this new environment is uncertain, one thing that we do know…

    roaming partner

    Telkom adds MTN as roaming partner

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom customers now have access to three networks following the group’s recent addition of MTN as a roaming partner. Telkom operates a network of approximately 6 900 base stations & continues to expand this footprint. It entered into an agreement with Vodacom South Africa for 2G, 3G and 4G services in December 2018. In this latest agreement, effective 1 November 2021, MTN South Africa has been added for the provision of 2G, 3G & 4G services.

    tweet search

    Tweets now easy to search

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Twitter is making it easier to search for tweets from a specific account. The social media platform has added a search button on profile pages that will allow any user to search through tweets from other accounts on the site in a much more concise way than was previously available.

    elections

    Independent Electoral Commission used technology to manage the elections

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    As South Africans reflect on the election results, it’s also important to reflect on the critical role played by technology in ensuring accurate results and smooth operations for the Independent Electoral…

    Southern African Institute for Government Auditors

    SAIGA to join hands with local government to address the challenge of capacity and skill building for newly elected councillors

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) says it is ready to collaborate with local government to help address capacity and skills challenges which may be faced by…

    Volkswagen

    VW SA on track for electric mobility

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Volkswagen has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy. Volkswagen’s electric mobility strategy kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an e-Golf test fleet. The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media as well as Volkswagen dealers in an effort to gain…

    VJOY

    Gauteng Regional Winners of 2021 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards announced

    08/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The quality of entries at this year’s Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards (VJOY) has instilled “confidence in the future of journalism in South Africa” and has set a new benchmark for excellence in South African journalism. 

    FTTH

    South Africans to get prepaid fibre-to-the-home without a contract from Telkom

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom has made it possible for customers to get prepaid fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) running on the Openserve fibre network. This means that customers who didn’t qualify for fibre previously due to unforeseen financial circumstances, or customers that prefer to be in control of their spend without any long-term commitments, can now buy a prepaid 25Mbps uncapped internet service online.

    Frances Haugen

    Governments must check Facebook really does scrap face recognition, says whistle-blower

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen has welcomed Facebook’s announcement that it would scrap facial recognition, but urged close government oversight of the move to ensure the social network lived up to its pledge.

    female founders

    SA’s female tech founders are powerful job creators

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Across Endeavor’s portfolio of 30 tech-enabled entrepreneurs, six are female founders in business ranging from education, home and business services, mining compliance and contact centres. In the last three years these founders have created over 5000 jobs, close to three-quarters…

    Unlock Summer

    Vodacom launched Unlock Summer campaign, R250 million in cash and prizes up for grabs

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The countdown to summer is here. As the weather heats up, so does the chance of winning a share of R250 million worth of cash and prizes, plus a share of 1 Billion VodaBucks with the launch of Vodacom’s UnlockSummer campaign!

    Frances Haugen

    Digital transformation crucial to the future of the oil and gas sector

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Over the past two years, the oil and gas sector has faced immense challenges. The collapse in demand and price thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing imperative for environmental and climate sustainability in particular have underlined how much the sector needs to…

    solar power

    Amazon launches first solar power station in South Africa

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Amazon Web Services has announced its first solar project in South Africa is now operational and is feeding electricity into the national grid. The 10MW solar farm is located in the Northern Cape and supplies renewable energy to AWS data centres. “The solar project is expected to generate up to 28,000MWh of renewable energy…

    MTN Nigeria

    MTN to sell shares in Nigeria unit

    05/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    MTN Group Ltd. plans to sell shares in the carrier’s Nigeria unit worth about 101 billion naira ($244 million), continuing a plan to dispose of assets and pay down debt. Africa’s largest mobile-phone operator will offer 575 million shares in MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, which listed in Lagos in 2019, according…

    MTN Group

    MTN Group records strong operational delivery and strategic progress in Q3

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    MTN Group has announced a solid set of third quarter operating results, plans for a public offer of shares in MTN Nigeria, progress in finalising a passive infrastructure deal for MTN South Africa as well as in our work to create shared value across our 20 markets, with ESG at the core.

    Vodacom

    Vodacom Group ranked world’s number one in Sustainalytics report

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Sustainalytics, the largest independent provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research and ratings ranks Vodacom Group as the world’s number one telecommunications service company based on ESG performance.

    IT workers

    South African IT workers prefer remote work

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    According to a recent Kaspersky survey of 4 303 IT workers, 57% of employees have reported an increased workload since switching to remote working, with 24% describing the increase as significant, while 23% did not notice a change in volume, and far fewer noted a decrease in the scope of work due to new working conditions.

    Unlock Summer

    Vodacom launched Unlock Summer campaign, R250 million in cash and prizes up for grabs

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The countdown to summer is here. As the weather heats up, so does the chance of winning a share of R250 million worth of cash and prizes, plus a share of 1 Billion VodaBucks with the launch of Vodacom’s UnlockSummer campaign!

    NSO Group

    Biden administration blacklists Israeli spyware company NSO Group

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The US has added the Israeli spyware company NSO Group to its “entity list” – a federal blacklist prohibiting the company from receiving American technologies – after determining its phone hacking tools had been used by foreign governments to “maliciously target” government officials…

    Netflix gaming

    Netflix Games to start global rollout for Android devices, iOS to soon follow

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Netflix announced not a while ago that it would be pursuing gaming content for its platform. The wait is finally over as Netflix Games starts its global roll-out on Android, with iOS to follow soon. The entertainment streaming platform has launched its Netflix games which include: Stranger Things…

    DUT 4IR

    DUT launches a post-graduate 4IR programme

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has launched a post-graduate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) programme. The postgraduate programme will start with a cohort of 20 postgraduate students receiving bursaries to the value of R90 000 each. “It is envisaged these students would go on to make a positive impact on society by shaping skills, pioneering industries, and empowering industries with their research findings,” DUT said.

    MTN and Vodacom

    Vodacom and MTN have highest smartphone plan prices

    03/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodacom and MTN continued to have the highest or among the highest monthly prices of 4G and 5G smartphone plans in the world in the second quarter of this year, according to the Rewheel research’s “The state of 4G and 5G pricing, 2H2021 – operator rankings”.

    election results

    Telkom enabling IEC to count votes and manage elections with latest technologies

    04/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    As South Africans await election results, technology is playing a critical role in ensuring accurate results. The technical support provided by Telkom to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has been paramount. 

    MyToyota Fleet Lite

    Vodacom Business and Toyota extend Wi-Fi and Telematics solution to SMEs with MyToyota Fleet Lite

    03/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A web-based tool called MyToyota Fleet Lite has been added to the Toyota Connect hub. This is another Africa-first offering for connected-car services launched in a tripartite agreement between Vodacom Business, Toyota South Africa Motors and Netstar.

    Liquid Intelligence

    Liquid, Orange partner on African networks

    03/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Orange has announced a new partnership to leverage each other’s existing networks in Africa. The partnership will give Liquid access to Orange’s network in West Africa, including the new Djoliba network, and will give Orange access to Liquid’s pan-African network.

    election results

    AI key to cutting energy demand for telcos

    03/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Communication service providers (CSPs) around the world believe that deploying artificial intelligence (AI) software is essential to reducing fast-rising network energy demand and emissions, spurred by internet traffic growth. This is among the findings of new research by Nokia and GSMA Intelligence.

    eNaira

    Nigeria launched digital currency

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Nigeria’s Central Bank has launched a digital currency that is designed to be used alongside its physical currency. The release of eNaira was officially announced via a press release issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria. A central bank digital currency is a type of cryptocurrency that’s controlled by a country’s central bank. More than 100 countries, including the US and China, are exploring the development of a CBDC, according to the IMF.

    MTN Nigeria

    MTN Nigeria grapples with regulatory restrictions on new SIM sales and activations

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    MTN Nigeria expanded its fintech, data and digital revenue during the nine months ended September 2021, despite losing 7.5 million mobile subscribers due to SIM card restrictions. MTN Nigeria chief executive Karl Toriola says the telecoms company expected the decline in the overall subscriber base to bottom out in the fourth quarter of this…

    Telkom

    Telkom says headline earnings per share are expected to increase by up to 35%

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom has flagged record strong earnings growth for the half year ended September 2021, as the trading environment remains challenging. “Telkom expects to sustain its top-line revenue compared to the prior year and grow its profitability slightly ahead of revenue,” the group said. The group said headline earnings per share is expected to increase by…

    folding phones

    Samsung’s risky foldables bet is paying off

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Samsung Electronics is pouring more money into its gamble that folding phones will become the next big thing as it projects a surge in sales of the novel handsets. Foldable sales are expected to increase by several times in 2021 from the previous…

    consumers

    Consumers warned to brace for higher prices this festive season

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Digital sales are expected to top $1-trillion globally, but consumers, retailers, and suppliers will likely to face rising costs and decreased inventory due to pressure on the global supply chain.

    Telkom

    Milestone reached in connected schools initiative

    02/11/2021 | By Tech Talk

    One year after Ericsson entered a global partnership with UNICEF to support the Giga Initiative’s school connectivity mapping efforts, the initiative has reached a major milestone in mapping the location and connectivity status of 1-million schools.

    Temenos

    New digital bank on the cards

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Banking software company Temenos has announced that Barko, a microfinance company, plans to enter the retail banking market in South Africa with a new digital bank built on Temenos Transact and powered by The Temenos Banking Cloud. According to the company, Barko will leverage the full front-to-back services, giving the new bank total control to create banking products that are easy to consume, configure and integrate with external applications.

    Meta

    Facebook changes parent company name

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the parent company’s name is being changed to “Meta” to represent a future beyond just its troubled social network. The new handle comes as the social media giant tries to fend off one its worst crises yet and pivot to its ambitions for the “metaverse” virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.

    UWC

    UWC and Samsung are in search of young women to train as software developers

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In response to the shortage of women software developers, the Future-Innovation Lab at UWC and its partner, Samsung, have a shared commitment to address gender and diversity imbalances. The Future-Innovation Lab is in search of young women to be trained as software developers. The Samsung Future-Innovation Lab is a six-month…

    LinkedIN

    LinkedIn looking for Freelance works

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    LinkedIn has just launched a feature that facilitates freelance work. Users will be able to provide, or commission, adhoc work arrangements without engaging in any official employment contract.

    cyberbullying

    SA tops global list of cyberbullying

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The proliferation of technology and social media has given rise to the scourge of cyberbullying, with South Africa topping the list in terms of the overall highest incidence of cyberbullying, according to…

    EOH

    EOH turns loss to profit

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    EOH reports that its operating profit swung from a R1,3-billion loss in FY2020 to a R147-million profit in the year ended 31 July 2021. The group has been working to close out legacy contracts and make targeted…

    food waste

    Why South Africa has a food waste problem and how to address it

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In South Africa, an estimated 10.3-million tons of edible food is wasted every year. This is around 30% of South Africa’s yearly local agricultural production, which is valued at about R60bn or 2% of our GDP.But beyond the numbers or the rands and cents being wasted, the scale of food that is thrown away each year is even more concerning when you…

    UCT

    UCT alum wins Earthshot award for restoring coral reefs

    29/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Trailblazing entrepreneur Gator Halpern, who recently scooped one of the most prestigious environmental awards in history, has credited the University of Cape Town (UCT) for helping to shape his mission to restore dying coral reefs. Halpern, who won the Earthshot Revive our Oceans award with his Coral Vita business partner, Sam Teicher, spent…

    skills

    ICT skills that will take your career to the next level

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    With IT job vacancies continuing to climb as companies struggle to recruit and obtain critical skills in South Africa, there is an opportunity to upskill or reskill individuals to meet this demand. Prudence Mabitsela, founder and MD of Dynamic DNA, believes these skills are needed to build the economy of South Africa and to close the digital skills and gender divide in the country.

    social media

    TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube defend how they protect kids online in congressional hearing

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube, all social media sites popular with teens and young adults, faced a barrage of questions and accusations from lawmakers who want the companies to do more to protect children online.

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    Digital government programs fail to scale

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Despite increased focus and investment, 55% of digital government programs are failing to scale, according to a survey from Gartner. Government CIOs can adopt practices from digitally advanced governments to successfully scale their own programs.

    stalkerware

    Malware stalks SA mobile users

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Kaspersky researchers have disclosed the results of the global analysis of stalkerware programs – commercially available spyware often used for domestic abuse.

    smartphones

    iPhones, Pixels, Flips: What to know about the top smartphones of 2021

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Smartphones might be the most personal tech you use in your life, but sometimes, it can be hard to make sense of what…

    economic growth

    From Recovery to Reality: How Technology Is Driving Sustainable Economic Growth

    28/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    COVID-19 presented the world with an unprecedented set of challenges. It required the brightest minds and…

    Sierra space

    Jeff Bezos to create a business park in space via Blue Origin, in partnership with Boeing and others

    27/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Blue Origin, a space company by Jeff Bezos and Sierra Space, recently announced plans for Orbital Reef, a business park in space. In other words, a commercially developed, owned and operated space station to be built in low Earth orbit.

    xbox

    Microsoft sees cloud business booming, but supply woes continue for Xbox consoles and Surface laptops

    27/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Microsoft Corp on Tuesday forecast a strong end to the calendar year thanks to its booming cloud business but said supply chain woes would continue to dog key units such as those producing its Surface laptops…

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    Google with Unesco announces plan to support Journalism in Africa with investments and training

    27/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Google has announced the launch of the Global Initiative for Excellence in Journalism Education to enhance journalists’ training in Africa. The announcement was made during the…

    Alexa

    Amazon is deploying Alexa in hospitals to listen and talk to doctors

    27/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Technology has been planning to take over in the health sector. There are now signs there’s major tech adoption in hospitals. Amazon is one of the companies that is ready for this move.

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    Cell C reports improved revenue, earnings

    27/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Cell C has reported a R148-million profit before tax for the six-month period to June 2021. This is a turnaround in profitability from a R7,6-billion loss reported year-on-year.

    Wikipedia

    Wikipedia to be translated into isiZulu, Sesotho, Tshivenda and Afrikaans

    26/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    English has been the main language online. A group of young people with support from the Moleskine Foundation and growing pan-African grassroots movement are planning to change that as from tomorrow. The plan is to equip young people with the tools to create and edit…

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    Africa gets dangerous version of Facebook

    26/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    “People in Africa are getting a raw version of Facebook which is more dangerous,” Frances Haugen said in her address to UK Members of Parliament. The Facebook whistle-blower has been giving evidence to UK MPs and peers scrutinising the online safety bill, amid calls for a toughening up of the landmark legislation.

    Gijima

    Gijima wins tender court case

    26/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Gijima has announced that it won a court case over the South African Police Service (SAPS) tender that was unlawfully awarded to In2IT by the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) in 2020.

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    Trump Social network already in trouble with the law

    26/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A newly launched social network formed by former US President Donald Trump is already experiencing challenges. The entire site may be violating the terms of use…

    Altron

    Altron delivers solid performance

    26/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Altron has announced its interim results for the six months ended 31 August 2021, which saw revenue up by 2% to R3,5-billion. The company saw cash generated…

    SAIGA

    SAIGA hopes local elections will see the election of more skilled councillors

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) says most of the South African political party councillor candidates who are standing for the up coming local government elections do not have the skills to deliver sound budgets. But the organisation believes it can help councillors with basic financial and accounting skills to at least be able deliver proper budgets and financial reports.

    Google

    Google’s to make it easier to separate work and personal life on Android phones

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Google is making it easier to separate your work and personal life on Android phones. The tech company have announced they are rolling out their Work Profile tool to more users next year, which allows Android users to hide their work apps and data with the flip of a switch and…

    digital leaders

    Digital leaders will embrace new operating models

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    When we went into our first lockdown in 2020, industry analysts predicted the rapid advancement of digital transformation. What was overlooked by many was that, while we knew the old world was in crisis, the new digital world was still forming – complicating transformation for even the most digitally sophisticated organisations.

    Eswatini

    Eswatini monarch wages war on social media

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Mobile network operators in Eswatini have been instructed to switch off access to social media sites, as regional pressure ratchets up on King Mswati III to speedily deal with violent protests over his rule. Property and infrastructure is also being destroyed, even after South African president Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched special envoys on behalf of the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) block to meet Mswati to help chart a way out of the crisis.

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    Instagram launches major update to allow users to post from their PC, Mac and iPad

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Facebook-owned photo-based social media site has unveiled a major update to the desktop versions of its platform, including the ability to actually post pictures and updates using your computer rather than your phone.

    snapchat

    New safety features to ensure safe experience for young users

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Snapchat is implementing new family safety tools. The photo-based social media app is taking steps to ensure a safer experience for its youngest users by putting together a set of safety tools that will allow parents to protect their kids…

    carrier award

    Liquid scoops carrier award

    25/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies has been named as the Best African Wholesale Carrier for the 10th consecutive year at the Global Carrier Awards that took place in London last night (21 October). The awards aim to recognise innovation, vision, and excellence to award the best companies..

    price cap

    The new price regulation regime for reserved postal services set to come into effect in April 2022

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    After giving notice of its intention in 2019 to review the current Price Cap Regulations for Reserved Postal Services, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) has published the amendments to the Price Cap Regulations for Reserved Postal Services, as well as the Reasons Document.

    Truth social

    Donald Trump launches new social network called ‘TRUTH Social’

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Former US president Donald Trump announced plans to launch his own social network, in the latest push to reclaim his internet dominance after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook in the wake of the Capitol insurrection.

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    Child sexual exploitation and abuse online is increasing

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse online is increasing at such a rapid rate that a step change is urgently required in the global response to create safe online environments for children.

    design

    Samsung fans can now design their own phones

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Samsung has showcased its made-to-order version of its Flip 3 smartphone that allows people to pick from a handful of design options that may reflect their personality or taste. Samsung indicated that by bringing the Bespoke experience to mobile for the first time… 

    futureproofing

    How do you futureproof your development’s technology needs?

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Technology is constantly evolving, new trends emerge and what works today, might not be useful in the next decade. As technology needs change over time, it is important for real estate developers to make room for technology advancements, by futureproofing their developments to create a quality living experience for residents.

    Data paradox

    Data Paradox Study Reveals that South African Businesses View Data as Both an Advantage and Barrier

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A Forrester Consulting study commissioned on behalf of Dell Technologies uncovers what’s preventing businesses from turning data into actionable insights to better prepare themselves for the data era 

    multifactor authentication

    Multifactor authentication matters: 29% more South Africans attacked with password stealers in 2021

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new methods for online fraud, and there has been an increase in such activity in recent months. Kaspersky experts noticed increased activity from fraudsters…

    design

    A community of solvers coming together to make a difference

    22/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In response to technological disruption, climate change, fractured geopolitics, and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, amongst other challenges, many organisations need to refocus. There is a sense of urgency now, with regard…

    scamming

    Online scammers to apply for bail, pending extradition application to the US

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Eight foreign nationals, who were arrested for allegedly duping women out of R100 million, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Perry Osagiede, Enorense Izevbiege, Franklin Edosa Osagiede, Osariemen Eric Clement, Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, Musa Mudashiru, Prince Ibeabuchi Mark, and Toritseju Gabriel Otubu were arrested on Tuesday by the Hawks, with the assistance of the FBI, Interpol, and the US Secret Service, for their involvement in internet scams…

    Ukheshe

    Motorists can now tip petrol attendants by scanning the attendant’s QR code

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Ukheshe technologies, Telkom and Engen have collaborated to create the QR solution which allows motorists to tip attendants and cashiers for efficient service by simply scanning a QR code using their Engen 1app or any payment app that supports Masterpass QR payments.

    Schooling

    Most South African students prefer in-person schooling

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    More than half of children in South Africa (60%) who switched to remote learning due to the pandemic prefer in-person education, according to a Kaspersky survey, “Digital education in Covid era”. First and foremost, they complained about a lack of in-person communication with their…

    tax bill

    MultiChoice might appeal tax bill

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A Nigerian tax tribunal cleared MultiChoice Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest pay-TV provider, to appeal a disputed $4.4 billion tax bill in the country. The South African company’s local unit was allowed to proceed after paying a $19.4 million deposit, according to a statement on Wednesday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg report. The ruling came as somewhat of a reprieve for the Johannesburg-based firm, as the West African nation’s tax authorities said in August it would have to pay half the claim, or $2.2 billion…

    District of Columbia

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added to D.C. privacy lawsuit

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The attorney general for the District of Columbia has added Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to a lawsuit stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, one of the first times the tech scion has personally been targeted by regulators.

    Telkom Business

    Telkom Business and Mobiz partner to help SMMEs grow with data-cost free and rich media SMS marketing

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom Business has partnered with South African MarTech company Mobiz, to bring dynamic SMS marketing to small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The businesses aim to make rich content…

    Pixel 6

    Google launches new phones

    21/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Google has launched its flagship Pixel 6 smartphones as it aims to beat competitors on camera and performance while undercutting them on price. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are the Android-maker’s attempt to compete with Apple and Samsung at the high end of the market after…

    Eco Sim

    Vodacom launches Eco-SIM Cards made from recycled plastic, to reduce the impact on the environment

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodacom is launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment by halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Vodacom will soon provide customers with new Eco-SIMs in the half-sized format made from recycled plastic, progressively replacing SIM cards currently made from new plastic. The Eco-SIM launch in South Africa forms an…

    licence renewal

    App for motor vehicle licence renewal on the cards for South African motorists

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The South African Post Office has promised a cellphone app for motor vehicle licence renewal by the end of this month. This comes at a time when South Africans are frustrated by long queues whenever they apply for new licences. The Motor Vehicle Licensing (MVL) service has also been streamlined alongside all service offerings to focus on cutting the queues to reasonable levels and serve the customer within an acceptable time.

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    Netflix offers bursaries to black aspiring creatives in TV and film industry

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Netflix is inviting 2022 post-graduates pursuing film or TV qualifications to apply for a full scholarship. The scholarship is aimed at helping “black, Indian and coloured” students studying for film, TV and/or AV qualifications at a South African higher education institution.

    Facebook Metaverse

    10 000 wanted to build the Facebook Metaverse into a global virtual platform

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Facebook Inc plans to create 10 000 jobs in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse – an online world where people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment.

    #CodeLikeAGirl

    #CodeLikeAGirl success shows demand for STEM learning for young girls across the African continent

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Vodacom #CodeLikeAGirl initiative is growing in popularity and is starting to inspire more young girls to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

    5G

    5G: The great enabler

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    5G will usher in new tech advancement opportunities and innovation, but cybersecurity risk must be considered, says Kaspersky and Rocketnet. With 1.8 billion 5G connections expected globally by 2025, this mobile network technology is becoming increasingly important.

    female-owned startups

    Cape Town and Stockholm Share Solutions to Gender Inequalities Impacting the Tech Ecosystem in Both Cities

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Issues such as a lack of mentorship for women in tech, the scarcity of investment into female-owned startups, and barriers to entry due to traditional gender roles all came under the spotlight at the…

    entrepreneurship

    Africa Connected – Hogan Lovells launches its 8th annual Africa Forum

    20/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    From tech to entrepreneurship, clean energy to trade – these topics lead the discussions on Africa’s growth at this leading conference for business on the continent. Global law firm Hogan Lovells has announced a prestigious line-up of panellists and speakers for its eighth annual Africa Forum. As one of the leading conferences for business in Africa, this highly anticipated event returns for the first time in a hybrid format, taking place…

    Suraya Hamdulay

    Suraya Hamdulay has joined 2U, INC.

    19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Suraya Hamdulay has been appointed as the Vice President of regional strategy and engagement at 2U, Inc. <https://2u.com/>, a global leader in education technology that partners with great universities to build, deliver, and support online degrees, short courses and bootcamps at scale.

    SYSPRO

    How ERP brings tangible return-on-investment to the manufacturing and distribution CEO

    19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    As the world continues to shift, manufacturers and distributors have had to contend with new complexities of doing business. Driven by emerging customer preferences and immediate supplier needs, the industry has had to adapt quickly in order to thrive.

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    Auditor General Tsakani Maluleke Set to Address Key Accounting and Auditing Challenges Facing The Public Sector

    19/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    To restore accountability and good governance in public finances in the face of a rising tide in cases of wastage, leakages and stealing in both national and provincial governments, public officials need to commit themselves to high standards of ethical conduct, acquit themselves with integrity and put the public interest first. The Auditor General of South Africa, Tsakani Maluleke is set to address this timely subject with accounting and auditing members of the public sector during the upcoming Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) 2021 annual conference.

    Dangerous organisations

    Three South African organisations placed on Facebook’s Dangerous Organisations list

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organisations (DIO) blacklist has three South African organisations and one crime group on its list. These organisations are:

    storytellers

    Netflix interested in African storytellers

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Netflix in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) is searching for storytellers from the sub-Saharan Africa region to enter a short-film contest where six finalists will have…

    litigation

    ICASA INTENDS TO OPPOSE LITIGATION BY TELKOM SA ON THE TEMPORARY SPECTRUM

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed that it has resolved to oppose the litigation instituted by Telkom to prevent the expiry of the temporary COVID-19 spectrum allocation.
    ICASA believes that the circumstances and considerations that informed the issuing of the radio frequency spectrum at the onset of the pandemic never contemplated that the spectrum would be licensed on a long-term…

    minus

    New social network Minus, that mimics Facebook, aims to add to social media users’ well-being

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Facebook and Instagram are designed to consume our time and attention, but it is increasingly clear that this is damaging to our mental health, privacy, and democracy.

    body temperature

    Apple working on body temp and posture monitoring health features for Airpods

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Apple Airpods may soon help you monitor your body temperature and posture, as the tech-giant company is working on adding health features to Airpods just like the recently-launched Apple Watch Series 7.

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    MTN Group receives recognition on the Fortune’s Change the World list

    18/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    MTN Group has received recognition on the 2021 Fortune Change the World list. The Change the World List is a global ranking of the top 53 companies that make a measurable progress addressing…

    public sector accounting

    Addressing Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Challenges

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Service delivery that satisfies citizens depends on clean governance and strengthening capacity building in the public sector. Thus to talk to the above issue, the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) will, for the first time, host a virtual conference from 15 to 17 November 2021. Themed “Citizens Come First” – the annual conference boast several key speakers. Tsakani Maluleke, the Auditor General of South Africa, is set…

    Yoco Khumo

    Khumo the new business tool for entrepreneurs from Yoco team

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Yoco has introduced its smartest card machine yet, the Yoco Khumo (means wealth, riches or abundance in Tswana), Yoco’s latest innovation for merchants to help fuel their business growth. This sleek and compact smart card machine is completely standalone and offers the fastest…

    Vantage

    Vantage Data Centers invests R15bn on first‐ever African campus in Johannesburg

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vantage Data Centers said yesterday it planned to invest more than R15 billion in its first‐ever African campus, which would be based in Johannesburg, which would help foster economic growth and stimulate job creation.

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    VodaPay Super App Goes Live

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodacom Financial and Digital Services has announced the much anticipated VodaPay Super App is finally live and can be accessed in the Google and Apple app stores. Available to customers on any mobile network, VodaPay launches with significant partners and discounts…

    Indian retailers

    Indian retailers demand probe on Amazon after report shows the e-commerce giant copied products

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren called for breaking up Amazon and Indian retailers demanded a government probe of the company after a Reuters investigation…

    Spotify Africa

    Spotify secures alternative payment methods through telcos to expand its growth in Africa

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Africa, with its internationally recognised musical talent – and growing mobile phone use – is central to Swedish music streamer Spotify’s plans to extend its reach to…

    cybersecurity

    Kaspersky launches dedicated ‘low budget’ security hub as 45% of South African SMBs struggle to fund cybersecurity

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Kaspersky has unveiled a free platform with tips and tricks for small businesses to help them quickly improve their organisation’s security. Kaspersky Cybersecurity on a Budget provides a set of short but actionable recommendations relevant for any company, as well as specific, but still easy to follow tips for different verticals and business needs.

    investment

    Africa is ripe for investment

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The South African Department of Trade and Industry met with SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss its R200 million investment into the country on site at the organisations new head quarters in Aeroton, Johannesburg. Critical conversation ahead of the German Africa Investment Conference taking place next week.

    CYBER COVER

    Bracing for Cyber Cover in Today’s Data Era

    15/10/2021 | By Tech Talk

    In today’s always-on, always-connected economy, businesses are under pressure to enhance their cybersecurity strategy and prove to their customers that data protection is critical to their engagement strategy. As the world economy continues to digitise operations, supply chains, business transactions and employee and customer services…

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    SAIGA the Public Sector Auditing Watchdog

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    An efficient public sector is the responsibility of everyone, whether working in government or not. Therefore, beneficial management of the South African democratic process relies on active and constructive participation of all. For an example, the upcoming local government elections are not just about ticking the ballot box to pick the desired candidate. Voting is among several courses of action for citizens in a democratic process. Other steps involve the public appreciating and embracing the fact about their municipalities needing them.

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    Twitter working on a fix for disappearing tweets

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Twitter is working on a fix for an issue where tweets disappear when a page automatically refreshes. The Twitter Support Page has revealed that the company will be rolling out updates to the way tweets are presented so they won’t disappear from view.

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    WhatsApp Payments testing ‘cashback’ feature in India

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    AFTER enabling a new payment chat shortcut to quickly send payments from the chat bar, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on another feature for payments called “Cashback” for Indian users.

    Silulo

    Silulo Ulutho and the 17-year struggle to close digital divide in townships

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The Information Technology skills challenge has been with South Africa for a long time now. Seventeen years ago, it inspired a teacher, Luvuyo Rani, to form Silulo Ulutho Technologies with his…

    digital quality

    South Africa ranked 68th in the Digital Quality of life index 2021

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    South Africa ranked 68th in the world out of 110 countries and first place in Africa in the Digital Quality of Life Index 2021. The global digital wellbeing study showed that South Africa dropped down by nine…

    iOS 15

    Apple Operating System (iOS15) is here protect your privacy

    27/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    The long-awaited iOS 15 is here. Although Apple has been on the wrong side of the privacy debate lately, the tech giant remains a leader in protecting user privacy. Here are some ways iOS 15 will protect…

    Airbnb

    AirBnB has a plan to empower local tourism entrepreneurs

    22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    THE South African tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic. Today, Airbnb is announcing a new three-year commitment in South Africa to address barriers to becoming a tourism entrepreneur, and to help rebuild a more inclusive and resilient domestic tourism economy. 

    Telkom

    Telkom has plans to list its masts and towers business

    22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Telkom surged nearly 13 percent on the JSE yesterday as it announced plans to list its masts and towers business as a separate entity. Telkom expects to make a final decision on the listing of the Gyro Masts & Towers business by the end of March next year.

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    Former Huawei smartphone unit faces a blacklist

    22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Key security agencies are divided over whether to place Huawei’s former smartphone company on an export blacklist, showing that the Trump-era debates about the trade-offs of doing business with Chinese technology companies continues during the Biden…

    heritage

    Call to digitise SA’s heritage content

    22/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    South African universities, public libraries and historical archives are sitting on treasure troves of valuable documents and manuscripts that have yet to be digitised. As a result, these historically significant documents are not easily available to historians and other academics for their…

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    Apple accused of copying Watch 7 features

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    As Apple was launching the new Apple Watch 7, there was one unhappy viewer of the semi-live streamed event, Kosta Eleftheriou, the founder of FlickType. For the first time, Apple added a full on-screen keyboard to the watch and Eleftheriou alleges that the new keyboard looks similar to the one his company designed in 2018.

    Russia

    Facebook and Google to be fined by Russia

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Russia’s internet regulator is poised to significantly raise the fines it has slapped on U.S. technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. as the Kremlin escalates its push to curb access to information online.

    ROBOT

    Could a robot help you buy your next computer?

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Intel Mexico has introduced a robotic store assistant, powered by Intel NUC Mini PCs, an Intel RealSense camera and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, which wanders the shopping aisles of El Palacio de Hierro in Mexico City, one of the biggest high-end Mexican retail stores.

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    New 4IR skills on the cards

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    MICT SETA has developed what they consider to be 11 4IR future skills. As part of this process the SETA has facilitated a process of gazetting them with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

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    Vodacom’s #CodeLikeAGirl programme set to inspire over 600 young girls into tech and STEM careers

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Vodacom has launched a programme that will see over 600 young girls between the ages of 14 and 18 receive coding training virtually from 4-7 October. Vodacom’s…

    real estate

    How new proptech is empowering estate agents

    21/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Due to lockdown and limited in person engagement the real estate industry has had to fast track the adoption of virtual and video tours, with some agencies already on the band waggon and others having…

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    WhatsApp users on stable iOS version receive multi-device support

    20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    WhatsApp has reportedly started rolling out the multi-device feature on the stable iOS version of the app. Users on the latest 2.21.180.14 version of WhatsApp for iOS, who have enrolled in the beta program, will now get a multi-device prompt under the “linked devices” section within “settings”, reports GSMArena.

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    YouTube is searching for South African creators

    20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Youtube has announced that the YouTube NextUp programme will be available in Nigeria and South Africa. The programme is an opportunity for creators to take their content creation to the next level. Twenty creators with eligible channels will be selected to win a production stipend of $1 000 (about R15 000) to be used for the acquisition of production equipment to advance their YouTube careers.

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    Online voter registration continues until midnight

    20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    “Voter registration for #LGE2021 continues online at https://registertovote.elections.org.za until midnight on Monday, September 20. Voters’ roll closes with a proclamation on this day. But hurry, register asap to avoid disappointment. #evervoicetogether” tweeted the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) as the voter registration centres were closing on Sunday.

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    The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Vodafone Urge Action to Connect 3.4BN People with Smartphones by 2030

    20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    A major new initiative has been launched by Vodafone Group Plc and ITU, the United Nations’ specialised agency for information and communication technologies, to address the global digital divide, with the aim that an additional 3.4 billion people could have the ability to access and use the internet through a smartphone by 2030.  

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    Kaspersky releases its first Transparency Report

    20/09/2021 | By Tech Talk

    Committed to greater transparency, the global cybersecurity company has publicly shared information on requests received from government and law enforcement agencies, and users for data and technical expertise in 2020 and H1 2021. Thanks to the growing importance of technology in modern life, demand for greater transparency of the software we use is also growing, including security solutions.

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