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Liquid Telecom raises R12.4-billion in bond sale

26/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Liquid Telecom has raised US$840-million (R12.4-billion) in a bond sale to refinance debt and expand further into Africa. The sale was conducted by joint bookrunners JPMorgan Chase & Co, Standard Chartered and Standard Bank Group, Liquid chief financial officer Kate Hennessy said on Thursday by e-mail. The amount raised includes a $100-million investment by the International Finance Corp.

australia

Some schools to start piloting coding, robotics curriculum

26/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Department of Basic Education is making headway in the national roll out of the new Coding and Robotics Curriculum for schools. “The draft coding and robotics curriculum has been submitted to Umalusi for evaluation and quality assurance, and a draft curriculum will soon be gazetted. During the course of this year, 200 schools will be piloting the draft curriculum from Grades R…

technology

R3-billion for SARS to spend on technology upgrades

26/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been given a huge injection of R3-billion to improve its technology infrastructure and artificial intelligence capabilities. The tax authority has been nearly decimated by years of capture under former commissioner Tom Moyane, impacting on its ability to collect taxes desperately needed to fund service delivery.

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Vodacom and Google SA empower rural communities with free smartphones

26/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom Limpopo Region, in partnership with Google South Africa, to give  hundreds of residents with Android powered smartphones at no cost  in eleven villages across the  Limpopo province. This forms part of Vodacom and Google’s continued efforts to reduce the digital divide and offer many who reside in deep rural communities in Limpopo province…

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Google added Password Checkup and new features to Android devices

26/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google has introduced six new features to Android phones that will make users feel secure and convenient, the company announced on its blog post. Not only is the company expanding its Password Checkup feature that was introduced in 2019, but it will also introduce schedule messages, dark theme in Google Maps, Talkback and Android Auto.

fake news

Uber to face class action over driver rights in South Africa

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Ride-hailing giant Uber is set to face a class action in South Africa, as drivers demand employee rights, as they have in some overseas countries. To make this happen, South African law firm Mbuyisa Moleele attorneys will be teaming up with UK-based firm Leigh Day, which has already won certain employee rights for 25 Uber drivers in the UK.

australia

Australia to force Facebook and Google to pay for content: New Law

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a new law designed to force Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content used on their platforms in reforms that could be replicated in other countries. Australia will be the first country where a government arbitrator will decide the price to be paid by the tech giants if…

social grants

Convergence Partners buys Middle East operations – Ctrack’s Africa

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The investment vehicle created by businessman Andile Ngcaba, Convergence Partners,  has acquired Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East from Nasdaq-listed Inseego.

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Fake news hurting vaccination rollout: Nzimande

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Government is working tirelessly to deal with the danger of fake news in the fight against COVID-19 and the vaccination plan. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, believes that while social media is beneficial for communicating, it can be easily hijacked to spread false claims about inoculation.

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Name change shakeup for the Eastern Cape

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has published a number of name changes for towns, cities and airports in the Eastern Cape, in the Government Gazette. “The transformation of the naming landscape is a critical component of the heritage landscape as a whole. The most notable change in the Eastern Cape Province is that of Port Elizabeth, which is now known as Gqeberha,”

treasury

Treasury projects the economy to grow by 3.3%

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

As the country begins to roll out a massive vaccination programme, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow by a rate of 3.3 percent in 2021. Releasing the Budget Review for the next three years, the National Treasury said on Wednesday the COVID-19 shock is estimated to…

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R9 billion cash injection for COVID-19 vaccine programme

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

In support of government’s quest to inoculate 67 percent of the South African population, the National Treasury will inject an amount of R9 billion to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. This was on Wednesday revealed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech in Parliament.

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Education to remain a priority in 2021

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

While education continues to be a priority, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced that government will in the next three years trim expenditure in the learning and culture function.  The Minister revealed this while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech, in Parliament, on Wednesday.

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Social grants to increase by below inflation

25/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Social grants will from April increase by below inflation rates of between 1.0 and 3.4 percent, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced. Coupled by this will be the ending of the social relief of distress grant in the same month, seeing expenditure on grants decreasing by 2.2 percent over the next three years.

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Service term changes clarified by WhatsApp

24/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

WhatsApp’s new terms of service updates will not allow the company to read personal conversations. The messaging app announced in January it would be making changes to its terms and privacy policy, leaving many users concerned the app – which is known for offering end-to-end encryption to keep conversations solely between those involved – would begin sharing data with its parent company, Facebook.

unemployment

Unemployment rises to 32.5%

24/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 32.5% in the last three months of 2020, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke has revealed. The increase presents a 1.7 percentage point increase from the third quarter of 2020. Despite the grim picture painted in the fourth quarter (Q4) Labour Force Survey, released on Tuesday, Stats SA said the Quarter 4 results 2020 show that the number of employed persons increased by 333 000…

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Microsoft to give employees extra paid days off to ease pandemic stress

24/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Microsoft told its employees Thursday they can take an additional five paid days off to ease stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft HR chief Kathleen Hogan said in an email to the company’s employees its senior leadership team is concerned about reports of increased “stress, uncertainty, exhaustion (and) in some cases grief” among the Redmond company’s employees.

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MTN SA Foundation rewards matric top achievers with laptops

24/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The MTN SA Foundation has rewarded South Africa’s top 183 matriculants with laptops for their hard work and dedication displayed in the 2020 National Senior Certificate examinations. “As a reward for their efforts and stellar results, MTN Foundation is handing over laptop computers to the top 33 achievers nationally, as well as providing laptops to the top 15 achievers in each province.

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Technology is the game changer for health sector in Africa

24/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Technology has not only responded to the immediate health challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, but to regular healthcare needs across the continent too. Vodacom Group Chief Officer for International Markets, Diego Gutierrez shares some ways digital healthcare solutions improve and save lives across our markets: Enhancing healthcare facilities through digitalisation

toll tariffs

Toll tariffs to increase by 3.39%

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has approved the 2021 toll tariffs as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). Toll tariffs on South Africa’s national roads will be adjusted on 1 March 2021 by 3.39%. “The toll tariff amounts are adjusted by the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate and therefore remain the same in real terms and are effectively not increased above the base date toll tariff from when the toll was initially implemented.

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Safaricom’s network ranked best for data calls in Kenya

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Umlaut found Safaricom to be the only mobile operator to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services across the country including in rural areas, therefore contributing to the operator achieving the best call set-up time.

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MTN Uganda Announces the MTN Foundation Youth Empowerment Program Winners

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN Foundation Uganda has selected 100 youths for its Youth Empowerment Program. A call for applications was put up at the end of last year and close to 2000 applicants took a shot at the exciting offer.

Digital Material

Digital Material appoints Nomakhosi Skosana as Managing Director

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Leading mobile technology platforms provider, Digital Material, an Ocean on 76 Group company, has announced the appointment of former Vodacom executive, Nomakhosi Skosana as its new Managing Director. 

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The 2020 matric pass rate is 76.2%

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced the pass rate for the matric class of 2020. The national matric pass rate for the class of 2020 is 76.2% – down by 5.1 percentage points from 2019’s matric pass rate of 81.3%. A total of 607,226 candidates enrolled…

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Learners with special needs score over 600 distinctions

23/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Learners with special education needs achieved a combined total of 653 distinctions, in the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made this announcement at a ceremony held at the Government Communication…

Whatsapp Privacy Policy

This might happen to you if you don’t accept WhatsApp’s privacy policy

22/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Following backlash from users over new privacy policy, WhatsApp has come up with a list of details of changes that a user could face after ignoring its terms by the May 15 deadline. WhatsApp has now detailed what will happen to users who won’t agree to new privacy changes through a mail which…

ICASA

ICASA provides an update on spectrum auction process

22/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) advises stakeholders that the announcement of qualified bidders in terms of the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Invitation to Apply (ITA) of 2 October 2020 has been moved from the initial date of 22 February 2021 to 23 March 2021.

Smile Telecoms

Founder of Smile Telecoms Holdings retire

22/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Smile Telecoms Holdings founder, Irene Charnley, has retired with effect from 1 January 2021, the Pan-African telecommunications group said today. Hailed as one of Africa’s most successful business leaders, Charnley has led Smile Telecom’s innovation and pioneering of Africa’s first…

Matric Results

MTN SA Foundation to host Matric results

22/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in Pretoria today. The event for the matric results will be hosted by the Ministry of Basic Education in partnership with the MTN SA Foundation.

Home Affairs

SA critical technology skills

22/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has published the 2021 Critical Skills List which shows which skills are in high demand in South Africa. This is an important development as it provides South African businesses with a framework if they want to attract skilled workers to South Africa. A critical skills work visa may…

Lanseria Smart City

Youth urged to comment on Lanseria Smart City draft framework

19/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Spokesperson for the Ministry in the Presidency Nonceba Mhlauli has encouraged young people to comment on the Lanseria Smart City draft framework. In his hybrid State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week…

Hydrogen cell

SA moves to manufacture, commercialise hydrogen cell technology

19/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

After over a decade of research and development around hydrogen fuel technology, President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is now ready to manufacture and commercialise hydrogen fuels technology.

Copper Criminals

Copper thieves sentenced to combined 1 250 years

19/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Izinyoka, copper criminals, who were found guilty on 50 counts of copper cable theft involving infrastructure owned by Telkom and Eskom, have been sentenced to a combined 1 250 years in jail. Eskom says that the high court in Cape Town handed down the tough sentences last week. The shortest jail term…

Whatsapp Privacy Policy

WhatsApp forges ahead with privacy update for users

19/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

WhatsApp says it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update.
It vowed it will allow users to read it at “their own pace”. The messaging platform released fresh terms in January, with its main goal of increasing business transactions on the platform. The policy update would…

Twitter Voice

Twitter launches voice direct messages feature

19/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Twitter has introduced a voice direct message feature on iOS and Android in India, the company made announced on its Twitter page. Apart from launching in India, the feature will also be available in Brazil and Japan. The company says the feature will be rolled out in India in phases as they…

Digital Migration

Ndabeni-Abrahams commits to speed up digital migration project

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has committed to speed up the digital migration project, which will lead to a complete analogue switch-off in March 2022. This is in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address that the long-awaited national switch-off process of analogue…

broadband connectivity

Government revising guidelines on broadband connectivity

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Africa and most economic sectors were shut down, South Africans turned to e-commerce to access basic needs like food and supplies, while schools turned to e-learning. 

Rain

Rain executive director steps down

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Rain has announced that its chief risk officer, Phumlani Moholi, will step down as an executive director effective from 1 March 2021.
“Phumlani will continue to sit on Rain’s board as a non-executive director and remains a shareholder,” Rain said.

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Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Diverging With Google on Proposed Law

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

For months, Facebook and Google have been locked in a stare-down with news publishers and lawmakers in Australia.
At the heart of the fight is whether the tech giants should pay news organizations for the news articles that are shared on…

Google Maps

Google Maps adds ability to pay for parking

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google Maps is adding the ability to pay for street parking and transit fares right from the app. The initiative is being rolled out in collaboration with Google Pay, the company said. Google Maps said it is adding two mobile parking payment solutions providers, Passport…

Vodacom

More than 80% of enterprises are choosing to take a hybrid strategy in adopting cloud technology, making use of multi-cloud deployment

18/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

More than 80% of enterprises are choosing to take a hybrid strategy in adopting cloud technology, making use of multi-cloud deployment models to take advantage of scalability and flexibility in their workloads. 

SA Parliament

SA Parliament to invite Facebook to account

17/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed that Facebook will be invited by the South African Parliament’s Committee of Communications and Digital Technologies to respond to questions about misinformation on its platforms. The move to summon the world’s largest social media platform to SA’s legislature comes after DA MP and spokesperson on communications, Phumzile van Damme,

Mastercard and MTN

Mastercard collaborates with MTN MoMo for global e-commerce

17/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Mastercard and MTN Group have formed a partnership that will allow millions of MTN Mobile Money customers to pay for goods and services on global e-commerce platforms. The Mastercard virtual payment solution will be available…

Global Connectivity Index

SA ranks 56th in Global Connectivity Index 2020

17/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Africa is ranked 56th out of 79 countries in the latest Huawei Global Connectivity Index 2020 report. Despite an all-round challenging year, the country improved in the development of the AI and IOT technology enablers. Broadband and Cloud, however, showed no movement…

Eskom

Electricity prices to increase by 15%

17/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that an amount of R10 billion be added to Eskom’s allowable revenue to be recovered from tariff customers in the 2021/22 financial year. “This consent order follows Eskom’s application in terms of section 18(3) of the Superior Courts Act, 2013….

ICASA

ICASA appoints new members to complaints and compliance committee

16/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

ICASA has appointed Judge Thokozile Masipa as chairperson of the new five-member Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC). Masipa was presiding judge in the 2014 trial of Oscar Pistorius for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp. In her new role at ICASA, she will head a committee that is responsible for investigating, adjudicating, hearing and recommending appropriate sanctions on complaints from…

MTN

MTN targets net zero carbon emissions by 2040

16/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has committed itself to achieving net zero emissions by 2040. That’s a big target given that MTN burns millions of litres of diesel every year to keep its base stations running in markets where there…

BlackBerry

BlackBerry phones with classic keyboards and 5G to launch later this year

16/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Blackberry’s new owner, has confirmed that it will launch new devices later this year. BlackBerry’s partnership with TCL ended last year, and after a few months, it signed with OnwardMobility.
In a recent interview…

SASSA

SASSA urges use of online channels

16/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

SASSA has urged recipients of the R350 COVID-19 grant to use the online channels at their disposal for any application amendments, or to lodge appeals. This comes after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced last week that the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will continue to be paid…

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R207 million in Phuthuma Nathi dividends unclaimed

15/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Phutuma Nathi is looking for 22 000 shareholders who owned shares and did not receive dividends between 2006 and 2020. There is R207 million in unclaimed dividends, waiting for their rightful owners.

Indian Government

Stanford report says Clubhouse may be leaking data to Chinese government

15/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

As invite-only audio chat app Clubhouse becomes popular globally including in India, researchers at Stanford University in the US have warned that the app may be leaking users’ audio data to the Chinese government.

WeChat

Joe Biden asks for pause in Donald Trump’s effort to ban WeChat

15/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Biden administration on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to place a hold on proceedings surrounding the Trump administration’s attempted ban of the Chinese social media app WeChat, a day after it asked a different court for a similar delay involving a TikTok case.

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South Africa’s newspaper industry in trouble

15/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) data for the fourth quarter of 2020 is harrowing: There will be no rebound for print, and newspapers in particular. The long, slow structural decline of the sector in South Africa has reached the point of no return. Circulations for daily newspapers are down by 40%, on average, over one year. 

Analogue TV

SA to start analogue TV switch-off in March

12/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The long-awaited national switch-off process of analogue television transmitters will get underway next month. The analogue switch-off will see the country move away from analogue to digital broadcasting. “It is anticipated that this process, which will be done province-by-province, will…

Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa says high-speed spectrum is at an advanced stage

12/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) said he noted the licensing of spectrum and the ongoing legal battles that have followed after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) set the ball rolling for the spectrum auction.

Indian Government

Twitter complies with Indian government orders to block hundreds of accounts

12/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The platform said it is currently exploring options to circumvent the blocking orders as it believes the company’s fundamental right to free expression under Indian law has been violated. Twitter has permanently banned or hidden over 500 accounts in response to…

YouTube

Top 100 subscription apps earned $13bn in 2020 as YouTube takes lead

12/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Global consumer spending in the top 100 non-game subscription-based apps grew 34 per cent (year-over-year) from $9.7 billion in 2019 to $13 billion last year. YouTube was the subscription app leader across both Apple and Google app stores, earning…

Vodacom Business

Vodacom Business on disaster recovery through cloud computing

12/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom Business says that during the last year alone, we have seen a number of organisations become the latest victims of targeted cyber-attacks and large-scale data breaches, ultimately bringing business to their knees.

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Hawks make yet another arrest at Cell C

11/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Another arrest related to a fraud and corruption investigation at Cell C was made by the Hawks, the elite police crime-fighting unit said. A police team in Germiston arrested Adriraan Pillay, 39, for alleged fraud and corruption involving a tender scam amounting to R130-million…

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SABC wants TV licence fees for laptops, DStv decoders, and Netflix

11/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies and the SABC want South Africans to pay TV licences for laptops, tablets, DStv decoders, and Netflix subscriptions but have dropped smartphones from the list.

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Twitter expects revenue to grow faster than expenses this year

11/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Despite what has been described as an extraordinary year with unusual circumstances by tech mogul Jack Dorsey, his microblogging and social network platform Twitter still saw growth in its fourth quarter earnings of 2020.

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Apple iPhone 12 mini sales slow

11/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Apple Inc’s iPhone 12 mini U.S. sales were just 5% of overall sales of its new phones during the first half of January, industry data provider Counterpoint said on Tuesday, adding to signs of muted demand for the new smaller version of its flagship device.

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Bracelets to turn humans into batteries

11/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

In a move that will give chills to fans of the dystopian movie “The Matrix”, scientists have developed a wearable device that could use the human body to replace batteries. Echoing world-domineering robots’ use of enslaved humans in the 1999 cyberpunk movie, U.S. researchers…

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Clubhouse app blocked in China and added to ’Great Firewall’

10/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Access to audio app Clubhouse was blocked in China on Monday, users and an anti-censorship watchdog said, ending a brief window that allowed thousands of mainland users to join in discussions often censored in China.

altron

Altron to sell more subsidiaries

10/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Altron to sell its Altron Document Solutions, Arrow and People Solutions subsidiaries, which it has identified as non-core. The group has already identified a range of parties that are interested in participating in a sale of these companies, CEO Mteto Nyati says.

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Information Regulator supports electoral law amendments

10/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Information Regulator is in support of key amendments to South Africa’s Electoral Laws Amendment Bill, which will allow the voters’ roll to continue to be accessed by the public. Launched in early 2020, Clubhouse’s global user numbers soared…

BICS

MTN Group to exit BICS stake

10/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN Group has agreed to sell its 20% shareholding in BICS — formerly Belgacom International Carrier Services — to Proximus Group in a transaction worth R1.8-billion. “The sale represents further progress in MTN’s stated asset realisation programme, which aims to reduce debt…

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Novel AI tool promises to thwart Covid-19 mutations

09/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Researchers have developed a new method to counter emergent mutations of Covid-19 and hasten vaccine development to stop the pathogen responsible for killing thousands of people and ruining economies. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the research team at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering developed a method to speed the analysis of vaccines and zero in on the best potential preventive…

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What is GameStop actually worth?

09/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Shares of video game retailer GameStop Corp have been on a wild ride. Analysts who cover the company, however, remain unmoved from their conviction that the stock still has much further to fall before it meets reality. The company’s shares soared more than 1,600% in January as retail investors, urged on by…

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Huawei hopes Biden will have ‘open policy’

09/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Huawei Technologies’ founder says he is confident that the Biden administration would bear in mind US business interests when forming its policy towards the Chinese technology giant, adding that they still hoped to buy US products. Ren, who was making his first media appearance since March last year, said it was…

TikTok

TikTok takes on Facebook with US e-commerce

09/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Tiktok is planning an expansion into e-commerce in the US, where it will go head-to-head with Silicon Valley giant Facebook. The company has briefed advertisers on a number of new features for 2021 such as a tool that lets its most popular users share links to products and automatically earn commission on…

telkom

Telkom revenue up

08/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Telkom, South Africa’s leading landline operator, said on Monday group revenue for the nine months ending December 31 climbed 0.9%, driven by a 40.7% rise in mobile service revenue. The news sent shares up 7.6% to R39.74 rand at the open. Group revenue rose to R32.4 billion ($2.18 billion) from R32.1 billion in the same period a year earlier, said the partly…

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Google first tech company to comply with new South Korean Internet law

08/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Korea’s ICT ministry said on Monday that tech giant Google will take measures to provide stable services, becoming the first company to come under the country’s revised law that holds online content providers accountable for service errors.

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Chinese users evade censors by flocking to private social app Clubhouse

08/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the U.S. app remains uncensored by authorities despite flourishing discussions on rights, national identity and other sensitive topics.

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Vodacom contributes R10 million to new Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund 1

08/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom has pledged R10 million to fund a private sector-led, multi-sectoral Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Response Fund 1 to support the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), and the wider GBVF response…

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Vodacom offers 5G on iPhone 12

08/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom has announced* owners of Apple’s latest iPhone 12 smartphones can finally connect to the company 5G network. “Vodacom is pleased to share that we’re now offering 5G cellular support for the powerful new iPhone 12 line-up,” the company said in a brief statement. The launch of 5G support on Apple’s new iPhones comes nearly two months after rival MTN South Africa was able to offer it.

Covid-19

Call to make COVID-19 info available in all languages

05/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

As the country prepares to distribute its first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has called for information to be made available in all official languages. “Never has the importance of the use of language been more pertinent than it is right now during the pandemic. Therefore, it is particularly critical…

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Correctional Services warns of scam

05/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Department of Correctional Services has urged the public not to fall prey to fake recruitment scams bearing its name and logo.
This comes after the department has noted an increase in circulation of such scams on various social media sites in recent months. The scams include bogus advertisements for Correctional Services learnerships, calling…

Spotify

Spotify reports triple net loss for in 2020

05/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Spotify on Wednesday reported a tripled net loss in 2020, citing increased operating expenses, even as the number of paying subscribers continued to increase.
At the end of 2020, the number of monthly active users was 345 million, a 27-percent increase compared with a year earlier. Paying subscribers, the main source of revenue for… 

TikTok

TikTok introduces warnings to unverified videos information

05/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

TikTok has added a new feature that will fight the spread of misinformation on its platform. The new update will introduce a warning display on videos that may contain uncertain information that could not be verified by the apps fact-checkers. It will start to warn users when resharing the videos in question.

T-Sytems South Africa

Gijima gets a nod for T-Systems acquisition

05/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Gijima on Thursday announced it has been given the green light by the Competition Commission to acquire rival T-Systems South Africa. The approval will make Gijima the biggest black-owned ICT company in Southern Africa when 500 T-Systems employees join the company next month, Gijima said in a statement on Thursday.

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COVID-19 online vaccination registration now open for medics

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Clinicians can now self-register to get their COVID-19 inoculation, as government prepares for its historic vaccination rollout in the next coming weeks. Launching the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) on Wednesday, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said more than 34 000 frontline workers have already registered.

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No reason to pull Huawei from blacklist says Biden commerce secretary

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

US President Joe Biden’s nominee for commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, said she knows of “no reason” why Huawei Technologies, ZTE and other Chinese companies shouldn’t remain on a restricted trade list. Raimondo, in written questions from senate Republicans, was asked about the two companies, as well as Semiconductor Manufacturing…

instagram

Instagram adds ‘Recently Deleted’ feature

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Instagram has added a new feature that will allow users to restore their deleted posts. The new feature was designed to help users review and restore their deleted content in the app such as videos, reels, IGTV videos, stories and photos. “We’re rolling out Recently Deleted, a feature to help you manage your content. We know this is something people have been asking…

zoom meeting room

You can now control Zoom meeting rooms from your phone

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Zoom users can now control their meeting room experienced from their mobile devices, eliminating the need for users to touch the shared in-room controller. The video chat app has announced the general availability of new Zoom Rooms innovations that will help organisations safely re-enter the office and sustain an…

drizly

Uber to buy leading alcohol delivery service Drizly in $1.1bn deal

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Acquisition of Drizly, which will be integrated into Uber’s Eats platform but maintain separate app, pushes share price up 6.5%. Uber is acquiring on-demand alcohol platform Drizly for about $1.1bn as the ride-share company looks to expand delivery services that have flourished during the pandemic.

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Vodacom says delay in spectrum auction will negative impact on consumers

04/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub says further delays to the much-awaited auction of the spectrum will likely have a negative impact on consumers. The long wait for spectrum has persisted for several years and the planned auction in March is facing obstacles, due to recent multiple court applications brought by Vodacom’s competitors, MTN…

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Elon Musk makes debut on buzzy social app Clubhouse

03/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Elon Musk’s debut on a new social-conversation app was a wild ride, with talk ranging from wiring a monkey’s brain for video gaming to the entrepreneur’s grilling of Robinhood’s chief executive, all while many users were unable to join because of the surge in demand to hear the world’s richest man speak. Many who tried tuning into Clubhouse, the app backed by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, ended up…

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All you need to know about Apple’s tracking prompt

03/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook will begin rolling out a notification for iPhone users globally about how data is used for personalized ads, said the company in a blog post. Facebook assured users that the notification won’t invade privacy and collect new types of data. “Apple’s new prompt is designed to present a false trade-off between personalized ads and privacy; when in fact, we can provide both.

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Signal introduces animated stickers

03/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

The increasingly popular messaging app Signal has added a number of mainstream features such as chat wallpapers, animated stickers and an “About” section in your profile. Ever since WhatsApp announced its controversial privacy policy update, both Signal and Telegram have seen a surge in growth as users around the world started migrating to the two platforms.

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MTN appoints Citi, Standard Bank for local towers sale

03/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN Group has appointed Citigroup and Standard Bank Group to advise on a sale and leaseback of some of the carrier’s South African telecommunications towers, according to people familiar with the matter. MTN is looking to raise between R5-billion and R10-billion from the deal, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the process…

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Vodacom Group Limited trading update for the quarter ended 31 December 2020

02/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Group service revenue grew by 3.9% (4.2%*), driven by strong growth in South Africa and improved growth from our International operations. Group revenue growth of 6.4% (6.7%*) in the quarter was ahead of Group service revenue growth and supported by equipment and non-service revenue in South Africa.

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Unlock your iPhone via Apple

02/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Soon you will be able to unlock your iPhone with Face ID even when with a Covid-19 mask on, but only if you are wearing an Apple Watch. In the next iOS 14 update, Apple Watch will give you haptic feedback to let you know your iPhone has been unlocked, reports Pocket-lint. The new iPhone iOS version 14.5, now available as developer Beta, has the functionality to unlock your iPhone via Apple Watch as you travel…

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Google Chrome starts rolling out tab groupings for Android

02/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google has started rolling out a new update that features a new interface for switching tabs, and a new tab grouping feature to help organise open web pages for Android app. According to 9to5Google, Chrome’s new grid layout replaces the vertically arranged list of cards that nearly spanned the entire width of your screen.

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Samsung Pay is the safest way to pay

02/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Fresh from reaching the three million transactions milestone this year, Samsung Pay, South Africa’s widely used mobile wallet payment solution has been enthusiastically embraced by the nation. It is a safe, simple and secure way to pay using over 40 Galaxy devices and watches. 

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Spotify to suggest music based on your ’emotional state’

02/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Spotify wants to suggest music based on your mood. The music streaming service is planning to launch new patented technology that will analyze users voice to track their emotions and environment to play tracks that are best suited to their “emotional state, gender, age, or accent”.

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Telegram lets users import chat history from WhatsApp on iOS and Android

01/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Telegram has added a new feature which allows users to import their chat history from WhatsApp, the company announced on their blog post. The new feature will also allow users to move their individual and group chats from apps like Line and KakaoTalk to Telegram. The new update comes after Telegram saw a great increase in downloads, as users started migrating to the platform.

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Xiaomi may launch a smartphone with 200W fast charging

01/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Xiaomi is reportedly working on a new smartphone with 200W fast charging technology. According to a Weibo post, a Chinese microblogging website a 200W flagship device will be launching soon. The Weibo post added that the 200W fast…

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Smartphone sales by Huawei plunge as US sanctions bite

01/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Sales of smartphones made by Chinese telecom giant Huawei plunged in the latest quarter of 2020 as they were hit by US sanctions on its suppliers, research firm Canalys says. Domestic sales fell 44 percent to 18.8 million units in October-December, according to data released by research…

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President promotes platform for safety of journalists

01/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

African Union (AU) chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has endorsed the Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists in Africa. “We support and endorse this initiative to give practical support to the right of all Africans to freely receive information, and to express…

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Government to use online platform for COVID-19 vaccination

01/02/2021 | By Tech Talk

Government will use an electronic system to keep track of everyone who gets the COVID-19 vaccine as South Africa gears up for its historical mass vaccination. The Department of Health’s Acting Chief Operating Officer (COO), Milani Wolmarans, said the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS), will allow the department to capture all relevant data associated with…

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Apple 1 billion iPhones now active on Earth

29/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The active installed base of iPhones has reached a new all-time high, surpassing 1 billion devices globally, the company announced on Thursday. iPhone revenue was a record $65.6 billion in the December quarter, growing 17 per cent…

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WhatsApp gets new security feature

29/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Popular messaging app WhatsApp is adding a new layer of security for users wanting to link their accounts to their computers via WhatsApp Web or desktop. WhatsApp has recently been under intense scrutiny over its updated…

instagram

Instagram launches improved ‘Stories’ layout for desktop

29/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Instagram has rolled out a new layout for “Stories” feature for the desktop users. The company is updating its “Stories” feature so that it opens up to show a carousel of videos, which previews what’s cued up next and the content that just played.

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Google Play Points rewards in SA

29/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google has on Wednesday launched the much-loved Google Play Points in South Africa, allowing users to redeem hard-earned points for in-app items or Google Play Credit. It was launched this week in South Africa and 12 other countries – Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and…

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ICASA to oppose the court application filed by MTN at the High Court

29/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA/the Authority”) received an urgent court application on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, filed by MTN (Pty) Ltd (“MTN”) in respect of the Invitation To Apply (“ITA”) for high demand spectrum or International Mobile Telecommunications (“IMT”) spectrum licensing process.

Whatsapp

WhatsApp reiterates commitment to user privacy through Status platform

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Following the WhatsApp privacy policy saga, the company has launched an official account on its status platform. On Wednesday, users woke up to four new status messages that were displayed on WhatsApp.

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MTN takes Icasa to court over 5G spectrum auction

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN SA has become the third company after Telkom and E-TV to take the industry regulator, Icasa, to court over the upcoming spectrum auction. Vuyani Jarana’s Mafadi Consortium has also criticised the process being championed by ICASA…

IBM

IBM sales dip as pandemic hits tech firm

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Although the tech giant may have seen a slight growth in revenue, it was not enough to convince investors as the company’s shares dropped 6.7 percent to $122.98 in extended trading after IBM’s fourth consecutive quarter of sales decline, while sales from cloud and cognitive…

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MTN partners with African Union on COVID-19 vaccinations

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

In a unique public/private partnership, MTN, Africa’s leading mobile network, has announced a donation of US$25 million to support the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. The donation will help secure up to seven million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for health workers across the continent, which will contribute to the vaccination initiative of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

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Liquid Telecom buys QBS Group’s MEA operations

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Liquid Telecom has announced a strategic acquisition of the Middle East & African (MEA) operations of Quattro Business Solutions (QBS). The company says the acquisition will allow the company to innovate and enhance its digital services offerings.

musica

Clicks to close Music Retailer’s Stores

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Musica is no more. We’ve known is coming for some time. Clicks Group informed investors on Wednesday that it will close the music retailer’s stores countrywide. The music retailer was founded 29 years ago. The JSE-listed company informed investors that its board has…

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MultiChoice to develop next generation of scriptwriters

28/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Twelve young South Africans have been selected by MultiChoice to participate in a continental first Scriptwriting Incubator to find the next generation of storytellers. Starting in February, the full-time MultiChoice Talent Factory South Africa (MTFza) Scriptwriting Incubator…

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Revamp for Google mobile search

27/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google has redesigned how search results will look like on mobile, the company announced in a blog post. The company said it hopes the new change will simplify things for users. Though the changes might be minor, the new redesign promises to bring information into focus, making text easier to read, creating more breathing room, using colour to highlight what’s important, and leaning into that “Googley” feeling.

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TikTok rival in China Kuaishou aims to be the biggest IPO since pandemic began

27/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Chinese tech giant that has created video sharing app Kuaishou has set its financial standards high as it looks to raise over $4.95 billion in an initial public offering (IPO). This is believed to be the largest in Hong Kong for more than a year. Kuaishou is an app where users can film short-form videos and live stream…

vodafone

Vodafone to sell Ghana operation to Vodacom

27/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodafone Group is considering options for its Ghana business as it focuses on reorganising the group and paying down debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The British telecommunications giant could sell its majority stake in the unit to Johannesburg-listed Vodacom Group, in which Vodafone is the biggest shareholder…

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Apple iOS 14.4 fixes 3 bugs that were ‘actively exploited’ by hackers

27/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Two of the bugs were found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers the Safari browser, and the Kernel, the core of the operating system. Apple said additional details would be available soon on the three bugs so the iPhone and iPad users should update to iOS 14.4 as soon as possible.

clubhouse

Scrutiny mounts over audio-only social app Clubhouse

27/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

When Clubhouse, a private social app, debuted in March of last year, it was hard for most people to score an invitation. Over the summer, that sense of exclusivity fueled intrigue and chatter, especially as big names in music, entertainment and tech created accounts.

TikTok

Authorities wants TikTok to block users if the age is unverified

26/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The video-sharing social media platform TikTok has been ordered by data privacy authority to temporarily block the accounts of users whose age cannot be verified. This comes after the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the platform.

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Developer slams Apple and Google after COVID game gets rejected

26/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

German app developer has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities against Google and Apple which he said last year rejected a game aimed at encouraging compliance with government COVID-19 rules.

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Vodacom and Cell C agreement

26/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

From screaming headlines of privacy invasion to the reality of the new WhatsApp terms of service. It didn’t take long for the first scandal to hit 2021. WhatsApp announced that users must accept the new terms of service by February 2021 or lose use of the application, and the terms were cause for global concern.

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New eFiling browser for SARS

26/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has launched a new eFiling browser in response to users complaining that they were having issues with Flash forms not loading on the eFiling website.

Twitter

Twitter launches program for users to fact-check tweets

26/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Twitter has launched a new community-based pilot program called Birdwatch that allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading, and write notes that provide informative context.

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Tribunal issues order for interim arrangement in GovChat and WhatsApp saga

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Competition Tribunal has released an order for an interim arrangement between GovChat, WhatsApp and Facebook until it issues its decision in GovChat’s interim relief application against WhatsApp and Facebook.

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iPhone 13 models to come with sensor-shift camera stabilisation

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Apple is reportedly planning to bring sensor-shift optical image stabilisation to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. According to industry sources, next-generation iPhones slated for launch in the second half of 2021 would all come with sensor-shift stabilisation technology, reports DigiTimes.

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Vodacom and Cell C agreement

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Vodacom and Cell C reached an agreement which is behind the recent migration of Cell C’s contract and broadband user base to Vodacom’s network. Two weeks ago, Cell C announced that the migration process has started with contract and broadband customers. This a month after the migration actually started.

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Alphabet shuts Loon

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Google parent Alphabet is shutting down its Internet balloon business, Loon, which aimed to provide a less expensive alternative to cellphone towers, saying on Thursday that it was not commercially viable. Founded in 2011, Loon aimed to bring connectivity to areas of the world where building cell towers is too expensive…

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Cellular Handsets Strategic Driver for Mr Price Stores

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

South African retailer Mr Price uses cellular handsets and accessories to drive footfall traffic into its stores and online platforms. Driving in-store traffic is the daily mission for every brick-and-mortar retail business. Catching the customer’s eyes and attracting them to a store and the cash register has always been a challenge for retailers.

Ayoba

African messaging app Ayoba assures users of privacy and security protection

25/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

As people everywhere ramp up their usage of instant messaging, more and more are choosing Ayoba. MTN Group is proud to partner with this unique instant messaging platform localised for the needs of consumers across Africa. Launched in 2019 to improve access to affordable communications, ayoba is active in 17 MTN markets…

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Facebook urged to withdraw WhatsApp privacy policy update

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

India’s technology ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw changes to its privacy policy the messenger announced this month, saying the new terms take away choice from Indian users. 

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Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest slapped with new ad ban

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday. Under the law, which critics say…

SABC

SABC blackout

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

SABC unions are threatening a blackout of all services this morning if restructuring and retrenchment processes are not halted. Aubrey Tshabalala, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), said a go-slow at the SABC started yesterday which already resulted in a few glitches.

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SANEF pays tribute to Jackson Mthembu, the ally and defender of media freedom

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The South African National Editors’ Forum has paid tribute to the late Minister Jackson Mthembu who died on Thursday, describing him as an ally and defender of media freedom and freedom of expression.

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Arts dept working on third phase relief funding

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture says it is fast tracking a third phase of relief funding for the industry to alleviate pressure on those hard hit by the ongoing lockdown. To date, the department has implemented the first and second phases of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Nearly 5 000 practitioners were recommended for the first phase and over R80 million was paid out to the sector.

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Apple could be planning a podcast subscription service

22/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new subscription service that would be focused on podcasts. The tech giant is currently in talks with production companies about the service which would charge people to listen to podcasts, reports The Information. By charging for individual podcasts, Apple could give creators a new way to make more money, which may convince them to…

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President Ramaphosa extends condolences to Mthembu family

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his deepest sympathy to the family of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, who passed away earlier today from COVID-19 related complications. “Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and life-long champion of freedom and democracy.

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 3.5%

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5% per annum, Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, has announced. Speaking during a virtual media briefing on Thursday, Kganyago said during the MPC meeting, two members of the committee preferred a 25 basis point cut and three preferred to hold rates at the current level.

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Need for internet regulation increases as pandemic highlights digital divide

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Biden administration’s agenda, already focused on the coronavirus, will face immediate pressure to address a related tech issue: access to home broadband that has become essential to continuing work, school and other important activities…

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Major changes at Liquid Telecoms

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Liquid Telecom is undergoing major changes – including a rebranding and a revised strategy for the next financial year. Last year, the company announced a rebranding to “Liquid Intelligent Technologies”, as well as restructuring which saw it retrench a number…

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Bright Sky SA gender-based violence awareness app has been zero-rated

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

To prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Vodacom announced that it has zero-rated its Bright Sky SA app, which was launched in November last year. This in order to ensure that Vodacom users will not incur any data costs when downloading the app or…

Blade Nzimande

Communications Ministry accuses eNCA of dragging its feet over body-shaming comment

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Ministry of Communications has accused eNCA of dragging its feet to deal with the comments made by its news anchor relating to the body-shaming of Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

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FNB launched Virtual Card all customers

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

First National Bank has launched its Virtual Card offering to all customers after a period of beta testing. Virtual Card is a digital card solution built into its smartphone app on Android and iOS that FNB believes will make both online and physical payments significantly safer and more convenient. Virtual Card is activated and stored in FNB customers’ profiles on the FNB app. Only they have access to it and the CVV…

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MultiChoice invests R26 million to grow SA’s skills pipeline

21/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

MultiChoice South Africa today announced that two hundred and thirty-six students will benefit from bursaries worth R26 million in 2021. The company is making tertiary education a reality for students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, Broadcasting, Media, Film & Television, Human Resources, Finance, Economics, Law, Communications, UI/UX/CX Design, Consumer Insights and Advertising.

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Public servants to get training on digital transformation

20/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Public servants are set to receive training on innovation and management in the digital and data era, as well as leadership in a time of crisis. The training, which is part of improving the capacity of the State to better deliver services to the public, is a result of a partnership between South Africa and France.

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Netflix subscribers pass 200 million

20/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Netflix Inc. ended its biggest year in company history with a bang, adding more customers than expected and saying it no longer needs to borrow money to build its entertainment empire.

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MTN to pay R11.4-million damages

20/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Supreme Court of appeal has dismissed MTN South Africa’s appeal against a judgment ordering it to pay R11.4-million in damages, plus interest, to a dealer whose business was shut down…

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Microsoft Invests R29 Billion in GM’s Driverless Vehicle Company Cruise

20/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Microsoft has invested in Cruise, General Motors (GM) driverless car unit, pushing the company’s valuation to $30 billion (R447 billion). The global tech company…

Blade Nzimande

5G and other COVID-19 myth stories are nonsense

 19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande says 5G and other COVID-19 myths are false and rubbish stories. “This thing about people questioning vaccines now has a danger of misleading people,” he stressed. “All of us when we are born we’re vaccinated, even children who are born now as we’re speaking they’re being vaccinated against…

MTN

MTN dismisses 5G link to COVID-19

19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN has poured cold water on any link between 5G and COVID-19, stating the myth has been discredited globally by scientists. The company says it will continue to work to raise awareness and direct its efforts to combat the pandemic and support customers and society.

Cell C

Cell C to rent out its head office

19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Parts of Cell C’s head office in Midrand, which boasts a customer walk-in centre, an IT centre, warehouse facilities and office space, is for rent. The Cell C campus was developed by Atterbury, with construction starting in July 2012 after an official sod-turning ceremony with former Cell C CEO Alan…

Students

Students to receive more data

19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the government is working with mobile networks for the long-term provision of data to students. Nzimande says while networks had provided data to students as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was tired… 

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TransUnion and Fincheck join forces

 19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

TransUnion has linked up with South African financial marketplace Fincheck, to make the credit application process easier for consumers. Announcing the partnership today, the companies say consumers are able to access a free TransUnion credit report on Fincheck, which helps them understand their financial position to make better, more responsible financial decisions.

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SA must embrace innovation to rebuild economy: President Ramaphosa

19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

With the COVID-19 pandemic having battered the South African fiscus in 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned that the country will have to embrace innovative interventions to rebuild the economy in the New Year.

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SA must embrace innovation to rebuild economy: President Ramaphosa

19/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Africa has technical capabilities to produce vaccines as the country battles with the COVID-19 resurgence. The President said this on Monday in his first weekly newsletter of 2021.

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Trump administration to revoke licences to sell to Huawei

 18/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Trump administration has notified Huawei suppliers, including chip maker Intel, that it is revoking certain licences to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecommunications firm, people familiar with the matter said.

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ABT Telecoms attacks R265-million tender report

 18/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

ABT Telecoms has responded to a City Press report that it was responsible for a telecommunications shutdown in Mpumalanga provincial government offices, calling it unsubstantiated and slanderous.

Information Regulator

WhatsApp delays new privacy policy

18/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

WhatsApp has delayed the introduction of a new privacy policy announced earlier this month after confusion and user backlash forced the messaging service to better explain what data it collects and how it shares that information with parent company, Facebook Inc.

seacom

New management at Seacom

18/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Seacom recently announced that Prenesh Padayachee has been appointed as the company’s new Group Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Padayachee is a South African telecoms veteran who has previously served as Internet Solutions’ CTO and Telkom Openserve’s chief sales and marketing officer.

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Samsung billionaire to return to jail

18/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Samsung’s heir Jay Y Lee has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison over bribery charges, a dramatic conclusion to a years-long graft trial that had inflamed outrage in the country over the cosy relationships between government and business.

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Information Regulator engages Facebook SA over privacy policy

 15/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

South Africa’s Information Regulator has announced that it met Facebook South Africa on Wednesday to discuss its revised WhatsApp privacy policy. South Africa’s Information Regulator has announced that it met Facebook South Africa on Wednesday to discuss its revised WhatsApp privacy policy.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp Private Policy

15/01/2021 | By Suraya Hamdulay

2021 has kicked-off with a few strange events, leaving us wondering whether the year ahead is going to get worse before it gets better. Being an eternal optimist, I believe that we have to cling to hope, or it is the one thing that will keep us anchored as a collective and take us all over the finish line intact.

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ICASA to conducts virtual workshops in respect of the draft Municipal Elections Regulations

15/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

As the country prepares for the 2021 municipal elections, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) is also reviewing the Municipal Elections Regulations of 2011.

xiaomi

US blacklists Xiaomi

15/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Trump administration blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi and 10 other companies as it broadened efforts to undercut the expansion of the country’s technology sector. Xiaomi shares plunged.

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BCX website hacked

15/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

BCX is investigating an incident that resulted in adult content being displayed on its Website description page on Thursday. Upon trying to visit the ICT services company Web site, he was automatically redirected to a home page that advertises sex dolls. BCX spokesperson says that preliminary investigations have revealed that the BCX network was not hacked nor did it suffer a security breach.

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Post office urged to observe COVID-19 protocols

15/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, has called on managers at the South African Post Office (Sapo) to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are adhered to. This call comes after the Deputy Minister observed images circulating on social media of queues at Post Offices in which there is no social distancing…

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11 IT trends that will drive CIO success in 2021

 14/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

2020 has been a demanding year for organizations and those in charge of business operations. For CIO’s, it’s been a year of testing their IT infrastructure and reviewing the efficacy of the business’ digital transformation efforts to date. For 2021, the biggest task will be transforming business operations to align with post-pandemic disruptions, and for CIO’s…

WhatsApp

LG Electronics collaborates with Magna International to manufacture e-vehicle components

14/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

LG Electronics has entered into a joint venture with mobility technology company Magna International to develop e-vehicle parts. The joint venture will result in the creation of a new company that will manufacture e-motors, inverters and on board chargers and, for certain…

Intel Chip

TSMC ramps up capex to protect growing market lead

14/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co expects to boost capital spending to as much as US$28-billion this year in order to safeguard its lead in advanced technologies that made it chip maker of choice to the world’s technology and car giants. Capital spending for 2021 is targeted at $25-billion to $28-billion, compared to $17.2-billion…

Prof Marwala

Cell C contract and broadband user migrate to Vodacom

14/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Cell C has started to migrate its contract and broadband customers off its network in a process which is expected to be completed in the next two months. The mobile operator says this move forms part of its network strategy where it will switch off its own radio network and partner with the “best-of-breed on both infrastructure and services”.

TV Licence

Government’s plan to make smartphone users to pay a TV licence

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has doubled down on the government’s plan to charge people with computers, smartphones, and tablets TV licence fees. Ndabeni-Abrahams cited sections of the recently published “Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Services Policy…

Telkom

Telkom withdraws some parts of spectrum court application

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that Telkom has withdrawn part of its court application against it. Following the recent media reports about Telkom launching a court application in respect of the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for high demand spectrum or International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)…

Covid-19 Alert App

MTN to give users 1GB for downloading COVID-19 app

 13/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

MTN says it will reward customers who download the COVID-19 Alert SA application with 1GB of free data valid for one hour. “In an effort to rally South Africans to download and use the COVID-19 Alert app, MTN has not only zero-rated its use but will reward customers with 1GB…

e-tv

E-TV joins in on legal spectrum auction against ICASA

 13/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has filed an application to join Telkom’s lawsuit seeking an urgent interim interdict preventing communications regulator Icasa from proceeding with its planned broadband spectrum auction.

TV Licence

Government’s plan to make smartphone users to pay a TV licence

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has doubled down on the government’s plan to charge people with computers, smartphones, and tablets TV licence fees. Ndabeni-Abrahams cited sections of the recently published “Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-Visual Content Services Policy…

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Telkom withdraws some parts of spectrum court application

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that Telkom has withdrawn part of its court application against it. Following the recent media reports about Telkom launching a court application in respect of the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for high demand spectrum or International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)…

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Facebook’s WhatsApp privacy policy update gone wrong

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Facebook’s WhatsApp has started informing its users of an update to its privacy policy also stating that if users want to keep using the popular messaging app, they have to accept the updated privacy policy. The new terms, delivered in early 2021, have caused an outcry among technology experts, privacy advocates…

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Intel server chip to be available in the first quarter

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Intel Corp. said a server chip built with its best production technique will be available in large volumes in the first quarter, an attempt to convince customers that its manufacturing operations are recovering from long delays. The third generation of Xeon Scalable processors, codenamed Ice Lake, is undergoing…

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Prof Marwala dispels the 5G myths

12/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Fifth-generation (5G) technology is not something sinister as some conspiracy theorists may have people believe, but is the progression of current technologies as societies increasingly go mobile and consume more data. This is word from Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, vice-chancellor (VC) and principal of the University of Johannesburg…

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Samsung, TSMC to make Intel high-end chips

11/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

Samsung Electronics rose the most in almost 10 months after Intel was said to be considering asking the South Korean giant and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to make some of its most sophisticated chips, a major departure for the Silicon Valley pioneer.

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The 5G myths vis-à-vis COVID-19

11/01/2021 | By Tech Talk

The Authority continues to note media reports with regards to the deployment of the Fifth-Generation (5G) technologies and infrastructure and its purported relation to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Authority would like to urge all South Africans not to be swayed by these…

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