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In an interesting twist in emerging technologies and the energy sector, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a device called the Shadow-Effect Energy Generator. The device is able to create an electrical charge using the contrast between shadow and light. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction […]
Technology has the potential to fundamentally transform societies. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and broadband are becoming central to the societal developments around the world – enabling rapid improvements to industrial production and societal services, positively influencing the way we live and interact with our environment. Africa is home to over a billion people and […]
Good marketing relies on a thorough understanding of your target market, but when much of what you knew about your customers is suddenly no longer relevant, a major shift is needed. With the onset of the coronavirus, almost every aspect of what was considered typical daily life was upended literally overnight – people confined to […]
While Microsoft Office is still the vastly popular and ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations and a bounty of many more digital tasks, steep subscription costs can lead to some users turning instead to ad-riddled freeware or ‘free’ apps that lock most of their features behind hidden paywalls. If this sounds like […]
Traditional models of business funding need a re-think if South Africa’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are to emerge from the financially crippling “winter of coronavirus” into a spring of growth and rejuvenation. Accepting that downturns, recessions and economic crises are inevitable, one needs to shift the focus into building “Zebra” companies – sustainable businesses with […]
Last week US President, Donald Trump extended the national trade ban by another year – a move which a senior Huawei Technologies executive believes is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”. #Huawei executive believes US trade ban is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”.Click To Tweet Similarly, Head of […]
For the first time in living memory, nations across the world have imposed strict travel restrictions to minimize the damage caused by COVID-19. Many countries have decided to pre-emptively close their borders and halt the spread and transmission of the virus. The current health crisis and the closure of borders remind us of the importance […]
Bitcoin’s historic halving event on Monday underscores that the “long-term future of cryptocurrencies is secure”, says the CEO and founder of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations. The comments from deVere Group’s Nigel Green come as the world’s supply of Bitcoin was forever slashed. The highly anticipated halving event, occurring only every […]
Self-isolation and social-distancing laws have given rise to new trends in the music industry. In a bid to flatten the curve, fans across the world have substituted live music concerts for virtual alternatives, relying heavily on technology’s ability to recreate these experiences in the comfort of their homes. From the yesteryears of evenings spent on […]
The Bitcoin halving is a planned reduction in rewards miners receive. Halvings happen once every four years or so. And the next one will take place in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 May 2020. What exactly is a halving and why does it happen? Bitcoin is generated by miners. They have computers performing complex […]
In a rare television broadcast Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, described the COVID-19 pandemic as “Germany’s biggest challenge since the Second World War”. It has indeed proved to be a crisis of global proportion with material implications for the economies and livelihoods of all. Governments across the globe have locked down cities, towns, villages and […]
A man in Nigeria was sentenced to death via the popular video conferencing app Zoom this week – this after courts in Nigeria turn to video-conferencing platforms as the country struggles under nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. CNN reports that in a virtual court hearing on Monday, Olalekan Hameed was found guilty of murdering his […]
A few days after South Africa began its nationwide lockdown, the health minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize tweeted a warning to the citizens of the republic to beware fake news. He would go on to say that during this time we must tell the truth to prevent the spread. Since then, the spread of false information […]
The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has reported that the number of commercially available 5G devices had increased by 41% in the last month, with 95 different 5G devices now commercially available out of more than 280 announced devices. GSA has reported that the number of commercially available #5G devices has increased by 41% in […]
Digitisation can be part of the solution to climate change but storing digital data that is never used can also consume an enormous amount of energy and, as a result, produce CO2 that need never have been wasted. According to South African Tech Solutions company, Veritas, an estimated 5.8 million tonnes of CO2 will be […]
Over the weekend, the United Kingdom was host to a series of attacks on phone towers with at least 20 phone tower masts vandalized, and at least 3 of those towers set alight in a storm of ignorance and fear fueled by the spreading of fake news and misinformation, namely the 5G-Coronavirus conspiracy claim. This […]
Global restrictions to encourage social distancing have meant that mining projects have either slowed or been put on hold until further notice. There is no doubt that mining executives are beginning to feel nervous as the spread of the virus accelerates. Share-prices of listed mining companies are in a downward spiral. Commodity prices across the […]
Takealot’s food delivery platform Mr. D Food is now testing the delivery of essential goods to certain locations in South Africa during the nationwide lockdown. Deliveries take place from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. Takealot’s food delivery platform Mr. D Food is now testing the delivery of essential goods to certain locations in South Africa. […]
Smartphone users will often see the prompts about allowing a certain app to access location services. Often times these apps will request location access when a user is attempting to view a map or when a user wants to send a location pin. However, there are times when an attempt will randomly ask for location […]
Any sort of business call nowadays starts with “So, how has working from home been?” The inevitable response is something between acceptance and mild indignation. For some, working from home is a blessing in disguise. There are those amongst us that prefer the quiet of their own abode, the dynamism it allows. Luckily the humans […]
With a fair portion of the world practising social-distancing, self-isolation and enforced lockdowns, navigating your social life has been reduced to the stories, the posts and the comments seen on social media platforms. To make keeping up with your favourites a little simpler, Instagram has added a ‘close friends’ function that allows you to share […]
Spreading faster than any virus, all misinformation needs to reach us is one click, one-touch – reaching us in our homes as we survive lockdowns. Governments all over the world are desperately trying to curb fake news and its spread, they try to veer the information-seeking towards legitimate and trusted sources of news. Even with […]
The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies, international travel relations and even forced entire countries into lockdown in order to curb the spread. This means that people from all over have been looking for ways to keep themselves connected and entertained despite living in lawful isolation. To ensure you’re prepared, here is a list of […]
Around the world, about 35 companies and institutions are racing to craft the much-needed vaccine for COVID-19, and The Guardian reports, that at least four of them have candidates ready for human trials. At the forefront of these candidates is a proposed vaccine from Boston-based biotech Moderna, which is expected to enter trials very soon. […]
With thousands of disparate voices in the media all reporting simultaneously from all across the world, it can be difficult to find a singular all-informative source when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic that has so shocked societies across the Earth. Especially now as countries call for closures and lockdowns, seeing information that is trustworthy […]
New guidebooks are being released this year that profile some of Africa’s most innovative and impactful startups. Covering start-ups in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya. These startup guide books shine a spotlight on companies tackling overarching socio-economic issues, the people behind them and the communities backing them, via TechCabal. 30 of these […]
The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies and international travel relations, leaving thousands of people practising self-isolation and social distancing. Amidst all the uncertainty, a number of industries have turned the worldwide disaster into a time of unprecedented growth. Here’s a quick look at three industries benefiting from the coronavirus outbreak: 1. Robots and […]
With the tough economic climate, businesses need to consider ways to optimise operations and cut costs in order to survive and thrive in a highly competitive market environment. For most companies, regardless of size, computer programmes and software are central to business operations. And depending on a company’s industry or business function, this could mean […]
An update for WhatsApp’s “Delete Messages” feature is inbound, reports WABetaInfo. And while the feature is not yet available, it could allow users to automatically delete messages after a set amount of time in both private and group chats. First discovered in October 2019, previous reports suggested that this function would only be useful in group […]
Just recently Kenya suffered the worst locust outbreak in 70 years. With fears of a second wave of the winged scourge blotting the sky over farmer’s crops, scientists are turning to a new tracking programme in the hopes of preventing another surge, reports The Guardian. The UN has described the great locust swarm that bred […]
Folding@Home, a computing project that uses distributed processing power to find cures for dangerous diseases has announced that it is now working towards finding the answer to defeat the coronavirus. This information comes via My Broadband. The Stanford University project relies on the donated and volunteered computing power from PC and laptop users around the […]
Polys, a project from Kaspersky Innovation Hub which is developing a secure online voting platform for businesses, universities and political parties has revealed its new prototype for the Polys Voting Machine. This new machine is the first of its kind to incorporate blockchain technologies and work alongside Polys online election system, so all votes – […]
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is preparing to set in motion a plan to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat insider trading and other transgressions by listed companies, curving clandestine activities and corporate crookery, reports the Business Times. JSE CEO, Leila Fourie says the stock exchange was “investing heavily in artificial intelligence” for a new […]
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Researchers from the University of California in San Diego claim they have found a way to optimize lab-based modules to such an extreme that a Wi-Fi radio, used in IoT for communications with a network, could soon be using 5000-times less energy and still have enough bandwidth to send video, reports NetworkWorld who write that […]
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Nutanix, a worldwide leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced the adoption of its software by UK-based Total Gas & Power, a gas and electricity supplier for industry, commercial and business sectors. Nutanix’s solution has placed the energy company on track to develop a single streamlined architecture, aiding it in reducing operational overheads as well as […]
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Usually, if you’re in any part a member of the corporate or business world you would have probably heard of LinkedIn. If by any chance you haven’t then the website could be explained as a Facebook-esque social media website that is both part interactive CV and part job fair. The Facebook and social media qualities […]
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Massmart JSE-listed South African branch of Walmart and owner of Game, DionWired and Makro stores, reported a $110 million turnaround in its profits in 2019, plunging to a net loss of $55 million. By all accounts and measures applied to retailers, these results up to 29 December 2019 were ruinous, writes Business Insider. While Massmart […]
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You’ve probably heard of it You know it’s important and that it’s going to be massive someday, maybe very soon – you also know that it’s being used more and more in unique ways to make human lives easier and better, but it is inherently a mysterious topic. The very name of blockchain seems miasmic […]
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Uber South Africa is introducing a new feature which aims to make a trip for both the passenger and the driver a little safer. Within the coming weeks, passengers will be able to receive a four-digit PIN code that they’ll provide to their driver before starting a trip. This added layer of verification can help […]
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ATMs that support digital coins and cryptocurrency have increased parallel to the trend on the market since the beginning of the year, reports Bitcoin.com. With the promising start this year had with cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin itself has risen from a price of below $7000 since the first days of January to about $10,000 during the […]
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The MeerKAT telescope in South Africa is the most sensitive telescope of its kind in the world, and it’s looking to get even bigger and better. According to Business Insider, the MeerKAT telescope is set to be upgraded with another 20 dishes in order to increase its power. The extension of the MeerKAT is a […]
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Workplace stress takes a huge toll on African companies annually due to lowered productivity and higher absent days. In fact, in South Africa, the stress in workplaces costs South African companies a staggering R40 billion annually. This is 2.2% of the country’s entire GDP. Stress and depression are nationwide issues in many African countries such […]
As Apple stores in China close their doors and Uber Mexico bans passengers suspected of being contaminated, other companies are effectively locking down in response to the spread of the much-feared Wuhan Coronavirus. Here’s a closer look at three ways the virus is affecting the tech industry: 1. Apple China Shuts its Doors Apple has [&hellip
There is a good chance that you have already heard about 5G. Ian Fogg, mobile data analytic from OpenSignal, puts it simply: ”Whatever we do now with our smartphones we’ll be able to do faster and better.” But what 5G can bring for our daily lives? Here are 5 things you could consider: 1. Health […]
2019 was the best year yet for investment into the African tech startup space, with 311 companies banking a combined US$491.6 million – according to the annual African Tech Startups Funding Report 2019 released by Disrupt Africa. The report, which tracks the total amount of funding raised by African tech startups each year, found the […]
Attention all Andriod fans – WhatsApp finally has introduced a Dark Mode feature, after hinting at it several months ago. The messaging app, with more than 1.5 billion active accounts, has rolled out the feature for users on the beta channel – which means that anyone who updates their WhatsApp for Android to version 2.20.13 […]
Last week, ITNA reported that Telkom has faced gloomy share-price performance on top of dwindling earnings in the last few months – leaving the South African network provider in big trouble. With very few options, it’s reported that the partially state-owned enterprise could be willing to cut up to 3,000 jobs – nearly 20% of […]
Digital Retail Forum 2020, scheduled for 29 January at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be focused on how emerging technologies — such as Ai, IoT, drones, digital payment solutions, new eCommerce models and mobility — are disrupting the retail sector. With “Digital Disruption in Retail: Apocalypse or Revolution”, as the focus of the […]