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Apologetic FSCA walks back ‘damaging’ Ovex claims

May 7th 2021 at 09:04
The Financial Sector Conduct Authority has closed its investigation into Ovex, conceding in a statement issued on Friday that the company does not require a financial services licence currently.

Crypto pros are getting tired of the $79-billion dogecoin joke

May 7th 2021 at 07:54
The dogecoin frenzy is reaching fever pitch as Elon Musk prepares to host Saturday Night Live with speculation he’s poised to talk up his beloved token. Crypto pros are not impressed.

Taiwan’s economy is thriving on a diet of chips

May 7th 2021 at 06:14
Taiwan’s exports beat estimates as surging sales of semiconductors and other electronic components propelled overseas shipments to its fastest growth in more than a decade.

A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth

May 7th 2021 at 04:32
A large piece of space debris, possibly weighing several tons, is currently on an uncontrolled re-entry phase, and parts of it are expected to crash down to Earth over the next few weeks.

Inside Richard Branson’s Hyperloop

May 7th 2021 at 03:41
In the desert just north of Las Vegas, a long white metal tube sits at the base of the mountains, promising to one day revolutionise travel.

Predictive analytics made easier in the cloud

May 7th 2021 at 00:20
Promoted | Generating valuable predictive analytics from your data assets is hard, as most teams working on and building these capabilities take the difficult route. There's a better way.
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South Africa is on the brink of load shedding again

May 6th 2021 at 10:00
Data published by Eskom this week shows that the utility has not been able to generate enough electricity to adequately meet peak evening demand.

Stripe-owned Nigerian fintech Paystack is launching in South Africa

May 6th 2021 at 08:19
Paystack, the fintech start-up acquired last year by US fintech major Stripe, is establishing a presence in South Africa as it looks to cement its position as a significant player in the African online payments industry.

Eskom is unhappy with government’s powerships deal: sources

May 6th 2021 at 06:45
Eskom doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, sources said.

IBM unveils ground-breaking 2nm chip technology

May 6th 2021 at 06:26
IBM on Thursday said that silicon has at least one more generational advance in store, promising faster computers and smartphones that use considerably less power.

Money is pouring into African fintechs

May 6th 2021 at 05:16
Fintech companies in Africa raised more capital in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, standing in contrast to their emerging market peers such as Latin America that saw a decline.

The world’s data: How much we’re producing and where it’s all stored

May 6th 2021 at 04:56
To meet the ever-growing demand for digital data storage, around 100 new hyperscale data centres are built every two years.

Regulator issues, then withdraws, warning on Ovex crypto exchange

May 6th 2021 at 04:52
The Financial Sector Conduct Authority issued and withdrew a warning on South African cryptocurrency arbitrage company Ovex – all in the space of hours on Thursday.

Dimension Data: SAP on Azure – time to make the migration

May 6th 2021 at 00:59
Promoted | In this podcast, Dimension Data's Setumo Mohapi and Pieter Potgieter explain what is involved in migrating to SAP S/4Hana and why Dimension Data is well-placed to support companies on the journey.

Interview: Unpacking the real cost of data protection

May 6th 2021 at 00:05
Promoted | Lee Williams, Veritas product manager at Axiz, joins TechCentral podcast host Daniel Robus to share insights into the ever-changing world of backup and recovery in the cloud.

If the Post Office wants a monopoly, give it one

May 5th 2021 at 12:30
The Post Office is mounting a campaign to enforce its monopoly over the delivery of small items. If it gets its way, it will inflict long-lasting damage on South Africa’s fledgling e-commerce industry. By Duncan McLeod.

MTN draws 20 responses as it prepares to sell South African towers

May 5th 2021 at 12:25
MTN Group is making progress towards separating the company’s fintech business and sell a portfolio of South African towers as Africa's largest wireless carrier continues to slim down.

Eskom rejects unions’ 15% pay hike demand

May 5th 2021 at 09:36
Eskom said on Wednesday that it is unable to agree to certain union demands over wage increases and declined to make an offer on basic salary until labour groups respond.

Facebook’s ban of Donald Trump stays – oversight board

May 5th 2021 at 09:21
Facebook's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's suspension of former US President Donald Trump in a verdict that may signal how the company will treat rule-breaking world leaders in the future.

Criminals are destroying our network: Eskom

May 5th 2021 at 08:46
Eskom issued a start warning on Wednesday, saying it will increase “load reduction” measures in Gauteng to try to cope with threats to its distribution infrastructure from criminals.

Started as a joke, dogecoin is now worth R1.3-trillion

May 5th 2021 at 08:02
Meme-based virtual currency dogecoin soared on Wednesday to an all-time high, extending its 2021 rally to become the fourth biggest digital coin.

Israeli astronauts to test tech for next generation of space travel

May 5th 2021 at 06:50
An Israeli mission plans to send four astronauts on a SpaceX rocket early next year to test dozens of new technologies that could enable the next generation of space travel.

South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana fire up MTN results

May 5th 2021 at 04:03
MTN Group on Wednesday posted a near 18% jump in first quarter revenue, led by double-digit growth in commercial operations across South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

Margins jump as MTN South Africa delivers strong quarterly growth

May 5th 2021 at 02:57
MTN’s South African subsidiary is flying. MTN Group reported on Wednesday that quarterly profit margins at the unit expanded significantly on the back of solid service revenue growth.

Musk’s Starlink gets 500 000 preorders

May 5th 2021 at 02:29
SpaceX has received more than 500 000 preorders for its Starlink satellite Internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting the demand, founder Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

Open-source giant SUSE seeks €1-billion in Frankfurt IPO

May 5th 2021 at 00:55
Enterprise software company SUSE set the price range for its initial public offering in Frankfurt at €29 to €34/share on Wednesday, implying a market capitalisation of as much as €5.7-billion.

Domain-name scams on the rise, ZADNA warns

May 5th 2021 at 00:03
Promoted | Fraudulent domain names pose a threat to brands and the community, says the .ZA Domain Name Authority.

Take business e-mail seriously to build professional rapport

May 5th 2021 at 00:00
By: 1-grid
Promoted | Taking business e-mail seriously doesn’t require a huge amount of work, but rather a conscious effort to fine-tune one’s communication. Here are some simple ways to build professional rapport via e-mail.

22seven founder Christo Davel joins Direct Transact

May 4th 2021 at 06:47
Christo Davel, the co-founder of the 22seven personal financial management platform acquired by Old Mutual in 2013, is joining Direct Transact as chief commercial officer.

MTN is now listed in Rwanda

May 4th 2021 at 04:32
MTN Group has formally listed the shares of subsidiary MTN Rwandacell on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, becoming the first mobile telecommunications operator to do so.

Tech firms want to harvest your voice – will you let them?

May 4th 2021 at 03:44
We’re in the early stages of a voice-profiling revolution that companies see as integral to the future of marketing. There's only one problem...

Ether has gained 340% this year – and may have more room to run

May 4th 2021 at 02:43
Cryptocurrency ether rose to a fresh record peak on Tuesday before dropping sharply as some investors pulled profits from a white-hot market bulging with questionable new entrants.

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

May 4th 2021 at 02:16
Bill and Melinda Gates, who for decades have overseen one of history’s greatest fortunes and philanthropic operations, said they plan to divorce.

Apple’s App Store is an anticompetitive ‘walled garden’: Epic

May 4th 2021 at 01:58
Apple’s App Store has left users and developers “trapped” in an anticompetitive marketplace, Epic Games attorneys said at the start of an antitrust trial in the US.

It’s how your phones get out of the cloud that counts

May 4th 2021 at 00:05
By: Trabel
Promoted | A few years ago, Trabel saw that mobile PBX was going to be a big thing, but realised that voice-over-IP softphones were letting the whole show down. The solution? NoPBX.

Why EOH walked away from City of Jo’burg SAP contract

May 3rd 2021 at 10:59
The City of Johannesburg has reassured residents that the end of an SAP support contract with EOH Holdings will not affect the city’s billing system or its other IT infrastructure.

Data centre modernisation: A primer with First Technology and Dell

Promoted | Watch this informative webinar and hear more about how to transform IT infrastructure to capitalise on the flexibility, scalability and performance of private and hybrid clouds.

Verizon takes a bath as it offloads Yahoo and AOL

May 3rd 2021 at 08:45
Verizon Communications has agreed to sell its media unit, which includes Yahoo and AOL, to Apollo Global Management for $5-billion, as it looks to offload its digital media business.

MTN sheds 5 million customers in Nigeria

May 3rd 2021 at 08:28
Lagos-listed MTN Nigeria Communications shed five million mobile subscribers in the first three months of the year as it struggled with customer churn and restrictions on Sim card sales and activations.

Forget pricing alone: This is how telcos can succeed in South Africa

May 3rd 2021 at 06:20
By: Nic Ray
Column | In the battle for market share in the past year, some network providers were able to differentiate themselves through pricing or network quality. The same cannot be said about customer service.

Mecer’s Jupiter mini desktop PC: Perfect for working from home

May 3rd 2021 at 04:58
By: Mustek
Promoted | Small in stature and elegant in style, this desktop is the perfect answer to the new standard of work from home.

HCI 2.0 from HPE powers business recovery through innovation

May 3rd 2021 at 04:19
Promoted | The rapid growth of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been driven by its ease of use - but it also came with limitations. Those limitations are fixed in HCI 2.0.

In Apple vs Epic Games, court battle is only half the fight

May 3rd 2021 at 02:52
Epic Games faces an uphill legal battle against Apple in an antitrust trial starting this week, and a defeat for the maker of Fortnite could make it harder for regulators to pursue a similar case.

TSMC can catch up with car-chip demand by end-June: chairman

May 3rd 2021 at 02:34
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co expects to be able to catch up with the "minimum requirement" of customer demand for car chips by the end of June, its chairman said.

Ether breaks $3 000 to quadruple in value in 2021

May 3rd 2021 at 02:28
Ether broke past $3 000 on Monday to set a new record high in a dazzling rally that has outshone the bigger bitcoin.

Virgin Active hit by ‘sophisticated’ cyberattack

May 1st 2021 at 04:05
Gyms group Virgin Active has fallen victim to a cyberattack. The company posted a notice on its website late on Friday warning clients that its systems have been compromised.

SAA exits administration after 17 months

May 1st 2021 at 01:18
South African Airways on Friday exited business rescue after 17 months. SAA was placed under administration in December 2019, and its longstanding financial woes worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa power contracts face legal challenge over ‘corruption’

April 30th 2021 at 07:59
DNG Energy, a South African gas company, has sued to halt the government’s award of emergency power supply contracts, alleging that the process was tainted by corruption.

DStv adds YouTube to its top-end PVR

April 30th 2021 at 07:01
MultiChoice Group, continuing its strategy of cooperating with competitors, on Friday said it has added YouTube to its high-end DStv Explora Ultra personal video recorder decoder.

Apple, EU set for showdown over Spotify complaint

April 30th 2021 at 05:37
Apple is set for another showdown with the European Union’s antitrust chief as she escalates an antitrust probe over its App Store.

New iMac, iPad Pro and AirTags – South African pricing revealed

April 30th 2021 at 04:11
South African Apple fans can expect to pay at least R26 000 for Apple's new M1-powered iMacs, while the new iPad Pro line-up will start at R14 000 and rise rapidly from there.

South Africa’s new debit order system comes into effect

April 30th 2021 at 02:46
By: SANews
The South African Reserve Bank will introduce the Authenticated Collections/DebiCheck project from 1 May 2021 as part of its modernisation of the National Payment System.

Twitter disappoints while rivals make hay amid pandemic boom

April 30th 2021 at 02:34
Twitter has given a disappointing revenue forecast, a sign the social media service hasn’t fully capitalised on the digital advertising boom amid the pandemic.

Backspace: ‘Facial recognition software’

April 30th 2021 at 02:18
By: Jerm
View the latest contribution from TechCentral cartoonist Jerm.

5 considerations before investing in cryptocurrencies

April 30th 2021 at 00:37
By: Revix
Promoted | Investing in cryptocurrencies has become a much-talked-about topic. But there are a few considerations to be made before making your first investment.

Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series: Ep 5: ‘The promise of 5G’

April 30th 2021 at 00:01
Promoted | In the fifth and final episode of the Dell Technologies Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series, company executives Jonathan Ryall and Tony Bartlett unpack the promise of 5G.

Logitech e-book: Deploying and managing video conferencing

April 29th 2021 at 23:54
Promoted | Logitech and Axiz present five criteria for deploying, managing and maintaining a meeting room solution.

The global chip crisis is going from bad to worse

April 29th 2021 at 14:00
The global chip shortage is going from bad to worse with car makers on three continents joining tech giants Apple and Samsung Electronics in flagging production cuts and lost revenue from the crisis.

Ayo Technology imperilled as court rules FNB case not urgent

April 29th 2021 at 09:52
The high court has ruled that Ayo Technology Solutions' bid to overturn First National Bank's decision last month to close the JSE-listed technology group's banking facilities will not be heard on an urgent basis.

South Africa’s Revix eyes Europe expansion after capital raise

April 29th 2021 at 06:00
It was all done on Zoom calls with no in-person meetings. That’s how smoothly the latest $4-million fundraising call from crypto investment company Revix went.

Twitter suspends Oracle executive for doxxing reporter

April 29th 2021 at 03:36
Twitter temporarily suspended an Oracle executive from posting after he used the social network to publicise the e-mail address and Signal phone number of a journalist whose reporting he found objectionable.

Apple and Facebook’s staggering results simply aren’t sustainable

April 29th 2021 at 03:28
The problem with posting blowout numbers is that it raises the obvious follow-up question: Can you top this? For Apple and Facebook, the answer may be no, or not anytime soon.

Samsung reclaims smartphone crown from Apple

April 29th 2021 at 03:20
Samsung Electronics has snatched back the crown from Apple as the world's biggest smartphone producer, accounting for a fifth of overall global sales in the first quarter, market research firm Canalys said.

Apple smashes sales, profit targets with strong iPhone demand

April 29th 2021 at 02:54
Apple on Wednesday posted sales and profits ahead of Wall Street expectations, fuelled by 5G iPhone upgrades but warned a global chip shortage could dent iPads and Mac sales.

Huawei deepens dive into electric cars

April 29th 2021 at 02:38
Huawei is in talks to take control of a Chinese car maker's electric vehicle unit, two people said, in what is seen as a strategic shift for the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker.

China readies Tencent penalty in antitrust crackdown

April 29th 2021 at 02:25
China is preparing a substantial fine for Tencent Holdings as part of its sweeping antitrust clampdown on the country's Internet giants, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Evolving the helpdesk with enterprise service management

April 29th 2021 at 00:33
Promoted | IT professionals from a range of industries came together at a recent TechCentral C-Suite Perspective virtual roundtable sponsored by Micro Focus to discuss how enterprise service management has progressed.

Fortinet debuts world’s fastest next-gen firewall, 5G connectivity for SASE

April 28th 2021 at 23:59
Promoted | The Fortinet Security Fabric protects 5G ecosystems, integrates SASE and provides zero-trust access with the new FortiGate 7121F and wireless WAN connectivity with FortiExtender 511F-5G.

South Africa’s draft data and cloud policy: Experts unpack what it means

April 28th 2021 at 09:44
Government recently published a draft national data and cloud policy that has potentially far-reaching implications. Bowmans partners Heather Irvine and Livia Dyer unpack what it all means in this podcast interview.

Focus turns to local car manufacturing as world pivots to EVs

April 28th 2021 at 06:08
Government and automotive original equipment manufacturers are working towards accelerating the development of manufacturing capabilities for new energy vehicles in South Africa.

Absa debuts in-app QR payments

April 28th 2021 at 05:02
Absa has joined several other banks, including Capitec and FNB, in launching the ability for clients to use its banking app to make payments using QR codes.

Altron Heps to fall on Bytes disposal, weak economy

April 28th 2021 at 04:09
JSE-listed technology group Altron said on Wednesday that its headline earnings per share will fall by as much as 29% because of the disposal of its Bytes UK arm and weak trading conditions.

A human-centric approach to protect against cybersecurity threats

April 28th 2021 at 03:31
Promoted | The cost of a breach can prove exceptionally costly, depending on the extent and industry. An educated workforce is a company’s best defence against this threat.

Microsoft may revamp bug disclosures after suspected leak

April 28th 2021 at 03:01
Microsoft may revise a programme that shares coding flaws in its products with other companies after a suspected leak led to a sprawling cyberattack against Exchange e-mail clients globally.

Google’s ad resurgence is just getting started

April 28th 2021 at 02:41
Google is turning out to be one of the biggest winners of the reopening of trade following the Covid-19 pandemic. By Tae Kim.

Huawei sales slump as sanctions hit smartphone business

April 28th 2021 at 02:33
Huawei Technologies’ quarterly earnings shrank for a second straight quarter after US sanctions devastated the embattled Chinese tech giant’s smartphone business.

Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series – Ep 4: ‘Hybrid cloud for a hybrid workforce’

April 28th 2021 at 00:47
Promoted | In the fourth episode of the Dell Technologies’ Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series, Jonathan Ryall engages with Greg McDonald on the subject of "hybrid cloud for a hybrid workforce".

Vodacom, MTN groupings formally submit bids to enter Ethiopia

April 26th 2021 at 05:28
Ethiopia received bids for telecommunications licences from MTN Group and a consortium led by Vodafone Group, according to Brook Taye, an adviser in the finance ministry.

Uber to boost safety measures in South Africa as accidents rise

April 26th 2021 at 04:11
Uber has pledged to increase safety campaigns for food delivery drivers and review the insurance they provide following a recent exposé about the mounting risks faced by drivers.

Mantashe raises power licence threshold – but it’s not nearly enough

April 26th 2021 at 02:19
South Africa plans to lift the licensing threshold for small-scale power generation projects to 10MW from 1MW, a boost to firms anxious to curb their reliance on the ailing Eskom, but industry experts had hoped for more.

Crypto crackdown in Turkey: Losses, arrests and a manhunt

April 26th 2021 at 01:48
Cryptocurrency mania is getting a wake-up call in Turkey after two local exchanges crumbled in the space of a few days.

Apple and Google are killing the ad cookie – what it really means

April 26th 2021 at 01:27
Farewell, advertising cookie. After years of debate, Apple and Google are making separate moves to effectively kill the software marketers use to track your online activity.

There’s a lot more to crypto than bitcoin

April 26th 2021 at 00:55
By: Revix
Promoted | Here’s how to invest in the weird and wonderful world of crypto.

How Emalangeni Technology is helping connect South Africa

April 26th 2021 at 00:25
Promoted | Emalangeni Technology works closely with brands like Dell Technologies in delivering the hardware and connectivity needs in government schools and libraries throughout South Africa.

HCI 2.0 enables rapid scaling under pressure

April 26th 2021 at 00:23
Promoted | When PetSure, a company with 400-plus employees, had to start working remotely due to Covid-19, switching to HCI 2.0 helped pave the way for a future-proofed IT infrastructure.

Rob Shuter paid R74-million in final months as MTN CEO

April 23rd 2021 at 11:07
Rob Shuter, who resigned as CEO of MTN Group last year and who has since taken a senior role at the UK's BT Group, was paid R73.8-million in his final eight months at the JSE-listed telecommunications firm.

She was Africa’s richest woman. Then the tide turned

April 23rd 2021 at 06:41
A year after Angolan authorities cracked down on her multibillion-dollar business empire, Africa’s once-richest woman is watching it crumble.

E-sports a step closer to becoming an Olympic sport

April 23rd 2021 at 02:39
Competitive videogames may have moved closer to becoming an official Olympics sport after the International Olympic Committee announced plans to hold a virtual e-sports event ahead of the Tokyo Games.

South Africa seeks extradition of former Eskom contractor

April 23rd 2021 at 02:32
South African prosecutors are seeking the extradition of a British national who’s been implicated in a fraudulent deal with Eskom.

UK spy chief warns China could win control of world’s ‘operating system’

April 23rd 2021 at 02:28
The West must urgently act to ensure that China does not dominate the key technologies of the 21st century, Britain's top cyber spy said.

Bitcoin plunges on US tax fears

April 23rd 2021 at 02:24
Ether pulled back sharply from a record high and bitcoin also fell on Friday amid speculation that US President Joe Biden's plan to raise capital gains taxes will curb investment in digital assets.

Backspace: ‘Electric cars in South Africa’

April 23rd 2021 at 01:30
By: Jerm
View the latest contribution from TechCentral cartoonist Jerm.

Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series: Ep 3 – ‘AI disruption will unlock human potential’

April 23rd 2021 at 00:44
Promoted | In the third episode of Dell Technologies’ Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series, the company's Jonathan Ryall and Tony Bartlett discuss how AI disruption will unlock human potential.

What would your business sacrifice for simplicity?

April 23rd 2021 at 00:15
Promoted | HCI 1.0 is only good for businesses with unlimited budgets and limited imagination for risk, or, for that matter, opportunity. Fortunately, innovation has risen to the occasion. Say hello to HCI 2.0.

Altron shareholders in dividend windfall

April 22nd 2021 at 12:01
Altron has declared a special dividend of 96c/share after it successfully spun off Bytes as a separate listing in London and Johannesburg and ended up with more cash than it expected.

EOH agrees to pay back the money over dodgy Microsoft deal

April 22nd 2021 at 11:37
Two years after TechCentral broke the news that the US SEC was investigating a dodgy licensing deal involving Microsoft and EOH at the department of defence, EOH has agreed to pay back the money.

Huge Group forced to take down Adapt IT attack videos

April 22nd 2021 at 08:46
Huge Group has taken down two videos from its website in which it implored Adapt IT shareholders to accept its offer to buy the software services group in an all-share deal.

Major changes coming to iPhones, iPads with next OS updates

April 22nd 2021 at 07:42
Apple is readying a major revamp of its mobile software that will include an upgrade to how users handle notifications, a redesigned iPad home screen and an updated lock screen.

Huawei to build cloud infrastructure in Cape Town

April 22nd 2021 at 06:04
Huawei said on Thursday that the Chinese technology giant will expand its cloud computing presence in South Africa, with a new “availability zone” to be built in Cape Town in the next year or two.

Almost no one in South Africa is buying electric vehicles

April 22nd 2021 at 04:37
The only electric car registrations in Africa, a continent that is home to 1.2 billion people, were exclusively in South Africa and totalled just 1 509 cars in 2020.

Apple accused of ‘power grab’ in antitrust hearing

April 22nd 2021 at 03:49
Spotify Technology and Match Group, the company behind dating app Tinder, have accused Apple of abusing its power over software developers that depend on the App Store to reach users.

It’s true! Working from home makes you more productive

April 22nd 2021 at 02:54
The great work-from-home experiment has divided opinion. But a new study finds that, in fact, remote work does indeed make us more productive.

Huawei IdeaHub: A digital whiteboard for true intelligent collaboration

April 22nd 2021 at 00:23
Promoted | The Huawei IdeaHub, has transformed the whiteboard into a platform for true intelligent collaboration, not only in offices, but for a range of sectors including education, healthcare and government.

E-book: Top 20 questions about hyperconverged infrastructure answered

April 22nd 2021 at 00:06
By: Nutanix
Promoted | Nutanix has taken the top questions it’s been asked over the years, and compiled this free-to-download e-book, for anyone trying to understand HCI and its potential impact.

SMEs must get backup right – or risk losing everything

April 22nd 2021 at 00:02
Promoted | Many small businesses face cost and technical business continuity challenges. A cloud-based backup and recovery system can resolve these headaches.

Government’s powerships deal under fire in parliament

April 21st 2021 at 12:00
Officials from the department of mineral resources & energy appeared before a parliamentary portfolio committee on Tuesday to brief it on the Karpowership contract to supply power from vessels to South Africa. to anchor sprawling new Cape Town development

April 21st 2021 at 11:55
Amazon's plan to take up almost half of the space at River Club raises questions about whether it will launch its online retail business locally to take on the Takealot.

New Pick n Pay CEO to target online sales growth

April 21st 2021 at 11:45
Pieter Boone plans to accelerate his predecessor’s eight-year turnaround of the South African grocer by boosting online sales and focusing on stores that cater for lower-to-middle income consumers.

Nedbank introduces electronic payments on WhatsApp

April 21st 2021 at 04:56
Nedbank, working with Mastercard and South African fintech player Ukheshe, has launched the ability for banking clients to make payments to businesses in messaging platform WhatsApp.

Apple targeted in $50-million ransomware hack

April 21st 2021 at 03:40
As Apple was revealing its newest products on Tuesday, one of its primary suppliers was enduring a ransomware attack from a Russian operator claiming to have stolen blueprints of the US company’s latest products.

Companies save 50% or more on corporate mobile data with execMobile

April 21st 2021 at 03:28
Promoted | ExecMobile, known for saving corporate customers up to 90% on mobile data fees when travelling abroad, now saves corporations 50% on local mobile data - and, in most cases, even more.

White paper: What propelled Microsoft Teams to the top of the market

April 21st 2021 at 03:12
Promoted | A recent white paper compiled by Frost & Sullivan found that compelling pricing, packaging, functionality and ease of use have propelled Microsoft Teams to become the technology of choice for end-user organisations,

Netflix shares tumble as subscriber growth slows

April 21st 2021 at 02:49
Netflix said slower production of TV shows and movies during the pandemic hurt subscriber growth in the first quarter, sending shares of the world's largest streaming service down 11% on Tuesday.

Cell C reports R5.5-billion full-year loss on impairments, once-off costs

April 20th 2021 at 15:00
Cell C on Tuesday reported a full-year loss to 31 December 2020 of R5.5-billion. Dire as that sounds, it marks an improvement on the first half of the year, when it turned in a R7.6-billion loss.

M1 iMac, AirTags, iPad Pro: Everything Apple announced

April 20th 2021 at 14:59
Apple announced a line of slim iMac computers and iPads with higher-quality video that use its own processors, as it speeds its migration away from Intel and caters to a work-from-home world.

Altron to acquire Lawtrust from Etion for R245-million

April 20th 2021 at 03:18
Technology group Etion is selling its Lawtrust information security specialist subsidiary to Altron for R245-million as part of a programme to unlock shareholder value.

MTN cuts prepaid data prices – 20GB for R149

April 20th 2021 at 02:40
MTN South Africa has taken the axe to prepaid data prices, reducing the cost of 10GB of data (including another 10GB for use at certain times of the night) to R149.

Late to fintech boom, Nigerian banks turn to regulators for help

April 20th 2021 at 02:30
Nigerian banks are only now starting to counter the emerging fintech firms riding the online wave spurred by the pandemic. They’re also deploying their political muscle with regulators.

Who let the doge out? Dogecoin soars in meme-fuelled frenzy

April 20th 2021 at 02:24
Fans are driving dogecoin higher to mark an auspicious day, even while other cryptocurrencies continue to struggle.

Tencent founder dangles billions in aid as antitrust scrutiny grows

April 20th 2021 at 02:07
Pony Ma pledged $7.7-billion towards curing societal ills and lifting China’s countryside out of poverty, echoing Xi Jinping’s priorities at a time Beijing is tightening its grip on Internet giants.

Absa CEO resigns in dispute over strategy

April 20th 2021 at 02:06
Absa Group CEO Daniel Mminele has stepped down, the bank said on Tuesday, a shock departure just 15 months into his post that sent shares in one of Africa's biggest lenders down as much as 5%.

Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series – Ep 2: ‘The intelligent PC’

April 20th 2021 at 00:51
Promoted | In the latest in Dell Technologies' Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series, Dell thought leaders look at how organisations can take advantage of market conditions to survive and thrive.

Skybox Security delivers industry’s most advanced exposure analysis

April 20th 2021 at 00:39
Promoted | Network model and risk-based prioritisation provide greater visibility, insights and speed to help enterprises prevent breaches.

CallMiner’s Brian LaRoche on why contact centres are the buzz again

April 20th 2021 at 00:20
Promoted | In this podcast, CallMiner's Brian LaRoche joined TechCentral for an early morning discussion about all things contact centre - and much more.

MetroFibre snaps up Link Africa’s home fibre network

April 19th 2021 at 08:23
MetroFibre, the fibre telecommunications company that recently concluded a R2.5-billion debt funding round, is buying Link Africa’s fibre-to-the-home network in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Dublin-based hedge fund builds stake in Adapt IT

April 19th 2021 at 07:54
Who is buying JSE-listed Adapt IT shares at or above the R6.50/share offer price tabled earlier this month by Canada’s Volaris Group? A disclosure by Adapt IT may have shed some light on this question.

Oracle halts technical support to Eskom amid dispute

April 19th 2021 at 05:33
Eskom has said it’s urgently seeking new providers of technical support after Oracle’s South African unit withdrew its services over a payment dispute.

Showmax cuts mobile streaming plan to R39/month

April 19th 2021 at 04:43
Showmax, the video streaming platform launched by MultiChoice Group, has cut the price of its mobile-only plan to R39/month, from R49 previously.

Tesla with ‘no one’ driving crashes, killing two people

April 19th 2021 at 03:44
A Tesla electric car that “no one” appeared to be driving crashed late on Saturday in Texas in the US, erupting into flames and killing the two passengers, according to local authorities.

Watch | Nasa’s Mars helicopter takes flight

April 19th 2021 at 02:53
Nasa conducted its first flight on another planet on Monday. It was a short hop for a small chopper named Ingenuity but it demonstrated technology that could prove critical to the future of space exploration.

Bitcoin slumps 14%

April 19th 2021 at 02:39
Bitcoin, the world's biggest cryptocurrency, fell as much as 14% to $51 541 on Sunday, reversing most of the big gains it made over the past week.

Space junk is our new ‘tragedy of the commons’

April 19th 2021 at 02:22
It’s getting crowded up there, and awfully dangerous. By up there, I mean space - and not the far-off areas that concern astronomers and science fiction.

MTN to list next month in Rwanda

April 19th 2021 at 02:14
MTN Group will list its Rwandan subsidiary on the Rwanda Stock Exchange on 4 May, the JSE-listed telecommunications giant said on Monday.

Global Covid infections hit weekly record despite vaccinations

April 19th 2021 at 02:11
More people were diagnosed with Covid-19 during the past seven days than any other week since the start of the pandemic.

‘Britcoin’: UK mulls digital version of sterling

April 19th 2021 at 02:06
British finance minister Rishi Sunak told the Bank of England on Monday to look at the case for a new "britcoin", or central bank-backed digital currency.

Intelligent automation with Xerox

April 19th 2021 at 00:55
Promoted | Time is money. Saving both has never been simpler with XMPie and Xerox FreeFlow Core.

Herman Maritz on building EskomsePush – and what comes next

April 16th 2021 at 09:21
EskomsePush is by far South Africa's most popular smartphone application for checking load shedding schedules. Herman Maritz, co-creator of the app, joins the TechCentral podcast to chat about what's next.

MTN can sell Sim cards in Nigeria again

April 16th 2021 at 09:00
MTN Group and Airtel Africa were given the green light to resume the sale of new Sim cards in Nigeria following the implementation of a new policy linking them to national ID numbers.

Apple’s new privacy zeal is a threat to small app developers

April 16th 2021 at 05:38
By: Editor
In an iOS update expected this month, Apple will start asking users for permission to track their data across apps. The impact on smaller app developers could be devastating.

Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series – Ep 1: The Intelligent Edge

April 16th 2021 at 04:53
Promoted | Dell Technologies introduces another five-episode Work from Anywhere Tech Talk Series that tackles the latest tech trends in South Africa and the globe.

Turkey bans cryptocurrencies for payments

April 16th 2021 at 02:21
Turkey's central bank has banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets to purchase goods and services, citing "irreparable" possible damages and significant risks in such transactions.

Politicians are cashing in on the tech boom

April 16th 2021 at 02:04
David Cameron’s work for Greensill Capital, which has dragged the British government into a lobbying scandal, has showcased the trend of politicians taking jobs at companies tapping the global tech investment boom.

FNB terminates Ayo Technology’s banking facilities

April 15th 2021 at 12:01
First National Bank has terminated the banking facilities it provides to Iqbal Survé’s Ayo Technology Solutions, Ayo said in a statement to shareholders after markets closed in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Spectrum should be fully tradeable in South Africa: FMF

April 15th 2021 at 11:00
The prohibition on the private ownership and free trading of spectrum is an “artefact” that has “neither a technological basis nor is supported by economic theory”, says the Free Market Foundation.

FSCA opens insider trading probe over transactions in Huge Group shares

April 15th 2021 at 08:14
The Financial Services Conduct Authority has begun an insider trading investigation that will “cover disclosures and transactions in Huge Group securities during January 2021”, it said on Thursday.

Regulating cryptocurrencies is crucial to their mass adoption

April 15th 2021 at 07:21
The evolution of digital assets such as cryptocurrencies brings phenomenal potential to change the financial industry, but with this comes certain challenges that have to be overcome. By Wiehann Olivier.

Microsoft is thriving – in second place

April 15th 2021 at 05:41
Two decades ago, the world’s biggest software maker was in the US government’s antitrust crosshairs for its business practices surrounding its operating system monopoly. Things are different now.

TSMC is on fire. Just beware of the flames

April 15th 2021 at 05:38
Just three months after Taiwan's TSMC shocked investors with a record spending plan, the world’s most important chip maker doubled down with an even bigger budget.

Coinbase valued at $86-billion in choppy Nasdaq debut

April 15th 2021 at 02:15
Coinbase Global was valued at $86-billion at the end of its Nasdaq debut on Wednesday, in a choppy day of trading when its valuation went as high as $112-billion.

Dell to spin off VMware

April 15th 2021 at 02:08
Dell Technologies will spin off its 81% stake in cloud computing software maker VMware in a move that will help the PC maker reduce its debt.

Codehesion: Behind the scenes at South Africa’s top mobile app development firm

April 15th 2021 at 00:44
Promoted | Codehesion, South Africa’s top mobile app development company, recently moved into new offices in Southdowns, near Pretoria, to accommodate its rapid growth. Have a look the new digs.

Compliant call recording unlocks a treasure trove of business benefits, says Telviva

April 15th 2021 at 00:18
By: Telviva
Promoted | Businesses are starting to appreciate that the effective and compliant recording of conversations has evolved from humble beginnings into a strategy to provide a strategic business advantage.

EOH cuts 1 566 jobs, says worst of bloodletting now behind it

April 14th 2021 at 08:20
EOH Holdings has reduced its headcount by 1 566 employees in the past six months, mainly through selling or closing non-core and non-performing businesses, as it streamlines its operations and further reduces debt.

EOH revenue plunges 29% on disposals, but margins improve

April 14th 2021 at 08:15
EOH Holdings' six-monthly revenue, for the period ended 31 January 2021, fell by 29% year on year, mostly due to the disposal of businesses, as it said legacy public sector contract problems are now “under control”.

New submarine cable connecting Durban and Mauritius goes live

April 14th 2021 at 08:00
A 24Tbit/s submarine telecommunications system connecting South Africa to the islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius has gone live and is carrying Internet traffic between the countries.

Nvidia risks consumer backlash by catering to crypto miners

April 14th 2021 at 07:45
It has become nearly impossible for an average person to buy an Nvidia graphics card unless they're willing to pay triple the list price.

Hydrogen refuelling stations to be built on N3 highway

April 14th 2021 at 05:44
Sasol and project partner Toyota will install hydrogen refuelling infrastructure along the N3 highway connecting Johannesburg and Durban, CEO Fleetwood Grobler said in a statement on Wednesday.

Coinbase listing marks latest step in crypto’s march to the mainstream

April 14th 2021 at 03:13
Coinbase Global, the biggest US cryptocurrency exchange, will list on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the journey of virtual currencies from niche technology to mainstream asset.

TikTok founder now among the world’s richest people

April 14th 2021 at 02:53
Just last year, the world’s most valuable start-up, ByteDance, was being squeezed from all sides. For all the obstacles, the company kept growing. Now its founder, 38-year-old Zhang Yiming, is among the world’s richest people.

Apple backs far-reaching emissions disclosure rules

April 14th 2021 at 01:40
Apple has called for the US Securities and Exchange Commission to require companies to disclose far-reading emissions information such as how customers use their products.

Practical advice to stop you from losing your data

April 14th 2021 at 00:41
Promoted | The team at ESET, global leaders in cybersecurity, dissect the various aspects of not having a backup when experiencing data loss, and what to do in case that happens to you.

The Woan is a ‘Marxian construct’ that will serve ‘no useful purpose’

April 13th 2021 at 10:02
Government’s plan to create a wholesale open-access network “will serve no useful purpose” and could, in fact, harm consumers – the exact opposite of what it’s meant to achieve, the Free Market Foundation said.

Powerships: Consumers will carry considerable risk

April 13th 2021 at 09:00
Government’s proposed deal with Karpowership to buy electricity generated on its three floating power stations over a period of 20 years will expose consumers to considerable risk.

PCs just had their best quarterly growth in 20 years

April 13th 2021 at 08:22
Global shipments of PCs rose at their fastest pace in two decades in the first quarter of 2021 as people bought computers to help them work and study remotely during the Covid-19 crisis.

Hey Siri, when is Apple’s next event? 20 April

April 13th 2021 at 07:09
Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, might have spilled the beans by telling users on Tuesday that the iPhone maker is going to host a special event on 20 April.

Bitcoin surges to new record high above $63 000

April 13th 2021 at 04:50
Promoted | Bitcoin hit a record above $63 000 on Tuesday, extending its 2021 rally to new heights a day before the listing of Coinbase shares in the US.

Nvidia to challenge Intel directly for the first time

April 13th 2021 at 04:25
Nvidia plans to make a server processor chip based on technology from ARM, putting it in the most direct competition yet with rival Intel.

Binance coin’s surge elevates the token to ranks of the crypto giants

April 13th 2021 at 04:20
Binance coin has strengthened its position as one of the world’s largest cryptocurrencies after a 53% rally in the past seven days to the third spot behind bitcoin and ether.

Running the gauntlet: XLink’s network carries surge of holiday transactions

April 13th 2021 at 03:51
Promoted | In December 2020, South Africans spoke with their wallets, leading to a significant surge in transaction volumes. These increased volumes were supported by the country's leading payments network provider, XLink.

100 years – and 500 boxes of paper records – now digitised

April 13th 2021 at 03:29
Promoted | Family Service Toronto was so busy taking care of people, it neglected its own paper problems. Finally, it turned to Xerox for help.

US senator wants to ban Big Tech from buying anything ever again

April 13th 2021 at 02:12
US senator Josh Hawley has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a market value greater than $100-billion.

Load shedding returns – stage 2 from 9pm

April 13th 2021 at 01:08
Eskom will implement load shedding from 9pm on Tuesday evening as it fights breakdowns at its power plants. The power cuts - at stage 2 - will last until 5am on Wednesday.

MTN values mobile money arm at R75-billion, eyes listing

April 12th 2021 at 11:00
MTN Group is valuing its mobile money arm at R75-billion, joining African wireless carriers planning to list these businesses in a region that has more mobile money accounts than anywhere else in the world.

Microsoft makes its biggest acquisition since LinkedIn

April 12th 2021 at 10:55
Microsoft is making a massive bet on health-care artificial intelligence. The software giant is set to buy Nuance Communications, tapping the company tied to the Siri voice technology.

Huawei to pivot its business as US sanctions bite

April 12th 2021 at 08:11
China's Huawei is making business resilience its top priority with a push to develop its software capabilities as it seeks to overcome US restrictions that have devastated its smartphone business.

Apple working on combined set-top box, smart speaker system

April 12th 2021 at 07:56
Apple has been a laggard in the smart-home space, but a versatile new device in early development could change that.

Vodacom, AU to collaborate on Covid vaccine roll-out

April 12th 2021 at 07:38
Vodacom Group said on Monday that it will work with the African Union to offer a mobile technology platform to manage vaccination appointments and vaccine stocks across the continent.

Ramaphosa talks up South Africa as outsourcing destination

April 12th 2021 at 03:51
By: SANews
South Africa has several advantages that make it an attractive destination for business services, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his weekly newsletter, published on Monday.

Apple’s new iPads face supply shortage over screens

April 12th 2021 at 02:23
The next-generation display destined to be a highlight of Apple’s upcoming top-tier iPad Pro is facing production issues that could lead to short initial supplies of the new device.

Can you get Covid twice?

April 12th 2021 at 02:16
How well and for how long people are protected by an immune response to the Sars-CoV-2 virus will affect transmission of the virus and shape the course of the pandemic.

Solar solutions from Ellies to meet your diverse needs

April 12th 2021 at 00:43
Promoted | With the 15% hike in the price of electricity this month, the requirement for a powerful, long-term energy solution is more than just about having a reliance source of power: It is a bottom-line essential.

Driving business improvement with conversation analytics

April 12th 2021 at 00:13
Promoted | By capturing and analysing every customer interaction, conversation analytics allows your business to discover what customers want.

Battle lines drawn in fight for Adapt IT

April 9th 2021 at 11:30
Huge Group, whose bid for Adapt IT is in grave doubt following a rival, all-cash offer from Volaris Group, has accused Adapt IT management of “looking after themselves and not their shareholders”.

Eskom CEO De Ruyter hits out at racism accuser

April 9th 2021 at 09:00
A fallout between top executives at Eskom took a new turn, with the utility’s CEO accusing its now-suspended chief procurement officer of facilitating R8-billion of deals with a company suspected of fraud.

LinkedIn says some user data extracted and posted for sale

April 9th 2021 at 07:31
Some LinkedIn data, including publicly viewable member profiles, has been extracted and posted for sale, Microsoft's professional networking site said based on an investigation.

How to fix a water-damaged phone (no rice needed)

April 9th 2021 at 01:45
If you’ve ever got your phone wet in the rain, dropped it in water or spilt liquid over it, you’re not alone. But it's a myth that putting in rice will dry it out. These tips may, however, help.

US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputing firms

April 9th 2021 at 01:15
The US added seven Chinese supercomputing firms to a list of entities banned from receiving exports from American companies, citing activities contrary to the national security interests of the US.

Second phase of mass vaccination to begin on 17 May

April 9th 2021 at 01:07
By: SANews
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the second phase of the country’s vaccination roll-out will begin on 17 May.

Interview: MySky Networks founders on building a successful MSP

April 9th 2021 at 00:46
Promoted | Two brothers, Dean and Dylan Horsten, decided to take a gap in the managed service provider market six years ago and have not looked back since. Find out how the company is making waves in the market in this podcast interview.

Device financing: How NuovoPay solves challenges for operators

April 9th 2021 at 00:30
Promoted | In this article, we discuss the hesitation operators have in device financing for end-user consumers and how NuovoPay can help.

EUCafrica, leader on Citrix on Azure, achieves Citrix platinum status

April 9th 2021 at 00:26
Promoted | EUCafrica, South Africa’s leading Citrix on Azure solutions provider, has achieved Citrix Platinum Solution Advisor Status.

Bob van Dijk’s big challenge: Convincing investors of his strategy for Prosus

April 8th 2021 at 12:00
Prosus suffers from the same problem as Manchester City Football Club: Because everyone knows it has access to vast amounts of capital, it’s always at risk of overpaying for acquisitions.

Naspers investors want big deals, share buyback after Tencent windfall

April 8th 2021 at 11:02
Investors in Naspers said on Thursday they want proceeds from a $14.7-billion stake sale in its Tencent Holdings investment to go towards blockbuster acquisitions or a share buyback.

Icasa to collaborate with the US FCC on telecoms policy

April 8th 2021 at 10:50
South Africa’s communications regulator, Icasa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Federal Communications Commission that will see the two regulators collaborate and share ideas.

Clients fear losses as local crypto exchange iCE3 faces liquidation

April 8th 2021 at 07:33
Crypto exchange iCE3 said it had been “advised to initiate liquidation proceedings” after suspending all trading on the exchange in March following the discovery of account discrepancies.

MacBook, iPad production delayed as supply crunch hits Apple

April 8th 2021 at 03:46
Production of some of Apple's MacBooks and iPads has been postponed due to a global component shortage, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.