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MTN bosses rake in millions

3 hours 1 min ago
MTN's interim group executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, took home more than R72m in the 2016 financial year, during which time he acted as CEO and as chairman of the crisis-hit emerging markets telecommunications

Next cyberattack could come from soundwaves

4 hours 10 min ago
You might think your smartphone or laptop is relatively safe from cyberattacks thanks to antivirus and encryption software. But your devices are increasingly at risk from “side-channel” attacks, where an intruder

Jeff Bezos now world’s second richest person

4 hours 46 min ago
Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world’s second richest person. Bezos, 53, added US$1,5bn to his fortune as rose US$18,32 on Wednesday, the day after the

WeChat makes play for the Western world

4 hours 55 min ago
WeChat, China’s most popular social media and messaging service, has launched a new bid in Europe and the US to develop its payments offering and win new advertisers. Owned by Tencent Holdings, in which South Africa's

Backspace: ‘WhatsUp?’

7 hours 14 sec ago
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Samsung Galaxy S8 specs: all the details

29 Mar, 2017
Samsung Electronics took the wraps off the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at an event in New York on Wednesday. The phones, the Korean company's new flagships, feature a new "Infinity Display" for "immersive

Samsung launches sleek Galaxy S8

29 Mar, 2017
Samsung Electronics knows it needs to get its new flagship smartphone right. Apart from making sure the gadget won't cause bodily harm, the company packed it with a plethora of new features

Podcast | SensePost CTO Dominic White

29 Mar, 2017
Do you practise safe computing? Are you safe online? Chances are you don't and you aren't. Dominic White is chief technology officer at SensePost and one of the top experts on information security in South

Zuma runs into opposition over plan to fire Gordhan

29 Mar, 2017
Three of the top six officials of South Africa’s ruling party told President Jacob Zuma that they opposed his plan to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Zuma told the ANC leaders

Mercedes hastens electric-car shift

29 Mar, 2017
Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its roll-out of battery-powered cars in a race to meet tighter emissions rules as European buyers turn away from fuel-efficient diesel cars. In a €10bn project, the world’s largest

Capitec aims for digital-only bank overseas

29 Mar, 2017
Capitec Bank hopes that its acquisition of Creamfinance, a European online lending firm, will eventually lead the establishment of a digital-only bank overseas. “We’re building a digital bank on this side and they’re

Snap! Facebook adds ‘Stories’ to main app

29 Mar, 2017
Facebook is making a dramatic change to the social network's mobile application, letting people post pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Dramatic, but unsurprising - it's the fourth time the

Naspers affiliate Tencent buys 5% of Tesla

28 Mar, 2017
Tesla has won a vote of confidence from Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, whose purchase of a 5% stake boosts Elon Musk’s ambitions to get his mass-market Model 3 electric sedan to buyers this year. Tencent paid about US$1,8bn

Zuma risks everything on Gordhan fight

28 Mar, 2017
President Jacob Zuma is taking a gamble as he ups the ante in his battle with his finance minister Pravin Gordhan for control of the nation’s finances. If he fires Gordhan, as he told Communist Party officials

SA’s political bustup revives ‘junk’ spectre

28 Mar, 2017
South Africa’s latest bout of political turbulence has reignited fears among international investors that the country is on the brink of losing its investment-grade status. Yields on the nation’s dollar bonds jumped the

Why a WhatsApp backdoor is a dreadful idea

28 Mar, 2017
A battle between national security and privacy is brewing. Governments and secret services are asking encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp to allow them access to users’ data. Most recently, in the wake

SA firms turn to ‘hunting’ to fight cybercrime

28 Mar, 2017
In the first of several TechCentral podcast interviews diving into cybersecurity issues, TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with Jacques Louw, director and head of cyber defence at MWR InfoSecurity in South Africa

Amazon to buy Souq from Naspers, Tiger

28 Mar, 2017 has won the battle to acquire Dubai-based, after walking away from a deal earlier this year. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed in a joint statement from

Why business must embrace ‘design thinking’

28 Mar, 2017
You may have heard about the sword of Damocles, hanging above its target by a single hair. It’s a metaphor often used to describe impending doom, yet this is not the actual meaning. The story goes that

Zuma said he’ll fire Gordhan: sources

28 Mar, 2017
President Jacob Zuma told senior leaders of the South African Communist Party that he plans to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The rand plummeted. Zuma told officials