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SA cuts key rate for first time in five years

20 Jul, 2017

The Reserve Bank cut borrowing costs for the first time in five years as inflation eased to a 19-month low and the economy suffers through the second recession in almost a decade. The Monetary Policy Committee

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The $20 phone that could get SA operators salivating

20 Jul, 2017

Qualcomm has built a sub-$20 4G/LTE “reference design” phone that it hopes third-party manufacturers will soon bring to the South African market. Apart from lowering the bar to access, the phone, once built by smartphone makers

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Eskom CFO promises ‘tell-all’ report

20 Jul, 2017

Eskom CFO Anoj Singh on Wednesday promised to submit what he called a "tell-all" report about two trips he allegedly undertook to Dubai that were allegedly paid for by the controversial Gupta family. Journalists

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The mobile broadband SA is missing out on

20 Jul, 2017

The allocation of large swathes of additional radio frequency spectrum to operators is key to unlocking next-generation speeds in mobile broadband to be delivered by technologies such as LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced

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Apple dispute hits Qualcomm where it hurts

20 Jul, 2017

Qualcomm, the biggest maker of chips used in mobile phones, has forecast steep declines in profit and licensing sales, underscoring its dependence on the royalties that one of its largest customers, Apple, has stopped

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Vodacom thumbs its nose at weak SA economy

20 Jul, 2017

Despite weak economic conditions, Vodacom has delivered an impressive financial performance in the first quarter of its 2018 financial year, with the good numbers underpinned by robust demand for data services

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First SpaceX passengers must be ‘brave’, Musk says

20 Jul, 2017

Elon Musk tamped down expectations about SpaceX’s new rocket designed to carry private citizens into space, saying whoever chooses to be among the first passengers will need to be "brave". The SpaceX Falcon Heavy

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Backspace: ‘What’s up, China?’

19 Jul, 2017

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Openserve again slashes wholesale broadband prices

19 Jul, 2017

Telkom's Openserve has announced sweeping price cuts to its wholesale broadband IP Connect pricing and to its fibre access portfolio as competition in South Africa's fixed broadband market intensifies. The price cuts come on top of

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Inflation falls to 19-month low

19 Jul, 2017

[South Africa’s inflation rate fell to its lowest in 19 months in June, creating room for the central bank to shift toward looser monetary policy. Inflation slowed to 5.1% from 5.4% in May, Pretoria-based Statistics

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SA users spurning cheaper data deals

19 Jul, 2017

Despite offering data plans that, on face value, are significantly cheaper than its rivals, consumers are not flocking to Telkom's network, according to new report by Research ICT Africa. The price of 1GB of data in South

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Google search to get ‘social’ overhaul

19 Jul, 2017

Years ago, Google built a social network separate from its prized asset, Web search. The effort failed. Now the company is trying again -- only this time, it’s turning its search engine into something that looks a lot like

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Internet access in SA: rural areas falling far behind

19 Jul, 2017

Internet penetration has reached 75% of the population in the Western Cape and 54.7% in Gauteng, but other, more rural provinces have fallen far behind, new research from World Wide Worx shows. The company's Internet Access in

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China cracks down on WhatsApp

19 Jul, 2017

acebook’s WhatsApp messaging service has been partially blocked in China, following a censorship crackdown by the government. Multiple WhatsApp users in China reported experiencing intermittent outages from Monday night Beijing time. By Tuesday morning, users had taken to social networks such as Twitter to report that photos as well as audio clips — a favoured [...]

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Vodacom to extend mobile money to new markets

19 Jul, 2017

Vodacom Group sees the expansion of mobile banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35% stake in Safaricom, Kenya’s biggest company

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Interview: Andy Brauer on Rigel, a promising new ‘reversible’ fuel cell

18 Jul, 2017

Thank you for listening to the TechCentral podcast. In this episode, Duncan McLeod chats to former Business Connexion chief technology officer Andy Brauer, who has struck out on his own with a new

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Bitcoin rebounds on optimism

18 Jul, 2017

Bitcoin has reversed steep losses as miners began using new software which aims to bridge an ideological gap that has threatened to divide the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin’s community has been at bitter

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EOH plunges 12% on ‘unfounded’ Sassa report

18 Jul, 2017

EOH's share price tumbled more than 12% at one point on Tuesday as investors took fright at the resurfacing of corruption allegations involving a contract with welfare agency Sassa. The share regained some composure in the early afternoon

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Crypto coin market is ‘ticking time bomb’

18 Jul, 2017

Investors pouring millions into start-ups with nothing more than a white paper and entrepreneurs issuing dispensable digital coins to cash in on the hype are fanning a blockchain assets

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Oracle to add cloud jobs in Europe, Africa

18 Jul, 2017

Oracle is hiring a thousand employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as it expands its cloud computing services in the region. The company is looking for workers with between two to six years

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