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  • Mokonyane hits out at SABC board over job losses

    17 September 2018 3:07 PM 7

    Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has hit out at the SABC board over possible retrenchments at the public broadcaster, saying it ignored the department's advice despite several meetings. Mokonyane said while she was aware of the SABC's "precarious financial position" and the urgent need for it to contain costs, she was strongly opposed to retrenchments

  • Musk scores a much-needed win with successful SpaceX launch

    10 September 2018 9:18 PM 37

    Space Exploration Technologies launched a commercial satellite for Telesat from Florida, marking the rocket company’s 16th mission of 2018 - two years of uninterrupted achievements. The launch, the 16th successful mission of about 30 targeted this year, is a bright spot in an otherwise tumultuous few months for chief executive officer Elon Musk, who also heads

  • India calls for WhatsApp reforms after lynchings

    22 August 2018 10:00 AM 34

    India on Tuesday called on WhatsApp to clamp down on fake news spread on the messaging app that has been blamed for lynchings across the vast South Asian country. Mobs have killed more than 20 people in two months following unfounded allegations spread on the Facebook-owned platform, which has 200 million users in India. Information Technology Minister

  • Naspers concludes disposal of Flipkart stake for over R27bn

    20 August 2018 10:37 AM 36

    Naspers [JSE:NPN] has concluded the disposal of its 11.18% stake in Indian commerce company Flipkart, for $2.2bn (about R27.7bn), according to a notice issued to shareholders on Monday. The e-commerce giant in May announced it was selling its stake in Flipkart to US-based retailer Walmart. In the shareholder notice, the group said that the transaction

  • Microsoft CEO sells $36m in stock, starts trading plan

    13 August 2018 7:30 PM 40

    Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella has sold 328 000 shares, valued at $35.9m, for financial planning reasons - and is beginning a regularly scheduled trading plan for some of the equity awards he received. Nadella will continue to divest shares in the next year through the structured plan, in which he doesn’t control the timing or amounts

  • MTN will give some clients R100 airtime and 100MB for free after their data was wiped out

    20 July 2018 4:23 PM 15

    MTN clients who had their data and airtime wiped out by a “technical glitch” on Friday morning will receive R100 worth of airtime, and 100MB data for free, the cellular network said. Jacqui O’Sullivan, MTN corporate affairs executive, said all customers will also be fully refunded as soon as possible. “This is an absolute priority and we’ll get all balances

  • MTN says some clients' data and airtime have been wiped out due to a technical error

    20 July 2018 4:07 PM 20

    A “technical error” has wiped out the data, SMSes and airtime of some MTN clients on Friday morning, the cellular network confirmed. This after angry users voiced their frustration over empty balances and disconnected services. In a statement, MTN said the fault may impact recharging, current balances and customer minutes currently being reflected. It has affected

  • This is SA's slowest 4G cellphone service – its top rival is 50% faster

    19 July 2018 1:13 PM 31

    A new survey shows that Telkom offers the slowest 4G service in the country. Vodacom - the country’s fastest network – is 50% faster. The results are based on over 185,000 tests across 55,000 unique 4G devices across South Africa, for the period between April and June 2018. The tests were conducted by US firm Ookla, the company behind the popular global

  • Here’s why MTN actually capped free Twitter: a loophole that landed some customers R18,000 worth of free data per day

    18 July 2018 11:19 AM 19

    MTN has put a cap on free Twitter use for all its customers not because its systems were hacked, but as an additional way to combat "some very smart guys" who had found a loophole, the company's general manager of network planning Zoltan Miklos says. Its systems were never compromised, the company now says – even though it seemed to suggest just that earlier

  • Here's our first look at some of the new emoji coming to iPhones later this year

    17 July 2018 1:31 PM 15

    Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emojis across all platforms, approved 157 new emojis. Now, for the first time, Apple has revealed what the emoji will look like on iPhones in honour of "World Emoji Day." Apple didn't reveal every single new character — there have to be some surprises, after all — but it did give us a look at a few of them, including