Author Duncan McLeod


How Cell C’s new data plans stack up

Cell C’s new standard data tariff plans, which it launched on Wednesday, stack up well next to the tariffs charged by the other operators for identical packages, a comparison drawn up by TechCentral shows. The mobile operator has cut the price of data bundles to 15c/MB in and out of bundle for both prepaid and contract customers

Duncan McLeod

Apple: tech’s new bully-boy?

It’s hard to think that just 15 years ago, Apple was staring bankruptcy in the face. What followed, under the leadership of Steve Jobs, has become one of the most celebrated turnaround stories in modern business. At more than US$550bn, Apple today is the biggest listed company on the planet by market value


New row brewing over PFM sites?

A fresh row may be brewing over banking clients sharing their Internet banking details with online personal financial management (PFM) sites after Nedbank on Thursday announced it was launching its own PFM product in which it will allow


New BlackBerry MD: criticism is one-sided

Criticism in the US media about the state of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is “one-sided” and “one-dimensional” as the company continues to do well in many emerging markets, including SA, Indonesia and Mexico. That’s the view of Alexandra Zagury, newly appointed Research in

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In banking, Steve fights back

“Steve” from “Beep Bank” has become something of a meme among SA consumers. The First National Bank advertisements, which poke fun at the company’s rivals, imploring consumers to switch banks, have become the subject of everyday conversation, with people regularly wondering aloud which bank “Steve” really works for


How to avoid roaming bill shock

Hardly a week goes by without news of yet another international traveller returning from overseas only to discover they’ve run up a huge phone bill, in some cases in excess of R100 000, while roaming. It’s well documented that data use, in particular, can lead to phone bills so large that the money could


Nedbank still committed to M-Pesa

Nedbank, the financial services partner in Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile payments initiative, says it is “disappointed” that the service hasn’t taken off as fast as it had hoped for but it remains committed to the venture and will introduce new products and streamlined services soon in an effort to


SA spectrum agency on the cards

The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, published late last week in the Government Gazette, has proposed the creation of a Spectrum Management Agency, separate to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), to manage scarce radio frequency spectrum

Gadgets & Reviews

Samsung’s new Series 9 Ultrabook reviewed

The 2012 update to Samsung’s flagship Ultrabook series, the 900X, is an ultraportable computer of absolute beauty. The ultrathin machine — the Korean firm claims it’s the world’s thinnest in its category — exudes the sort of style normally reserved for products from its chief rival, Apple


Vodacom SA revenue under pressure

Vodacom now has more than 50m customers across all of the African territories in which it operates. The cellular operator’s customer base increased by 29,2% in the first quarter of its 2013 financial year, ended 30 June 2012. But the latest numbers show growing pressure on revenue in

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