Author Nafisa Akabor


Gov’t expands controversial e-rate

The controversial e-rate, where public schools pay only 50% for Internet access, is being expanded to include independent schools, public and private colleges, higher education institutions, further education and training bodies, and public health establishments. The changes are included in the Electronic Communications Amendment


Microsoft outlines SA strategy

It’s all about the cloud for Microsoft in South Africa. No, not the cirrus and cumulus variety — the software giant is shifting its focus to delivering cloud computing-based services to everyone, on every device. And that includes non-Windows platforms, says Microsoft


Orange plays down Nashua impact

French telecommunications group Orange is playing down the impact on it of the expected imminent closure of Nashua Mobile, in whose stores it was building a brand presence. Nashua Mobile parent Reunert said on Monday it had entered into agreements to sell its subscriber base to MTN and Vodacom, and that it was engaged


Worries as FPB targets online content

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has issued updated tariffs for content providers, in the process introducing a new “licensing fee for online distribution”. It’s a move that is raising concern among Internet service providers. Gazette 37531, effective from 7 April, introduced the new fee category without it being subjected


Zomato undergoes major revamp

A year after restaurant reviewing service Zomato entered the South African market, it has rolled out a revamped look across its Web and mobile platforms. The new website, which has a more social element to it, gives users personalised recommendations from trusted contacts. Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal


Banks scramble to replace Windows XP

It’s the end of an era. This week Tuesday, 8 April, Microsoft is putting Windows XP out to pasture. It will stop pushing out public updates for the more than 12-year-old operating system, which once dominated desktop computing. Despite this, many banks worldwide, including those in South Africa, still make extensive


Microsoft kicks it up a gear at Build

Don’t look now, but Microsoft has started doing some pretty nifty stuff. It kicked off its 2014 Build Developer Conference in San Francisco this week with a bang, with newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella taking the wraps off a range of new products and services that look … cool. There were a slew of announcements


Rwanda gets tech incubator

Sweden-headquartered telecommunications and media company Millicom is building a technology incubator in Rwanda to develop digital solutions. The incubator, called “think”, will be located in the capital, Kigali, and will be used to develop “innovative and scalable” businesses in which Millicom will take an equity stake. Potential


Africa’s M-Pesa makes its way to Europe

Mobile money system M-Pesa, a service that originated in Kenya through Safaricom, in which Vodafone has a 40% stake, is making its way to Europe for the first time. The service is be introduced in Romania, reportedly the first time a mainstream mobile money service has made

Gadgets & Reviews

iPad mini with Retina display reviewed

Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is the second-generation in the line-up of smaller iPads. The main difference over the first iPad mini is the new high-resolution “Retina” display, which really should have been the screen used when the original device was unveiled in October 2012. Apple has become somewhat predictable with its

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