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Internet hoaxes flourish on Facebook

With somewhere in the region of 1,3bn users, Facebook is the largest ever Internet social engagement phenomenon. With so many people interconnected through the site, information can speedily propagate around the world – without any clear indication whether

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The appeal of analogue in a digital world

Everyday objects with network connections that can collect and share data or be remotely controlled – the Internet of things – promise to transform the way we interact with the world around us by fusing the physical and digital into what is gradually being referred to


Innovation perhaps, but to what end?

The annual International CES consumer electronics show running in Las Vegas this week has highlighted what industry, at least, believes is our technology-enabled future. This year, it seems to lie totally with the


The Imitation Game: history, drama or myth?

The acclaimed new movie The Imitation Game is based on the too-short life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and “father” of computer science. But how true-to-life is it and what can we learn from it? The movie concentrates on the code breaking

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Twisted light will boost your broadband

Your home Internet connection works in one of two ways. One involves using a copper wire, probably your telephone line to send electrical signals from the Internet provider to your home and back. This technology hasn’t changed much since the days of the telegraph


CES points way to the future of TV

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has arrived again. It’s the world’s largest consumer electronics and technology exhibition in Las Vegas, where manufacturers will show off the new technologies available in 2015. Wearables, 3D printers, curved displays and other technologies


Your life is Facebook’s business model

Facebook’s recent apology for its Year in Review feature, which had displayed to a grieving father images of his dead daughter, highlights again the tricky relationship between the social media behemoth and its users’ data. The free service Facebook offers to its


These are the jobs of the future

It’s a sobering thought that in 10 years, around 65% of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the US department of labour. In some markets like Australia, there are reports that up to half a million existing jobs could be taken over


2014: a golden year for cybercrime

Looking back, 2014 was not a good year for keeping things safe under digital lock and key. If a score was being kept, it might seem that the cybercriminals are in the lead, despite the valiant efforts — and own goals — from the cybersecurity profession worldwide. Cast your mind back

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SA should scrap pass-or-fail exam results

In South Africa, as in many countries, the release of senior secondary school exam results, referred to locally as “the matric”, causes a media furore every year. At 18 years old, students either pass or fail and their results are published in

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