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The department of basic education plans to spend R480m on a biometric clocking-in system to ensure that teachers are at work, a newspaper report said on Wednesday. The system, which could be introduced at about 24 000 public schools, would ensure teachers arrived on time for work and spent the requisite

The BlackBerry 7 (BB7) operating system isn’t likely to disappear any time soon, and neither is the flat-rated and unlimited Internet and e-mail proposition, the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), that has made BB7-powered devices so popular in emerging markets. In fact, BlackBerry

BlackBerry hasn’t ruled out the possibility of licensing its new operating system, BlackBerry 10 (BB10), to other smartphone manufacturers if the business model and timing for such a move were right. “Licensing is part of our strategic review and we’re looking into this,” Heins tells TechCentral at BlackBerry’s Canadian

Get ready to the idea dialling mobile numbers with prefixes like “060” and “061”. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has opened up the “06” prefix for the first time as growth in mobile subscriptions propels demand from operators for additional numbers

Anyone in doubt that Android is poised to be the Windows of the smartphone era, read on. Google’s market share of operating systems on smartphones leapt to 69,7% of the total market in the fourth quarter of 2012, from 51,3% a year earlier. That represents a 33% increase. During the

The battle between WirelessG and Vodacom, which holds 26% of the specialist Wi-Fi provider, is getting uglier. On Tuesday, WirelessG CEO Carel van der Merwe said in comments e-mailed to TechCentral that Vodacom had “reached a state of total incompetence” and said the mobile

Communications minister Dina Pule said on Monday that she has withdrawn her application for leave to appeal against a high court judgment that found in favour of free-to-air broadcaster e.tv over who will manage the control system for digital terrestrial television. Speaking at

An Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) councillor, who last week claimed he was hijacked and threatened with his life to drop an investigation into Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) now faces a criminal charge laid by the disgruntled telecoms company. Recently

The New Age CEO Nazeem Howa hit back on Monday morning at a weekend newspaper report that partially state-owned telecommunications operator Telkom was its top advertiser. “It’s similar to the patronising and racist mindset of some of opposition politicians who imply that the senior executives

The presidency has dismissed media reports that communications minister Dina Pule could soon lose her job. “The presidency has noted the carefully orchestrated rumour published by most Sunday newspapers today that President [Jacob] Zuma is to relieve the minister of