Craig Wilson
Amazon’s advantage

Online retailer has taken the wraps off its updated range of Kindle e-readers and tablets. Its rivals, especially Apple, should be paying close attention to what is arguably and crucially the only other company with as wide a content ecosystem

CNA enters e-commerce fray

Stationery retail chain CNA has revamped its website to allow for online shopping, with functionality that allows Edgars and Jet account holders to make purchases on credit using their store cards. Edgars, Jet and CNA are all part of the Edcon group

Amazon to bulk up Cape Town presence

US online retailer and Web services company is looking to expand its developer centre in Cape Town significantly on the back of growing demand for its services. The company is looking for 50 new developers and support staff for its cloud computing and software development division. James Greenfield, development centre

E-book publishing: a too-cosy world?

The price-fixing complaint that America’s department of justice filed last week against Apple and five of the world’s “Big Six” book publishers has a triumphalist tone, describing secret meetings in “upscale Manhattan restaurants”. But it seems to take a rather narrow view of what is going on in the e-book industry. Until two years

SA banks’ NFC trials ‘farcical’

Well-known entrepreneur and investor and former Google SA boss Stafford Masie believes near-field communication (NFC) technology will fail as a mainstream transactional platform and local banks’ attempts to implement systems based on it are “farcical” and offer “no value”. NFC is a set of standards that

Alistair Fairweather
Consumers the winners in 2011’s tech wars

It has been a lively year for technology, despite the bad state of the world’s economy. Technology is now so intrinsic to both business and personal life that it might appear recession-proof. But this high-level view masks the Darwinian ferocity of the battles raging between the tech titans. The year 2011 will be remembered as

International newsmakers of the year

It’s customary at this time of the year for TechCentral to publish its lists of who it considers the newsmakers of the year, both internationally and in SA. We kick off, as always, with the five people we thought were the biggest newsmakers in the technology space in 2011 worldwide

Gadgets & Reviews
Kindle Fire review: a board abroad

Online retailer’s Kindle Fire isn’t really a Kindle at all. It’s a 7-inch tablet designed to be a media consumption tool and little else. Arguably, this is what most people use any tablet for and it’s why, in the US at least, the fact that it also costs less than most

The SA Internet turns 20

As amazing as it sounds, SA’s Internet is only two decades old. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the first packets of data that flowed over the Internet to and from SA. This Saturday at 10.44am, it will have been exactly 20 years since Randy Bush

‘There is no value in an idea’

There is “no value in an idea” and technology start-ups should stop being obsessed about protecting their ideas and rather focus on how they build their businesses through proper execution. That’s the view of Simone Brunozzi, technology evangelist for Asia-Pacific at Amazon Web