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Race is on to bring the Internet to everyone

The race is on to get billions of people connected to the Internet via a global network of satellites. Europe’s Airbus announced this week that it is to design and build up to 900 satellites for the privately owned OneWeb, which includes Richard Branson as a

Is Twitter doomed?

Twitter’s misfortunes have pivoted once again with the announcement of the resignation of CEO Dick Costolo. This move seemed to catch even some close to Costolo by surprise with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone rubbishing the idea that he would

SA gov’t makes few Facebook requests

The South African government made no requests to Facebook to restrict content on the social networking website in the second half of 2014, while it made just two requests for access to Facebook

How SA students use technology

A new survey of the technology habits of South Africa’s student community shows that Facebook has become the default social network among students, with 97% of students in tertiary education using the platform. Twitter is second at 67%, followed by

Privacy, the new disruptive force in technology

Did you recently buy a Samsung smart TV? If you are worried about privacy, you may be wondering how smart that decision was following the manufacturer’s warnings that its voice-activated televisions may record personal information – that is, your

Alistair Fairweather
The hardware that could change the Internet

One of the most exciting developments in hardware in the last five years has just been announced … by Facebook. No, it’s not yet another smartphone or any kind of personal electronic gadget. It’s something much more important, something with the potential to

Virtual reality set to go mainstream

Just US$100 buys you a ticket to the virtual reality game. Launched at International CES in Las Vegas, the Zeiss VR One lets you drop any 5-inch smartphone into a tray, slip it into a VR headset, and you’re off into

When Facebook’s down, so are you

Checking social networks is a morning ritual for many, and when that routine is disrupted — as it was this week when Facebook’s servers went down — its absence can come as a surprise. But what also becomes apparent is that when the world’s most popular social

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