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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

Craig Wilson
How the (other) social network is faring

Google has been eager to succeed at social media, both because it appeals to its ethos and because it’s losing valuable consumer eyeballs to Facebook. Google+ is without doubt the search giant’s most successful social venture so far, but are people actually using it after they sign

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MWeb uses social media to pressure Telkom

Naspers-owned Internet service provider MWeb has launched a social media campaign in an attempt to pressure Telkom to stop forcing its broadband asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) customers to pay for telephone line rental if they don’t have a fixed-line

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ForgetMeNot Africa gets basic phones online

London-based company ForgetMeNot Africa wants to take services such as e-mail, instant messaging and social media to basic cellphones to increase African connectivity and digital engagement. Perhaps most appealing is that its offerings work on any phone that can

Craig Wilson
Michael Jordaan and his First National Brand

Banks are all scoundrels, right? So, how is it that one SA bank has managed to reinvent itself as not just a cool bank, but as a cool brand? And why have the other big banks fallen so far behind, at least in terms of customer perception? Surely it can’t just

Alistair Fairweather
How Groupon lost its edge

The only consistent thing about the Internet is its ability to surprise us by changing virtually over night. It’s a Darwinian market that crushes the weak and elevates the strong within months rather than years. That makes investing in online businesses a roller coaster ride

Gadgets & Reviews
iPad Facebook App: late but worth the wait

The official Facebook application for Apple’s iPad has supposedly been ready since as early as May of this year, yet it only showed up in the App Store on Monday. It’s arrival, albeit late, represents a combination of the world’s bestselling

Duncan McLeod
The digital decade

Shortly after 2000, when the dot-com bubble burst, a pall was cast over the technology industry. Internet companies ran out of funding and hit the wall, the Nasdaq crashed and is still valued at a fraction of what it was at the height of the

Craig Wilson
In defence of Apple and the iPhone 4S

One look at the wild speculation that preceded Apple’s announcement on Tuesday of the iPhone 4S and the latest incarnation of its mobile operating system, iOS 5, is enough to tell you that everyone was expecting more. And with Apple’s share

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