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Smartphone sales decline for first time ever

Global sales of smartphones to end users declined for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2017, analyst firm Gartner said on Thursday. Chinese handset manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi were the only vendors

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Invest in bitcoin, even if it is a bubble

With bitcoin approaching the $10 000 mark and Coinbase, the bitcoin exchange, boasting more accounts than brokerage Charles Schwab, some preemptive consolation and advice are in order for people who stand to lose lots of money in

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Android extends its dominance in mobile

More than 87% of all smartphones sold in the second quarter of 2017 shipped with Google’s Android operating system, with Apple’s iOS – the operating system used on iPhones – the only other platform to feature, with 12.1% market share

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PC industry has worst quarter in 10 years

Worldwide PC shipments fell by 4.3% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period a year ago, marking the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments, according to analyst firm Gartner. Just over 61m PCs

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Paranoia creates networking start-up boom

Of all the lasting effects of Edward Snowden’s leaks, there’s one photo that leaves a particularly strong mark. In it, US federal employees in t-shirts and blue jeans are seen intercepting network equipment from Cisco at a shipping

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Worldwide IT spending to top $3,5 trillion

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 2,7% in 2017 to reach US$3,5 trillion (a staggering R47,5 trillion in soft-currency terms), according to a new forecast from Gartner. The analyst firm said 2017 is poised to be a “rebound

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Blockchain over-hyped, says Gartner

Digital distributed ledger technology, dubbed the “blockchain”, is being over-hyped, at least in the short-term, says Gartner’s senior vice-president for technology, Peter Sondergaard. Blockchain acts as a digital distributed ledger to

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Inside Yahoo’s massive data breach

In July, Yahoo received a report of a hacker claiming to have 280m user account credentials for sale on the black market. An initial investigation found no evidence to back that up, according to a person familiar with the probe. Claims like

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The smartphone revolution is over

It’s been less than a decade since Apple shook the mobile telecommunications industry to its foundations with the original iPhone. The handset helped turn Apple into the world’s most valuable company (US$620bn this week) and inflicted huge

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