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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

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

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

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

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

Windows is crashing on mobile

Windows now has less than 1% of the worldwide smartphone market, according to new research, again calling into question whether the Microsoft platform can survive – and whether it matters if it doesn’t. According to new research

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Alphabet’s Nest struggles to make it work

The world is growing increasingly sceptical of the stuttering revolution of the Internet of things. The latest round of doubt has been ignited by Alphabet’s Nest’s decision to shut down any further support for its recently purchased Revolv smart home hub. The hub

Worldwide PC sales tanked in 2015

Worldwide PC shipments fell by 8,3% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the preliminary results of new Gartner research. For the year, shipments fell by 8% to 288,7m units

Huge growth in mobile payments forecast

Mobile payments are gaining acceptance and will impact on traditional businesses, says a research organisation. According to Gartner, half of consumers in developed economies such as

Driverless cars to upend insurance business

Autonomous car technology is set to upend insurance companies who will have to reinvent their business models, say industry experts. While Google is driving driverless car technology, the question of how it will affect insurance companies with regard to liability remains open. “It really is a question