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SA’s online shopping habits revealed

A new study conducted by research firm Ipsos shows that only 22% of South African Internet users have made purchases online, but that 48% expect to do so in future. The research, conducted on behalf of PayPal and First National Bank, shows that e-commerce

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TalkCentral: Ep 117 – ‘In the dark’

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another episode of TalkCentral, TechCentral’s weekly podcast. This week, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg discuss PayPal bringing US e-commerce sites closer to South African

PayPal brings US e-commerce sites to SA

Online money transfer service PayPal has launched a partnership with to make it easier for sub-Saharan countries to buy from American e-commerce stores. USaddress allows international customers to shop at any US online retailers and have the goods delivered to them, even

IEEE to bestow honour on Elon Musk

South African-born founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk will receive honorary membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2015, becoming the second person from South Africa to receive the

We scam the Indian call centre scammers

At TechCentral, we get called on average at least once a week – sometimes far more often – by a friendly sounding Indian national warning us that our Windows computer is infected with a virus. The call, which originates from a call

Dirk de Vos
Vodacom asking for a hiding in m-commerce

TechCentral’s recent interview with Herman Singh, Commerce is mobile’s fourth wave, is interesting coming in the same week that his employer, Vodacom, was part of a court action to preserve its unreasonably high mobile termination rights arrangement. Vodacom, along with MTN, threw everything it had into

SA connection in Yahoo, Tumblr deal

Roelof Botha, the grandson of former South African foreign affairs minister Pik Botha, was closely involved in the funding of social networking site Tumblr, which Yahoo this week agreed to buy for US$1,1bn. Pretoria-born Botha, who served on Tumblr’s board of directors, was also a key role player in the $1,5bn, 2002 sale

Alistair Fairweather
Genius capitalises on insanity

For the better part of a decade, the US has been in a slump. Its unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, its growth rate even more stubbornly low. Its government is deadlocked, its debt is rising quickly and its populace is largely gloomy about the future. And yet, at least in one city, the ­optimism is palpable

Chris Roper
You’re with stupid

South by Southwest (SxSw, or “South By” as those in the know refer to it) is now in its 20th year of existence, and more than ever the premier gathering for those who work in the interactive, digital arena. Running from March 8 to 17, it is being held in Austin

Alistair Fairweather
Elon Musk: SA’s billionaire inventor and explorer

The rocket is 10 storeys tall. As we watch, it ignites and rises slowly skyward on a tongue of flame. A few hundred metres into the air it stops and slowly descends again, landing gracefully on the same launchpad it just left. Elon Musk smiles ecstatically at his audience, like a proud father at the birth of a