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BlackBerry offers explanation for service failure

BlackBerry maker, Canada’s Research in Motion (RIM), has finally offered users of its smartphones an explanation for two consecutive days of outages affecting users across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia and South America

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

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Second Tech4Africa ‘unconference’ weeks away

The second annual Tech4Africa conference kicks off in a few weeks in Johannesburg and founder Gareth Knight is hoping the event will help create momentum for technology start-ups across Africa. “In the US, these kinds of events create huge momentum

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I tweet, therefore I am

Public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba is one of the country’s most prominent politicians and one of the few from the ANC on Twitter. Here he recounts how he came to grips with the medium. It’s been an exciting journey since I first joined Twitter in June

Alistair Fairweather
Is MXit worth the money?

Alan Knott-Craig Jr is looking for attention. He wants so much of it, in fact, that he’s just bought the attention of 40m people in 120 countries. Yes, I’m talking about the MXit acquisition. Last week, in a completely unexpected move, Knott-Craig swooped in and bought Africa’s biggest social

Duncan McLeod
Vodacom’s trampled berries

Vodacom provoked an online backlash from consumers this week when it said it would throttle bandwidth for heavy users of the popular BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS). It says it’s protecting its users, but are the limitations it’s imposing too harsh? When Vodacom announced

Opinion
Twitter as media watchdog

The saga of the Sunday Times Facebook racist story has taught us one thing: we don’t need a media tribunal when we have Twitter. Whatever the merits of the case – and the Sunday Times has argued vociferously to its detractors that there were several merits to publishing a

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Why social media should matter to business

Matthew Fraser, a British-Canadian former journalist and now self-styled Web 2.0 strategist and new media expert, says that the world is living in a “reset economy” where the Internet and social media are “redefining how we manage people

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SA social network Qooh.me takes flight

Hazyview, Mpumalanga-based Vincent Mabuza, 23, is a candidate attorney with a passion for technology. He’s started a service called Qooh.me that allows users to ask one another questions anonymously. Launched in May, the service is enjoying explosive growth and already

Duncan McLeod
Transforming television

Televisions have been getting bigger, thinner, lighter and cheaper, offering consumers a high-definition and increasingly cinematic experience at home. But they have remained largely passive devices for consuming content. That may be about to

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