Local innovators crack Equal Rating challenge shortlist
Local innovators crack Equal Rating challenge shortlist

Five semi-finalists have been chosen to progress to the next phase of Mozilla's $250,000 Equal Rating Innovation Challenge – a global competition to help catalyze new thinking around ways to connect the unconnected – and South African teams Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi and Zenzeleni Networks are among them.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 hours ago

Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus
Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus

PARIS: Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire.

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Five ways tech can enhance government services
Five ways tech can enhance government services

Latest-generation enterprise technologies have the potential to improve financial and operational management within public sector entities, and enhance service delivery to citizens.

By John Mokiti and Gavin Holme 7 hours ago

How Microsoft's HoloLens is bringing AR to the forefront of industry
How Microsoft's HoloLens is bringing AR to the forefront of industry

Earlier this year, tech juggernaut Microsoft began shipping the developer's version of its HoloLens AR headset. A device that has been in development for years, the HoloLens is the first ever fully untethered, holographic computer – which enables users to interact with high definition holograms in the real world.

By Etienne de Villiers 8 hours ago

Three thriving sectors for entrepreneurs in 2017
Three thriving sectors for entrepreneurs in 2017

As the local economy experienced many challenges in 2016, small business took a hard knock. But despite this testing environment, there are certain sectors that are ripe with opportunity for astute entrepreneurs to capitalise on in 2017.

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Genesys forum addresses the laws of innovation
Genesys forum addresses the laws of innovation

In an era of innovation, everyone has an opportunity to disrupt the market, but few will succeed. This is according to Henning du Preez, disruptive innovation evangelist and speaker at the recent Customer Centricity Forum 2016. The Johannesburg event was hosted by Genesys, a provider of omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions.

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Vodacom launches free Facebook Flex service
Vodacom launches free Facebook Flex service

In a move to further lower the cost to communicate and increase digital and social connectivity in South Africa, Vodacom announces the launch of Facebook Flex. This is the first of many products to launch under the Vodacom Siyakha platform. Facebook Flex will give customers on the Vodacom network an opportunity to connect with friends and family using the basic version of Facebook for free.

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New taxi app books a ride for Ivory Coast middle class
New taxi app books a ride for Ivory Coast middle class

ABIDJAN, CÔTE D'IVOIRE: In bustling Abidjan, a homegrown company has tapped into the global taxi app revolution that has spawned Uber and other online transport networks. While Uber has already jumped into several African markets from South Africa to Egypt, Africab seeks to provide Ivory Coast's emerging middle class with a locally-owned high-tech and reliable travel option.

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Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa
Tech, media and telco predictions for 2017: Deloitte Africa

Deloitte Africa predicts that over 300 million smartphones, or more than one fifth of units sold in 2017, will have machine learning capabilities within the device in the next 12 months. The company's 16th edition of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions showcases how mobile devices will be able to perform machine learning tasks even without connectivity which will significantly alter how humans interact with technology across every industry, market and society.

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Microsoft acquires AI startup Maluuba
Microsoft acquires AI startup Maluuba

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft announced on Friday a deal to buy Maluuba, a Montreal startup focused on making machines able to think the way people do...

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What's worrying businesses most in 2017?
What's worrying businesses most in 2017?

Companies increasingly fear the unpredictable business environment, where markets are volatile and political perils – such as protectionism or terrorism – are on the rise. Other growing concerns are digital dilemmas arising from new technologies and cyber risks, as well as natural catastrophes. However, what continues to trouble them most, are losses from business interruption.

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Nintendo reboots with new Switch game console
Nintendo reboots with new Switch game console

TOKYO: Nintendo on Friday unveiled its new Switch game console, which works both at home and on-the-go, as it looks to offset disappointing Wii U sales and go head to head with rival Sony's hugely popular PlayStation 4.

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Smartphone, internet use at record high in US: survey
Smartphone, internet use at record high in US: survey

WASHINGTON: More than three-fourths of American adults now use a smartphone, helping to boost internet adoption to a record level, a survey showed on Thursday.

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