Airbnb an opportunity for poor communities in Cape Town
Airbnb an opportunity for poor communities in Cape Town

Cities around the world are struggling to tackle the onslaught of technology. Accommodation is a big sector. Hotels contribute a significant amount towards municipality revenues in the form of special taxes and rates, i.e. bed tax. These industry players are being threatened by the likes of Airbnb which is flooding the with thousands of extra “beds”, with no direct tax payable to the municipality, and threatening the incumbent hotel players.

By Alan Knott-Craig 6 hours ago

IT and storage technology predictions for 2017
IT and storage technology predictions for 2017

The explosion of data in today's digital economy has resulted in a fundamental shift from using data to run the business to recognising that data is the business. In an era where data is king, superior data management and storage in the hybrid cloud become paramount. Here are six predictions on what businesses and users can expect from this ever-evolving space in the coming year.

By Mark Bregman 8 hours ago

Keep our wireless communications industry competitive
Keep our wireless communications industry competitive

South Africa has leapfrogged into the information age with extensive wireless communications services and speedy smartphone adoption. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently reported that mobile internet penetration is expected to exceed 70% in South Africa by 2020.

By Luke Muller 10 hours ago

Seedstars Summit, technology and entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets
Seedstars Summit, technology and entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets

Seedstars, a Swiss-based group of companies aims to influence people's lives in emerging markets, through technology and entrepreneurship. It connects stakeholders within these ecosystems, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high growth startups.

10 hours ago

TomTom acquires self-driving startup Autonomos
TomTom acquires self-driving startup Autonomos

Amsterdam-based navigation and mapping company TomTom has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin-based self-driving startup - a deal which is believed to strengthen TomTom's position in autonomous driving. The valuation of the deal remains undisclosed.

11 hours ago

Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'
Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators.

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Tallying the real cost of a cyber attack
Tallying the real cost of a cyber attack

The cost of any type of theft is often a lot higher than just the value of the stolen goods. If your house was broken into, you would feel violated. While your insurance company would reimburse you for the items stolen, you might not have the same sense of security as you did before the break-in.

By Doros Hadjizenonos 12 hours ago

Standard Bank's Shyft Global Wallet app: An international success
Standard Bank's Shyft Global Wallet app: An international success

At Byte Orbit we like to involve ourselves with industry experts, companies and thought leaders that aim to disrupt current market perceptions. We primarily take on projects that we know are aligned with digital and technological growth, focused on providing solutions to everyday problems with the potential to change the way we engage, interact and develop in this ever changing environment.

Issued by Byte Orbit 1 day ago

Mercedes-Benz Vans invests in robot startup
Mercedes-Benz Vans invests in robot startup

Mercedes-Benz Vans has invested in Starship Technologies, a startup developing ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. The arrangement is an extension of the automotive giant's strategic future initiative ‘adVANce', launched in September 2016.

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Why Naspers could dominate the African MVNO space
Why Naspers could dominate the African MVNO space

Frost & Sullivan recently highlighted the top technology trend predictions for 2017, among them the need for the adoption of content intensive strategies among mobile network operators (MNOs). This view is based on the assumption that OTT services will continue to negatively impact the average revenue per use (ARPU) of MNOs across the continent and the globe.

By Mauritz Venter 1 day ago

China's largest chip company to build $30bn semiconductor factory
China's largest chip company to build $30bn semiconductor factory

BEIJING: China's largest chip maker has announced it will invest $30 billion to build a new semiconductor factory, as the world's second largest economy seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign technology.

1 day ago

Save your company from corporate cholesterol
Save your company from corporate cholesterol

If you frequent the conferences and launches held by technology companies, you would surely have come across statements similar to the following: “Up to forty percent of today's Fortune 500 companies will not be around in a decade's time. They will have disappeared into mergers, acquisitions or extinction.”

By Brett Parker 1 day ago

Chinese smartphones: Looking for good value
Chinese smartphones: Looking for good value

Thriving Chinese smartphone manufacturers have developed aggressive strategies to expand into the rest of the world, and SA is high on their priority list.

1 day ago