So what do you do differently, and miss the most, in lockdown?

So what do you do differently, and miss the most, in lockdown?

The Covid-19 lockdown has compelled us to modify our daily routines and habits.A combination of new work from home schedules, home-schooling, creative time, chore time and mental health check ins.In our household: Our son has his twice a week Taekwondo class via Zoom, with 50 other students; My wife

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Bad ratings for Rain but 5G could bring relief – My Broadband

Bad ratings for Rain but 5G could bring relief – My Broadband

In September, Rain became the only mobile network in South Africa to bring 5G to the country with an initial roll-out to Johannesburg and Pretoria. CEO Willem Roos told Biznews in an interview,“You get speeds up to 700 megabits a second for R1000 a month”. Roos also said that once 5G was in your are

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The banking brawl for zero is on – Bank Zero vs FNB

The banking brawl for zero is on – Bank Zero vs FNB

The saying goes that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so when FNB recently launched a digital account that includes no monthly fees; former CEO Michael Jordaan, who is behind a new digital banking start-up Bank Zero, was quick to point out that it is not totally free. Free banking is a bit lik

  Linda van Tilburg
Bank Zero’s debit card and world first anti-theft tech

Bank Zero’s debit card and world first anti-theft tech

Card fraud cost South Africans near R900m last year, according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, which also revealed that there had been an 18% increase in combined card fraud last year. The increase is a sign that criminals are very effective in getting their hands on bank custo

  Linda van Tilburg
Cell C all-at-sea with mobile network competitors – survey reveals the best

Cell C all-at-sea with mobile network competitors – survey reveals the best

Not only is my mobile network provider, Cell C, the worst option in my home-town of Cape Town, but they have a maddeningly automated dial-out service promoting their services nationally. I can barely tolerate call-centres where a person with a prepared list of questions calls me cold at odd hours, k

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The 3Ms and progress

The 3Ms and progress

As you well know by now I’m a bit of a laggard when it comes to personal technology.So the fact that I recently bought a relatively cheap fitness tracker shouldn’t surprise my regular reader.The reason behind my recent purchase… trying to learn how to measure, monitor and manage.As more steps are wa

  Stuart Lowman
Email angst! Here are 10 ways to cut the technostress

Email angst! Here are 10 ways to cut the technostress

EDINBURGH — The worst emailer I have encountered is a former boss, who managed via email. She would catch up with her directives at night, leaving a large mountain for me – and all her other direct reports – to address in the evening and first thing every morning. One day, it took me four hours to g

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Morgan Stanley on how 5G is next telecoms gold rush

Morgan Stanley on how 5G is next telecoms gold rush

JOHANNESBURG — At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week, South African data-network upstart ‘Rain’ announced that it would be rolling out 5G networks in the country over the coming months. No doubt, this will spark a 5G arms race with other big local networks joining in. 5G, in a n

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In race with Huawei, Samsung revamps range with 5G phones

In race with Huawei, Samsung revamps range with 5G phones

JOHANNESBURG — South Korean electronics giant Samsung has lifted the lid on its new range of version 10 smartphones with promises of 5G connectivity and improved features. In addition, there’s even a folding phone – signifying a trend by phone makers trying to innovate in a market where, for years,

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Leading the way, Telkom shows how restructuring can work wonders

Leading the way, Telkom shows how restructuring can work wonders

JOHANNESBURG — Under CEO Sipho Maseko over the last six years, Telkom has transformed itself into a telecoms business that has shifted its view firmly to the future of data. A few years ago, the company embarked on a restructuring drive that also entailed trimming down its workforce. When Telkom spu

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My expanding disruptive itch – Spotified

My expanding disruptive itch – Spotified

Now that all my devices are connected to Spotify, I am unsure how traditional radio can survive this innovative onslaught.According to the Diffusion of Innovation Theory (DOI) developed by E.M. Rogers in 1962, I would most likely sit on the wrong side of the bell curve when it comes to using new tec

  Stuart Lowman
Bitcoin now worth less than what it costs to mine it

Bitcoin now worth less than what it costs to mine it

JOHANNESBURG — The implosion of the cryptocurrency market has continued into 2019 with much downward pressure on the likes of the price of Bitcoin. In fact, it now costs more to mine Bitcoin than it does to buy it, marking a special inflexion point in the market. The only miners that are still in pl

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Broadband prices in SA are falling but still not cheap enough

Broadband prices in SA are falling but still not cheap enough

JOHANNESBURG — On average, a broadband connection in South Africa cost about R50 less than last year, according to the latest Cable.co.uk research. Surprisingly, the research also highlights how broadband pricing in South Africa (ranked 93rd cheapest in the world) is now more low cost than that in t

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Amazon, Alphabet in cloud arms race as traditional growth wobbles

Amazon, Alphabet in cloud arms race as traditional growth wobbles

The growth engines of Amazon and Alphabet sputtered last quarter, and after weeks of stock market jitters, investors were in no mood to give them a pass.JOHANNESBURG — These latest quarterly results from Amazon and Alphabet on the surface appear to paint a picture of a US tech slowdown. But as with

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Cryptocurrency wars: Top economist takes on Ethereum founder

Cryptocurrency wars: Top economist takes on Ethereum founder

Nouriel Roubini, famous for predicting the most recent global financial crisis, has crossed swords with cryptocurrency guru and Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin.JOHANNESBURG — Economist Nouriel Roubini is famous for predicting the 2008/9 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). But this week he took aim at so

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Have you been breached? Check it out

Have you been breached? Check it out

Breaches are not a new phenomenon, and you may be surprised to find out that while the data leaks mentioned above didn’t impact you, others possibly did.By Stuart LowmanA ‘breach’ is typically defined as an incident where data has been unintentionally exposed to the public, and with new data regulat

  Stuart Lowman
More fibre plays in SA: Talk swirls over Investec, RMB seeking Vox disposal

More fibre plays in SA: Talk swirls over Investec, RMB seeking Vox disposal

After Johann Rupert-linked Remgro's decision to buy part of fibre provider Vumatel, the owners of Vox Telecom may see an opportunity to jump on the fibre-sale bandwagon.JOHANNESBURG — Over the last few years, there’s been a fibre-broadband rush in South Africa’s major urban areas as consumers look t

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What Facebook told info watchdog Pansy Tlakula about 96 000 Saffers’ data

What Facebook told info watchdog Pansy Tlakula about 96 000 Saffers’ data

Pansy Tlakula wrote a letter to Facebook demanding answers over the extent of South Africans impacted by the Cambridge Analytica data breach.JOHANNESBURG — Pansy Tlakula, the chairperson of South Africa’s newly established Information Regulator, has only been in the job since October last year, but

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Questions that US lawmakers SHOULD have asked Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Questions that US lawmakers SHOULD have asked Facebook’s Zuckerberg

JOHANNESBURG — Watching US lawmakers try to pepper Facebook founder, CEO and chair Mark Zuckerberg with questions last week made for entertaining television viewing. The only problem was that Zuckerberg got away without answering much as most of the lawmakers asked silly and often clearly off-topic

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From 33 users to 60 000: How Saffers were exposed in Facebook data breach

From 33 users to 60 000: How Saffers were exposed in Facebook data breach

JOHANNESBURG — To get an idea of the scale of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, one just needs to look at how many South Africans were exposed to the data breach. According to Facebook, only 33 users in South Africa downloaded the controversial quiz app, but it infected 59 777 South Africans.

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