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PC is no longer personal computer

Do you own a Windows laptop, iPad and Android smartphone? Welcome to the post-PC era, which transition IDC describes as “profound”. During second quarter, smartphones and tablets commanded 69 percent of smart device shipment share, dwarfing PCs. “Recent shipment data clearly demonstrates that we have fully entered into the multi-device era, where individuals are buying…

10 Tips for helping our Matric Students

As  more than half a million matrics in South Africa begin their exams soon, the hopes and dreams of our country rest on their shoulders. This is a huge responsibility for many teens who hope to succeed, despite tremendous adversity. Knowing they are not alone and having every South African rooting for them will help them be champions-…

Malware inserted on PC production lines, says study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware – PC production lines. Several new computers have been found carrying malware installed in the factory, suggests a Microsoft study. One virus called Nitol found by Microsoft steals personal details to help criminals plunder online bank accounts. Microsoft won permission from…

Facebook’s new ad tracking partnership stokes privacy concerns

Facebook is pairing up with Datalogix to track whether people who see ads for products on the social networking site actually go out and purchase them in stores. To measure how well Facebook’s ads are performing, Datalogix will match up email addresses and other information from loyalty cards and programs at more than 1,000 retailers…

Cell phone banking in South Africa

Introduction The delivery channels that South African banks use to service customers have changed drastically over the last 20 years. The original branch-only banks of the 1980’s have evolved into sophisticated electronic delivery channels such as telephone banking, automated teller machines (ATMs), online banking, and more recently, cell phone banking. Online banking has become a…