Alistair Fairweather

Dating apps have not killed dating

We are sexually omnivorous and not programmed for monogamy. But most of us prefer choosing one special somebody over an endless stream of nobodies.

Alibaba and the $40-billion squeeze

The Chinese government tried to take on thriving online marketplace Alibaba, but owner Jack Ma beat the regulators at their own game.

Precocious privacy warriors

The encryption genie is out of its bottle to give people back their privacy, but this is frightening world governments, writes Alistair Fairweather.

No more fun and games

Women gamers are receiving harsh threats online for "poking deftly into the subculture's most sensitive nerve", writes Alistair Fairweather.

War of words as Amazon defends its pricing of e-books

The online retail giant’s battle with the publisher Hachette goes to the very heart of the massive changes that pummel the publishing industry.

Dr Dre: Straight out of Cupertino

Dr Dre's Beats has caught Apple's eye for $3-billion and the rapper and high school drop-out is laughing all the way to the bank.

Gareth Cliff: How the internet thrilled the radio star

Some think the former 5FM DJ's switch from FM radio to online radio was a big mistake. But Alistair Fairweather begs to differ.

Goodbye Vic and thanks for all the plusses

Not many people have heard of Vic Gundotra. Yet millions of us have used one or more of the products he championed during his eight years at Google.

Vodacom and MTN put profits before people

Icasa's new rules would effectively give mobile customers lower rates, and firms' complaints against them show greed, says Alistair Fairweather.

Move with the times and you’ll defeat inequality

Technology has exacerbated inequality. But we should prepare ourselves for an increasingly tech-driven world, an act that could eradicate the problem.

Alistair Fairweather: Computer viruses are no longer for amateurs

When Fred Cohen coined the term "computer virus", he probably had no idea how apt it would prove nearly 30 years later, as virus makers get serious.

We are the future / wear the future

After a lull in new devices, 2014 promises happy geeks plugging into radical technology.

Latest

Court date finally set for death in detention Haffejee inquest

Another apartheid era death will be investigated after NPA pressured to finally act

State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs