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After conquering the world, smartphone faces uncertain future
After conquering the world, smartphone faces uncertain future
What is next for the smartphone, which has become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world in just over a decade?
Beware, the everything bubble
Beware, the everything bubble
Think back not too many years and it seems we have floated from bubble to bubble, cases of out-of-whack prices being recorded in eras such as...
Fears for Amazon after Bolsonaro wins Brazil presidency
Fears for Amazon after Bolsonaro wins Brazil presidency
Environmentalists and rights groups reacted with dismay on Monday to the victory in Brazil of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right champion...
China’s uncertainties rattle Tencent
China’s uncertainties rattle Tencent
Chinese conglomerate Tencent is under increasing pressure after losing 40% of its value since the beginning of the year. Mooted causes for the...
Break the hold of digital colonialism
Break the hold of digital colonialism
In July 2017, Lindelani Mashua was sitting quietly in his car. A handful of people approached, doused it with petrol and set it alight. Mashua, an...
Spanner in the rubber tree works
Spanner in the rubber tree works
This is a true story. It’s about how Henry Ford, the pioneering industrialist, was defeated in one of his grand schemes — by a caterpillar....
Australia blocked from global Amazon sites over tax
Australia blocked from global Amazon sites over tax
US internet giant Amazon will block Australian shoppers from its international websites to counter new tax laws on online purchases, it announced...
PIC will not invest in Sagarmatha
PIC will not invest in Sagarmatha
The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has confirmed it will not be investing in Iqbal Survé’s embattled tech start-up, Sagarmatha Technologies....
Sagarmatha, Survé’s perilous peak
Sagarmatha, Survé’s perilous peak
Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for the highest peak in the world, Everest, and means goddess of the sky. In South Africa the name hopes to refer...
TV deals burn Premier League
TV deals burn Premier League
The Premier League could be due for a pay cut after eye-watering back-to-back domestic TV deals but the boom times are far from over for English...
Hundreds of cities bid to become home to second Amazon HQ
Hundreds of cities bid to become home to second Amazon HQ
Amazon said this week it had received 238 pitches from places across North America vying to be home to its second headquarters.
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
THE FIFTH COLUMNPink News reports a snafu with Amazon’s “virtual assistant” (that’s “bot” to you), Alexa, over the holiday...

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