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  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5: what’s the difference?

    In case you're too busy casting your vote to care, or wrapped in this glorious public holiday, Samsung launched its new phablet in Johannesburg last night. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (we're not too sure why the company hates the number six), the phablet boasts a great deal of improvements over the previous device. But what are some of these, and where does the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fall short? Well, thanks to the creatives over at Samsung, the company has a handy infographic which details the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the new Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2, Samsung Gear IconX debut in South Africa

    On the back of its leaky Samsung Galaxy Note 7 news, the company still has time to issue press releases of its new wearable products. The company today announced that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band, and the Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds are both heading to South Africa. Well, at least the one is -- the Fit 2 is already available in South Africa. On that note, the fitness tracker is cut from the same cloth as other fitness trackers. It boasts a heart-rate monitor, a 1.5-inch 216x432 curved AMOLED screen, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for...

  • R5499 LG X Cam coming to South Africa in August

    Korean tech giant LG has announced that its latest mid-tier smartphone for the South African market. Dubbed the LG X Cam, the phone boasts two cameras on its rear, and a sleek aesthetic similar to the LG G5. The phone was officially launched in Johannesburg yesterday, and boasts a MediaTek MT6753 SoC, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with option to expand that figure via microSD card). There's also a 2500mAh battery powering a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 screen. But clearly, the phone -- by name and design -- is aimed sternly at photography enthusiasts. Related: LG X Cam, X Screen...

  • iPhone 7 news: iPhone clones are seriously difficult to spot

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Acer TravelMate X3 series coming to South Africa in October

    Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer today announced its new Acer TravelMate X3 notebook series, for "designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want to work in style." The company notes that the X349 will be the first product in the new range, and will boast a 180-degree tilting 14.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, an 18mm-thick "brushed metal" body and a weight of 1.53kg, which is fairly light for today's notebook standards. According to Acer, practically all of the X349's features are in-tune with business travellers' needs too. The machine has an LED backlit keyboard to "keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 launch halted until Q2 2017?

    According to reports, a new Microsoft Surface line could debut as late as March 2017, or as early as Q3 2016. Dubbed the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, the machine was initially rumoured to launch at a "fall event", according to some reports. Others suggest that Microsoft will only make a move in Q2 2017. The hybrid tablet device will also be supported by a Microsoft Surface Book 2, which is great news for anyone who thought that Microsoft's first in-house laptop was a stellar piece of kit. While Microsoft hasn't corroborated these reports, it's worth noting that the company could be waiting...

  • No Man’s Sky needs just 6GB on PlayStation 4 blu-ray discs

    Hello Games' upcoming title No Man's Sky might boast the biggest world of any game this year (or likely any game before it), but it all packs rather neatly into a PlayStation 4's blu-ray disc with acres of room to spare. According to a tweet from Hello Games' Sean Murray, No Man's Sky uses just 6GB on its installation disc, with most of that being audio. For those asking - size of No Man's Sky on disc is just 6GB. A lot of that is audio (⌐■_■) — Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) July 10, 2016 That's incredibly small, especially when compared to the likes...