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How to turn a Raspberry Pi into a Wi-Fi access point

A Raspberry Pi is a versatile piece of hardware and can be used in a range of DIY projects, from DIY Amazon Echos to Mars rovers. However, the Raspberry Pi can also be used for more simple projects, including assuming the role of a network device. Therefore, if you aren’t currently using your Raspberry Pi as a smart device, why not turn it into a wireless access point for your

Iran could be a gold mine for MTN

MTN’s 49% shareholding in its Iranian business is a prized asset and could help to boost the company’s earnings and valuation in future, according to an executive. Speaking to the Sunday Times, a senior executive close to MTN said the company would benefit greatly from its decision to remain in the Iranian market. The executive stated that if the situation in Iran stabilises, Iran’s mobile market would “make the South

SARS looking to identify cryptocurrency traders who dodge taxes

Acting South African Revenue Service commissioner Mark Kingon has stated they are investigating how to clearly identify cryptocurrency traders. According to a report by the City Press, Kingon said this was needed so anyone dodging taxes could be tracked. While SARS expects users to pay tax on cryptocurrency trade gains, it was “still trying to find a clear-cut way of identifying the traders”. “The key thing is identifying people who are

Post Office in trouble for taking R200 million from Postbank

SA Post Office CEO Mark Barnes has been ordered to appear before the telecommunications ministry after taking R200 million from Postbank, stated a report in the City Press. The money taken from Postbank, a subsidiary of the Post Office, was used to pay creditors, added the report. “The minister was not informed of the transaction in question. He has summoned the chairpersons, chief executive officers, and chief financial officers to a

How to save mobile data on Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom

While mobile networks are continually improving their coverage and performance, mobile data is still expensive relative to other broadband options. Reducing data prices has become a high priority for network operators and the government, and ICASA has implemented regulations to reduce out-of-bundle charges. Smartphone owners are using more mobile data than ever before, however. MyBroadband therefore spoke to Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom about how customers could get the

New undersea lasers let vehicles talk to each other

Nearly five years ago, NASA and Lincoln Laboratory made history when the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) used a pulsed laser beam to transmit data from a satellite orbiting the moon to Earth — more than 239,000 miles — at a record-breaking download speed of 622 megabits per second. Now, researchers at Lincoln Laboratory are aiming to once again break new ground by applying the laser beam technology used in

Netflix is showing adverts between episodes – and users are furious

Netflix has confirmed it is showing video adverts for new series between episodes of shows for certain users. Multiple reports have stated that users are furious about the change, which they said is “as bad as commercials”. The video adverts play at the end of an episode a user is watching and suggest new content for them to try out. According to Netflix, only a “small percentage” of users are

Where to set up your Wi-Fi router at home

Having a high-speed fibre connection doesn’t matter if your Wi-Fi connection is terrible. Sub-optimal Wi-Fi connections can be due to low-powerful hardware or bad placement of your wireless router. This problem can also have a major effect on users with ADSL connections, further lowering their maximum bandwidth and introducing additional latency to their connection. Proper placement of your Wi-Fi router is therefore important, especially if you aim to support a

Amazon working on live TV recorder – Sources

Amazon.com Inc. is developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo Corp.’s market, according to a person familiar with the plans. The device, dubbed “Frank” inside Amazon, is a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era. It would include physical storage and connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes, the living room hub for the company’s online video efforts,

Google executives confirm plan to bring search engine to China

Google executives admitted for the first time this week that they’re looking to get their search engine up and running in China after a hiatus of almost a decade. At the company’s weekly all-staff meeting, the project was discussed by co-founder Sergey Brin — the very executive most closely associated with the decision in 2010 to pull out of China. It was a widely lauded move by Google managers, led