Vodacom says it has a WASP-blocking option – Too bad its employees don’t know anything about it

At the start of May, MyBroadband investigated Vodacom’s WASP-blocking option – which the operator previously stated customers could enable by completing a form. When visiting a Vodacom store and asking for the required form, however, we were informed there was no option to block WASP subscriptions on Vodacom SIMs. Speaking to an agent through Vodacom’s customer care line yielded the same result. A Vodacom spokesperson responded by stating it had stopped the process where customers were required to complete a form to block WASPs. Instead, it said customers could block WASP…

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Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone

When people see my MacBook, they assume that I have an iPhone. With Apple’s ecosystem so tightly integrated, why wouldn’t they? However, I have used an Android smartphone since the launch of the HTC Desire in 2010 – and a MacBook laptop as my work machine since 2011. While iPhones and non-Mac laptops are fine devices, I will never go back to Windows or Linux on my work PC, or switch to iPhone. That’s not to say it hasn’t been tempting, but there are many small things which when added…

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Movie prices in South Africa – Ster-Kinekor vs Nu Metro

Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor have implemented their annual price adjustments. Ster-Kinekor’s increases reached as high as 9.8%, although the majority of its adjustments were below the 5.3% inflation rate for 2017. Nu Metro hiked the prices of Scene VIP tickets for 3D and 2D shows by 22% and 40% at most cinema complexes – with the price of 2D and 3D shows now the same. Woodlands cinema was the exception, where 3D Scene VIP tickets increased by 8.7% and 2D tickets increased by 10%. To see how the companies’ prices…

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Diesel cars are finished – EU

Consumers may do as much as regulators to propel the car sector into the electricity-powered age foreseen by Tesla Inc., according to the European Union’s industrial-policy chief. European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said the EU has had a “breakthrough moment” since Germany-based Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it fitted diesel engines with software to cheat U.S. checks on smog-causing discharges of nitrogen oxides. This deeply affected “the emotions in society toward emissions and cleaner cars,” she said. “Diesel cars are finished,” Bienkowska said in a May 24 interview in her…

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What it takes to work at a blockchain startup in South Africa

A new blockchain startup named TariLabs has been set up in Johannesburg with the aim of building the open source Tari blockchain protocol. The startup is headed by Monero lead maintainer Riccardo “fluffypony” Spagni, US-based entrepreneur Naveen Jain, and Ticketfly founder Dan Teree. The Tari blockchain protocol is being constructed as a platform for the management, trade, and use of digital assets, and will be merge-mined with the Monero blockchain. TariLabs will contribute heavily to the project, and its team of developers require a specific set of skills and aptitudes.…

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Cell C loses three top executives

Three top executives are leaving Cell C. This includes the company’s: Chief financial officer Tyrone Soondarjee. Chief procurement and property officer Sherhaad Kajee. Chief digital officer Nihmal Marrie. Soondarjee joined Cell C on 1 July 2017, and his departure at the end of May means he would have been at the company for 11 months. Before joining Cell C, Soondarjee was a financial director at the Sasfin Group, where he served on several boards at the company. Chief digital officer The City Press has now revealed that following Soondarjee’s departure,…

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How to make self-driving cars change lanes like humans

In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they’re so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all. At the International Conference on Robotics and Automation tomorrow, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will…

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The Stack Overflow-like website which pays users in cryptocurrency

While mainstream hype around cryptocurrencies is generally concerned with price movements and ICOs, developer interest has been on a steady upward trend. Loom Network, a blockchain development startup which aims to create decentralised applications (dApps) built on Ethereum, is one of the most prolific forces in dApp development. The company has created everything from Solidity coding tutorials combined with Zombie games, to a functional side-chain infrastructure which allows apps to scale while remaining tied to the immutability of Ethereum. The first functional implementation of a dApp built on Loom’s DAppChain…

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3 features which give you better speeds on Vodacom’s network

Vodacom and MTN are fighting to be crowned the best network in South Africa, with MTN reigning supreme in the latest rankings. Vodacom is, however, looking to turn the tables on MTN, and is investing heavily in its network to achieve this. To improve its network, Vodacom is using a combination of network optimisation and the introduction of new features. Vodacom highlighted three key features which it has deployed across a large part of its 4G network, which has increased data speeds and voice quality, a Vodacom spokesperson told MyBroadband.…

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Xiaomi looking for 7 June approval of $10 billion IPO — Sources

Xiaomi Corp. aims to seek formal Hong Kong stock exchange approval on June 7 for an initial public offering that could raise about $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Beijing-based smartphone maker hopes to price the share sale late next month if its application is approved by the bourse’s listing committee, according to one of the people. The timing for the so-called listing hearing could slip, depending on the volume of questions from the exchange ahead of the meeting, another person said, asking not to be…

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