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

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

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

Most-watched TV shows in South Africa

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for July 2018. The data includes a list of the most-watched shows on DStv, SABC 1, 2, 3, and Etv. The BRCSA said the report does not give the total viewership of DStv commercial channels, and the figures reflect viewership on the platform at the top tier. For instances where the same show appeared across multiple

We are confident about South Africa’s future – Adapt IT CEO

Adapt IT recently published its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2018. The ICT company showed impressive growth, including a 36% increase in turnover and a headline earnings per share increase of 14%. Adapt IT’s EBITDA increased by 39% to R270 million, and the company’s profit increased 45% to R128 million. Speaking to MyBroadband, Adapt IT chief financial officer Nombali Mbambo said the company had seen a large

Rain Mobile SIMs will not expire if you do not use them

If you don’t use a SIM card, or recharge it with airtime or data, your mobile network is likely to disconnect you and recycle your number. As covered by MyBroadband in August 2017, networks recycle unused mobile numbers when they are not used for a certain period as there are a limited quantity of cellphone numbers available. At the time, Vodacom offered the longest dormancy period – 185 days. Cell C, MTN, and

Physical video games still going strong in South Africa

Physical copies of video games are still selling well in South Africa, according to local retailers. The influence of online gaming platforms has become widespread, however, and is most noticeable in the PC market. This is thanks to online storefronts such as Steam, Origin, Humble Bundle, and others – which tend to be more popular than physical retailers among PC gamers. New games released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One