China will take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect its companies

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China will take “all necessary measures” to protect its firms’ legitimate interests, the commerce ministry said on Thursday, in response to the US move this week to further tighten restrictions on Huawei Technologies.

The Trump administration on Read more

Get guaranteed access to your personal data, even if you lose your phone

Mistakes happen all the time, even when it comes to expensive items like your smartphone. Even those people who are usually careful with keeping their prized possessions safe can fall victim to loss, theft or damage. It happens to Read more

Airbnb files for IPO with listing likely this year

Short-term home rental company Airbnb said on Wednesday it filed confidentially for an initial public offering with US regulators, setting the stage for one of 2020’s marquee stock market debuts.

The move underscores a rebound in parts of the Read more

SpaceX raises $1.9 billion at $46-billion valuation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Image: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX has raised US$1.9-billion in new funding, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. This would be the largest single fundraising round to date by SpaceX, according to PitchBook Read more

‘Do Not Contact’ database launched by Waspa

The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (Waspa) has launched a “Do Not Contact” database that consumers can use to prevent them from receiving unwanted SMS spam.

Any cellular user in South Africa can add or remove their mobile number Read more

Trend Micro’s Mannie Tzingakis on IT security in a pandemic

Mannie Tzingakis

In this episode of the podcast, TechCentral is joined by Mannie Tzingakis, technical lead for sub-Saharan Africa at Trend Micro, for a discussion on the trends in the IT security space, especially since the advent of Read more

Apple’s market cap tops $2-trillion for the first time

Apple became the first publicly listed US company with a US$2-trillion stock market value on Wednesday, as Wall Street investors put aside challenges to its iPhone ecosystem in favour of bets it will only prosper more in the post-coronavirus Read more

Trump backs Oracle’s TikTok bid in boost for Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Oracle’s bid for the US operations of TikTok received the backing of US President Donald Trump, bolstering the software maker’s attempt to derail takeover talks led by rival Microsoft.

“Oracle is a great company,” said Trump during Read more

Showmax Pro, with live sport, launched in South Africa at R449/month

MultiChoice Group-owned Netflix rival Showmax has launched a Pro version of its service in South Africa, offering the full catalogue of content, plus live-streamed sport.

Showmax Pro costs R449/month (compared to R99/month for the non-sports version), or R225/month for Read more

Vodacom BEE scheme has millions in unclaimed dividends

Thousands of investors in Vodacom Group’s black economic empowerment scheme, YeboYethu, have failed to claim more than R73-million in dividends owing to them.

The unclaimed dividends belong to more than 12 000 YeboYethu shareholders, the telecommunications operator said Read more