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Disney+ launching in South Africa and 41 other countries

The Walt Disney Company has stated that its streaming service, Disney+, will launch this winter in South Africa and 41 other countries (between 21 June and 22 September 2022). South Africans will have access to Disney+ original material as well as a large library of episodes and films from companies including Marvel, Star Wars, National […]

Plans to shut down 2G and 3G in South Africa

Switching off South Africa’s 2G and 3G networks will be a difficult task for mobile network operators and the country’s independent communications authority (Icasa).Operators will have to collaborate with Icasa to streamline the network shutdown, which MTN and Vodacom have estimated may take several years.“This process will be tightly controlled and communicated by industry stakeholders,” […]

The most dangerous and prominent types of Cybercrime to look out for this year.

Interpol’s African Cyberthreat Assessment Report 2021, which breaks down the most prominent dangers on the continent so that businesses and consumers can better plan and protect themselves, has brought cybercrime back into the spotlight. According to the Interpol Report, the top five threats in Africa are: online scams; digital extortion; business email compromise; ransomware; and […]

Amazon Prime Video get South African Currency support — new prices for South Africa

Amazon has started informing its Prime Video subscribers in South Africa that they will now be billed in rand instead of euro, at R79 per month. “This change happens automatically this month… and there’s nothing you need to do,” the company stated. Curiously, South Africans were not initially quoted in euro, but in dollar. When […]

What is the difference between an ISP and an FNO?

In order to get Fibre connectivity to your home and business, the fastest form of internet connectivity, you need two types of service providers to help you out – a Fibre Network Owner (FNO) and an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Here are the key differences between an FNO and an ISP.  What is an FNO?  FNO stands for Fibre Network Owner, […]

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram back online after 6 hours of downtime

Facebook Inc. suffered a devastating outage that shut out many of its 2.7 billion global users, idled some of the company’s employees and prompted a public apology from the chief technology officer. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that […]

The rapid rise of security breaches in South Africa

In August alone, 38 organisations suffered security breaches that they self-reported to the Information Regulator. “As the Regulator, we are concerned about the high number of security breaches in South Africa,” said chairperson Pansy Tlakula. Tlakula revealed the figure in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), […]