ADSL clients being terrifically throttled in South Africa: CEO

Amid a looming broadband price war in South Africa, OpenWeb CEO Keoma Wright says that unscrupulous ISPs derive their profit from throttling the living daylights out of their clients.

The Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, recently met with the Council … Read the rest

The flying car has landed

Organisers of Vienna’s Pioneers Festival, an annual conference for future technology and digital entrepreneurship, announced on Thursday that they would unveil the prototype of “the world’s most advanced flying car” on 29 October.

An earlier prototype of the Flying Roadster … Read the rest

Fluorspar for Li-ion-batteries

Scientists from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Necsa fluorochemical subsidiary Pelchem have developed a lower-cost method to produce high-purity phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5), which is used to manufacture lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) – the electrolyte used in most lithium-ion … Read the rest

Blackberry Passport will launch in September

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen at the company’s earnings report and annual meeting confirmed that the long-rumoured square-shaped ‘Windermere’ smartphone will be officially called BlackBerry Passport.
Chen showed off the yet-to-be-announced Passport which will launch in September at an event in … Read the rest

Amazon launches its ‘Fire’ smartphone

Amazon announced its first smartphone today, a bold move into a segment currently dominated by Apple and Samsung. At an event in Seattle, CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the Fire Phone, a smartphone with a 4.7-in. 3-D display, a 2.2-GHz quadcore … Read the rest

Mind altering lasers makes fruit flies ‘sing and dance’

Scientists have created a thermogenetic tool that can alter a fly’s mind and make it sing and dance.

fruitfliesThe Fly Mind Altering Device, or FLyMAD, lets the researchers use heat from infrared lasers to activate genetically defined brain cell types … Read the rest

Facebook plans drones for Africa

facebookFacebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa.

The social networking company is one of the main backers of the internet.org project, … Read the rest