How basic phones are ‘a boon for digital detox’

Worldwide sales of smartphones fall for the first time in fourth quarter of 2017 as consumers take a break from the onslaught of online connectivity

MTN said to have named more banks for sale of shares in Nigerian unit

The company met its bankers on Wednesday and held a presentation about MTN Nigeria for foreign and local analysts on Friday in Lagos, sources said

World Bank hails cellphones’ financial freedom for the poor

Access to a bank account can especially help women, who are more likely to save and to spend on healthcare and education, says economist 

HMD Global has big plans for Nokia in Africa

The Finnish company says the affordable devices segment ‘is a really important segment for us to play in across Africa’

Cisco ramps up AI in online collaboration and video-conference products

Cisco wants it products at the forefront of artificial intelligence-based office and home help with scheduling, taking notes and following up on requests

OTR Global cuts Facebook to ‘mixed’ in first rating downgrade since January

Facebook lost 10% in March amid concern about the way in which the company handled its users’ personal data

Russia to probe Facebook, and could ban it if it doesn’t comply with local laws

After blocking the messaging app Telegram this week, Russia’s telecoms watchdog is eyeing Facebook, which is widely used by those opposed to Putin

Tech firms, including Microsoft and Facebook, vow not to aid government cyber-attacks

The Cybersecurity Tech Accord aims to help tech companies take ‘a principled path’; no companies from Russia, China, Iran or North Korea signed up

Teraco in R2bn expansion plan

Data centre company’s power use to rise to 90MW

4Sight stock slides more despite announcement of joint venture

JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings says it will supply the joint venture with its technology know-how while its Chinese partner will drive funding

Demand for digital mining hardware drops

Cryptocurrency mining — the method through which digital currencies are released into the market — on the wane, data suggest

New Google app will cut data costs of Africans struggling with slow internet

The new app reduces the amount of data needed to display search results by 40% and allows previous searches to be accessed offline

Altron appoints MD for expansion in Africa

The group names Ike Dube as the first to hold its new Africa MD post

Angry minority shareholders push for shake-up at Cognition

This is the second time that shareholders have revolted against the technology group's board

Altron rises 3.2% as HEPS to end-February expected to double

On May 10, the company expects to report headline earnings per share to have increased by up to 102%

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