BlackBerry has surprised the market by announcing that it will make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available to iPhone and Android users.
The move raises the stakes in the mobile instant messaging market, where the cross-platform WhatsApp is rapidly entrenching itself as a market leader.
BBM will be available to iOS and Android users sometime in the southern hemisphere winter and will support version six and higher of the Apple software and v
A pay dispute between Solidarity and Telkom will be taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, the union said on Tuesday.
Spokesperson Marius Croucamp said wage talks between the two parties had deadlocked.
"Solidarity is demanding a wage increase of 8.8% based on the consumer price index of 5.8% plus 3%."
He said wage talks began in March and after five sessions of negotiations the parties reached a stalemate.
Shares in JSE-listed fixed-line operator Telkom are trading lower than what they were a decade ago.
Shares in the company closed at R12.28 yesterday, after gaining slightly, but have since dropped again in early morning trade. The stock is now worth less than it was in March 2003, when it was just above R14.
Telkoms current share price gives it a market capitalisation of R6.36 billion, a fraction of VodacomҒs worth. Telkom used to have a 50% st
Telkom Mobile has slashed data prices with the introduction of what it says are offerings that represent the best in-bundle rates in the market.
The operators new SmartInternet and SmartInternet Saver postpaid data plans will be available from Sunday. Consumers can opt for a bundled offer that includes a device, or for a SIM-only option.
The plans come with an allocation of Telkom Mobile data, Telkom Mobile Night-Surfer data, LTE speeds in LTE covera
Cell C chief executive Alan Knott-Craig has warned of legal action if the telecoms regulator does not cut mobile termination rates by the end of the year, according to a report on Friday.
"I will use everything in my power to get the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to do its job," Knott-Craig told Business Day newspaper.
"We have to protect our company and the industry. It is also in the interest of consumers."
Late last year the FCC gave cable providers permission to encrypt basic cable, and Comcast is wasting little time in moving ahead with the plan. The company has begun notifying customers in select markets that programming will soon be encrypted, a move that will require anyone not using a Comcast set-top box or CableCARD-enabled device to install an adapter to keep watching their soon-to-be-scrambled shows. As mandated by the FCC, Comcast will be offering
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski called for at least one gigabit-speed broadband community in all 50 states by 2015 during remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting on Jan. 18.
Genachowski said that establishing gigabit communities nationwide would accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds and challenged broadband providers and state and muni
Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kansas, from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup, tapping Google Inc.'s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the ``Silicon Prairie.''
The home on State Line Road is one of several startup-friendly locations that have sprouted up in Kansas City in r
According to a new report from the state-run paper China Daily, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is ordering all newly built residences to install fiber optic connections in any city or county where a public fiber optic telecom network is available.Ӕ
The standards will take effect from April 1, 2013,Ӕ China Daily reported, adding that residents will be able to choose their own Internet service provider (ISP) with equal con
UK telecommunications group BT, formerly British Telecom, has launched what it claims is the first ever trial of a 10Gbit/s or hyper-fastӔ broadband network in a live working environmentӔ.
Cornwall-based engineering firm Arcol UK Ltd is the test site for deployment of the new technology where the service runs in tandem with the companys existing 330Mbit/s service on the same fibre.
The proof-of-concept trial uses new fibre technology call
Growing rivalry between Apple and Google will mean future iPhone and iPad users will no longer have the YouTube app pre-installed on their devices.
Search engine giant Google is increasingly vying with Apple for dominance in the mobile operating theatre.
Previously the two companies had a good relationship with Google chairman Eric Schmidt also sitting on Apples board.
But he stepped down from Apple in 2009 as Google started to tread on AppleҒs to
Skype and Microsoft recently came under fire for not providing users with clarity as to whether the video chat service could be used by law enforcement for wiretapping of conversations.
Questions were raised when some commentators claimed a change in Skype's technology allowed for the interception of calls. Microsoft initially responded without specifically confirming or denying the service could be wiretapped, saying only that Skype "co-operates with l
Shares of Facebook Inc fell about 1 percent on Tuesday, extending the previous day's losses after an investment analyst reported a decline in U.S. users for the No. 1 social network.
Capstone analyst Rory Maher said he used proprietary software to track user numbers by country over the past six months across more than 200 countries and worked out that the social network had shed users in both the United States and Europe. U.S. users declined by 1.1 perc
Qantas has announced plans to replace its BlackBerry fleet with 1300 iPhones, giving in to its employees' preference for the device.
"There has been strong demand from Qantas employees for the iPhone, with a large majority of respondents to a recent survey indicating that this is their preferred smartphone option," Qantas CIO Paul Jones said in an emailed statement to ZDNet Australia, confirming a report that appeared in The Australian this morning.
Apple Inc.'s next iPhone, currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, will use a new technology that makes the smartphone's screen thinner, people familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. technology giant strives to improve technological features amid intensifying competition from Samsung Electronics Co. and other rivals.
Japanese liquid crystal display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.--a new company that combined three Japanese e