Stuff magazine and won the Telkom ICT journalist of the year award in 2002. As a former newspaper reporter he has covered everything from crime to politics. His no-nonsense Tuesday column in The Times goes beyond the "gee whiz" of new developments to track their historical significance and future importance.
Germany’s Alex Cejka burst through the pack with a sizzling eight-under par 64 to take the lead in the opening round of the $1 million Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club on Thursday.
Microwave popcorn makers could face a long and difficult task ridding their snacks of trans fats, if a US Food and Drug Administration proposal to ban the additives goes into effect. Just ask Orville Redenbacher.
There was an air of excitement at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria last week as hundreds of fans turned up for the unveiling of a prototype car for a new circuit-racing competition, the Global Touring Car (GTC) series.
The year is 2040. The rain is incessant, with storms that last for days. And it is hot. The heat comes in waves that seem to go on for longer and longer. It turns out that the climate-change hype was real. The daily failure of the ageing electricity grid makes...
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Toby is editor of Stuff magazine and won the Telkom ICT journalist of the year award in 2002. As a former newspaper reporter he has covered everything from crime to politics. His no-nonsense Tuesday column in The Times goes beyond the "gee whiz" of new developments to track their historical significance and future importance.
"What are you going to do with [faster data on] LTE? You can't speak any faster," Alan Knott-Craig, the combative CEO of Cell C, told the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last week, arguing for cheaper data costs.
Logic - there is so little of it in the world today. For instance, Pat Lambie is the best flyhalf in South Africa and he languishes on the bench as a reserve fullback. Heyneke Meyer, who is trying to give me angina, clearly lacks an appreciation of logic.
Imagine owning nearly 40% of your market and being regarded as an also-ran. Or being the maker of the most popular smartphone in the rapidly growing emerging markets and having your share price hammered.
In November 1998 Microsoft bought a little company called LinkExchange for $265-million. It had this new-fangled idea called "keywords" that allowed for a new way of selling online advertising relating to the principal words that were being searched for. At the time, banner ads dominated the business.
At it's height, Digg proudly claimed it was going to change how news was consumed. Instead of journalists deciding which stories went on the front page of newspapers and websites, Digg.com would allow the ordinary reader to dictate the news agenda and vote on a story's popularity.
You might argue that the most exciting scientific discovery since Albert Einstein's theory of relativity in 1905 occurred last week when the existence of the Higgs boson was almost certainly confirmed.
"As nice as the Apple iPhone is, it poses a real challenge to its users. Try typing a web key on a touchscreen on an Apple iPhone, that's a real challenge. You cannot see what you type," said Jim Balsillie back in 2007.
History has been a lot unkinder to Bill Gates than it has to Steve Jobs. Gates created a computer company with software that runs on 90% of the world's computers but the company has been branded a slow monolith.
"I HAVE never sent an e-mail in my life. I never received an e-mail. I have two buttons I can touch - the weather and the Huffington Post," Woody Allen said last week of his smartphone. "I do carry an iPhone because I want to have a phone," he told the Wall Street Journal.
The revolution is being tweeted. But it's not the revolution you're thinking about. Though Twitter played a prominent role in last year's Arab Spring uprisings - but not quite as prominent as it was made out to be by a keenly observing outside world - it's the increasingly rapid connectivity shift embodied in cellphones that we're witnessing.
IN A nondescript garage in the quiet suburb of Palo Alto, just south of San Francisco, two friends in 1938 made a piece of electronics, and ultimately formed a company that would become the largest seller of computers in the world.
"BLAMING the London riots on BBM is like blaming the Second World War on radio." This much retweeted, appropriately anonymous quote sums up the strange problem technology faces when events like the London riots erupt.
LEGEND has it that when IBM was looking for an operating system for its new personal computer in 1981, it tried to contact another software maker first. But they were out, or going on vacation, or too arrogant to take the call seriously. Something like that. A little Seattle-based company called Microsoft then received the second call . and the rest is history.
IN THE next few months Apple - the erstwhile computer company that now makes smartphones and tablets and sells more digital content than anyone else on the planet - will overtake energy giant Exxon Mobil as the world's most valued company. Wow.
"YOU'VE gotta try this out," my best friend told me years ago. A gifted programmer, he was working on this new-fangled thing called internet banking. It was a novel concept back then, in the early days of the internet, and I was already the bank's customer so he arranged one of the first web-based banking accounts for me in the mid-1990s.