Egyptian woman builds solar heaters
Aliaa Assem, a 29-year-old telecoms and electronics engineer from Cairo, took interest in the activities of icecairo, an Egyptian DIY/hack group. From there, she got involved in a series of projects that would aim to bring eco-friendly heating, light, and water purification – all using the power of the sun. Their first project? Building a solar heater for the impoverished town of Marsa Alam.
SA game developer gets the green light
Local gaming outfit, Free Lives, has been working on a game called Broforce since 2012. Having submitted their title to Valve’s Green Light programme, the community has since voted for it to be green lit – and now Valve will help the Cape Town boys to get their game all polished and ready for an international debut.
Mark Shuttleworth wants to build a smartphone
South Africa’s tech exports are doing well for themselves – Elon Musk is building electric cars, and now Mark Shuttleworth wants to build a smartphone.
His company, Canonical – responsible for Ubuntu Linux – has set up a project to build an Ubuntu-powered smartphone called the Edge. It’s in funding stages at the moment, but needs R324-million to be successful. Will you get one?
SEACOM turned 4 – here’s how the net has changed in SA
In 2009 the SEACOM cable landed in South Africa, bringing hope to the country – and African continent – in need of affordable internet access. We went digging and found some old pricing for ADSL and 3G connections, pre-SEACOM. Compared to today, it’s easy to see that things are getting better, bit by bit.
The cheapest ADSL connection in the country
Been scrimping on your internet connection because ADSL is “too expensive?”
While it’s not as accessible as a 3G connection, getting a stable connection at home enables many streaming services, smart TVs, and other connected devices. We found not only the cheapest overall connection, but also the ones that present the best value for the least amount of money. It’s time to get connected, and it won’t cost a fortune.
Microsoft’s plans to bring us broadcast-powered broadband for R20 a month
The biggest news of all, this week, was Microsoft’s announcement that it plans to use TV whitespace – basically, broadcast spectrum – to South Africa. Properly implemented, the technology could offer uncapped broadband services to poor areas for just R20 a month – just what the textbook-disenfranchised youths in Limpopo need to build futures for themselves.