Gauteng town councils struggle with data security

Both the City of Joburg and Ekhuruleni councils had their online bill-payment systems draw some unwanted attention, this past week. A security flaw made it possible for anybody to view an online invoice, placing personal details of accountholders in the public domain – something the upcoming POPI bill will attempt to clamp down on.

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Afrihost launches mobile data

One of the country’s biggest fixed-lined ISPs, Afrihost, this week launched its mobile data offerings. Its promo offer, a free Mi-Fi device and 5GB of data for R145, crashed the Afrihost website. In total, it sold 7 000 bundles – and we had our hands on one.

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Try Uber for free, on us!

Fancy giving Uber a try ahead of its local launch? Great news – we’ve got a voucher code for 1 000 of our readers to try it out. The code is valid for two trips up to R200. If you’re in Jo’burg or Pretoria, give it a go and let us know what you think.

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Toyota’s Dakar Hilux is built in our backyard

Toyota competes in the world’s biggest off-road race, the Dakar, with its Hilux. But did you know that the team is completely South African, and the car is built right here in Johannesburg? We took a look and studied the tech that it comes with.

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PlayStation 4 headed to SA this December

At its press conference in Germany, at the Gamescom expo, Sony announced the launch date for its next-generation console. America gets it on the 15th of November, Europe on the 29th – and South Africa a mere week later on the 6th of December. Lucky for Sony, as Microsoft won’t bring the Xbox One to local shores until 2014.

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Neotel launches fixed-wireless LTE solution

Struggling to get an ADSL line at home? Not keen on high-priced data from the local cellular providers? Neotel has you covered – well, if you live in the Joburg coverage zone for its new LTE product. Expect semi-uncapped access with a fair-use policy, and speeds up to 10Mbps.

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Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.