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Lauren Rawlins is ITWeb news journalist.

Stanford develops fire-proof battery

17 Jan 2017A Stanford research team developed a method to prevent battery fires in the future, by including a thermal responsive flame-retardant.

A research team at the US university makes a lithium-ion battery that releases a flame-retardant when there is an increase in temperature.

TFG intros Uber-like delivery option

16 Jan 2017Screenshots from the Deliver 2 Me Web app show how it allows users to pick an exact delivery location and time.

The Foschini Group partners with start-up WumDrop to develop a Web app which allows users to track parcel delivery.

SA site re-homes pre-loved luxury items

13 Jan 2017Luxity was created by 28-year-old local entrepreneur Luke Calitz.

Cape Town-based start-up Luxity believes authentic designer handbags and other luxury goods deserve a second chance.

Note 7 airline warnings stopped, but thousands still out there

12 Jan 2017The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 line was cancelled and recalled last year.

US airlines are no longer required to make a pre-boarding announcement that the Samsung Note 7 is prohibited.

Uber to share world traffic data

11 Jan 2017Uber will open up its data on how its cars move through cities, to help officials better understand congestion.

The app-based taxi service will allow access to anonymous data collected from rides worldwide, to help improve traffic flow.

Facebook videos to feature ad breaks

10 Jan 2017Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants the platform to be video-first within the next few years.

The social media network will reportedly introduce adverts to videos on the platform and introduce a YouTube-esque business model.

Samsung S8 gossip explodes

9 Jan 2017An alleged leaked picture of the Samsung S8, which shows the device to have very little bezel and no front buttons. Source: Weibo

Samsung is set to release its latest flagship device next month, which is rumoured to do away with the audio jack and home button.

Local R150m fibre plant operational

15 Dec 2016When the plant is fully operational in 2017, it will create sustainable jobs for 100 people in the surrounding KZN communities.

The Dube TradePort fibre-optic plant, which received a R150 million investment from a Chinese firm, is up and running after six months of construction.

Bluetooth 5 promises increased range, speed

13 Dec 2016A new Bluetooth standard will help advance connected devices in the Internet of things environment.

The latest version of the Bluetooth core specification has been officially adopted, and will be included in devices within the next two to six months.

Instagram rolls out live video

13 Dec 2016Facebook-owned Instagram will begin rolling out live video. Unlike its parent company, the broadcasts disappear afterwards.

The picture-sharing social network will begin the roll-out of its new ephemeral live broadcast feature today.


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