Lauren Kate Rawlins

Mastercard plans to displace cash

The global payments company says a major part of its future strategy is to find digital solutions for people still transacting in cash.


Top local Google searches for 2018 revealed

South Africans used Google Search to find out more information about entertainment events and local celebrities this year.


Crypto platform VALR promises 'negative fees'

New local digital asset trading platform gives South Africans access to crypto-currencies, and the option to buy and sell more than 50 crypto-currencies.


Google gives four SA non-profits R3.4m each

The four winners will each walk away with $250 000 to enable change in the country using technology.


Black Friday online sales increased 700% this year

While completed transactions online on Black Friday 2018 grew by close on 700%, the average shopper spent less than last year.


Black Friday generates R196m for Takealot

The local e-commerce site recorded a total transaction value of over R196 million on Black Friday, representing 125% year-on-year growth.


Black Friday online rush overloads sites

Takealot and Superbalist experienced site difficulties this morning, as thousands of South Africans hoped to score a Black Friday deal just after midnight.


YouTube encroaches on TV territory

The world's largest online video platform experiments with placing back-to-back adverts in YouTube videos, borrowing techniques from traditional television.


Black Friday 2018 to be SA's biggest yet

Local e-commerce players expect to double their earnings this Black Friday, with intense preparations under way to ensure uptime and capacity.


Virtual reality to revolutionise safe skills development

The emerging tech is increasingly being used to train workers on safety measures, as the visceral experiences are better for memory retention.


Twelve SA non-profits to receive $2m from Google

The tech company's charity arm,, will give around R28.4 million to 12 local non-profits that are using tech to impact their communities.


Google looks out for your digital wellbeing

The new Google Digital Wellbeing tools allow users to track their smartphone habits and apply time limits to certain apps.

Lauren Kate Rawlins
ITWeb digital and innovation editor.

Lauren made the move to online journalism after a stint with broadsheets in Durban. She now writes about the different ways businesses are embracing digital transformation, how small start-ups are disrupting big industry, and how the machines are slowing taking over. She investigates the far flung corners of the web and interrogates the algorithms our social lives revolve around. She researches emerging technologies and puts into words how 21st century living, more and more, resembles a scene in a science fiction novel.