IBM makes blockchain payments global

IBM has announced that IBM Blockchain World Wire, a realtime global payments network for regulated financial institutions, is officially accessible in a growing number of markets. Designed to optimise and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and...

Arctic sea ice at seventh-lowest rate

Sea ice in the Arctic appears to have hit its annual maximum extent after growing through the fall and winter. The 2019 wintertime extent reached on March 13 ties with 2007’s as the 7th smallest extent of winter sea ice in the satellite record, according to scientists...

AI set to eliminate 80% of project management tasks

By 2030, 80% of the work of today’s project management (PM) discipline will be eliminated as artificial intelligence (AI) takes on traditional PM functions such as data collection, tracking and reporting, according to Gartner. “AI is going to revolutionise...

Up to 600m Facebook users’ passwords compromised

Facebook is in the news again for a possible security breach. This time, the company has admitted to leaving hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed in plain text. The social media giant says these are potential visible to employees, but it doesn’t...

Inflation steady, but price pressures set to mount

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reported on 20 March that consumer price inflation increased from 4% year-on-year (y-o-y) in January to 4,1% y-o-y in February – a smaller increase than the 4,3% that was expected. According to PwC, the StatsSA report suggested...

Huawei scoops a quarter of EMEA smartphone sales

Huawei continued its rapid rise in the EMEA smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2018, gaining a quarter of the Android market for the first time in the region, while its value share of the Android market rose to a third. Arch-rival Samsung held its share in...