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Ashley Madison, a Web site aimed at cheaters, was in the news week after the details of about 37-million of it users were dumped online. This was the fulfilment of a promise made by hackers when the site was breached 30 days ago. The details are housed in a massive file that contains users’ personal information and some credit card details.

Also in the headlines this week were two South African start-ups. An on-demand delivery service, called picup, has launched a new offering that will allow small, medium or large businesses to collect and deliver documents and parcels in under 90 minutes. picupBusiness addresses the need for a fast and efficient delivery service, allowing businesses to deliver important documents in a fraction of the time it would take a traditional same-day delivery courier service. Meanwhile, a South African app is offering a clever, insightful artificial intelligence (AI) tool. Jottr is a South African start-up making it big in Silicon Valley. Their first content-driven app promises to read a user’s mind like a book. Connected to thousands of valuable content sources, it delivers the ultimate personalised experience through clever analysis of a user’s behaviour.

And finally, the results of a new report from Ericsson ConsumerLab have indicated that, contrary to popular opinion, communication technologies could be bringing families closer together. The report provides a snapshot of the impact of communication technology on families in the US, and shows how apps such as WhatsApp help families to keep in touch, even when far apart.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team