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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Vo­da­com launched its next-gen­er­a­tion LTE net­work to pre­paid sub­scribers last week. The net­work has been plagued by trou­bles with LTE-en­abled hand­sets, es­pe­cially the iPhone 5 try­ing to con­nect to the net­work, but we’re told the lat­est up­dates should re­solve any re­main­ing is­sues.

Sam­sung an­nounced its highly an­tic­i­pated Galaxy S4 hand­set at an event in New York last week that at­tracted criti- cism for sup­pos­edly sexist over­tones. Fol­low­ing on the heels of the highly suc­cess­ful Galaxy S3, the S4 has a big­ger 5” screen, eye-track­ing tech­nol­ogy, a much more pow­er­ful cam­era and features for track­ing food, ex­er­cise and other health met­rics. No date for a South African launch is avail­able yet.

SABC board is at risk of be­ing dis­solved ac­cord­ing to state­ments made by com­mu­ni­ca­tions port­fo­lio com­mit­tee chair­man Sikhum­buzo Khol­wane last week. The cur­rent scram­bling by the de­part­ment fol­lows a walk-out by a ma­jor­ity of board mem­bers, sup­pos­edly in re­la­tion to dis­agree­ments over the ten­ure of chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng. The on­go­ing mess at South Africa’s most pa­thetic paras­tatal would be funny were it not so tragic.

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