• Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko wrote a column for the Sunday Times newspaper in which he said that his company hopes to deliver an integrated telecommunications ‘triple play’ by this time next year. This f lat-rated service would include broadband Internet, telephony and video-ondemand as an inclusive monthly subscription. Telkom has been spending heavily on its broadband infrastructure to refresh its f lailing landline business and prepare the network for a new generation of offerings. The kind of integrated products it is planning are common in European markets where consumers are able to gain access to video services such as Netflix, telephony and general broadbandInternet for a f lat monthly rate. • Samsung is rumoured to be preparing a Google Glass competitor to be announced later this year at the big IFA trade show in Germany. As a competitor to Google Glass, the rumoured eyewear from Samsung will be called the ‘Galaxy Glass’ and offer similar features, but with a sportier set of glasses. If the rumours are accurate, the new gadget will use Samsung’s own platform and will not run the same system as Google’s. They’ve got everything else, so why not glasses too? • Gadget addicts should expect to pay much more for their toys in 2014 as a result of the weakening rand that reached a five-year low recently as global investors f lee from emerging economies. Unfortunately for the tech-obsessed, this means that new gadget prices will rocket as distributors combat ridiculous exchange rates that exceed any forward cover designed to protect against this sort of thing. There’ll probably be a short window thanks to old stock and then prices are set to soar.