Google clearly has a significant position in the South African market, but due to an offshore entity, Google has avoided paying local taxes. This makes competing for revenue by digital publishers in South Africa very hard.
What now for BlackBerry? Who would possibly be interested in picking up the pieces – and should users abandon ship? The answer to the latter is “not just yet”. The carriers that provide BlackBerry devices and services will have to keep them running for now, no matter what. So if you have a BlackBerry you can keep it – but you’re highly unlikely to be replacing it with another BlackBerry in the future. If you’re in the market for a phone right now, I’d look elsewhere.
Fortunately, a handful of companies, mostly in the technology and creative industries, are pioneering a fresh and forward-thinking approach to the workplace. Search-giant Google, which has topped Fortune’s “Best Places To Work” list for the past two years, is a great place to look for inspiration. Beyond providing perks such as bowling alleys, billiard tables, free food, gym memberships, and Wi-Fi-outfitted shuttle rides to the office, the company is conscientiously fostering the emotional and intellectual wellbeing of its staff.
They say a week in politics is a long time. You should try 15 minutes in South African journalism. Just when you think you’ve got the world all figured out along comes a fellow hack and makes you question your entire belief system.
South Africans have a bent for spring-cleaning, superstorms and superstars
Imagine video games that happen in real space. Or glasses that remind you of your colleague’s name that you really should know. Or paying for a coffee with your watch instead of your phone.