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A glimpse into the future of computing

Thousands of people flocked to Las Vegas this month, not for the usual attractions, but to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is the world’s biggest annual electronics expo, where all t...

Hi-tech overhaul of SA education system will fall apart without strategic plan

Recently, the government announced that it was planning a major hi-tech overhaul for the South African education system. As an educational technologist who sees the tremendous potential of technology ...

Ted Dabney, the man whose life was a game

Last year, the world of computing lost one of its great pioneers, Ted Dabney. He was the founder of Atari and the creator of Pong, one of the most iconic video games made. Dabney is known in the indus...

Calling a remote PHP Script from JavaScript using JQuery

In this tutorial I will show you how to call a remote PHP script (a script that lives on a separate server) from your JavaScript using JQuery.   Why would you want to do this? There are many reas...

Creating a simple Database Application in NetBeans

In this tutorial we create a simple database Java application in Netbeans. The database contains 2 tables: Authors Books The Authors table is independent; that is, an author can exist in our database ...

Career tips for the 21st century

Artificial intelligence has defeated humans yet again. In the past, machines outdid their human creators in manual activities that did not require much thinking, like assembling vehicles and harvestin...

Why every child should learn to code

What do Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Nick D’Aloisio have in common, other than they are all phenomenally wealthy tech entrepreneurs? The answer: they started very young. Gates coded his first compu...

Innovative ways in using cellphones can improve learners’ marks

Their behaviour was appalling. I stood in front of the class, trying to teach a difficult but important lesson, desperate for the students to understand it. But no one listened. I addressed a young wo...

Human problems need human solutions

Technology is wildly overrated. As a person who has spent most of his life surrounded by technology and who makes a living through technology, I constantly see people making the mistake of placing too...

Why banning cellphones at school is a bad idea

The first text message may have been sent in 1992, but my friends and I were texting each other way back in 1984. We were not genius child prodigies who invented some futuristic texting device, on the...