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[2014 trends] Mobile moves: Key trends to watch in 2014
[2014 trends] Mobile moves: Key trends to watch in 2014

As with almost every other sector under the 'technology' banner, the mobile industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and is constantly iterating to meet the demands of an increasingly large and sophisticated market.

By Dr Pieter Streicher 28 Jan 2014

Ayanda Dlamini
POPI headache set to strike

With the vast majority of businesses unprepared for it, the Protection of Personal Information Bill is set to cause some data management headaches for enterprises.

By Ayanda Dlamini 22 Oct 2013

John French
Are you ready for the communication revolution?

When tsunamis hit, you can't choose to avoid the wave. Some things in life are simply bigger than us all and they sweep us away with their global power and revolutionary force. The exploding digital age is creating a communication revolution far greater than you or I could have imagined.

By John French 22 Oct 2013

Get festive edge through technology
Get festive edge through technology

With news that the consumer confidence has hit a ten-year low, coupled with a slowdown in consumer spending, rising fuel and electricity and more fears around unemployment, the retail sector will be hard pressed to find ways to win customers come December.

By Ian Steyn 22 Oct 2013

Styli Charalambous
Five ways technology is changing the face of journalism

From tablets to Twitter and smartphones to social media, the way we produce and consume news will never be the same. As with almost part of our lives, technology has interrupted and disrupted the way we used to do things, and journalism is no exception.

By Styli Charalambous 3 Oct 2013

David Ross
Exhibition signage solutions - you only get one opportunity

Business exhibitions are wonderful opportunities to market a product, service or organisation to the right group of people.

By David Ross 27 Sep 2013

Kerry Evans
Can your business continue to deliver, no matter the size of the event?

Next year Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an extravaganza of epic proportions, in which football players and fans the world over converge to watch and celebrate the beautiful game. In 2010, here in South Africa, we saw more than 310, 000 tourists converge on the country and the eyes of over 3.2 billion people put our country under the microscope.

By Kerry Evans 12 Sep 2013

Drew van Vuuren
Zeus the almighty

As a society we have become captivated by the world of social connection, through the vast number of endless apps and platforms available on the web. Whether it's sharing our latest travel pictures, connecting with a former colleague or even posting a comment to an interesting article shared, we have become reliant on social media as one way, if not the primary way, we choose to communicate for work and play.

By Drew van Vuuren 5 Sep 2013

Jerome Mouton
YouTube: Think like a broadcaster and get content-smart

The latest YouTube SA stats indicate that the internet video platform now has an average of four million playbacks per day, and yet it remains a largely untapped vehicle for South African marketers. As an online social medium, YouTube enables brands to reach more people, more consistently, for a longer period (and at a fraction of the cost) than the traditional advertising model permits.

By Jerome Mouton 2 Sep 2013

George Ferreira
Growing Africa through FDI and local partnerships

While foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa dipped somewhat over the past two years, it is forecast that it will increase by more than 10% in 2013. Investment into Angola, Mozambique and South Africa appears to be the most prominent, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 report.

By George Ferreira 31 Aug 2013

Brett Lindsay
Touch: Even rural learners understand it

In the race to educate South Africa's emerging youth population, touch based platforms may be the most effective solution.

By Brett Lindsay 22 Aug 2013

David Ross
Touch technology - a new paradigm

Touch-based solutions are an elegant answer to the question many markets and salespeople continue to raise - how do we meaningfully connect with consumers?

By David Ross 20 Aug 2013

Tim Wyatt-Gunning
Is what I e-see what I e-get?

Many of you will have been gorging yourselves on e-commerce services for a while, downloading all the music, movies, TV series and news services that you desire. A few of you might even have paid for some of them. It's brilliant, isn't it?

By Tim Wyatt-Gunning 15 Aug 2013

Davide Hanan
Analysing the fast lane

Behind the scenes, engineers and mechanics need to know exactly what they are doing - and make any fixes as quickly as possible, especially in the highly pressured situation of the pit stop, where every single second counts.

By Davide Hanan 14 Aug 2013

Joanne Bushell
Is tech good or bad for work-life balance?

The number of mobile internet devices is set to outnumber humans by the end of this year.1 There'll be more smartphones and internet-connected tablets and monitors than there are people on the planet.

By Joanne Bushell 2 Aug 2013

President Ntuli
IT in the public sector

Governments around the world are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources. The current European economic climate in countries such as Greece, Spain and others have forced governments to cut their budgets by as much as 50% in some cases - a very serious case of "do more with less".

By President Ntuli 23 Jul 2013

Rob Lith
How tech is changing the way businesses talk

Networked-based communications - or Voice over IP (VoIP) - is responsible for a radical overhaul of the role of the business PBX. Previously a mere utility that switched voice calls, today's IP-PBX offers unprecedented efficiencies, flexibility and functional variety.

By Rob Lith 22 Jul 2013

Bruce von Maltitz
Becoming a force to be reckoned with: lessons learnt from Salesforce

A few months ago, Marc Benioff, the CEO of invited the founders of Rypple, a start-up he had hoped to buy, for lunch. Soon thereafter, Salesforce bought Rypple for USD60 million - turning down a much larger offer from a company with mega-vendor backing. The decision, as one of the founders said, was made "not because of deal terms, but corporate culture".

By Bruce von Maltitz 18 Jul 2013

Francois van Wijk
Tablets - the end of the PC or just another gadget?

Mobility is currently a major trend and a hot topic among businesses, with the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and smartphone/tablet hybrids, known as phablets, allowing people to work on the move from any location.

By Francois van Wijk 15 Jul 2013

Nitesh Devanand
Is the projector a dying peripheral? Definitely not!

In an age in which flat-panel screens are all the rage, some might think that the projector has come of age, now a relic of the past with cables, clutter, software conflicts and fading screens after a few years of use. Think again. Video projectors have become smarter, smaller, brighter and more versatile for individuals and corporations to use wherever they are. They are definitely still around today and the market is growing because they offer higher value than flat-screen TVs.

By Nitesh Devanand 8 Jul 2013

Kobus Le Roux
Biometrics is booming - but is your solution really secure?

Biometric access control technology has experienced phenomenal growth in adoption in South Africa over the past few years, with an estimated 80% of all access control solutions using fingerprint readers and other biometrics to enhance security. The popularity of these solutions can be attributed to many factors, including the nature and size of many blue-collar workforces, for example in the mining industry.

By Kobus Le Roux 4 Jul 2013

Top tech: what you need to know
Top tech: what you need to know

There have been rapid advancements in technology over the past few years with constant new developments. We have seen the launch of Apple's smart TV, Microsoft's Windows 8, the Blackberry 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and a myriad quirky digital apps.

By Rihana Hoosain 1 Jul 2013

Why the new ID cards are a safe bet
Why the new ID cards are a safe bet

In 2012, the government announced plans to adopt a new identification (ID) system, which would replace the existing green ID booklet with a smart electronic ID card. I personally welcome the move to a more secure form of ID, in hope that it will help to combat the high levels of fraud, which now reportedly costs our economy on average R1 billion per year.

By Drew van Vuuren 1 Jul 2013

Ramiz Islam
Empower yourself and your business with technology

The business environment has been totally revolutionised by today's fast-paced, ever-changing and exciting technological advancements. To stay in step with the rest of the world you need to rethink your technological strategy and empower your business with the new technologies to gain a competitive edge over your competitors.

By Ramiz Islam 19 Jun 2013

Wesley Lynch
Why Kindle is not the answer

Even though the story of e-books, for the most part, is the story of Amazon's Kindle - which overcame the increasingly high cost of print book production and distribution by digitising the value chain - it is not, for various reasons, the answer in an academic context.

By Wesley Lynch 7 Jun 2013

Alan Winde impresses at Net Prophet 2013
Alan Winde impresses at Net Prophet 2013

Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde impressed attendees at the annual Net Prophet conference last week with news of exciting tech innovations for the province.

By Sindy Peters 24 May 2013

Alain Schram
Tablets, smartphones fuel local telepresence market

Smartphones and tablets continue to nab market share from more traditional computing technologies, such as netbooks, as they are integrated into the enterprise arena. Apple's iPad and tablets featuring Android-enabled operating systems, for example, have given rise to a new class of mobility that extends productivity and telepresence beyond the office.

By Alain Schram 30 Apr 2013

Google's driverless car's zero accident rate to shape motor industry
Google's driverless car's zero accident rate to shape motor industry

Google's driverless car has now clocked more than 300 000 miles without a single accident whilst under the computer's control, raising the possibility of a future of driverless vehicles. Should such technology be widely adopted in South Africa it could also be the answer to reducing the high number of road accidents and may even result in reduced insurance premiums.

By Warwick Scott-Rodger 3 Apr 2013

Kerry Evans
Why IT needs to adapt to the new technology consumer

The speed at which technology devices are moving into the business is a cause for concern for the IT department.

By Kerry Evans 25 Mar 2013

[2013 trends] It's all Hype(r)
[2013 trends] It's all Hype(r)

Colloquially, the word hyper is often used to convey over-the-top or excessive behaviour - as in "those blue Smarties made my child/dog/girlfriend really hyper". Additionally, over the last three or four decades, it has also come to mean linked. For the purposes of trend prediction, I will go out on a limb and predict that, from 2013, hyper will replace mega, uber and even inter as an urban prefix of choice.

By Terry Levin 30 Jan 2013

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