8 May 2012

IT & Telecommunications


E-tolling saga: next round

Now that the issue of e-tolling has been put on hold - and let's face it, nothing has really grabbed the public's attention like this whole sorry saga - the DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the Gauteng e-toll collection contracts. Not only that, the DA wants the investigation to include a possible link to suspected arms deal corruption.

Adding to Sanral's woes, Pieter Conradie, director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm, reckons that motorists now have no obligation to buy e-tags and, to add even more to the road agency's woes, Conradie also reckons that those people who have bought e-tags, should be able to return them for a refund.

Still on the legal front, Owen Dean says that trade marks are going up in smoke but asks whether the SA government, in proclaiming its intention to emulate the Australian government and prevent the use of brands on cigarette packets by legislation, has thought the matter through properly.

For those of you in the marketing industry, Dewaldt Huysamen has interviewed Rand Fishkin on inbound marketing - and more. Fishkin has some fascinating insights for you.

The faster our communications, the more efficient we can be - which is why MTN wants spectrums to be allocated sooner rather than later. The company has urged the government to allocate unused spectrums so that companies can roll out the next generation of long-term evolution (LTE) technology to drive broadband penetration and improve internet speeds.

Finally, on a subject as close to our hearts as e-tolling, but on a far more sombre level, the fight against rhino poaching is something in which we must ALL become involved. As Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says, the fight against rhino poaching requires joint initiatives from all South Africans.

Rod Baker, content director

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Rand Fishkin on inbound marketing
Rand Fishkin is regarded by many as a legend in the field of inbound marketing. Here he is interviewed by Dewaldt Huysamen* to get some Fishkin insights for you on the subject - and more. Read more >>


MTN wants spectrums urgently allocated
Business Live reports that MTN has urged the government to allocate unused spectrums so that the companies can roll-out the next generation of long-term evolution (LTE) technology to drive broadband penetration and improve Internet speeds. Read more >>


Telkom, KT venture takes a step closer
Telkom and KT Corporation have completed a diagnostic review and harmonised their respective findings and are now in the process of finalising the terms of the Potential Strategic Venture. Read more >>

NPC uses MXit to target 'future shapers' youth
Reaching out to the youth, the National Planning Commission (NPC) is to engage in dialogue via MXit during the month of May, ITWeb reports. Every week, NPC representatives will participate in a one hour chat with MXit users, while the portal will also be open at all other times for MXit users to post their views and comments. Read more >>

BBM solves lake pollution problem
The Residents and Ratepayers Association of Homestead Park in Johannesburg harnessed the power of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) in its successful fight against the pollution of a man-made lake in the suburb. Read more >>

Information security needs a fresh approach
Fresh approaches are urgently needed in the IT security space and the industry needs a healthy injection of honesty and reflection to address its own failings. This is the view of Haroon Meer, information security author and founder of Thinkst, who will speak on the issue at the upcoming ITWeb Security Summit to be held from 15 - 17 May 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Read more >>


Attacks on Android devices are increasing - Phoenix Software
Malware on mobile phones and even tablets is becoming an even bigger problem than PCs, especially if the mobile device runs the Android operating system. According to Juniper Networks, Android malware samples increased 472% in the period between July and November last year. Read more >>

Facebook, Sophos partner to protect users against malware
IT security and data protection company, Sophos, has announced a partnership with Facebook to help protect users from links that lead to malware or malicious sites. Facebook will use the website reputation service provided by SophosLabs, Sophos' global network of research centres, along with their own security measures to help assess whether a largely distributed link is malicious. Read more >>

Social media has changed software development - Dariel Solutions
According to industry analysis the total number of Facebook users in South Africa now exceeds 4.5 million people, while Twitter and LinkedIn are experiencing massive growth with 1.1 million and 1.5 million users respectively. What's more, mobile Instant Messaging (IM) through applications and SMS is rapidly growing, and is expected to triple in use by 2016. Read more >>

Infor launches Workspace social business application
Infor, a leading provider of business application software, has announced the next generation of Infor10 ION Workspace, an evolutionary step in enterprise software with advanced collaborative and communicative capabilities. Read more >>

comScore introduces validated Campaign Essentials (vCE) in Canada
TORONTO, CANADA: comScore, Inc has announced the Canada launch of its validated Campaign Essentials (vCE) product, a new measurement solution for validating digital ad delivery. Read more >>

Ovum comments on O2 Wallet
LONDON, UK: Mobile operator, O2 has announced the launch of O2 Wallet - a service it says will deliver the benefits of mobile money to more UK consumers than any other product or service currently available. Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum and author of upcoming report Mapping Mobile Payments, April 2012, has the following comment: Read more >>

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