12 Jun 2012

IT & Telecommunications


We launch BizBuy

Bizcommunity.com has launched a new service that we reckon you will love - whether you're in business and need a particular product, and/or as an individual, want to get away from it all at a great price, or buy something - at an equally great price.

If either cap - or both - fit you, then take a look at our new online shopping portal, BizBuy.

By the way, we're also looking for partners who want to offer their products and services to a bigger market - for unbeatable prices. Businesses and companies that want to enrol as a BizBuy partner can email bizbuy@bizcommmunity.com for more information.

As we all know, we already have enough fraud and corruption in this country, so it's good news that the government is rolling out a new biometric card to boot out social grant fraud. Here's hoping it works - we think we'd all like to see our tax monies being spent properly and not stolen or wasted.

On the education & training front, two PHD candidates at UCT have focused their respective theses on factors that influence motivation, performance and decision-making, and performance expectancies and individual motivation that lead to discretionary effort within team members of professional networks.

Finally, something more for you petrol heads out there... According to our tame motoring editor Henrie Geyser, Lexus has produced a couple of new models that are ready to rumble the Germans, ja!

As Henrie puts it: "The latest styling is mean and muscular, particularly the new front with its spindle grille, gaping air intakes, chin-out bumper, deep-set headlamps and... Hmmm, must be like looking in a mirror for Henrie.

Rod Baker, content director

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DCC wins Huawei Symantec Distributor Award
Drive Control Corporation (DCC) was recently honoured with the Huawei Symantec Outstanding Achievement in Storage 2011 award for the distributor that generated the largest part of Huawei Symantec's storage revenue in 2011. This accolade follows the two APC awards DCC also won earlier this month as Distributor of the Year, and Best Business Development Partner of the Year. Read more >>

MoU signed by the AVU and iHub Research
The African Virtual University and iHub Research have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen research in mobile learning in Africa. The joint effort will find and implement innovative mobile solutions adapted to the African context. Read more >>

SARS Academy students graduate after completing SQL course
The SARS Academy has appointed IT training company GetCertified, in collaboration with Compuways, to present three levels of SQL training to learners from its Strategy Enablement and Enforcement (SEE) division. A total of 95 learners received certificates, with 74% of the students passing by 75% and above, across all three categories of courses. Read more >>


Intelligent solutions to the challenges of virtualisation in the server room
[Robert Brand] Organisations generate masses of data on a daily basis, which needs to be stored somewhere accessible so that users can access it to do their jobs. Storage requires servers, but given the sheer volumes of data in today's world, the number of servers needed and the physical space they occupy has become a problem. Read more >>


DotAfrica partners AfriNIC in training and policy drive
UniForum SA, the organisation selected by the African Union to run the DotAfrica Top Level Domain registry has partnered AfriNIC and will sponsor four AfriNIC meetings, letting more people participate in technical training and policy discussions. Read more >>


MWEB partners Teraco's free peering facility
NAPAfrica, a free and public peering facility, part of vendor neutral data centre provider Teraco Data Environments, has welcomed major partner MWEB. MWEB is also the network provider for many content providers in South Africa. Read more >>

Cell C readies for tough battle against rivals
SA's third-largest mobile operator, Cell C, is undergoing major changes that will either take it to new commercial heights or sink it. Read more >>


Barriers to VoIP tumbling
[Andre Joubert] While VoIP (Voice over IP) uptake has been considerably slower in South Africa than in other countries, the majority of obstacles to widespread VoIP adoption have been, or are being addressed. I believe that, as a result, the uptake of VoIP in this country is likely to increase significantly in the next year or two. Read more >>

Comztek receives Symantec's Distribution Partner of the Year Award
Distributor of technology and communications products, Comztek, has received the award as Symantec FY2012 Distribution Partner of the Year from vendor partner Symantec. Comztek has a long-standing relationship with security, storage and systems management solutions specialists Symantec. Read more >>


Protecting devices requires comprehensive, multi-layered approach
[Fred Mitchell] As the digital world has evolved and people have become more connected in more ways on more devices than ever before, so too has the threat landscape evolved. Cybercrime has become a highly profitable industry around the world, with a multi-faceted approach that includes phishing scams, identity theft, con artists and more. Read more >>

Google buys mobile document maker Quickoffice
SAN FRANCISCO, US: Google on Tuesday said it had acquired the software firm Quickoffice, which allows users to create and edit documents on mobile devices. Read more >>

AFP to launch iPad app in Arabic
PARIS, FRANCE: The new offering is a free app from the App Store allowing access to a selection of news stories, photographs, video and graphics produced by the agency's Arabic editorial desk backed by a global network of AFP journalists. Read more >>

Microsoft links Xbox with smartphones, tablets
LOS ANGELES, US: Microsoft on Monday, 4 June 2012, stepped up its quest to be at the heart of home entertainment by synching Xbox 360 videogame consoles to smartphones and tablets while adding more blockbuster content. Read more >>

More International...

Bizcommunity.com launches online shopping portal, BizBuy
Bizcommunity.com is proud to announce the launch of its own online shopping portal, BizBuy, focusing on two categories, Business products and Lifestyle products. Read more >>

Indaba wants 80% of Africans having broadband by 2020
Stakeholders at the inaugural ICT Indaba 2012 in Cape Town have set a medium-term target of delivering broadband to 80% of African citizens by 2020. Minister of Communications Dina Pule announced this at the close of the Indaba on Thursday. Read more >>

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