7 Aug 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Curiosity wins Gold for NASA

The big news on the science and technology front is NASA's Curiosity rover, in a scientific and technological tour de force, has landed successfully on Mars after a journey of about 800 million kilometres. It's also started sending pictures back - and we publish one of the first of them.

So it's all going to be OK then? The Presidency has assured everyone that education remains a top priority for government. Apparently "The president will not rest until he gets to the bottom of the crisis and finds lasting solutions, working with his cabinet who feel equally strongly about the need to ensure that this does not recur." He's in Jamaica at the moment, by the way...

This should cheer up Cosatu... A youth study has vindicated SA's labour brokers and researchers also found that, shock and horror..."no evidence that people employed by labour brokers earned wages significantly lower than was typical or were employed in sectors of the economy considered less desirable." Still on the HR front, local government has warned that unqualified staff cannot be fired. Brilliant... you can be unqualified, unskilled, incompetent, but you're safe. No wonder service delivery is what it is. But on a much brighter note, Bizcommunity.com has revamped the recruitment business.

Finally, SANParks has upped their game in the battle to save our rhinos. The first group of 150 new game rangers promised to the Kruger National Park (KNP) to boost efforts against rhino poaching has been deployed.

Rod Baker, content director

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Will your integrated video strategy scale to meet explosive demand?
[Dion Bruyns] By now, the potential benefits of visual communications are familiar to most large organisations. Many have already invested in the required hardware and infrastructure, and, like some before, have struggled with initially low utilisation rates. But these teething problems are gradually being solved by successful video adoption programmes, to such an extent that the opposite challenge is now beginning to rear its head. Read more >>

Research shows that SMEs spend more on coffee than IT
During a recent study of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by worldwide market research organisation GfK, it was found that many SMEs spend more money on coffee and tea for their employees than they do to invest in their company's IT. The aim of the survey, which was commissioned by global security software manufacturer AVG, was to explore the IT security software market landscape of SMEs. Read more >>


Kaspersky Open Space Security provides complete protection
The Kaspersky Open Space Security suite of products has seen substantial growth in South Africa as well as into sub-Saharan Africa. It provides world-class anti-malware protection in a single, integrated suite of applications that work seamlessly across all platforms. Every workstation, laptop, file server, mail server, internet gateway or smartphone is fully protected, giving Open Space Security users complete confidence that the network is secure, whether they are working in the office, remotely or at home. Read more >>



The global race for internet ownership is on
[Naseem Javed] The internet is no longer just a screen, mouse and keyboard, it's a living organism attached to the hearts and minds of billions while breathing via their wallets. It has become a true example of a "human interface with electro-ergonomics", where human functions are intertwined with circuitry to access information, suck cash and process consumption. Read more >>


Digital broadcast deadline concerns
Parliament's communications portfolio committee earlier this week expressed concern over whether the deadline to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting would be met, saying it had been "sceptical" about the "timeframes" from the outset. Read more >>

New Virgin Mobile plan means store closures
Virgin Mobile SA will reduce its franchise-owned stores from 38 to eight as part of its new strategy to improve "customer experience" and align its business processes with that of its new major shareholder, Friendi Group, it said on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. Read more >>


Blackberry Enterprise Server no longer the only game in town
[Will Hardie] The decline of RIM and increasing diversity in the smartphone market are driving more South African CEOs to take a hard look at their mobile device management (MDM) strategies. Read more >>

VoIP available to MWeb customers
From 1 August 2012, MWeb has made its Voice over IP (VoIP) offering available for South African consumers. The service, MWeb Talk, will offer users free on-network calls to fellow users and cheap calls to landline and mobile phone numbers. This follows the success and demand of the ISP's existing VoIP products in recent months. Read more >>


"Curiosity" has landed: Siemens helps NASA usher in a new era in space exploration
At 0732 CET, when NASA's 900kg Mars rover "Curiosity" landed, stirred up red dust, and transmitted the first research results back to Earth, it became clear that the mission is a success, and the technology used can withstand even the harshest conditions. The foundation for this success had already been laid in the previous months and years. Read more >>

SA banks join the "app" world... What's/who's next?
[Bradley Maseko] With the exception of FNB, the digital innovation leader in the financial services sector, which launched its application (app) in July 2011, it has taken almost a year for the rest of the big four to launch their very own apps to engage the ever-growing digital generation which has over 70% of South Africans primarily accessing the internet through mobile platforms using smartphones. Read more >>

Social software needs a flexible approach - Gartner
Enterprises should use the opportunity to develop a flexible approach when using non-standard collaboration tools. Although it poses some risks it is easy to over-play them, according to Jeffrey Mann, an analyst at Gartner. Read more >>

June 2012 US mobile subscriber market share
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending June 2012. Read more >>

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Bizcommunity.com revamps recruitment business - Bizcommunity
Since its launch in 2001, Bizcommunity has always seen the benefit for our readers of having industry jobs available on the site, as well as the benefit to companies looking for applicants and recruiters and recruitment agencies having a targeted audience pool to search for good quality applicants and CVs. Read more >>

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