21 Aug 2012

IT & Telecommunications


IMC to engage on Marikana dispute

What happened at Marikana last week is a blot on this country, and in an effort to ensure that what happened there does not happen again, the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has committed to finding a solution to the dispute. It cannot be allowed to fail.

MCI Consultants recently released the results of its recruitment trend survey. It revealed some interesting points, such as 93% of organisations try to recruit internally before approaching recruitment agencies, and 53% use social media to recruit candidates, with LinkedIn being by far the most successful. There's far more to the survey, of course - so don't just sit there, take a look.

You know that favourite storage device of yours? Well, if you're not careful there's a pretty good chance it's infected... A recent survey found that a third of computer users have infected storage devices.

On the science front, SA is on a roll when it comes to its output of research. What's more, South Africa has also more than doubled its publication numbers in the same period covered by the survey, namely 2000-2010, from 3617 in 2000, to 7468 in 2010.

Now for a melodious message - and we think this is simfly suupah! A music streaming service is to launch in SA. Launch date is 27 August.

Finally, to end... our classy, built-for-comfort motoring editor Henrie Geyser, car-waxes enthusiastically over the new Mazda BT-50.

Rod Baker, content director

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iWeek 2012 conference to focus on business and technology
The Internet industry's annual iWeek conference, set to run from 10 to 14 September 2012 at Crystal Towers in Cape Town has opened for registration. As usual, attendance at the conference is free and a premier opportunity for both local and global Internet industry players to come together to discuss issues, share experiences and learn. Read more >>

IBM chooses Kenya for key research lab
The US-headquartered technology giant has decided to set up one of its key research labs, its first in Africa, in the East African nation of Kenya. Read more >>


The Ultrabook - the ultimate destination?
[Francois van Wijk] The Ultrabook has arrived with a big bang and its super-slim, light and small form factor - with mega performance and long battery life - is making mainstream laptops look archaic. Everyone wants one. If the evolutionary path that notebooks and laptops have taken to date are anything to go by, "everyone" is likely to get their wish - Ultrabooks are a template for future devices. Read more >>



Third of computer users have infected storage devices
While the majority of computer users are more likely to fall victim to cybercrime online, a recent survey indicates 32% of users contract computer infections caused by portable data carriers (optical discs or USB drives). Even if a user is confident that his/her computer is securely protected, an infected USB stick from friends or family could result in data loss. Read more >>



SA welcomes SADC infrastructure plan
[Chris Bathembu] South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who met in Maputo at the weekend. Read more >>

Telkom fine opens up potential lawsuits
[Thabiso Mochiko] The Competition Tribunal's multimillion-rand Telkom fine opens up the potential for lawsuits from internet service providers who were affected by the company's practice‚ experts say. Read more >>


Telkom's fine hurts but civil claims may hurt more
The Competition Tribunal's R449-million fine on Telkom for abusing its dominance in the telecommunications market is credit negative as it will reduce cash flow and increase leverage for fiscal years ending March 2013 and 2014‚ ratings agency Moody's warned on Monday. Read more >>

Q-KON launches online sales facility
Q-KON, an engineering group and provider of managed network services and turn-key solutions to the growing Africa telecommunications market, has launched an online sales facility to extend its distribution service to the continent. Read more >>

Google to sink pirate websites in search rankings
SAN FRANCISCO, US: Google on Friday said it is tweaking its search formula to give higher priority to legal content and sink rankings for websites hit with piracy complaints. Read more >>


The top three signs that you need proper budgeting software
[Kevin Phillips] A budget is one of the most important decision-making tools in any business, providing guidelines that steer the future of your enterprise. It goes without saying that if your budget is slowing down your business, it may be time to invest in specialist tools to make things faster and easier. If any of these apply to you ... Read more >>

July 2012 US online video rankings
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that more than 184 million US Internet users watched 36.9 billion online content videos in July, while video ad views totalled 9.6 billion. Read more >>

Ask Ziggy to expand its list of strategic partners
SACRAMENTO, US: Ask Ziggy, the world's most advanced Natural Speech search engine for mobile devices, has closed a US$5m round of funding with a publicly traded multinational corporation and expanded its list of strategic partners. Read more >>

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