11 Sep 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Climate change will hit food prices

Perhaps while we have an agricultural sector that allows us to feed ourselves, we should look after it. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), climate change is set to affect food prices severely. And while we complain about high food prices as it is, if we end up having to import most of our food, prices will go through the roof and that Sunday roast - and even a staple like bread - will cost a great deal more.

They're non-lethal, apparently... teargas and the like - but some critics are still concerned that SA sold weapons to Zimbabwe.

On the green front, it seems more and more South Africans are looking to live in 'green' homes. Hence, such homes are scarce as demand rises. The question is: do those seeking to live in such homes know much about what 'green' is, and do they understand the subject adequately. It seems not, on both counts, apparently.

On the back of the furore surrounding Woolworths and its recruitment policy, a lawyer in the field says employers should exercise caution when banning non-designated racial groups. Johan Botes reckons that in certain cases, such exclusions could amount to unfair discrimination.

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Kenya ICT Board, KITOS hosts 2012 East Africa ICT Summit
Kenya ICT Board and Kenya IT and Outsourcing Services (KITOS), the country's new IT industry body, have jointly sealed a partnership with technology event organiser AITEC Africa as host partners for the upcoming East Africa ICT Summit,set to take place in Nairobi from 24-25 October 2012. Read more >>

Dimension Data receives accreditation as best employer
Dimension Data has received accreditation to a select group of companies, which have been certified as Best Employers South Africa 2012/2013, following a gala awards dinner recently held by the CRF Institute. The Best Employers ranking is a unique HR policy and practice benchmarking project run annually by the CRF Institute. Read more >>


What's your take on the whole Apple vs Samsung legal wranglings?
[Stephen Sandmann] I for one am biased because I use a Samsung Galaxy Note. I must say that a phone or tablet will be rectangular in shape, with a black border/frame, user-friendly software and rounded black edges regardless; must all future smartphones be triangular in shape with a pink border/frame for example? Read more >>


Is social research the next frontier?
Social media in its myriad of forms has permeated all levels of society across the world. The numbers of people that are connected and engaged to some form of social media continues to grow unabated and it has become a part of most of the planets daily lives. This is one of the presentations from the 33rd SAMRA Conference, Rosebank Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg. The conference took place from 16-17 August. Read more >>


ISPA welcomes recent personal info bill finalisation
The Internet Service Providers' Association of SA (ISPA) has welcomed the finalisation of the Protection of Personal Information Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development on 5 September 2012. Read more >>

Telkom in need for speed
[Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd] Telkom's investing in new network infrastructure must be welcomed, even though it will take time to make the faster speeds widely available Read more >>

Kenyan gov't embraces open source
[Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd] TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent. Read more >>

Signed, WACS and delivered - now what? The opportunity for West and Central Africa
[Eckart Zollner] Construction of the USD650 million West Africa Cable System (WACS) began in 2009 and was completed in April 2011. On target, a little over a year later (11 May, 2012) the first traffic ran over the cable - from South Africa and Namibia, two countries that probably have the most advanced terrestrial fibre network in sub-Saharan Africa and the highest rates of Internet connectivity and most smartphones. Read more >>


Outsourcing vs temporary staff could make all the difference to your database
[Jaroslav Cerny] Economic conditions are a very pressing challenge for organisations of all sizes around the world, resulting in squeezed budgets. One such area is IT. As a result, many organisations are turning to outsourcing as a business model, as it offers savings, flexibility, scalability and the ability to access resources on demand rather than having to hire them full time. However, as a result of the unique conditions in South Africa which include a massive skills shortage, and in an effort to save money, some organisations are turning to temporary staffing solutions to fill critical posts. This can be a costly mistake. Read more >>


AVG's solutions to protect Android devices
The wide array of apps available for the mobile platform - the tally was at 350 000 and counting earlier this year - is a large part of why Android-powered devices are so popular among consumers. Since the Google-owned operating system is open source, with anyone being able to download and even modify the source code, it remains popular among developers too. Read more >>

Mobile gadget gamers take lead in US
SAN FRANCISCO, US: People who play games on smartphones or tablet computers in the United States now outnumber "hardcore gamers" devoted to videogame consoles, according to NPD Group findings released last week. Read more >>

Euronews launches Business Awards for SMEs that 'shine online'
LYON, FRANCE: Euronews and Google team up to launch competition for small and medium-sized enterprises that use the Internet to attract new customers, grow their market share and take their businesses global. Read more >>

France's SAFRAN fined €500 000 for Nigeria bribery
PARIS, FRANCE: A French court on Wednesday fined electronics group SAFRAN €500 000 (US$630 000) for bribing Nigerian officials to obtain a huge ID card contract. Read more >>

July 2012 US mobile subscriber market share
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending July 2012. Read more >>

Western analogue viewers fail to keep pace with digital connected TV revolution
NUREMBERG, GERMANY: People in markets such as China, Brazil and India use the opportunities offered by web-connected television more than those in the UK, US and Germany. This is according to research carried out across 13 countries by GfK, the consumer research experts. Their study found that western consumers are stuck in an 'analogue' mindset, whereas viewers in emerging markets are more likely to exploit the digital capabilities of Connected TV. Read more >>

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