9 Oct 2012

IT & Telecommunications


SAA flies into flak

At this rate there will be very few, if any, of the current SAA board left after CEO Siza Mzimela quit, closely followed yesterday by the resignations of commercial general manager Theunis Potgieter, and legal and risk head Sandra Coetzee.

On the technology front, America's National Science Foundation has created a new program to find new paths forward for sustainable energy.

Many people reckon she deserves an 'F' - despite Angie Motshekga awarding herself a very good pass mark after the Limpopo textbook debacle. Now she has to give a report on the issue. What's the bet she comes out smelling of roses.

Think of El Nino and you usually think of wild weather. Well, according to Santam, El Nino offers an opportunity for SA farmers.

Still on the agriculture front, in a way, Goodyear, the tyre manufacturer, has announced plans to replace petroleum oil in tyres with soya oil.

Still on the automotive front proper, our intrepid motoring editor Henrie Geyser rates the new Chevrolet Cruze hatches as nifty - which is just the way we rate Henrie ourselves.

Rod Baker, content director

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CSIR shares cyber security awareness tips
With October being International Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has warned that people should be more responsible with the information they share on the Internet, especially on the social networks. Read more >>

Kirsh family 'owns' FoneWorx
Telecoms and information technology solutions provider‚ FoneWorx‚ on Tuesday announced that the Kirsh family is now its largest shareholder‚ holding 32.8% of the company‚ after the successful purchase of the shares owned by the Issie and William Kirsh Family Trusts. Read more >>

IT outsourcing enables agility in natural resources organisations
[Bruce Taylor] The change in dynamics in the ICT industry has resulted in different methods of delivering IT and communication services. By being flexible and innovative enough to foresee these changes means cloud computing, IT outsourcing and telephony expense management (TEM), are playing increasingly critical roles for businesses operating in the natural resources sector. Read more >>


Before you throw out analogue security cameras in favour of IP, consider this...
[Mark Chertkow] With the rise of convergence and the evolution of the data network to incorporate multiple technologies, security and video over IP has become increasingly popular. Thanks to increased bandwidth availability in South Africa, IP security cameras are becoming a more viable option, and do offer many benefits. However there are also downsides to this technology, particularly in light of the fact that local bandwidth remains inconsistent and is still relatively expensive, and video streaming requires large amounts of stable bandwidth to perform to its best ability. Read more >>

Mobile phones getting less toxic: researcher
WASHINGTON: Mobile phone manufacturers, responding to consumer and regulatory pressure, are using fewer toxic substances in their products, researchers in the United States said Wednesday, 3 October 2012. Read more >>


ISPs invited to join Telkom's high-speed pilot
[Thabiso Mochiko] Telkom has agreed to include some members of the Internet Service Providers Association (Ispa) into its high speed broadband trials. Read more >>


Wired 2012 - booked your ticket?
LONDON, UK: Meet the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs defining the future at WIRED 2012, a two-day event designed to bring alive the talent, creativity and ambition you find in WIRED magazine every month. Read more >>

Facebook denies private messages are made public
The French government on Tuesday summoned Facebook managers to explain rumours that some users' privacy had been breached with private messages posted publicly on the social network. Read more >>



Vodacom cuts international call rates
[Thabiso Mochiko] Shameel Joosub‚ the chief exeuctive of Vodacom‚ announced international price reductions‚ the launch of high speed fourth generation (4G) network‚ and the possible extension of its financial services products as well as other value added services. Read more >>


Cloud services for Microsoft now available through Di-Data
Dimension Data, a global ICT services and solutions provider, announced the availability of its cloud services for Microsoft in South Africa and across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Read more >>

Mxit acquires 100 percent of Motribe
Social network Mxit has acquired mobile community specialists, Motribe after buying out the current shareholders: 4Di Capital, Nic Haralambous and Vincent Maher. Read more >>

FNB introduces online currency for MXit users
MXit, Africa's largest social network, has integrated First National Bank's eWallet service into MXit Money, its mobile commerce platform, to create FNB Moola+. Read more >>


How to choose good anti-virus software
[Lutz Blaeser] The nefarious, deadly villain that ruthlessly wipes out one-third of the world's population is a homicidal computer virus. At least, that is the case in H+ The Digital Series, a new sci-fi web-based television drama. Read more >>

Facebook to allow users to highlight posts for fee
NEW YORK, US: Facebook has begun testing a new feature that would allow users to increase the visibility of their posts for a fee, in what appears to be a new bid to add more profitability to the social network. Read more >>

August 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 August 2012. Read more >>

Google races past Microsoft to number two tech firm
NEW YORK, US: Google soared past Microsoft in terms of market value Monday to become the second-richest firm in the tech world behind Apple. Read more >>

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Digital revolution hits Northern Cape
It was a historic day for the Northern Cape on Wednesday, when the province became the first in the country to enjoy the digital revolution with the launch of the demonstration of digital migration technology. Read more >>

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