23 Oct 2012

IT & Telecommunications


SA defence industry needs investment

SA's arms industry is highly developed, but more investment is needed to keep SA in the technology race if it is to remain competitive. Not only can the sector be a far bigger foreign-exchange earner, but it can also be a far bigger generator of skills and jobs.

Some of us might sometimes think of the agricultural sector as one in which technology is used in farm machinery, some farm operations, and not much else. Wrong! The sector, in fact, is evermore technology "savvy" and now agriculture is sparking the creative talents of developers.

SA has entered the war on piracy, and now there has been a large order for an SA-designed VPS Anti-piracy device. South African company Vessel Protection Systems (VPS) has won a large order to supply commercial charterers with more than 90 anti-pirate devices invented and perfected by VPS in Cape Town.

South African Airways has plans for new investments, so the government guarantee for SAA is "not a bail-out", or so the cash-strapped airline's annual general meeting heard last week.

Rod Baker, content director

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Helen Zille to address Silicon Cape event tonight
At 5pm today, 23 October 2012, Helen Zille will address the annual Silicon Cape meeting, at Trinity in Cape Town, where hundreds of its 6000 members will meet to review the initiative's activity in the year and provide yet another a platform for interaction between entrepreneurs and investors in this sector. Read more >>


Tax incentives for internet services needed
Mobile and fixed telephony subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa are expected to reach 266.1-million by 2017 while Internet subscribers will rise to 77.5-million‚ according to research released on Tuesday by Frost & Sullivan. Read more >>

Kaspersky Lab appoints head of operations for Africa
Kaspersky Lab, the world's largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions, is aiming to boost its presence and intensify its business activity within the African market - a region that is a key focus for the brand. Read more >>

How apps are changing the agricultural sector worldwide
[Yaron Assabi] Tuesday, 16 October, marked World Food Day with the main objective being to increase public awareness of global food problems that countries are currently experiencing, as well as to strengthen unity amongst nations in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Read more >>

Zero outage computing in digital clouds
[Roelof Louw] The cloud is everywhere and it is the main topic of discussion at IT conferences and trade shows. Nevertheless, a number of business enterprises are still sceptical when it comes to security and availability requirements in cloud environments. Cloud providers are responding to these worries with the zero outage strategy. Read more >>


India on top of Sophos' Dirty Dozen report
Sophos has published its latest 'Dirty Dozen' report of spam-relaying countries for the third quarter of 2012. Since the previous quarter, India has grown its lead at the top of the hall of shame, and now relays 16.1% of all spam captured in SophosLabs's global network of spam traps. Read more >>


three6five assesses local Internet threat levels
Local networking services company, three6five, recently conducted an experiment to assess the South African Internet threat levels and has concluded that there is no network that can afford to be caught naked on the Internet. Three6five co-owner, Jeff Fletcher said that it is critical to understand what a threat on the Internet looks like from a South African perspective and what steps to take to protect a network. Read more >>

US Federal Court puts Turkcell's lawsuit against MTN on hold
MTN Group has noted a United States federal court ruling to put on hold a lawsuit by Turkcell against MTN alleging bribery, pending a US Supreme Court ruling whether the case can be heard in a US court. Read more >>


More mobile apps can be utilised with lower data prices - Vox Telecom
South Africa's cellphone price wars are good news for mobile apps, according to Murray Steyn, COO of Vox Telecom, who predicts both businesses and end users will soon have a far greater range of mobile services to choose from. Read more >>

Telkom's shares surge on talk of Cell C tie-up
Shares in Telkom rose 5.56% on Monday, 15 October 2012, to close at R19 on speculation that the company could merge its cellphone unit 8ta with Cell C‚ Business Day reported. Read more >>


Apps spark creative talents of developers
There is hardly anything you will not find an app for these days: from counting the amount of calories you consume to managing a job search while you are on the go. Read more >>

Facebook prefers Avira's anti-virus security software
Security expert Avira has announced that Facebook has selected Avira to be included in its Facebook AV Marketplace. Avira's top-rated anti-virus security software, Avira Free Anti-virus will now be offered to Facebook's more than one billion active users. In addition, Avira will contribute posts to the Facebook security blog and provide security threat warnings and blacklist information to Facebook's URL blacklist system. Read more >>

BBD rewards top performing Roedean Academy students
In response to the challenge of raising the level and standard of education, healthcare and welfare in South Africa, software services company BBD have embraced the concept of socio-economic development. Read more >>

G4S switches to Google Apps and cloud solutions across Africa
G4S, a leading international security solutions group, has appointed technology company Grove Group to revolutionise its existing IT systems by deploying Google Apps for Business and Google Message Discovery (GMD) across the G4S Africa region. Read more >>

The hidden pitfalls of unmanaged software
[Tim James] When it comes to managing software licences and assets, most companies focus on compliance rather than cost-cutting. Organisations are over-licensing, buying more and more software in order to err on the side of caution. This can be an extremely costly mistake. Read more >>

HSBC says websites hit by cyber attack
HONG KONG: Banking giant HSBC said Friday some of its websites had been hit by a "large scale" cyber attack that disrupted online services, but it assured customers that their data were not compromised. Read more >>

Newsweek becomes digital magazine
WASHINGTON, US: Venerable US magazine Newsweek has announced its last print edition would be 31 December, saying it would turn all digital to cut costs in an increasingly challenging media environment. Read more >>

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Bizcommunity.com partners up with Placement Partner recruitment software system - Bizcommunity
Bizcommunity.com now offers integration with Placement Partner, a software system designed for recruitment companies to manage and store data relevant to every step of the recruitment process. Read more >>

Bitco's Metro Ethernet offers next-generation flexibility, price advantage - BitCo
BitCo offers South African businesses a one-stop connectivity solution based on a next-generation Ethernet telecommunications network that can be customised to provide a truly customer-centric solution. Read more >>

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