11 Dec 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Cool Beanz

It's going to be a good festive season for Jelly Beanz after they were handed a cheque for R500,000 by Bernhard Maier, a member of Porsche's executive board. It's the second sizeable donation by Porsche in as many years.

On the agriculture front, farmers and unions have been urged to negotiate in good faith. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has urged representatives of Agri-SA and unions to negotiate in good faith for the minimum wage demand for farmworkers. That's all very well, but in the meantime perhaps she can also urge farmworkers to remain peaceful and also not damage crops and equipment.

Come fly with me... if you can afford it! IATA says airlines will carry 3,6bn passengers by 2016 - a rise of at least 28% in the coming years to hit 3.6 billion in 2016, with China accounting for nearly one-in-four new travellers. Keeping ticket prices reasonable would go some way towards ensuring that that prediction comes true.

Don't come fly with me...Budgets and mechanical setbacks are hurting SANDF, which is buckling under the strain of crippling budget and mechanical setbacks. We have submarines up on blocks and Gripen fighters flying only a tiny portion of the time they should be flying. So we have all these shiny new weapons platforms... but we can't afford to run them. Brilliant!

Equally brilliant, but in a good way, is our tame motoring editor, Henrie Geyser, who waxes lyrical on the new Honda CR-V, which he reckons has added market traction. And a lot of attractions... in action, and even when not in action.

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Backups are worthless unless they are tested - Veeam
Backups may be worthless if they're not tested - and the consequences could be dire, especially in virtualised environments. Read more >>

Last-mile connectivity remains a scarce commodity
Although there has been a dramatic surge in the amount of international bandwidth that is available in South Africa these days - courtesy of the SAT-2, SAT-3/SAFE, SEACOM and EASSy submarine fibre optic cables - backhaul and last-mile connectivity is still a scarce commodity. Read more >>

Dutch traffic site a success for local developer
South Africa's Aspire Solutions, which specialises in spatial business applications, has successfully completed a major project for ANWB, the Dutch affiliate of the global Automobile Association. Read more >>


Purchase mobile computers wisely to maintain productivity
[Jerker Hellström] Higher productivity, increased labour costs and a strong trends towards true mobility in the work place are all factors that have put the spotlight firmly on 'total costs of ownership' for computers and devices. Organisations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time. Read more >>

WD appoints Components sales manager for South Africa
Western Digital (WD) has appointed Kalvin Subbadu to the position of sales manager for its Components business in South Africa. He will drive the sales of WD's Components range of internal hard drives across all three official distributors including Drive Control Corporation (DCC), Rectron, Pinnacle Africa, their resellers and end user markets. Read more >>


MTN's got its business brains in the cloud
[Thabiso Mochiko] MTN Business has launched a pilot project for its MTN cloud bouquet of services that will among other things provide a single point of contact for its customers‚ it said on Thursday, 6 December 2012. Read more >>


Telkom's future in hands of Mangaung delegates
[Thabiso Mochiko] Telkom's future is in the hands of delegates to the African National Congress's (ANC's) electoral conference in Mangaung‚ who will weigh up the options the Department of Communications has proposed for reviving the company‚ according to Communications Minister Dina Pule. Read more >>

Gautrain to go mobile in 2014
Cellphone use on the Gautrain will be available to passengers by the middle of 2014 after an agreement was signed with all cellphone service providers to allow cellphone services at stations and on trains Beeld reported on Tuesday (4 December). Read more >>


iTunes store opens in SA
Apple opened its online iTunes store in South Africa on Tuesday (4 December), giving local music fans access to a library of local and international songs and albums. Read more >>

Who still cares how much money VoIP can save?
[Riaan Pieterson] Voice over IP. What's left to say? You can save money. Lots of it. It's great for moves and changes, super easy, even the receptionist can do them. Sure. Tell me something I don't know. Read more >>

Gambling on more punters
While each of their companies had varying degrees of success, the chief executives of three of the major casino groups in southern Africa - Tsogo Sun, Sun International and Peermont - agree that the future looks promising for the sectpr although there are still hurdles some to overcome. Read more >>

Jasco wins CommProve deal with Cell C
On the back of the recently signed distributorship agreement with CommProve, Jasco has partnered with mobile network operator Cell C to deliver real-time network monitoring, diagnostics and optimisation. This will enable Cell C to become more proactive in response to network issues and deliver improved service to its customers. Read more >>

Happy birthday SMS
This week sees the 20th anniversary of the SMS, invented in 1992 by British engineer, Neil Papworth. Initially slow, the boom in SMS saw more than 150 billion SMS sent in the UK in 2011, almost triple the amount that was sent five years previously (in 2006, there were 51 billion text messages sent). Read more >>


New Android app for SA's schools
Local company Future Mobile Technology (FMT) has developed an Android application, Netsurfer Scholar that will give users online access to material they need for school. Read more >>

Engineers get new digital resource
South Africa's plan to train three times as many engineers as it does at present is one of the reasons the world's largest engineering design software company set up an academy in the country in November. Read more >>

Google+ has 135m active users
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google said Thursday (5 December) its online social network had grown to 135m active users. It has added a free photo-sharing app for its members to compete against Facebook's Instagram. Read more >>

Apple will make Macs in the USA
NEW YORK USA: Apple plans to stop making some models in China and bring back manufacturing to the United States next year according to chief executive Tim Cook. He said the move may help to ignite domestic high-technology production. Read more >>

Passengers get YouTube on Virgin flights
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: YouTube on Thursday (5 December) announced it was taking to the skies with a deal to stream free shows to television sets in the back of the seats on Virgin America planes in the United States and Mexico. Read more >>

1,000 people axed at Nokia Siemens
FRANKFURT, GERMANY: Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Finnish and German engineering giants Nokia and Siemens, said on Wednesday (5 December) it is shutting down one of its German units with the potential loss of 1,000 jobs. Read more >>

Riding the mobile wave
WASHINGTON, US: "The mobile wave is going to sweep through and obliterate billions of jobs and millions of small businesses and that's going to be viewed with trepidation by politicians, unions and businessmen, all three, because they're going to see their world disrupted. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility for three or four billion people in the underclass to get a PhD." Read more >>

BT leads Informa's ranking of top 30 telecom operators in global healthcare markets
LONDON, UK: December 5, 2012 - More than 90% of the world's 40 largest telecom network operator groups are active in the enterprise healthcare market, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. And a ranking of all operators - based on their commitment to the healthcare market worldwide - puts BT in top spot, closely followed by Verizon and France Telecom. Read more >>

Android now has 68,2% of smartphone market
WASHINGTON, US: Google's Android operating system will power more than two-thirds of smartphones sold worldwide in 2012, and will remain the dominant platform for at least the next four years, a survey showed on Tuesday (4 December). Read more >>

Internet in-flight service axed by Quantas
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Australian airline Qantas's trial of in-flight Internet access has been shelved due to a lack of interest from passengers who prefer to sleep or enjoy a rare break from the online world while flying. Read more >>

98% of mobile operators say small cells essential for future of networks
LONDON, UK: Informa Telecoms & Media has issued its latest quarterly small-cell market status report, which includes the results of a survey showing that 98% of mobile operator respondents believe small cells are essential for the future of their networks. Interest continues to grow in public-access small-cell deployments as well as integrated Wi-Fi and LTE. Read more >>

Pope starts tweeting in eight languages
VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI already had hundreds of thousands of followers on his new Twitter account on Tuesday (4 December) -- just a day after it was unveiled and more than a week before any actual tweets appear. Read more >>

Nokia sells its head office
HELSINKI, FINLAND: Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, which faces cash-flow problems, said on Tuesday (4 December) it had agreed to sell and lease back its head office building outside Helsinki for US$222m Read more >>

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