18 Dec 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Thank you for your support in 2012

Today sees our last newsletters for 2012, with the first of our new industry newsletters to be published on 15 January 2013, but we will keep on updating the new industry portals over the festive season.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support; our subscribers across all our portals continue to grow; in fact, in our new industries alone, we are now closing in on 70,000 subscribers, and for that we thank you.

We want to wish all of you a very enjoyable end-of-year break and - assuming the world doesn't end on Friday (You've heard about the predictions around the Mayan calendar, right?) - we wish you a highly successful 2013.

All the best from the Bizcommunity team!

Rod Baker: Content Director

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Gijima, Panopto in education technology partnership
Developments in technology combined with shifts in education models are transforming the way academic institutions deliver education, and learners' preferred methods of learning. The world over, "blended learning" is fast becoming the norm. Read more >>

Managerial mindset often the biggest threat to IT security
When it comes to a secure IT environment, managerial mindset often poses the biggest threat, explains Marthinus Engelbrecht, CEO of NEWORDER Industries, a local technology company that provides specialised enterprise risk management and pen-testing services to companies in Africa and abroad. Read more >>

CHPC announces winners of first Student Cluster Challenge
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) announced South Africa's very first Student Cluster Challenge winners. The glittering awards ceremony was held at the Durban International Convention Centre recently. Read more >>


Datacentrix buys Nokusa for R45m
Datacentrix has bought 100% of the issued share capital of Nokusa Engineering Informatics for R45.7m. Read more >>

WAPA: Lite-Licensing could improve wireless spectrum efficiency
The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) feels that the introduction of Lite-Licensing, which is currently being trialled and employed by progressive institutions internationally, as an alternative wireless spectrum management approach, could benefit South Africa. Read more >>

Vodacom opens two new outlets in northern KZN
The opening of two new Vodacom outlets in Jozini and Manguzi this week will see communities in the Umkhanyakude District Municipality gain unprecedented access to telecommunications and connectivity. Read more >>


New privacy controls from Facebook
Facebook has started rolling out new privacy controls that will make it easier for users to ask friends to remove objectionable pictures. The software will be rolled out next week. Read more >>

Global mobile advertising revenues to reach US$12.8bn in 2013
LONDON, UK: The global mobile advertising market will generate revenues of US$12.8bn in 2013, growing from US$8bn in 2012, according to the latest research published by Informa Telecoms & Media. Read more >>

iPhone violated MobileMedia patents
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: A federal jury last week found Apple guilty of infringing smartphone call handling and camera patents held by a licensing firm in which rivals Sony and Nokia hold stakes. Read more >>

Google changes a boob in search engine
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: US Google users on the prowl for erotic images needed to be more explicit from Thursday (13 December) after the search engine was tuned to avoid delivering pornographic results for "ambiguous" queries such as "boobs." Read more >>

November 2012 US search engine rankings
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the US search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in November with 67% of search queries conducted. Read more >>

Tablets forcing PCs to evolve says Forrester
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: The shift to smartphones and tablets became a landslide this year, crushing the desire for laptop computers and pressurising manufacturers to adapt to the mobile Internet era. Read more >>

IMA Interactive Media Awards: Enter now
NEW YORK, US: Submit your website, app, blog, video, ad, game or social media campaign to the IMA Interactive Media Awards. The 2012 entry deadline is Monday, 31 December. (Mobile, tablet and desktop are all eligible.) Read more >>

Yahoo! revamps its e-mail service
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Yahoo! said on Tuesday (11 December) it was revamping its email for the Web and mobile devices in a move aimed at streamlining the service and making its look consistent across various platforms. Read more >>

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MTN's case in Uganda nullified
Judge Lameck N. Mukasa of the Criminal Division of the High Court of Uganda has declared that the criminal summons alleging tax evasion against the senior management and directors of MTN Uganda is null and void. Read more >>

More Africa...

Icasa changes draw criticism
Proposed amendments to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) Act, have been strongly criticised by industry commentators who say it will erode the independence of the regulator. Read more >>

China, GCIS discuss communication challenges
An 11-member delegation from the State Council of Information Office (SCIO) in China met on Wednesday with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) to discuss communication practices. Read more >>

Minister asked to establish free SMS line for the deaf
[Siphiwe Nyathi] Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime. Read more >>

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