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Are smart homes becoming easy prey for hackers?

January 29, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

While the increasing use of home automation technology to create your version of a ‘smart house’ may be all the trend and seem practical, Richard Keymer Head of Pre-sales at SecureData Africa warns of the flipside in that once an automation system is established and can be operated remotely online, then chances are it can ...

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Is IBM set to perform the largest employee cull in history?

January 28, 2015 • Features, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report published on Forbes, IBM is set to perform the largest corporate employee cull in history. The report comes from long-time Silicon Valley journalist Robert X. Cringely. According to Cringley, 110 000 jobs could be on the line if the...

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Telecom Namibia to complete phase 1 of fibre grid in Q1

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telecom Namibia has stated that plans are at an advanced stage to construct a fibre-based network to connect all regional capitals in the country. Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, said that the construction of...

Ericsson

Ericsson to drive e-waste disposal and recycling in Benin

January 28, 2015 • Company News, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Ericsson and MTN Benin have partnered under their Ecology Management Program, to launch the first electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste) collection and awareness drive in Benin. According to both Ericsson and MTN, the campaign is geared towards...

Lenovo Africa

Lenovo unveils cutting-edge YOGA line-up for South Africa

January 28, 2015 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Lenovo has revealed the launch of the multimode YOGA 3 Pro, YOGA Tablet 2, and the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. According to the company, these additions to the YOGA line-up aim to redefine the computing experience and address users’ desires for stylish devices,...

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Facebook denies social network hack

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

On 27 January 2015 social networking platforms Facebook, Instagram and Tinder suffered an hour long outage. The outage resulted in Facebook and Instagram users within Africa, as well as the rest of the world, being unable to connect to these services. While...

There are mounting fears over the fate of a man who went missing 14 days ago after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break in Abuja (image: Shutterstock)

Twitter unveils group messaging and mobile video experience

January 28, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Social networking giant Twitter has unveiled the roll-out of two new services: group messaging and a new mobile video experience. According to Twitter, the following features will be available in Africa as well as globally once the roll-out commences....

Gartner Reception

Power shift in BI and analytics will fuel disruption

January 28, 2015 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

Traditional business intelligence (BI) and analytics models are being disrupted as the balance of power shifts from IT to the business, according to Gartner. The rise of data discovery, access to multi-structured data, data preparation tools and smart...

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MTN set to empower African businesses

January 27, 2015 • Company News, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent. The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s Global MPLS...

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Facebook & Instagram go down

January 27, 2015 • Online, Top StoriesComments (0)

Social media users across the African continent, as well as the rest of the world, have been trying to connect to popular social media services – Facebook and Instagram. While the WhatsApp service is still running, the reasons behind the outage have not...

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Moving beyond the start-up phase

January 27, 2015 • Opinion, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

Building a great business in Africa involves more than just hard work, good networking skills, and a fair degree of luck. Whilst the core of any good business venture in Africa is a business that enables you to satisfy a customer’s need in a unique or...

Fibre Internet

Should Internet connectivity be provided as a basic Municipal service?

January 26, 2015 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Municipalities are increasingly playing a powerful role in the Internet connectivity market. Broadband is generally recognised as a strategic tool in building the information economy and society. Extensive local and international studies have shown massive...

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Facebook to test Facebook Lite in Africa

January 26, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook has been testing a new version of Facebook dubbed “Facebook Lite.” The app is essentially a simplified version of its mobile website, which has been specifically designed for low-end Android devices in...

Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent to build FTTH network in South Africa

January 26, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Vodacom to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand the service provider’s customer base in the enterprise and residential markets. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the converged fibre to the...

MasterCard and Paynet Group have partnered to mobilise Kenya’s banking and payment technology sectors to fast-track the migration to EMV cards.

South Africa on a solid path towards financial inclusion

January 26, 2015 • Company News, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa is making significant headway in furthering financial inclusion, according to a new MasterCard report entitled “A Progressive Approach to Financial Inclusion.” According to MasterCard, the report explores the progress that 30 developed and...

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Video Interview: IFS targets Africa as key growth market

January 26, 2015 • Top Stories, VideoComments (0)

Alastair Sorbie is currently CEO and President of IFS, a position he has held since 2006. Sorbie joined the Swedish ERP solutions provider as managing director in 1997, when IFS entered the UK market. During his time as IFS UK MD, Sorbie played an important...