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Blue Label to acquire mobile device distributor in R1.9bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Local telecommunications firm Blue Label will, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquire mobile device distributor 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion. The shares in 3G Mobile will be acquired in two stages, with the initial acquisition of 47.37% of the issued share capital for R900-million,... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2017 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Mining Weekly iPhone and Android Apps available for free download 

     23rd June 2017 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers a MiningWeekly.com app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps offer... 

Revamped Polity website gives prominence to exclusive content

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2017 One of South Africa’s pioneering websites, Creamer Media’s Polity.org.za, is being re-launched in June 2017 to give its readers easier access to more exclusive content and to strengthen the site’s research and referencing capabilities. Kenneth Creamer, CEO of Creamer Media, says that, in addition... 

Revamped Polity website gives prominence to exclusive content  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 One of South Africa’s pioneering websites, Creamer Media’s Polity.org.za, is being re-launched in June 2017 to give its readers easier access to more exclusive content and to strengthen the site’s research and referencing capabilities. Kenneth Creamer, CEO of Creamer Media, says that in addition... 

Harnessing Digital Innovation To Enable Smart Supply Chains

     31st May 2017 By Kate Stubbs, Managing Executive: Business Development And Marketing At Barloworld Logistics Across every sphere of business and manufacturing, new digital tools, systems and platforms are upending traditional strategies and approaches. Fuelled by powerful software systems and smart apps, the... 

Office workers prefer mobile over desk phones

     22nd May 2017 In a recent report by Westcon-Comstor vendor partner, Avaya, workers are calling time out on “dumb phones” urging employers to allow them to make use of mobile devices.    The report, conducted by research company YouGov on behalf of Avaya, surveyed 3,000 global office workers, asking if they... 

Sub-Saharan Africa middle class represents R1.3tr a month market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 A University of Cape Town (UCT) Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing initiative, the African Lions research project, has established that the sub-Saharan African middle class, comprising around 100-million people, represents a R1.3-trillion a month market and is growing. Carried out... 

Cyberattacks have more than just financial costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the global proliferation of technology benefits users, it also increases the number and complexity of cyber risks, and companies cannot afford not to factor in the damage that a cyberattack can have on their reputation, says global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab Africa MD Riaan... 

African cities to become dynamic centres of change by 2050

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa will face major, inter-related challenges over the next generation. “[The region] will double its population to two-billion by 2050. By then, more than half of Africans will be living in cities, and this group of mostly young people will be connected with each other and the... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

NexOptic unveils revolutionary flat lens slated to disrupt optics as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2017 Upstart Vancouver-based technology firm NexOptic Technology and acquisition target Spectrum Optix on Tuesday night for the first time publicly unveiled field test images taken with the company’s proprietary new Blade Optics telescope prototype, an invention that changes humanity’s understanding... 

Machine learning being used to detect fraud

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A fraud prevention cloud system uses machine learning and big data analytics to detect potentially fraudulent activities and protect multiple customer service channels in banks, financial institutions and government agencies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky lab head of fraud prevention... 

New Nordson EFD 781 Mini Spray Valve

     20th March 2017 Exceptionally Uniform Spray Control in 60% Smaller Form Factor Micro spray patterns ≥ 1 mm (0.04”) wide, innovative quick release (QR) technology, and modular design also set this spray valve apart. 

Inverter system uses automatic shutdown system

     17th March 2017 The new intelligent inverter system from photovoltaic (PV) company SolarEdge has an automatic safety control feature that allows the system to use a module-level voltage shutdown, where the PV array is reduced to a safe direct current (dc) voltage in the event of alternating current (ac) shut... 

Reimagine Work by Reimagining Business

     27th February 2017 When you want to know the future, acknowledge the past. As citizens of a rapidly accelerated world, we are seduced by the idea that our situation is unique. In many ways it is - not the least how the workplace is changing. But change in the workplace itself is not new, nor is the regression... 

Free Market Foundation calls into question department’s claims of support for ICT policy proposals

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Monday said the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) was incorrect in asserting that the new National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy White Paper had the support and backing of industry. The ICT White... 

RS Components unveils improved mobile-optimised website to support growing mobile user base

     22nd February 2017 Customers can more easily search, browse and buy anytime, anywhere RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has developed a new and improved website optimised for mobile devices to support its growing mobile user base. The company has seen a... 

RS Components unveils improved mobile-optimised website to support growing mobile user base

     22nd February 2017 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has developed a new and improved website optimised for mobile devices to support its growing mobile user base. The company has seen a fourfold increase in mobile traffic to its website year on... 

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

Rio unit born in Death Valley is retooled for battery boom

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2017 During the financial crisis,  Rio Tinto Group needed cash and tried to unload its oldest mining business – one that began in 1872 hauling borates salts by mule from Death Valley to make US laundry soap. The company gave up on a sale because no one would pay the asking price. A decade later, the... 

Fortifying Wireless Security Key To A Robust Network

     30th January 2017 Multiple unidentifiable devices fuelled by Shadow IT create vulnerabilities in enterprise networks Most organizations think they have their security taken care of but ironically, CIOs today are not accounting for how their network is actually accessed. A single user may be logged on through... 

Inverter drives set for April launch

     27th January 2017 Manufacturing, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment provider Mitsubishi Electric is set to launch the latest addition to its FR-A800 inverter drives in Europe in April this year. It is based on its FR-A800 series variable speed drives (VSDs) with an integrated Web server and... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system 

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Financial institutions urged to prepare for rise in mobile device attacks

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Financial institutions can expect a rise in the number of cyberattacks on mobile devices next year, as well as attacks on employee machines and noncritical systems, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Russia Research and Analysis team head Yury Namestnikov. A Kaspersky Lab security... 

Fluid cleanliness monitor internationally well received

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Industrial filtration solutions supplier Filtration Management Solutions (FMS) has had an overwhelmingly positive international response to the PCM500 fluid cleanliness monitor, which uses unique filter mesh technology, since its introduction last year. 

Way companies use IT resources changing, IBM asserts

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 The short timeframes businesses have in which to compete successfully against one another in the increasingly connected and digital world of business is driving them to reengineer their operations to create agile business systems that can respond rapidly to transient opportunities, says... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 While access control and health and safety wearable devices are commonplace in many commercial companies and industries, the use of augmented reality and virtual reality systems is expected to increase significantly over the next three to five years. Augmented reality will enable employees to... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 While access control and health and safety wearable devices are commonplace in many commercial companies and industries, the use of augmented reality and virtual reality systems is expected to increase significantly over the next three to five years. Augmented reality will enable employees to... 

Separate legislation may be needed for new electronic banking services

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2016 New legislation, separate from local banking regulations, should be introduced to allow for the introduction of new, low-cost electronic banking and financial services while retaining the resilience of the banking sector, says digital systems firm Hello Group founder and chairperson Nadir... 

The future of integrated and connected road-based transport beyond 2030

     31st October 2016 Transportation remains one of the most important sectors for its potential influence on most other industries and growth in the economy. As much of South Africa’s transportation is still road-based, the country needs to ready itself to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – doing... 

Digital transformation – keeping pace with progress

     27th October 2016 “A technological revolution of unsurpassed dimensions, digital transformation is taking place at breakneck speed and is radically changing the face of client interactions.  Client expectations are escalating rapidly and moving in new and different directions.” This is according to Bradley... 

Energy metal demand to outpace output in wake of $20bn battery build boom

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2016 “The megafactories are coming.” This is the mantra of market analyst, founder and MD of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Simon Moores, citing research showing more than $20-billion currently committed to creating new, or expanding existing lithium- (Li-) ion battery cell plants.  

BKT Launches New Website For Mobile Devices

     6th October 2016 Today, BKT’s new website m.bkt-tires.com for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, goes officially online. It offers immediate access to the manifold and specially selected contents thanks to a tailored layout that makes mobile browsing easy. Breaking news about the BKT website.... 

Fortinet’s open Security Fabric gets adopted by the industry's leading technology partners

     3rd October 2016 Fortinet delivers on commitment to open ecosystem and expands actionable Threat Intelligence across multi-vendor solutions   “It’s clear that isolated security devices don’t solve today’s cybersecurity challenges, says John Maddison, senior vice president products and solutions, Fortinet,... 

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