75% of companies in SA believe that BYOD is a Threat to Business Security

Published by on Jan 13th, 2014, No Comments

iStockphotoiDevicesMost companies see the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, where employees use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, as a growing threat to business. Yet, the percentage of companies taking measures to minimise this threat is relatively small, according to the results of the Global Corporate IT Security Risks 2013 survey, conducted by B2B International in collaboration withKaspersky Lab. This survey involved interviews with representatives of companies in 24 countries, including South Africa.

Respondents in Japan expressed the most concern about this growing trend and its associated threats: 93% agreed that BYOD is a threat to their businesses. Companies in North America (69%) also voiced a high level of concern, as did those in the Middle East (65%), South Africa (75%) and Western Europe (62%). Russian companies were the least concerned, with 57% of participants acknowledging any threat posed by a BYOD policy.

At the same time, most companies do not plan to introduce any prohibitive measures against the use of personal devices at the workplace. On the contrary, about 21% of respondents locally said they plan to encourage the use of personal smartphones and tablets at work, while another 34% said they did not believe that prohibitive measures would prevent employees from using their own devices. (more…)

Nokia Lumia “Black” Software Update Rolling Out in SA

Published by on Jan 10th, 2014, No Comments


The Lumia Black software update is starting to rollout for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners in South Africa. The update brings new features, improvements in imaging, new apps and app updates from Microsoft and Nokia to make the Lumia smartphone experience even better.

So far we have not gotten the update on our Lumia 1020 review unit – which is getting some pretty great updates for the camera itself.

Luckily, there are updates to almost all reasonably current Lumia phones. The main features brought along with the update from Nokia include: (more…)

Infographic: The Rise of Mobile 3.0

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, No Comments


MEF’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey was launched in December, and they have gone through the effort to re-mine the data to create this infographic that looks specifically at the emergence of “Mobile 3.0″ – a new emergence that is charactarized by “Super” apps displacing traditional pay once models with subscription models like Netflix, as well as in-app purchases.

In addition to the growth of the super-app, there has been a shift down in terms of volume of goods purchased and a shift up in their value with mobile users migrating their spending on big ticket items from online and the high street to mobile. [MEF’s 2013 Global Consumer Survey shows that the high spend threshold grew to 39 per cent in 2013 (up eight per cent from 2012) on items over $151].

To see the full infographic, see below: (more…)

LG announces Flexible Curved Television

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, No Comments


There are two big trends at CES this year – wearable electronics, and high end TVs with curved and QHD displays. While curved televisions look cool, it does kind of make you scratch your head and say why? The idea is that these new ultra high resolution displays can be put closer to the viewer, and a curved display allows for a more immersive experience.

LG Electronics today took the cover off the world’s first Flexible OLED TV at CES in Las Vegas. With this revolutionary TV unit, viewers can control the angle of curvature for the ultimate viewing experience that was only available in the realm of science fiction.

“LG’s Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed, because it defies description,” said H. H. (Hyun-hwoi) Ha, President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation.” 

What separates LG’s Flexible OLED TV from every other TV set in the world is that the curvature of the display can be altered using the TV remote to suit the viewer’s preference. The range of curvature was determined by taking into account key factors that affect the viewing experience such as screen size and viewing distance. Since the viewer can adjust the curvature, they can enjoy the best TV viewing experience, tailored to their tastes, every time.

The 77-inch TV unit is the result of technological integration encompassing all aspects of producing a product as innovative as this TV, such as design, displays, quality assurance, etc. The Flexible OLED TV has been subject to tens of thousands of hours of tests to ensure the reliability and durability of its unique display. With the introduction of the Flexible OLED TV, LG now has achieved a major grand slam, having introduced its share of world firsts in the OLED TV space — flat, curved and now flexible.

What did South African’s Search for on Google in 2013?

Published by on Dec 18th, 2013, No Comments

2013 is finally drawing to a close, and Google has just released its “Zeitgeist” report to see what was on our minds this year.

This year marks Google’s most global Zeitgeist to date—with 1,000+ top 10 lists across categories like Trending People, Most-Searched Events and Top Trending Searches from 72 countries, including South Africa.

Julie Taylor, Head of Communications for Google Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “Every day, around the world and across South Africa, we search. We want to find out more about people who are making an impact on the world, to learn about events that are making headlines, or just to settle a dinner table dispute between friends. In our annual Year-End Zeitgeist, we reflect on the people, places, and moments that captured the world’s attention throughout the year.”

South Africa’s Biggest Moments

Our South African hero, Nelson Mandela, comes in at number one this year after the news of his death that shook not only South Africa, but the world.  Other news headlines that have tugged at the heart strings and voices of many South Africans over the year: the court appearance of Oscar Pistorius and death of Vuyo Mbuli feature prominently in this year’s lists. Melissa Bachman raised many eyebrows after her South African hunting experience, resulting in a roar of heated social media debates around the topic – she comes in fourth to Margaret Thatcher, Kim Kardashian’s baby (named North West) and South African model, Reeva Steenkamp. (more…)

Rdio Streaming Music Service launches in SA

Published by on Dec 12th, 2013, 3 Comments


For the past few months South Africa has finally gotten some decent streaming radio services – and today Rdio launched as well. Including South Africa in its list of countries means that Rdio now has more international reach than Spotify (which is still not in SA). Rdio is very similiar to Spotify – in that the focus is on music discovery, something we feel is not quite catered for on other streaming radio services in SA.

Rdio’s focus is on you following your friends, and seeing the music trends they go through. I managed to find some good new music within the first hour of using Rdio, all because I went to go look at what music my friends are listening to. Then again – you might have some friend’s with not that great music taste…  (more…)

iPad Air in SA by Early December

Published by on Nov 29th, 2013, No Comments


If you have been holding out for the new iPad Air, you do not have to wait too much longer. Core announced their pricing and launch date for Apple’s latest tablet. The new thinner than ever iPad will be available in Space Gray and White / Silver, and will be available in a range of storage sizes: (more…)

Xbox Gold users getting Gears of War for free in December

Published by on Nov 29th, 2013, 1 Comment


While we South Africans have not been blessed with the launch of the new Xbox One, the Xbox 360 is still a very capable performer – and frankly, the games are still better. All the better then that Xbox Live subscribers are getting two games for free during December.

While Gears of War is a pretty old game, it is still great. Starting Dec. 1, download “Gears of War” will be available to download. Engage in a cinematic campaign as Marcus Fenix, as well as fire team co-op and multiplayer action that features hyper-realistic and intense combat.  Experience what IGN called a “masterpiece” that “more than lives up to the hype.” (more…)