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RSAWEB trying to alter the software development landscape

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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Following the successful launch in 2014 of Cloud Servers, allowing companies to deploy a server in seconds and only pay per hour when they use it, RSAWEB is set to introduce yet another interesting new product into the market this week: Flex Cloud.

Based on Jelastic’s technology, RSAWEB’s Flex Cloud is set to be “the next generation hosting platform for JAVA, Ruby and PHP, providing an auto-sizing, highly scalable Cloud platform that will allow developers, software agencies and SaaS vendors to increase efficiency” according to RSAWEB. It allows developers to concentrate on their development and decrease the amount of time spent on infrastructure and server management. (more…)

Bookmark Awards 2015: Big agencies clean up

Published by on Feb 20th, 2015, No Comments

Bookmarks 2015

The annual Bookmark Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in digital media, was held last night at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, and proved yet again that the South African digital landscape is very much alive and kicking.

This was the 7th Bookmark Awards, and this year they received close to 800 entries.

Hosted by Youtube-famous comedienne, Anne Hirsch, a total of 13 gold, 34 silver and 44 bronze awards were given to various agencies and individuals making waves in the South African digital space.

This year, big, respected agencies seemed to clean up most of the awards with young and smaller agencies also taking home some awards and showing a lot of promise for the future of digital creativity in the country.

Big agencies like Ogilvy, Gloo, Quirk and the King James Group had a very successful night, sweeping most of the categories and some big awards.  (more…)

SA’s Parcelninja attracts R20 million UK investment

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2015, No Comments

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Ecommerce start-up Parcelninja, which provides cloud-based warehousing and delivery solutions in South Africa, has attracted a R20 million investment from C5 Holdings.

C5 Holdings is the parent company of C5 Capital, the London-based specialist data and cyber security fund manager.

Parcelninja is a Gauteng-based ecommerce solutions company which offers a full suite of services to South African online shops. (more…)

Samsung announces Galaxy A-series for South Africa

Published by on Jan 30th, 2015, 2 Comments

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We were wondering if Samsung would bring these devices to the country, and we are so glad they did. South Africa seems like the perfect market for this device.

The Samsung A series is Samsung’s newest and slimmest smartphone range. It consists of the Galaxy A3 and A5. The range offers a trendy design and interesting functions to support social networking for young users. (more…)

Cape Town’s open data portal goes live

Published by on Jan 29th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In order to enhance transparency and accountability, the City of Cape Town has launched a new open data portal. Mayor Patricia de Lille has also stated that it will improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of the city.

This makes Cape Town the first so-called ‘smart city’ in South Africa, joining cities like New York and London. That being said, Johannesburg and Pretoria are also pushing for approval from their respective city councils. (more…)

South Africa’s Digital Future in Serious Doubt

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2015, 4 Comments

SA risks falling behind the rest of the world as the information revolution gains real momentum

Steven Ambrose

South Africa’s digital future looks bleak and its current Internet growth trajectory won’t support the exploding “internet of everything” and the accompanying devices and digital services that will mainstream in the next five years.

Steven Ambrose, Strategy Worx CEO, attended the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas USA, one the largest electronics and technology trade shows in the world earlier this month. Ambrose says the standout trend at CES was that everything is now connected and every device has become a smart device.

“The second industrial revolution (information revolution) has now reached a tipping point with high-speed, high quality, ubiquitous broadband becoming the third utility in the first world after water and electricity,” he says. (more…)

Google Balloon crashes down in small Karoo town

Published by on Nov 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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Imagine waking up to a crashed Google balloon in your backyard. They are big, odd-looking and contain pieces of technology that looks like something from NASA. Now imagine you are a sheep farmer from the Karoo, and you wake up to a crashed Google balloon in your backyard – having no idea what in the world it is.

This is what happened to Urbanus Botha, a farmer from the small town of De Aar in the Karoo.

A self-described technophobe, Botha had no idea what the huge, plastic thing was that came crashing down on his farm and gave his sheep (and no doubt himself) a fright.

The Google balloon was unlike anything he had ever seen, and the fact that it was so big caused a lot of confusion.

“The enormous piece of plastic took up the whole of my sheep trailer,” Botha said.

After making the unusual discovery, Botha called over his neighbour, Stoffel Visagie, to come and have a look at the enormous, deflated balloon.  (more…)

Startup Knight 2014 – Winners announced

Published by on Nov 19th, 2014, No Comments

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This year’s Startup Knight competition was truly fierce with various wonderful startups that once again proved the immense talent we have in South Africa.

However, as competitions go, there can only be one winner and on Saturday, November 8th, the winners of this year’s competition were announced.

The final leg of the competition was split over two days. All finalists (8 Startups and 8 Concepts) were required to attend an intensive mentoring session on Friday, 7 November. The mentors comprised of successful tech entrepreneurs who generously committed their energy to coach the finalists. The results of the mentoring were realised on the Saturday when the finalists had to give their all as they delivered their final pitches to the judging panel.

After two adrenalin filled days it was time for the results and prize giving at a cocktail function held at the Radisson Blu in Granger Bay that Saturday evening. The finalists, judges, and mentors were joined by an audience of their partners and well known industry personalities.

Tiger Bytes won in the startup phase category with their Vula Application. Vula is an online learning tool used by staff and students at the University of Cape Town. Tiger Bytes won a prize to the value of R250,000 (R150,000 for software development and R100,000 for public relations and go-to-market efforts.)

1st Runner-up, MediaBox, boasts a hardware device that is similar to the Apple TV, but runs on Android and introduces 3G integration along with more input sources. Their R50,000 prize is dedicated to public relations and software development. (more…)

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