The internet is as big a part of our lives today as reading the newspaper was 30 years ago. Its our go-to source for literally everything and has changed and shaped the world in an unfathomable way.
While we can’t even begin to imagine our lives without the world wide web, there are a couple of surprising facts about the ol’ Net that we didn’t know – and that are actually really interesting. (more…)
Learning how to become a web developer takes time.
There is a tremendous amount of information that you need to understand before you can call yourself a web developer. Luckily there is no shortage of freely available information on the internet. I have collected a few videos that I think every web developer should watch at least once.
Boys like cars and tools and tech and girls like fashion and make up and shoes, right? Wrong. The tech industry has long been perceived to be for ‘boys only’, but a new initiative by Google is helping to change this archaic outlook.
When you think of computer coders, you primarily think of clever men in hoodies (thanks, Mark Zuckerberg) and this is partly due to the fact that it is true – computer engineers and coders are mainly male.
However, Google’s new project called ‘Made with Code’ aims at getting young girls interested in coding.
There is an inherent stigma behind coding; that is boring and only interesting for computer geeks. This is what ‘Made with Code’ is trying to abolish, by showing girls that coding is fun and that it can be used to make the things they love – from clever apps to movies.
The Made with Code launch event was held in New York City on Thursday night and was attended by hundreds of high school girls, ready to embrace the world of computer science. (more…)
South African minibus taxis will soon step up their game and become more than just graffiti-ridden boomboxes.
Yesterday, the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), revealed that they plan on bringing free wi-fi to taxi commuters – both en route as well as at the taxi ranks.
In an interview with Radio 702, CEO of SANTACO, Nkululeko Buthelezi, said that by implementing free wi-fi in the taxis themselves and at the taxi ranks, they (the taxi industry) are making a valuable contribution to the development of the country:
“If you walk into a taxi rank and you have access to wi-fi, they will be able to look for jobs and will be able to interact with their friends on a social basis…[sic] we believe it will contribute to the growth of the country in general, and it’s part of our contribution as the taxi industry to the development of the country,” (more…)
The UK is zeroing in on cyber attacks and malicious hackers, and has proposed some seriously harsh sentences for these online criminals.
At yesterday’s state opening of parliament, in a speech delivered by Queen Elizabeth herself, the UK government proposed a new crime bill that would see malicious hackers go to prison – for life!
The new crime bill will serve as an update for the (severely outdated), 24-year old Computer Misuse Act of 1990. According to the proposed new bill, hackers who cause ‘catastrophic’ damage, will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
As the bill states: “Cyberattacks which result in loss of life, serious illness or injury or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof,”
However, the bill is also aimed at targeting those that want to steal trade secrets and those that would try to sabotage industrial targets. In this case, if the amendments to the bill are approved, “industrial espionage hackers” would be sentenced to 14 years in prison, instead of the current 10. (more…)
It seems the hackers have struck again, and this time their target was popular online auction and shopping website, eBay.
After initial concerns, and vaguely pointing towards a problem, the company officially announced yesterday in a blog post that their site has indeed come under cyber attack, and that all of eBay’s 145 million users should change all of their passwords immediately.
145 million is not a small number, so to encourage all of your users to change all of their passwords means that this attack is anything but small.
Luckily, eBay users can rest assured knowing that none of their financial information was leaked during the attack – or so the company says. According to them, credit card information is stored separately in encrypted format. (more…)
Julian Assange, founder of the controversial WikiLeaks, will be the headlining speaker at this year’s Net Prophet event.
Net Prophet, which is widely considered as Africa’s most innovative event, is an annual conference where various experts in technology-inclined fields come together to share their insights, ideas, predictions and advice with the attendees. Thus meaning that Net Prophet is the ideal place for startup companies to find development tools and opportunities.
If you don’t know what WikiLeaks is by now, then you have probably been living under a rock. However, for those still in the dark, WikiLeaks is a so-called ‘whistleblower website’ that predominantly leaks diplomatic documents.
Julian Assange is the editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, which he co-founded in 2006 after an earlier career in hacking and programming. In 2010, WikiLeaks rose to the international stage after it published US military and diplomatic documents which were leaked by Chelsea Manning.
Since then, Assange jas been under investigation by the US government. (more…)
With the 2014 election finally behind us and statistics being rolled out everywhere, one of the most dramatic statistics is that of News24 and their popular live Elections coverage platforms.
News24 is South Africa’s largest online news platform, and with their extensive coverage of the elections, the site broke all of their precious records when it comes to user statistics.
According to Cathryn Reece, Product Development Manager at 24.com, the team at News24 planned to break numerous records when it came to the 2014 elections:
“When we started our planning for Elections 2014 we knew that we wanted to surpass all local benchmarks from a development and user perspective,” she said.
And did they ever. According to statistics pulled by Effective Measure statistics, News24 generated 625 000 unique users and 4 million page views on voting day alone. The following day – results day – saw the site hit an astonishing 1.7 million unique users and 22 million page views.
The growth in unique users was 220% with an incredible 484% growth in page views. (more…)