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Fontera Digital Works named Sweet Tooth partner

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2013, No Comments

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Fontera Digital Works, one of South Africa’s only independent development houses with an international footprint, has signed a local partnership agreement with Sweet Tooth, the software company that offers tailor-made loyalty programme e-commerce solutions including a rewards app.

The partnership will see Fontera developing e-commerce and mobile platforms that offer Sweet Tooth’s tailor made reward programmes.

“We are proud to be the new partners to Sweet Tooth. We believe our knowledge of international trends and experience in global best practices will result in advanced local e-commerce solutions developed for the Sweet Tooth loyalty rewards brand,” says Simon Leps, CEO of Fontera Digital Works.

The first site developed for Sweet Tooth by Fontera under this new agreement is Switch2Health, a wellness programme for companies to motivate their employees to live healthier.

“We at Sweet Tooth are excited to have Fontera on board as a strategic e-commerce partner for our business. We look forward to their creativity in developing applications and e-commerce solutions to suit our needs, which can already be seen with Switch2Health,” concludes Jay El-Kaake, CEO at Sweet Tooth.

Applications open for the second Seed Engine Business Accelerator

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, No Comments

seed engineApplications are now open for the second Seed Engine Business Accelerator which is offering R100, 000 each for up to ten tech business ideas as well as a 13 week boot camp.

The programme offers coaching, mentoring, workspace and access to investors on demo day where more than R2 million per venture can be raised for second round funding.

Seed Engine has already selected six ventures (see table below) for its first 13 week accelerator boot camp which is currently underway in Sandton, Johannesburg with the first demo day taking place on 3 May. A number of these businesses have been selected for international start-up competitions and have started to raise additional capital.

Says Marc Elias, CEO of Seed Engine, “The search is on to find up to ten distinctive and disruptive business concepts. There’s been a dearth of tech start ups in South Africa, but we are turning this around by growing an integrated ecosystem which will contribute to job creation. We are looking for early stage entrepreneurs who have ideas which have international application. Seed Engine is South Africa’s first true business accelerator and we are looking to grow ideas into top commercial realities. We offer entrepreneurs extensive support and access to the right investor networks.”

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Mysterious data center project belongs to Facebook

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Oregon

According to the Des Moines Register it has been revealed that a mystery data center construction project belongs to social networking giant Facebook.

The project, said to cost over $1 billion, will be constructed in Altoona, a town in the state of Iowa. Facebook already has three other data centers located in Prineville, Oregon, Forest City, North Carolina and Lulea, Sweden.

According to a source, the project is believed to be “the most technologically advanced data center in the world,” and will occupy a total area of 1.4 million square feet.

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EA’s SimCity to receive first major update

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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Electronic Arts (EA) will be releasing the first set of major updates to its version of SimCity today since the game first launched in March that includes a long list of much needed fixes.

The company, that re-imagined the popular city building game with Maxis, made the announcement on its forum saying that the update “contains a number of top-requested bug fixes and improvements”. The forum lists an extensive amount of updates and improvements, all of which can be viewed there.

The game, available online only, experienced a rough launch period as its servers could not handle the demand of the game, resulting in users having to abandon their cities. Once the servers were restored, users then began to find a number of bugs that this significant update will hopefully address and fix including preventing server failure in the future.

According to Mashable, the issues around the game’s problematic launch and bugs may be the reason for Consumerist readers having voted EA as the “Worst Company in America” just two weeks ago. Ouch!

Source: Tech Radar

How to keep the heart of your IT beating strong

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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By Wimpie van Rensburg, Systems Engineer, Riverbed Technology

The data centre is the heart of IT: would your cardiologist be impressed?

In today’s connected world we expect fast and reliable access to applications and data that matter to us right here, right now. Whether we get it or not depends on how well “the black box of IT infrastructure” is architected.

The data centre is the heart of IT. Just like the heart suffers from untreated diabetes and a high-cholesterol diet, a data centre is burdened by new demands for more performance and functionality without extra budget allocations.

You cannot cure what you cannot diagnose. The signs of a heart attack aren’t always obvious and can be as subtle as unusual fatigue that only an experienced doctor is able to read correctly. Similarly, getting to the root cause of a performance issue in a virtualised data centre is not a straightforward task and requires specialised monitoring tools.

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Nokia to release Windows powered Phablet?

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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A product range that many would have laughed off a few years ago is now a reality and against all expectations, the phablet phone (for those not up to date with silly tech jargon, a phablet is a phone larger than 5 inches and smaller than 7 inches) does have quite a large market as seen with the immensely popular Samsung Galaxy Note range.

Citing unnamed sources, the Financial Times reports that Nokia may be working on its own phablet device. Details are scarce though, but the sources suggest that the rumoured device will be Nokia’s flagship device for 2013. (more…)

BWB TV: Google Nexus 7 Review (Video)

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2013, 2 Comments

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Even though the Nexus 7 has almost been around for a year, a revamped version was released more recently and we put it through its paces. At such a low price point, the Nexus 7 is a premium device for very little money. We think it’s the best 7-inch Android tablet by a country mile, but how does it compare to something like the iPad Mini? Check out our video review below. (more…)

HTC One goes on sale across the US

Published by on Apr 19th, 2013, No Comments

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The HTC One, the company’s latest flagship Android device, that has so far received positive reviews, is now on sale across the US. The device was announced in New York and London on the 19th February 2013.

Since disappointing sales plagued the HTC One X as well as follow up devices the One XL and the One X+, HTC will be desperately looking for a sales success with the One when it hits the shelves today.

The HTC One, is in our opinion the best looking phone out there today with users raving about its brilliant build as well as the much improved performance of HTC Sense.

However, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 expected in about a weeks time, will the HTC One be able to maintain the spotlight and bring in the sales it needs?

Look out for our HTC One review coming soon!

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