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Microsoft sets eyes on Enterprise Virtualisation Market

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

When it comes to operating systems, Microsoft Windows Server is the undisputed kingpin of South Africa’s enterprise data centres – and now it’s preparing to grab a greater market share of the market for hypervisors, the software that allows multiple systems to run from one host.

A bullish Johannes Kanis, Microsoft SA’s server and tools lead, says the company is looking to grow its presence in the realm of virtualised infrastructure with a significantly revamped Hyper-V on the back of the recent launch of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012. IDC figures show Microsoft growing its Hyper-V market share 4.5% in the last quarter alone.

Kanis says that while the upcoming releases of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms have been hogging most of the headlines, the big news for technology executives and managers this year is Windows Server 2012 as local businesses move growing numbers of workloads into the cloud. Clients that have already bet their businesses on the new release include Europcar, Business Connexion, Gijima and Pamoja.

“With so many new features, this release has created massive opportunities for our customers and is a great platform to build and run modern applications on,” said Kanis. (more…)

Twitter takes first country-specific censorship action

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

Twitter has taken its first censorship action against a specific country and blocked a suspected Neo-Nazi account in Germany. The account was blocked after a request from German Police was sent to the micro-blogging site.

The account, @hannoverticker, is run by a group called Besseres Hannover (“Better Hanover”), which is what German police have reported are under suspicion for “forming a criminal association”.

The action, taken for the first time by Twitter, was completed as a result of it having added the ability to block accounts on a country by country basis, back in January.

Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray announced in a tweet, that: “We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We’re using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany.”

The tweet also included a link to the company’s policy on country withheld content, as well as a link to the ban request filed by the Hanover Police Department.

The account is blocked only for users in Germany, as you can see from the screenshot below, I was able to access the account being based in South Africa.


Inside Access into Google’s Data Centers

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 1 Comment

When you’re browsing on Google, which you are probably doing right now, do you ever think about what it actually looks like behind the scenes, that is powering one of the most powerful, organised and energised servers in the world.

Well, now Google has revealed some rare photographs of its data centres.

You’ll notice that the colours of some of the extensive piping matches those of the Google logo.

Here we go!


5 Reasons to be at Tech4Africa 2012

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web and emerging technology event in Africa, bringing global perspective to the African context. Culminating in an annual event over two days, in Johannesburg which brings together attendees and speakers from around the world, Tech4Africa’s vision is that technology can catalyse economic and social change in Africa.

Apart from the line-up of international and African speakers here are five good reasons to attend Tech4Africa 2012:

1. Top-value tickets:
Tech4Africa 2012 has worked hard to bring the ticket price down to about half what it was last year as they want to make sure that everyone who needs to be at Tech4Africa can be there – from developers to designers, students to social media marketers:
• One-day pass for Developer Day and Hackathon only = R1,000 (ex VAT)
• Two-day conference pass = R1,800 (ex VAT)

2. New networks and old friends:
Delegates will have the opportunity to meet international speakers like Desigan Chinniah from Mozilla and Neal Ford from ThoughtWorks as well as networking and finding potential new partners, clients, recruits or employers.


Apple’s special event invite for 23 October

Published by on Oct 17th, 2012, No Comments

According to The Loop, Apple has announced a special event to be held on 23 October 2012 at 10am PT in San Jose with a special invitation (seen above) sent out to various members of the media on Tuesday.

Unlike other recent events that have been held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Apple will hold this event at the California Theatre in San Jose.

While the colourful rainbow design of the invitation gives few hints about what Apple might announce, the word “little” could be a clue.

It is widely expected that Apple will use this event to unveil the iPad Mini, amongst other unconfirmed devices including a new Mac Mini and a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display.

CS Forum 2012: Workshops you don’t want to miss!

Published by on Oct 17th, 2012, No Comments

On the day before the CS Forum 2012, on the 24th October, taking place at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch (what a location!) there will be four half-day workshops, all presented by international content strategy and design experts available.

While the conference focusses on content, even if your job doesn’t specifically revolve around it, workshops will provide valuable and useful information for developers, business analysts, marketers, designers and product managers, amongst others.

The good news is that you can attend any one of the workshops without having registered for the main conference.

Here they are:

Workshop 1: Content in a responsive world by Cennydd Bowles (Product Designer, Twitter)

The pace of digital change is so frenetic that even the professionals are struggling to keep up. Responsive design and mobile first are just the first salvos of the revolution. Better networks and cheaper components mean the things we make will soon crop up on a bewildering array of devices, contexts, screen sizes, and formats. Yet many of our processes, workflows, and mindsets are stuck in the last decade.

It’s time to reappraise the way our industry works. This workshop will take a hands-on, collaborative look at designing for a responsive age, discussing new deliverables and techniques that help content thrive through the next phase of the web’s evolution.


Meet !Waytag: Making location simple

Published by on Oct 17th, 2012, No Comments

We recently published a post about the introduction of !Waytag to progress software developers and business leaders at the AIGS Progress Africa Conference. This peaked our interest and so we decided to chat to Waytag CEO Warren Venter and Richard Firth, CEO of MIP Holdings, an IT solutions provider, to find out more about the Stellenbosch based company.

So what is a !Waytag?

A !Waytag is a simple centralised naming convention for a location that is managed and controlled by the owner. The !Waytag allows the owner to share their location using GPS co-ordinates. The good news is that privacy and security are protected all the time.

In the same way that domain names linked to IP addresses make it easier to navigate around the internet, a !Waytag makes it far easier to navigate to a location.

!Waytag, the concept of which was conceived in April 2009 and started full time development in November 2009, was founded by entrepreneurs Peter McFall, Richard Firth and Warren Venter. It all began when Peter and Warren were enjoying a braai at a  friend’s house when Peter expressed his frustration after having used a navigation device, that wasn’t able to find an address due to an outdated map. When Warren picked up on the conversation, he decided to explore the idea of simple navigation further with Peter and so contacted Richard at MIP Holdings to discuss the technology required to implement such a solution. MIP Holdings then approved the seed funding for the project, patents were filed in October 2009 and !Waytag was launched.


Samsung Nexus 10 tablet arriving next year

Published by on Oct 17th, 2012, 1 Comment

As we all expected, not long after the launch of the Nexus 7, Google announced that a 10-inch Nexus tablet is also on its way. The Nexus 7, built by ASUS, is already a huge success, as it packs a lot of punch for a low-priced tablet, coming in at $199. But Google have bigger plans up their sleeves.

It has been reported that Samsung have the honour of making the next Nexus tablet variant from Google. In my eyes, that’s a brilliant prospect. Samsung have already produced two brilliant Nexus smartphones, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. With their tablets not having the same impact on the market as their smartphones, this can only be good for Samsung.