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Study shows “Bring Your Own Device” shift in Businesses

Published by on May 21st, 2012, No Comments

Cisco today announced findings from the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study of IT and business leaders that shows IT is accepting, and in some cases embracing, “bring your own device” (BYOD) as a reality in the enterprise. The study findings underscore that BYOD is here to stay, and managers are now acknowledging the need for a more holistic approach – one that is scalable and addresses mobility, security, virtualisation and network policy management, in order to keep management costs in line while simultaneously providing optimal experiences where savings can be realised.

“As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organisations need a comprehensive mobility strategy,” says Leon Wright, Country Lead, Systems Engineering at Cisco SA. “By leveraging the intelligent network, organisations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, ‘work your way’. These research findings support Cisco’s assertion that mobility needs to extend well beyond BYOD to include the integration of service provider mobility, enterprise mobility, security, collaboration and desktop virtualisation solutions.”

The study shows some of the quantifiable benefits and complexities associated with allowing employees to use their own mobile devices on their employers’ networks. (more…)

Happy 7th Birthday YouTube

Published by on May 21st, 2012, No Comments

On May 20th, YouTube celebrated its 7th Birthday since first introducing itself to the world in 2005.

To celebrate its birthday YouTube created and uploaded a video of some of its greatest moments and milestones including statistics, the introduction of YouTube HD the site redesign and most popular videos.

The YouTube blog also revealed that all 800 million users all over the world have “shown us we’re on the right track by increasing subscriptions 50% and watching over 3 billion hours a month.”

Watch the video below:

Angry Birds Heikki set for June 18th Release

Published by on May 21st, 2012, No Comments

Millions of people around the world have come to love Angry Birds since the first release in December 2009. It has only been about three months since the latest iteration of the popular series was released, Angry Birds Space, which broke records on both iOS and Android where it was downloaded over 50 million times within 35 days. The small Finnish company Rovio obviously smiled all the way to the bank, and as if that wasn’t good enough, they are lining up another title.

When we think of Finland, Formula 1 does spring to mind, having had so many brilliant drivers over the years. Heikki Kovalainen sports an Angry Birds helmet when driving his notoriously slow Caterham around the circuit these days and it has been reported in the past that Rovio was thinking of incorporating the F1 scene into Angry Birds although it is hard to imagine how that would be done exactly. Will we be firing birds into car windshields (not that an F1 car has one) in the hope of causing massive multi-pileup destruction? Who knows…

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Microsoft launches experimental social network – So.cl

Published by on May 21st, 2012, 4 Comments

CNet has reported that Microsoft has quietly launched its own social network called So.cl, pronounced “social”. The network, an experimental project at this stage “is designed to give students the ability to network with their peers to share information”, rather than directly compete with Facebook.

However, there are some similarities with the social network giant, including the ability for users to share interesting websites with a “share on So.cl” button that is added to a user’s tool bar with a “bookmarklet” feature, commenting on and tagging other posts.

Users on So.cl can follow interests like food, art and places in addition to following other users.

In addition So.cl allows users to what it calls “riff” on a post which Microsoft says is another way in which users can interact with content on the site. Another unique feature to So.cl is its “video parties” where users can search for and put together videos that they like and share with others.

A Microsoft representative commented that the project, by FUSE Labs, is now accepting all users to try out the site and its features which focuses “on the future of social experiences and learning, especially among younger people.”

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Ruckus Wireless demos new Wifi Hotspot Technology

Published by on May 21st, 2012, No Comments

Ruckus Wireless have announced that it is demonstrating new wireless technology that greatly enhances connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots – making it as easy, seamless and secure as today’s cellular experience.

This new technology, is based on a framework of features and specifications, defined within the Wi-Fi Alliance. The technology will be released in June 2012 as the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Says Michael Fletcher, Sales Director for Ruckus Wireless Sub-Saharan Africa; “Historically, to connect to a hotspot, users have had to perform the arduous task of manually selecting from a number of Wi-Fi networks that may or may not be able to provide them service and perform the tedious process of logging in with their user credentials. Using Passpoint-certified devices, this process will be completely automated. Passpoint-certified mobile devices automatically select a Wi-Fi hotspot based on information advertised by Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi access points.  While roaming, mobile devices can identify hotspots supporting roaming with the user’s home service providers.  If it is, the device automatically connects to the hotspot, securing the link with advanced Wi-Fi security.”

According to Informa Telecoms and Media, the number of hotspots worldwide is expected to more than double from 2.1 million in 2012 to over 5.8 million by 2015. And in a January 2012 study, Mobia found nearly 70% of smartphone-originated data traffic was over Wi-Fi, compared to 30% over cellular technology.

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Zuckerberg updates status for company listing on NASDAQ

Published by on May 18th, 2012, 1 Comment

It’s a momentous day for Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team as the founder rang the NASDAQ’s opening bell at 9:30am this morning on the East Coast of the United States.

To celebrate the moment, Zuckerberg updated his status to read: “Mark Zuckerberg listed a company on NASDAQ. — with Chris Cox and 4 others.”

the status update went live just as Zuckerberg was ringing the bell, which means that it was configured by engineers to appear just as he was in action.

According to Venture Beat, engineers actually “hacked” the NASDAQ button to post the update according to David Garcia, a senior software engineer at Facebook:

“We hooked up our hack to run at exactly the same time as Mark pushed the button to turn on the light and ring the bell. Then we attached a wire that hooks to the hack and into the headset jack of a cell phone,” Garcia said. “When the button was pressed, it sent a signal through the hack, and the phone got the signal that triggered the custom action through our Open Graph API, posting a story onto Mark’s Timeline. It worked.”

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Want Ice Cream Sandwich for your Samsung Galaxy S2?

Published by on May 18th, 2012, 5 Comments

Having announced the availability of the upgrade for the latest version of the Android platform – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – for the Samsung GALAXY S II, yesterday, the uptake has since been astounding says Samsung.

“Android 4.0 builds on the things people love most about Android — easy multitasking, rich notifications and customisation – adding a powerful new way of communicating and sharing,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications for Samsung Electronics SA. “It’s easy to see why our local Samsung GALAXY S II users are eager to get their hands on the ICS platform.”

“Given the high demand, users may struggle to upgrade immediately due to the limited capacity on the FOTA servers, but we urge GALAXY S II users to keep trying. We also encourage users to upgrade via Kies, as not only is it easy and simple, but as it is done via the PC, it has unlimited server capacity and as such, during this initial period of high demand is the preferred download method.”

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The Samsung Galaxy S2 was BandwidthBlog’s favourite phone of 2011, so we highly recommend users to upgrade their software.

 

Press Release from Samsung regarding Ice Cream Sandwich for the South African Galaxy S2:

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Exclusive: ExpenZa Finance App now available for BlackBerry

Published by on May 18th, 2012, No Comments

Following the success of the Android version of ExpenZa, Apposition Consulting has now made available the BlackBerry version of the smartphone app for free download in BlackBerry App World, developed due to the persistent requests from South Africa’s BlackBerry users.

Since its launch on 17 May, first day download numbers of the BlackBerry version were more than three times the download numbers for the Android version, Apposition Consulting reports.

ExpenZa aims at helping people make smarter decisions about their finances through the automation of expense tracking by intercepting the expenditure SMS message sent by various banks in South Africa and uses the information contained in that SMS to automatically populate a user’s expense list.

With BlackBerry’s 8520 as the most popular phone in South Africa, developers of the BlackBerry version ensured that the app worked optimally for BlackBerry’s OS5 and higher.

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