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88mph launches in Cape Town with Google Umbono

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Investors increasing speed to exactly 88mph: How Google is taking entrepreneurship forward in Cape Town, South Africa and Africa.

Many of you will know who 88mph is, and for those who don’t, it doesn’t refer to the speed of bikers in a recent article I wrote on News24. Nor does it mean the WordPress development company at 88mph.com. In a move that was applauded from Cairo to Cape Town, 88mph, a top African start-up incubator, has merged forces with Google (Umbono) and created a fantastic space for entrepreneurial investment and lab-type assistance. Their opening launch party happened on Wednesday in offices which are almost finished and already stylish, situated at 66 Albert Road, Woodstock.

The event was all about what they revolve around: tech start-ups. Kicking off with a few short presentations from Johanna Kollar and Kresten Buch on how they plan to invest, 88mph and Google showed investors how the ecosystem in South Africa has more than enough deal flow, and in turn showed entrepreneurs that a stint on the 4th floor will give you the kick your idea needs. While craft beer and ice tea flowed freely and pizzas were scoffed in seconds, 8 teams pitched for a chance at winning techware and a place on the 4th floor.


Alan Knott-Craig Jnr. steps down as Mxit CEO

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 6 Comments

According to a post by Memeburn, Mxit has announced today that Alan Knott-Craig Jnr. has stepped down as the company’s CEO.

Mxit, which was acquired by Knott-Craig last year is Africa’s largest mobile social network and available in 128 countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

“While the shareholders and I share the same vision, we differ on how to get there. Therefore, I agreed to go my own way. I wish them all the best for the future. Mxit is Africa’s biggest tech success story, and can be a global success story,” said Knott-Craig Jnr.

CFO Francois Swart will step in as the interim CEO of Mxit until such time as a new CEO is appointed.

2012 Bookmarks Awards Shortlist

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

The Bookmarks committee is proud to announce the shortlist for 2012.

The shortlisted entries were selected by the esteemed judges from the hundreds of companies that entered, a record breaking number compared to that of previous years. “This year has truly reflected the immense popularity and competitive spirit within the digital realm of the industry. The increase in the number of entries is testament to the success and credibility of the Bookmarks Awards and I am blown away by the quality of the entries this year,”says chairwoman of Bookmarks Nikki Cockcroft.

The Bookmarks Awards, powered by FNB is the only platform dedicated to celebrating all that is digital. The Awards is an initiative launched in 2008 by the DMMA (Digital Media and Marketing Association), a non-profit organisation that aims to grow and sustain a vibrant and profitable digital industry.

The Awards are held as an accolade geared towards the strengthening of the profile of online media, rewarding excellence in digital publishing, advertising and marketing, as well as benchmarking local talent against international standards.


FNB offers additional discounts on Smart Devices and Laptops

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 5 Comments

Gadget junkies have always liked FNB for their great app and smartphone and tablet deals. FNB today announced that new and existing FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card customers can now qualify for an additional discount on their already reduced retail rates for a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This additional saving is available to both new and existing customers who have both an FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card, and constitutes a total saving of up to R2 400 per device provided the user pays for the device over a two year period.

The offer will apply to all brands and models in the FNB range including the popular Apple iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, BlackBerry smartphones, Samsung SIII and new Samsung Note 10.1, Acer Windows laptops, to name but a few out of the range of more than 20 devices. (more…)

Google to host Android event on 29 October

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

Following shortly after Apple sent out an invitation for its event on 23 October that is expected to reveal an iPad Mini, Mac Mini and 13-inch Macbook Pro with retina display, Google has also issued an invite of its own.


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!