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"We hope that transforming Braamfontein into Africa's premier technology hub will inspire new talent, create jobs and lead to an economic renaissance," says professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE.
He adds: "Tshimologong will be a start-up incubator, business accelerator and source of skills. The focus is on digital hardware, software and content. We are creating a hub space where people can get together, brainstorm and work on creative projects."
The precinct has open-plan co-working areas, broadband connectivity for ICT start-ups, meeting and refreshment zones, computer laboratories, training rooms, maker spaces, creative content development environments, and administrative and infrastructure support offices.
"Wits aims to inspire the development of a new generation of digital technology experts, innovators and entrepreneurs, and Tshimologong will provide an enabling space for our country's most creative young minds to develop new digital technologies that are crucial to SA's economic growth and international competitiveness," says professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal at Wits University.
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This is IBM's second research location on the African continent following a similar facility it opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013. These labs are part of the company's global research organisation of 12 labs comprised of 3 000 scientists. Both labs in Africa will work very closely.
During the official opening of the lab, Solomon Assefa, director for IBM Research in Africa, said the new facility will focus on three core areas – data-driven healthcare, digital transformation and exploring the universe – while working with organisations like the Square Kilometre Array.
He noted the Johannesburg lab is part of IBM's broader 10-year investment programme through the Department of Trade and Industry and working closely with the Department of Science and Technology.
IBM is not disclosing the specific financial details of the lab.
Also speaking during the official opening of the facility, professor Zebion Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor at Wits, said he was excited about the partnership with IBM to enhance innovations that will change lives in SA.
According to Assefa, projects at the lab span many partners, including the University of Witwatersrand, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and SKA South Africa. "We are also collaborating with local start-ups in Johannesburg, including SiGNL and Altreality."
IBM Research Africa will conduct basic and applied research focused on exploring the use of cognitive computing, the Internet of things and big data to support SA's national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth, said Assefa.
"The lab's team of scientists is already collaborating extensively with local universities, research institutions, innovation centres, start-ups and government agencies. This will help foster South Africa's emerging tech ecosystem and develop and scale new innovations."
He added the South African research facility supports IBM's Equity Equivalent Investment Programme.
"South Africa is a tremendous growth and transformation story, yet its increasing population and healthcare delivery shortfalls continue to pose challenges in the country," noted Assefa. "With the ability to detect patterns and discover new correlations, cognitive and cloud computing and the Internet of things can provide potential solutions."
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Those 30 million paid subscribers help it rake in almost half the revenue in the global industry. But most of the money goes to record labels and artists, while the privately owned Swedish company faces growing competition from Apple with its deep pockets and massive iPhone user base.
To reduce its dependence on labels and stand apart from rivals, Spotify is broadening beyond its music library. It is making its own videos, such as interviews with artists, and producing other content like pop-ups that explain lyrics. This drive is being led by a senior executive poached from YouTube.
The company is also looking to capitalise on its mobile app's dominant subscriber base – and expand it – by investing in algorithms that "learn" users' tastes and by offering personalised services such as concert recommendations and artist memorabilia.
How the 10-year-old company fares with this drive in coming years could determine whether it can stay independent, and perhaps go public, or go the way of many other European tech start-ups and be swallowed up by bigger Silicon Valley fish.
Its success or otherwise will be a test of whether Spotify's "freemium" business model is viable – most of the firm's 75 million users listen for free with commercial breaks.
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"Can streaming be a big enough business on its own, to stand on its two feet forever? I think the answer would have to be yes if you look at Netflix and what they are doing with TV," Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice-president and one of its first employees, told Reuters at the company's Stockholm headquarters in a meeting room called Rolling Stones.
"Even our 75 million is nothing compared to the number of people with smartphones and who like music."
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Since receiving a $1 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last year after a 2014 that saw the cedi perform worse than any other African currency, the government has been moving to stabilise and diversify Ghana's economy.
Ghana remains one of Africa's fastest growing economies, and one of the easiest in which to do business on the continent. Moreover, its young population is proving to be keen adopters of technology, with growing internet and mobile penetration providing significant opportunities for companies offering over the top (OTT) services such as video-on-demand and other apps.
South Africa and Ghana have a long history of collaboration, with Ghana representing South Africa's biggest export market in West Africa after Nigeria. Bilateral trade volumes have recorded a steady upward trend since 2010. There have been calls for this economic co-operation to go further, with South African companies urged to expand into Ghana and use it as a launchpad for operations elsewhere in the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).
As one of the most politically stable countries in Africa, strategically located, with a friendly business environment, Ghana is very much open for business. And the local tech scene is developing, with multinationals such as Google, IBM and Microsoft active in the sector and telecoms becoming more interested in working with OTT players.
A young, increasingly urban population is key to this. According to the World Bank, 53 percent of Ghana's 25 million people live in urban areas, compared to the continent-wide average of 37 percent. In addition, Ghana has a relatively young population, with those under the age of 14 comprising about 40 percent of the country.
"This bodes well for the expansion and rapid user adoption that technology companies need, as younger generations tend to be early adopters of new technologies," says Katie Sarro, director of business development at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, a spin-off of San Francisco software firm Meltwater, which trains and invests in Ghanaian startups.
Danson Njue, research analyst at Ovum, agrees that this young and tech-savvy population is key to Ghana's prospects and the growth of its ICT sector.
"Ghana has just over 33 million mobile subscribers. The market has continued to record double-digit annual growth rates, an indication that it is far from getting saturated," he says.
Compared to other African nations, Ghana's government has been relatively quiet on its support for the local ICT sector, focusing its attention rather on shoring up the cedi and encouraging diversification of the economy. There is an ICT policy in place – the Ghana ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) Policy – but it is basic and has not been prioritised.
Yet, it has made efforts to encourage foreign investments, although rules such as minimum capital requirements still represent a hindrance in this regard. The government has made efforts to improve mobile broadband services, a move beneficial to local firms and international companies operating in Ghana, both in terms of easing the process of doing business and increasing the scope for the development of OTT services in the country.
"The Ghanaian government is very keen to accelerate the deployment of high-speed mobile broadband services, such as 4G LTE, by providing spectrum in the 800MHZ," Njue says.
"The recently concluded auction of 800MHZ spectrum, where MTN won one block of the 2X10MHZ band, shows great commitment by the government. The ongoing digital migration exercise is expected to provide more spectrum that will be auctioned to service providers."
Concerns remain, however, about how helpful the government intends to be towards the development of the ICT sector and attracting foreign firms to set up shop in Ghana.
"The proposed new tax on the use of communication services may not be welcome as it is bound to make services unaffordable to users at a time when operators are trying to promote the adoption of mobile data services," Njue says.
For Alison Roadburg, programmes manager at iSpace, a local tech entrepreneurship support organisation, the government is by nature reactive and does not really understand the local tech scene.
"There are indeed some support systems, policies and programmes to promote entrepreneurship, but for tech startups, there is little to no support – there are even detrimental policies and expensive overhead procedures making the hurdles for startups that much bigger."
Government has been less than vocally supportive of the sector, but with infrastructure being rolled out and Ghanaians among the most likely to own a mobile phone in Africa, there are opportunities within the local ICT space. Ovum's Njue says there is huge demand for broadband services in Ghana.
"Both the regulator and the operators continue to focus on increasing broadband penetration," he adds, with the country having three commercial LTE network operators: Blu Telecommunications, Surfline Communications and Busy Internet.
"To promote the growth of broadband in the country, the regulator has barred new entrants that get licensed from offering voice services."
This improved broadband connectivity is driving the adoption of digital services such as video on demand, music streaming, social networking, and enterprise services, offering opportunities to both local and international companies looking to offer services on top of the increased broadband penetration. The mobile financial services segment has also recorded strong growth.
"The ecosystem is definitely experiencing growth," says iSpace's Alison Roadburg.
"I would also say that there is growth in the capacities and capabilities of businesses. We are seeing stronger team dynamics and capacities and more diverse skill sets."
This has not gone unnoticed, with Bridge Capital saying in a recent report on the Ghanaian ICT sector that it represented a very good opportunity. Although stressing the inhibitions posed by power failures, the company said the growth of the sector proved an attractive option for international companies looking to set up shop in Ghana.
The government may not have gone out of its way to provide direct assistance to ICT businesses in Ghana (corporate, legal and tax structures are not ideally set up to support ICT businesses, says MEST's Katie Sarro), but doing business in Ghana is easier than in the vast majority of African countries, with the country ranked tenth on the continent by the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business table.
Ghana ranks highly globally for getting credit (42) and protecting minority investors (66), while it comes in 77th for registering property. It stands 102nd globally on ease of starting a business, relatively high for a Sub-Saharan African nation, with starting a business in Ghana requiring eight procedures, taking 14 days, and costing 19.4 percent of income per capita. It requires paid-in minimum capital of 2.4 percent of income per capita.
On the skills front, the level of local talent has improved over the past few years, as support organisations such as MEST, iSpace and Ashesi play a part in upskilling young developers and ICT workers. Sarro says there has been a focus on capacity building in software development and engineering, but more experienced talent is still needed.
"This is where we see the diaspora playing a large role in the future of Ghana. Thankfully, there is a growing trend of returnee diaspora that come back to both contribute and invest in the ecosystem."
iSpace's Alison Roadburg agrees that there is still room for improvement when it comes to local technological skills.
"People have to self-fund to train themselves, especially in the tech domain, which is often inaccessible or expensive," she says. "As a result, many people strive to teach themselves basic functions, which in many circumstances can only go so far."
When it comes to infrastructure, although significant spending is required, Ghana is making progress. The government is opening the country up to public-private partnerships in an attempt to bolster infrastructure. Rural water, electricity and GSM signals are impressive, while the road network is in fair condition. Challenges remain, however, in the power sector, where outmoded transmission and distribution assets, a rapid growth in demand, and periodic hydrological shocks leave the country reliant on oil-based generation, which is costly.
"This is something we face far too often in Accra, with electricity failing for hours at a time, which significantly infringes on productivity," Roadburg says.
In terms of communications, significant progress has been made. Infrastructure is growing, while studies by the Net Index rank Ghana as the country with the fastest internet speed in all of Africa.
In May 2015, the government announced the completion of the Eastern Corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project implemented by Alcatel-Lucent in partnership with Ghana's National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The corridor spans 775km and links Ghana's north, south, and international submarine gateways and serves major towns such as Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Tamale, Gushiegu and Bawku, as well as 23 smaller communities.
"However, the quality of network services has remained a key challenge in the Ghanaian telecoms market," Ovum's Danson Njue says. "The regulator has slapped hefty fines on operators for non-compliance, which has seen an improvement in the quality of voice services."
Progress is definitely being made. "The focus now is on data services and Ghana is perhaps the first country on the continent to have commissioned a QoS data drive test to check on the quality of mobile data services by operators," says Njue.
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MDM essentially allows the business to lock down a user's phone. What ends up happening with this draconian approach is it often exacerbates the problems it's supposed to solve, says Citrix's country manager Brendan Mc Aravey. "MDM really isn't the best route for companies to take."
Consider security and privacy, for instance. MDM's `big brother' style has a considerably positive effect when it comes to keeping corporate data safe, but the stringent security controls and excessive access required greatly compromises employee freedom and trust. "Users feel disempowered, and they start looking for ways to get around the restrictions set on them by the company. And this, of course, exposes the company to increased danger," he says.
When it comes to BYOD, there needs to be a balance, which is something MDM doesn't provide. "Employees have a similar experience using their devices in the workplace as they have outside the workplace, and at the same time ensure that corporate data is kept secured. Maintaining this balance is key." This is according to Amit Kaundinya, practice manager, Digital-BPM-Integration Africa at Wipro.
He believes this harmony lies in the use of mobile application management (MAM) platforms. "It's time for organisations to stop thinking about the complete device and start focusing on the corporate information and corporate apps stored on the device," he says.
MAM lets IT manage corporate applications while leaving personal apps untouched. "Instead of controlling the entire device, a MAM platform can be used to apply security policies on the corporate apps itself, bypassing the need for an MDM profile on the device."
George Kalebaila, senior research manager at International Data Corporation Sub-Saharan Africa, concurs: "Companies are responsible for ensuring a balance between user freedom and productivity through enforcing policies that aim to balance user access and security controls. These policies can increase the variety of devices and platforms people can use, while still enforcing enterprise controls to ensure security standards are met."
However, BYOD needs to be within the boundaries of acceptable devices and open standard types, which means companies have to avoid solutions or policies that embrace or accept everything, he warns.
Employee education, an often overlooked element in business, is especially important in the context of enterprise mobility. Says Kalebaila: "Organisations should invest more in educating employees on their rights and responsibilities in order to drive employee co-operation. From an employee perspective, a good understanding of corporate benefits of such BYOD programmes will result in more successful implementation rather than an impression that management is trying to spy or monitor activity on their device. Every employee who wishes to have access to BYOD programmes also has to give consent or authorisation to avoid infringing their right to privacy."
MDM really isn't the best route for companies to take.
"Enterprise mobility does not only have the potential to benefit organisations and those who work for them, but the country as a whole," Mc Aravey states. "It should definitely be a key priority for organisations."
The importance of implementation
The modern enterprise must embrace digital and mobile apps if it is to succeed in unlocking business process efficiency and possibly access transformational business opportunities.
Carmen Whateley, MD at Accenture Digital in South Africa, believes that although modern solutions such as Airwatch, Mobile Iron and Afaria are robust and flexible, their implementation can cause difficulties.
"In the enterprise today, BYOD is making way for Choose Your Own Device (CYOD), where the employee can choose from a catalogue of pre-approved devices. Enabling some choice, good control by the enterprise and still leveraging from the large business buying power when it comes to voice and data," she says.
It's time for organisations to stop thinking about the complete device and start focusing on the corporate information and corporate apps stored on the device.
So the modern mobility competency within the enterprise must implement its policies with a gentle hand. It must engage in appropriate and carefully considered change management communications.
"It's possible to implement policies with a heavy hand by immediately cutting off users who are non-compliant, or it's possible to advise users, provide support, communicate and manage the user base towards compliancy, with denial of service being a last option," she says.
One of Accenture's large clients has an MDM solution in place that is carefully managed by Accenture and another outsource partner. "Recently, a number of users' mobile devices were found to be compromised; they were either rooted Android devices, jailbroken Apple phones or port-compromised devices," she recalls. "Since the user base was new, and the team wanted to promote the use of mobile applications, rather than appear draconian, it was decided that a softer approach was needed."
The service centres were enabled to deal with user issues. Employees receive notifications when their devices are being compromised and are advised where and how to get the problem solved. A period is given for compliance and multiple follow-up mails and calls are made. Only the hardened user who will not respond or cannot be reached will have their service terminated and even then only in extreme circumstances.
"So it's all in the implementation. You can implement MDM policies with a light touch or heavy hand. But if you do so with a heavy hand, you stand the chance of alienating your user base and having your initiative fail," she concludes.
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The school, which has been renamed the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation, is the first of 27 the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is reorganising into specialised facilities that offer technical and vocational content.
Speaking at the pre-launch event yesterday, education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said his department is changing Gauteng's historical reliance on the mining sector by changing the history of township education.
"That kind of economy is dying. Gauteng adopted what is called TMR (transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation) whereby the entire province has been sub-divided into five key economic nodes.
"…Johannesburg is focused on ICT, commerce and entrepreneurship," he states.
Lesufi adds: "This is the first school to have multidisciplinary. It has all major components and the three being engineering, ICT and performing arts. We believe we need to take education in this province to a higher level, and this is one of our major projects by which we are doing this."
Located at Emdeni Extension, Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation will accommodate 390 grade eight and nine learners who will have access to computer labs, combi courts for netball, tennis, basketball and volleyball, a soccer pitch, a library as well as free access to the Internet.
For this year, the school will only accommodate grade eight and nine learners, with the intention to expand enrolment to grade 10 learners in the next year, progressing to incorporate other grades as well.
The school has been divided into five areas that will cater for the different disciplines at the school and each classroom has been equipped with an interactive smartboard. Although each class can accommodate as many as 40 learners, the ideal average per classroom is envisaged at only 20 learners.
The school also has an engineering workshop which houses a caterpillar and helicopter engine, as well as an automotive differential. Outside the engineering workshop is the engine of a Boeing 747.
"We are changing the history of township education so that we can invest in our learners knowing that when they leave here, they are not going to add to the list of those that are unemployed or the list of those applying for social grants or the list of those applying for an RDP house," explains Lesufi.
We are quite excited about this school, he adds. "Our excitement is beyond normal boundaries because all the schools that are closed in the townships, we want to convert them. We knew why parents left some of our schools to go to former Model C schools, so we want to build Model C schools here in the townships and this school represents that aspect."
According to the department, the complete refurbishment of the school cost R80 million.
School sponsors include South African Airways, Barloworld, MTN, NAT and Telkom. Through the Telkom sponsorship, learners will be taught about the evolution of communication in the country, says Lesufi.
"Our learners are going to be very competitive; the market is going to look for them. We've put in the investment, it's up to our learners to take advantage of this huge investment," he says.
Deputy minister in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has been vocal about the need for further training and development of South African teachers.
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The Gauteng Department of Education opens a specialised school solely focused on STEM education.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google have yet to determine who would own data collected in their collaboration on self-driving vehicles.
The company has introduced an online education platform that provides short courses for South Africans.
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The mobile app will provide music fans with a first-hand, 360 degree video streaming of the awards ceremony.
The app will enable the law firm's clients to stay on top of the latest legal news.
The coders, selected from a group of over 30 000 applicants, will be the first to complete the tech institution's two-year course.
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This was revealed by Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau during the State of the City address yesterday. Tau said the introduction of an Integrated Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) and CCTV systems enable better decision-making where the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and Emergency Management teams are deployed.
The IOC addresses emergencies that require real-time communication and collaboration across departments and agencies. For example, a city has the ability to share information instantly across agency lines to accelerate crisis response.
According to the executive mayor, the IOC links to the CCTV platform. "This enables us to use the cameras intelligently to track suspicious behaviour of individuals and groups and prevent crime from happening."
"Smart technology – and smarter policing – is already reducing crime levels in the city. As a result of investments in the CCTV system, serious crimes were significantly reduced in the CBD," he stated.
During the address, Tau noted the City of Joburg will continue to invest in smart policing to help build a safe city. "We have reduced street crime in the CBD significantly through smart policing."
There has also been a significant decline in crimes such as common assault, theft of motor vehicles, burglaries and residential crimes, he said. "In 2014/15 alone, we experienced a reduction of 22% in actual incidents of crime."
Jason Jordaan, professional digital forensic scientist and head of the Cyber Forensic Laboratory for the Special Investigating Unit, says the use of smart city technology, which includes technologies for smart policing, is a good investment for any city.
Smart technologies are helping to build confidence in a safe city and secure business districts, says mayor Parks Tau.
A global study finds SA has made strides in its cloud computing policies, as Russia and China fall behind.
The three research chairs aim to strengthen research and innovation between the two countries.
The e-hailing taxi service experienced a technical disruption during morning rush-hour traffic yesterday, but was back online after less than two hours.
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New businesses are springing up that promise to tell farmers how and when to till, sow, spray, fertilise or pick crops based on algorithms using data from their own fields.
Their emphasis on reducing the use of chemicals and minerals known as farming inputs is a further challenge for an industry already struggling with weak agricultural markets worldwide.
"If our only goal is to sell as much inputs as possible by the litres of chemicals, I think we would have a real problem going forward," said Liam Condon, head of crop science at Bayer, the world's second-largest pesticides supplier.
Bayer bought proPlant, a developer of software for plant health diagnostics, earlier this year. Rivals are also investing in digital farming with the aim of generating service revenue that could offset any future drop in chemicals volumes.
"If you only spray half of the field that's much less inputs," Condon added. "The knowledge to get to the fact that you only spray that part of the field – that, you can sell."
After an aborted takeover move for Syngenta, US seeds giant Monsanto says data science and services are the "glue that holds the pieces together" of its strategy for future growth.
Global pesticides, seeds and fertiliser companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology.
Juniper found e-retail tops the list of online fraud, followed by online banking fraud and airline ticketing.
The programme is aimed at architects and other IT professionals responsible for delivering IT services and business transformation.
Telkom's new business unit opts to peer at Africa's biggest Internet exchange point.
Although the country has had a fair share of criticism regarding media freedom, the communications minister thinks otherwise.
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The programme will launch this autumn in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.
The online learning materials were developed in conjunction with Learning Equality − a not-for-profit provider of open source educational technology solutions − and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country.
"Education is a powerful antidote to poverty. Children and young people in some of the poorest countries on earth are desperate to learn but parents, teachers and other educators often lack both means and materials to teach them. Mobile and digital changes everything," according to Vodafone Foundation director Andrew Dunnett.
"Our programme will put a wide range of advanced learning materials – tailored for each local language and culture – into classrooms everywhere, from city slums to remote villages. We believe Instant Schools For Africa could transform the life chances for very large numbers of young people."
The educational resources will include subjects such as maths and science – from primary through to advanced high school level – comparable in quality, range and depth to those in schools in the developed world. The materials are curated to align with local standards and include content designed for children who do not benefit from traditional schooling.
UNESCO research found 59 million children aged six to 11 were out of school in 2013, with 30 million of those living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Vodafone says conventional teaching materials can be prohibitively expensive for many African schools. Digital learning materials provided via mobile networks offer a cost-effective alternative and can be updated instantly, to ensure pupils receive the latest information and insights in the classroom and at home.
A similar initiative was recently launched by Vodafone's South African subsidiary, Vodacom, which worked with the Department of Basic Education to develop a free education portal – Vodacom e-school – that supports the national curriculum.
The programme is enabled by the creation of the ‘Instant Classroom', which Vodafone calls a "digital school in a box". This is a portable case containing equipment to enable tablet-based teaching in schools where electricity and Internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent.
The telco giant's foundation begins the Instant Schools For Africa programme, to bring tablets and e-learning resources to millions of young Africans.
Automaker Future Mobility steals personnel from Google and Daimler AG, as China races to make self-driving cars.
The e-hailing taxi service is experiencing an outage across South Africa this morning.
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Lumko Mtimde is appointed CEO of the Universal Service and Access Agency, while Clarinda Simpson is named Sentech CFO.
After the completion of the Dell-EMC merger, the company would be known as Dell Technologies, says CEO Michael Dell.
Even bigger earnings losses are expected as struggles in the multimedia division, Altech Autopage and Powertech pull down the company's full year results.
The company bought DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion.
Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright identifies himself as the creator of digital currency Bitcoin, but experts are sceptical.
The new services aim to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure cloud environment.
The Samsung Women's Technical Programme is a nine-month long course providing technical training in the electronics field to women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
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The firm will host young girls from 50 countries in 90 locations, including SA, and provide career advice and demonstrations of Cisco technology.
The results draw a sharp contrast to the disappointing fourth quarter Amazon reported in January, which renewed worries among some shareholders about the company's comparatively thin profit margins. Shares of the world's biggest online retailer jumped nearly 13% to $679 in extended trading yesterday.
Amazon's performance also assuaged concerns about a broader slowdown among tech and Internet companies after Apple, Microsoft and Intel all reported disappointing earnings.
"It did restore my faith," said Dan Conde, an analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, who keeps a close eye on Amazon's cloud business.
The company also offered a bright outlook, with revenue guidance for the current quarter of $28 billion to $30.5 billion, compared to the $28.33 billion analysts had expected.
While Amazon displayed impressive growth for a company its size – revenue last quarter rose 28.2% to $29.13 billion, the biggest revenue growth since 2012 – its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing division was the highlight. Revenue at the division climbed 64% to $2.56 billion, while operating income more than tripled to $604 million.
Even though operating margins fell at the unit compared to last quarter, as Amazon spends heavily to compete with rivals like Microsoft and Google, they remain a healthy 27.9%. That compares to 28.5% last quarter, and 16.9% a year earlier.
AWS, launched 10 years ago, delivered more profit in the quarter than Amazon's retail business. Research firms say AWS has more than 30% of the fast-growing cloud computing market and it remains far ahead of rivals including Microsoft and Google.
Amazon said it has also seen strong growth in subscribers to its Prime loyalty programme, which offers one-hour delivery, original TV programming and access to its digital entertainment products such as Prime Music and Prime Video for an annual fee of $99.
The company said it would ramp up spending to entice Prime customers through video content, particularly its "Prime Originals" – shows Amazon develops itself. That strategy builds on the success of programmes including "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent", which have each won Golden Globe awards.
Profit blew past expectations, demonstrating the market power of Amazon's core retail business and cloud services unit.
A parliamentary committee agreed the European Union should for now not regulate the technology that underpins Bitcoin.
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The bank's mobile offering has 200 000 active subscribers just shy of a year since launch.
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Despite receiving an increase in the 2016 budget, minister Malusi Gigaba says his department will require more money for modern and secure systems.
Elon Musk says even the early version of Tesla's Autopilot is almost twice as good as a person.
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South Africa-headquartered technology company, Dimension Data, and worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, today announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa.
The report, commissioned by Google, found that the return on investment (ROI) for online video is 50% higher than that of adverts made for television.
Goolge EMEA president, Matt Brittin, presented the report at Advertising Week Europe, taking place in London at the moment. The report, entitled ‘The (Entertainment) Revolution will not be Televised', shows how online video contributes to offline sales.
It meta-analysed 56 case studies across eight countries. The research was carried out by a range of firms including BrandScience, MarketShare and Data2Decisions.
The report shows that advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.
Lucien van der Hoeven, EMEA GM at MarketShare, said: "We found [in our projects] that digital video is under-invested in several categories we measured in the UK, France and Germany."
Paul Dyson, founder of Data2Decisions said: "We have been modelling online video for clients throughout the past five years and our experience consistently finds higher ROIs from online video compared to TV. So it was no surprise to see this repeated in the studies we conducted with Google."
Mike Sharman, founder of local digital agency Retroviral, says SA is still a little behind in digital spending, "but it is picking up and that is exciting because there are so many creative opportunities in the digital space."
A report, commissioned by Google, says advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.
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Compliance and data protection concerns remain top barriers for cloud adoption, says Intel.
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The level of digitisation and integration in SA is expected to rise from 27% to 64% within the next five years, says PwC.
Investing in science, technology and innovation creates new industries, products and services that can boost the economy, says minister Naledi Pandor.
The proposal is aimed at empowering CIOs and helping them with their digital transformation efforts.
However, there is the overarching drive for convenience and customised experience for the millennial customer, and retailers should be planning to meet this need.
The messaging app will roll out end-to-end encryption on all messages globally in coming weeks, as it prioritises security.
The mobile company created the AG#Hashtag smartphone with the help of local hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest.
The South African operators are among five telcos worldwide to sign a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a faster undersea cable.
The power utility will get the funds from the BRICS-backed National Development Bank over 12 to 20 years.
The rapid adoption of the technology threatens the future of the digital advertising market, says Accenture.
No one is an "absolutist" on either side of the digital privacy debate, says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
A robot named Root exposes kids to coding in a way that brings computer science to life.
Top performers are unlikely to fall foul of HR strategies designed to minimise costs, according to a survey conducted by PE Corporate Services.
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Players in the booming ransomware underworld employ call centres and technical support to streamline payment and data recovery.
Global regulators move nearer to regulating the fledgling industry, which houses the blockchain technology that supports Bitcoin.
Ransomware is on the increase and it is hitting the healthcare sector at a fast pace, says Gemalto's Neil Cosser.
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Industry players say interest in blockchain among local banks is rapidly growing. They point out that blockchain technology, best-known for underpinning Bitcoin, is being explored by major organisations around world as a way to streamline the transaction process, saving time and money.
Lorien Gamaroff, CEO and founder of Bankymoon, a software company providing blockchain solutions to the financial services industry, explains the blockchain works similarly to the Internet.
"The Internet consists of millions of computers around the world which host Web sites. Instead of Web sites, the blockchain hosts a database. This database stores records of ownership and if somebody wants to transfer an asset to somebody else, they update the database. Nobody controls the blockchain and it is publicly available for anyone to use."
According to Gamaroff, there are many kinds of assets the blockchain can manage but the first and most famous is Bitcoin. "Bitcoin is a currency that is not controlled by a central bank or government and can be sent anywhere in the world without requiring a bank or remittance company."
He believes the most important advantage is that nobody can manipulate or corrupt the information in the blockchain.
"This means the data can be trusted absolutely. Digital currencies, like Bitcoin, can be sent to anyone in the world almost instantly and at a very low cost. Billions of dollars are spent each year in fees by people remitting money around the world.
"These fees can be eliminated by using Bitcoin. Bitcoin can serve the billions of people around the world who do not have access to banking services. Other assets can be transferred without requiring a trusted third-party to manage the transfer. This also means a reduction in time and costs."
In a recent interview with ITWeb, Ross A Mauri, general manager of IBM's z Systems, said in SA, all the leading financial institutions have some proof of concept or early stage technology in regards to blockchain adoption.
Most financial institutions in the country are actively investigating the potential and opportunities for the technology.
The online marketplace partners with BitX to allow individuals and businesses to trade using the virtual currency.
A web of lies and deceit and a bizarre attempt to hire a hit man were discussed at a fintech conference in Johannesburg yesterday.
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The Swiss-German outfit, which is pioneering a new era in intelligent living, saw off tough competition to take the accolade.
The company was recognised in the "Magic Quadrant for MDM of Customer Data Solutions" and "Magic Quadrant for MDM of Product Data Solutions" reports.
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