November 14, 2018 - LSoft Technologies is proud to announce the launch of Active@ Boot Disk 14. The popular suite of disk utilities has been updated to include the most recent editions of Active@ Disk Image, File Recovery, KillDisk and Partition Recovery. Other improvements include an overhauled Bootable Disk Creator, the addition of a disk-defragmentation utility and an added option to skip USB disk formatting when creating a bootable drive. Who Should Use Active@ Boot Disk? Active@ Boot Disk was created by LSoft Technologies, an industry leader in data recovery and digital sanitation. Included in the package are Active@ Disk Image 9.1 and Active@ Partition Recovery 18, which are designed for recovering deleted files and partitions respectively. Since data is never permanently deleted from a digital storage device until it is physically overwritten, these tools exploit the opportunity to get data back intact. On the other hand, if you are selling or donating your computer, then you probably won't want someone else being able to recover data. Reinstalling Windows or reverting to factory settings isn't enough to securely erase your files either. Instead, you need a program that will overwrite all the original data with zeros. The included Active@ KillDisk, which adheres to 23 widely recognized security standards, does exactly that. These functions require a fully self-contained boot environment that works separately from your operating system. Active@ Boot Disk is exactly that - an operating system that runs from a portable device to provide access to your drives, even if you don't have an everyday operating system installed. Get started today at http://www.boot-disk.com . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent. However, this will not remain the status quo for long, as smartphone proliferation increases, data costs decrease and usability improves. Wallets, now commonplace, are an excellent example of this', bypassing the continent's challenges around depositing, withdrawing and transferring cash, as well as buying airtime and electricity. Africa represents one of the world's finest untapped markets, pointed out by MTN's Herman Singh during a recent presentation on 'Scaling in Africa'. Unpacking the success story that is Jumia, Africa's largest online marketplace, he illustrated that the growth of the platform across the continent is comparable to, if not more impressive than, In addition, 41000 active merchants in the ecosystem offered over 6.1 million products ranging from hotels, to real estate, jobs, TV, airtime, restaurants, flights and more. He explains, "Africa's e- and m-commerce opportunity has a potential client base of 400 million internet users, and a rapidly emerging middle class expected to grow by 54% between 2020 and 2030 and decreasing data costs in some countries (43-45% decrease in the lowest data plan in both Egypt and Nigeria between 2016 and 2017." Additionally, in building out financial ecosystems - stores that offer a diversity of products or even online "malls" - Africans will no longer be limited by their location, as long as logistics and payment issues can be solved. Singh stated that Jumia has created a network of over 4000 logistics partners in order to work across the 15 countries they had been working in. And payment by cash at this stage was still commonplace, causing significant challenges. With respect to payment, enterprises on the continent are seeing the opportunity as well as global merchants now eager to be active in . . .
February 27 2019, Mumbai: Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), partner of choice for the world’s leading Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications, a global digital infrastructure provider, today unveiled, 'The Interconnectivity Report', with Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea The Interconnectivity Report reviewed the digital infrastructure requirements of Africa and proposed building next-generation, future-ready infrastructure – Digital Super Information Gateway – that facilitates connectivity, e-governance, and performance within Africa. Commenting on the report, Harkirit Singh, Head of Smart Africa initiatives, Tata Communications Transformation Services, said, "The Interconnectivity Report, in partnership with Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea, will serve as a platform to collate, calibrate and integrate information that will enable Africa in its journey to build an integrated digital economy for the continent. The report acts as a blueprint for communities across the length and breadth of Africa to take advantage of the key pillars of knowledge, information and connectivity that have been clearly articulated in 'The Smart Africa Manifesto'." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
LSoft Technologies is proud to announce the latest edition of its ultimate disk utility package - Active@ Data Studio. Version 14 ships with all the latest versions of the core applications, as well as an upgraded boot disk environment based on WinPE 10.0.16299.15. Users can now create shortcuts on their desktop and custom user menus and then save these to a USB pen drive so that they no longer have to reconfigure everything when they start up the operating system. Active@ Data Studio functions in its own self-contained boot environment, which is based on Windows 10 to provide an instantly familiar user interface that saves time and boost productivity. System administrators, enthusiasts and troubleshooters can make use of the full range of tools designed for data recovery, backup, sanitation and more. Whether your goal is to recover data deleted from formatted drives or emptied recycle bins, or you want to securely erase everything in your computer before selling or donating it, this software suite has you covered. It also includes the latest version of the disk-imaging software to make a complete byte-by-byte backup of your hard drive. Active@ Data Studio is the ultimate set of disk-utility tools, providing a large and constantly evolving range of features needed by business users and enthusiasts. The familiar operating environment allows users to work independently of the operating system, which makes it perfect for getting back lost data without risking further modification to the drive. To find out more, visit http://lsoft.net/data-studio.aspx . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Where are consumers driving the signage environment and what changes can we expect to see over the next few years? Industry experts discuss the future of signage in South Africa... A number of recent marketing trend reports have indicated that whilst print is still the most widely used signage solution around the globe, due to the emergence of digital signage and more opportunities for it, print signage is currently experiencing a lower up-take in the marketing mix. Managing Director of Technique Media, Darren Kirby, believes that the global movement towards digital means that the future of signage in South Africa is ultimately going to be technologically advanced and personal, although there is a long road ahead as marketers weigh up the pros and cons of the commitment to this shift. Philip Gelderblom, Production Manager at Singh & Sons says that with post-demographic consumerism driving strategic changes for brands, we are seeing “more messaging across many platforms that compete for the consumers attention. Signage needs to be bold and visible to be seen, with a simple message to grab the consumer. In future we will see much more interactivity, electronic signage with varying messaging, and instant gratification interaction between consumer and sign, undoubtedly integrating mobile devices”. As a marketing tool “signage will have to be part of a mix of marketing tools. That said, there are risks to traditional signage: the increase in online shopping is breaking the chain between input and decision, and the lure of the cell phone. Most commuters, and even pedestrians, are constantly distracted by their cell phones. They do not see their environment anymore”, he adds. Vik Norval, Creative Director at Creative Workshop says that they are seeing a fair number of clients migrating to digital solutions for conducting business, mirroring global trends, with Norval commenting that “the reduction of data costs has allowed for a longer engagement . . .
Mobile advertising specialist Mobiclicks has joined the growing marketing, advertising and design community located at Joburg’s Parktown Quarter. Situated at the prominent corner of 3rd and 7th Avenues in Parktown North, Parktown Quarter has emerged as a hub for small to medium-sized creative agencies who appreciate the central location and choice of eateries perfect for entertaining clients. What’s more, Parktown Quarter’s flagship red building is a green one. Not only is there an array of roof-mounted solar panels to catch the best of the Highveld climate, but special UV film has been placed on all windows to reduce the need for cooling. “From a start-up offering purely click-based mobile ad solutions, we’re now a digital platform partner representing leading global ad tech and media solutions exclusively in Africa,” says Mobiclicks founder, Shaun Rosen. He adds: “This focus on long-term brand building over short-term campaign execution meant Mobiclicks also needed to pay attention to its own brand. What better way to make a public statement that we’ve approached the next phase in our own company lifecycle than with the highly-visible Parktown Quarter?” The new address enables the specialist mobile marketing firm to interact more often with clients at the actual location where creativity, execution and implementation takes place. Mobiclicks was formerly-located at the well-known Blairgowrie Plaza where the firm’s accounts department still has a presence. The company also maintains a small Cape Town office where it is able to tap into that region’s latest mobile innovation and thinking. Over a decade in the making, Mobiclicks is today the exclusive South African partner for the globe’s foremost mobile location platform targeting Africa: the Unilever-funded Blis, the global pioneer in advanced location data technology. Other key and long-term Mobiclicks partners include Vodacom Mobile Advertising. Blis, in particular, is an innovative, . . .
Photo: Origin of the term – “Smart Contract” In 1996, Nick Szabo first used the term, ‘smart contract’ in his paper, “Smart Contracts: Building Blocks for Digital Markets”. In his paper, he depicted a smart contract as – ‘a set of promises, specified in the digital form, including protocols within which the parties perform on these promises.’ What are smart contracts? Smart contracts naturally execute when foreordained terms and conditions get satisfied. The advantages of smart contracts are most evident in business collaborations. In this, they are used to uphold some kind of agreement. So that all members can be sure of the result without a middle person’s inclusion. The most ideal approach to portray smart contracts is to compare it with a vending machine. Usually, you would go to a legal counselor or a public accountant, pay them, and pause while you get the archive. You can imagine smart contract as a vending machine where you just drop a cryptocurrency into the vending machine. And your driver’s license, escrow or whatever drops into your record. Smart contracts not just characterize the guidelines and penalties around an agreement similarly how a traditional contract does. But also automatically enforce those obligations. Working of smart contracts A system of PCs executes the activities (discharging assets to the suitable parties; enrolling a vehicle; sending notices; issuing a ticket) when some predetermined conditions have been met. When the transaction is finished, the blockchain is then refreshed. Inside a smart contract, there can be the same number of stipulations as expected to fulfill the members that the assignment will be finished satisfactorily. To set up the terms, members to a blockchain stage must decide how transactions and their information represented. They should concede to the principles that administer those transactions, investigate every single imaginable special case, and characterize a framework for settling . . .
Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 - World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals. Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute. “World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive. This year's theme is Design for Difference: As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole. Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally. Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus. According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re . . .
The new Allen-Bradley 42AF RightSight M30 photoelectric sensor from Rockwell Automation is the latest addition to the smart sensing portfolio. Built with improved environmental resistance and long-distance detection in a mid-sized, right-angle housing, the RightSight M30 smart sensor offers the flexibility and performance required for a wide range of high-demand applications. “Our new photoelectric sensor was developed to help increase reliability in harsh environments where dirt or undesired particles could accumulate on the sensor lens,” says Christo Buys, Business Manager – Control Systems, Rockwell Automation. Built with IO-Link capability, the sensor easily integrates into The Connected Enterprise by delivering data and diagnostics from the sensor directly into a control system to help minimise downtime and increase productivity. With this capability, the sensor provides information such as signal strength, location, proximity alarms and timing functions that help create operational efficiencies and streamline troubleshooting. The 360-degree high visibility LED power and status indicators further assist in setup, monitoring and troubleshooting. The durable, right-angle housing offers a universal 30 mm nose and 18 mm base mount for fast, flexible installation and replacement. The IP67/IP69k/1200 psi rated housing is fully sealed, enabling the RightSight M30 to withstand tough industrial environments, including those involving high-pressure and high-temperature wash-downs. Featuring multiple sensing modes, the sensor is also available in easy-to-apply, adjustment-free models and teachable versions that adjust sensitivity and output configuration at the push of a button. The Allen-Bradley 42AF RightSight M30 photoelectric sensor from Rockwell Automation was introduced at Automation Fair 2018 and is currently available worldwide. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
YetiShare is proud to present the release of v4.5.3 of its file-hosting script, which provides webmasters everything they need to start their own file-sharing websites. The latest version ships with an important fix to the IP to location library and an update to the latest IP locations. There are no database changes in this release, however, and only two files have been updated to make the upgrade as quick and trouble-free as possible. Create a Professional File-Hosting Service for Your Visitors With full support for mobile and tablet interfaces, YetiShare File Hosting Script is ready to meet the needs of today's web user. This is provided by way of the fully responsive Flow theme, which also extends to the admin dashboard allowing webmasters to manage and configure their sites from a mobile device as well. Using the latest HTML5 features and abilities, the package makes it possible to build a file-sharing website without restrictions. There's no outmoded Flash technology, and the HTML5-coded script provides full support for big files running into multiple gigabytes. It's also scalable and secure, since it allows you to add additional file servers. The script has been tested extensively for security too, across browsers and for SQL injection. If you want to earn some extra revenue from your file-hosting website, you can add premium upgrades as well. Written in PHP, you'll also have access to the full source code, giving you unlimited opportunities to adapt it to your needs. Get started at https://yetishare.com/ . CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .