One Year, 250 million kilometres TshepisoSAT, South Africa’s first nanosatellite has survived one year in space, during which time it has travelled 250 million kilometres, taken many images, beaten 50% survival odds and inspired thousands of learners, resulting in a tripling of student applications for the CPUT Space Programme for 2015. The nanosatellite is still going strong, as it continues on its 6 billion kilometre journey, after taking off from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia this time last year, on top of a RS-2OB Dnepr rocket. TshepisoSAT was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students participating in the Satellite Systems Engineering Programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). Internationally, more than 50% of CubeSats fail early in their missions. TshepisoSAT has beaten the odds and survived the harsh radiation from the sun, extreme temperature fluctuations, a few strong solar storms and two close encounters with defunct Russian satellites. Dr Peter Martinez, the Chairperson of the South African Council for Space Affairs, commended F’SATI for this remarkable achievement. “The odds are against you when you launch a nano-satellite, but CPUT got it right, and this is a major achievement,” says Martinez. Humbulani Mdau, Chief Director: Space Science and Technology at the Department of Science and Technology, says that TshepisoSAT (meaning ‘promise’) has put the country and the continent on the global map. 50 students have graduated through the programme with a R21-million investment from the DST. “The nanosatellite is testament to the skills in South Africa and its development has been instrumental in creating opportunities for science advancement, as well as human capacity development,” he says. “Through the development of TshepisoSAT, . . .
PRESS RELEASE 11 December 2014 Foscam would like to thank you all for the support over the past year. It has been an exciting year for us with all of the new advancements in technology. In 2014 we had the launch of Fosbaby, Foscams very first baby monitor. The Fosbaby baby monitor has seen a huge amount of interest and demand, especially since the Ugandan nanny was caught on video abusing a toddler. Fosbaby is becoming a household name amongst parents who want to keep an eye on their children. As with all of their camera range, the Fosbaby is viewable remotely via the internet or cellphone. The middle of the year Foscam introduced the FI9828W. The very first high definition outdoor pan, tilt and zoom camera. This camera has proven to be extremely popular. The sharp picture quality, coupled with the very affordable price tag has seen this camera fly off of the shelves. The FI9828W has a 20 metre night vision range and 3 times optical zoom. Selling for only R3300 on www.foscam.co.za - this camera has certainly impressed customers. Foscam has simplified the setup of their cameras, releasing plug and play versions for the indoor camera range as well as a few of the outdoor camera options. The mini dome camera has proven to be a popular addition to the Foscam family - with a 70 degree viewing angle, remote internet viewing and night vision capabilities upto 10 metres. The Foscam brand is all ONVIF compliant, meaning that there is interoperability between IP-based security products, no matter who the manufacturer. This means you can add to your already existing IP security range, no matter what brand, as long as it has ONVIF standardisation. All of these cameras can be neatly tied up with one central unit, the new addition to the Foscam family, the FN3104 high definition network video recorder. This NVR is suitable for small or medium surveillance systems and will allow you to play 4 channel recordings simultaneously. As you can see, it has been a . . .
Mining although one of the biggest contributors to the African economy, is burdened with a wide rage of concerns when it comes to security. Rampant illegal mining, theft of precious metals and corruption has given rise for stringent security and control measures to be implemented although significant challenges arise due to remote locations, depth and extreme conditions. Going a step further in advancing knowledge about safeguarding the African mining industry from various threats, Fleming Gulf will organise the 2nd African Mine Security Summit from 15-17 April 2014 in Johannesburg. The summit will explore various facets of mine security and bring together experts in the field to share success stories and case studies. Opportunities to integrate security with safety, strategies for fire prevention, human rights and illegal mining, security personnel training and latest security solutions will be some of the key topics addressed. Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator at the Chamber of Mines South Africa and keynote speaker at the inaugural African Mine Security Summit mentioned, “Illegal mining has been highlighted as a national threat and a priority by the South African government and is estimated to have accounted for over R7.5 billion in lost revenue last year”, thus highlighting the need for optimized surveillance, access control and monitoring. Jenny Reid, Former President of the Security Association of South Africa during her speech last year said, “The destabilization wrought by strikes and a negative perception of mines in the media often devolves into significant security issues. Security is the linchpin of successful mine operations. It plays an important part in protecting the integrity of a mining company and the safety of people working at the mine.” Reid will return to speak at the conference in 2015, along with Colonel Steven Moodley, Station Commander SAPS Midrand of the South African Police Service, Brian Gonsalves, Vice President: Global . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced its plans to further expand the Smart Hub ecosystem by adding the Red Bull TV app to its existing solution. “It is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to content and therefore we have been focusing our efforts on providing more content on Smart TVs,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV at Samsung SA. The Red Bull TV app features inspirational programming from the world of Red Bull TV, including live global events and an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. The app is now accessible from the Sports Section on the Samsung Smart Hub. The Samsung Smart Hub is a highly advanced gateway on all Samsung Smart TVs and selected audio-visual products, such as the Smart Blu-Ray player. It allows users to search and access specific content quickly and easily via various apps, which provides people with greater control of their entertainment experience. With the app, viewers can go behind the scenes and get up close to extraordinary people and breathtaking stories. They can create their own journey and discover groundbreaking content spanning Red Bull’s global playground. One such product is Red Bull TV’s Xtreme CollXtion, a bold new face to sport magazines. Action and extreme sports continue to outpace many other traditional sports worldwide. Many of these sports, such as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, not only entail a supreme challenge and thrill for those who take part - they also represent a ‘lifestyle’ choice, to be part of something that’s bigger than just sport. The Xtreme CollXtion is a weekly magazine program which unites the very best action and extreme sports from around the planet into a single, regular TV offering. Further to the content mix of inspiring events, stunts, challenges and projects, the Xtreme CollXtion also focuses on the personalities involved, telling exceptional stories . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa is changing the rules of watching sport on TV with the announcement of adding the SuperSport app to the existing Smart Hub solution. “As we lead the TV and AV market, Samsung’s Smart TVs and audio-visual products need a differentiating factor in meeting the consumer’s needs. Content and apps provide a means in which these products can stand apart from the rest and continue to maintain the number one status in the market,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV at Samsung SA. The SuperSport app, has a huge focus on sport video, including game highlights and news. Via streaming, users will be able to watch highlights of their favourite sports within minutes of final whistle at no cost*. The app also provides Sport News, fixtures, logs and live score updates. “Our partnership with Samsung SA, enables us to take the experience of sport to a level never seen until now,” says Johan Huyser from DSTV Digital Media. “It is all about enhancing people’s enjoyment of what SuperSport has to offer and making sure that we deliver, to some of the world's most passionate fans, the perfect accompaniment.” The Samsung Smart Hub is a highly advanced gateway on all Samsung Smart TVs and selected audio-visual products, such as the Smart Blu-Ray player. It allows users to search and access specific content quickly and easily via various apps, which in the end provides people with greater control of their entertainment experience. Pabst concludes: “We live in an age in which consumer satisfaction is of utter importance and understanding the consumer’s needs and the way they commune around technology and entertainment is essential. A one size fits all approach is doomed to fail. What drives consumers to adopt a concept, a service or a product is all about what’s in it for them - the more relevant to their lifestyle, the higher the value add, the better the deal. Samsung aims to develop a TV/AV . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – December 10, 2014 – The television has become a staple of the home since it was first introduced commercially, with more than 10.5 million households in South Africa owning one.* The last few years have seen some major developments in its evolution, with the introduction of transformative designs and technology, meaning the device now offers a fully integrated experience. The box itself dates back to 1831 when the application that would make it possible to transmit images electronically was invented. However, while the term first came into use in 1900 it took 28 years before the first set was sold commercially. Below is an overview of how this popular device has changed over the decades. TV screen evolution A key feature in the evolution of the TV is the screen itself. Towards the end of the nineties the Cathode Ray Tube began to be replaced by innovations such as Digital Light Processing, Liquid Crystal on Silicon, and Plasma Display Panel. Previously used in computer monitors, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) meant that bigger screens were suddenly accessible to more consumers and by 2007 they were the best-selling TVs in the world. “During the 1900s and the 2000s Samsung began to invest heavily in research and development and this culture of innovation resulted in the introduction of the world’s largest LCD television at 30 inches,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV, Samsung Electronics SA. The introduction of Light Emitting Display (LED) and Organic Light Emitting Display (OLED) drastically improved screen quality, while today Plasma and LED is gradually giving way to UHD resolution. Samsung entered the Korean market with its first television, the P3202, in 1978 and started exporting millions of televisions by the early 1980s. Samsung also developed the first series of digital televisions, produced the world’s thinnest television in 2002 and launched the first double-sided LCD screen in 2006. Pabst . . .
Techno Brain Ranked 2nd Fastest Growing Technology Company on the Deloitte Technology Africa Fast 50 2014 Techno Brain is only East African firm in top five. Company attributes its 621 percent revenue growth to quality focus, home-grown solutions and talent. On 29 November, Deloitte officially released the Deloitte Technology Africa Fast 50 2014, ranking Techno Brain 2nd in the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Africa. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years. Techno Brain has shown an impressive growth of 621 percent during this period. Techno Brain’s Group CEO, Manoj Shanker credits the company's "For Africa, By Africa, In Africa" approach to technology, and investments in human resource development, as the reasons behind the phenomenal growth rate of 621 percent over the past five years. He said, "We've always believed in Africa. We believe world class IT solutions can be created here by Africans, and we've shown it to the world now. That’s the reason why we are able to deliver great value to our clients, uphold the highest standards of quality, and grow at this unbelievable pace." He added, "The people of Techno Brain lie at the very foundation of its success. This victory is completely theirs. We will continue our focus on empowering people and nurturing young African talent. This recognition is another step towards achieving our goal of becoming the most recognized and most valued African IT brand in the world." The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Africa programme is the region’s most objective industry-ranking to focus on the technology field, recognizing technology companies that have achieved the fastest rates of revenue growth in Africa during the past five years. “Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Africa ranking is a testament to Techno Brain’s commitment to technology,” said Kamal Ramsingh, Deloitte Africa Technology Leader and partner in charge of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Africa programme. He . . .
I am wondering if the Google Penguin Team have asked Santa for a present representing the continuing no end in sight status of the Penguin rollout! Six weeks ago Google started the roll-out of Penguin 3.0 and it is still happening. Most SEO's noticed the changes around the American Holiday of Thanksgiving - should we be thankful or not for the continuing roll-out? Only time will tell as the behemoth appears to struggle with all the additional parameters that need to be fed into that secretive algorithm. For the record Penguin has had a chequered release history: Penguin 1.0 on 24 April 2012 Penguin 1.1 on 16 May 2012 Penguin 1.2 on 5 October 2012 Penguin 2.0 on 22 May 22 2013 Penguin 2.1 on 4 October 2013 Penguin 3.0 on 17 October 2014 Track Santa: Talking of Papai Noel * and that big present, Google have launched their Santa Tracker website - it would be nice if portions of the site worked using my version of Firefox and Linux, although this section: https://santatracker.google.com/#trailer did work on my Linux machine using Chrome (Go Figure). But then again, the Santa Game - https://santatracker.google.com/#racer did work using Firefox. I suppose that the retro music and bright colours do appeal to kids (and me). Santa's elves are back on the clock in the North Pole and throughout the month of December, you can join the elves as they unlock a new project or game each day in preparation for Santa's annual journey around the world. Why Should Google be worried about the Latest EU Parliamentary Resolution? Google certainly won't be giving thanks for the European Parliament which has called on EU member states and the European Commission to break down barriers to the growth of the EU's digital single market in a resolution voted on 26 November 2014. MEPs stressed the need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions by enforcing EU competition rules and unbundling search engines from other commercial . . .
KENYA, December 1, 2014: 3i Infotech, a leading provider of IT products and services for manufacturing, retail distribution, banking, financial services and insurance, in association with BDO East Africa, organized an event aimed at creating awareness on the impact of non-adherence to Anti-Money Laundering regulatory laws and to enhance efforts towards establishing a risk based approach for customer due diligence. The program received enthusiastic participation from Banks, Insurance Companies, Capital / security firms, facilitating showcasing of “AMLOCK”, the Anti-Money Laundering Solution, offered by 3i Infotech, which has been implemented by more than 80 clients in over 20 countries across the globe, including some leading banks in Kenya. Spanning across insurance, mutual funds and private equity (PE) to banking and foreign direct investments (FDI), financial services in Kenya is indisputably one of the most complex sectors. While complexity has increased, with several banks offering internet and mobile services for users and constantly looking at expanding across regions, it also directly impacts money laundering risk. Most of the banks across the region continue to use traditional solutions to counter money laundering and struggle with multiple back-office systems. According to a survey (KPMG Global AML survey) in 2014, Money Laundering is a 92% high risk area within the Kenya business framework with more than 70% organizations lacking qualified resources and training. With the rapidly changing business environment and to meet today’s complex regulatory and payment challenges, it is imperative for the region to take steps to ensure compliance. The main objective of the event was to offer the participants comprehensive insights on the increasing regulatory scrutiny across the continent, established by a trend of greater penalties being levied to ensure Anti-Money Laundering compliance. The session covered aspects of the Anti-Money Laundering scenario across . . .
PRESS RELEASE 27 November 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concern soars as video of Ugandan nanny goes viral! Foscam has seen an increased amount of concern for the safety of toddlers and babies alike after the disturbing video of the Ugandan nanny was exposed on the internet. Since it went viral, concerned parents have been ordering Fosbaby Baby Monitors, so that they can watch real-time video footage of what their nanny is doing at home while they are at work. The video footage showed the nanny as repeatedly abusing the little girl, beating her with an instrument and then standing on her. As this footage has come to light, parents are asking themselves what is happening with their most treasured beings. Are they receiving the love and care that they should be? Foscam introduced Fosbaby to the market a few short months ago and the product is fast becoming a ‘must have’ item for working parents. Fosbaby is a baby monitor that by means of your home wifi, sends live video footage directly to your smartphone or web browser. Fosbaby also has a 32 gig memory card slot so that video can be recorded directly to the device on motion detection. Singing sweet lullabies and sending room temperature alerts as well as zone motion detection are to name but a few of the many features of Foscams new baby camera. Fosbaby is available for purchase online at www.foscam.co.za and can be shipped countrywide. Purchase yours for R1595 today! Contact details: Foscam South Africa. Tel: 011 469 5165. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Estelle Balcou from DRMG SA (Pty) Ltd. More Info link: http://www.foscam.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .