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. . . .
Food delivery apps are now an integral part of our daily lives – and Valentine’s Day, traditionally a night out – is no exception with more and more happy couples choosing to have their romantic dinner delivered. Valentine’s Day proved yet again to be one of Mr D Food’s busiest week days of the year. This Valentine’s Day saw Mr D Food orders grow by 150% compared to last year, with over 3500 new customers signing up to the pioneering food delivery service. The most ordered item to celebrate amour this year? The humble burger was the most in-demand food for lovers everywhere, with Indian being the most popular cuisine in Joburg, healthy meals being Cape Town’s top choice and pizza being Durban’s favourite Valentine’s meal. Devin Sinclair, Head of Mr D Food says, “It’s always fascinating to see what food trends emerge on big occasions like Valentine’s Day. It’s become one of the biggest days of the year for us, with the growth in orders and new sign-ups clearly indicating an upsurge in couples getting food delivered and staying in for their romantic rendezvous. It’s a further indication of the rising popularity of food delivery in the country as “on demand” digital services become a part of people’s daily lives.” Here are some of the stats from this year’s Valentine’s Day: 1. The most expensive order in 2019 was R3 171.50. That’s 40% more than the most expensive order in 2018. 2. Men took the title for being the top tippers in 2019 while women took the title last year with the highest tip being R111.32 in 2018. 3. On average people in Johannesburg spent more per order than the rest of South Africa. 4. In order to get all the meals delivered, Mr D Food drivers covered the same distance as driving around the world 3 times! Sinclair concludes, “We’d like to thank all our customers’ for letting us be part of your celebration this Valentine’s Day. We hope we helped make your day extra special.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
San Francisco, CA, Feb 21, 2019 -- There are two legitimate uses for Online Dating platforms 1) to make a connection, whether it's to find that perfect long term match or 2) a quick hookup - still, it's a legitimate human connection. And while it servers its purposes well and continue to grow in popularity, many have found a third use for online dating which is not so legitimate – scoping out and targeting their next victim. The Online Dating world has become fertile hunting ground for Predators, Scammers, Dine & Dash Daters, Catfishing, and DWM's – Dating While Married. Some downright dangerous types troll popular dating services like Match.com, Tinder, POF.com (http://www.pof.com/) and Okcupid.com (http://www.okcupid.com/). Surely, we know in this cloud-based alternative dating universe, people lie. But researchers at Cornell and University of Wisconsin-Madison found that roughly 80% of Online Daters lie in their profile (http://www.academia.edu/762681/The_truth_about_lying_in_online_dating_profiles). Suggesting that it's comforting to hide behind "Dating Site Usernames" rarely revealing real name or true intentions. And without a first and last name it is almost impossible to do Online Dating background checks – which helps perpetuate the problems. After experiencing a traumatic Online Dating incident, Connie O'Grady, CrayRate.com's (http://www.crayrate.com/) CEO was compelled to make the environment safer for everyone. She vowed to develop a solution- adding transparency to the Online Dating experience. "I didn't wait for funding, I invested nearly $100K on finding a solution to make Online Dating Safe." O'Grady remarked. Finally, after surveying over 100 active Online Daters - men and women, the feedback was clear - there is a massive market gap in online dating safety. And CrayRate.com (http://www.crayrate.com/) was officially launched. CrayRate.com (http://www.crayrate.com/) is a one-of-a-kind crowdsourced & socially networked community . . .
The Love Hormone & The D.O. Effect Oxytocin. Now there’s a thing. A powerful human hormone that caps as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It’s arguably the most popular of hormones in the neighbourhood, because it triples up as the bonding hormone, the trust hormone and the security hormone that keeps your relationship pretty much on the V.I.P list. The question is: does your business do the same? Digital Oxytocin, or fondly dubbed as The D.O Effect, is an instant user experience that benchmarks the initial bonding stage between consumer and brand. Just like the “love hormone” of the brain, Digital Oxytocin is the chemistry responsible for attracting your audience, exciting your audience and making your audience stick around for more. When it comes to designing websites, an ‘exceptional digital experience’ should be Number 1 on your strategy list. Getting your D.O levels correct in business, has everything to do with amplifying the user journey online, and focussing on human behaviour as the brand goal towards delivering a compelling brand-consumer relationship. The D.O Effect is a guaranteed game changer, and can be divided into 5 superior impact touch points that will help you land the ‘love’, first time round. # 1: Know What They Want: Intuitive design is real my friends. Knowing what your audience wants before they do is not a skill, it’s a design strategy - and it could save your bottom line. Intuitive design is quite simply, a matter of meeting your online customer’s needs seamlessly, without an interrupted experience. The idea of answering all your customer’s questions before they ask, is D.O gold. Ask yourself: what is the task and can my customer complete it effectively? # 2: Don’t Make Them Work for It: If you’re running a ‘bookings’ business, for example, and your objective is to sell as many tickets online in a short space of time, make it easy. Simple = Satisfaction. You’ll want to tell your user what to buy, what it looks like, why . . .
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) believes South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) is a key partner in the country’s fight to protect citizens from the scourge of harmful content online. This emerged from a recent workshop collaboration between the FPB and WASPA aimed primarily at improving the skills of the WASPA personnel at the sharp edge of the fight against child pornography and other illegal content that cannot be marketed via mobile telephones. FPB attendees included representatives of the classification board’s Child Protection Unit, amongst others, while WASPA’s media content testers were accompanied by the Association’s General Manager and compliance staff. WASPA’s compliance department is mandated to monitor the local WASP industry in an independent, objective and transparent manner. Any conduct by members that is not in compliance with the WASPA Code of Conduct is documented, reported and escalated for immediate remedial action. This ensures that consumers are protected at all times and that mobile content and services in South Africa are provided in line with the required provisions of the WASPA industry Code. “Our training workshop with WASPA was the latest in a series of ongoing collaborations between the FPB and industry in the fight against harmful and illegal content that has the potential to damage the social fabric of this country,” said FPB spokesperson, Mrs Lynette Kamineth. According to WASPA General Manager, Ilonka Badenhorst: “It’s a badge of honour for WASPA to be so highly regarded by a government organisation with such a vital mandate. The FPB does a sterling job, with few resources, when it comes to protecting society’s most vulnerable members from harmful content.” The workshop featured presentations on the case law around restricted content versus adult content, the challenges around content takedown and ensuring compliance, child developmental stages and the classification of . . .
EKASI TECH FEST LAUNCHES R 10 000 ESPORTS TOURNAMENT 28 - 29 June 2019, Soweto Theatre, Soweto The biggest township tech & gaming expo announced today the first prize esports tournament in Soweto. The event, which kicks off on 28 June at Soweto Theatre, will feature a R10,000 prize pool. The inaugural tournament will feature popular esports titles on the agenda such as FIFA, Tekken, CS: GO, amongst others, as well as giveaways, arcade corner and exhibitions. “We are thrilled to launch our official Esports tournament with great partners such as EKasi Esports and AOC South Africa,” said Mpho Tladi, i-Village (COO) and member of the EKasi Tech Fest Organizing committee “The Esports community is incredibly unique. With this tournament, we hope to create an experience unlike any other.” “in keeping with our mission, we have designed this event to be accessible to everyone and creating a tournament structure that is more inclusive.” Said Gabriel Ramokotjo, CEO & Co-Founder EKasi Esports, “for many people this will be a first and being able to educate more people on the scale of the Esports industry is fantastic” “We are really excited to be a main sponsor at the Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament this year. Our vision is to grow and educate the gaming community in South Africa. Working with Ekasi ESport really allows us to open the doors to many who are interested in entering the gaming arena.” Said Chris Barnes, AOC Country Manager, South Africa” The Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament Registration details will open on the 4th of March 2019, through the event website. About Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo The e-Kasi Tech Fest is an initiative by the Innovation Village Foundation NPC, based in Soweto. Developed in response to the need for the establishment of a platform that will serve to harness the power of diverse thinking, talent and skills and to identify, develop and connect those inventors doing that of which no other has thought . . .
Digital Journal, a global digital media network, recognized Cygnet Infotech as a top Blockchain solutions provider in the Digital Art in its “Global Blockchain in Digital Art Market" report. This report is a treasured source of insightful data for business strategists. The report is a comprehensive summary of the benefits associated with the use of Blockchain technology in the ‘Digital Art Market’. Blockchain is emerging as a game-changing technology impacting the way users buy, collect or sell arts and collectibles in the digital space. It also helps patent owners secure more royalties when their artwork is used online through its functional characteristics such as transparency, immutability, security and smart contracts that facilitate decentralized digital transactions. This recognition reflects the success of Cygnet’s long-lasting client relationships that represents their commitment to providing blockchain solutions and project experiences that produce better outcomes. Cygnet partners with their clients to help them proactively discover newer possibilities with blockchain technology and help them grow their business. Cygnet have already developed blockchain-based technology solutions that can bring efficiency, agility, and innovation for your business. Some of them are: Smart contract-based marketplaces Digital signature solution Solid waste management solution Anonymous trading marketplace Integrated self-assessment solution With expertise and broader skill sets in a wide range of technologies and IT practices, Cygnet Infotech has been considered as one of the most trusted names in the IT space delivering technology solutions across 35 countries. Cygnet Infotech passionately empower lives globally with technology-enabled business solutions to elevate their client’s businesses—and to provide the best possible customer experiences. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .