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  • 5 big questions about the Internet of Things’ impact on business answered

    Machine-to-Machine is about the ability to remotely collect data from devices and use this data in real-time to make more informed business decisions which will inevitably lead to new business models, new business revenues and a more enriched user experience. IoT interconnects devices, assets, processes and systems to improve business models and profits, increase efficiency, and optimise the use of resources. In today’s challenging economic times, it offers enterprises across a wide spectrum of industries an opportunity to improve productivity and cost efficiencies to gain competitive edge. Here are answers to five of the biggest questions currently being when it...

  • The Internet of Things could see massive changes to logistics in South Africa

    Recently, research firm Gartner released a report on the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT), a buzzword that simply refers to the connectivity of physical objects, devices and products not technically considered computers. Many of these connected devices are, in fact, elements found along the supply chain – including smart palettes, trucks, refrigerators, home alarm systems, forklifts, even watches and other wearable technology. Based on the latest available stats, there are currently 15 billion connected devices, with this number set to increase to about 50 billion by 2020. In its research, Gartner points out that this massive...

  • Technology in 2025: 5 reasons it’ll be the same, but different

    Technology is an amazing thing, for many it’s miraculous, and once enjoyed, the benefits are hard to give up. Ten years in technology is a long long time. Many are predicting a technological utopia that will bring solutions to many of the problems the world is experiencing right now, with big data, the internet of connected everything, and new advanced gadgets fixing many of the ills facing society at present. The reality will most probably be far more mundane. Technology will race ahead and many will benefit. Overall, the next 10 years will bring massive advances, but they will be...

  • 9 massive predictions for how tech will impact ‘the next billion’

    Quartz held an impressive event this week with speakers from Uber, frog, and EVRYTHING to name but a few. Titled "The Next Billion", the conference focused on the challenges and the opportunities society faces with the "new world" we are fast seeing emerge. With a heavy vein of mobile and emerging markets peppered throughout, the morning was packed with insight and data on the opportunities the next billion people who come online will pose - some only emerging in the last few months based on new coding and political technology barriers being removed. I spoke with several of the...

  • Worldwide mobile data usage expected to double over the next four years

    According to a new research by Juniper Research, data mobile traffic generated by smartphones, featurephones and tablets will double over the next four years, approaching 197 000 Petabytes by 2019. The research estimates that 41% of all mobile data traffic will be carried over cellular networks by the same year. The rest of the data traffic will be offloaded via Wi-Fi networks which the research points out as a major player in data usage. The consumption by mobile users will continue to rise, impacted heavily by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such as HD video usage. Video already...

  • Netflixification in full force: 330m to subscribe to OTT TV services by 2019

    If your idea of watching TV involves the terms "binge-watching" and "Netflix", and if you're completely baffled by the sight of ad break, then well done: you're ahead of what is set to be a massive wave of people subscribing to over the top video services. New data from Juniper Research has shown that subscriber numbers to 'over-the-top' (OTT) TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will increase from 92.1-million in 2014, to 332.2-million globally by 2019. Continued growth in the North American market will see it remain as the leading region in terms of subscriber numbers, but...

  • Forget the quest for a single gadget, the use of multiple devices is here to stay

    There is a school of thought that the future will see us using only one digital device to meet all our needs. However, this is counterintuitive given the ubiquity of these devices and the many and varied roles they play. Digital devices are an increasingly integral part of our lives and there is an abundance of options offering various functions that improve productivity in some way. In our consumer-centric world, it is not at all uncommon for one individual to have in their possession an array of these devices – from laptop, to tablet, to smartphone, to desktop PC –...

  • Make no mistake, SKA will transform South Africa’s tech skills, research landscape

    More than two thirds of South Africans live in urban areas and more make the move from rural areas daily. This means South African cities must become flexible and responsive to citizen needs, while making the most of public resources. Through the intelligent application of ICTs and collaboration between the government and the private sector, South Africa can be an active participant in the next evolution of the Internet, which we believe is the Internet of Everything (IoE). We’ve already seen the positive and transformative effects the IoE has had in areas like city governments, manufacturing, retail and healthcare. It...

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures....

  • Buy shoes with your watch: wearable tech’s transformative power on retail

    The days of going online to buy the next addition to your wardrobe, a power bank for your laptop or even your groceries are passé. Why open up a laptop and browse through a bunch of tabs when you can just look at something you like and buy it instantly? OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit here. But the reality of wearable technology becoming as commonplace as mobile phones is not too far. In fact, just as mobile phones have become the next big thing for online shopping, wearables are the superstars in waiting for the burgeoning...

  • 6 trends that will help accelerate Nigeria’s tech revolution #MWA2015

    On Day One of Mobile West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, a panel of five experts predicted what they believe are the next things that would happen to accelerate the evolution of the tech industry in Nigeria. Members of the panel were James McNab who's Africa's MD of Basebone, Toyosi Akerele, founder and CEO of RISE Group, Omatsola Osawaru Barrow sales executive at MTN Nigeria, Valentine Obi who's CEO of eTranzact International, and Emmanuel Revmatas -- a director at Samsung Electronics West Africa. 1. Relevant and engaging apps Barrow believes in the next few years we will witness the release of more applications...

  • 4 inventions that promise a healthier future for us all

    Every single minute of our modern lives is marked by a different creation that was probably unimaginable about a handful of years ago. How many of us really expected to have cars that spoke to us and told us where to go? Who would have thought one could print human organs that would be perfectly usable, even ten years ago? But the fact remains that it’s innovations like these that keep the wheels of the economy turning. Here’s a selection of four inventions backed by huge social capital that hold immense promise for a better tomorrow... Neuropace Epilepsy is a debilitating disease...

  • Memeburn goes behind Gyft’s big Bitcoin ecosystem plan

    Bitcoin has no intrinsic value. Unlike platinum which has an industrial use case for, say, the automotive industry, there are none that exists for bitcoin today. The price is determined in the market based on supply and demand, which today is driven by just the speculators. "Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency," Gyft founder Vinny Lingham told the audience at the Bitcoin African Conference 2015. The popular digital gift card startup is hoping to change this within the near future. "Our vision is to use bitcoin as a platform for secure digital gift cards," the serial entrepreneur said. In essence,...

  • 4 trends that will shape the future of music in Africa

    Typewriters, rotary dial telephones, cassette tapes, video stores and spools of film- just some items of which next-generation children won’t experience or understand. Technology is a major progress driver in every industry, especially music. Technologies like Napster in the late 1990s and the iPod in the early 2000s, completely revolutionized the industry and changed how consumers acquire and consume music. Internationally, most consumers have moved away from physical media, like CDs, and now consume digital content using mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. Although the transition to digital has been much slower in Africa, it’s coming, and coming fast. So...

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures....