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  • What SDDC means for your business

    Software-defined EVERYTHING! Well, not everything, but lots of things. Shifting a lot of the management, and therefore the intelligence, to the software makes a lot of sense and it’s where the industry is heading. Software-defined networking is leading the charge right now, and it’s the data centre where all this will come together. And that means we’re heading towards a software-defined data centre (SDDC). Essentially the software-defined data centre is where all three main elements are virtualised: servers (probably the most common and well-established aspect), networking and storage. This means there is very little connecting the hardware and the...

  • Ratchet & Clank movie review: a sub-par big screen outing for the popular duo

    Movies based on video games often fall flat due to straying from the plot, small budgets, or interference from outside parties. Even with a gaming series as prominent as Ratchet & Clank, its big-screen debut has fallen victim to the same mediocrity as others. The game mostly follows the same plot and action of the recently rebooted entry for the PlayStation 4. It's a story that tells how Ratchet and Clank meet, how an evil organisation is trying to take over and destroy worlds, and basically establishes the series anew. Unfortunately, the movie forgot one vital point to the plot:...

  • Facebook beats a bad quarter for tech, boasts 1.6bn users

    It hasn't been the best week for the world's biggest tech players. But while almost everyone else has fallen short of market expectations, things could hardly be better for Facebook right now. The world's largest social network on Wednesday released its Q1 earnings report and, if you're a shareholder, it makes for very good reading indeed. Alongside continued user growth, the company revealed that it's gotten even better at making money and that there may soon be a new class of share for people to invest in. Making it rain Facebook's revenues for the quarter were US$5.38-billion, with its net...

  • Captain America: Civil War movie review: what Avengers 2 should have been

    The previous Captain America movie, The Winter Solider, was a stellar entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo not only created a genuine superhero movie, and a spy thriller as well. Would they be able to capture this lightning in a bottle once more? Yes, yes they would. Titled Captain America: Civil War, the movie is loosely based off of the comic by the same. Taking place after the events of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (AoU), and Ant-Man, the world has been this taking note of the ragtag team and their ‘lawless’ actions. They’re seen...

  • Your low-down dirty guide to the CMS landscape

    The CMS landscape is a bit of a maze. New players are entering the scene seemingly weekly, each fighting for market share. Below is a quick overview of some of the biggest players and a new kid on the block that you should be looking out for. Disclaimer: Please be aware that this article is highly subjective, makes a lot of generalisations, is heavily based on the author’s personal opinion and should be taken with a generous pinch of salt. WordPress WordPress is the granddaddy of CMSes and opinions on it differ wildly. Amongst end users and non-technical people, it is...

  • Why the Internet of Things isn’t about things at all

    Just what is the Internet of Things? The generally accepted definition is a digital ecosystem wherein everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. The ‘things’ in this case are just about anything that can be fitted with a chip and connected to the internet – cars, wearables, appliances, machines and many more. The culmination of all this is a world where your devices all talk to each other. Your fridge sends a reminder to your watch to buy milk when it detects you’re about to run out. Meanwhile, your car is busy telling your...

  • Yo-Kai Watch review: a charming, gorgeous delight

    Japanese developer Level-5 has been creating exceptional JRPG titles since the PlayStation 2 era. Its range of games always carries a distinct charm to them. This effort has been brought over into its full-blown foray of the collect-em-all series of JRPGs, popularised by Pokemon. Yo-Kai Watch is a game you might want to start pre-ordering. The game is set in a lush fictional city complete with different districts and shopping areas. You’ll choose between either a boy or a girl as your character; neither choice will impact the game, but only some limited dialogue. You character -- I called mine...

  • MoveThisStuff: the startup helping you find the right mover for your budget

    Moving, whether it's down the road or to the other side of the country, can be pretty damn stressful. Quite aside from the pain of leaving somewhere you may have come to regard as your home, there's the hassle of finding movers who'll treat your stuff with respect. One company trying to make the second of those things a little easier is MoveThisStuff. Headquartered in Johannesburg, the startup helps people find movers based on factors including how far they're moving, what kind of stuff they're looking to move, and what kind of movers they're looking for. Once they've put...

  • Your smartphone is about to get a whole lot smarter, thanks to its sensors

    While you may think that your smartphone has peaked in terms of the amount of data that it can provide about your life, you would be mistaken. The staggering power of the sensors and processors that we carry around with us every day mean that we will continue to harvest more and more data in an attempt to make our lives more automated, more manageable. Modern smartphones produce up to 1GB of sensor data every hour. And we’re only just beginning to tap into it. German startup predict.io is at the forefront of attempts to harness that data. The...

  • Twitter continues harassment fight with new tool

    Twitter has already gone a long way to helping users battle cyber-bullying and harassment. Now, the company is continuing this trend with a much-needed update. Making a report for each offending tweet can be a tedious process, but users now have the ability to file multiple dodgy tweets in one report. In other words, you don't have to submit a report for each of the 500 threats you might receive. Seriously, this sort of thing is kind of a problem. "This update makes it easier for you to provide us with more information about the extent of abuse and reduces the time it takes to do so....

  • 3 things you should look at when hiring big data team members

    You can’t rely entirely on a predetermined set of criteria when hiring members of your data team. That’s what makes it so difficult. On the other hand, you have a much wider group of potential candidates. The options are limitless. Of course, that in and of itself represents a challenge. So how can managers find the right people for their data teams when potential candidates can rise from anywhere? The Diversity Dilemma On our data team, we have data management industry veterans of all levels. Our team consists of highly experienced business and data management consultants, as well as early frontier data management...

  • SA rounds out top ten for Game of Thrones piracy

    The season premiere of Game of Thrones has finally aired, and predictably there's been huge demand for illegal streaming and downloading the episode. In fact, Torrent Freak reported that the most popular torrent had over 200 000 users and counting sharing the file. After inspecting the locations of users downloading the file over 12 hours, the website found some interesting results. For one, South Africa was in the top ten when it came to illegally getting in on the action. "The show is particularly popular in Australia (12.5%), India (9.7%), United States (8.5%) and the United Kingdom (6.9%)," Torrent Freak noted. "The top 10 is completed...

  • Lionsgate adds 100 movies to Steam, not really for South Africa

    Things are heating up in the video on demand space, so much so that it's spilling over into gaming. Entertainment company Lionsgate has added 100 titles to popular digital distribution platform for gaming, Steam. That's exciting news, but if you're in SA, you may want to keep reading this article before throwing money at Steam. The announcement came from a blog post on Steam's website, in which the company was happy to highlight the availability of the Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, and Saw franchises. Lionsgate has significantly more interesting films, but I guess you need to highlight the ones that pump out...

  • Cell C launches super-fast LTE-Advanced in SA

    It's fair to say that Cell C had a reputation for years as the network with decent prices but terrible coverage, but things have been changing somewhat over the past few months. The company launched LTE connectivity late last year, delivering much better speeds and coverage for users - albeit several years after MTN and Vodacom. The carrier has wasted no time though, launching the much faster LTE-Advanced network in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria this week. "Cell C has become the leading innovator in the South African mobile telecommunications industry.  We were the first and only provider to embrace over-the-top services, like Facebook...

  • PPS allocates R2.2-billion in profits to members in 2015 [Sponsored]

    PPS, the financial services company focused exclusively on graduate professionals, has declared that its total cumulative profit-share allocation to members* was R22 billion over the last ten years. The total profit-share allocation to PPS members for the 2015 financial year alone was R2.2-billion. PPS is the largest financial services company in South Africa that operates under the ethos of mutuality, which means that all PPS’ profits are allocated to PPS members on an annual basis by way of allocations to their PPS Profit-Share Accounts**. Over and above all the profits shared with the members, the total insured benefits paid...