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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • 6 takeaways from Dr Werner Vogels’ Amazon Summit keynote

    Amazon held its Amazon Web Service (AWS) Summit in Cape Town this week, aimed squarely at developers and enterprises looking to learn more about their cloud offerings. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be something to pique my interest, but the presence of Dr Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon and cloud pioneer, made for an interesting keynote. Amazon's cloud efforts have an SA link It might not come as news to some, but did you know that Amazon's EC2 cloud computing offering was actually developed in South Africa for the most part. An Amazon executive said that EC2 effectively started at "a small office in Constantia"...

  • First Vumatel fibre home goes live in Cape Town

    Fibre provider Vumatel has been on a roll in recent months, as it teamed up with Telkom and Standard Bank threw its weight behind the company. Now, the company has marked another milestone with its first home fibre connection in Cape Town going live, being situated in the Tamboerskloof area. "TBK Watch is very excited to be Vumatel's first community to get connected in Cape Town. We have been working together with Vumatel for the past six months to plan and get the community ready for the rollout, and now we are live. The rest of the community can't wait to get connected," said the TBK Watch group,...

  • Cape Town road users can soon receive, pay for fines via SMS

    Great news, everyone. The City of Cape Town is trying to make SMS technology relevant again. The City's Safety and Security mayoral representative JP Smith has today announced that Cape Town motorists will soon be able to pay road fines using "smart SMS technology". "The City of Cape Town's Traffic Service is adding another technological advancement to its arsenal with the roll-out of smart SMS technology that will allow motorists to pay fines via their cellphones, tablets or personal computers," he says in a statement. Smith also states that users will be sent SMSes of pending fines, negating the need for South...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • CSIR’s new supercomputer is Africa’s fastest, aptly named Lengau

    South Africa's fastest computer was today launched at the CSIR Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town. Dubbed Lengau (the Setswana name for Cheetah), the supercomputer will provide research institutions and private industries the required processing power for modelling, big data processing and research. Related: 5 geeky ways CSIR’s Lengau supercomputer will aid researchers CSIR's stakeholders relationship manager Kagiso Chikane explained that the Lengau supercomputer cluster was an excellent feat for "an emerging country." The cluster itself was built in South Africa by CSIR staff, with additional input from Dell and Eclipse. "Dell is proud to collaborate with South Africa’s CSIR on the...

  • Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show: 12 snaps that’ll make you very hungry

    This weekend, Cape Town played host to its leg of the Good Food & Wine Show, one of South Africa's premier foodie events on the calendar. Taking place at the Cape Town international Convention Centre, the expo often sees its fair share of celebrities, television personalities and those who really just go for the food and wine. And that's exactly what were looking at today. If you were unable to attend the event, at least social media can go a long way to documenting the event tweet by tweet, and snap by snap. Although, we regret that licking the screen will...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

    As much as Instagram's a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it's also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we'll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. And which better city to begin with than Cape Town? It's Gearburn's home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don't take our word for it. Have a look at...

  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • What can VR do for your business? Check out this Cape Town showcase

    Between the GearVR and Oculus Rift, it's clear that virtual reality (VR) is gradually becoming mainstream. And like any piece of tech, there's always one industry you can depend upon to get to the table first. Well, aside from the porn industry... We're talking about the advertising industry of course, and Cape Town is no exception as VR studio SenseVirtual hosts a showcase for businesses this week. Africa's Virtual Reality and 360 Video Showcase takes place on April 14 at Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock - so what can attendees expect? SenseVirtual founder Tyrone Rubin says that people will be able to view CG experiences and...

  • 11 memorable Instagram snaps from the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour

    It's the world's largest timed mass participation event, and one of the prettiest cycle races on the planet. That's right. This weekend saw South Africa's Mother City play host to the 39th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Instagrammers took to their phones to celebrate. While its not easy to admire the beauty of a 109km race, that didn't stop cyclists or bystanders from trying their best. Although many finished well after the professional group, the majority of the 35 000 participants probably all have a story to tell. So why not let snaps from Instagram do the...

  • No plans for SA Gigafactory: Tesla confirms

    As much as South Africans would like to see their electricity woes disappear with the construction of a lithium-ion battery factory, it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. In fact, contrary to recent reports, Tesla Motors has confirmed to Memeburn that it is not planning to build a Gigafactory in the Western Cape. The speculation-turned-fact comes after it was revealed that the major US-based electricity car and battery manufacturer has appointed South African Evan Rice as the regional business development manager. Tesla is rapidly scaling its operations with hundreds of vacancies available around the world. Rice, who is ex-CEO of non-profit GreenCape,...

  • Programme fosters pool of tech talent to address SA unemployment

    Nomusa Sithole has a diploma, but struggled to secure a job in the field she studied for. She ended up working at a restaurant for several months which she didn't like. She was overqualified and underpaid. This all changed after Sithole heard about CapaCiTi, which is a tech skills development and placement initiative in Cape Town. She ended up joining an Advanced Java Programming Certification Programme and managed to find a permanent job in the field she enjoys. Sithole is one of over 500 previously unemployed youth who CapaCiTi has trained since the programme was first launched as a pilot...

  • Why Cape Town has emerged as the biggest startup hub on the African continent

    Cape Town is fast cementing itself as the biggest continental hub for tech startups. It’s a growing trend, confirmed by a number of research surveys and articles over the past decade. The Mother City is rightfully living up to monikers such as “The Silicon Cape” and the “Digital Gateway to Africa“. However, the reasons why the South African city is ranked where it is are a bit more complicated, and therefore debatable.

  • 3D printers, cardboard and a giant robot: Omar-Pierre Soubra on the magic of Maker Faire

    Cape Town recently hosted its very first Maker Faire Cape Town. Calling those involved makers, the event saw some 4 000 attendants and over 40 different exhibitors over the weekend, which is a good number for Cape Town. It took place at the Lookout in the V&A Waterfront. The makers showcased a variety of 3D printers, electronics, artwork, and all manner of things created by the exhibitionists. Some of the exhibitions included Arduino Cape Town, the Cardboard Challenge, and a gigantic robot. Besides food stalls outside, nothing at the stands was for sale. This allows the event to be an experience and not...

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...