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  • Is artificial intelligence making the data analyst redundant?

    It is all too apparent that every industry is being radically impacted upon and even deeply disrupted by, digitalisation, while existing and familiar roles are being transformed, making way for new opportunities to emerge. One such role that is being challenged to prove its worth, is the analyst, in no small part due to Big Data, analytics, and the most exciting, cutting edge development at the moment, artificial intelligence. This convergence of forces begs the question: Are analysts no longer needed? Arguing in the affirmative is the fact that machines can process data at speeds that far surpass human capability, and...

  • 3 hilarious (but scary) printer security stories from the internet [Native]

    Printers might seem like innocuous little office gadgets that do one job and one job alone, but they've become more vulnerable thanks to the internet. While human beings' reliance on the web expands, so does the ability for baddies to crack their security protocols. With that in mind, here are three previous moments in history that printers were the victims of rather comical, if not potentially catastrophic, security stories. -> YOUR PRINTER HAS BEEN PWNED <- In February 2017, a hacker using the alias Stackoverflowin took control of over 150 000 printers across the globe to probe a point. And to distribute memes. Although...

  • Google Docs’ latest phishing scam was bad news for journalists

    A Google Docs phishing attack, that paraded as a genuine link to a shared document, caused widespread panic on the internet Wednesday. On the same day that Facebook's WhatsApp was down for the count, some Google users (Fortune's Jeff John Roberts suggests that the scam was targeted at journalists) received an email with a seemingly normal Google Docs link. Closer inspection revealed a few oddities. The sender of the mail is the rather hilarious "hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com" but the consequences of clicking the mail aren't. Taking unsuspecting users to a faux OAUTH authentication page, suggesting that Google Docs requires authorisation to open the document. The...

  • Ask these questions when buying a secure printer [Native]

    Believe it or not, but security is an important factor to consider when buying a new printer for the office these days. But what exactly does that entail then? Well, we've got a few security-minded questions you should keep in mind before splashing out on a printer. Can you set up access IDs? We've touched on this before, but access IDs are a great way to keep track of who's printing what. Whether you're worried about hacks or abuse, it's worth having anyway. Most printers these days do support access IDs and similar authentication systems, so you're virtually guaranteed to have it on...

  • 5 neat tips to secure your printer [Native]

    There have been numerous stories surrounding the dodgy nature of today's connected printers. In fact, one security expert claimed that the printer was the "worst device" on the internet. That doesn't mean that your connected printer is a lost hope though, as there are several ways to shore up your printer's defenses... Set a secure WiFi and router password It might seem like a no-brainer, but you'll want to make sure that your WiFi connection is secure. After all, it's one of your first lines of defense. If people can access your WiFi connection, then there's a chance that they'll be able...

  • SingularityU’s Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge entries close 18 April [Sponsored]

    Singularity University, better known as SingularityU, has announced that entries to its Global Impact Challenge (GIC) competition for Southern Africa will close on Tuesday 18 April. The GIC, now in its second year, is open to "innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists," and aims to develop technologies and solutions to problems that will impact the lives of a billion people within ten years. "This year, we are looking for talented women and men who have the skills and passion to develop and launch a startup company around a moonshot idea that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding applicants who...

  • Google hits back after gender discrimination accusations

    Google has released its pay methodology after being accused of discrimination by the US Department of Labour. "It’s very important to us that men and women who join Google in the same role are compensated on a level playing field, when they start and throughout their careers here," Eileen Naughton, VP of people operations, writes in a blog post. Naughton asserts that the company's method of determining pay is "blind to gender." She says that an employee's compensation (including salary and benefits) is suggested based on their role, job level, location and recent performance ratings. Once compensation has been decided, Google's pay...

  • YouTube creators need 10k channel views before earning ad revenue

    Over the past year, YouTube has been struggling to maintain an amicable relationship with its content creators -- and it's working hard to change that. In a bid to keep advertisers and creators happy, the platform has announced that new YouTubers will need a total of 10 000 views across all their videos before applying as a YouTube partner. This change is meant to serve as protection for advertisers who have recently pulled their ads after it was reported that antisemitic and racist videos were being endorsed by major brands. "This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel," its...

  • Root is Standard Bank, OfferZen’s new ‘programmable’ bank account

    Developer job platform OfferZen has teamed up with Standard Bank to introduce Root -- a "programmable" bank account for software developers. Root features full API access for developers, allowing their code to interact with transactions in real-time. So what kind of apps can be crafted with it, then? "Beta users of Root have already written some great RootCode apps including sending their transaction data to a personal Google Sheet in real-time, to make budgeting easy; limiting the days on which they can buy fast food, as part of a diet plan and creating a dedicated card and budget for Uber rides," read...

  • This wearable makes your shoulders weapons of mass flirtation

    For some people, flirting comes naturally. But for the rest of us sorry sods, flirting is like a foreign language. Personally, someone could be hitting on me for three hours straight and I wouldn't be any the wiser. Four Innovation Design Engineering students from the Royal College of Art in London have designed a wearable to help out people like me. Or rather, they designed it to rejuvenate face to face conversation. "Unsatisfied that the world was moving towards a future immersed in virtual reality, and believing that this may lead to difficulties in communicating in real life," a press release reads, "[the...

  • The Future of Health event: SingularityU to host SA changemakers [Sponsored]

    Are you interested in learning more about the Future of Health? Well, you're in luck. SingularityU's Cape Town and Johannesburg Chapters will this week host the first events in its Future Of Series, focussing on the wellbeing of humankind. SingularityU Cape Town and Johannesburg Chapters are a non-profit organisation, run by South African-based alumni, that strive to build a community in South Africa. The Future of Health Cape Town event will see Discovery's deputy CEO Dr Ryan Noach, synthetic biologist Dr Musa Mhlanga, and CEO of Next Biosciences Kim Hulett talk about the phenomenal power of exponential technologies in the health industry, and how...

  • Are printers now ‘worst’ for enterprise security? [Native]

    This is a native advertising article. To find out more, read our guide to native advertising versus sponsored content. Printers might not be the flashiest gadgets in the office, but recent research reveals that they're still being ignored when it comes to security. Many printers today feature internet connectivity, allowing users to wirelessly print documents and more. Of course, any time a gadget has an internet connection, chances are high that it'll be targeted by someone… In fact, a BitDefender researcher told The Register that printers are now the dodgiest connected devices around. "The router is no longer the worst device on the internet. It's...

  • Xbox Ones and tiny tablets: this is South Africa’s ‘classroom of the future’

    When I was at school, the most advanced technology we had were space cases, chair bags and desks that didn't creak, but Microsoft and the Cape Town Science Centre's (CTSC) vision of education is quite different indeed. The Observatory-based institution today launched its classroom of the future exhibit to the public, backed by the Redmond tech giants, the likes of Intel, and a number of other technology partners. As one might expect, the exhibit doesn't include traditional text books or ink-based writing equipment, but rather things with screens, buttons and toggles. The exhibit, Microsoft explains, is a combination of what works...

  • Verified Twitter accounts post swastikas in Turkish hack

    Last week, the Netherlands barred two Turkish ministers from speaking to expatriates ahead of a national memorandum. On 16 April, Turkey will be voting whether or not to allow Turkish President Erdogan to stay in power until 2029. And the president did not take the slight well: according to Fortune.com, Turkey warned that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways." Apparently these ways include Twitter hacks. Last night, Turkish hackers targeted verified accounts to spew Erdogan propaganda across the platform. Rough translation: “#NaziGermany👌#NaziNetherlands, a little👋#OTTOMAN SLAP for you, see you on #April16th. Can’t read it🇹🇷LEARN Turkish #RT” — Alex Hern (@alexhern) March 15, 2017 Hundreds of accounts were...

  • Ster-Kinekor website leaked millions of users’ private data

    Ster-Kinekor's old website allowed anyone with know-how to retrieve the profile details of every user on the site. This information included phone numbers, addresses and plaintext passwords. Software developer Matt Cavanagh revealed the bug in a blog post on Thursday, after disclosing it to Ster Kinekor last year. "They took the high-road of admitting they were at fault, and didn't try pass the blame off. I appreciate that," Cavanagh told Memeburn of their response to his report. According to the developer, the bug in the backend API was found via the website's Flash bits. He admits he didn't have substantial knowledge of Flash, but...