Social media giant Facebook plans to rebrand itself with a new name next week. The Verge reported on Tuesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter, stating that the name change is to reflect its focus on building the metaverse.
The Verge further reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about the name change at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner.
The Verge added that the name is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more. A spokesperson for Facebook declined to comment for this story.
Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance. In a blog post, Downdetector.com, a major monitoring service for online outages, called it the largest global outage it had ever recorded — with 10.6 million reports from around the world.
It took Facebook nearly six hours to get services back online, albeit slowly at first. Ironically, the outage was so pervasive Facebook had to resort to using Twitter, its rival platform, to get updates out into the world.
The internet and its outwardly visible face (the World Wide Web) is a remarkably fault-tolerant machine. It was designed to be resilient — and the web has never gone down completely. As such, global outages like this one are quite rare.
With the latest release of the AppleWatch 7, the iPad Mini, and the iPhone 13, we’re left with so much excitement after Apple’s keynote event last September.
With Apple being one of the leading brands of the tightly competitive market of smartphones, it’s safe to say that there is a HUGE demand for iPhone 13, so much so that the company is likely to cut the production due to chip shortage.
However, it’s still a huge price to pay, especially since data from Numbeo shows that the average salary of people in a region like Southeast Asia, for instance, is only about USD1,079/month.
That said, is it worth it to cash in on the iPhone 13 (256GB) now for USD1,085? Or should we wait 6 or 12 months when the price is suspected to drop?
iPhone 13 (256GB) is likely to drop by USD73 after 6 months
iPrice forecasts that by March 2022, 6 months after the official release, you will be able to snag the iPhone 13 (256GB) for USD1,012 (based on the historical selling prices of previous models).
This means that there is a potential 7% (USD73) price drop after six months, which is a sizeable amount for people on a tight budget.
After a year, the price will only slightly drop further to USD995, making a total difference of USD90 from the original price.
Hence, iPrice suggests waiting 6 months to get the latest iPhone instead. Waiting a full year to buy the latest iPhone may not be worth it since the drop would not be that significant, with a difference of only 1%.
The e-commerce aggregator came to this conclusion by analysing the price history of iPhone X, XS, 11, and 12 throughout the years. Their platform houses billions of products across 6 countries in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
Interestingly, iPhone 12 had the biggest price drop; the original price decreased to as low as 12% after 12 months. This is followed by iPhone X (10%), iPhone 11 (7%), and iPhone XS (4%).
Should you buy iPhone 13 over their specs?
With little yet significant improvements that Apple makes on their smartphones every year, consumers still very much are interested to get their hands on their latest products. But are iPhone 13’s specs really that outstanding, given the price? What are the key differences between last year’s iPhone 12 and this model?
Based on data from GSM Arena, the iPhone 13 has three main upgrades compared to the previous model. This consists of a better battery (A15 bionic and an 11% larger battery), impressive cameras (12MP, larger sensor-shift stabilisation, and others), and a remarkable screen performance (colour accuracy and proMotion). No other smartphones hold these features thus far.
Apple introduces the iPhone 13’s 120hz refresh rate as well, but this was already available in Razer since 2017, and Samsung, Apple’s main competitor, has been offering this feature through their 2020 model, Galaxy S20+.
Given the data above, it’s up to consumers to decide whether it’s worth the wait and the money. Hopefully, this research would be enough to help them make their decisions.
Methodology All the iPhone models in the study used are with 256GB storage capacity. The price list of iPhones at release period is taken from the Apple.com/ph that is recorded using the Wayback Machine website.
The price list of iPhone after 6 months and 12 months of release is taken from iPrice.sg database, aggregated thousands of online shops which sold brand new iPhone at the lowest price.
The iPhone 13’s unique selling points were taken from https://www.gsmarena.com/.
Eight foreign nationals, aged between 33 and 52, were on Tuesday morning arrested for their links to an alleged R100 million internet scam during a large-scale operation in Cape Town.
The group was arrested in a joint operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United State Secret Service (USSS) Investigations, Interpol and with assistance from the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit.
Also assisting in the operation was Crime Intelligence (CI), K9, National Intervention unit, Special Task Force (STF), Tactical Operations Management Section (TOMS), Criminal Record Centre and Cape Town Metro police.
The suspects are alleged to have been involved in money laundering and international-wide scale financial fraud.
In a statement, the Hawks said the operation was initiated based on the Mutual Legal Assistance from Central Authorities of the United States of America that was approved by the Republic of South Africa.
Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale, said all suspects will be charged with a variety of financial crimes, including conspiracy to commit wire/mail fraud and money laundering.
“The suspects in this investigation are alleged to have ties to a transnational organised crime syndicate originating in Nigeria.
“It is alleged that these suspects preyed on victims, many of whom are vulnerable widows or divorcees, who were led to believe that they were in a genuine romantic relationships but were scammed out of their hard earned money.”
Mogale said the suspects used social media websites, online dating websites to find and connect with their victims.
Another modus operandi used by the suspects was business emails, where email accounts were diverted in order to change banking details.
“They assumed fake names and trolled dating sites.
“Once they had ingratiated themselves to their victims, they allegedly concocted sob-stories about why they needed money – i.e., taxes to release an inheritance, essential overseas travel, crippling debt, etc., and then siphoned money from victim’s accounts to the amount of R100 million.”
Mogale said the crimes allegedly committed by the suspects hit close to home.
“Neighbours, parents, friends and family would be targets of this organisation.
“The fraudsters intimidated and berated their victims, ruined their lives and then disappeared. We are confident that this investigation will have a significant impact on this region and beyond,” said Mogale.
The FBI estimates that more than 100 people lost more than R100 million in romance scams from 2011 till to date.
To report any suspected online scam fraud, file a report via the nearest police station. – SAnews.gov.za
Suraya Hamdulay has been appointed as the vice president of regional strategy and engagement at 2U, Inc., a global EdTech (education technology) platform that partners with great universities to build, deliver, and support online degrees, short courses and bootcamps at scale.
Hamdulay is responsible for internal and external communications & engagement activities, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and B-BBEE & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy in the region.
With over two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, Hamdulay has held executive roles both at Vodacom Group and BCX.
She has a proven track record of generating and building strategic stakeholder partnerships and designing sustainability strategies & shared value models.
“At 2U, Inc., eliminating the back row in higher education is not just a metaphor–it’s the mission. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, has been a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities.”
“They build, deliver, and support more than 400 digital and in-person educational offerings, including graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps, and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 225,000 students and lifelong learners.”
As 5G becomes increasingly ubiquitous, it will dramatically change the way business operates across Africa. While most people are aware of the impact 5G will have on ordinary people’s mobile internet speeds, it will also provide and enable new solutions across a vast swathe of industries.
That was the overriding message from day two of the Digital Council Africa Conext 2021 conference, currently taking place virtually and which focused on the release of 5G to business and how it will impact Africa. While 5G coverage is still in its infancy across the continent businesses will be much better placed to take advantage of it from the get-go.
“5G is lighting up the future of societies and economies,” said Dr Mohamed Madkour, VP of Huawei Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions.
“Although it might seem like a technical subject, it has a greater purpose and higher stakes. In fact, 5G will play an important role in helping people live happier and safer lives, organisations operating more efficiently, and ensuring that the planet has a greener future.”
“When we talk about 5G, we should distance ourselves from speed and killer applications and focus on the purpose to which we’re applying it,” he added.
That said, he pointed out the high speed and low latency which characterises 5G means that it has the potential to transform industries as diverse as media, mining, ports, utilities, industry, and policing.
“From top to bottom, there are applications where 5G can be transformative,” he said.
Within the South African context, Marius Engelbrecht, Senior Strategy Consultant at
Huawei, pointed out that 5G could be beneficial to South Africa’s mines, which have extensive underground tunnels. The low latency speeds make it particularly useful for Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, which can help make the whole environment safer.
He also pointed out that 5G has applications in the steel production sector.
“What’s very interesting, is that at Guangxi Iron and Steel in China, a game controller device enables people to operate a crane remotely,” he said.
“Apart from the obvious safety and efficiency benefits, this also shows how 5G is bringing together different technologies in new and innovative ways.”
But in order for those benefits to accrue, infrastructure and policy regulation are critical. These are both critical to ensuring that the rollout of 5G is to the benefit of all.
An example pointed out by Dr. Charley Lewis, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), is South Africa’s digital divide.
“Historically, the divide was a telephony divide but it has remained persistent,” he said. “We need to look at ways of deploying 5G that will not exacerbate that digital divide and develop use cases that are specific to our context and that will assist socio-economic and business development in the country.”
From an infrastructure perspective, the likelihood (as with other technologies) is that consumers will ultimately drive the pace of adoption. This in turn will have an impact on business.
“I don’t think that we’ve even scratched the surface of the pace of 5G infrastructure rollout,” said Angela Wamola, Ag Head of Sub-Saharan Africa: GSMA. “If you just look at the demographics of the continent. Today, 40% of our population are under 14 years old. By 2050, 50% of the population will be under the age of 25. Once they come of age and start demanding products and services to suit their lifestyles, we’ll be running around trying to meet their needs.”
“Young people will be engaging in things we can’t even imagine right now,” she added. “This will drive connectivity rollout and open up an array of new opportunities.”
There is no doubt then that any businesses hoping to maximise the benefits of 5G shouldn’t just see it as something that they’ll eventually have to adapt to. Instead, they should actively seek to understand the role 5G could play in their operations as well as in the day-to-day lives of their employees and customers. And, from there, they should look to incorporate it as thoroughly as possible.
“Ultimately, 5G success requires a collaborative effort,” concluded Dr Madkour.
“All stakeholders, including government, operators, vendors, academia, and industries need to come together to ensure that 5G’s rollout is inclusive for all.”
Tiger Brands has been approved for secondary listing on A2X Markets and its ordinary shares will commence trading on the stock exchange from 26 October 2021.
Tiger Brands Limited will retain its primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and its issued share capital will be unaffected by its secondary listing on A2X.
Tiger Brands is one of Africa’s largest listed manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). It was founded in 1921 and holds leading positions in most categories with a growing market presence across Africa. Its portfolio includes iconic brands that are well-entrenched with consumers such as All Gold, Black Cat, Albany, Koo, Jungle Oats, Oros, Tastic, Mrs Balls and many more.
Tiger Brands CFO Deepa Sita said, “Our listing on A2X provides our shareholders with the choice to transact our shares on an additional platform and capture the benefits it offers. In addition, it supports the development and growth of a healthy capital market in South Africa”.
Kevin Brady, CEO of A2X Markets said, “Tiger Brands is home to a large number of iconic South African brands and we are delighted to have a heritage company of this calibre on board as we celebrate A2X’s fourth birthday. Their listing on A2X will enable its shareholders to capture the advantages of A2X’s lower cost structure, narrower spreads and added liquidity.”
The listing on 26 October will bring the number of instruments available for trade on A2X to 57 with a combined market capitalisation of about R5 trillion. Tiger Brands joins other well-known South African retail and FMCG companies on the exchange including Ascendis Health, AVI, Mr Price and Famous Brands.
A2X has listings from several key sectors, including media, property, technology, mining, banking, retail, FMCG, financial services, insurance, healthcare and telecommunications.
A2X is a licensed stock exchange that provides a secondary listing venue for companies. It is regulated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority and the Prudential Authority (SARB) in terms of the Financial Markets Act. A2X began trading in October 2017, with seven approved brokers that account for over 60% of market activity.
Every night at 20:00, every South African with a smartphone has the chance to win their share of R100 000 in cash and airtime with Expand, an exciting free-to-play digital game that is gripping the nation.
Expand is the first digital game of its kind globally, and it has been made possible by a partnership between Expand, Nedbank and the Avo super app. Expand is unique in that it levels the gaming playing field by making it possible for anyone in South Africa over the age of 18 years to win a share of the R100 000 cash and airtime prizes on offer. And the generous daily prizes mean that there are thousands of winners every night. What’s more, every winner who has a Nedbank account or is an Avo customer can double the value of the cash or airtime prizes they win when playing Expand.
According to Maude Korte, Head of Commercialisation for Nedbank RBB Digital, the bank jumped at the opportunity to be Expand’s cash partner because of the unique and inclusive nature of the game format, plus the fact that it offers all South Africans the opportunity to participate in some much-needed fun after two very difficult years.
‘Given the challenges that so many people and families have faced, and continue to face across South Africa, the timing of a fun and exciting game like Expand could not be better. Plus, there’s the added bonus of a chance for anyone playing the game to win some great cash and airtime prizes,’ says Korte.
Warren Bedil, CEO and co-founder of Expand agrees, and says that Expand recognised Nedbank as the ideal partner for the game because the two organisations share the same passion for adding value to the lives of all South Africans. ‘We have made Expand accessible, exciting and as cost-effective as possible, from keeping the data costs low to ensure a simple, user-friendly interface and easy-to-understand rules. In this way, we are making sure that every South African has an equal opportunity to win,’ he says.
Korte points out that the digital format of Expand is also a good fit with Nedbank’s commitment to leveraging technology to add value to all aspects of its clients’ lives. ‘At Nedbank we recognise the power of digital platforms to not only make banking more accessible and affordable, but also to enhance every area of people’s lives. Expand is an outstanding example of what can be done to make people’s lives a little better, simply by harnessing the power of digital.’
Bedil says that Expand is not only beneficial for game participants, but also provides a valuable consumer engagement platform, providing an opportunity for brands across South Africa to promote their products and services to a potentially massive audience made up of a cross section of South African society.
To take part in Expand, simply visit www.expand.co.za and register for free. Then, log in every night just before 20:00 to play the game and stand a chance of winning your share of R100 000 in prizes. Prizes are paid out via cellphone cardless withdrawals, so you don’t need to be a Nedbank client, or even have a bank account to play.
Double your winnings with Nedbank and Avo
If you have a Nedbank transactional account, you can double any cash youwin on Expand.
And if you are registered on the Avo super app, you can also double any airtime prizes you win. Opening a Nedbank account and signing up for Avo is quick and easy. You can do both at Expand.co.za.
Today Telkom has revealed new chat bundles available to customers and that give them access to eight chat media platforms, for as little as R3, namely; WhatsApp, Threema, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, LINE, Signal and Facebook Messenger.
New and existing customers on Post-paid, Hybrid and Prepaid mobile qualify for the following offers:
Daily Chat bundles – valid for 24 hours from date of activation.
Weekly Chat bundles – valid for 7 days from the date of activation.
Monthly bundles – valid for 31 days from the date of activation.
“What informed the structure of these new chat bundles is our customer and really for us that is always the starting point. We know that no two customers are the same; nor are their communication needs. For example, we want to enable students to use this proposition which starts from only R3 for a daily 50MB chat bundle and take full advantage of it without digging too deep into their pockets. In the same breath, if you’re a young professional or upcoming entrepreneur on the move and wishing to stay in touch, you too can enjoy great value by getting the 250MB monthly Chat Bundle for only R15 and valued for 31 days. All chat bundles give you access to an assortment of social chat applications,” said Andrew Dawson, Executive: Product Portfolio Management.
South African truck drivers are a critical front-line service for our communities, and face many challenges that ordinary road users may not have considered
Fleet drivers during the pandemic, as well as risking their safety during recent periods of unrest, have demonstrated the important – and often brave – role that drivers play in protecting our country’s economy and supporting the livelihoods of communities
In spite of the challenges they’ve faced, fleet drivers and managers have shown resourcefulness by finding new technologies and solutions to address these
The truck accident in Johannesburg last month, in which a chemical tanker’s tyre burst, causing it to lose control and collide with other vehicles, is a reminder of the challenging environment truck drivers have to navigate in South Africa.
Truck drivers on the road often have a negative reputation, despite their crucial role in moving goods. If an incident occurs, the general assumption is that the truck driver is at fault. However, countless other factors that are beyond truck drivers’ control can contribute to accidents in which their vehicles are involved, from unregulated driving hours to a lack of technology to monitor them on the road.
Life as a truck driverOne of the heroes exposed to the challenges of the long road is Hilary Muvirimi – an express truck driver from ATS Transport with over a decade of experience behind the wheel. Becoming a truck driver was a dream come true for Muvirimi and its why he’s so dedicated to his profession. His efforts have resulted in him being awarded driver of the year six times by his company for his loyalty and fuel-saving driving.
Muvirimi frequently drives the Cape Town to Johannesburg N1 route, often within 18 or 19 hours, carrying loads of agricultural and consumer products. As an express driver, he drives alongside a co-driver who can swap places with him when he gets tired, ensuring he doesn’t have to stop and sleep on the road.
Truck drivers in South Africa often self-regulate the hours they drive and stay overnight at high-risk truck stops to reduce fatigue.
Truck drivers bore the brunt of SA’s recent unrest
Despite endangering their lives, truck driving heroes, escorted by police and even ordinary citizens, played an even more crucial role after the Kwa-Zulu Natal riots by taking to the road to deliver supplies of oxygen, medicines, and other essentials to the province.
“Truck drivers showcased their crucial role earlier this year, helping countless South Africans and businesses get back on their feet after the unrest,” says Justin Manson, Sales Director at Webfleet Solutions. “Without brave truck drivers like Hilary Muvirimi, the economy would have ground to a halt.”
Truck driver safety is still an issue
Although life on the road can be dangerous, Muvirimi points out that telematics technology has significantly improved driver safety, simplified fleet management, and made driving more convenient by reducing driver workloads.
“Telematics technology has made our jobs as truck drivers so much easier. All administrative tasks are digitised, and we feel safer knowing our managers are watching us and making sure we stop where it’s safe. We can also monitor how many hours we’ve driven to avoid overdoing it. Before I exceed the recommended hours of driving, I can pull over and rest while my co-driver continues the journey,” says Muvirimi.
GPS-based geofencing technology, which acts like a virtual fence around a geographic location, is also being adopted more and more by fleet managers to ensure drivers avoid risky areas, and even COVID-19 hotspots. Fleet managers receive real-time notifications when a driver approaches a geofenced area and can direct the driver away.
Besides the usual telematics equipment for vehicle tracking, Muvirimi’s truck is also equipped with an in cab camera, visible in Webfleet. Muvirimi also makes use of a driver terminal (PRO8475) which is used for 2 way communication, receiving his job cards or loads, navigation and active driver feedback, which is based on driver performance (Optidrive 360).
“Along with enhancing driver safety, telematics technology also reduces maintenance and repair costs, increases fuel efficiency, and seamlessly automates all the administrative work drivers would normally have to complete so they can focus on driving,” adds Manson.
The need to regulate the sector
South Africa’s trucking industry regulations aren’t as strict as those in other parts of the world, such as Europe. However, transportation companies can self-regulate by observing driving time, speed, and distance using telematics technology. Additionally, they can sign up drivers for the Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) and conduct rigorous audits to ensure drivers transporting their goods are certified under RTMS.
By maintaining vehicles and payloads properly, as well as requiring driver wellness and safety training right from the start, transportation companies can mitigate some of the risks drivers face while on the road.
“The private sector needs to do more to protect truck drivers in South Africa, and educate the general population on the important role they play within our society – especially considering the lack of a rail infrastructure to move goods from ports to inland and vice versa. Our economy relies on them,” concludes Manson.
With IT job vacancies continuing to climb as companies struggle to recruit and obtain critical skills in South Africa, there is an opportunity to upskill or reskill individuals to meet this demand.
Prudence Mabitsela, founder and Managing Director of Dynamic DNA, a leading training and skills development company empowering Africa’s ICT generation, believes these skills are needed to build the economy of South Africa and to close the digital skills and gender divide in the country.
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) kicks into gear and more companies speed up their digitisation strategies due to the global pandemic, now is the time to add these scarce skills to your resume to ensure employability and career advancement in the sector.
“There are many opportunities in a variety of industries not just the IT sector,” says Mabitsela “Jobs span across banking and financial services, retail, Fintech, government, legal, logistics and many more. It is imperative that both learnerships and upskilling or reskilling of existing employees are prioritised so that we can close the digital divide.”
One way that Mabitsela believes individuals can take advantage of this skills demand is to take specialised, certified courses which can range from one year to a few months in duration for one qualification and depending on the course, and with the advancement of technology many of these can be done online.
“It is important to ensure that these courses are aligned with the MICT SETA qualifications framework and provided by an accredited training provider,” she advises. “This ensures that you receive quality education given by qualified lecturers with a certificate that is internationally recognised.”
Here are the top 6 most in-demand IT jobs in the country and the skills you need to get ahead:
There are key skills required in software development today that are worth investing in to ensure that your career stays on track. Cloud computing is one that everyone should add to their CV in 2021 as more companies move their environments into the Cloud. That means learning platforms like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform will be highly beneficial for your career.
Other skills include upskilling on version control tools such as Git and SVN; containers and tools like Docker and Kubernetes; Des such as VSCode and for Java Programmers, Eclipse, NetBeans, and IntelliJ. If you only know one database programming language, then adding a few more is critical in 2021 because this will keep you ahead of the competition.
Computer Network and Systems Engineer
In the interconnected world we find ourselves in, computer networking skills are increasingly in demand. If you are wanting to lead your career forward the following skills will ensure you get there: Linux; Juniper; DOD; Windows; Active Directory; Network Security; VoIP; System Center Configuration Manager; Business Process; Configuration Management; OSPF; Domain Name Systems; Unix; and Architecture skills.
ICT Systems Analyst
Due to digital disruption and advancing technologies it is important for the systems analyst to get the skills needed to deal with the technologies that are reshaping businesses. Advancing your skills in these technologies will definitely help you get there: AI (Artificial Intelligence); BI (Business Intelligence); Big Data; RPA (Robotic Process Automation); Blockchain; the Digital Economy; Information Security; Cloud Computing; Software Development; Agile IT Project Management; ML (Machine Learning); and DL (Deep Learning).
It would also be beneficial get certifications in newer computer systems such as cybersecurity; cloud computing; platform optimization; automation; deep learning; intuitive application development and big data.
ICT Security Specialist
With the increasing rise of cybercrime, every ICT security specialist needs a range of skills to ensure their company is secure from attack. Beyond the fundamental networking and security skills the following are worth adding to your CV: Incident Detection and Response; Security Management Frameworks; now more than one of these common operating systems and their vulnerabilities iOS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux; understand different Network Infrastructures; Data Privacy; Data Analysis; Network Monitoring systems like Splunk, Solarwinds and Nagios; as well as soft skills like problem-solving; teamwork and skills.
It is important as a business analyst to stay up to date with industry developments and be able to analyse the capabilities of the myriad of tools out there. From a technical perspective depending on your current certifications, it is worth updating these skills in 2021: Data Analysis; Business Process Models; SQL Server; Microsoft Visio; Test Cases; Test Plans; UAT; Data Warehouse; JAD; Application Development; User Acceptance; UML; Web; Activity Diagrams; QA, SME and many more.
You also want to add non-technical skills like research, negotiation, communication, financial planning, and decision-making to your CV if you haven’t already.
These specialised skills will develop your career and set you apart from the competition, not to mention securing your employability well into the future. Take your future into your hands and speak to your employer about how you can close the digital skills gap in your organisation.