Vox selects Teraco to grow data centre footprint

Vox selects Teraco to grow data centre footprint

Keith Laaks, Executive Head: Core, at Vox.

Vox has selected Teraco’s Riverfields Hyperscale data centre facility near Kempton Park as an additional location in the Gauteng region, from which to provide services to a wide range of customers.

“Provisioning of our routing, switching, compute, storage and associated redundant fibre infrastructure has been completed with our co-location and cloud services now in full production. The Riverfields facility forms part of the Vox strategy for geo-redundant services for Carrier, Voice and Cloud customers,” says Keith Laaks, Executive Head: Core, at Vox.

“Vox will deliver open peering as per our policy at the Riverfields location, in addition to NAPAfrica peering. Migration of co-location customers from our Waverley data centre to Riverfields is progressing well. We are shutting down the Vox operated Waverley data centre in November, having opted to outsource a non-core activity, such as data centre facilities management, to a competent provider.”

According to Laaks, the reasons for choosing the location include the trusted long-term relationship between Vox, Teraco and NAPAfrica; its close proximity to the existing Isando facility ensures minimal latencies and the ability to deliver high performance data replication-essential for geo-redundant storage products; and the availability of 6000 m2 of deployment space and over 24 megawatts of stable power.

Carrier connectivity into the Vox footprint is provided by redundant rings delivered by Frogfoot.

The data centre in Bredell is the fourth carrier, cloud and vendor-neutral facility to be built by Teraco. In addition to Isando and Riverfields, Vox also uses Teraco’s Durban and Cape Town data centre through which it delivers its extensive range of services.

“We are very happy with the new facility’s design, level of fault tolerance, maintainability and operations in line with global industry best practices”, concludes Laaks.

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NetDragon launches innovative technologies in Africa

NetDragon launches innovative technologies in Africa

The unveiling ceremony of “N-Power Junior Smart Classroom Project” was held this week.

Online gaming giant, NetDragon Websoft has revealed its newly established footprint in Africa.

NetDragon’s senior management team recently visited Nigeria to explore the opportunity to support the country’s digitalisation in education with the help of NetDragon’s cutting-edge learning technologies. Nigeria’s senior government officials, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of State for Education Anthony Onwuka and Minster of Communications Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu were the representatives for the country in this event.

During the visit, NetDragon and the Nigerian government have agreed to jointly release the “African Digital Education Initiative” in the near future.

In addition, NetDragon has committed to assisting in Nigeria’s construction of “Three Platforms and One Centre” – national education resources public service platform, national teaching community network platform, national digital talent training platform and national future education experience centre, in order to support the country’s basic education, lifelong education and future education initiatives. Dejian Liu, Founder and Chairman of NetDragon, was also awarded “Nigerian Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador”.

Prior to this visit, Nigeria’s senior government officials had previously visited NetDragon’s headquarter located in Fuzhou, China to understand and experience the company’s education products and their integration with VR, AR and AI technologies. A memorandum of cooperation was signed by the two parties during the visit. The two parties are now moving forward to sign the official cooperation agreements, namely “Agreement of Cooperation between Nigeria and NetDragon” and “The Framework Agreement for Initiative of Digital Education in Africa”.

The unveiling ceremony of “N-Power Junior Smart Classroom Project” was also held this week. Headed by the National Social Investment Office of Nigeria, the project aims to improve the technical knowledge and skills of elementary and junior high school students, including programming, computer graphics design, robotics applications, networking and basic engineering applications. In support of this project, NetDragon decided to donate a smart classroom to the Nigerian capital Abuja. Equipped with NetDragon’s flagship products, including Promethean interactive panel, Edmodo, 101 Student Pad and VR Mysticraft, this smart classroom will serve as a use-case demonstration classroom for UNICEF and UNESCO.

On the back of the success of this visit, NetDragon plans to promote the construction of smart classrooms in over 100 districts outside of capital city Abuja in Nigeria. The Company also expects to explore similar partnerships within Africawith Kenya being the next destination.

Dejian Liu commented, “There are imbalances in educational resources around the world, not only in hardware investments, but also in allocation of ‘soft’ resources. NetDragon, together with the Nigerian government, released the ‘African Digital Education Initiative’, hoping that the wisdom of Chinese Internet companies can help African students, and enable children from more regions to experience the fun of learning from advanced technologies.”

Dr. Xiong Li, CEO of NetDragon, added, “Through this China-Africa government-enterprise cooperation, NetDragon hopes to promote United Nations’ vision under its Sustainable Development Goals to ‘ensure inclusiveness and fairness in quality education and provide opportunities for lifelong learning for everyone’. Such vision perfectly echoes with NetDragon’s intention of expanding its education business on a global scale.”

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Why you should consider studying AI and Machine Learning

Why you should consider studying AI and Machine Learning

Why you should consider studying AI and Machine Learning

We’ve entered an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and while many people are still getting used to the idea of AI, education institutions have already started a rollout as part of the curriculum.

For years, we’ve adapted to the traditional way of learning, but today the contemporary classroom has become more digitized with the exploitation of artificial intelligence within schools and teaching students how it is used in the workplace to close the digital skills gap.

The future of learning with AI, and other technologies, should be aimed not only at learning subject content but also at cultivating curiosity, creativity, and resilience in students.

The ethical development of these kinds of innovations will require both teachers and students to have a robust understanding of how to work with data and AI to support their participation in society and across professions.

In the field of artificial intelligence, the possibilities are truly endless. Here are some industries that are transforming within AI.

The Healthcare sector

Healthcare is going to be one of those industries that are elevated and made better by machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Machine learning has the potential to improve remote patient monitoring, where AI algorithms are able to take information from electronic health records, prescriptions, insurance records and even wearable sensor devices to design a personalized treatment plan for patients.

The Financial sector

Artificial Intelligence is taking the financial services industry by storm. Almost every company in the financial technology sector has already started using AI to save time, reduce costs, and add value through the use of algorithms to generate insights, improve customer service, and make predictions about the company’s sales performance.

The Agricultural sector

Agriculture is both a major industry and foundation of the economy. Factors such as climate change, population growth and food security concerns have propelled the industry into seeking more innovative approaches to protecting and improving crop yield. As a result, AI is steadily emerging as part of the industry’s technological evolution and machine learning models are being developed to track and predict various environmental impacts on crop yield, for example, weather changes.

The Transportation sector

Uses for artificial intelligence extend beyond autonomous aircrafts, cars, trucks, and trains. AI can be used to analyze commuter behavior, sentiment, suggestions, and commuting patterns, all of which can help predict accidents, alert emergency services, provide real-time feedback to drivers, and adjust shipping routes to simplify distribution networks. Travel is expected to become smoother, more efficient, and more convenient with the support of AI tools.

AI in Analytics

The need for big data to be interpreted on a daily basis has resulted in a greater demand for artificial intelligence systems. Prompt business decisions are propelling the growth of this dynamic technology because artificial intelligence has the capability to process, analyze, and disseminate data faster than humans can.

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Hyperscalers disrupting the cloud space in Africa

Hyperscalers disrupting the cloud space in Africa

Morne Bekker, South African country manager and district manager for the SADC region at NetApp.

With a dominant position in the cloud and networks, hyperscalers are consequently becoming leaders in the services space. A study conducted by Cisco reveals that hyperscale data centres will represent 53 percent of all installed data centre servers by 2021.

According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2016–2021 White Paper, they will account for 85 percent of the public cloud server installed base in 2021 and 87 percent of public cloud workloads and compute instances.

Not only are hyperscaler disrupting the cloud space in Africa, they are also disrupting the business landscape and company IT spending.

“Customers are looking for new better ways to spend their money and hyperscalers provide them with infrastructure environment to do that. Hyperscalers offer services that customers want and are embracing,” said Morne Bekker, South African country manager and district manager for the SADC region at NetApp.

Advantages of Hyperscalers

The increasing need for data centre and cloud resources from both the business and consumer service perspective has led to the development of large-scale public cloud data centres called hyperscale data centres. Hyperscale cloud operators are increasingly dominating the cloud landscape.

It is not just in the cloud space that hyperscalers are disrupting. Thay have become increasingly influential in the server market over the past years. The companies run massive data centres to keep their web-based businesses up and running and buy huge numbers of servers and other data centre systems.

Bekker says, “Having hyperscalers drastically improves market time. You have got an environment where startups can blossom, they don’t need to have massive upfront investments. Hyperscalers offer agility, flexibility and innovation. They make it easier for businesses to innovate faster and deliver better products, newer feature-rich products that customers want.”

Moving to the cloud

Speaking about moving to the cloud Bekker says enterprises need to analyse and understand their own business. What the requirements are and where they want to go and what they want to achieve.

“There is definitely a cloud play for every single customer out there but each customer needs to determine if its an all-in or all-out. Customers need to understand what they are getting involved with and what they look to benefit from that. What your business impact and requirement is and then build your journey to the cloud. Businesses have a lot to benefit from the cloud”, he said.

Cloud-Ready and Discovery Workshops

Cloud-based services offer a level of agility that gives businesses a level of advantage over competitors. Cloud is ideal for businesses that require flexibility. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors.

Many businesses are moving to the cloud mainly because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits. There are others businesses who have not yet made the move.

Bekker says, “NetApp offers cloud discovery workshops and cloud-ready workshop. These workshops assist customers to analyze their environment, they also help them understand where they are, what they have and help them facilitate the process.”

Data management in the cloud  is critical

Many organisations are concerned with the how to manage the ever-increasing huge volumes of data and to deliver more and more enhanced services with reduced cost. This is where cloud computing comes in. But, as with other cloud computing technologies, cloud data management can introduce opportunities and challenges.

“Data is the lifeblood of your company, you have to be in control of your data, you have to know where it is and who is accessing it. It should be available at the right place at the right time to the right people, said Bekker. Data management is key to cloud, says Bekker.

Companies that do not manage their data properly run multiple risks from a security perspective. Security becomes an issue. They become slow to market products and innovation and the likelyhood is that the company will not have a good customer experience.

Is Africa embracing cloud?

Cloud computing enables developers to concentrate more on the core issues like development of product, rather than worrying about secondary issues like availability of servers, storage space.

Bekker says that Africa is embracing the opportunity for cloud. He says there is a need in the African continent to develop, innovate and bring economic growth.

“Africa has a number of challenges including skills, foreign currencies and being able to trade. That makes cloud a very attractive model from an operational expense perspective rather than a capital-intensive experience,” he concluded.

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Critical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise

Critical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise

Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited.

Successful digital businesses depend on data to provide the insights necessary to deliver new innovations, products, and services. But those insights are only as good as the underlying data. As the number of business decision-makers who depend on real-time data increases, the issue of data governance grows increasingly important.

Data governance is the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of all data used in an enterprise. A good data governance plan will include the existence of a governing body, a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute these procedures.

This is according to Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited Africa, in a comment on an article written by John Walton from Information Management. The article notes that, “The term ‘data rich, information poor’ refers to organisations that have not established the critical components needed to transform their data into actionable insights…. To become data-driven, organisations must provide decision-makers with timely access to clean, consistent, reliable and actionable information, while avoiding the myriad challenges that lie in the way.”

Commenting on the article, Jacobsz clarifies, “In 2011, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is generally regarded as being the inventor of the World Wide Web, commented that data was the ‘new raw material of the 21st century’, likening it to the significance, in the past, of raw commodities such as iron, aluminium and petroleum products, which are all used to produce various processed manufactured goods.

“This interesting comment from Sir Berners-Lee sums up the true importance of data in today’s world, in which we value data for its ability to present insights that in turn help to guide business decision-makers. The right data at the right time can present critical deciding factors that can leap-frog a business ahead of its rivals. However, as we know, the quality of our output begins with the quality of our input. This is where data governance comes into its own: it is key to delivering consistent and reliable information.”

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The author sets out eight critical elements that underpin a successful, long-term information management strategy, as follows:

Governance

Any enterprise information management initiative must blend strong C-Suite sponsorship with representatives from all areas of the business to create a blended team of clinical, IT, and business stakeholders.

Data governance

In order to make accurate business decisions, it’s essential that leadership has access to clean, consistent, and reliable information.

Master data management (MDM)

MDM is closely intertwined with data governance, and is a set of tools and associated methodologies that foster the integration and maintenance of master data. Data stewards must be able to easily maintain the master data domains for which they are responsible.

Metadata management

Metadata management helps companies develop a more holistic understanding of their data by providing easy access to data definitions, formulas, and other essential details. These solutions also facilitate data lineage, which provides a visual depiction of the data’s origin and any changes that occurred prior to it appearing on an executive dashboard or report, which works to create a high degree of data transparency.

Business intelligence (BI)

BI tools enable users to drill down into subsets of information, conduct ad hoc queries, run predictive modelling, and a variety of other functionalities essential to becoming truly data-driven. A key challenge hindering more widespread BI adoption is that many organisations have a poor information management platform, also known as data architecture.

Data architecture

The journey from raw data into actionable analytics is a complicated process. To be successful, companies should adopt a three-tiered data architecture approach in which each layer is designed and modelled to meet specific objectives, namely a “landing area”, a “conformance layer” and finally an “analytic layer,” in which data is transformed into a usable format for BI initiatives.

Data acquisition

In order to populate the data architecture, companies need access to data acquisition tools, also known as Extraction/Transformation/Load, or ETL, tools. Additionally, it is necessary to develop a comprehensive strategy to detect changes in the source system data.

Technical architecture

In order to meet the demand for high performance and reliability, a robust technical architecture composed of dedicated, properly configured servers is required.

As stated in the article, attempts by business owners to become data-driven are often handicapped by ambiguity surrounding the project. Another factor that hampers the move to a data-driven enterprise is a lack of awareness and understanding of the people, processes and technology considerations that are required to make these initiatives successful.

“A data governance strategy makes sure that data is handled in a proper and compliant manner across the business, and is the foundation of effective data management. Data management sets out to ensure that an organisation has different types of data stored in the right place, and that it is being used for the correct reasons. Data management oversees the discarding of unnecessary data, and that data flows through the business cos-effectively and efficiently. In South Africa, the looming implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) reminds us of the importance of data governance,” concludes Jacobsz.

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Accounting 3.0: Adapt to grow – the changing role of the accountant

Accounting 3.0: Adapt to grow – the changing role of the accountant

Accounting 3.0: Adapt to grow – the changing role of the accountant

Jennifer Warawa, EVP of Partners, Accountants & Alliances at Sage, discusses the evolution of accountants from number-crunchers and tax-filers to drivers of business success

Businesses today want more from their accountants. Business strategy, growth planning and future vertical industry trends are all areas that accountants are being expected to input on with knowledge and confidence.

Sage’s own Practice of Now 2018 report found that 83 percent of clients are demanding more today from accountants than five years ago, while 42 percent also expect their accountant to provide business strategy and advice.

It’s likely that many accountants are managing this evolution with a mix of anticipation and trepidation.

Beyond the books

With clear sight into a company’s profits, losses and operational expenditure, accountants have a birds-eye view of a business and can clearly see what growth strategies are working and which aren’t. This vantage point is often under-appreciated and overlooked within the businesses they work for, but accountants can be a fantastic source of information and insight.

Until now many accountants have been expected to ‘do’, often without being asked for their opinion or input on the strategic elements of the business growth plan. But what is certainly clear is that clients’ expectations have changed – and accounting professionals are in a stronger and more valued position than ever before.

For years, accountancy teams have crunched numbers. But now, they are being asked to use these figures to help support new strategies and changes of business direction. Better still, before these strategies are developed they are in a position to give input on business direction based on what the numbers and insights are telling them.

Imagine a world where business strategy is driven by numbers, instead of just supported by them. That time, it seems, is now.

Pushing into new markets, calculating the risk versus benefit of launching new products and services, and determining which parts of a company require investment are all areas of responsibility rarely associated with accountants. Today these are expected of accountants.

This will no doubt be an intimidating prospect for some, and an exciting one for others. So how can accountants keep up with the pace of change and become truly invaluable to their clients? The future of accounting lies in technology innovation and productivity improvement but also in being able to provide guidance and consultancy, beyond their traditional remit.

Shake up today’s business for tomorrow’s success

So, you run a small-to-medium sized business. Your accounts process is working well. However, there still are plenty of opportunities to improve and drive value – and technology innovation is often a good place to start.

For example, wider use of cloud-based systems can dramatically improve processes and drive efficiency. As remote working becomes common practice, cloud accounting enables staff to work seamlessly and quickly, no matter their location. If someone is on the move, reports can be accessed on mobile devices to make instant updates, to which people back in the office can respond immediately. With a master database in place you will also avoid duplication, making for seamless collaboration that will reduce time spent fixing problems and increase productivity.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and the myriad of systems to choose from can be dizzying. But the right technology innovation in accountancy can significantly reduce admin and allow staff to use the time to carry out strategic tasks to bolster a business’ bottom line. Such an approach is given credence when you consider that US businesses alone bleed nearly a billion dollars a day on lost productivity to basic administration tasks.

Augmented accountancy

Many accountants have already significantly changed how they approach their work or service their clients, and the question they may be asking is, ‘what next?’

Technology with machine learning or ‘smart’ capabilities may well be the answer. Through the use of automation and the ability to work anywhere and anytime, some 66% of accountants said they would invest in artificial intelligence.

At first this may require some investment and learning of new skills for accountants and their firms, especially given only 39% of accountants describe themselves as early technology adopters. Yet with an eye on the future, these outlays in money and time can yield much more valuable results further down the line.

Newly skilled accountants, backed by the latest technology, will be better prepared to transition into a world beyond balancing books and filling out forms into one that offers the chance to help drive a

business’ future.

Preparing for change

Mirroring the business world as a whole, accountancy is changing rapidly – and is a very different world from 10 years ago. For some, the evolution is swift and with others it is more of a gradual transition. But regardless, change is an opportunity.

Businesses will almost certainly gain more value from their accountants if they see them less as financial administrators and more as consultants with specialist knowledge and deep operational and strategic insights. Accountants and companies willing to embrace this shift will be at the forefront of future business leadership, while those that resist it risk being left behind.

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Women in Gaming: Sportingbet’s Siddiqa Samsoodien on defying discrimination while smiling

Women in Gaming: Sportingbet’s Siddiqa Samsoodien on defying discrimination while smiling

Siddiqa Samsoodien, CS Supervisor at Sportingbet South Africa

As part of South Africa’s Women’s Month, Clarion Gaming continues to advance the role of women in the industry across the region and internationally with vital insights from some of the industry’s key female figures ahead of this year’s ICE Africa, which takes place on 24 and 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa.

Exploring the challenges facing women in the industry, Siddiqa Samsoodien, CS Supervisor at Sportingbet South Africa, explained: “As a young woman, I have personally faced many challenges in the workplace environment and these challenges grew increasingly difficult once I became a mother. Being in a sports environment, a lot of men automatically assume that they know more than you. ‘Who scored the first goal in the game?’, ‘What is the meaning of handicap?’, men ask women these questions all the time in the hope that they will have the opportunity to correct us as we will probably, in their opinion, get it wrong. This is wrong!

“In the face of this, our response has to be with confidence, as we know that our understanding is always on guard,” she continued. “We make it our mission to strive and prove that we are worthy of being part of the gaming industry as women. On more than one occasion once I open my mouth and discuss the transfer window or Chelsea’s chances of winning the league, men will look at me with shock – surprise!”

Commenting on the path to her current role at Sportingbet, one of Africa’s fastest growing online sportsbetting platforms, Siddiqa said: “It has been a constant challenge to earn respect from men and especially male customers – there is a feeling of having to prove yourself in order to be respected in your position. It should be known that I would not be in the position I am in if I didn’t not only know the material but also have a passion for it. Most times, we as women have to deal with the bias and discrimination on a daily basis and we have to do it while smiling.

“It is unfair, but I have learnt how to handle this and learnt I don’t need to be able to throw some banter around the office to be taken seriously – it does help though. The best advice I could give myself in the past is to let your work do the talking. I know who I am and what I am capable of and this is a lesson I hope to teach my female colleagues and daughter one day. I am essentially very lucky to be a young professional in this day and age and, more importantly, I am lucky to have supporting male colleagues who not only believe in me but also invest in me. Having a support system that encourages your growth and listens to your ideas makes the world of difference for women in the working world.”

Discussing the day-to-day challenges within the industry, she stated: “Sometimes, I still sit back when I have an idea and think to myself, ‘is this going to add value’? I think this is one my biggest challenges and something that I personally try to overcome on a daily basis. Yes, I have worked with men who have undermined me in the past, but I am now working with, and surrounded by, great male and female colleagues and, even though it’s a slow personal development, there is improvement. A woman and her self-doubt kill more dreams than men ever could.”

“As women, we need to cut the self-doubt in half and double the confidence, as it plays a big role in success. Everyone has to earn credibility, but, realistically, it is much tougher for women,” she continued. “Luckily, we know how to work hard and look good doing it. We practically have to put in twice the amount of effort to get the same amount of acknowledgement from our male co-workers. Unfortunately, this seems to be the all-round reality, but it is important to look at a challenge and use it as your motivation to grow.”

“As women and mothers, we have to face a great deal of challenges and, as exhausting as it can be, it is good, because this helps build character. It promotes personal and professional development. We as women need to realize that we have so much to offer and times aren’t just changing, they have changed. Even though the bias is still there, and will probably always be, the way we deal with it is so important. I am very fond of the saying ‘you are your own worst enemy’ – we as women are already facing so many challenges, let’s not add self-doubt to that.”

“My advice to aspiring young professionals and especially young females in a mostly male-dominated industry is to NOT GIVE UP. Always stay true to yourself. Work hard and always put your best foot forward. Even when you are being undermined or doubted, it is important to not let the opinions and predisposed thoughts of others hinder you from doing, and being, the best. Set goals for yourself and do not let anyone get in the way of you achieving them. Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your opinions. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’,” concluded Siddiqa.

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Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears

Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2017 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk listens to US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC. Tesla shares took a pounding Friday amid fresh fears about the future of the electric carmaker after a wide-ranging interview with chief executive Elon Musk in which he revealed his struggles with exhaustion and a lengthy but unsuccessful effort to find a number two executive. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

Tesla shares took a pounding Friday amid fresh fears about the future of the electric carmaker after a wide-ranging interview with chief executive Elon Musk in which he revealed his struggles with exhaustion and a lengthy but unsuccessful effort to find a number two executive.

In closing trade, Tesla shares skidded 8.9 percent to $305.50 following the publication of the interview with The New York Times.

Musk opened up to the newspaper about the personal toll he says he has endured, working marathon hours trying to ensure that deadlines are met, with Tesla ramping up production of its crucial Model 3 sedan.

“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” Musk said.

“This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career. It was excruciating.”

Musk also revealed he needed to take prescription medication to sleep during the latest ordeals, and disclosed he had approached Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg about becoming his number two at Tesla.

The brash South African-born entrepreneur also sought to explain his tweet earlier this month about taking Tesla private, which has drawn scrutiny from regulators.

He explained that the August 7 tweet claiming assurance that funding for going private was secured was an attempt to be transparent, even though it provoked questions from analysts about whether it violated stock market regulations.

He and other board members are preparing to meet with Securities and Exchange Commission officials as early as next week, the Times said.

Musk acknowledged that no one read his Twitter post before he sent it, but insisted he did not regret it.

“Why would I?” he said.

‘He is one guy’
Musk, who envisions sending tourists to the Moon with his private firm SpaceX and has unveiled ambitious plans for high-speed trains and other projects, is recognized as one of the most influential innovators in the United States.

But he has appeared to fray under the pressure in recent months.

“Part of the issue from my perspective is focus,” said Roger Kay, an analyst and consultant with Endpoint Technologies Associates.

“He is one guy and he has multiple companies. Any one of those requires the full attention of the CEO.”

Kay said the comments on his personal issues “is not going to get him any sympathy,” but added: “It’s not a question of whether he is likable, what matters is whether he can function.”

The analyst noted that “there isn’t anyone currently who can pick up the slack for him (as a number two). But he needs to get that person in place pretty quick.”

Art Hogan, chief market strategist for B. Riley FBR, said the interview “did not improve the image of the company or the CEO,” while adding to uncertainty about Tesla’s future.

“If we say we simply remove Elon Musk from the situation, I don’t know if that does much good. I don’t know what the bench looks like behind him,” Hogan said.

Tesla’s future
Tesla produced slightly more than 100,000 vehicles last year and the company has been struggling to boost production of its Model 3, which is less expensive than its first models and could help expand Tesla’s base.

On the physical toll his job is taking, Musk said: “It’s not been great, actually. I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”

He described spending every hour of his 47th birthday in June at work and almost missing his brother’s wedding.

On Monday, Musk explained in a blog post that his much-scrutinized statements about financing were based on his conversations with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and other investors.

If delisted, Tesla could operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm. However, it could also lose visibility and limit its ability to raise capital.

Musk told the Times that board members had not complained to him about his tweet.

But the paper said he later told them through a spokesperson that Antonio Gracias, Tesla’s lead independent director, had in fact contacted him to discuss the Twitter post.

Musk added he had agreed not to tweet again about taking the firm private unless he had discussed it with the board.

The tycoon has caused controversy by turning to his Twitter following of more than 22 million to vent frustrations in recent months.

In one bizarre moment in July, Musk labeled a British caver a “pedo” — or pedophile — after the rescuer dismissed the Tesla chief’s idea for bringing 12 trapped Thai boys to safety in a miniature submarine.

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Apple set to launch self-driving car

Apple set to launch self-driving car

The Apple Car may roll out between 2023 and 2025, predicts an analyst, as the company drives towards its next trillion.

Cupertino-based company Apple is rumoured to be working on a self-driving car. The Apple Car may roll out between 2023 and 2025, predicts an analyst, as the company drives towards its next trillion, reports MacRumors.

Apple will earn its two trillion dollar market cap through its services business, an augmented reality headset, and an Apple Car, according to reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who now works for TF International Securities and today sent out a new note for investors outlining products that he expects to see in Apple’s future.

According to Kuo, Apple will launch an Apple Car sometime between 2023 and 2025, with the car set to be positioned as “the next star product.” Kuo foresees the Apple Car revolutionizing the automobile market much as the iPhone did back in 2007.

“Apple’s leading technology advances (e.g. AR) would redefine cars and differentiate Apple Car from peers’ products,”Kuo said in a report.
“Apple’s service will grow significantly by entering the huge car finance market via Apple Car, and Apple can do a better integration of hardware, software, and service than current competitors in the consumer electronics sector and potential competitors in the auto sector,” he added.

The claims run counter to recent reports that said Apple had shelved its plans to develop a car, due to internal disagreements and a desire to pursue the technology behind self-driving cars instead.

Apple hasn’t revealed much publicly about its self-driving car program, referred to internally as Project Titan.

In May, it was revealed that Apple’s self-driving car fleet had grown to 55 vehicles.

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ESET launches a new line of endpoint security solutions

ESET launches a new line of endpoint security solutions

ESET Southern Africa CEO, Carey van Vlaanderen.

Cybersecurity research and endpoint security company, ESET announced the launch of its new line of endpoint security solutions designed to provide tools for prevention and management of cyber risks on a global scale.

ESET is raising its game with the introduction of ESET Dynamic Threat Defense, an off-premise cloud sandboxing solution providing almost instant analysis of zero-day and ransomware threats before they reach the network.

As recently reported by Forrester[1], buyers want an “endpoint security suite that consolidates capabilities and minimises complexity when possible.” ESET’s new line of cybersecurity solutions meets this demand and offers something extra.

The new line of security solutions also welcomes the brand-new ESET Security Management Center, a revamp of the renowned online console ESET Remote Administrator. This online console provides not only complete network visibility and full security management via one single pane of glass, but also fully customisable reporting and single-click threat remediation, adding important complexity-minimising elements to the whole suite.

“We understand global businesses increasingly requires cybersecurity solutions that are more tailored to their specific needs” explained Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO at ESET Southern Africa. “Get your hands on our latest offering and you’ll see how easily manageable a security solution can be.”

The ESET Endpoint Protection solutions offers business increased protection with the new Ransomware Shield and additional protection layer that evaluates all executed applications based on their behaviour and reputation in order to block ransomware. With increased visibility of the alerts being sent to ESET LiveGrid– a platform made up of 110 million sensors worldwide and verified by ESET research & development centres. This allows customers to have the highest level of confidence when viewing data and reports within their consoles.

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