Watch 30 minutes of Monster Hunter World gameplay

Watch 30 minutes of Monster Hunter World gameplay

Watch 30 minutes of Monster Hunter World gameplay.

The third and final beta for Monster Hunter World had begun on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 2 a.m. (UTC) and will conclude on Monday, January 22 at 1:59 a.m. (UTC).

The download client, for the PlayStation 4 beta, was made available to players for pre-load two days ahead of the start of the beta on the 17th of January 2018.

In regards to content for the beta, Capcom stated that: “For this third and final round of the beta, we’re adding a new quest featuring the fearsome Nergigante! Take this last opportunity to dive into the new world of Monster Hunter ahead of the game’s release!”

Our overall experience with the beta was rather great. Granted, Monster Hunter World has a steep learning curve; however, after a few practice sessions, you will find yourself wanting to take on the biggest, baddest monsters in the game.

Monster Hunter World’s performance was impressive, during the beta, when running on the PlayStation 4 Pro. The game ran at a solid pace with little to no drops when running in ‘Prioritise Graphics’ mode.

By: Darryl Linington
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IBM Cloud now connected to BT’s ‘Cloud of Clouds’

IBM Cloud now connected to BT’s ‘Cloud of Clouds’

Keith Langridge, vice president of network services at BT.

BT has announced the launch of a new service to provide global businesses with direct access to IBM Cloud via the BT network on Wednesday 10 January 2018. BT Cloud Connect Direct for IBM offers businesses the benefits of network performance when building and deploying business applications and data on the IBM Cloud.

With Cloud Connect Direct for IBM, BT customers receive a connection to the IBM Cloud so they can access services including compute, network and storage infrastructure as well as an extensive catalogue spanning AI, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), data and analytics capabilities. Direct cloud connectivity helps businesses achieve better performance, security and availability compared to connecting over the open internet.

Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is being delivered into IBM Cloud data centres in the UK via IBM Cloud Direct Link, a network service designed to secure and accelerate data transfer between private infrastructure and the public cloud. This will be followed in the coming months with direct connectivity into IBM Cloud data centres in mainland Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, optimising performance and compliance for customers in those regions. Cloud Connect Direct for IBM will be managed and supported from a single BT-managed service desk, providing proactive management and quality of service.

Keith Langridge, vice president of network services at BT, said: “Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is designed to help businesses fully harness the potential of high-value digital services delivered via IBM Cloud. Businesses deploying IBM Cloud services can now benefit from improved performance, security and reliability, creating a rich digital experience for their customers and employees.”

Kit Linton, vice president of network, IBM Cloud said: “Enterprises are rapidly turning to the cloud to modernise their core applications and build cloud-native solutions that leverage AI, IoT, Blockchain and more. The collaboration with BT will help enterprises around the world seamlessly connect to the IBM Cloud so they can maximise their data and generate new business value.”

Cloud Connect Direct for IBM leverages BT’s global network reach, spanning 198 countries and territories. The service is designed, implemented and supported as part of the customer’s existing network infrastructure. This means less redesign, less change and more consistency with existing network practice when connecting to new cloud services.

Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is available to customers globally today. Cloud Connect Direct for IBM is the latest development in BT’s Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy, which has been helping customers since 2015 on their digital transformation journeys by connecting them easily and securely to a world-class ecosystem of cloud services, applications and data.

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Execution is key to digital success

Execution is key to digital success

Monique Williams, Hyland Southern Africa Regional Manager.

Many companies have enjoyed significant efficiencies from partial digitisation in recent years, but there’s still a lot of paper flying about many everyday offices. Most agree that achieving truly paperless processes would greatly impact business and enhance customer service. However, many find the idea of implementing the tools they need to achieve digitisation daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be. Enterprise content management (ECM) does most of the hard work, allowing digitised documents and files in a wide range of formats to be searched, managed and made available to staff across the organisation, often automatically. While the path to success may be manageable, the outcome of a digitisation project will be significantly enhanced by addressing some fundamental issues.

Step 1: Know what you want
It’s important to have a clear vision of exactly what you want from your ECM solution – as well as why. What specific processes are too complicated or paper-heavy in the business? What problems would your ideal solution solve? Could platform capabilities including ECM, assist one department or be extended throughout the organisation?

ECM is about streamlining as much as it is about organising. Setting out what you want from an ECM solution is a good way to re-examine where business processes can be automated, attenuated and ultimately made more efficient.

Step 2: Know your users
Once you have a vision of a new digital way of working, you will need to think about implementing it from a practical viewpoint. Many IT projects fall short of their full potential because they are not widely adopted by staff. It is essential to keep staff on board during the planning and implementation stage and, in particular, key team members.

A good approach is to involve the people who will actually be using the system from the very beginning. Talk to them, find out what their challenges are and ask for their input and ideas. This helps build end-user buy-in and vastly increases the chances of achieving full adoption once the technical installation is complete.

Allow key staff to become ‘champions’ of the new technology, experimenting with it at an early stage and developing uses for the system within their area of expertise of work.

Early buy-in across the organisation will not only spread the idea and generate usage scenarios, but will also increase user adoption once the system is implemented. You will, therefore, end up with a system that uses technology for the benefit of company and staff, rather than an imposed solution that resourceful workers will rapidly bypass.

Step 3: The end game
Whenever you consider a business-wide system change, you should keep in mind how it will affect your staff. Empathy is key here. Remember that your end users may not care about projected cost savings. What matters to them is the efficiency they can achieve to complete tasks faster, which allows them to spend their time on more satisfying and valuable work.

Appropriate planning, vision and engagement are key to swift adoption across the business. Target quick wins, thereby building staff confidence and belief in the new approach.

As the new way of working evolves and customer trends are taken into account, the system will become flexible enough to allow even more business processes to be automated or changed into more appropriate digital formats.

By Monique Williams, Hyland Southern Africa Regional Manager

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Using cyber intelligence to catch cybercriminals

Using cyber intelligence to catch cybercriminals

Using cyber intelligence to catch cybercriminals. (Image Source: ).

The story of a local bank being taken for R300 million by cyber criminals who had 100 people withdrawing money from ATMs in Japan made the headlines. But South African companies, unlike their US counterparts, are not required by law to report cases of cyber theft so how many more have gone by unmentioned? The bank reportedly never got its cash back so it’s still wise to secure your systems from attack; the more proactive the better.

The likelihood of cyber attackers plundering your vaults is already vast and growing daily. The threat landscape today is highly sophisticated but our defences are typically out-dated and reactive systems. That’s because today’s hackers are often young professionals who work for organised crime syndicates and in many cases they target specific, high-value organisations.

A colleague from IBM, which supplies the i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis solution, worked with the Mexican secret service to combat drug cartels funding organised cybercrime, for example. The cartels have a well of finances the envy of many enterprises so they get the best skills, the best tools, and they have time on their side.

The i2 solution is a sophisticated, next-generation threat analysis solution used by the Mexican secret service, 32 out of 36 policing organisations in the UK, including MI5 and MI6, the FBI, Israel’s Mossad, various military units, and the police in South Africa. It has evolved to be relevant by helping catch bad guys for 26 years and is now commercialised and available for enterprises.

The reason you need it yourself instead of going to the police for help, when they already have this tool, is that they are under-resourced, just as their counterparts are elsewhere in the world. And they have much bigger physical world crime issues on their hands. They are good at kicking down doors. They’re less experienced at hunting cybercriminals who lurk in basements behind packet sniffers, tapped cables, and who make man in the middle attacks on obscure data centres in Brussels back rooms.

But to get the cops to kick in a specific door you must be able to reliably tell them which one. That’s what we’re doing with i2. And we’re helping businesses understand their vulnerabilities at any given moment – as well as giving them the tools to investigate, rapidly find the perpetrators, and give law enforcement actionable insights.

Another fact of cyber attacks is that they almost never materialise out of the blue and they’re almost never successful on the first attempt. They typically occur in stages. The crooks test your defences, fail, and return with new approaches to defeat your static counters. They’re fluid and you’re not, the warning signs are usually there, and we would have seen them had we looked.

We need to keep tabs on insider fraud via structured transactional data, chatter in the deep web in services such as Pastebin, unstructured data in our internal reports, and social media feeds where more human chatter occurs. We wrap that up in a dashboard that’s easy and quick for executives to keep an eye on but into which they can drill as deep as they like to ascertain the precise facts.

Behind the dashboard tiered security with intelligent analyses form sophisticated barriers that help you pivot faster than the bad guys. Tier one firewalls have policies that zap IPs that originate from countries in which you don’t operate. They trap known malware and vaporise it. They trap large attachments for human inspection. At tier two you correlate events. They take care of what’s known as the 5km, one-minute card rule where a single bank card cannot be used to withdraw money from two different ATMs, 5km apart, within one minute of each other.

Once you’ve matured tier two you begin to create the intelligence I’ve spoken about. It’s tier three, human-driven intelligence with automated help that visualises the associations to feed intelligent questioning. And the entire time it’s updating the dashboard vulnerability scenario so the executives can see that cutting security personnel or other resources increases work in progress and cycle times, indicating problems, and demonstrating their exposure in light of legislation such as Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.

It’s an approach that helps you find the crooks when they’re still trying to access your systems and helps you feed law enforcement actionable intelligence they can use to kick down doors.

By Tallen Harmsen, head of IndigoCube Cyber Security

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South African top Google searches this week

South African top Google searches this week

South African top Google searches this week.

South Africans generally tend to search for topics related to sports and news, and this week was no different.

Some of the most searched topics this week in South Africa included the death of a musical legend, a collapse in the world’s largest cryptocurrency, an ongoing disease outbreak, as well as the emergence of a sporting superstar.

To start off the week, the world learned of the sudden death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. The 46-year-old singer received tributes from peers, celebrities, and millions of ordinary fans around the globe. As people sought to find out more about the life and death of the Irish artist, South Africans searched her name more than 50 000 times.

South Africans were again searching for “Listeriosis” over 50 000 times on Tuesday. It has been reported to date, that 67 people are known to have died from the disease, with the outbreak potentially being the world’s worst. Again on Tuesday, interest spiked in Bitcoin which was searched over 50 000 times as the price of the cryptocurrency fell dramatically, plummeting 14% amid fears of crackdowns by regulators.

On Wednesday, cricketer Lungi Ngidi topped search rankings with over 10 000 searches as his man-of-the-match performance helped South Africa wrap up the test series against India. That same day also saw 10 000+ searches for Hoerskool Overvaal, an Afrikaans school where the Gauteng Education Department tried to place 55 English-speaking learners. Kim Kardashian also made the list as she announced the birth of her third child, this one by a surrogate.

Other top searches for the week included “Manchester United” with 20 000+ searches following their 3-0 defeat of Stoke City, “Unisa Online Application” at over 10 000 searches, with the same amount of searches was “Siam Lee” and “Australian Open.”

People search for things they hear or see on the news, and sports search terms trend several times a week, on average, every week.

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CONNECT Hackathon Series to run in five cities in Africa

CONNECT Hackathon Series to run in five cities in Africa

CONNECT Hackathon Series to run in five cities in Africa

WhereIsMyTransport a provider of public transport data service provider has partnered with Facebook for Developers to host the ‘CONNECT Hackathon Series’. The first event is taking place at GEN’s 22 on Sloane Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa from 19 to 21 January 2018.

Hosted across four additional cities including Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi, the CONNECT series will bring together diverse developers and startups looking to build innovative location-aware applications to address the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods in the region’s cities.

In Johannesburg, Facebook and WhereIsMyTransport will provide access and expertise to help participants build mobile solutions that combine the Facebook Places Graph API and the WhereIsMyTransport Public Transport API. In all the cities across the region, the CONNECT series will partner with local hubs of innovation, like 22 on Sloane, and local Developer Circles from Facebook – the company’s program to support communities of people passionate about technology, sharing ideas, learning, and collaborating.

The winning team will be awarded $1000 USD, with second and third place winners provided with $500 each in Facebook advertising credits. Additionally, all three teams will be provided with a year’s worth of free access to the WhereIsMyTransport Public Transport API.

Commenting on the CONNECT Hackathon series, Marsh Reddy, Platform Evangelist from WhereIsMyTransport said: “I think we have put together something really special for the Gauteng. Digitalising public transport routes in the region allow for local talent to build solutions that help citizens directly. We’re looking forward to seeing what gets built.”

Proud Dzambukira, Strategic Partner Manager Platform Partnerships; Sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook, added: “Facebook is defined by its hacker culture, and we’re excited to be partnering with WhereIsMyTransport to bring this hackathon series to the developer community. Efficiently moving people and goods between places is a fundamental problem that a number of startups are solving for cities in the region. Our platform can help add significant value to that work and we’re eager to see the innovative solutions which will be created from these events.”

For the Gauteng instalment of the CONNECT Hackathon series, additional support from MLabs, The Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport, Gautrain Management Agency, SANRAL, National Department of Transport, the Cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Ekurhuleni helped bring this special initiative to life.

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Vodacom voice services down, users share frustrations on Twitter

Vodacom voice services down, users share frustrations on Twitter

Vodacom voice services down, users share frustrations on Twitter.

Vodacom customers in Gauteng, South Africa experienced difficulty making and receiving calls on Friday morning, 19 January 2018, as the telco’s voice services were reportedly down.

Users from other parts of the country revealed that they were also experiencing difficulting making and receiving calls.

The telecom operator announced on social media that it was aware of the issue and working to fix it urgently.

Vodacom is aware that certain customers in and around Gauteng are unable to make calls. Our technicians are attending to the issue as a matter of urgency to restore normal service as soon as possible. Internet connectivity is unaffected. We apologise for the inconvenience.

— Vodacom (@Vodacom) January 19, 2018

Vodacom later resolved the issue, but not after hundreds of customers took to Twitter to voice out their frustrations. Here are some reactions from the customers.

Dear @Vodacom , i had an interview at 9 needed to call my prospective employer as i was struggling to locate their offices. Ur network was down. Found the place 45 min later. I have lost out on an opportunity of a lifetime, ur incompetence is costing us poor people..

— Bo Malatji (@Bodiba18) January 19, 2018

#Vodacom please confirm if network is down and estimated time of restoration

— Devon Rimmington (@RimmingtonDevon) January 19, 2018

#Vodacom has not been good to me this morning… dropped calls, missed calls and now we get confirmation the network MAYBE down in Gauteng… If this was government , we would be outraged @Vodacom

— Hajra (@HajraOmarjee) January 19, 2018

@Vodacom can’t make phone calls. Is the whole network down?

— Julie S (@wish4always) January 19, 2018

@Vodacom Vodacom is down people in Midrand and Sandton can’t make calls #poorservice #Januworry… Kindly refund me for the business I have lost due to your outage @CellC or @TelkomZA please sign me up

— SA_CITIZEN1 (@SA_CITIZEN1) January 19, 2018

People losing their mind cause calls on Vodacom are down.

— Luu Kubheka (@CoolKid_Skinny) January 19, 2018

Can’t wait. A month til I port out after being with you since 1996. Down with bad service!!!

— John Crewe (@bigjohnson2) January 19, 2018

@Vodacom111 is Vodacom down? I can’t make or receive calls! Restarted my phone etc, still nothing.

— Iain Busschau (@iainbusschau) January 19, 2018

@Vodacom111 @Vodacom hi is your service down. I am unable to make or receive phone calls?

— Christiaan Smit (@smitchristiaan) January 19, 2018

Vodacom is down can’t make calls any of us #vodacom

— Jean-Pierre du Toit (@fix_a_roof_jhb) January 19, 2018

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South Africa: Tshimologong and BCX launch digital innovation programme

South Africa: Tshimologong and BCX launch digital innovation programme

South Africa: Tshimologong and BCX launch digital innovation programme.

On Friday 19 January 2018, Wits University’s, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, announced the launch of the BCX Innovation Programme and are inviting technology start-ups to apply.

Tanye ver Loren van Themaat, Tshimologong Incubator and Accelerator Manager, said the programme is part of BCX and Telkom Innovation Programme, and is an exciting opportunity to grow and develop innovative digital start-ups that are in Prototype Stage.

“If you have a digital business that could benefit from a boost, the BCX National Innovation Programme will provide you with an opportunity to grow and scale to become a global disruptor, said ver Loren van Themaat. “One of the biggest benefits is the chance to become a supplier or partner to Telkom or BCX,” she added.

Solutions like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things, gamification and nanotech to fields like agriculture, smart cities, safety and security, education or retail are fields that ver Loren van Themaat believes are of particular interest: “We would like to offer budding digital businesses a unique opportunity to continue innovating and make a significant impact within the ICT sector.”

Other benefits of the innovation programme includes refining and developing businesses, market readiness through expert mentorship; developing your network, access to Tshimologong precinct; market access via Spliceworks; access to the Tshimologong network; co-working space at the precinct and access to finding opportunities.

With the deadline looming (23 January 2018), interested applicants are urged to apply through www.startup.joburg and become a future digital success maker.

The BCX Innovation Programme will run every Thursday, from 8 February until 15 March 2018 in the evenings.

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Digital Health Cape Town announces finalists for Accelerator Programme

Digital Health Cape Town announces finalists for Accelerator Programme

Digital Health Cape Town announces finalists for Accelerator Programme.

On 19 January 2018, South Africa’s first dedicated digital health accelerator, Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), announced their top finalists for their inaugural Accelerator Programme designed to foster local eHealth innovation.

The selected finalists have each developed innovative eHealth solutions that address real-world problems. The successful participants are:

· Petrus Van Niekerk: Udok – Online Booking – Udok has digital solutions that allow doctors to interact remotely with patients, facilitate treatment and monitor care.

· Dr William Mapham: Vula Mobile – Vula is a referral platform which links health workers to specialists in tertiary hospitals.

· Dr Anuschka Coovadia: HealthAtHome – HealthAtHome aims to provide high quality, affordable, patient-centric care to patients in the convenience of their homes.

· Brighton Khumalo: ConnecTB – ConnecTB is a web tool allows administrators, supervisors and directly observed therapy (DOT) providers to register and monitor TB patients.

· Nicole Van Der Merwe: GeneCare Molecular Genetics – GeneCare’s platform will deliver high-quality exercise programmes, educational video-coaching, and access to customised diet plans.

· Dr Musaed Abrahams: Aviro Health – The Aviro ART Treatment Mentor app helps nurses in primary care settings to efficiently treat HIV patients.

· Suretha Erasmus: GC Network – GC Network’s Pregnancy Screening app informs individuals of their risk for a chromosome abnormality in their pregnancy, provides detailed information of available prenatal tests and empowers them to make informed decisions.

· Vere Shaba: RAR Group VRHEALTH – VRHealth is a safe, virtual environment where those admitted in rehabilitation centres for substance abuse can develop new behavioural patterns in a realistic, immersive virtual world.

The eHealth startup finalists will take part in a 10-week programme starting on 23rd January 2018. As part of the programme, they will receive mentoring and in-person sessions with eHealth systems experts and engage in product design discussions with key opinion leaders. The sessions will focus on digital health problem and solution development; strategic planning and alignment to the healthcare environment; defining and marketing a value proposition; stakeholder’s analysis, building a sales pipeline and pitching a business plan, as well as the execution of projects and operations.

“We are excited to be part of the DHCT Accelerator Programme which brings together great minds to shape the future of the African healthcare landscape. Such programmes provide the collaboration and thinking that are the ingredients to creating a new healthcare innovation ecosystem, where we do anything but business as usual,” said Dr Niri Naidoo, Clinical and Operations Executive at Bankmed and Corporate Mentor in the DHCT Accelerator Programme.

“Africa, in responding to its unique healthcare challenges, will benefit from innovative approaches as it is a populace eager for progress. It is an opportune time to explore digital health where the internet, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are going to make a significant impact on healthcare,” concluded Richard Gordon, Executive Director: Grants Innovation and Product Development at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Judge in the DHCT Accelerator Programme.

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WhatsApp launches business focused app

WhatsApp launches business focused app

WhatsApp launches business-focused app

On Thursday 18 January 2018 WhatsApp announced via its blog that it launching WhatsApp Business, a free-to-download Android app for small businesses.

The new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them.

Here’s how:

  • Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website.
  • Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools — quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you’re busy.
  • Messaging Statistics: Review simple metrics like the number of messages read to see what’s working.
  • WhatsApp Web: Send and receive messages with WhatsApp Business on your desktop.
  • Account Type: People will know that they’re talking to a business because you will be listed as a Business Account. Over time, some businesses will have Confirmed Accounts once it’s been confirmed that the account phone number matches the business phone number.

The company highlighted that people can continue using WhatsApp as usual, there’s no need to download anything new. The added that users will continue to have full control over the messages they receive, with the ability to block any number, including businesses, as well as report spam.

The company revealed that WhatsApp Business is available today and free to download on Google Play in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. The app is rolling out around the world in the coming weeks.

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