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Is Angola Africa’s next tech superstar?

Recent tech activity in Angola could be a sign of more to come, but the jury is out on whether ‘rising giant’ status applies.
Angola’s ICT sector and telecommunications industry have made headlines of late, inspired by João Lourenço-led government talk of licensing a new telco to bolster domestic competition. This is in addition to the country’s prominence as a landing site for fibre-optic cable networks and launch-pad for relevant projects. But is it premature to describe the market as a ‘rising giant’?

Read more Source: http://www.brainstormmag.co.za/verticals/14387-is-angola-africa-s-next-tech-superstar

Lenovo warns of price hikes to absorb U.S. tariffs, shares slide

(Reuters) – China’s Lenovo Group, the world’s largest PC maker, warned it will have to raise product prices if U.S. tariffs increase, sending its shares tumbling 6.5% to two-month lows.

Lenovo’s warning amid mounting business uncertainty due to the U.S.-China trade war cast doubt on its sales outlook and took the shine off forecast-beating quarterly results where robust PC sales helped the company more than double its profit.

Read more Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lenovo-results/lenovo-warns-of-price-hikes-to-absorb-u-s-tariffs-shares-slide-idUSKCN1V42E6

Method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential

The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one, say scientists. Now researchers are proposing a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that have the most potential to produce cost-effective solar power.

Read more Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190807190815.htm

Bring my home tech support!?

Too many passwords

“your password is incorrect”

Ransomware a growing threat to SA organisations

The rise in cybercrime is unprecedented, writes Ian Jansen van Rensburg, Senior Systems Engineer at VMware. Over one-third of South African IT decision-makers (35%) are on high alert and are expecting cyber-attacks on their businesses within days.

Moreover, besides expecting imminent attacks, another 31% of organisations are expecting an attack with the year. Fewer than one in five IT decision-makers in SA enterprises believe themselves safe from attack in the next two years.

These were two of the findings of a new research study dubbed “The State of Enterprise Security in South Africa 2019,” conducted by World Wide Worx in partnership with Trend Micro and VMware.

 

Read more Source: http://www.business-it.co.za/ransomware-a-growing-threat-to-sa-organisations/

Going green is harder than you think

Unfortunately, the hype around going ‘green’ has blurred the lines of the real issue at hand: excessive consumption of rapidly declining resources. The above-mentioned scenario may leave one feeling slightly dreary about where to start a ‘greening’ initiative – because despite all the confusion surrounding the issue, the need to adapt to more sustainable and viable consumption practices remains vital for any organisation.

When implemented correctly, IT’s propensity to contribute significantly to energy-savings is perhaps one of the most straightforward ways an organisation can decrease its environmental impact. Because IT equipment is generally updated every three or four years, it creates an ideal opportunity for the introduction of newer, more efficient technologies – and cost saving can be considerable, up to 50 percent in some cases.

The IT industry is by no means exempt from greenwashing tactics and companies can be blindsided by thinking they are purchasing a ‘green’ product when in fact the product adds to the impact on our environment at the end of its lifecycle.  Take notebooks with extended batteries and hard drives that require less energy.  As notebooks take over the sale of PCs and companies increasing adopt this mobile enabler whilst patting themselves on the back that they are contributing positively to the environment through the support of these product, the question of how these notebooks are disposed of should be raised and more pertinently, how do they impact the environment at this point?

But sometimes common sense should prevail. While manufacturers’ efforts to deliver ‘green’ products must be commended; organisations need to think holistically about ‘going green’ and should consider the entire lifecycle of the products or technologies they intend to use before making an investment. The corporate world’s role in reducing the carbon footprint is enormous, and thus it is essential that it does not fall prey to greenwashing tactics, but rather that organisations take it upon themselves to look deeper than ‘product labels’, and more thoroughly scrutinise the claims made.

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