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Telkom LIT TV streaming video platform unveiled with zero rated data

Posted on: Thu, 2017-08-24 - 13:48 By: danie

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Telkom LIT TV streaming video platform unveiled with zero rated data

Telkom has unveiled LIT, a media platform for its subscribers that gives them access to streaming video and music content.

Mobile subscribers on its FreeMe 2GB contracts and up can stream content from certain partners for free, while its higher-end customers can look forward to an offering called LIT TV.

LIT TV from Telkom lets you stream shows, movies, and music at home without depleting your data.

The content partners on LIT at launch are:
- Google Play Music and Movies
- iTunes and Apple Music
- Netflix
- Showmax
- DSTV Online
- YouTube
- Simfy Africa

SmartBroadband Wireless 50GB and 100GB packages will also include the media box on a promotion, while stocks last. The media box is also available separately for R49.99 per month for 24 months, or at an outright purchase of R1,099.

Telkom LIT TV will be launched alongside the company’s Summer Campaign in September.

"So we will know more about it from 1 September but it does show this is not the Telkom of yesteryear.... It also heralds the advent of ISP's leveraging off YV and movie streaming going mainstream. One can only wonder how this will further affect the SABC. The moment my 3D TV finally packs up, that will be the end of my SABC TV license. Since I bought this TV a few years back, it has only been connected to the Internet and has never seen any broadcast TV antennae near it."

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadband/225867-telkom-lit-tv-streaming-video-platform-unveiled.html

Telkom LIT TV streaming video platform unveiled
Telkom has unveiled LIT, a media streaming platform for its subscribers.

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Food safety with blockchain to trace contaminated product to its source in a short amount of time

Posted on: Thu, 2017-08-24 - 00:05 By: danie

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Food safety with blockchain to trace contaminated product to its source in a short amount of time

A group of leading companies across the global food supply chain have announced a major blockchain collaboration with IBM that is intended to strengthen consumer confidence in the global food system.

The consortium includes Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart, who will work with IBM to identify new areas where the global supply chain can benefit from blockchain.

Every year, one in 10 fall ill and 400 000 die due to contaminated food.
Many of the critical issues impacting food safety such as cross-contamination, the spread of food-borne illness, unnecessary waste and the economic burden of recalls are magnified by lack of access to information and traceability. It can take weeks to identify the precise point of contamination, causing further illness, lost revenue and wasted product.

Blockchain is ideally suited to help address these challenges because it establishes a trusted environment for all transactions. In the case of the global food supply chain, all participants growers, suppliers, processors, distributors, retailers, regulators and consumers can gain permissioned access to known and trusted information regarding the origin and state of food for their transactions.

This can enable food providers and other members of the ecosystem to use a blockchain network to trace contaminated product to its source in a short amount of time to ensure safe removal from store shelves and stem the spread of illnesses.

See http://it-online.co.za/?p=123230?utm_source=dailymailer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article

Food safety with blockchain
A group of leading companies across the global food supply chain have announced a major blockchain collaboration with IBM that is intended to strengthen consumer confidence in the global food syste…

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How to Back Up Your Files Now That CrashPlan Isn't an Option

Posted on: Wed, 2017-08-23 - 23:02 By: danie

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How to Back Up Your Files Now That CrashPlan Isn't an Option

CrashPlan was a no brainer for me as it had excellent Linux support with unlimited storage. While Backblaze may be an excellent alternative now for many users, it does not have a Linux desktop client. They have a sort of B2 storage service but that is not the same thing (it seems though you could pair this storage service using your own client such at CloudBerry to achieve something similar).

So guess what I'll be comparing over the next few weeks to replace my offsite storage provider....

See http://lifehacker.com/how-to-back-up-your-files-now-that-crashplan-isnt-an-op-1798320345

How to Back Up Your Files Now That CrashPlan Isn't an Option
Today, one of the best cloud backup services, CrashPlan, announced it was ending support for consumers. CrashPlan for Home will be put to rest on October 23, 2018. While the option to sign up for or renew your CrashPlan for Home subscription is gone, current CrashPlan for Home users will receive an extra 60 days of backup service gratis.

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100% Renewable Energy Is Both Feasible & Affordable, Says Transgrid (An Australian transmission provider...

Posted on: Wed, 2017-08-23 - 22:02 By: danie

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100% Renewable Energy Is Both Feasible & Affordable, Says Transgrid (An Australian transmission provider)

Major transmission company Transgrid says 100% renewable energy is both feasible and affordable, and is urging policy makers to “step out in large ways” because incremental change will not deliver climate goals or potential cost savings.

“We are talking about rebuilding the generation system in this transition,” Tony Meehan, the company’s head of regulation, told the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney this week.

“A 100% transition to renewable energy can be feasible and can be met in a way that is affordable for consumers,” he said. He noted that the energy mix would be met not just by large-scale renewables, but by “behind the meter” PV, storage, demand management and energy efficiency.

Meehan said the current investment in large-scale wind and solar was exciting, but the country would “need to step out” and add renewables in the thousands of megawatts to ensure that energy costs came down.

"Another grid provider coming out in favour of renewable energy. Of course, renewable energy means new decentralised generation capacity as well as storage so there is plenty of new business for grid and transmission providers to these areas. But I also doubt any large corporation is going to deliberately set itself up for failure. Point is transmission and storage capabilities need to evolve and change for a new era and it is good to see these legacy type providers getting on board positively instead of just resisting change."

See https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/22/100-renewable-energy-feasible-affordable-says-transgrid/

100% Renewable Energy Is Both Feasible & Affordable, Says Transgrid
Originally published on RenewEconomy.
Major transmission company Transgrid says 100% renewable energy is both feasible and affordable, and is urging policy makers to “step out in large ways” because incremental change will not deliver climate goals or potential cost savings.
“We are talking about rebuilding the generation system in this transition,” Tony Meehan, the company’s head of

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Google adds SA wilderness to Street View

Posted on: Tue, 2017-08-22 - 22:34 By: danie

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Google adds SA wilderness to Street View

Google today announced a new gallery called Discover South Africa on Google Street View.

Potential visitors to the country, South Africans abroad, or anyone interested, will now be able to experience the country's scenery in 360-degree imagery without having to travel there.

The new sites in the gallery include: Chapman's Peak Lookout in the Western Cape, Lanner Gorge in the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes in Mpumalanga, and the Tugela Gorge Hike in KwaZulu-Natal.

Andre Van Kets, co-founder and marketing director of Discover Africa Group, says over the period of nine months, 250 volunteers have trekked across all nine provinces, along 170 trails, visiting 19 national parks and 12 others. He says they have collected 35 terabytes of footage and taken over 250 000 individual photographs.

All the trails are not available yet, but will be released in stages over the next few months. The first can be viewed at https://www.google.com/streetview/#discover-south-africa.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164204

Google adds SA wilderness to Street View
Google Street View now has a Discover SA gallery, which allows users to take virtual tours of famous South African scenery..

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Obsidian Systems goes wide open with Free Beer Session 23 on 31st Aug - And Will Live Stream Online

Posted on: Tue, 2017-08-22 - 21:33 By: danie

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Obsidian Systems goes wide open with Free Beer Session 23 on 31st Aug - And Will Live Stream Online

Free Beer Sessions is a trademark of Obsidian's offering to the market and is a recognised platform for in-depth discussion among stakeholders within South Africa's open source ecosystem. It raises issues, identifies opportunities and tackles the topics that continue to define this growing ecosystem.

Muggie van Staden, MD at Obsidian Systems, says, like all the other successful Free Beer Sessions, this event, its 23rd in the series, will again feature technology that really matters and will be live streamed to all outside of Johannesburg!

I've attended one of these sessions in Joburg a while back and really enjoyed the vibe amongst the open source community. You have to experience it to appreciate how different it is from normal "vendor events". The good news is they will be streaming the talks so I'll certainly be "attending" from Cape Town online!

See details for registering to attend or to watch the streaming at http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164179

Obsidian Systems goes wide open with Free Beer Session 23
Leading open source technology, services and solutions specialist Obsidian Systems has announced the next Free Beer technology networking and review s..

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We're driving to an electric future, but how do we keep the kettle on? UK National Grid says there will...

Posted on: Tue, 2017-08-22 - 19:29 By: danie

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We're driving to an electric future, but how do we keep the kettle on? UK National Grid says there will be enough electricity

Before many scoff at this, just think back to before 1905 when there were no filling stations dotted around countries for gasoline powered cars... or when the first mobile phones came out and there were only a handful of towers. Most wondered if cell towers or filling stations would ever be built out in rural areas, and yet as demand grew, industry responded and today they are everywhere.

Those who scoff forget the lessons of the past that you can apply to most early technologies. When you see every car manufacturer committing to produce EVs (some promising earlier dates than others) and governments setting end dates for new ICE vehicles, that tipping point is approaching within the coming ten years. It's no longer a debate about 'if' but rather about 'when'.

See http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41011008

We're driving to an electric future, but how do we keep the kettle on? - BBC News
The National Grid has warned that an average home can't charge a car and boil a kettle at the same time.

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This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself

Posted on: Sun, 2017-08-20 - 23:26 By: danie

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This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself

In the ongoing fight between Macs and PCs, it's hard to deny that Linux has the biggest actual firepower (not to mention controls the most super computers too). Case in point: the USS Zumwalt, the most advanced surface ship in existence, which weighs in at over 10,000 tons and features 80 missile silos (its Tomahawk missiles can cover a distance of 1,550 miles), as well as a main gun that fires rocket-assisted, GPS-guided rounds (which can hit within 30 inches of a target roughly 72 miles away). What's really interesting, though, is its ability to detect, analyze, and respond to potential threats, all without the need for human intervention at all. This is where Linux comes in.

Equipped with a top-of-the-line server farm running on Linus Torvalds' adaptable operating system, the Zumwalt is essentially a huge, floating drone—left to its own devices, its impressive computer power allows it to act autonomously during missions in order to function with ease as everything, from lights to electrics and emergency responses, are all completely controlled by the warship's powerful computer brain.

See http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/16624-zumwaltz-navy-stealth-ship-linux-server-farm

This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself
In the ongoing fight between Macs and PCs, it's hard to deny that Linux has the biggest actual firepower. Case in point: the USS Zumwalt, the most adv...

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How to Secure Linux Ubuntu With Two-Factor Authentication

Posted on: Sun, 2017-08-20 - 17:14 By: danie

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How to Secure Linux Ubuntu With Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) has been around for some time now. It requires that two methods of authentication be used in order to verify a user’s identity. This usually is comprised of the regular username and password, along with a verification code sent to your mobile device via text message. This means that even if your password was compromised (how to make your passwords stronger), the mischievous hacker will need access to your mobile device in order to get full access to your account.

There are reports of nasty individuals masquerading to mobile carriers and claiming to have “misplaced” their SIM cards in order to get access to a victim’s mobile number. This still proves there’s room for improvement, but 2FA also extends beyond a text message verification. This guide will help setup enhanced security on both Ubuntu server and desktop flavors, in conjunction with Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication.

See http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/secure-linux-ubuntu-two-factor-authentication/

How to Secure Linux Ubuntu With Two-Factor Authentication
Want an additional layer of security on your Linux login? Thanks to Google Authenticator, it is possible to add two-factor authentication to your Ubuntu PC (and other Linux operating systems).

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Stop spam calls with the best call- and text-blocker apps

Posted on: Sun, 2017-08-20 - 15:06 By: danie

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Stop spam calls with the best call- and text-blocker apps

The 'Should I Answer?' app for Android is interesting in that it does not give out your numbers to 3rd parties like TrueCaller does.

See https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-call-and-text-blocker-apps/

Stop spam calls with the best call- and text-blocker apps
Unwanted calls and texts on your smartphone can be a serious headache. Put a stop to them with one of the best call and text blocker apps.

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