SA launches Open Source Centre

first_img16 January 2003The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Open Source Centre to help stimulate the adoption of open source software technologies in Africa.According to the CSIR’s business unit, icomtek, open source software is very much like digital meraka – a Sotho term for common grazing land. “People may engage in private or communal productive activity o­n this land, but the land itself is kept for the common good.”Unlike most proprietary software, open source software is available at little or no cost. More importantly, the intellectual property of its inner workings – the source code – is not a closely guarded secret of any individual or organisation.The free availability of the source code encourages a model of software development, testing and modification based o­n public collaboration.icomtek specialises in information and communication technology projects which are geared to development and societal needs. The Centre plans a number of strategic interventions within the private sector, government and civil society, as well as in education and training.South Africa and Africa, icomtek argues, “will not be able to afford the investments in imported technology that are required to be a full participant in the global information society in future, if conventional approaches are followed.“Open source software has emerged as a software model that is particularly viable in the developing world, providing local software developers with access to quality code generated by international experts, allowing users to escape from the cycle of ever-increasing international licensing fees, and facilitating the development of systems that address localised needs.”The importance of open source software within the South African context is underscored by its inclusion as a component in almost every major ICT strategic proposal, such as the SA National Reseach and Development Strategy document, the bilateral Indo-SA initiative, and the proposed Advanced Institute for Information and Communications Technology.The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has already helped the government save millions of rands by implementing open source software in the public sector.SITA spokesman Mojalefa Moseki says the government can save still more money on licensing, software procurement, support and upgrades through the use of open source software.According to Moseki, the Northern Cape provincial government is the largest user of open source software, while the Western Cape government also uses an OS-based document management solution, and bases its portal on the system’s platform.“The department of Land Affairs uses Linux and is about to implement Oracle on Linux”, Moseki says, adding: “We believe open source software is as good if not better than commercially available software. In many cases, it’s more stable and more reliable.”Open Source Centre initiatives include the following:Digital Doorway project – An initiative which explores the viability of “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy.Open School project – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Culturally adaptive software – The development of systems that change their look-and-feel, context, content and language according to the culture of the person accessing the system.Open source school management system – The CSIR is part of a consortium, along with the Wits School of Computer Science, Kgatelopele Technologies and NetDay, that are working towards creating a school management system that caters for outcomes based education, and releasing it under an open source licence.The Open school initiative – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Cultureware project – Together with South African Tourism, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency and the University of Fort Hare, the CSIR initiated a culture preservation project known as Cultureware, which aims to bringing cultural heritage into mainstream economic activity and commercial exploitation.Open source in government – Various proposals have been submitted to the Centre for Public Service and Innovation as part of their open source thrust in government.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius

first_imgThe Maverick Awards aim to encourage dynamic young entrepreneurs to help drive South Africa’s job creation and economic growth. (Image: Brand South Africa) 13 March 2014The Maverick Awards, a new initiative by youth development consultancy Under 35 Mavericks in partnership with Brand South Africa, seek to reward the hard-nosed genius of established young South African entrepreneurs with prizes of up to R1-million.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business geniuslast_img

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iPhone in the Car: Get Up Close With Apple CarPlay

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Play iTunes Radio through CarPlay.  A microphone installed above the rearview mirror helps pick up clear sound.  Apple Maps can list a certain type of destination, like “coffee shop” or “gas station.”  The menu dashboard includes phone, music, maps, messages, and now playing.  Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.If your iPhone was built into your car’s dash, you wouldn’t have to get caught texting and driving again. In March, Apple announced CarPlay, which renovates the clunky digital infotainment system interface with the familiarity of the iOS mobile operating system.We finally got to touch, see, and experience Apple CarPlay for ourselves while testing Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible aftermarket infotainment systems. Pioneer users with select models—AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC5000NEX, and AVH-4000NEX—will be able to download the CarPlay software onto a USB drive, then simply install it onto the dash using the in-car USB port. The systems can be installed into just about any car, but it’s not an installation project for a novice.The systems can be bought at Best Buy, and Pioneer suggests hiring Best Buy’s Geek Squad to implement the new infotainment center into the car. Get Apple CarPlay without getting a whole new car via Pioneer starting early Summer. You’ll need a Lightning-cable-connected device (iPhone 5, 5S, or 5C), a data plan to use Messages or Maps, and iOS 7.1 or later. Scroll down to get an up-close-and-personal look at Apple CarPlay!Watch Siri enable Apple CarPlay’s Maps.Watch Siri enable Apple CarPlay’s iTunes. Once the device is plugged in, you’ll see this.  Access contacts through CarPlay.   Apple Maps also offers turn-by-turn directions.  Find music by album, genre, etc., just as you would in iTunes. Podcasts are not supported right now. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Images and videos courtesy of Nicole NguyenMore stories from PopSugar Tech:Chic Clutches That Charge Smartphones? SoldOff Pocket: A Privacy Pouch That Shields Phones From HackersRide On! The 10 Coolest Bike Gadgets to Hit the RoadAsk Your Facebook Friends: Are You Single or Not?Switching to Android? Your Texts May Be Trapped in iMessage Enable Siri voice control by pressing down on the home screen button. center_img The steering wheel can also enable voice control.   This USB cable is installed into the center console (middle compartment).  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App nicole nguyen Current location view in Apple Maps.  Send text messages, and have their responses be read back to you by Siri. Related Posts Find a type of location, such as “cafe,” using Apple Maps. Tags:#Apple#auto#car#CarPlay#Contributed#PopSugarTech#stereo 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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BJP will fight 2019 Odisha polls alone: Amit Shah

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party is not looking for allies in Odisha and will fight the 2019 Assembly elections alone, party president Amit Shah said on Thursday. “We will have no alliance in Odisha,” Mr. Shah said at a press conference at the party office here on the second day of his three-day visit to Odisha.Mr. Shah, who has set a target of 120 seats for his party in the 147-member Odisha Assembly, said a BJP wave was blowing across the country and it would come to Odisha very soon. The party has 10 legislators in the current Assembly.Mr. Shah claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had allocated huge funds for the development of Odisha in the last three years.Mr. Shah, who arrived in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday as part of his 110-day nationwide tour to strengthen the party organisation, is holding a series of meetings with leaders and workers to chalk out the party’s strategy in the State.He is scheduled to address booth-level workers at a conclave in Bhubaneswar on the last day of his visit on Friday.last_img read more

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Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Despite finishing with just 368 statistical points, well behind San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, who received 487 SPs, Lee had 424 points from the media, 71 points from the players, and 150 points from the PBA and all those three scores were the highest in its respective categories.Alaska point guard Chris Banchero finished second in the race with 753 points while Standhardinger came in third with 659 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (520 points) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398 points) were the fourth and fifth place finishers.Meanwhile, Harris garnered 1,209 total points to become the conference’s top reinforcement—which is also his first Best Import award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rivals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals shared center court after Magnolia’s Paul Lee and Alaska’s Mike Harris were named the Best Player of the Conference and the Best Import, respectively.Lee accumulated 1,013 of the 3,343 points to win his first BPC trophy in his seven-year career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The awarding ceremony was held before Game 4 of the finals tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris topped with 540 SPs while also getting the most points from the media (456) and the PBA (150).Alaska’s versatile import was second in player voting garnering 63 points while runner-up Romeo Travis had the most nods from his fellow athletes with 88 points.Magnolia’s Travis had a total of 914 points while Ginebra’s and Meralco’s Allan Durham had 679 and 541 points to finish third and fourth, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Why Google Will Set The Record For The Greatest Monthly Market Cap Drop In Nov 2008

first_img If you were a search-only user of Google and you read a few reports saying that other search engines were better, why wouldn’t you switch to another vendor’s engine?  Basically, the question is, what is stopping someone from doing to Google what Google did to the original search leaders? The following are five reasons I think Google might be overvalued and why I think that when the stock price falls that it will not be a gradual decline, but rather a rapid loss of market capital.   I think the headline will look something like the one above. ranks on each of the major search engines when I query specific terms.  As you can see, Microsoft and Google’s results are not vastly different and I think both their algorithms are starting to “understand” this blog relatively well while I do not think Yahoo’s algorithm “gets” what we are up to at all. I use search engines a ton, so it is important to me that I use the best one.  I have been doing some informal testing between Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft to see if I could figure out whose algorithm produced the best results.  For example, here is a chart showing where Reverse Tipping Point Google has incredibly low switching costs.  As I sit here, I cannot come up with a single product with a lower switching cost than Google search (as a user).  Can you?  One of the few things Yahoo got right early was that it created some other applications with relatively high switching costs, like the My Yahoo portal, Yahoo mail and an address book.  I suspect much of Yahoo’s search traffic (= ad revenue) is a result of users of other applications searching because they were already there.  As you can see from this chart I borrowed from Yellow Pages or Search Engine? Switching Costs Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Quality Parity Google is a company I admire and I still use it constantly, but I am just wondering whether I should be buying the stock (at it’s hair-raising multiples) or shorting the stock…Are you seeing these same patterns in Google?  Do you agree/disagree?  Why? Topics: Google Updatescenter_img Some might argue that Google’s “brand” creates high switching costs.  Over time, I have noticed that Google’s results page has become more and more crowded with advertisements.  For example, I just did a search on “small business marketing” and I got 7 paid results (yellow page ads) and 3 organic results above the fold.  The same search on Yahoo produced 8 ads and 2 organics while Microsoft Live produced 3 ads and 3 organics.  I have seen varying numbers on it, but the vast majority of users prefer to click on an organic result when searching vs. a paid result, so I imagine that this approach would eventually start to wear a bit thin.  In addition, as the markets moves towards parity in the quality of results, I can imagine that there will be interesting pressures on Google (and its competitors) relative to the real estate they take up on advertising. If impartial, smart people were saying that Google’s results were no longer the best and there were very low switching costs, then the “more users” part of this reinforcing loop would break and the advertising revenue would start to go down.  This feels to me like the type of thing that happens quickly, not gradually. NOVEMBER 30, 2008:  GOOGLE Breaks A Nasdaq Record for Largest Market Cap Loss In 1 Month SmallBusiness 2.0 Disruptive threats Another potential issue Google has is that there are a number of new ways to search for things on the internet.  For example, I am a user of del.icio.us and when I search for information there, I often get very interesting results back.  What would constitute a real threat is if some of these new types of search engines avoided acquisition and started merging together in a couple of years:  Digg, del.icio.us, & Snap.com for example. I think it is widely assumed that Google’s algorithm is vastly superior to anything else on the market, but when I look at these search results, I am starting to think that Microsoft is catching up.  I can imagine a point in time where parity might be achieved and where several impartial and credible observers might comment to that effect publicly. Originally published Dec 4, 2006 11:50:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 , over 88% of Google’s traffic is generated from their vanilla search and image search. The thing that is so elegant about Google’s business model today is that they have a positive reinforcing system dynamics loop powering their growth.  The best search engine = More Users –> More Advertiser –> More users –> More advertisers –> etc. Don Dodge’s bloglast_img read more

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The Art of the List: 5 Keys to Building Your Database (Video)

first_imgThis guest post is written by David Siteman Garland, the founder/host of Download the free kit Learn how to generate more inbound leads using SEO, blogging, and social media. SEO strategy Let’s assume you are taking advantage of all the great Justin See Inbound Lead Generation Kit for tips and tricks to drive more leads and business to your site. . You are making connections and bringing in visitors from Facebook and Twitter. Your There is often only a slight difference between someone entering their email address to subscribe and someone clicking away from your site, never to come back. In this video, you’ll learn 5 keys to boost your subscriber base and create a killer list to boost your business. Originally published Feb 26, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 is top notch. Your blog is booming (or sizzling…or waiting to sizzle). That is all fantastic, but how do you turn traffic into subscribers that you have permission to stay in contact with?center_img Photo Credit: hub of amazing content Ah, your email list: precious gold for inbound marketers, especially if you are looking to continually bring current clients (and hopefully future clients), customers and fans to your website. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack (If not, what are you waiting for?!). Your website is a The Rise To The Top inbound marketing tactics Topics: Keyword Optimization . The Rise To The Top is the #1 non-boring resource for building your business smarter, faster, cheaper, which features a daily Web show for entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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15 Educational SEO Charts and Diagrams

first_imgWhile search engine optimization is one of the core elements of inbound marketing, not enough businesses are incorporating an SEO strategy into their marketing efforts.It’s understandable — SEO can seem complicated if you’ve never focused on it. To help you get a handle on it, we’ve aggregated some helpful visual aids so you can start to understand how SEO can be helpful in your business’ marketing strategy.15 Educational SEO Diagrams1. Cycle of Social & SEO by TopRank Online Marketing2. Google’s Collateral Damage by SEOBook and Jess.net (click to enlarge)3. SEO Diagram by MentorMate4. SEO Success Pyramid by SmallBusinessSEM.com5. The SEO Process Chart by SEOBook6. Link Building 101 by ProspectMX (click to enlarge)7. The Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors by Search Engine Land (click to enlarge)8. The SEO Flow Chart by SEOBook9. On-Page Optimization and Link Acquisition by SEOmoz 10. SEO Tactics by Response Mine Interactive (click to enlarge)11. Link-Building Risk vs. Reward by Conversation Marketing (click to enlarge)12. SEO Process by Digital Clarity Media13. The SEO Hierarchy of Needs by Bruce Clay, Inc.14. SEO ROI From Link Building Tactics by SEOmoz15. Search Engine Marketing Process by Komarketing AssociatesWhich educational search engine optimization chart/diagram do you like the most? Have any others to share? SEO Originally published Aug 25, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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The What, Why & How of Infographic Creation [In an Infographic]

first_imgHave you ever created — or worked with a designer to create — an infographic of your own? What were the results? How meta, right? Truth is, the infographic about infographics isn’t exactly a new concept. There’s a whole slew of them out there, and quite a few them actually poke fun at these highly shareable visuals. And it’s hard to blame ’em. With so many people jumping on the infographic bandwagon, there is certainly no shortage of downright awful infographics floating around the web, all pretty deserving of ridicule.But despite all the flack infographics have gotten, there’s still no question about it — people are drawn to those stimulating, informational visuals, and they can do wonders for your marketing. So while I came across my fair share of infographics making fun of infographics, we’ll share those for another day. The infographic below, from Infographic Labs, will actually help you understand the what, why, and how of infographics — what they are, why they can benefit your marketing, and the basics behind creating one of your own. So while infographics may be the subject of some criticism from time to time, that doesn’t mean you should write off their awesome marketing potential. After all, haters gonna hate, right? Originally published Aug 9, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated July 03 2013center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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