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A warm welcome to the digital launch of First Technology’s Blog. Our FT Blog, will showcase cutting edge articles and content on the fast moving world of IT, Finance and Business. As thought leaders in our industry it is vital that we continue to leverage the power of digital media into our own marketing strategies and to this end ...

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Welcome to our first E-zine of 2016. It certainly promises to be an eventful year, both at a local level with the challenges of politics & currency at play, and at a global level with the uncertainty of the world economy & oil price ahead. With this in mind, we decided to rather focus on something more interesting and relevant to clients. Internet of Things (IoT), and my favourite topic, Big Data! By Johan de Villiers

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Businesses are still scared of reporting cyberattacks to the police

Under a third of cyberattacks against businesses are reported to the police, suggesting that organisations are underestimating the threat posed by hackers and cybercrime, a new study has warned. According to Cyber Security: Underpinning the Digital Economy, a report by the Institute of Directors and Barclays bank, companies are keeping quiet about being the victim of a cyberattack, even if their operations were badly affected by such an incident — as figures suggest was the case for half of respondents….

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Big bang data: How ‘citizen data scientists’ will help astrophysicists look back to the dawn of time

Designed by astronomers and engineers seeking to push the boundaries of modern technology, the Square Kilometre Array [SKA] will be the world’s largest radio telescope, covering over one million square metres of collecting area. Scheduled to begin construction in 2018, SKA is an international project which will consist of thousands of antennas spread across the world, with central cores of operation in South Africa and Western Australia. Its central computer alone will have the processing power of about one hundred…

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New “Passive Wi-Fi” Could Drastically Cut Power Needs For Connected Devices

Using ‘reflected’ signals could have a big impact on your phone’s battery life. Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a new type of Wi-Fi hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than existing technology, Wired reports. That could have big implications for mobile and embedded applications, helping smartphone batteries last longer, reducing the power demands of devices in the Internet of Things, and ultimately making internet connectivity practical for a much wider range of devices….

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Apple’s encryption stand: Doing the right thing for the wrong reason

In Apple’s encryption standoff with the U.S. government, the company portrays itself as standing up for the rights of privacy. It’s taking the high road, the company says, and is on the side of those who want to be free from an invasive government. But despite Apple’s posturing, this is not for the company a fight about the rights of individuals against the power of governments. Instead, it’s all about market share and the bottom line — an example of…

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Dell takes aim at industrial Internet of Things with new embedded PCs

Dell has launched new embedded box PC models aimed at the Internet of Things and other industrial uses. The devices are fanless — handy in quiet environments like hospitals — and can be used “headless” or with keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Dell announced two sets of products at the Embedded World show — the Embedded Box PC 5000 Series and the Embedded Box PC 3000 Series. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer  for ZDNet

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Google Laser-Beams the Film Real Genius 60 Miles Between Balloons

When Baris Erkmen left the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and joined the Google X team that was secretly building high-altitude balloons that could deliver Internet access to remote corners of the world while floating through the stratosphere, one of the first things he did was watch Real Genius. [1] [1] By Cade Metz for Wired

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This tiny glass disc can store 360TB of data for 13.8 billion years

It’s estimated that humans are producing the equivalent of 10 million Blu-ray discs’ worth of data every single day – and all of those ones and zeroes have to be stored somewhere. Now researchers in the UK just might have the solution: a five-dimensional (5D) digital data disc that can store 360 terabytes of data for some 13.8 billion years. [1] [1] By David Nield for Science Alert

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Google X lab: We’re making something that defies gravity

The Google X secret research lab may soon reveal a new super-strong, gravity-defying material that its chief thinks could change the world. Google could be about to outshine Boeing’s bone-inspired micro-lattice, recently touted as the “world’s lightest material”, which is strong yet can balance on a dandelion fluff ball without breaking the seed stems. [1] [1] By Liam Tung for ZDNet

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Why 2016 will be the year of the 4.5G network

Access to a good web connection is now expected – and demanded – by many, thanks to our hyper-connected lifestyles. Be it to meet the demands of video calls, watching movies, transferring data to and from wearable devices or ensuring that your connected home is running smoothly, we want the most bang for our internet buck. [1] [1] By Liam Tung for ZDNet

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Director’s View

Welcome to our first E-zine of 2016. It certainly promises to be an eventful year, both at a local level with the challenges of politics & currency at play, and at a global level with the uncertainty of the world economy & oil price ahead. With this in mind, we decided to rather focus on something more ...

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Google X lab: We're making something that defies gravity

The Google X secret research lab may soon reveal a new super-strong, gravity-defying material that its chief thinks could change the world. Google could be about to outshine Boeing's bone-inspired micro-lattice, recently touted as the "world's lightest material", which is strong yet can balance on a dandelion fluff ball without breaking the seed stems. [1] [1] By Liam ...

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Facebook is building a second European data center

Facebook is building its second European data center, in Ireland. The company said the Clonee data center, in County Meath, will follow its Luleå data center in Sweden, which came online in 2013. Tom Furlong, Facebook's VP of infrastructure, said the new Irish data center will be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the ...