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SA’s Top 10 FinTech Firms to Keep an Eye on

Don’t be left in the dark with what’s disrupting the financial services industry in South Africa. The FinTech (Financial Technology) sector is experiencing explosive growth in the country. It is revolutionising the financial services landscape and it has created a new marketplace for innovation. It is revolutionising the financial services landscape and it has created a new marketplace for innovation. [1] [1] By Gugu Lourie on TechFinancials

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Adobe steps up AI-powered personalization efforts with Adobe Target

Adobe is adding artificial intelligence-powered personalization tools to its premium version of Adobe Target. Kevin Lindsay, head of product marketing for Adobe Target, said the platform will be able to provide real-time in-store offers, boost engagement and scale across screens. Adobe Target is the company’s personalization engine within its experience cloud. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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Why ‘experiental’ marketing will be a massive IT challenge

In the 1989 comedy Back the Future, Part 2, Marty McFly travels into the high-tech, space-age future of 2015 where he encounters, among other dazzling wonders, a shark hologram advertising Jaws 10. That kind of advertising is called experiential marketing, where consumers are deeply immersed in a brand in a way that’s novel, emotional and memorable. [1] [1] By Mike Elgan on ComputerWorld

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Microsoft’s ‘commercial cloud’ services gain steam

Microsoft’s goal of reaching an annualized commercial cloud run rate of $20 billion by the end of its fiscal 2018 is looking not just doable, but almost impossible to miss. Yes, the biggest contributor to Microsoft’s $23 billion in for the fourth quarter and its $90 billion for fiscal 2017 remained its More Personal Computing division (Windows, devices, and gaming). [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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Cybercrime and cyberwar: A spotter’s guide to the groups that are out to get you

Cybercriminals are as varied as other internet users: just as the web has allowed businesses to sell and communicate globally, so it has given fraudsters the ability to plunder victims anywhere and set up crime networks that, previously, would have been impossible. The web has become central to the smooth running of most developed economies, and the types of cybercrime have changed too. While 15 years ago the majority of digital crime was effectively a form of online vandalism, most…

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Elon Musk buys back X.com

Elon Musk has bought back X.com from PayPal, thanking PayPal on Twitter for the transaction. X.com was the domain of Musk’s second start-up, an online bank that became PayPal following a merger with Confinity in March 2000. [1] [1] On MyBroadband

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Microsoft Inspire 2017 – your keynote digest

In July 2017, 17 000 people descended on Washington D.C for Microsoft’s 2017 world partner conference, now called Microsoft Inspire. As always, the goal of the event was to share Microsoft’s plans for the upcoming year, build the case for partners to grow their businesses with Microsoft, and to announce new products and services. If you usually follow these conferences, you’ll know that Microsoft, like everyone else, has been talking about digital transformation and the “cloud-first, mobile-first” world for a…

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Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs

Update 19-July-2017: Microsoft has acknowledged this issue and has agreed to extend the support deadline, delivering security updates for affected devices until 2023. For details, see Microsoft agrees to extend support deadline for Clover Trail PCs. Several portions of this post have been updated to reflect that statement Some PCs that received a free upgrade to Windows 10 less than two years ago are now officially blocked from receiving future updates. [1] [1] By Ed Bott on ZDNet

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The augmented reality boom will transform phones (and business)

Augmented reality is frivolous, we’re told. It’s mainly for gimmicks and games. But an important transformation is about to get under way. Starting next year, AR will begin transforming enterprise communications, logistics, manufacturing, analytics, product design, training, marketing, field service and more. Today’s phones and tablets aren’t quite up to the task. But tomorrow’s will be. [1] [1] By Mike Elgan on ComputerWorld

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Thought Leadership Breakfast in partnership with Extreme Networks

On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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