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Is your business ready to deal with the impact of AI, machine learning, blockchain or the Internet of Things? Is it ready to leverage this technology to adapt and compete in the age of acceleration? Join First Technology, Axiz and Arthur Goldstuck on 29 March 2018.

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How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 to sync and share files

Microsoft’s cloud storage service, OneDrive, can back up your personal and work files online. It’s built into Windows 10. With it you can sync files on your Windows 10 PC to the cloud and to your other Windows PCs, smartphone or tablet (with the OneDrive app for Android or iOS installed on either). It can even sync your cloud files to your Mac (via the OneDrive desktop app). [1] [1] By Howard Wen on ComputerWorld

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The Moon is getting a 4G network next year

Vodafone is set to do something on the Moon that it can find problematic in certain parts of Sydney: Set up a 4G connection for HD video streaming. PTScientists is the main driver behind the effort to have the first privately-funded Moon landing, set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in 2019. [1] [1] By Chris Duckett on ZDNet

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Director’s View

Welcome to our first E-zine of 2018.  What a wild start to the year! In between the business challenges being posed by the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, we had the surprise delight of Cyril Ramaphosa finally taking back the reigns of the presidency and seeing the Rand/Dollar back to under the 12.00 level. Then to add to the drama, SA’s very own R 1 Million hunt for the missing/evasive Gupta brother! 

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Microsoft’s DNA storage breakthrough could pave way for exabyte drives

The prospect of storing vast amounts of data on DNA has come closer to reality thanks to a new technique for retrieving data. Microsoft is keen on synthetic DNA as a future long-term archival medium that could solve the world’s need for more data storage. Previous research has shown that just a few grams of DNA can store an exabyte of data and keep it intact for up to 2,000 years. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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How to choose your cloud provider: AWS, Google or Microsoft?

The public cloud is fast becoming the platform of choice for IT leaders and their line-of-business counterparts. Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to hit $160 billion in 2018, according to researcher IDC, which represents a 23 percent increase on 2017 investment levels. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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Windows 10 cheat sheet

Windows 10 is the best operating system that’s come along from Microsoft in a long time. It’s a shape-shifter that changes its interface depending upon whether you’re using a traditional computer or a touch-based one. It undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu. [1] [1] By Preston Gralla on ComputerWorld

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Organizations strive to balance digital priorities

Lack of digital skills, poor strategic control over IT projects and fear of failure are among the challenges hindering organizations’ progress with digital transformation. But it’s not all bad news, as a global survey of business decision-makers reveals. [1] [1] By Jim Mortleman on CIO

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When it comes to technology we love, is it ever really obsolete?

How long can you expect to use technology that still does its original job — even if it’s not quite as good as newer options? If your answer is ‘until it breaks or I need the newer features’, you might want to think again. One example: some Sonos owners now have to choose between keeping the dedicated controllers that Sonos no longer sells — but that are still working more than a decade on — and continuing to get updates for…

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Carbonite acquires Mozy from Dell for $145.8 million

Carbonite on Tuesday announced it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mozy from a subsidiary of Dell for $145.8 million in cash, alongside mixed financial results for the quarter and full year. Carbonite’s Mozy transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, the company said. [1] [1] By Jake Smith on ZDNet

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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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HIGH PERFORMANCE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE "How WAN optimization ROI is achievable in as little as six months." Over the past nine years, WAN optimization has transformed from a point-product that solved isolated problems into a strategic cornerstone for application delivery. New acceleration capabilities boost user productivity and satisfaction while reducing time to market. WAN optimization can now ...