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PASSMARK! BILL GATES REVIEWED TREVOR NOAH’S BOOK… AND LOVED IT

Gates also reflects on South African race relations in his review and Trevor’s place in society in relation to them. 

Trevor Noah

CAPE TOWN – Wealthy philanthropist Bill Gates reviewed local comedian Trevor Noah’s book for Time.com.

ICYMI: Noah’s book, Born a Crime was a bestseller in The States and all around the world.

In his review of the autobiographical work (which reflects on Trevor’s upbringing), Bill Gates praises Trevor’s mom especially saying, “In fact, Noah’s mother emerges as the real hero of the book. She’s an extraordinary person who is fiercely independent and raised her son to be the same way.”

For those who might not have read the book the local comedian unpacks a lot about growing up in the twilight of Apartheid and speaks about his family’s struggles.

Here’s what Trevor had to say about Bill Gates reviewing his book:

SA’S TELKOM ATTACKED IN GLOBAL CYBER HACKING SPREE

On Tuesday morning, MyBroadband was alerted to the fact that Telkom’s systems were experiencing problems.

Telkom hit in global cyber attack

Telkom’s customer platforms were affected by the recent global WannaCry ransomware attack, which impacted its customer services.

Problems included the telco’s USSD menus and apps not working, which prevented subscribers from buying data bundles, while voice mail systems and the company’s call centre were also affected.

Telkom spokeswoman Jacqui O’Sullivan told the Sunday Times “the computer virus attack crippled some customer platforms, which were restored only on Thursday”.

According to the report, Telkom “thwarted attempts by the WannaCry hackers to freeze its systems so they could hold it to ransom”.

Global WannaCry attack

The global WannaCry attack started on 12 May, infecting tens of thousands of PCs at large institutions across the globe, including the NHS in the UK and FedEx.

The ransom demand from the attack was between $300 to $600, and the post noted that there is code to “delete files” in the ransomware.

Telkom was among many companies and organisations believed to have been targeted by the WannaCry attack in South Africa.

“IT security experts warned that further attacks were likely, and said the government and its agencies were particularly at risk due to their failure to upgrade software,” the report said.

 

-Business Tech

CLIMATE CHANGE FORCING ANTARCTIC TO BE GREENER IN A BAD WAY – SCIENTISTS

Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly because of climate change, scientists have found.

Few plants live on the continent but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years.

Scientists used moss bank cores – which are well preserved in Antarctica’s cold conditions – from an area spanning about Read more

DENTIST, BEAUTICIANS LANDS TOP ESKOM DEALS

A dentist and a beautician are two of the unlikely beneficiaries of multimillion-rand contracts that Eskom handed out to supply diesel for its power generators.

CAPE TOWN – The shocking revelation comes in a week in which four senior Eskom officials were suspended pending an inquiry into a range of issues behind South Africa’s ongoing power crisis.

The Sunday Times can reveal that Johannesburg dentist Dr Maxine Kekana’s company KEKOIL and beauty therapist Monica Nkosi’s firm Kamoso Fuels were given deals to supply Read more

BOY, 12, ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DEAD GIRL LIVE ON FACEBOOK

It happened on Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa de Calchines, about 40 km from Santa Fe.

Facebook gun death

A 12-year-old boy has accidentally killed a girl of the same age while filming with a shotgun on Facebook Live in Argentina.

Local reports say the girl was shot in the face by the boy, who was said to be using a shotgun belonging to his father.

There were reportedly two other youngsters there at the time of the tragedy, with one of them filming.

Police are said to be investigating the death of the girl, named locally as Georgina Magali Vega, but treating it as an accident.

The killing is not the first to be streamed live on the social network’s streaming service.

Wuttisan Wongtalay with his daughter © Other Wuttisan Wongtalay with his daughter

Last month in Thailand, Wuttisan Wongtalay filmed himself murdering his 11-month-old daughter live on the site, before killing himself.

 

-Sky News

PHOTO: © Other Facebook gun death

MAJOR SHAKE UPS AT KFM CONFIRMED

Current breakfast host Ryan O’Connor, who has won awards for his show, will be moved into the weekday work slot, from 10am to 1pm.

 

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape radio station KFM has confirmed IOL’s exclusive on Friday morning that major line-up changes will take place at the station, including that Darren “Whackhead” Simpson will be replacing Ryan O’Connor as breakfast show host.
 
“Darren is one of South Africa’s most prominent commercial broadcasters, having hosted 947’s Breakfast Xpress for 7 years, and featuring on the breakfast show for 7 years before that,” the station said in a statement on Friday.

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MICROSOFT TO BUILD AZURE CENTRES IN CAPE TOWN

The Microsoft Cloud is coming to South Africa in the form of two new data centres, to be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg.


CAPE TOWN – The Microsoft Cloud is coming to South Africa in the form of two new data centres, to be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the US-based software giant announced at press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“We are announcing for the first time that the Microsoft Cloud will be delivered directly from Africa with data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with initial availability of our cloud technologies in 2018,” said Julia White, corporate vice-president for Azure and Security at Microsoft.

The first cloud technologies to be made available to local businesses and consumers through the local data centres are Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365.

Microsoft did not say where it is building the data centres. It has also not disclosed the level of investment it is making.

The plan to open the two data centres now means that Microsoft will have 40 Azure regions around the world. White said Microsoft’s geographic reach is at least twice the size of its next cloud competitor.

She said it makes sense to invest in infrastructure in Africa given the “incredible innovation and growth” taking place on the continent. The local data centres will offer “enterprise-grade reliability and performance and local data residency, which is very important for African companies”. The facilities “will improve services from Cairo to Cape Town”, she said.

Microsoft said it’s still working on pricing models.

In reaction to the news of the investment, Jon Tullett, research manager for IT services at International Data Corp in Africa, said it is a “significant announcement”, especially given that none of the top-tier cloud providers has traditionally had a data centre footprint in Africa.

“It, therefore, gives Microsoft a significant advantage on the African continent,” Tullett said. “In the past, there have been a lot of questions around these providers’ commitment to the region because of their lack of data centre infrastructure on the continent.”

A year ago, IBM started to deploy infrastructure in South Africa, which was “a step in the right direction”, he said. “But this is another level. This is Microsoft showing that they are all in, with multiple data centres, full redundancy and the full stack of services available. Microsoft is sending a very strong message about the company’s commitment to the local market.”

Tullett said the move will help address the issue of data sovereignty. “There are a lot of concerns around data governance and moving sensitive data offshore, and this will obviously resolve that issue immediately.”

He said the South African market is already seeing an uptick in the adoption for software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service cloud technologies, driven by the downturn in the economy and increasing pressure to move from capital expenditure to operational expenditure models. The Microsoft announcement is likely to accelerate that trend. “There has also been deferred project spend because of the ongoing economic conditions and this removes another barrier to unlocking some of that spend.”

Tullett said the data centres will not be built from scratch, but will rather be collocated at existing facilities. “This model is not unique to what they are doing in South Africa and it minimises their risk in terms of infrastructure investment. At Microsoft’s request, we are not disclosing who the collocation partner is at this stage.”

The investment is significant, but is unlikely to lead to large-scale job creation. “It takes relatively few people to run a hyperscale data centre,” he said. “These cloud providers have invested heavily in automation technologies to keep their cost of deploying into a new region as low as possible, so you are not going to see Microsoft hiring tons of cloud engineers in South Africa. They will, however, be sourcing most of the equipment locally.”

Tullett said he expects some services to go live with early adopters in the first half of next year.  — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media

 

-Tech Central

PHOTO: Microsoft Azure data

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