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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

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

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

CYBER ATTACKS: BE WARNED, DON’T OPEN UNKNOWN EMAILS, UPDATE SOFTWARE TO AVOID BEING A HACKED

CAPE TOWN — South Africans have been warned not to open any unknown emails and to urgently update their security software as a global cyber ransom attack spread on Friday.

Friday’s global cyber-attack has affected more than 200 000 victims in 150 countries and regions, Europol chief Rob Wainwright Read more

TRAFFIC: ‘SUICIDE COMPUTER GAME’ BLUE WHALE HIT SA SHORES, PARENTS WARNED

CAPE TOWN – The Film and Publication Board has called on parents to be vigilant after they had been made aware of the so-called online suicide game known as Blue Whale.

The apparent suicide game made news this week with claims that it was heading to South Africa.

But one cyberspace expert said the app was already Read more

MODERN HIV DRUGS CAN ADD 10 YEARS TO LIFE EXPECTANCY – STUDY

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(CNN)- The latest treatments for HIV mean that young people living with the virus could live up to a decade longer, a new study says.

The paper, published Wednesday, found that 20-year-olds who started with antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are predicted to live up to 10 years longer than those Read more

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