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July 19, 2017

50 billion connected devices by 2020

By 2020, as many as 50 billion devices will be connected, from watches and TVs to trucks, pipelines, and power meters says the BSA Foundation.

Sensors, data, connectivity, encryption, the cloud, and the software that links all technology are poised to exponentially increase in the coming years, the group said in a new report.

The report, Sensor Sensibility: Getting the Most From the Internet of Things, argues that we have only scratched the surface of what IoT can achieve, and industry and government must be prepared to help this emerging technology succeed.

“The Internet of Things is a community of connected devices,” said Chris Hopfensperger, [...]

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July 3, 2017

FNB announces zero data fees on mobile app

Johannesburg – Financial services provider FNB has become the latest bank to offer free banking by scrapping data costs on its mobile app.

Absa and Capitec also earlier announced it had concluded deals with mobile network operators to offer its customers free online banking. The banking deals provide users access to online banking through mobile apps on a smartphone, without having to pay for its data.

FNB already offers free access to its app to all FNB Connect customers, and offers free WiFi in most FNB branches for customers to download the app.

Giuseppe Virgillito, FNB Digital spokesperson, said that since launching the app six years ago, it has become [...]

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June 26, 2017

What Does Social Media Denote For The Future Of PR?

Advanced Interaction

Social media interaction never stops and neither do consumers. It allows for greater flexibility and this allows for quicker reaction times and hastier improvements.

But it’s up to the PR practitioners to decide how often they would like to engage. In order to maintain a positive public image, it is crucial for public relations to have a thought-out plan to deal with any crisis or problems that may arise.

Easy Access to Information

With everyone out in the open on the internet, readily accessible, it has become easier for PR to obtain information on target markets and customer service. All of this information can be collected and [...]

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June 22, 2017

Why #SocialMediaBlackout failed and trended instead.

A planned protest against the high cost of data crashed spectacularly when it became a trending topic on Twitter.  The protest asked South Africans to do away with social media today under the hashtag #SocialMediaBlackout, but contradicted its purpose by becoming a top trend on a day meant to encourage users to boycott social networks.

Yesterday morning poet Ntsiki Mazwai’s called on South Africans to not buy data and not to log in to their social profiles, in an attempt to put pressure on cellphone providers such as Vodacom, MTN and Cell C to lower their data costs.

Internet analyst and expert, Arthur Goldstuck told Fin24 the fact that #SocialMediaBlackout trended made [...]

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