Microsoft has finally launched its two Azure cloud data centers in two big cities in South Africa; Cape Town and Johannesburg. With the new data centers, Azure resellers in South Africa are now able to provide enterprise-grade reliability and performance using local data residency. Natasha Bezuidenhout, Microsoft Brand Executive at First Distribution said: “It has been Microsoft’s experience that local data center infrastructure supports and stimulates economic development for both customers and partners alike.” She added, “Local data centers take the benefits of the cloud a step further, bolstering the technology ecosystem that supports local innovation and business, and offering enterprise-grade reliability and performance with local data residency, which is important
Canada's leading cryptocurrency exchange company has said it cannot repay $190m (£110m) to clients because its founder died with their passwords. QuadrigaCX's founder Gerald Cotten, 30, died "due to complications with Crohn's disease" while travelling in India to open an orphanage in December, his wife Jennifer Robertson said. Skynews reported Mr Cotten held "sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins" and no other members of the team could access the stored funds, she said in a sworn affidavit as she filed for credit protection on 31 January. Ms Robertson said about $190m (£110m) in both cryptocurrency and normal money is in "cold storage" - where the company, or just Mr Cotten in this case, holds the key, not the client. The founder held "sole responsibil
Mobile internet technology thus carries the potential to empower and enable, all while meaningfully expanding the economy. Studies have found that a “developing country with an average of 10 more mobile phones per 100 population has 0.59 percent higher GDP growth than an otherwise identical country.” Mobile technology decentralizes the engine of progress into the hands of the participants that it enables to enter the marketplace. In 2010, the number of mobile phone subscribers was 350 million. However, as neighbours step forth across the chasm of the digital divide that persisted for years, many African countries are now leaping forth to catch up. Central to the emergence of these informal markets, as well as more sustainable internal transfers of money within local economies
Almost 20 years ago, approximately 400 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity. Today, the number of people without access has increased, as the population growth has outpaced infrastructure development. As a result, there are over 600 million people with no access to electricity today. The lack of access to electricity is a particular problem in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to 63% of the urban population. Access to clean and affordable energy is critical for development; it is vital in powering water supplies, telecommunication services, health care, education and of course, preserving the environment. Moreover, it could be the catalyst for economic developm...
Wearable technology is more than a fancy arm piece with the ability to count your steps. It is technology that is revolutionising the health and fitness industry. As technology progresses, the market for wearables continues to expand. When looking to purchase a wearable device, one is often bogged down by the sheer quantity of products available – and before you have unboxed your device, a new model has been released. Vernon Foxcroft, Business Development Manager at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape, says that when purchasing a wearable device integration should be the primary focus. “Wearables need to ‘talk’ to an individual’s existing hardware.” Foxcroft says that this is where Apple has the advantage. “Aesthetically, Apple’s sleek design ensures that a wearable device is effor