Archive for Kwiecień, 2012

Kaspersky Lab Enters Samsung Apps

By admin, 4 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, announces that it has signed up to Samsung Apps. The Samsung application store has started stocking Kaspersky Lab’s solutions for both smartphones and tablets – Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security. Since February 2012 these security solutions can be downloaded to Android-running Samsung devices all over the world. They are available online in nine languages: Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Commenting on the agreement with Samsung, Garry Kondakov, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Kaspersky Lab, said: “We are happy to further strengthen our cooperation with Samsung. We’ve put a lot of effort into developing our best-in-the-class solutions for tablets and mobile devices. This segment is one of the top priorities for us in the nearest future. Having Kaspersky Lab’s solutions in Samsung Apps will help us not only to expand our distribution channels, but also to strengthen our global presence and brand recognition.”

Kaspersky Lab products downloaded from the Samsung Application Store have an extended trial period – in the first month customers will be able to use the product for free. After the first month Samsung users will be offered the products at a reduced price.
Kaspersky Mobile Security is a user-friendly, reliable solution that protects mobile devices from network attacks, malware that targets mobile platforms, and SMS spam. And should a smartphone be lost or stolen, the data in its memory can be blocked or wiped, even if the SIM has been removed. It supports the most popular smartphone platforms, such as Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Blackberry, and for some of them provides tools to safely encrypt user data in addition to the standard protection from malware, and anti-loss/theft functionality.

Kaspersky Tablet Security provides comprehensive anti-malware protection for this relatively new type of device. Tailored specially to tablets’ particular hardware and interface characteristics, it delivers automatic virus-scanning of downloaded apps and cloud-enabled protection for rapid reaction against new viruses, spyware, Trojans, bots and more. The new version of the product implemented with anti-theft features will also be available in Samsung Apps in the nearest future.

WD gives MAC users the first 2TB portable hard drive for all their digital content

By admin, 4 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

New My Passport Studio Maintains Classic All-Metal Design and Dual FireWire 800 Ports For All-in-One Solution to Backup, Store, Protect, and Transport Files

Western Digital has introduced the first 2 TB capacity portable drive dedicated for Mac customers, My Passport Studio. This new standard in high storage capacity, along with Apple Time Machine compatibility for quick and easy automatic backup of Mac hard drives, allows Mac users to use one drive for the protection and transport of virtually all their digital content, everywhere they go. The new My Passport Studio portable drive maintains its elegant and protective all-metal casing to complement the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, providing the beautiful aesthetic that Mac users expect while increasing storage capacity to 2 TB, enough space for approximately 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video or 500,000 songs[1].

Says Anamika Budree, WD Country Manager, SA: “In addition to the USB 2.0 interface, My Passport Studio’s two high performance FireWire 800 ports, makes it perfect for active and mobile creative professionals including photographers, videographers, graphic artists, and others who need the speed, capacity, and flexibility to access content anytime or anywhere. The dual FireWire ports provide blazing fast upload and transfer speeds while also allowing users to daisy chain additional drives or other peripherals such as HD camcorders.”

My Passport Studio also features hardware-based encryption and password protection software, and an all-metal design constructed for a sturdy feel in your hand and scratch resistance.

“The My Passport Studio is a perfect companion for the MacBook Pro and for creative professionals on the go,” explains Jody Bradshaw, senior director and general manager of WD’s consumer storage products group. For those who create large content files such as photographers and videographers, they will now be able to carry it with them wherever they go, as well as create a backup copy of everything they produce without fear of running out of additional storage while on location.”

Pricing and availability
The My Passport Studio 2 TB will retail for approximately R2 799,00 inclusive of V.A.T. and will be made available to selected retail outlets by authorized Western Digital distributors.

For more information on the My Passport Studio portable hard drive please visit the WD website at http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=420.

Cell C and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphones in South Africa

By admin, 4 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Cell C and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced availability of the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9380 smartphones for Cell C customers in South Africa.

Powered by the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system (OS), these new smartphones extend the range of BlackBerry 7 smartphones available from Cell C.

“We believe our customers will enjoy the functionality of both the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones,” said Karin Fourie, Cell C spokesperson. “The two handsets will make a nice addition to the BlackBerry smartphones we already have on offer.”

“We are excited to work with Cell C to bring these two new BlackBerry 7-based smartphones to customers,” said Rui Brites, Director of Product Management for Africa at RIM. “These new handsets deliver an outstanding mix of communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features.”

BlackBerry Bold 9790 with Touch Display and Keyboard
True to the BlackBerry Bold brand, the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone is powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes. It combines a high-resolution and highly responsive touch display with a highly tactile keyboard and a precise optical trackpad, but comes in a narrow design that is easy to carry and exceptionally comfortable to hold. With the BlackBerry 7 OS and powerful 1 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 delivers fast, smooth performance for browsing the web, running apps, working with documents, and enjoying multimedia. It includes 8GB of onboard memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

All-Touch BlackBerry Curve 9380
The finely crafted BlackBerry Curve 9380 offers a full touch screen experience and is the first touch screen smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family. It features a highly responsive and brilliant 3.2” high resolution display and comes with preinstalled social networking apps, including BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™ and Social Feeds, that offer a fun, easy and smoothly integrated mobile experience. This compact and stylish handset also features a 5MP camera with flash and video recording, allowing users to easily capture and share their favorite moments with family, friends and colleagues.

Powerful BlackBerry 7 OS
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 are both powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which delivers a faster and richer user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, and support for Augmented Reality and NFC (Near Field Communications). BlackBerry 7 also supports the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

For more information about the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380, please visit http://za.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrybold9790 and http://za.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrycurve9380 respectively.

Vox Verto suite offers a hosted PBX to suit every business

By admin, 3 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

The launch of Verto Connect, a hosted call centre, means the Vox Telecom group now offers a PBX solution for every business, according to Vox Orion MD Jacques du Toit.

“Verto Connect is based on combining technologies from Avaya and Presence, which are the acknowledged leaders in the call centre space,” says Du Toit. “But until now only the largest organisations could afford Avaya. By using a hosted model, in partnership with Inovo Telecom, we’re able to offer the same benefits to call centres from as little as 5 seats.”

Vox Orion works closely with clients to implement services that meet their needs, he adds. “Depending on the objective of the Call Centre and your calling patterns, you may have very different strategic technology needs from the call centre next door. Verto Connect is a complex product that could take up to 6 months to scope, properly configure and integrate into a customer’s systems – but if they need the best, it’s worth it.”

Du Toit says Verto Connect has particularly valuable outbound dialling functionality. “A lot of call centre management tools use predictive dialling over VoIP, which floods the network with calls and could result in degraded quality. The Presence suite embedded in Verto Connect uses a progressive dialling system instead, which maintains efficiency within the call centre without damaging network performance.”

Verto Connect offers the full range of contact centre functionality including multimedia, social media, co-browsing, dynamic scripting, intelligent routing, workforce management and quality assurance tools, says Du Toit.

The Verto suite also consists of Verto Supreme, a hosted Avaya PBX system, Verto Connect, a hosted PBX based on the same Avaya platform and Verto Standard, a hosted PABX based on open source software. “This means we can serve the needs of almost any customer, with options ranging from R70 per extension per month,” says Du Toit.

“The Verto suite has all the advantages of hosted technologies,” he adds. “There are no large upfront costs, there’s limited hardware involved, upgrades and updates happen automatically and the whole system is designed to be scalable and flexible according to your business needs.”

MTN Business welcomes IP Connect cost cut

By admin, 3 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Following the recent announcement made by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), MTN Business welcomes the 30% cost cut of IP connect, as agreed by Telkom.

Says Edwin Thompson, general manager of Technology and Infrastructure at MTN Business; “As IP Connect is one of the most expensive parts to providing an ADSL service currently, a price reduction here is long overdue. Although we are not sure what all the providers will do with the price cut, a clear benefit for the end user will likely be felt, as this will allow for various Internet providers to either improve the current broadband services offered or, should they choose, pass on the reduction in prices.”

Considering the high cost associated with the fixed-line broadband network here, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are currently offering broadband services that are unfortunately restricted. MTN Business believes that through this cut, the market will likely see many providers use this cut as a mechanism to improve broadband solutions offered and therefore the consumer will most likely receive an improved experience from their broadband solutions.

“We welcome this positive percentage cut as it is certainly one that is needed in the market, and will go a long way in achieving more capacity, more accessibility and more cost effectiveness – essentially improving overall broadband solution offerings for the local consumer,” concludes Thompson.

Cloud computing on the horizon for SMEs

By admin, 3 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Cloud computing is set to transform the way that small South African businesses consume ICT services within the next two years. That’s according to Tim Walter, executive head of marketing at Nashua Mobile.

Walter says the high price and erratic quality of bandwidth in South Africa are the two of the major factors that have held back cloud computing. With the arrival of innovative and affordable data products such as uncapped ADSL products aimed at SMEs, this picture is rapidly changing.

Cloud computing allows SMEs to access technology applications as online services provided by telecommunication service providers rather than needing to install them on their PCs and servers. These services are billed for per-user, per-month.

He says that the benefits of cloud computing are hard to ignore since it can drive down IT operational and capital costs for small businesses while giving them richer functionality and more business flexibility.

Walter points out that many small businesses are already using some cloud services such as hosted email, hosted mobile messaging services such as the BlackBerry service, and cloud storage solutions like Dropbox without being aware of it.

But in the next phase of the market’s development, they will start moving large and more complex applications to the cloud as they seek ways to improve efficiency and save money. Examples may include line of business applications and hosted PBX solutions.

Says Walter: “Cloud computing is irresistible for a small business because it turns something that used to be capital expenditure into a running cost, freeing up precious cash for other uses. It can also help them to reduce the amount of money they spend on IT support from internal staff or external service providers.”

Because the applications are hosted on a service provider’s infrastructure, the SME may not need to buy and run its own servers anymore. What’s more, it will be freed of the headache of keeping applications patched and up to date.

“Another benefit lies in the fact that they can expand their use of cloud services when they need to,” says Walter. “They don’t need a lot of server capacity that sits idle outside of month-end and they can easily add more users to the system as the business grows.”

With the trend towards remote and mobile work, the fact that applications and data stored in the cloud can be accessed securely from anywhere in the world is another plus, Walter notes.

Mobile workers can plug right into the data they need while they’re at a customer’s site and capture data or orders without coming back to the office.

“In many cases, a cloud-based service will be more secure and feature-rich than a system a SME could build itself,” says Walter. The reason for this is that the costs of the infrastructure are shared across the customer base, meaning that the service provider can afford software and hardware out of the average SME’s price range.

Nashua Mobile believes that cloud computing will become mainstream in the SME market within the next year and is working to offer a range of hosted products in the second half of 2012, says Walter.

“With mainstream software vendors like Microsoft aggressively pushing the cloud, it will be the computing model of the future,” he adds. According to market researcher, IDC 63% of South African organisations are already investing in some form of cloud technology or plan to do so in the near future.

mapIT reveals updated interactive online route map for 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

By admin, 3 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

Participants in this year’s popular Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon can make use of a highly interactive and user-friendly online route map developed by mapIT, a leading enabler of technological mapping solutions.

The event, dubbed the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’, will take place on 7 April and entrants can view the web map at http://twooceans.mapit.co.za/

“We are extremely proud to be able to provide this interactive route map for the fourth year running to such a well-loved and prestigious event,” says Carey Dodd, mapIT’s marketing manager. “Our updated online route map is designed to enhance the marathon experience for competitors, spectators and local residents.”

mapIT is the annual sponsor of the event’s online map, which displays the 56km ultra and 21km half marathon against an overlay of the route onto a detailed street map of Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The updated route map will feature various interactive tools and a simplified design and layout. Participants can make use of the detailed route profile to prepare for the race and plan their strategies, and those not competing can use the map to get directions.

“Having this cutting-edge technology available to our runners really enhances their race experience and enables them to be better prepared for their big day,” explains race director, Rowyn James

Working with their shareholders TomTom, mapIT have now also included real-time live traffic feeds. The live traffic updates are sent every two to three minutes and the alerts show up on the map when a user zooms in to suburb level or below. As a result, supporters and local residents are now able to get accurate information about traffic incidents, helping them to calculate the smartest route on race day.

Twitter has been integrated into the map, allowing users to ‘tweet’ and interact with friends and fellow competitors while using the site. Other major features include accurate street level zooming, automated routing function, and medical and water point locations.

“The online route map is an invaluable tool for everyone involved in the marathon, and we encourage participants to tap into this resource and gain that competitive edge for race day,” adds Dodd.

 

Kaspersky Lab asks: ‘Gadgetisation’ – friend or foe?

By admin, 3 kwietnia, 2012, No Comment

The modern world gives us more ways than ever to stay online and in touch – and people are rushing to take advantage. However, while Kaspersky Lab figures show that more and more families are using several different Internet-ready devices, cyber criminals are also ready to take advantage of new ways to exploit their victims.

Gadget nation
Kaspersky Lab’s global survey* revealed that the average South African family (connected to the Internet) has 4 personal electronic devices with Internet access and capable of storing large amounts of data. The most gadget-happy nation is Saudi Arabia, with 4.3 devices per household and the Romanians have the fewest hi-tech toys with 2.6 devices per household. The smartphone device is the most popular type of personal electronic device in South Africa – almost 42% of Internet users surveyed said they had two or more at home. 27.1% of the respondents stated that they had two or more desktop PCs. Laptops are just as prominent as ever thanks to their combination of high performance and mobility – 31.1% of highly connected Internet users said they have two or more laptops at home. When it came to the latest devices such as tablets, it was revealed that 11.7% of this category of respondents already have a tablet. Additionally, 2.6% of highly connected South Africans are already the proud owners of a full set of modern electronic devices (desktop PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet).

Under threat
This love of gadgets offers a wealth of opportunities to cyber criminals. Every day users make online purchases, chat on social networks, check their email accounts and browse the Internet. All this can be done just as effectively on a smartphone or a tablet running various operating systems as it can on a desktop or laptop computer. In 2011 the experts at Kaspersky Lab observed a dramatic growth in the amount of malware for the majority of platforms. The domination of Windows on users’ PCs is reflected in its popularity among virus writers – malware for the operating system increased 80% last year. Malicious programs for Mac OS also demonstrated significant growth of 35%. When it came to mobile operating systems, four platforms bore the brunt of the biggest increases in malware. There was a rise of 13% for Windows Mobile, and Symbian saw a rise of 16%. Java2ME continues to be a favorite target of the virus writers as it is used on the majority of basic phones. The amount of malware for this platform rose by 160%. But it is Android that has the unenviable distinction of being targeted most by the virus writers. At the beginning of 2011 there were a couple of dozen threats targeting the platform; by the end of the year that number had reached the 2,000 mark. The overall increase in malware targeting Android for the year came to almost 12,000%.

“Regardless of the type of device or operating system, users need to be sure that all their gadgets are protected. With such a variety of devices and platforms, comprehensive protection is only possible with the help of universal solutions that have already become a major new trend in IT security for end users,” explains Alexander Erofeev, Head of Strategic Marketing and Brand Communication at Kaspersky Lab. “When you have several devices, purchasing an integrated solution makes more sense economically than protecting each device separately, and it makes installation much easier. Kaspersky ONE is just the sort of flexible solution that can protect your PCs, laptops, Macs, smartphones and tablets.”

* Survey of Internet users conducted by the independent research company O+K especially for Kaspersky Lab in 20 countries over several stages throughout 2011. The last stage took place in October 2011. Over 7,000 users took part in the survey.

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