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EA and Criterion Games Reveal Pre-Order Bonuses for Need for Speed Most Wanted

By admin, 18 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Killer Vehicles with Performance-Enhancing Custom Modifications Accelerate the Action in the Highly-Anticipated Open World Racer 

Be the Most Wanted amongst your friends with high performance cars that fit your driving style. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Criterion Games today unveiled the pre-order exclusives for one of this season’s most anticipated racing blockbusters, Need for Speed™ Most Wanted.

After shattering franchise records with 36 award nominations and 18 wins at last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), including Best Racing Game and Best Multiplayer Game; Need for Speed Most Wanted gives a connected generation of racing fans the ultimate freedom to race, chase and explore their way to the top to become the Most Wanted amongst their friends.

Players that pre-order* the game now will receive the Need for Speed Most Wanted Limited Edition, which includes two early unlocked multiplayer cars with special performance modifications: the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and Porsche 911 Carrera S — as well as many other bonuses.

When fans pre-order Need for Speed™ Most Wanted from Origin and select retailers**, they will be able to unlock additional exclusive packs: the Speed Pack, Strike Pack or Power Pack. With the Need for Speed Most Wanted Limited Edition players can outdrive friends and outsmart rivals with amplified style, finesse and attitude. Visit http://www.needforspeed.com for details and for more information go to participating retailers.

“In Need for Speed Most Wanted, everything players do earn them Speed Points which are used to compete to be the Most Wanted amongst their friends,” said Matt Webster, Executive Producer at Criterion Games.

“Fans with the Limited Edition or pre-order packs will have additional cars to choose from on day one — cars that fit how they like to compete in multiplayer, whether it’s going for the highest top speed, farthest jump, or the fastest race time.”

Multiplayer bonuses included in the Need for Speed Most Wanted Limited Edition include:

  • Four hours of Double Speed Points: Players earn double speed points throughout the first four hours of multiplayer
  • 2012 Porsche 911 Carerra S: Optimized Aerodynamic Body that reduces drag for maximum speed and Nitrous Burn, delivering efficient and sustained speed boosts
  • Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale: A Race Pack Powertrain tuned for increased power and the impact protection modification to provide increased stability and strength when driving at breakneck speeds

Pre-order packs now available at Origin and select retailers include early access to multiplayer cars with unique modifications that fit different play styles:

  • Speed Pack: The Caterham Superlight R500 in the exclusive Satin Black livery, featuring the Track Tyres Modification for improved road handling, and the Lightweight Chassis Modification allowing players to reach mesmerizing speeds
  • Strike Pack: The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series in the exclusive Satin Black livery, featuring the Power Pack Powertrain Modification for an engine tuned for torque, acceleration and the ability to reach breakneck speeds, and the Re-inflating Tyres Modification making it easier to survive and counter rivals’ attempts to slow players down
  • Power Pack: The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in the exclusive Satin Black livery, featuring the Reinforced Chassis Modification for taking increased damage, and the powerful and violent Nitrous Dump Modification for making tight jumps and powered up takedowns

Designed for a new, more connected generation of racing fans, Need for Speed Most Wanted offers players an expansive open world packed with exhilarating action where they can choose their own path to become the Most Wanted.

Players will have the freedom to drive anywhere, discover hidden locations, takedown rivals, challenge friends or just hang out and toy with the cops. In addition, players will be able to enjoy a new standard of social competition thanks to Criterion’s ground-breaking, friend-connecting technology, Autolog 2, which keeps intense competition at the heart of the experience by tracking Speed Points and game accomplishments across players’ social networks and making gameplay recommendations to further fuel the competition.

Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available November 2, 2012 in South Africa for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, PlayStationVita handheld entertainment system, PC, iOS and Android™.  This product has not yet been rated by the FPB (Film and Publications Board) in South Africa.  For more information on Need for Speed, visit http://www.needforspeed.com or become a fan on Facebook® at http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed and follow us on Twitter™ http://www.twitter.com/needforspeed. Press assets are available at http://info.ea.com.

*Pre-order expires November 2, 2012 for South Africa.

**Conditions and restrictions apply. Please see http://www.needforspeed.com for details.

Making the difference at Woolworths with PPO

By admin, 18 lipca, 2012, No Comment

JSE-listed retail group, Woolworths, has elected to roll out Project Portfolio Office (PPO), an online project portfolio management (PPM) and collaboration application, to improve its project and portfolio decision-making.

In order to achieve this, PPO will provide Woolworths project managers, business champions, sponsors and the portfolio management team with access to a centralised repository of relevant project information. Additionally, the new solution will enable more consistent reporting across the portfolio, as well as automated project progress tracking in a centralised database.

According to Melissa Boolsen-Lotz, head of the Woolworths project management office (PMO), the group opted to go the PPO route due to the solution’s cost effectiveness and ease of use. “Not only this, but as a practical solution that is developed by project managers for project managers, PPO’s comprehensive functionality aligned to our business requirements and can be effortlessly administered and configured. It also has a low change management barrier.

“Moving ahead with PPO in the longer term, we plan to give key team members access to the solution in order to ensure utilisation of the tool’s collaboration functionality,” she adds.

According to Guy Jelley, Project Portfolio Office CEO, the centralisation of information is a key element to greater project success. “Storing, retaining and providing easy access to project documents, knowledge and lessons are crucial actions for any project team. PPO will assist the Woolworths team by allowing members to easily upload, categorise and store all project governance documents, while enabling them to search, download and access information from anywhere.

“The fact that PPO is highly configurable is of great benefit to Woolworths, as the group has been able to tailor it to meet its specific needs. Furthermore, the solution provides project teams and stakeholders a far greater visibility of the status of their work, projects, programmes and portfolios, allowing them to work, plan and complete projects together collaboratively, while also providing the required communication and alerts to keep teams informed.”

Corporate Project Management (CPM), a PPO partner, has supported Woolworths with the configuration and implementation of PPO, in addition to assisting with training and first line user support. CPM has an ongoing relationship with Woolworths to provide the organisation with project management, business analysis, change management and consulting services.

Kaspersky Lab and Seculert Announce ‘Madi’, a Newly Discovered Cyber-Espionage Campaign in the Middle East

By admin, 18 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Today, Kaspersky Lab researchers announced the results of a joint-investigation with Seculert, an Advanced Threat Detection company, regarding “Madi”, an active cyber-espionage campaign targeting victims in the Middle East. Originally discovered by Seculert, Madi is a computer network infiltration campaign that involves a malicious Trojan which is delivered via social engineering schemes to carefully selected targets.

Kaspersky Lab and Seculert worked together to sinkhole the Madi Command & Control (C&C) servers to monitor the campaign. Kaspersky Lab and Seculert identified more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel and select countries across the globe connecting to the C&Cs over the past eight months. Statistics from the sinkhole revealed that the victims were primarily business people working on Iranian and Israeli critical infrastructure projects, Israeli financial institutions, Middle Eastern engineering students, and various government agencies communicating in the Middle East.

In addition, examination of the malware identified an unusual amount of religious and political ‘distraction’ documents and images that were dropped when the initial infection occurred.

“While the malware and infrastructure is very basic compared to other similar projects, the Madi attackers have been able to conduct a sustained surveillance operation against high-profile victims,” said Nicolas Brulez, Senior Malware Researcher, Kaspersky Lab. “Perhaps the amateurish and rudimentary approach helped the operation fly under the radar and evade detection.”

“Interestingly, our joint analysis uncovered a lot of Persian strings littered throughout the malware and the C&C tools, which is unusual to see in malicious code. The attackers were no doubt fluent in this language,” said Aviv Raff, Chief Technology Officer, Seculert.

The Madi info-stealing Trojan enables remote attackers to steal sensitive files from infected Windows computers, monitor sensitive communications such as email and instant messages, record audio, log keystrokes, and take screenshots of victims’ activities. Data analysis suggests that multiple gigabytes of data have been uploaded from victims’ computers.

Common applications and websites that were spied on include accounts on Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, ICQ, Skype, Google+, and Facebook. Surveillance is also performed over integrated ERP/CRM systems, business contracts, and financial management systems.

Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Virus system detects the Madi malware variants along with its associated droppers and modules, classified as Trojan.Win32.Madi. 

To read the full research post by Kaspersky Lab’s experts please visit http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193677/The_Madi_Campaign_Part_I

To read Seculert’s research about the Madi campaign please visit the SeculertBlog.

EA announces medal of honor warfighter limited edition to include access to exclusive battlefield 4 beta

By admin, 18 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced access to the exclusive beta for Battlefield 4™, the next entry in DICE’s award-winning shooter series, to players that pre-order Medal of Honor™ Warfighter Limited Edition* prior to the game’s launch in South Africa on October 26.

The most authentic shooter this season,Medal of Honor Warfighter is the only game that puts players in the boots of the world’s most aggressive, precise and disciplined warfighters, fighting battles that are ripped from headlines around the globe. Powered by the ground-breaking Frostbite™ 2 engine, Medal of Honor Warfighter delivers tomorrow’s technology on today’s platforms with advanced gameplay, visuals and sound design.

The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be available in Spring 2013. Additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date.

“Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each offer players a completely unique experience, they are united by their underlying technology base – Frostbite. These are two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment,” said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels.

Written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas, Medal of Honor Warfighter is set to deliver this year’s most authentic military shooter experience inspired by real warriors, real operations and real places. From rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold in the Philippines to assaulting Al-Shabaab’s “Pirate Town” on the Somali Coast, Medal of Honor Warfighter puts players in the boots of today’s most highly trained and skilled warriors to experience missions that have a dotted line to real world terrorist threats. Medal of Honor Warfighter features real world hotspots in the single player campaign and introduces international Tier 1 Operators from 10 different nations in multiplayer allowing players to show their national pride online.

Frostbite 2 is an amazingly powerful technology that challenges us to break the multiplayer mold. The unique premise of global warfighters in Medal of HonorWarfighter has inspired us to pioneer new multiplayer concepts such as Fire Teams and the idea of having Tier 1 Operators from around the world go head-to-head in online competition,” said Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer, Medal of Honor.   

Developed by Danger Close Games, Medal of Honor Warfighter will be available in South Africa on October 26, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. This product has been rated 16V by the FPB (Film and Publications Board) in South Africa. For more information on Medal of Honor Warfighter, please visit www.medalofhonor.com, and for the latest news visit www.facebook.com/medalofhonor or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/medalofhonor. Press assets are available at www.info.ea.com.

* Conditions and restrictions apply. See http://www.medalofhonor.com/bf4-beta for details.

Complexity at the desktop can impede your customer experience strategy – summit to define CEM

By admin, 18 lipca, 2012, No Comment

The Customer Experience Management Africa Summit will be held at the 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town from 2 to 3 August 2012. The event will bring together Africa’s industry leaders and provide a unique platform to build relationships, share ideas and most importantly, to do business. The summit is produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events.

The summit is set to focus on complexity at the desktop can impede your customer experience strategy, highlighting fundamental obstacles in delivering exceptional experiences have been proven to originate in the complexity of the enterprise representatives desktop. Multiple communication channels and a host of often disparate, disconnected applications can possibly result in sluggish and ineffective service levels. Agents need a complete view of the customer as well as instant fingertip access to all of the resources and applications needed to effectively handle every interaction. 

The summit will provide industry insight into engaging the consumer and creating loyalty with mobile, presenting invaluable opportunities to increase revenues right through the commercial process. Operational costs have the potential to be greatly reduced through mobile technology, while customer care costs are significantly reduced and customer care experiences improved using a direct and personalised nature of mobile communication.

The CEM Africa Summit is set to explore the technological advances currently available within the industry, assisting you to adopt the customer experience techniques which will allow you to differentiate your brand in the industry among the marketing “noise”.

For more information, to register to attend, comment or photographs, visit www.cemafricasummit.com or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or shaunei@kineticevents.net. Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.

 

 

Get real value from your CCTV footage with BriefCam VS Forensics from Graphic Image Technologies

By admin, 17 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Theft, robberies and syndicated crime are an unfortunate reality in South Africa, and CCTV cameras form an important part of today’s security strategy in all areas, from suburbs and closed communities to retailers, corporates to casinos, hospitals, public transport and more. The problem is, however, that in most cases there is simply not enough manpower to sift through hours of this footage for evidence when a crime occurs.

The award-winning BriefCam VS Forensics solution from Graphic Image Technology (GIT) is the answer. Using proprietary Video Synopsis (VS) technology, you can browse and review hours of video in a matter of minutes, enabling you to identify and investigate incidents quickly, provide evidence and take action.

BriefCam VS Forensics is an easy-to-use standalone software application that runs off a Windows-based Server. It enables users to rapidly review and index full length video footage using VS technology, which delivers the simultaneous presentation of multiple objects and activities that have occurred at different times. These synopsis videos can then be used for identification, audits, behavioural analysis and more.

“Forensic technology such as BriefCam’s VS Forensics solution enables any user of CCTV systems to actually leverage real value from the hours of footage generated. Catching criminals is an obvious application of the system, and the deterrent that such a system provides can go a long way towards preventing theft and helping law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute offenders,” says Mark Chertkow, Managing Director of GIT.

“However this software has many more applications. Casinos can use it to ensure cheating does not happen at card tables, retailers can use it to analyse consumer shopping patterns for improved store layouts, even hospitals can make use of BriefCam VS Forensics to monitor patient care. Once problem areas have been identified and trends have been picked up, users can then use this to modify behaviours in any scenario,” he adds.

Using BriefCam VS Forensics software users can index and view original event videos with a single click and combine multiple clips into a single summary review, turning hours of footage into synopses of just a few minutes. It is then possible to apply areas of interest and areas of exclusion to either hone in on a specific area or exclude areas of footage that are not relevant, reducing review time even further.

The software features an easy to use, intuitive Graphic User Interface and is capable of processing up to four files simultaneously. Users can also control the summary speed and event density, select and time-stamp events and browse through events frame by frame. Synopsis videos as well as original footage can be exported as evidence video files. Video files can be fed in via network or DVD, removing integration challenges.

“BriefCam VS Forensics is easy to install, easy to use and requires no training. It increases the accuracy of video analysis and dramatically decreases the time required to browse footage, reducing the time and cost of manpower. It enables users to obtain better quality evidence faster, replacing the fast forward function with an intelligent solution that enables all video footage to be reviewed every day for better security,” Chertkow adds.

The BriefCam VS Forensics solutions requires a minimum of a quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 1TB available disk space and Windows 7 operating system.

Graphic Image Technology will be offering the BriefCam VS Forensic software with a powerful server, for productivity right out of the box. The solution is available directly from GIT.

Revolutionary new approach sweeps away business credit granting mystique

By admin, 17 lipca, 2012, No Comment

The mystique long clouding criteria for business credit lending – a major challenge for any business – is being swept away by a revolutionary new approach.

Experian SA, one of the country’s foremost information services companies, is pioneering an innovative solution that automates credit decisions by combining the group’s comprehensive data assets, predictive analytical models and best-of-breed application processing systems into a single model, KreditAutomate.

“Because accurate and consistent assessment of business credit applications is critical to the sustainable success of any company, Experian has, over the years, devoted much attention to finding an answer to the challenge,” says Michelle Beetar, Experian SA’s managing director.

She points out that the ability to make application decisions quickly, consistently and cost efficiently supports improved revenue recognition; appropriate allocation of resources and long-term customer relationships.

“Further, the KreditAutomate solution’s intrinsic workflow capabilities ensure that customer service standards are maintained and administrative backlogs reduced. The system facilitates the processing of routine applications, thereby enabling the more effective re-allocation of resources.”

KreditAutomate, she explains, is a hosted solution with a complete set of business rules that drive every credit application decision – rules that may be customised to change the parameters such that they comply with every business’s unique risk appetite.

Beetar spells out additional specific benefits:

  • an automated assessment, within minutes, of each new business application;
  • appropriate treatment of SMEs and non-SMEs;
  • ability to determine the range of cut-off scores;
  • response time is “significantly” shortened;
  • highlights areas in which policy rules are either working or not working, thereby prompting remedial action;
  • allows the appropriate level of management to sign off on the relevant levels of exposure, in the process achieving effective re-allocation of resource;
  • provides consistent decision making; and
  • decision consistency is maintained in a decentralised credit infrastructure.

Deon Liebenberg leaves Samsung Electronics SA

By admin, 17 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Samsung Electronics South Africa today announced the resignation of its Managing Director, Mr Deon Liebenberg – effective 15 July 2012.

“Having spent the last year supporting Samsung’s substantial brand growth in the local market, I have decided that the time has come to move on. Samsung Electronics South Africa has a very strong and capable team, and over the past 12 months we have achieved the milestones I was originally tasked with – ensuring Samsung South Africa is a brand synonymous with innovation,” says Deon Liebenberg, MD of Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Says Mr. George Ferreira COO and Vice President at Samsung Electronics Africa; “We remain thankful for Deon’s contribution to the brand and are certain that the solid foundation created over the last 12 months will continue to garner positive growth and momentum for the brand locally. Samsung Electronics South Africa is supported by a very capable team and the expertise of our staff, together with the market partnerships that have been developed over this time, will continue to propel this brand forward in South Africa.”

Affordable video conferencing for all with the Yealink VP530 Video Phone from Nology

By admin, 17 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Video conferencing is becoming increasingly popular due to the associated benefits such as convenience, reducing costs through less travel and promoting a greener environment.  Nology is delivering this technology to the South African market in a simple, affordable manner with the introduction of Yealink’s VP530 Video Phone, an advanced, powerful IP video phone with a host of features.

Offering three-way video conferencing without the need for any additional specialist video conferencing systems, along with unified audio, video and applications, the VP530 delivers video conferencing for all, bringing the power of video conferencing within reach of a wide variety of users, including large enterprises, Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Small office Home Office (SOHO) users.

The VP530 incorporates a high quality hands-free speakerphone and can also be connected to a video projector or external display, ideal for boardroom or conference environments where a large video display and collaborative conversation is needed. Features include a large full colour touch screen for intuitive operation and crystal video clarity, a business oriented user interface and full integration with industry standard directory and phonebook systems.

“Phonebook and directory integration allows you to import existing contacts, eliminating the need to manually input and capture contents and assisting to drive consistency across different company directories. Photographs of contacts are also supported to add another dimension to the contact list. The phone’s business user interface ensures that you can find any person in three touches, even in a large company directory. All of these features are accessible through the touch screen interface, which enables fast and easy navigation,” says Ernst Ohlhoff, VoIP Business Unit Manager at Nology. 

Integrated High Definition (HD) voice delivers superior voice quality to increase productivity, enhancing face-to-face collaboration across geographical locations regardless of distance. Simplified deployment using enterprise-grade web-based configuration ensures that the VP530 can be easily provisioned and maintained throughout the business, and an Open API (Application Programming Interface) means that the devices are highly customisable and can be integrated with third party business applications. Integrated energy-saving Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) allows for easy deployment by allowing the user to connect the device to the corporate network via any local area network point, centralised power and backup and a reduced carbon footprint.

The VP530 is an ideal all-in-one business communication tool for executives and managers in companies of all sizes, in all sectors including private sector, government, healthcare and schools. It is also perfect for remote workers who operate out of a home office environment and cannot afford the expense of a full-blown video conferencing suite.

“The Yealink VP530 video phone is the ideal device for a number of markets and industries, as it is cost effective and offers a rich set of features that makes video conferencing a reality for all,” Ohlhoff concludes.

JDA Software Supports Skyworks Solutions with Sales & Operations Planning, Factory Planning and Reporting Solutions

By admin, 17 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Wireless handset chip provider looks to improve demand planning and support production planning within its assembly and test operations

 JDA® Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS), The Supply Chain Company®,  today announced that Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high reliability analog  semiconductors, has implemented JDA® Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and also selected JDA® Factory Planner, JDA® Reporting and JDA® Agile Business Process Platform (ABPP) in the second quarter of 2012. The company is using JDA Sales & Operations Planning to drive improved demand planning across its organization and plans to use JDA Factory Planner for supporting production planning and scheduling within its assembly and test operations. 

Skyworks offers high-performance analog products supporting automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, energy management, industrial, medical, military, wireless networking, smart phone and tablet applications.

The JDA S&OP solution extends beyond traditional demand-supply matching, and aligns S&OP with corporate financial goals to drive cross-functional alignment. From forecasting to inventory and supply balancing, this level of enterprise-wide visibility provides companies with the data needed to achieve strategic objectives, maximize profits and increase customer service levels.

JDA’s factory planning solution helps companies develop optimized production plans while simultaneously considering material, capacity and due date constraints. By using JDA Factory Planner, planners and schedulers can intelligently improve manufacturing facility performance to meet business objectives such as enhancing due-date performance, reducing lead times, improving throughput and decreasing inventory and operating expenses.

“JDA’s S&OP solution is easy to use and enhances the efficiency of our internal processes for hub and global demand planning,” said Arif Khalil, vice president of information technology at Skyworks Solutions. “With a successful project under our belt, we are now expanding our JDA footprint with JDA Factory Planner to leverage the company’s extensive semiconductor process expertise across our supply chain team.”

“With Skyworks’ go-live of JDA Sales & Operations Planning, we continue to see market momentum in this area as companies look to integrate business planning across their organization,” said Puneet Saxena, vice president, manufacturing industry strategy, JDA Software. “By having the entire company aligned on a common platform that enables rapid analysis and insights, the JDA solution allows Skyworks’ teams to have an improved holistic view of the current operations and improve planning. With the recent selection of JDA Factory Planner, we look forward to supporting Skyworks’ ongoing success.” 

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