Published August 2018
Hello, everyone, thank you for checking in. For first time readers, I do an article like this at least once a month to share nuggets of trending and helpful information, covering mainly tech, business and marketing around the world. I am meant to keep this article short so that you can read through it over a cup of coffee, so no more waffling from me.
I love this title! It is so James Bond! Dragonfly is actually the word that describes when someone’s ethics take second priority to morals. One day during a work meeting you will be able to say “oh, Natalie did a Dragonfly on this deal”…If you have a Natalie in your office, and whom is that way inclined.
It is actually something far more serious.
Now, I might get into some trouble here with Google, but Dragonfly is actually the name of Google’s censored version of itself for the Chinese. There will be custom android apps as well. This version of Google will block out everything and anything the local government desires, for example, BBC and Wikipedia.
Google knows that Internet censorship is bad in China. I mean, if you Google the question Google admits it itself.
Google has been struggling with this market for over a decade. I understand from a business point of view the value of potential revenue in China but, money set aside, what about morals?
This is what scares me the most and I would like you to think about this point please.
If Google is able to adapt like this for income, how do we know what version of Google we are getting in South Africa or Africa in general? China has a huge investment stake on our continent, well over 60 billion pounds, and so many deals with many of our governments.
This move by Google has to be in contravention of the United Nations policy for uncensored access to the Internet as a basic human right. ( https://www.businessinsider.com/un-says-internet-access-is-a-human-right-2016-7?IR=T)
Perhaps Google’s argument is to rather have some Google than no Google at all?
Shu^ Up about 5G already!
I first started to hear about 5G around two years ago at a conference in London.
More recent reports are all sharing an opinion that says this technology is a lot of bark with no bite.
The lack of the bite is not because the mouth has no teeth. The issue is that we aren’t hungry for it yet.
Reports say there will only be 0.09% usage by 2019.
So why the slow uptake?
What we use the Internet for and for the tech we have, the speed we have is okay. The motivation for businesses to shift is not yet here. How do businesses make money off this tech and will it be more than what we make off the tech we are using right now?
Perhaps it is a right stuff, wrong time scenario.
5G will do well for I.o.T, tech cities and more data intense devices or activities.
So should we all carry on about 5G for the next few months? Or ever again?
Perhaps not. Perhaps we should skip to 6G, which is starting a small hype now.
Don’t take my word for it. There are some companies making a go at it, and it looks like Motorola might take the lead here with its new phone.
Have you heard?
Have you heard of one sextillion bytes?
How about a love bite?
Well, 1 sextillion byte is a medical condition in which someone is mentally inclined to want to give love bites.
No, I’m waffling again…
1 sextillion byte is now the benchmark for what global Internet traffic has achieved recently. We have more zeros.
So basically another bench mark.
How about Kessler Syndrome?
This is basically a scenario in which one orbiting object can mess up an entire area for all other objects that need to use the space at some point in their orbit around the planet.
Have you watched the movie called Gravity? Well, you should, it’s really good and has George Clooney in it. The movie is a good example of the Kessler Syndrome. Its trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJHRF6RlTQ
Basically, the reason I am bringing up this theory is because I want to get onto the subject of space junk and the amount of satellites orbiting our planet, which is more than we know what to do with.
The use of satellites for Internet is going to become the everyday norm one day. So best to know a bit about it for business.
Currently there are over 1000 operational satellites and another 2600 broken ones.
Satellites are being targeted by hackers.
In one article I read about this subject, which was being covered at a conference hosted in Las Vegas, explained that it’s not just about target planes, boats and military tech. You can also use this for high-powered signals to cook electronics and even biological tissue. Scary stuff! For more information, see the website for the host of the event: https://www.blackhat.com/
For business, we must accept that satellite tech will be part of many of our companies in a few years. This is a very probable reality because the cost to launch a satellite has been drastically reduced, and this was one of the main challenges before this tech could go big.
SpaceX plans to give us a pizza size box to communicate with about twenty satellites at any one time.
We can start to speculate and come up with ideas in relation to what we will be able to communicate and how we might use it for business.
Just one concern for me is that there is no one really in charge of this satellite’s deployment or the satellites revolution in general.
No longer the favourite fruit… I mean cell phone. News flash, it wasn’t actually in 1st place to start with and now it’s moved from 2nd place to 3rd.
Chinese based tech firm, Huawei, has passed Apple’s sales.
Samsung is still first.
Is Apple crying in the corner? I don’t think so. Apple has recently become the first company to reach the $1 trillion market valuation, making it the first in the world to ever reach target value.
I always love to add some international news… or over our boarder.
This is a wonderful bit of news. I am very much about entrepreneurs and tech.
Zone Tech Park in Nigeria has its doors open.
This is an organization to help build companies. I would say it’s unique in many ways on this continent. It offers access to tech and market services for start-up companies.
It has in-house and available for its clients around twenty-plus software developers and designers, supportive finance, legal, marketing, sales and, most importantly, fundraising teams – all wonderful resources for SMEs.
Please see their website for more details: https://zonetechpark.co/
I wish we had something like this here in South Africa.
I hope to get an invite there one day.
We do have some things happening here in South Africa.
Another international digital payment company is making its way into our market.
This solution is a good one for merchants. This appears to be their strongest appeal. See their website: https://merchantservices.co.za/about-us/
There are a few events happening as well, but one interesting one is the ISPA Super Teachers Gala dinner by the Internet Service Providers’ Association. I will be attending and let you know what this was all about.
For those of you who don’t know, the Internet Service Providers’ Association is a non-profit company, and a recognised Internet industry representative body dating back as far as 1996. If you visit their website you will see they have a bunch of resources and services including, but not limited to, ‘Take down notices for websites’, ‘Regulation submissions’, ‘domain registration’ and even ‘cyber-safety resources’. Take a look at their website if you need some of these services: https://ispa.org.za/
Such security fuss, but how do I protect my company?
Take a look at this popular whitepaper (cyber-security by Redstor). I think it is one of the best around at the moment. You can always direct message me if you have questions.
Riots in South Africa are very different to Riots on the web.
RIOT on the web is not a bunch of people causing havoc.
It is actually an open source software/licence for public and commercial use.
It is wonderful news for programmers looking to get into Internet of Things device programing or software solutions.
They have a strong focus on privacy and they also have a great community going.
A related event for them is taking place in Amsterdam, and if you are interested please have a look at the website: https://summit.riot-os.org/2018/
So which is it, loss of jobs or creation of jobs by tech?
I have spent most of this month travelling around South Africa for corporate talks to final year students on how tech will affect their careers. I will do a roundup article on that next month.
There is conflicting answers to this question.
For example, there is an analysis by Cognizant Technology Solution’s Centre for the Future of Work that states almost 21 million jobs will be created over the next 10 to 15 years. But then I go to the website linked to the email run I received this from and the website says “around 50% of jobs worldwide are at risk of automation.”
I’ll answer the question in my next article, but think about this fact.
Tech makes us live longer.
It also makes us healthier during our life.
This means that we will probably be on this planet for longer, will be more active and will need more resources.
That means that there will be more demand for more things…Opportunity yes?
Final subject for this roundup:
All sizes are increasing usage.
In SA the Cloud Africa report says 90% of companies increase spending on it.
Basically Cloud technology is safer data that can easily be accessed in the world. It costs less and also has the ability to plug into other tech.
Well, that’s great! But who do you use if you want this tech?
Here is a good bit of research to read before you start looking for your silver cloud lining:
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