Opera to cash in on Netflix in Africa on Opera Max app

opera-maxSo the latest way to sell your internet service or app in these post #NetflixEverywhere launch days, is to claim that it’s best for Netflix. Lots of free advertising it’s getting this video streaming service. The latest on that bandwagon is Opera, who most of us know for the much loved Opera Mini. Opera Mini is ofcourse just not enough anymore. Mostly because the internet browser accounts only for a fraction of the stuff eating mobile data on your phone right now.

There are others data hogs like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Your email app and ofcourse now, Netflix. This is why Opera released Opera Max; an app that works in the background to make those data heavy apps use less data. 50% less, claims the company – hence them jumping on the opportunity for some PR with the launch of Netflix on the continent.

A press event notification we just received had this:

“Opera Max is the best solution for new Netflix viewers across Africa as Opera Max saves data on HTTPS videos without any significant loss in quality. It even reduces buffering on any connection, including crowded Wi-Fi networks. The data-saving technology can extend data plans by up to 50% for free.”

Innovator BongoHive and MTN Zambia sign app development MOU

MTN Zambia has signed a MoU with BongoHive, the country’s tech and innovation hub to support local application and software developers.

The company said there is no limit to the number of developers it intends to help because it wants to harness as many good ideas as possible.

MTN Zambia CEO Charles Molapisi said the company wants to stimulate interest in technology, particularly among the youth, and expose them to an economic platform.

Molapisi said yesterday noted that many innovators are limited by a lack of resources, including infrastructure and finance, required to develop and model ideas. Read more

Microsoft’s PowerApps To Disrupt Enterprise Mobile App Development Market

Microsoft launched a new enterprise service called PowerApps that empowers users (employees of businesses) to create mobile apps (they need), connect to existing business systems in a secure way and easily share newly developed apps with coworkers. This is significant considering that over 2.1 billion mobile units will be sold by 2019 and that enterprise mobile apps market is expected to grow with more companies and users relying on enterprise apps for productivity. In this note, we explore how this service will disrupt the enterprise mobile app development industry and add to Microsoft’s revenues. Read more

2016 Top 10 Security Predictions

A year in cybersecurity can seem like an eternity.  But despite the rapid changes, many things remain constant.  Check Point’s top three predicted security threats for 2015 were the rapid growth in unknown malware, in mobile threats, and in critical vulnerabilities in commonly used platforms (Android, iOS and others).

These were fully realised, and are likely to remain a significant threat. The cat-and-mouse game that has typified cybersecurity in recent years continues, with hackers constantly finding new ways in which to attack networks – as this year’s high-profile breaches at Anthem, Experian, Carphone Warehouse, Ashley Madison and TalkTalk showed.

Like most IT security professionals, I really want my predictions not to come true:  I would prefer organisations didn’t get hacked or breached.  But by anticipating the next wave of threats, we hope to help businesses stay on top of the evolving tactics and exploits that criminals will use to target them.  So here are ten IT security threats and trends that I expect we will see during 2016. Read more