With Monday being Freedom Day why not celebrate our democracy by downloading the new South African tourism app called Madiba’s Journey. The App is based on the “Madiba-inspired tourist attractions” map launched in 2014 to encourage tourists from around the world and South Africa to travel the country, and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. It features tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These range from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island, where he was imprisoned, his post-Presidential office at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where he is laid to rest. The GPS-enabled App uses location based services to establish which attraction the user is visiting and provides real-time information to enrich their experience. This includes written information on the attraction, audio describing the attraction and other relevant information including contact details, map previews and photo galleries.
Telkom announced on 23 April it will implement numerous wholesale price reductions across its broadband products from 1 May 2015, including ADSL, VDSL, and fibre. Internet service providers buy bandwidth on Telkom’s last-mile access networks for DSL and fibre services through a product called IP Connect (IPC), which is set to see a reduction of between 1.4% and 63%. The size of the reduction is determined by the volume of bandwidth a service provider buys from Telkom, with smaller ISPs set to benefit more than larger competitors from the next round of price cuts. Telkom said its intention with balancing the price reduction in this way was to stimulate the lower-end of the DSL market.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, anyone could turn on their local public access television channel and find moms doing yoga, talk shows focused on beer and local sports, or even strippers and porn stars cavorting between ads for 1-900 numbers (thanks for everything, Robin Byrd). Public access was revolutionary in that it gave everyone access to a broadcast platform—but, sadly, that platform could only reach those with the same cable provider. Neither international fame nor anything close to fortune ever came for those who were the superstars of the medium. The video sharing service posted its first video on April 23, 2005. (That video, Me at the Zoo, has subsequently been viewed 19 million times in 10 years.) YouTube changed everything about television, from public access to major networks. In one decade, YouTube has developed a culture of its own and is a threat to the conventional business model of television—but not in the way world expected.
This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 24 April 2015