Monday, January 04, 2016
Friday, October 30, 2015
Lync did what it supposed to do but was not widely used, infact the mobile version of the software was not a very good instant messenger at all. There were constant delays when communicating from mobile device, however the desktop version did the job well.
So where does Skype fit in? The main reason that Skype was purchased was because of its dominance in the IM market and it was and still is the preferred video chat software around the world.
Recently Microsoft announced that it will do away with its Lync software and port all users to Sype For Business. This will give Lync users the same look and feel of Skype along with the mobility and quality of IM and video chat services that normal Skype currently offers.
Network admins also have the option of opening Skype For Business to normal Skype users so you can chat to friends and family as well as stakeholders from other companies who sit in different domains.
This is going to be widely accepted by corporates as they have already started embracing social media as a great marketing tool. The launch is said to happen soon so look out for it!
Thursday, July 02, 2015
This movie will be one of the greatest movies ever for me. Because as a kid I remember the thrill and awe that I was in when my folks took me to watch Jurassic Park back in 1993. And what makes Jurassic World special is that I got to take my daughter to it, who is about the same age as me when I watched the first one back in '93 and I new exactly how she felt before, during and after the movie.
The movie takes CGI to another level, bringing to life the dinosaurs that kids dream about. Even in the original Jurassic Park, at the time everything seemed so realistic. Of course there are going to be people that will slam the graphics and animatronics, but you have to look at it from a child's point of view and remember what you experienced when you were young.
Although Colin Trevorrow will never come top what Spielberg did in 1993, he did come close. He did well to instill the same awe and wonder that we experienced as kids.
A must to watch on the big screen. If you were lucky enough to watch the original on the big screen then this is a must.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
FNB will be selling their SIM cards separately from their mobile devices. Although initial press releases indicated that their pricing would be a tad bit off the mark, which may cause this idea to crash, their actual launch pricing seems to be highly competitive, especially the voice and data 24 month contracts. With the data contracts you get day + night data e.g. for R95 you get 2gb + 2gb night data. Another plus is that you can get up to 40% of your bill back in eBucks!
If you are on the prepaid option you can do top ups directly from the FNB App. I predict that this app is going to be something that we can't live without in the near future.
RICA is a thing of the past, because the sim is activated via your Online Banking profile which is already FICA compliant. All other management tools for your SIM card will be via the online banking portal as well, such as real time usage and call history.
The service is run via the CellC network. Although CellC's network has been criticized before, they are, like FNB, making big strides through innovative ways of doing things.
I hope to see this service succeed as it will bring greater competition to the already over inflated mobile communications prices in South Africa.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
So I was on the hunt again and came across Axxess, very similar to what Afrihost was offering but coming in just a tad bit cheaper. It's seems that they are running on the same technology i.e. they are piggy backing on the MTN network and you are able to load your Axxess APN onto your MTN contract sim card.
You also get a simple but efficient control panel that you can load as an app on your Apple or Android device, giving you access to your usage 24/7 and also giving you the ability to top up your account at any time. Another plus, and I do believe that this will seal the deal, is the 3 months rollover i.e. is you have not finished your data in the current month it will rollover to the next and if still not used it will expire after the 3rd month.
The sign up was simple and quick, I registered on the website, www.axxess.co.za, and loaded my credit card details, the next day my APN was ready to use, I had an issue with provisioning my sim card due to it being provisioned with Afrihost, but if it wasn't for that I would have been up and running on the same day.
So far the 3G service has been reliable with the APN not going dead as what used to occasionally happen with Afrihost. Top ups are immediate within the Axxess app and the online control panel. To all MTN contract customers out there this is a no brainer, if you have an MTN contract and you use data, you have to go with Axxess.