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JSE gets high speed fibre

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Teraco has announced that a high speed, low-latency fibre link between the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Teraco Isando data centre in Johannesburg has been completed by Dark Fibre Africa.

Jan Hnizdo, chief financial officer, Teraco, says: “The route, which spans 32 km, enables the Teraco community to provide capital market participants with solutions for high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity. In real terms, this link offers a sub-500 microsecond round trip and is a virtual extension of the JSE’s ‘meet me room’ into Teraco.”

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Jan Hnizdo, chief financial officer of Teraco

He says that the new route is significant for all capital market participants including brokers, traders, market data providers and the carriers that service the capital markets ecosystem as it provides them direct access to the JSE and the additional choice of connecting with more than 150 network and connectivity providers, covering local and international markets including the whole of Africa. “Teraco is an African and international connectivity gateway. We provide access to over 150 international and local telecommunications companies, including the submarine cables landing in South Africa.”

Teraco assists South African capital market participants with access to local and global financial markets. Connectivity to global data centers and Internet exchanges of financial importance are seamlessly achieved with a single deployment. Teraco’s interconnects have grown to almost 5 000 in less than five years, greatly assisting in growing the local financial ecosystem.

“As the recognised African leader in data centre infrastructure, Teraco provides the type of high-quality hosting and access to connectivity that is required by financial institutions to grow their market share and operate in local and global financial markets” says Hnizdo.

Teraco is currently busy with the construction of its 2nd data centre in Johannesburg, bringing its total ICT infrastructure investment to over R1 billion. Upon completion, Teraco will be Africa’s largest mega data centre: “We are confident that Teraco will continue to grow and significantly improve the course of the Internet and business in Africa,” concludes Hnizdo.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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