Tuluntulu to commercialise Artist, and Summer School’s back!

Welcome to the October roundup of tech tidbits from our view at The Quarterdeck, which admittedly has been rainy and windy of late.

As we spool up for summer, it seems all of the major ecosystems updates and announcements for the year are out the bag, new operating systems are everywhere and hot new game consoles are on their way. Locally, we saw Apple bring the Games category and pre-paid iTunes Gift cards to South Africa – which is great news for local Apple fans.

This month we also focus on some coverage of ARTIST, a project on which immedia are collaborating with the University of Cape Town and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which recently won a National Science & Technology Forum Innovation award for the team. The technology developed has been licensed to new startup Tuluntulu and you can read all about their plans to take ARTIST to the global stage in the Ventureburn feature included in this month’s update.

And if you are/know a student looking for a career in an exciting technology/media group, have them take a look at our Summer School internships.


Tuluntulu: streaming video for Africa’s broadband-starved masses

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Article for Ventureburn by Martin Carstens

While developed markets around the world are racing to saturate their territories with high-speed broadband connections, African nations are lagging behind. In South Africa, a consortium funded by the TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) consisting of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), UCT (University of Cape Town) and ECA (East Coast Access) has emerged with a mobile streaming platform called Tuluntulu (meaning “stream” in Zulu), that allows for video streaming on GSM/EDGE networks that operate at speeds below 50kbps.

As the speeds at which people connect to the internet increases, online video content becomes more elaborate as it proliferates. The world’s largest video platform, YouTube, streams six billion hours of video each month, but a large part of the developing world is missing out.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that fixed broadband penetration is less than 1% in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to about 27.2% in developed nations.

The real story of course, is about mobile. The ITU reports that per 100 inhabitants, Africa has around 63.5 mobile subscriptions – not bad when you consider Asian regions sit at 88.7, Europe at 126.5 and the Americas at 109.4 mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

In fact, Africa shows the highest growth rates over the past three years – mobile-broadband penetration has increased from 2% in 2010 to 11% in 2013. Africa’s high-speed future is mobile, but while we wait for that promise to be realised, 89% of the continent’s mobile subscribers remain with their noses pressed up against the broadband window.
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Apply for Summer School 2013

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Hot on the heels of our recent participation at CodeJam 2013, the team at immedia are looking forward to teaching what they’ve learnt to more of SA’s top IT students during the upcoming summer break.

Every year, immedia offers 
a few talented and deserving students a chance to gain real-world experience in our commercial studio based in Umhlanga, Durban.

If you are a driven, switched-on student eager to experience a dynamic, growing, startup environment with a forward-thinking team diverse in age, gender, colour, and background, then we’d like to give you a much-needed headstart in the challenging career of app dev.

Summer School is open at immedia annually between beginning-November and end-February. Students who are shortlisted get to spend two to four weeks in our studio.

To apply, you need to:

  • be a student at any secondary or tertiary education institution
  • have a good understanding of the post-PC space
  • fully understand the syllabus taught to you at tertiary
  • be able to travel to and from our HQ in Umhlanga

Apply here.


Interesting insights

As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer – Gigaom
17 October 2013

The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of value is shifting from the development of underlying technologies – the infrastructure, the platforms, the chips, the radios, the hardware – to the design of how technology interacts with the user. This tectonic creative shift will determine many of tomorrow’s tech winners and losers.

The trend has been emerging for a couple years now, although user interaction has always an important part of tech. But there are some major driving forces behind this trend, and why it’s emerging now… more »

Apple brings iTunes vouchers to SA – TechCentral
17 October 2013

Apple this week began selling iTunes Store and App Store vouchers in South Africa through Pick n Pay retail outlets, TechCentral has established. They will soon be available through iStore, Hi-Fi Corp, Makro, Dion Wired and Game outlets, too.

The iTunes Store and App Store vouchers will be available in three denominations each, R150, R250 and R450. There will also be a “variable denomination” voucher available at selected stores, including iStore outlets, where shoppers will be able decide the value – anything between R150 and R5 000 – at the point of sale… more »

Apple’s Keynote Announcement: Selling Software Is A Thing Of The Past – Seeking Alpha
23 October 2013

Apple met most analysts’ expectations during its keynote event on Tuesday [22 October 2013], by introducing a new, lighter iPad, a retina display iPad mini, and providing updates about its new personal computers and Mavericks operating system.

The main surprise from the meeting was an unexpected approach to the pricing of the company’s software offerings, as the Cupertino giant decided to include most of its own apps free of charge with any new hardware sale, and drop charges for major software updates… more »


Upcoming events#OpenNight

Are you a dev, designer, tech enthusiast or just an all-round geek? Join us at our monthly #OpenNight where Silicon Beach shares their learnings with one another over some beer and pizza.

For more info, email opennight@immedia.co.za

Coffee Catchup

Geek Patrol invites interested business leaders every month to touch base with them on the latest technical developments, and understand the impact of post-PC on their organisation and team.

For info, email events@geekpatrol.co.za

Tweets from the team@anicehassim
18 October 2013

Apple has launched Games category in the South African app store. Hopefully books coming soon

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22 October 2013

Steers & beers for the Apple iPad event live stream at immedia. Drooling for some exciting new toys! pic.twitter.com

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23 October 2013

Apple’s new Mac OS, Mavericks, includes settings for Zulu too

Get in touchJoin the revolution

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Would you like to learn how apps can transform your business? Have an app idea, but not sure how to monetise your product?Book a session with our team: info@immedia.co.za


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