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The cloud is coming

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

Within the next few months Matie students will be able to send e-mail like never before. If you’re a regular Twitter user or sometimes wander around in the Neelsie or Library, you’ve probably seen notices referring to the “cloud”. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the unpredictable Cape weather. On the contrary, this cloud brings good […]

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Want to read a novel in 90 minutes?

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

Too much to do, not enough time! Sounds familiar? No wonder we feel frustrated when we have to read large amounts of material in limited time. Due to our dwindling attention span caused by technology and the emergence of e-books, rapid serial visual presentation technology, or RSVP is becoming more popular. It’s not new technology, and in […]

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R27 000 to spare?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 12:00 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

If you see someone wandering around campus, occasionally blurting out “Ok Glass!” , don’t be too worried. He’s probably one of the lucky ones who recently acquired a pair of Google Glass. And so can you, on Takealot,  if you have R27 000 to spare. This nifty piece of technology has been, as the name indicates, developed […]

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Recent Projects

Bits & Bytes officially on air

A month ago we proudly announced the arrival of a new IT segment every second Tuesday on MFM. (Read the article here) The radio version of Bits & Bytes had it’s second successful broadcast on Tuesday and the feedback has been extremely positive. With each programme we try to combine news relevant to students and staff, […]

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STP – technology made accessible to students

Over the past year a new technology initiative aimed mainly at students, has slowly, but surely spread across campuses nationwide. STP, or the Student Technology Programme‘s objective is to offer affordable tablets and laptops for purchase to all students of public universities across South Africa.  The programme was negotiated with various technology vendors by the […]

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In the Blog

New IT building: What is a place of work?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - 2:40 pm - Ralph Pina

Our fairly intensive participation in the design process for the new IT building got me thinking about what a place of work is and why a knowledge organisation, like an IT division, would have one. The new building is essentially an office building: it will not house technical infrastructure such as the data centre, but […]

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Mobile technology survey reveals new trends

Friday, November 1st, 2013 - 12:27 pm - Sonja van der Westhuizen

Android and Apple mobile phones look likely to dominate share amongst students within a year while Blackberry’s share is dwindling rapidly. The picture has changed significantly since 2012:  This is just one example of the results of a recent mobile technology survey conducted by the Information Technology division to track trends in students’ mobile devices. […]

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