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Levelling the E-Commerce Playing Field

Monday, 21 April 2014 11:33

Graeme PalmerAdvances in technology have seen a significant increase in e-commerce transactions where goods and services are supplied to South African consumers through the medium of the internet. The Value Added Tax Act, 1991 (the VAT Act) requires VAT to be charged on these transactions at the standard rate of 14%. A South African supplier of e-commerce services would therefore register as a VAT vendor, submit returns, and pay over the tax collected to SARS.


Can Most Lawyers Use Their Law Firm’s Expensive IT Properly?

Monday, 21 April 2014 12:35

expensive IT systems at law firmsOn average, in my experience, most lawyers appear to undertake less than two hours IT training a year. This is distressingly inadequate. Given the inadequate starting knowledge of most lawyers, the rate of change of technology and the potential for increased accuracy and productivity lawyers should probably be having 8-12 hours of IT training a year, even more if new systems are implemented.
Read more at Neil Cameron Consulting Group...


Lessons from Heartbleed

Monday, 21 April 2014 12:52

heartbleedLast Friday, we highlighted some ways to check the security of your law firm technology. That same day, CloudFlare issued a challenge to the hacker community to steal its security certificate in order to answer the question: Can you get private SSL Keys using Heartbleed? And...Yes, you can.
Read more at Law Technology Today...


Heartbleed no hemorrhage - LAWtrust

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:24

opensslNews broke yesterday of a bug in OpenSSL code that reportedly leaves two thirds of web servers vulnerable to attack. The bug – dubbed heartbleed – has been classed as critical because it could make it possible for possible for attackers to steal login credentials, actual content, and the private keys that underpin the TLS/SSL used to secure and identify web servers. The vulnerability has existed in OpenSSL code for the past two years, and, due to the nature of the bug, there is no log to reveal whether or not a system has been compromised.


Boqwana And Barnard Elected To Lead Attorneys’ Profession Through Initial Transition To New Legal Dispensation

Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:16

LSSA Boqwana and BarnardPort Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana and Somerset West attorney Ettienne Barnard have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). They will lead the attorneys’ profession through the crucial initial stages of the transitional process to a new dispensation under the National Forum envisioned in the Legal Practice Bill.


Nashua Mobile sells customers to Vodacom and MTN

Monday, 14 April 2014 13:12

nashua mobileReunert Limited, a JSE Limited (JSE) listed entity and the holding company of Nashua Mobile, today issued a JSE Securities Exchange News Service announcement detailing a transaction that Nashua Mobile has concluded with Vodacom and MTN (MN0s).


LAW Compliance launches ProSign

Monday, 07 April 2014 14:58

ProSignLAW Compliance, part of the LAW Holdings Group, is currently in pilot with the first ever electronic signature solution in the home loans market, with the ProSign solution for Absa and their attorney panel. The solution’s first signing session took place recently, achieving a remarkable milestone in completing the end-to-end home loans process.


3D printers make the jump to hyper-space, leaving the law behind

Monday, 07 April 2014 14:30

3d printing copyright lawThe increasing availability and decreasing cost of 3D printing technology has led to a mushrooming of creativity. It looks likely that 3D printers will soon be in every home. So how does copyright law keep pace with the technology?
Read more at Euronews...


Giving somebody an orange

Monday, 07 April 2014 17:09

orangeOne day in Contract Law class, Professor Jepson asked one of his better students, "Now if you were to give someone an orange, how would you go about it?"


Winscribe Speech Recognition, fast, lightweight and accurate

Monday, 31 March 2014 15:50

Winscribe speech recognitionWinscribe Speech Recognition’s voice-to-text technology is easy to use, accurate and light on IT resources. Winscribe can help you save time and become more productive in your professional life! 


Mobile Network Operators can preserve their way of life by lowering prices

Monday, 31 March 2014 15:16

MNO should cut costsRecent events are evidence of unprecedented pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) to lower their prices. Yet a sober analysis reveals that the networks are really their own worst enemies, and can turn their fortunes around by simply lowering prices.


Certain provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act have come into effect

Monday, 21 April 2014 11:47

popi data problemCertain provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (Act) dealing with the establishment of the office of the Information Regulator (as well as its powers, duties and functions) have, on proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa, come into effect as of 11 April 2014.


Scrap four-year LLB degree - Ngoepe

Monday, 21 April 2014 12:26

LLB degree scrapRetired Transvaal Judge Bernard Ngoepe has called on South African universities to scrap the four-year LLB degree, The Saturday Star reported. “In the olden days, you would not even be allowed to enrol for an LLB without a junior degree,” Ngoepe told the newspaper.
Read more at IOLNews...


Axis Camera Station version 4.0 has landed!

Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00

AXIS Camera StationLocal network video surveillance company, Axis Communications has announced an upgrade to its Axis Camera Station solution. Version 4.0 is a complete video monitoring and recording solution designed to match the company’s extensive range of network cameras and video encoders. 


Major South African Law Firm Adopts Rendezvous from NFS

Friday, 11 April 2014 10:09

rendezvous workspaceNorton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm with nearly 3,800 lawyers in 52 offices worldwide is the latest organisation in South Africa to take on board Rendezvous meeting room software from global suppliers NFS Technology Group.


BlackBerry is Not Leaving the Handset Market

Monday, 14 April 2014 16:31

John chen blackberryJohn Chen clarifies a recent Reuters article and reiterates that BlackBerry is Not Leaving the Handset Market. 


A touch of humour

Monday, 14 April 2014 21:40

humourWhen asked how he would like to die, this man said....


In a New World for Law Firms, Business Development Is Everyone’s Business

Monday, 07 April 2014 14:49

business developmentThe business of law has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Firms large and small are under more pressure than ever to overcome fee resistance, deliver added value, and secure decreasingly loyal clients. At my firm, a twenty-attorney business law firm representing business clients in transactions and litigation, we have taken these changes as a mandate to do nothing less than transform the firm.
Read more at Legal Executive Insights...


Should self-signed SSL certificates be trusted?

Monday, 07 April 2014 15:51

Megan Rehbock of LAWtrustThe problem of verifying identity, and being able to trust that verified identity, has only worsened as internet usage has increased, and usernames and passwords have become more valuable. Security measures have become more sophisticated and widespread as a result, but so have cyber-criminals. Public key infrastructures and Single Socket Layer (SSL) certificates offer one means for ordinary humans to trust that the site they are logging into and transacting on is secure, and is the site it purports to be.


We need your help with the Legal Secretary Salary Survey 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014 13:44

legal secretaries salary survey 2014The start to the Legal Secretary Salary Survey 2014 has been rather slow. What we are trying to establish is a guideline that both firms and secretaries have, that can help them understand what the expected salaries should be in this segment. Everybody is always extremely grateful of the information once we publish the compiled report – but what people fail to realise, is that this report cannot be sucked from thin air, it requires 2 minutes of your time to participate.


ICASA announces inquiry into the state of competition in the ICT sector

Monday, 31 March 2014 15:29

cliffe dekker hofmeyrOn 13 March 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that it will be instituting a high-level inquiry into competition in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.


Nokia MixRadio reaches 30 millionth track landmark globally

Monday, 31 March 2014 15:04

mix radioMobile music streaming service Nokia MixRadio this week announced the addition of the 30 millionth track to its international catalogue. The track, ‘Ma Tegi Hena’ is by Lebanese artist Nancy Ajram and is from the forthcoming album Nancy8. Currently the South African service boasts an impressive 24 million tracks available locally.

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