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December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Peninsula Taxi Association is thefirst taxi association to use electronicpayments.(Image: Toyota South Africa) Johannesburg’s mayoral committeemember for transport, RehanaMoosajee, said that it was a veryemotional day when the City ofJohannesburg was handing overRea Vaya, the city’s rapid bus transitsystem, to PioTrans, a bus companycomprising former taxi operators.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ghaalid BehardienPeninsula Taxi Association: Spokesperson+27 21 447 4088/8404Ray MaotaThe Peninsula Taxi Association (PTA) has introduced a smart card electronic payment system to 42 taxis on one of its routes in Western Cape, making it the first minibus taxi organisation in South Africa to use electronic payments.It recently introduced the Tap-I-Fare card payment system and distributed 5 000 cards to passengers – they can also be used on Cape Town’s MyCiTi and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus services.Ghaalid Behardien, the association’s spokesperson, said: “As the most progressive taxi association in the country, it was always the vision of the PTA to look ahead and pre-empt the ever-changing needs of the commuter.“This meant that changes had to be made to keep up with the times, and this card payment system was but one option that was explored.”Pilot projectThe PTA has a fleet of 250 vehicles with 100 members and has introduced the card payment method in 42 taxis on the route from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront. The association also operates in the Cape Flats, southern suburbs, Atlantic Seaboard and the west coast.The 42 taxis each have a wireless handheld device in which the cards are swiped as payment – but passengers with no cards can still use cash. The Tap-I-Fare card allows the user to pay for any number of passengers accompanying them.The pre-paid card concept is similar to pre-paid airtime for cellphones and eliminates the need to carry cash. The project is supported by Absa, one of South Africa’s big four banks. The issuer may charge a fee for the card and a fee for loading money onto it.DiscountsThe banking group issued 5 000 cards and will soon issue another 5 000.The first 1 000 people to buy the cards will pay R10 (US$1), while others will get them for R20 ($3).A minibus taxi from the city bowl to the V&A Waterfront costs R4 (52 US cents) but for those using the card it will cost R3.50 (45 US cents), giving them more than 10% discount.Behardien said: “The association had been investigating alternative payment options for a few years already and many companies had previously approached them to enter into partnership but after extensive investigations, this initiative with Absa was the best option.”Taxi owners become bus and airline operatorsThe minibus taxi industry has come a long way since its early days of unregulated business used mostly by black people. It can now also be counted in the airline and bus operator sectors.In early 2011, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele handed over the running of Rea Vaya, the City of Johannesburg’s bus rapid transit system, to taxi operators. Ndebele passed the reins to PioTrans, a bus company comprising former taxi operators. The system was previously run by bus company Clidet.Taxi operators from two minibus taxi associations – Greater Johannesburg Taxi Council and Top Six Management – own a 66.7% stake in Rea Vaya through PioTrans. The City of Joburg and other stakeholders own the remaining 33.3%.The contract to run the rapid bus transit system will run for 12 years.Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for transport, Rehana Moosajee, said at the handover: “There is a lot of emotion in this moment, as it has not been an easy road, and people have paid with their very lives on this project.“I hope that the values of humility, service and your pioneering spirit will continue longer than the 12 years of your contract … I have found the most humbling, challenging and exciting part of the project learning at the feet of the taxi operators.”In the same year, the South African National Taxi Council launched Santaco Airlines. It operates out of Lanseria Airport, to the northwest of Johannesburg, and offers flights between Lanseria; Bhisho, in Eastern Cape; and Cape Town.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn this special edition of the Weekly Wrapup, our weekly newsletter, we summarize our end-of-year series profiling the best web products of 2009. We also carried out a Reader Poll this week, asking our readers to select their favorite products of the year. We present the results of that poll here. Finally, this week we announced our 6th annual Best BigCo award. Read on to find out which big Internet company impressed us the most in 2009.Order The Real-Time Web and its FutureIf you think Twitter is big, get ready for the real-time Web by reading The Real-Time Web and its Future. We conducted interviews with 50 companies and innovators in real-time technology. “The report is excellent – a great synthesis of why the real-time Web is different, what changes, what doesn’t and what the industry needs to do in order to press forward.”– John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks“It blew our minds… inspiring.”– Favit“Recommended.”-Hewlett-Packard Official NewsWe’re flattered by the initial praise. You can download the report, take a look at the Table of Contents and this sample chapter, and keep an eye out for the 2-report package that allows you to save money on previous reports when you buy our latest installment. The print version is coming soon!Buy Now >>Reader Picks: Best Web Products of 2009 This week we ran a reader poll, asking for your votes on the top Web products of the year. Thousands of you voted for up to 10 products, from a list of 100 selected by the ReadWriteWeb authors over December. The poll has now closed and we’re pleased to present the ReadWriteWeb community’s Top 10 Web Products of 2009. Here is the final top 10:1. Twitter2. Google Chrome3. Google Maps4. Facebook5. WordPress6. iPhone platform7. Google Apps8. Adobe AIR9. Hulu10. TweetDeckFor more analysis, read our announcement post.Best BigCo 2009 In one of ReadWriteWeb’s longest-running traditions, every year we review the top Internet companies and their impact over the past 12 months. This week we announced the 6th annual Best BigCo, a.k.a. big Internet company. In 2008 the Best BigCo went to Apple, due largely to the iPhone and App Store. Facebook won in 2007, Google in 2006 and 2004, and Yahoo! in 2005. For 2009, the ReadWriteWeb team chose Google as our Best BigCo.In our top 100 products list for 2009, seven Google products made the cut: Tags:#2009 in Review#web#Weekly Wrap-ups#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Android platformGoogle App EngineGoogle Apps Google Chrome Google Maps Google Search Options and Rich Snippets Google VoiceAnd we didn’t even include Google Wave, its biggest launch of the year. We think Wave has a lot of potential, but it’s clearly at the experimental stage still. The web browser Chrome was probably the Google product that had the biggest impact this year. Read more about Google and the other nominees…Best Web Products of 2009In what’s become an annual tradition, every December ReadWriteWeb selects the best Web products of the past year. In a series of 10 articles, we examined the top web products in categories ranging from consumer web apps to RSS and syndication platforms.Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009We kicked off the series with a look at the top mobile web products of the past year. This is a subjective list of editorially selected products, but one which includes some of the biggest names in mobile web applications for 2009. Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009Every year at ReadWriteWeb, we look at hundreds of new web apps aimed at everyday users. Occasionally, we come across a service that stands out from the pack because it offers a novel solution, disrupts the way incumbent market leaders do business or changes the way we experience the Web. Here is our list of the top 10 consumer web apps of 2009.Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 20092009 has seen a lot of Semantic Web and structured data activity. Much of it has been driven by Linked Data, a W3C project which gained momentum this year. The 10 products we’ve picked out for this end-of-year review are ones that have done interesting things with data. Connecting to other data, building new applications with data, sharing data, and more. Top 10 International Web Products of 2009Thriving tech communities exist around the globe, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, and the success of internationally-based web products serve as a reminder to all of us that innovation knows no borders.Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009The web isn’t about pages any more. Now it’s about streams, feeds and syndication. Only one service makes a repeat appearance this year.Top 10 Enterprise Products of 20092009 may be remembered as the year that enterprises truly understood the importance of social software. This was manifested by the rise of enterprise collaboration services, cloud computing technologies and the growing importance of mobile technologies for the enterprise.Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009 2009 has been a turning point for the Internet of Things, when real world objects (such as lights, cars and packages) get connected to the Internet. This trend has added a significant amount of new data to the Web, so for that reason alone it is an important development. Top 10 Real-Time Technologies of 2009The real-time web was hot this year and it’s likely to become a standard expectation on sites all around the world next year. We’ve tracked this trend extensively with a face-to-face summit of industry leaders and an 84-page research report on The Real-Time Web and Its Future.Who were the big movers and shakers in real time this year? Check out our list of the top 10 to find out.Top 10 Startup Products of 2009There were a ton of great products launched in 2009 by big companies and startups alike, but in this post we focus on the best products released by startups.Top 10 Web Platforms of 20092009 has been a big year for mobile and real-time technologies, which is reflected in our selection of the top 10 Web platforms of the year.That’s a wrap for another week. Enjoy your weekend everyone and happy Christmas!last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Missing their two starting forwards could have been a problem for the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, it was an opportunity.Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists to lead the Blazers to a 97-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 15, despite the absences of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.Three-time All-Star Aldridge was out with an upper respiratory illness. Batum missed his third game with a bruised knee. Coach Terry Stotts inserted little-used Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard into their places in the lineup.Fortified by strong bench play, Portland didn’t miss a beat.“The contributions of everybody off the bench — it was definitely a team win.” Stotts said. “It just shows the young guys are getting better.”Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points, matching up against twin brother Robin for the first time in two years. Joe Johnson added 20 points and Deron Williams had 19 for the Nets, who were coming off losses to Phoenix and Golden State.Reserve center Chris Kaman scored 12 for Portland and Leonard had a career-high 12 rebounds.The Blazers have won four straight.They carried a double-digit lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Kevin Garnett made two free throws and Mirza Teletovic scored at the hoop to get Brooklyn within 88-82. However, Wesley Matthews countered with a 3-pointer for Portland and the Nets got no closer.“At the end of the game we were right there, we got to where we wanted to get,” Brook Lopez said. “We just didn’t finish.”The Blazers went on an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter to take a 24-15 lead. Williams scored Brooklyn’s first 10 points of the second, but the Nets failed to close the gap and Portland took a 50-39 lead into the half.Lillard and Robin Lopez each scored eight points in the third for Portland, with Lillard giving Portland a 66-53 lead with a 3-pointer midway through the quarter.(JOEL FOWLKS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

September 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam.The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia.“Kansas has a long tradition of support for the armed forces. This change in Supreme Court practice reflects the state’s strong commitment to supporting military families, and it will be important for those military families it affects,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt, according to a news release from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.The court studied the issue for more than a year. “It was not an easy thing to say, ‘Yes that makes sense,’ because we want to be fair to our Kansas lawyers who did have to take the bar exam and pass it,” Chief Justice Lawton Nuss told the Hays Daily News.“We looked at how other states were handling this and looked at other rules, and tried to then develop a rule that brought together what we saw as good parts of all of them,” said Justice Marla Luckert. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

August 26, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGoogle’s Cloud Firestore is Google’s serverless NoSQL document database used for storing, syncing, and querying data for web, mobile, and IoT applications. It is integrated with both Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Firebase, Google’s mobile development platform. It is now generally available. Apart from this, Cloud Firestore is now available in 10 new locations, making the total region count as 13 with a significant price reduction for regional instances. Firestore had a single location when it was launched and added two more during the beta. Cloud Firestore is now available in 13 regions When in beta, Cloud Firestore allowed developers to only use multi-region instances, which were sometimes more expensive and not required by every app. With this launch, Google is giving developers the option to run their databases in a single region. There is a significant price reduction with as low as 50% of multi-region instance prices. New Cloud Firestore pricing takes effect from March 3, 2019, for most regional instances. Cloud Firestore’s SLA (Service Level Agreement) is also available. 99.999% is available for multi-region instances and 99.99% is available for regional instances. With Stackdriver integration (in beta), Cloud Firestore users can monitor read, write and delete operations in near-real time with a new “Usage” tab in the Firebase console. For the next release, Google is working on adding new features including querying for documents across collections and incrementing database values without needing a transaction. Existing Cloud Datastore users will be live-upgraded to Cloud Firestore automatically later in 2019. Netizens are generally happy about this release. A comment on hacker news reads, “Been loving Firestore! It has been my first real experience w/ NoSQL in an MVP to production-ready quickly. It’s been SO easy to experiment with and learn. Community has been great.” Read Next Google Cloud releases a beta version of SparkR job types in Cloud Dataproc 4 key benefits of using Firebase for mobile app development Build powerful progressive web apps with Firebaselast_img read more