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  • Instagram debuts algorithmic video suggestion feature ‘Picked For You’

    Instagram will soon display video content based on the topics that its users most like. Like its image feeds, the new video channels will be algorithmically generated and curated by Instagram. The news come shortly after Instagram reached 500-million monthly users and its in-app language translation announcement. "As video continues to grow, we’re adding new channels to Explore to make it easier for you to discover videos you’ll enjoy," the company said. The feature dubbed "Picked for You" is only available in the United States for now with a global roll out earmarked soon, the company added. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m...

  • The importance of digital finance for financial inclusion in South Africa

    The Banking Association of South Africa defines Financial Inclusion as a development that improves the “range, quality and availability of financial services and products focusing on the unserved, under-served and financially excluded. Principles of financial inclusion include: access, affordability, appropriateness, usage, quality, consumer financial education, innovation and diversification, and simplicity.” According to Bank SETA, 53% of the country’s adult population is unbanked. The reasons vary, including the fear of exploitation, an inability to access physical bank buildings, strict FICA requirements and the steep fees. But factors like the lack of trust in the traditional banking sector, concerns about safety and...

  • How Lara Croft cured my Clash of Clans addiction

    She’s always in search of relics, whether venturing through murky swamp waters or abandoned desert ruins, there’s something about this game that has me hooked, but we’ll get to this later. For now, let me describe my now-deserted and destitute Clash of Clans village. Notice (from the image below) that I haven’t collected my gold or elixirs. This is quite unusual for someone who typically gathers these daily and stores in the relevant vessels. Another sign that my village has been neglected is the beautiful border of trees and bark along the edge of the frame — probably not a picturesque...

  • VISION NEXT 100: Rolls-Royce reveals its first autonomous ‘floating’ car

    Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of future automotive luxury at the Roundhouse in London last week, a fully autonomous spectacle of opulence called the “103EX”. The self-driving car was designed by Giles Taylor and his team as part of the VISION NEXT 100, a range of imaginative car concepts that not only celebrated BMW’s centenary birthday but aimed to envision what the next hundred years of car evolution will look like.

  • How do tech giants contribute to the clean, green energy economy?

    Most of us consider the internet to be a virtual world in which we can learn, communicate, store data and perform a host of other useful activities without actually having much of an effect on the physical world. It's important to note, however, that the energy required to run the internet must come from actual, brick-and-mortar electricity suppliers. As the popularity of computing devices increases, particularly in the mobile and home automation spaces, we can expect there to be more Internet traffic and therefore a corresponding increase the the amount of energy expended. While the ink's still wet on December’s...

  • From sound bites to software solution: defining the role of today’s business analyst

    For most of us, the title of Business Analyst conjures up an unexciting image of a suited professional pouring over numbers and flowcharts in an isolated corner of the office. While there certainly may be elements of truth in this perception, the role of the Business Analyst in the world of enterprise software development bears closer resemblance to the storyteller than to the statistician. Indeed a business analyst's daily work is far more creative and people-centric than the job title suggests. A business analyst is essentially the bridge between clients and the software development team. Very often, they become...

  • SA company: social media showed #Brexit was inevitable

    While many people around the world were caught off-guard by Britons voting to leave the European Union, an analysis of social media would've showed them that it was very much on the cards. That's according to media monitoring tool Brandseye, which says human-powered sentiment analysis on a large sample of online referendum commentary showed that most Brits were in favour of leaving the EU. "In the days running up to the vote," says BrandsEye CEO JP Kloppers, "we analysed a sample of 10,000 mentions representing half a million opinions across a range of social media platforms, and found...

  • Confirmed: Tencent acquires majority stake in Supercell

    Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Supercell, creator of the popular Clash of Clans mobile title, in a deal valuing the studio at US$10.2-billion. The deal will see Tencent acquire up to 84% of the company, a press release stated. "Following the transaction, Supercell will be owned by the consortium (led by Tencent) and by Supercell's employees," it added. "Every employee will take part in a new long-term incentive plan, and will be able to sell their vested shares annually to Tencent." The agreement will also see Supercell continuing to operate independently, retaining their Helsinki headquarters and existing team. The deal is expected...

  • me&you mobile: SIM-only contracts are the future [SPONSORED]

    Selling SIM cards isn't a new, brave business venture. Hell, your local corner shop probably sells spade-loads of them, and perhaps even allows you to RICA them as well. But moving this business entirely online is an interesting step that me&you mobile has undertaken. The company, now just over a year old, believes that SIM-only contracts are the future for consumers. But how exactly does me&you describe itself? "me&you mobile is a month-to-month, SIM-only mobile network offering the lowest call rates on the market," company brand manager Dean Ormsby explains. Currently servicing around 15 000 customers, me&you buys voice and data from...

  • I had fuck-you money and didn’t care – Minecraft creator

    Marcus 'Notch' Persson has been in hot water recently over various comments made on Twitter. Last month, the Minecraft creator took umbrage (to say the least) with the term "mansplaining" and called a fellow user the C-word. Now, in a Reddit post titled "what's up with Notch on Twitter?", Persson himself popped up to give a quick rundown. "Once I realised I had fuck-you money and didn't care about my public image any more because it didn't affect my day to day life in any way, I started speaking out against things I personally thing (sic) are wrong," Persson wrote. Notch said that people privately thanked him but told...

  • Dropbox’s new productivity tools foster simplicity, collaboration and data safety

    Dropbox has introduced a number of new productivity tools which include simplifying workflows, creating unified workspaces and improving data security. According to the company, the new productivity tools are a response to its 500-million users' requests for better collaboration tools within teams. With its simplifying workflows, Dropbox wants to bring a lot of features which include scanning documents, creating Microsoft office documents on mobile devices and managing photos from desktop computers. To manage the photos from a desktop computer, Dropbox Basic users need to connect a computer to their Dropbox account, allowing for easier access, organising and removing the photos. On iOS,...

  • Scared policemen, Irish songbirds and virtual coasters: this week’s must-watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they're viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we've got you covered. As for our first week's favourites? Well, a South African cop's reaction to a snake, and a VR-enabled rollercoaster are just two picks worth watching -- scroll down for all of them. A police officer lets out a huge scream when he discovers what the dog found... Irish football fans softly sing lullabies to a baby on the train. What happens when you combine rollercoasters and VR? Arguably the fastest F1 pit stop in history...

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple’s WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space.

  • All you need is coffee: innovation in 72 hours

    Innovation isn’t a strategy; it’s a series of orchestrated tactics that solve defined problems, casting aside the status quo in favor of invention and improvement. The magic lies in finding the right idea to take forward. We’ve tried several approaches at my company, but the most effective is the one we use now. We call it “Innovation Sprinting.”

  • Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg covers up Macbook webcam with tape?

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the US government has sophisticated ways of spying on people through their gadgets. We also know that Facebook is no stranger to veering on the wrong side of the privacy line. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to celebrate Instagram's 500 million user milestone, people were rather surprised to see what was done to a nearby Macbook... In case you can't make it out, the Macbook's web camera is taped up, as Twitter user Chris Olson first pointed out. 3 things about this photo of Zuck: Camera covered with tape Mic jack covered with tape Email client is...