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  • The International 2015: 9 facts about the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament

    Valve's The International Dota 2 Championship is like the Oscars of the gaming world and the Hunger Games of award ceremonies. Sixteen of the world's best eSports teams come together once a year to settle their differences using DotA 2. This year, the event moves to Seattle, Washington State at the Key Arena and it promises to be one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever held. Last year's The International made an appearance on the front page of the New York Times last year for the 2014 championship while the population of a small country tuned in to see the event...

  • 4 reasons why tablets are a good fit with the classroom environment

    When you see how comfortable four-year olds are with touchscreen devices, it’s easy to appreciate how quickly mobile phones and tablet computers are changing the world. Over the past few years, we have seen tablet computers evolve from toys for geeks and execs into affordable everyday computers. Now, they’re increasingly forming part of the educational landscape. They’re cost-effective (especially entry-level Android-based models), offer decent battery life, and functional and flexible enough to help learners get their work done. Here are some of the key benefits we see from tablets in the classroom: 1. Simpler IT support The beauty of tablet computers lies...

  • Watch this Aussie stunt rider surf a motorbike

    A motorbike surfing the waves of Tahiti: it's the kind of thing that seems like the result of a drunken bet. But for Australian stunt rider Robbie Madison, it's actually the culmination of two years of hard work and planning. Maddison, a world record holder across a number of disciplines, completed the ride seen in the video on a modified KTM 250 SX. Speaking to Transworld Motocross, Madison's mechanic Buddy Morgan said that the output of the bike wasn't as important as the size of the paddles on the back wheel and the shape and angle of the skis....

  • Mobile malware grows nearly three-fold in Q2 2015

    So you've got your PC locked down so tight you even battle to get in sometimes, but how much care are you taking when it comes to mobile security? If your answer to that question is something along the lines of "not much", you might want to step it up a notch. According to security provider Kaspersky, some 291 800 new mobile malware programmes emerged in Q2, which is 2.8 times greater than in Q1. There were 1-million mobile malware installation packages in Q2, which is seven times greater than in Q1. Read more: 3 simple steps to...

  • Nokia sells its Here mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3 billion

    Nokia, after much speculation and bidding, has announced that it has agreed to sell its HERE digital mapping and location service business to an automotive industry consortium at an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (US$3.07-billion). The automotive consortium comprises of AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, said: "With this step we complete the latest stage of Nokia's transformation. We will focus on our planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent”. Suri went on to reveal Nokia’s focus moving forward. He stated that the company will after the deal is completed focus on...

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • 5 ways to ensure a good relationship with your Systems Administrator

    If you’ve spent much time interacting with system administrators, you know how unlikely it would be for them to host a relationship-fixing TV show. Were they born like this, or did IT support requests just grind them into jaded powder? With a combination of endless patches, glitches, and caffeinated techno pulsing in the background, they do get edgy (and court the look of pallor). Want to mend your sysadmin relationship? On this Systems Administration appreciation day, we give you a few tips to help mend fences. 1. Own your problem Sure, they get hired to fix stuff, but they...

  • 5 reasons why employee advocacy is the next logical step for B2B companies

    All progressive B2B companies (ie those selling products, services, solutions and professional services to other companies) who are benefitting from the use of content marketing, inbound marketing, social media marketing and email marketing and are asking the "Where to from here?" question, should be seriously looking at employee advocacy. If you are not familiar with employee advocacy, there are a number of cloud-based employee advocacy platforms now available which enable brands to extend their marketing messaging through their staff members. The employee advocacy platform serves up content to registered staff members who can then easily share content with their...

  • 3 simple steps to getting smart on mobile security

    Mobile devices and apps are how work gets done these days. Employees aren’t tied to their desks, work doesn’t always mean sitting down from 9-5 and meetings can take place anywhere from a coffee shop to the sidelines of a soccer game. However, as the adoption of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) continues to increase, both employers and employees need to be aware of their company’s security policies. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa saw unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in Q4 of 2014. Another report by Forrester, found that...

  • 6 nifty tracking gadgets that’ll help find lost devices

    Keys are pretty important little nubs of metal. Without them, you can't really do much. You can't start a car. You can't get into your house. You get my point. But just because our most essential bits and pieces are easy to lose, doesn't mean that they can never be found again. Technology has helped the human race in many ways before with some of the most seemingly trivial inventions (think of the bread slicer, or the microwave), and now, it's here to help those with three-second memories find their oft forgotten bits and bobs. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Smartphone shipments still robust, but growth slowing

    We still have a massive appetite for smartphones, but there are early signs that the market's spectacular growth is slowing. According to a new report released by Juniper Research, smartphone shipments reached 338 million in Q2 2015, representing a year-on-year growth of 16%. The research house suggests that this represents an increasing maturity in the smartphone space, with the potential for new smartphone users gradually slowing. China on the rise Even within that context though, there's still room for emerging players to see serious growth. The launch of the P8 for instance helped Huawei to nearly 50% year-on-year growth. Xiaomi, its...

  • 5 lessons on Nigeria’s ecommerce space from HouseholdMax

    Last Friday, I attended the official launch of HouseholdMax Online, Nigeria’s premier domestic item ecommerce site. It was an entirely new experience for me to see a Nigerian homegrown ecommerce company launching big. It made me realise there are some serious lessons for startups and ecommerce stakeholders in the country and by extension, other parts of Africa. For those who don't know, HouseholdMax is not a conventional African ecommerce startup. It doesn't complain about having no money to spend, few investors and the usual rhetoric. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 5 Memeburn posts you went crazy for this week

    Another seven days have passed, edging you ever closer do your date with the Grim Reaper. But seriously, time passes quickly and it's not always possible to keep up with all the latest goings on in the world around you. Even if you're the kind of person who's usually obsessed with current affairs, we can all fall behind from time to time. After all, you can easily get snowed under at work in the face of a relentless onslaught of deadlines. Or maybe you've just come back from holiday somewhere quiet with no internet connectivity. Either way, we've got...

  • Weekly Round Up #29: Windows 10 launch, its features, mobile and African strategy

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker, Graham Van Der Made and Chris Wilton speak about the long-awaited launch of Windows 10. Tech companies have made a big deal of their launches with Apple, of course, leading in that front. Of late, companies like Xiaomi and Google have also now started being flashy with their events. What did Windows 10, on its long awaited launch, have in store. Two of our writers, Stuart Thomas and Andy Walker, went to Johannesburg...

  • Random House launches eBook store focussed on SA titles

    The largest South African trade publisher, Penguin Random House South Africa (PRHSA), has announced the launch of its eBook store. Listing only South African titles, this new initiative will focus on the SA market. The PRHSA store will offer the publisher's full catalogue digitally, which includes a range of South African fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle, and nature titles. Some of the books on offer are A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa, Boy on the Wire, and Low Carb is LEKKER. PRHSA was built using Snapplify's technology. The eBook aggregator company offers a comprehensive reading and distribution platform for digital books. Director of PRHSA, Mark...