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  • Evernote introduces more affordable premium plans

    Online workspace provider Evernote has rolled out a new pricing plan. The new plans are Basic, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium. Basic is free, and the company says that though it is free and has limitations, it is nothing that would slow an early user. Evernote Plus is one of the new plans and costs US$2.99 per month US$24.99 per year. The tier has 1GB monthly uploads, allows for offline access to notes on mobile, passcode lock, and has the ability to automatically turn emails into notes in Evernote. The other new tier is Evernote Premium which has unlimited uploads and is...

  • ‘Mortal Kombat X’ review: bloody brilliant

    In 1992 four programmers with a minimal budget wanted to make a game based on the movie Bloodsport. Fortunately Jean Claude van Damme, the star of the movie, joined a street fighter project (which then never happened) and the license deal for the game fell through. Luckily, they did not give up their quest to make a fighting game and out of the ashes of Bloodsport the first Mortal Kombat was born, a game that would send never ending ripples through the landscape of gaming.

  • Microsoft is shutting down support for Windows Server 2003, urges SA to migrate

    After over a decade since the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will now finally seize support come 14 July. Leon Wright from Microsoft SA says that 11.9 million physical servers around the world are still running Windows Server 2003. This means that two out of every five computer systems running Windows Server are out-dated, and could thus become a security risk if not acted accordingly. “The shock value of this statistic resides in the fact that this is the case despite IT managers worldwide being aware that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, automatic fixes, or online technical assistance...

  • 5 times you wish you had the Samsung Galaxy S6 gold edition [SPONSORED]

    By combining class and performance, Samsung South Africa and Vodacom are offering two world-class devices made to fit your lifestyle all year round. Introducing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. If you haven’t given into temptation already, here are a couple of times you’ll really want to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 as your companion: 1. On a night out on the town The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a sexy companion. And what better way to compliment a good night out with a flashy smartphone like this. The S6 welcomes the perfect combination of metal and glass for the...

  • Buy shoes with your watch: wearable tech’s transformative power on retail

    The days of going online to buy the next addition to your wardrobe, a power bank for your laptop or even your groceries are passé. Why open up a laptop and browse through a bunch of tabs when you can just look at something you like and buy it instantly? OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit here. But the reality of wearable technology becoming as commonplace as mobile phones is not too far. In fact, just as mobile phones have become the next big thing for online shopping, wearables are the superstars in waiting for the burgeoning...

  • Instagram launches official community called @Music

    Instagram has launched a new official community called @music. The community is aimed at music lovers, dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from both the musicians and the listeners. The tech company says that the community is a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. The service appears to be a pseudo-publishing platform more than anything else. Instagram is a publisher of narratives in photos and videos but with the new community layout it wishes to transcend this and embrace text. There has already been such moves...

  • Protect yourself, protect your business: get your website’s terms and conditions in order

    Does your website protect you and your business? You may have a website for your business which is an important tool as you grow and develop. Whether your website is a way in which customers can directly purchase goods and services from your business (e commerce), or whether your website is simply an advertising tool and a way that you provide your brand or business with an on-line presence, it is important to have terms and conditions, and a privacy policy which are reflected on your website. It is also vital to refer to the website...

  • Stitch Video: unlocking Africa’s growing video ad industry

    Having been responsible for launching one of the first video ad exchanges, Adapt.tv, which was then later acquired by AOL for over US$400-million, Chris Smith has a strong background in video products and solutions. Today, with South African-born Henk Van Niekerk from AOL and serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham on board as advisors, the startup founder is looking to Africa’s growing video market as the next big thing. Ventureburn sat down with Smith from Stitch Video to talk about how an American came to set up a startup at the very tip of Africa.

  • Twiplomacy: how the world’s most powerful politicians, diplomats use Twitter

    Twitter has become an immensely powerful political tool. But it’s not just presidents and popes using the social network to push their messages across. More than half of the world’s foreign ministers and their institutions are active on Twitter. But are they all using it in the same way? According to the most recent Twiplomacy study by research house Burson Marsteller, governments are putting more effort into their social media communication and are including more visuals and videos in their tweets. Some, such as the @Elysee Palace, are regularly posting six-second Vine videos to summarise state visits or to cheer...

  • Samsung’s net income plunges as smartphone competition heats up

    Samsung released its first quarter results and, in spite of the launch of its flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it is not looking great for the South Korean company. It’s worth noting though that it might be too early to the results of the two flagships. Samsung of course expects to see strong mobile demand. The first quarter results show that Samsung’s net income has plunged by 39%. The company reported that its first quarter income was 4.63 trillion won (US$4.35-billion), compared to 7.49 trillion won one year earlier. Sales were down by 12% from a year earlier to 47.12...

  • We know autonomous cars are coming, but what form will they arrive in?

    Autonomous cars are coming. Sure we’ve still got a long way to go, especially when it comes to the ethics and safety behind them, but there’s no changing the fact that they will go into mass production in the very near future. Heck, you only need to look at the fact that an autonomous car just crossed to the continental United States to see just how close we are. But how will market for self-driving cars evolve once they do arrive? Will human drivers eventually become illegal, as Elon Musk predicts? Or is Bosch’s vision of drivers switching between autonomous...

  • Facebook drives video ad strategy by targeting desktop users with games

    As you might know, video on Facebook is massive. With over four billion native videos on the platform every day, the company says that people are uploading, sharing and discovering videos on Facebook more than ever. To boost this number even further and show how effective video advertising can be, Facebook has announced that it will soon be rolling out video ads for desktop. It will do so by focusing on game developers first. About 445-million people who play Facebook-connected games across desktop and mobile every month. For users, this means that video ads of games like Farm Heroes and...

  • LG G4 launches with leather back, curved 5.5-inch screen

    LG hasn’t done much to quell the stream of leaks spilling from the internet in the weeks leading up to the LG G4 launch, but the phone is finally official, and features practically everything leaks have covered. Hosting simultaneous events in New York, London, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore and Seoul (strange grouping of time zones), the company launched its new figurehead smartphone a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy S6 was outed at MWC 2015, a just days since the subdued Sony Xperia Z4 announcement.

  • Smartphone shipments grow in Middle East, Africa as affordable devices become popular

    Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa, according to a Q4 2014 Handsets tracker released by analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), experienced an unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014. The growth was primarily caused by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region, up from 27% in 2013. The growth of more affordable smartphone, though a positive thing, has negatively affected feature phones. Year on year in 2014, feature phone shipments were down by 4.5%. Smartphones priced under US$100 captured 20% share of...

  • Facebook lets you donate to Nepal quake relief efforts, will match every dollar

    As more information emerges from the deadly earthquake which struck Nepal over the weekend, it’s becoming apparent that a massive relief effort will be required. While organisations and governments are stepping to the fore, Facebook on Monday announced that it would be making it easier for individuals to donate to the relief efforts. As well as helping users connect with their loved ones in the area, the social network rolled out a button at the top of users’ news feeds which allows them to donate to the International Medical Corps (IMC). Facebook also says it will match every...