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Bianca Budricks
Bianca is a Communications and English Graduate all the way from North-West University Potchefstroom, finding her feet in the fair Cape as a ‘professional’ intern. She’s an avid reader, writer, wild child and adventurer with a special predilection towards gadgets and digital.
  • Shared Economy may be the future of retail and selling of services

    A new age of reciprocity is here as Shared Economy is starting to make its imprints. Research from popular French tech conference LeWeb shows that those who have participated in this new trend “have double downed in this market.” Beyond the macro-trends of sustainability, increased population, and access to the internet, the research found that the startups are strengthened with VC funding. For those who don’t know, shared economy is the trend that cloaks up all platforms and ventures that enable the transfer of goods to be shared and exchanged. It works on the same principle of Anthropological...

  • The future of furniture is here: it’s the self assembling foam chair

    The future of furniture is approaching fast as designer Carl de Smet from Noumenon plans on manufacturing a foam chair which can be compressed to five percent of its original size. This initiative works with polyurethane shape-memory polymers (SMPs) to compress chairs and other pieces of furniture into flat slabs that can be easily stowed and moved until they are ready to be used. The polymers are the key chemical compound in the manufacturing of the fixtures. Smet makes these pieces (in this case a chair) in its original form. Through applying heat, the polymer bonds loosen, enabling the...

  • The beer dispensing drone: coming soon to a festival near you

    We have seen people do some pretty cool things with quadrocopter drones. Like play the James Bond theme song, go fishing or engage in an acrobatics showdown. Now it looks like there’s a drone to appeal to the serial party-goer in all of us. OppiKoppi, an annual music festival held in a rugged corner of South Africa, is set to include a beer-dispensing quadrocopter among its features this year. According to a video released today, the OppiKoppi beer drone technology v1.1 will deliver beers that have been ordered to the District 9 campsite at this year’s Bewildered Beast themed ‘Oppi’...

  • Now 30% faster, mobile speeds are catching up to desktop

    Yes, the internet is speeding up — or at least, Google thinks so. The search giant has published a report on the aggregated site speeds gained from consenting Google Analytics users, which shows that despite the fact that webpages have increased in size, they are loading faster — especially on mobile devices. The findings are an update on a similar report from last year where Google studied the page load times of websites around the world using the accumulated site speed data from opted-in web publishers using its Analytics service. It compared this to new data to show that...

  • 9 apps for serious fashionistas and aspiring trendsetters

    The great thing about technology is that it caters for everybody — even the fashion-conscious. If you work in the style industry or are just a serial fashion lover, having an app that informs you of current trends and runway developments can only be beneficial. Fashion apps can help you find inspiration, discover key products, purchase gifts on the go, share your outfits and treasures with others, as well a become a learning tool for the less fashionably informed. As a not-too-fashion-conscious gal, I dress practically and the idea of a fashion app didn’t even resonate with or...

  • Serious iFan? Perhaps you should take a trip to the Apple Pop-up Museum

    If you have an predilection towards tech and you’re a serial Apple fanatic, this will delight you. What used to be an Atlanta-area CompUSA store has now been transformed into the Apple Pop-up museum; 6 000 square feet of Apple gadgets and paraphernalia from the beginning in 1976 to the present. It will be showcasing an Apple I, the first disk II and controller card, an original Apple II, an original Lisa and a Xerox Alto, among other rare Apple artefacts and fun items that will take you down memory lane like an original iPod Shuffle and the clam-shelled...

  • Meet SandFlea, the robot capable of jumping over buildings

    The next level of urban surveillance is here: meet SandFlea, an 11 pound (5kg) race car like robot that can jump. Yes, it literally hurdles 30 ft (just over nine metres) into the air, enabling it to jump over a standard wall, onto a roof up a flight of stairs or into a second story window. Built by Boston Dynamics, the SandFlea uses gyro stabilization to keep it level during the jump. This also ensures a smooth landing with big rubber wheels to absorb shock as it hits a surface. The gyroscope also makes for a clear view...

  • Pinterest launches analytics tools for brands, plans to monetise soon

    Popular online scrapbooking platform Pinterest has decided to introduce new analytics tools that will inform and allow businesses to track visitors to its site. This is part of Pinterest’s movement into monetising the site as it officially launches the free app to businesses. The feature enables companies to obtain data through a tracking tool that informs brands how many people have pinned from their site, how many views each pin has, and how many users have visited a brand’s site from Pinterest. This nifty tracking instrument known as Pinterest Web Analytics will give owners insights with the idea of helping...

  • GoDaddy’s Super Bowl ads may have raised eyebrows but they raked in cash

    Controversial domain company GoDaddy is at it again. Its recent Super Bowl commercial with super model Bar Rafaeli kissing “nerd” Jesse Heiman seems to have banked the company some serious change. The ad, which raised some eyebrows over its stereotypical depictions of nerddom, turned out to be the right strategy as GoDaddy managed to break its current sales record. According Mashable, the company experienced its biggest ever sales day after the ad flighted. GoDaddy reports that: Hosting sales jumped 45%. Dot-com domain sales rose 40%. New mobile customers increased by 35%. The company added 10 000 customers in total. GoDaddy’s campaign slogan is “smart...

  • Meet Facebook’s potential new (and creepy) location-sharing app

    It seems Facebook is in the process of developing an app that tracks the locations of its users. The application, which is expected to be released in March, will be able to track and load your whereabouts in the background and — without being opened — will send your location to nearby friends. Similar to Foursquare, Highlight and Google’s Latitude, this unnamed app will be Facebook’s standalone attempt to the mobile tracking ‘realm’. To date not many people have joined these applications and Facebook’s 1 billion userbase may make the chances of this app succeeding more likely. This app will allow...

  • Twitter rolls out photo and video viewing tweaks

    Twitter rolled out a few small alterations to its interface yesterday, specifically pertaining to the way media is viewed on the social network. According to Twitter, these tweaks make it easier to view and manage photos or videos on profile pages and in search results. Larger photos can be viewed by clicking to the right of a profile page or in search results without having to leave the page. With the release of Twitter’s video application Vine, the social network has expanded its list of services, which now includes videos from YouTube, Vimeo and of course Vine, which...

  • RIM’s BlackBerry World storefront now live in 18 countries

    Research In Motion’s much talked about BlackBerry World storefront is finally live. The company has been working on revamping its entertainment offering over the last few months with heavy-weight partnerships. Now it’s open to the public. BlackBerry users can now access the storefront’s fully stocked catalogue of television shows, movies, music and apps. According to the RIM, this new BlackBerry World will be stocked with up 70 000 apps. The long-awaited unveiling of RIM’s saving grace, Blackberry 10, will happen today. The Canadian mobile giant has been battling to keep its head above water and has had to up its...

  • What are we doing to protect kids from the dangers of smartphones?

    We live in a time when many four-year olds are able to pick up an iPad and operate it better than most adults, where children from the age of six are sporting smartphones instead of the classic action figure or Barbie doll. It almost seems natural to buy a kid a smartphone, iPad, or computer. The problem with this generation of little tech junkies is not them being in possession of smartphones or having unlimited access to internet, but what they do with these gadgets and possible threats that are accompanied with the use of smartphones. It’s all...