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All posts by Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter

Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Keen to take over the world, Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University with an interest in innovation and initiatives and how they could contribute to the benefit of society. He has always been interested in both politics and development and started becoming more and more intrigued with how technological development could contribute to society. He loves arts and more specifically the art of writing. His interests in writing and journalism grew more over the last few years with a keen focus on current trends in technological innovation and social development.
  • GoPro films massive Great White shark trying to munch its way into a cage

    Never will you be more petrified than when a three-meter shark tries to munch its way into your little underwater cage all the way out in the ocean. Think about it. A couple of tourists off the coast of South Africa's Mossel Bay recently captured a very hungry -- perhaps teething Great White shark -- on video, doing just that. Shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle, the animal attacks the metal shark cage's buoy as if a pork chop, or in his case perhaps a juicy, salty seal. As terrifying it may be, we're almost sure that the shark's...

  • Facebook hopes to implement AI services ‘within next 10 years’

    Facebook and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds very creepy yet exciting sitting in the same sentence, but that's exactly where the world's largest social network is heading. Moreover, it wants you to share your thoughts with your online friends in the near future. There's a lot of buzz around the subject of AI, from industry influencers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates sharing their predictions to blockbusters like Her, Transcendence or Ex Machina portraying extreme but plausible outcomes. It's to little surprise then when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Q&A on Facebook recently questions around this subject were raised. " working...

  • 7 renewable energy startups trying to revolutionise the way Africa keeps its lights on

    Africa has a serious energy problem. This is ironic considering the abundance of natural resources available, from coal in South Africa to oil in Nigeria. It just so happens that both of these powerful economies rely on limited, environmentally-unfriendly resources, struggling to keep up with economic growth. This might start to change. Earlier this year, billionaire futurist Elon Musk geared the world's attention on the real potential of renewable energy with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall -- the battery set to revolutionise the way people use electricity grids around the globe. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • CNN faces trolls after ‘unnerving’ ISIS flag coverage turns out to be just dildos

    This weekend was a rather colourful one: from Facebook profiles to Uber car requests overlaid with rainbow colours. But it was on the streets where most of the action happened with the recent US Supreme Court's legalisation of gay marriage now in all 50 states spurring Gay Pride marches around the globe. While people around the were celebrating, CNN however wasn't that colourful. The news giant ran a seven-minute news segment of an apparent ISIS flag waving around through the Gay Pride march in London, UK. Only it wasn't a black Islamic State flag with Arabic symbols, but one filled...

  • Ventureburn survey sheds light on SA’s tough, but pioneering startup industry

    Stuart Thomas, Matthew Buckland and Graham van der Made contributed to this article. Startup life isn't as glamorous as it’s sometimes made out to be, according to a new survey by Ventureburn. Employees and founders of startups are often paid below-market salaries, get close to zero benefits and are subject to high-pressure environments. Moreover, just 17% of startups are profitable, with only three percent of startups making it to the sought-after venture capital investment stages. But this begs the question: why is creating and working for startups an increasingly popular option? Although entrepreneurs will make it big if their startup succeeds,...

  • From lab to launch: the quest to build startup success in SA’s innovation capital

    Venture capitalist and founder of popular US seed fund Y Combinator Paul Graham once wrote that the recipe for startup "clusters" is having a great university near a town smart people like. Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille believes this might just be the case for Stellenbosch in South Africa, which echoed the general tone of the evening at the reopening business incubator LaunchLab last month. Situated about 50km outside of Cape Town in the country's Winelands, Stellenbosch is not only home to JSE-listed giants such as Mediclinic and Distell, but also transformative tech companies like the instant messaging...

  • Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account is brilliant at converting trolls into followers

    By now we know that a good online presence can do a lot for a brand. It doesn't matter if it's two decades old or not. Just asks Sonic. The nineties Sega classic, Sonic the Hedgehog, is one of the biggest icons in the gaming world. And while the quick, blue little mammal still holds true to a much-loved character, its reputation as a game has been very controversial among fans to say the least. There's recently been an outcry from fans on social media following the announcement of the games, Sonic Dash and Angry Birds mashup alongside Sonic Boom:...

  • All the facts, figures you need to know about Apple’s WWDC 2015

    Apart from WWDC 2015 being longer than the Avengers 2 movie, over a 1 000 Apple engineers from 70 countries attended the Cupertino tech giant's 26th developer conference. As ever, Apple is taking a swing at competitors on all fronts -- from desktop to mobile, payments and music. Unfortunately, we no new hardware products were revealed last night, but we did see Apple's new Mac OS X, its latest mobile operating system iOS 9 and a new streaming service, called Apple Music, among some other things. Above all its introductions, Apple CEO Tim Cook together with senior VP Craig Federighi, were...

  • CustosTech wants to curb movie piracy using bitcoin

    In January last year an illegal copy of the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was making its rounds on the internet. The situation became quite awkward as the early release copy was traced back to popular TV show host Ellen DeGeneres, and had her name written all over it. Literally, as her name was watermarked onto one of the exclusive copies so that people could find the origin of the leak. The story reflects a pressing time in the movie industry when most producers -- of digital movies, music, games and books -- are feeling the crunch of...

  • Online publication Quartz Africa launches in mission to cover the ‘next billion’

    Renowned US publisher Quartz launches its second international chapter in Africa today, reiterating a ripple of international interest in the region which is said to be a hotbed of trade and investment. Launched two years ago by the America's Atlantic Media, Quartz is well-known for being natively digital, meaning that it's been built with the millennial reader first in mind. "Like Wired in the 1990s and The Economist in the 1840s, Quartz embodies the era in which it is being created," the company writes. Quartz is on curious a mission to tap into the world's fast-growing markets (or "the next billion", as...

  • Mark Forrester from WooThemes on how a SA startup sprouted a global success story

    Last week, we witnessed one of South Africa’s greatest success stories to date. A local tech company was acquired by Automattic, which is the brain company behind one of the world’s most popular website builders, WordPress.org, founded by 31-year old American entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • This text message called the ‘Unicode of Death’ will crash your iPhone

    The scariest line of characters on the internet right now makes absolutely no sense, but will crash your iPhone nonetheless. Word on the web is that Apple's CoreText API can't render a specific string of non-sensical characters, so whenever an incoming message containing the mysterious text is displayed as a banner alert or notification, the system will restart. As Ars Technica verified, this means that web browsers and other apps running on current versions of iOS and OS X are also affected. Some Apple users have even reported that third party apps like WhatsApp and Instagram as well as their email crash...

  • Popular tech site ReCode bought by Vox Media conglomerate

    The media landscape has been in flux for quite a while now, with digital eating into print publishers' business models and more global audiences setting the pace. In the tech reporting space alone, we've come to witness a lot of interesting developments this year. The most recent being Vox Media adding respectable tech website ReCode to its array of online publications that includes current affairs site Vox, food blog Eater, hugely popular lifestyle tech blog The Verge, gaming site Polygon among a couple of others. Founded only 18 months ago by renowned former The Wall Street Journal journalist Walt Mossberg, ReCode...

  • Does the future of instant messaging apps lie in bulk?

    The instant messaging space is a tough nut to crack. Add a couple feature and it becomes cluttered and the users become uncomfortable. Remove a feature and the product risks falling behind the pack. Just ask Mxit, which has gone from being Africa’s largest mobile social network with 27-million registered users in 2010 to dwindling numbers suspected of being less than 1 million. Instant messaging phenomena WhatsApp, on the other side of the spectrum, has achieved international success in just six years after after which it boasted 800 million active users around the globe and got bought out by Facebook...

  • InstaLens: How SA’s Instagram acolyte is capturing global success

    Instagram is well known for its dedicated communities. Especially in cities such as Cape Town where designers, both local and tourists, take advantage of the popular photography app. From Saturday brunches at The Old Biscuit Mill to sundowners in the Winelands, you'll find the hashtags #CapeTown or #CT constantly trending locally, especially at dusk. Not only have these communities inspired amateur smartphone photographers to become popular online influencers, they've enabled companies like InstaLens to launch into international markets by selling its sleek, universal smartphone camera lenses to smartphone photographers around the globe. Read more on Ventureburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");