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Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • Microsoft reckons it can create 100k job opportunities in Middle East, Africa

    Microsoft has got some big job creation plans for the Middle East and Africa. According to a release sent to Memeburn, the Redmond-based giant is aiming to create more than 100 000 job opportunities and reach over seven million people across the region through its Employability Platforms, in partnership with organisations from public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Launched in 2012, the YouthSpark Employability Platform aims to provide job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, upskilling, job-matching and mentorship. The platform is centred on an online hub which Microsoft says will bring together the best resources together in "a...

  • Airbnb announces plans for accelerated SA growth

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky today announced plans to accelerate its growth in South African and the continent as a whole. Speaking at an event Johannesburg Chesky officially launched the platform in South Africa and announced that the country is officialy the company's largest African market. "South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, with so much to offer visitors,” Chesky said. “We have a vibrant and welcoming community here, which we look forward to expanding so that even more visitors can benefit from the unique and local experiences our hosts provide.” The Airbnb CEO also announced the appointment...

  • Social media to contribute 13bn transactions to mobile money market

    Mobile payments are a growing force around the globe -- from the sophisticated tap 'n go mechanics of Apple Pay to the continued dominance and evolution of MPesa. One thing we tend to speak less about though is the role of social media in driving mobile transactions. But it could actually be incredibly significant. According to a new report from Juniper Research, social could be a major driver of mobile money transfers, which are expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015 to more than 13-billion. According to the British research house, a major catalyst for this growth is...

  • Gumtree adds new tech to better secure P2P payments

    Spend enough time online and you'll come across more than a few horror stories around online classified sites. In a bid to cut down on those kinds of issues Gumtree South Africa has added Shepherd, a Standard Bank-powered escrow service, to its list of endorsed partners. Shepherd operates as a third party that facilitates transactions on behalf of sellers and buyers and is offered as an option to Gumtree customers. Read more: Gumtree officially SA’s biggest site, by a long shot “The process is fairly simple,” explains Martin Reynolds of Shepherd. “Either the buyer or seller can request dealing through...

  • Microsoft: Windows 10 launch will honour people who ‘do great things’

    Microsoft has something different planned for the launch of Windows 10. Sure the slick keynote and stage presentations will still be there, but the Redmond-based giant says it's really going for something a little more human this time around. Alongside all the usual stuff we see at tech launches, Microsoft says there'll be "global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations, a new global advertising campaign, and a new year-long initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world". “Windows 10 was built to empower people to do great things....

  • 3M, HIP2B² on the lookout for high school innovators

    It's never too early to start innovating. And if you're a South African high school student in grade 9 or 10 the rewards for doing so could potentially be very big. And we're not just talking about the thrill of doing something no one else has done before either. Just take a look at what's on offer for the winners of the 2015 HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge. The competition, run by multinational technology company 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B², is open to grade 9 and 10 learners and tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they...

  • New ttrumpet feature lets your friends, family follow your trips

    Over the top (OTT) messaging service ttrumpet has joined a growing list of apps that allow people's family and friends to follow them on their journey home after a night out or while they're out on a run or bike ride. The feature, called ‘Tag Me’, allows individuals to ‘pin’ or ‘mark’ their journey home while on their way back from a specific location, allowing personally selected people to identify their exact location and whether they have gone off route, as well as allowing the user to alert their ‘followers’ in cases of distress. “We are focused on making...

  • Facebook’s floating video player lets you scroll through News Feed while watching videos

    Facebook has long been telling us that its video plans are not to be scoffed at. In the latest bid to prove this point, the company is reportedly introducing floating videos. According to The NextWeb, the new video player enables videos to play while floating above the News Feed without disturbing the user’s reading experience. This is already happens on the YouTube app and Facebook introducing it shows the company’s intent about hosting video content. Over the past few months Facebook has been introducing changes to its video hosting capabilities and partnering up with other entities to push for video...

  • New event is ‘speed dating’ for South African advertisers, marketers

    All too often, the first time a company's marketing department meets an advertising agency is during the pitch for a new campaign. For both parties that can mean a slew of misses before finding a hit. A new Johannesburg event is looking to change that by giving South African agencies and marketers a "no-strings-attached" 10 minute opportunity to size each other up and feel if there’s enough chemistry to warrant a longer conversation over a boardroom pitching table. The so called "speed dating event, run by the Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS), involves 10 individual marketers meeting with...

  • Are consumers about to become partners in the manufacturing process?

    The maker movement has seen a massive resurgence in recent years, allowing ordinary people to get involved in the technology manufacturing space. And with cheap, easily programmable products like the Raspberry Pi on the market, people don't have to have all around expertise. Right now, it's a subculture. But if a new report from Deloitte is to be believed, everyday consumers could soon become a crucial part of the manufacturing process as whole. According to the report, changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, the economics of production, and the economics of the supply chain have led to...

  • Facebook Africa office officially opens its doors

    Facebook has officially opened its Africa office in Johannesburg, six months after Memeburn first reported it would be doing so. Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook's newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila, the company's new Head of Africa. According to Facebook, the office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook. The social network says that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones. “We are inspired by the...

  • 16 trends and predictions around South African internet usage

    By 2019, there will be 27-million South African Internet users, up from 15-million in 2014. That's according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecasts 2015, which also suggests that South African IP traffic will grow six-fold by 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 44%. Factors expected to drive this traffic growth, it says, include an increase in internet users, personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, faster broadband speeds, and the adoption of advanced video services. The report also suggests that mobile video traffic will grow at 73% a year in the country. Here are some of the...

  • Cerebra launches academy to get corporate drones comfortable with social

    Cerebra, the WPP-owned digital and communications agency, has launched an academy aimed at empowering corporate workforces in social media use. The academy uses a combination of face-to-face and online video based training designed to help corporate employees to mitigate the risks, and deliver on the opportunities, of social media. As the agency notes in a press release sent to Memeburn, big corporates fall victim to social media disasters on an almost weekly basis. This, it says, is largely down to a lack of education, especially when it comes to the relationship between an employee's personal social profile and their employer....

  • South Africans are increasingly miffed with their mobile operators

    If you find yourself increasingly annoyed with your mobile operator, then you can at least take solace in the fact that you're not alone. A new study released today shows that South Africans are increasingly dissatisfied with their mobile operators, with one notable exception. The study, conducted by the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi), surveyed 2 195 randomly selected customers of Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and a category called “Other”, which includes Telkom Mobile. With the exception of Cell C which showed a small improvement, each of the brands received lower scores than last year. Despite causing...

  • Beyond the mobile phone: 112m cellular-enabled devices to ship in 2015

    It's no secret that we live in a mobile world. According to the latest stats from VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, there are some 5.2-billion mobile phone users around the globe, up from just 80-million or so in 1995. Thing is we've become so enraptured with the mobile phone that we forget just how many other devices connect to the cellular networks that make them usable in the first place. According to technology research house Gartner, more than 112-million non-smartphone connected devices (mobile PCs, tablets and mobile hot spot devices) will be sold worldwide in 2015, up 5.6%...