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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

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.
  • Cape Town road users can soon receive, pay for fines via SMS

    Great news, everyone. The City of Cape Town is trying to make SMS technology relevant again. The City's Safety and Security mayoral representative JP Smith has today announced that Cape Town motorists will soon be able to pay road fines using "smart SMS technology". "The City of Cape Town's Traffic Service is adding another technological advancement to its arsenal with the roll-out of smart SMS technology that will allow motorists to pay fines via their cellphones, tablets or personal computers," he says in a statement. Smith also states that users will be sent SMSes of pending fines, negating the need for South...

  • 10 massive tech trends changing the way governments work

    Government can often seem backwards when it comes to technology, with a string of processes hampering its various departments from adopting the latest advancements and innovations. But historically, government has been incredibly important too technology. Without government support, innovation centres such as Silicon Valley and its various equivalents around the globe simply wouldn't exist. At the same time, governments at every level need to do everything they can to keep up with the latest advances in technology. As is the case with any company, failure to do so means losing their competitive edge. Moreover, not staying up to date...

  • SA company: social media showed #Brexit was inevitable

    While many people around the world were caught off-guard by Britons voting to leave the European Union, an analysis of social media would've showed them that it was very much on the cards. That's according to media monitoring tool Brandseye, which says human-powered sentiment analysis on a large sample of online referendum commentary showed that most Brits were in favour of leaving the EU. "In the days running up to the vote," says BrandsEye CEO JP Kloppers, "we analysed a sample of 10,000 mentions representing half a million opinions across a range of social media platforms, and found...

  • Schoolkids to take over News24 on Youth Day

    This is pretty cool. A group of schoolkids will get to experience one of South Africa's biggest online newsrooms on Thursday as they help edit News24. The news site is bringing the school children in as part of its commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising. "Forty years ago, hundreds of Soweto students lost their lives at the hands of apartheid police for protesting against the forced introduction of Afrikaans as a language of tuition at all schools," says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24. "We wanted to acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice by taking an...

  • Disney to air Triggerfish Story Lab short

    Just under a year ago, we told you about the Story Lab, an initiative from Triggerfish Animation Studio, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Walt Disney Company to uncover emerging South African animators. Now it looks as though the continent-wide talent search is starting to bear fruit. On Monday, Triggerfish announced that it is releasing A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short that has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company. A Dogshow with Cat is a teaser for Mike Scott’s series of the same name, which is set in the South African...

  • John Oliver freaks out about bread pants in strange Last Week Tonight snippet

    When Last Week Tonight takes a break (thanks to American holidays), I can't help but feel lost. But thankfully, John Oliver does debut a few clips on the show's YouTube channel to quell fans' thirst. This week, the topic is "How is this NOT a thing?" and it involves a few weird examples. While Computex 2016 is currently underway, inventing robots that are cuter than babies, phones that don't have antennae lines, and what'll likely be far too many really dumb gadgets, John Oliver addresses some of the other, more important non-existent inventions. Like, why is there not a search engine...

  • Foxconn replaces 60 000 workers with robots in China

    Foxconn, the manufacturing company behind the likes of the iPhone and PlayStation 4, has replaced 60 000 of its workers with robots, according to a new report. "The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110 000 to 50 000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs," a government official told the South China Post. That effectively means that a workforce equivalent to the population of Knysna has been replaced by machines. In response to a BBC query, Foxconn stated that robots were implemented to complete the repetitive tasks, and that now its...

  • Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo

    South Africa's famous Kruger National Park can be navigated using personal vehicles, which makes impromptu animal sightings a fairly frequent occurrence. Although these tw0 YouTube videos depict a little more than a simple "sighting." The initial video was filmed by the car behind's dash cam, and shows a Volkswagen Polo sedan slowing to a stop to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. After the buffalo passed the car, it trundles forward slightly, which was probably the worst decision in hindsight. Spooked by two male lions, the herd storms back across the road and into the car, now parked in...

  • This new online tool helps you find your local ward counciller

    With local elections coming up in August, it's become even more important for voters to know who their local counciller is. But how do you actually find that out, and how do you go about contacting them once you have? Well one solution is to take a look at the new features on the People’s Assembly website. The site, which is also accessible via mobile, allows you to find out who your MP or Ward Councillor is, where your nearest constituency office is located, and provide feedback on whether your constituency office is actually working well. This means that...

  • Naspers Ventures unit opens new offices in San Francisco

    Naspers wants to become a Silicon Valley stalwart, and has subsequently set up new offices in San Francisco. The Cape Town-based media giant announced the move today, suggesting that it wishes to sink its roots into the area's deep startup culture. The new unit, dubbed Naspers Ventures, is what the company's CEO Bob van Dijk believes will begin its "next phase of growth." Naspers definitely isn't afraid of splashing spare change, with the company investing over US$1.5-billion in other companies in 2015, with investments as far reaching as Russia. "We believe we can utilize our deep knowledge of consumer internet and international markets to...

  • Google wants women to also be professionally represented with emojis

    Google's on a mission to makes emojis more inclusive, and that starts with a new set of proposed Unicode emojis representing women in the workplace. According to the proposal, "Google wants to increase the representation of women in emoji and would like to propose that Unicode implementers do the same. "Our proposal is to create a new set of emoji that represents a wide range of professions for women and men with a goal of highlighting the diversity of women’s careers and empowering girls everywhere." The new emojis will include the likes of female chefs, rock 'n rollers, scientists, doctors and even...

  • Mobile phones don’t cause brain cancer, massive 30-year Australian study finds

    Good news, selfie addicts. A new study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology suggests that mobile phones, or excessive use of the critters, don't cause brain cancer, or cause a marked rise in new cases. For 30 years, researchers in Australia (the University of Sydney, to be exact) examined nearly 20 000 men and 14 222 women diagnosed with brain cancer between 1982 and 2012, and compared this to Australia's mobile phone usage data from 1987 to 2012, noting the spike in the latter. Essentially, the researchers couldn't find a correlation between the booming mobile phone usage rate in Australia...

  • Joburgers can now order electric Ubers

    If you're in Johannesburg, your next Uber ride could be in an electric car. That's thanks to a partnership between the private ride-hailing service, BMW, and Nissan aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Called UberGREEN, the pilot project will take place between 9 May and 3 June. During the pilot, riders will be able to request a BMW i3 or Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, operated by Uber driver-partners in Johannesburg at uberX prices, helping provide a more sustainable trip at an affordable price. Woolworths WRewards members also stand to gain from the partnership as they'll be among the first to...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...

  • Kung fu joins CG animation in the coolest thing we’ve seen today [video]

    Kung Fu is one of those mythical and extremely spiritual things that us human beings can do, along with singing in the shower, roughly kneading dough and creating gorgeous stop-motion computer-generated visualisations. It's the former and latter than come together in this frigidly cool video. Numbers-loving artist Tobias Gremmler decided to take the human (and very mathematically-based) motions of kung fu and translate that into a range of visualisations using a fabric-like sweep of pixels across the screen. It's quite remarkable how gorgeous the interpretation really is. Published on Vimeo two weeks ago, the video has since racked up an impressive 292...