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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.
  • 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%...

  • 5 things you need to know about how South Africans use Twitter

    Over the years, our understanding of the South African social media landscape as a whole has grown in leaps and bounds. Thing is, the focus can sometimes fall away from individual social platforms. That's why it's interesting to note the results of a recent study commissioned by Twitter and conducted by Nielsen, looking at the Twitter habits of South African users. Here are five of the most interesting findings from the study. 1. Twitter isn't just for young people The study showed that 53% of users in South Africa fall in the age range of 25-44; nearly one third (29%)...

  • Will crucial partnerships help drive Android Pay’s ecosystem?

    Android Pay has officially introduced at Google’s I/O conference in San Fransisco. While the "simple and secure" mobile payment solution has been in the pipeline for better over a year, Google unveiled some interesting details we could look forward to. With rivals in the space like Apple, PayPal and Square, mobile payments is yet to take off in the US. Though Google hopes its key partnerships and open philosophy will help drive the industry forward. Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay relies on Near Communication Frequency (NFC) to make transactions. The customer simply swipes their Android smartphone at an in-store terminal...

  • Cape Town dev team’s widget wins it SA leg of BBC development studio challenge

    Building a simple widget that allows people to listen to BBC content online, a team of Cape Town developers has been selected as part of the BBC development studio challenge. The RLabs Catchup team was chosen from a group of 12 competing South African teams which took part in the BBC development studio in South Africa in April. The teams participating in the two-day event worked with various technologies exploring new ways of delivering audio in a cost-efficient way to reach younger audiences. The selected idea from RLabs is based on a digital widget that can be easily placed...

  • Smartwatch shipments set to go past 100m mark by 2020

    If you only have a casual acquaintance with the tech space, you might imagine that smartwatches begin and end with the Apple Watch. And while there were plenty of smartwatches in play before Apple announced its go at the space, you'd actually be pretty on the money. According to a new study from research company IHS, the global smartwatch market will grow from 3.6-million unit shipments in 2014, to 101-million shipments in 2020. Thing is, that figure pretty much hinges on the Apple Watch doing well. "Apple Watch success will drive the overall smartwatch market,” said Antonios Maroulis, analyst...

  • 24.com folds regional English, Afrikaans papers into News 24 and Netwerk 24

    This is big. News24 and Netwerk24 have announced that the online platforms of 11 English and 14 Afrikaans newspaper titles have now moved into the 24.com network. These include local, regional and national newspapers. The papers now under the News24 banner include national title City Press, regional daily The Witness, and community titles such as Amanzimtoti Fever, Stanger Weekly, Greytown Gazette, Hillcrest Fever, Maritzburg Fever, Coastal Weekly, South Coast Fever, East Griqualand Fever, Edendale and Maritzburg Echo. At face value that seems like bad news for the community titles in particular. News24 says however that readers can also customise...

  • Twitter goes into hashtag, promoted Tweet overdrive to aid Nepal earthquake relief

    Individuals and organisations alike have rushed to the aid of Nepal, where an earthquake over the weekend has killed more than 4 000 people and affected more than eight-million. Following in the wake of tech companies such as Google and Facebook, Twitter has launched its own effort aimed at helping relief efforts in the South Asian country. Its efforts are however, a little less direct that those being used by the Silicon Valley giants. Recognising its importance as a tool for coordinating relief efforts, and as a backup for official channels of communication, Twitter says it will be concentrating...

  • Google’s mobile-friendly update: is your website UX ready?

    If you're in any way involved in the online space, this is pretty intense. On 21 April, Google will launch a new mobile-friendly algorithm that will reward websites that are fully optimised for mobile with higher rankings in search results. The update aims to make Google even more useful to people by training its bots to search more like humans. Outlawing text that’s too small to read, links that are too close together to tap, and software uncommon to mobiles like Flash, among other factors, it all comes down to improving the overall user experience (UX). That's great for...

  • IAB SA launches tool to show what SA’s talking about online

    You'll often hear organisations claim to be "at the beating heart" of a country's digital industry. In the case of a new tool launched by IAB South Africa, that's a little more literal than you might expect. The member driven body, which oversees the online advertising and publishing space in South Africa has launched The Pulse, a 3D, heart-shaped manifestation of the main topics of interest South African web users on IAB SA publisher members’ digital platforms. It uses data gathered within the past seven days to show where the buzz is, and plugs into Twitter to analyse South...

  • iROKOtv gets pay TV distribution deal

    Nigerian video streaming service iROKOtv has inked a deal with StarTimes to have two new linear TV channels, IROKO Play and IROKO Plus included on the digital TV operator's platform. The deal has the potential to substantially increase iROKOtv's reach, given that StarTimes has 4.6-million subscribers across 14 countries. Subscribers will have the choice of two Nollywood channels. IROKO Play, available in the StarTimes Basic Bouquet, will showcase classic Nollywood movies from 2007 onwards, with a brand new exclusive movie added to the schedule each month. IROKO Plus, in the StarTimes Unique Bouquet, will reportedly show premium Nollywood movies...