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  • This free workshop will help you get to grips with social video

    When it comes to social video, there are people doing it incredibly well, and others doing it incredibly badly. In the case of the latter, it's largely because the people running the accounts know they need to have a presence, but aren't exactly sure what to do with it. In a bid to remedy that, the Red and Yellow school of advertising is hosting a free workshop on 20 April 2016 in Cape Town aimed at developing participants' social video skills. The school has partnered with cinematographer Stephan Hambsch for the event, which it says will address the fundamentals...

  • Digital marketing is totally mainstream right now

    Attention digital marketing hipsters, it's time to put away your ugly sweaters, over-sized glasses, and latte art kits because digital marketing is now totally mainstream. That's according to the results of a new survey from Gartner, which shows that digital commerce is a top priority for corporate marketing departments, and that marketing budgets are likely to keep growing through 2016 and beyond. The survey included responses from business leaders responsible for marketing — in particular, digital marketing — in 339 large and extra-large companies in North America and the UK Respondents represent organizations with more than US$500-million in annual...

  • White House wins global political YouTube shootout

    We all know that most world governments and political leaders have woken up to the fact that they need to be active on social media. But while their efforts on Facebook and Twitter grab most of the headlines, it turns out that most of them also have a presence on YouTube. In fact, a new study by strategic communications and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller shows that as many as 77% of governments around the globe have a YouTube presence. According to the study, there around 340 channels when you include heads of state and government and foreign ministries. ...

  • This tuition free, P2P programming school wants to find tech’s next hero

    This is pretty cool. A new incubator, aimed at creating the next generation of African innovators, has launched. Called WeThinkCode_, the digital training programme is free, uses peer-to-peer principles, and has no teachers or classrooms. Created through a founding partnership between First National Bank, BBD Software Development and Derivco, the incubator has partnered with various companies, foundations and individuals to sponsor students as it looks to eliminate the gap in tech skills on the continent. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the programme doesn't just want to source and train Africa's future coding talent, it also wants...

  • 10 massive tech trends changing education

    For many of the people reading this article, the pinnacle of technology in the classroom was the school's computer room. But if they stepped into a classroom today, they most likely wouldn't recognise it. It's big business too, with educational bodies spending more on technology than ever before. In fact, according to technology research house Gartner, higher education sector spending will grow 1.2% to reach US$38.2-billion in 2016. A large part of that spend comes from the fact that for institutions to thrive in the increasingly competitive education ecosystem, they must become more innovative and it is often technology...

  • Naspers injects R3.9bn into Indian online travel play

    Emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers this week announced that it would be pumping another US$250-million into Indian online travel outfit Ibibo. The company, which facilitates the booking of plane and bus tickets, also operates a ride-sharing service and provides hotel accommodation owners with room-booking and sales platforms. According to a press release put out by Naspers, the investment will be used to extend ibibo’s "leadership position in the Indian hotels category and on additional technology innovations". Ibibo reportedly processed more than 6.5-million transactions for the period October to December (Q3) 2015. It is the largest online travel company...

  • On Nigeria’s digital integration: Q&A with Anakle COO

    Nigeria's digital industry is getting very interesting. More social media campaigns are popping up and during the last elections digital ideas took centre stage. In September 2015 the number of mobile internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks clocked in at 97.21 million, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This is huge, according to the GSMA this is the largest mobile market on the continent. Nigerian digital agencies see this, they see the potential of an internet connected society and the are playing to that. In 2014, a cheeky little game pop up on the web call The Brideprice app....

  • Zambia to get solar-powered WiFi network

    This is interesting. Zambia's capital Lusaka is set to get a solar-powered WiFi network, courtesy of a company called Plexus Wifi. The pay-as-you-go network is the brainchild of Allan Okello of City Wifi UK and aims to bring "fast, resilient and affordable internet to residents and businesses of Zambia". Read more: Solar-powered ‘WiFi bench’ pops up in Johannesburg According to a press release sent to Memeburn, Plexus Wifi has built its network on the premise of ‘fibre through the air’ using "world class cutting edge technology to delivery broadband performance without the need for a single cable or modem on the users’...

  • This tech hub wants to change the way Africa approaches disease outbreaks

    Every year hundreds of thousands of Africans die of malaria, HIV/Aids, and a variety of other communicable diseases. The cost on lives, economies, and health systems is immense. In a bid to better understand and track those diseases, a new tech hub has been set up in Egypt. The aim of the hub is to use technology to trace and control diseases, predict outbreaks and engage communities in affected areas across Africa. Called The African Health Data and Disease Control Hub (AHDCH), the hub is an initiative by the Government of Egypt through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development...

  • Toby Shapshak hands over Stuff Magazine editorship

    Toby Shapshak has handed over the editorial reins at Stuff Magazine South Africa some eight years after launching the magazine in South Africa. Taking his place at the helm of the tech publication is Craig Wilson, who has been Stuff's deputy editor since November 2014, a position he previously held at Techcentral for two years. At the same time, Brett Venter has been appointed digital editor and will oversee the publication’s website and digital channels. Jon Tullett, formerly of ITWeb, joins the team as associate editor. All three appointments are effective from 1 March 2016. Read more: Andrew Trench...

  • Google Play Movies officially available on South African screens

    Hot on the heels of Google Music's South African bow, Google has now announced that Google Play Movies is available in the country. The service will allow users to "to rent or purchase movies for watching on their phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs," explains the press release. It's not quite a streaming service however, and it doesn't offer any series at launch. There's also a massive hole left by the lack of local South African content, but Google SA "hopes to make these available soon." Read more: Google Play Music launches in SA at R50 a month The service does however offer...

  • Is mobile driving a South African ecommerce explosion?

    South Africa's ecommerce space is set to see a mobile explosion this year, with mobile being responsible for a massive part of that growth. That's according to research released on Wednesday by PayPal, which suggests that online shopping in South Africa is expected to reach R37-billion this year. While that's significantly more than the R28.8-billion which was spent online in 2015, the number is expected rise even higher -- to R46-billion in 2017. By that stage, the research suggests, mobile will account for around R19-billion of overall online shopping. "There is no doubt that the rapid penetration of smartphones in South...

  • CallPay, PayU launch mPOS app in Turkey

    Telephony card-based payments company CallPay on Tuesday announced a partnership with Naspers-owned PayU to launch a mobile payments app in Turkey. The deal, which is aimed at providing existing and new PayU Turkey merchants with a secure solution to accept mobile payments, allows merchants to accept card payments on the fly using their smartphone and the PayU mPOS Application. Making use of an application based card reader, PayU mPOS can process card transactions in multiple currencies and supports instalment sales in Turkey. Merchants can then email or SMS transaction receipts to their customers. The companies said the application further...

  • Should DStv just embrace Netflix?

    Make no mistake, DStv sees Netflix as a threat. Or, more specifically, its parent company Naspers does. It wouldn't have launched ShowMax, its own video-streaming service, if it didn't. But is there an argument to be made that the pay-TV operator should actually embrace Netflix? As it turns out, there might be. According to a new report from IHS Technology, a number of international operators have baked Netflix into their offerings. Many of these, including Virgin Media and BT TV, say that doing so has had a largely positive impact on their offerings. According to IHS, Netflix currently has...

  • Should South African loyalty programmes reward social media engagement?

    There are plenty of loyalty programmes in South Africa. Most big retailers have them, as do health and insurance providers, and a growing number of restaurants and food chains. But here's the thing: around a third of South Africans don't actually use loyalty programmes, and those that do often don't use them to their full potential. Those are some of the key findings from the 2016 Truth Loyalty Whitepaper, compiled as a collaboration between Truth, a South African loyalty and CRM consultancy and WhyFive, an online research company. According to the whitepaper, 26% of economically active South Africans are...