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  • New app aims to help SA kids decide on a career

    Choosing a career path is far from easy, especially when you're still a teenager who barely knows what they want to do over the weekend. A new app, launched by education company Via Afrika aims to remove a little of that friction. Called CareerCompass, the app is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and aims to help young people to gain insight into the careers they are best suited for. It also aims to help them get an idea of current job opportunities that are currently available for a particular career. The app, which is available in...

  • Mobile malware grows nearly three-fold in Q2 2015

    So you've got your PC locked down so tight you even battle to get in sometimes, but how much care are you taking when it comes to mobile security? If your answer to that question is something along the lines of "not much", you might want to step it up a notch. According to security provider Kaspersky, some 291 800 new mobile malware programmes emerged in Q2, which is 2.8 times greater than in Q1. There were 1-million mobile malware installation packages in Q2, which is seven times greater than in Q1. Read more: 3 simple steps to...

  • Project Isizwe brings its free Wi-Fi offering to Gugulethu, Khayelitsha taxi ranks

    Project Isizwe has announced that it is rolling out its free Wi-Fi offering at taxi ranks in Gugulethu and Khayalitsha. The initiative, run in partnership with the Open Society Foundation of South Africa, is designed to enable people in and around the Gugulethu and Khayelitsha taxi ranks to access the internet, making it easier for them to get information about issues such as education and employment. This is one of the first Project...

  • 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...