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Ronan Steyn: Staff Reporter
Ronan Steyn has a love for all things technology, with a particular focus on startups, gadgets and games. When not writing the good write, he can be found making films or purveying the latest gadget, game or film. At night he attempts an MA in Screenwriting at UCT. A firm believer that video is the future of the web, he hopes to be at the forefront of online multimedia in Africa.
  • 27 unique, crazy, cool things caught on GoPro

    The GoPro camera, in its various renditions, has by and large democratised HD filming. Notable for its ease of use, durability -- I mean GoPros have survived falls from near space! -- and underwater housing capabilities, this little brand of camera has become a household name. If you've spent even just a little bit of time on the internet you've probably seen a gazillion and one GoPro videos, most likely hilarious animal POVs or extreme sports set to 'Sail' by AWOLNATION. To celebrate, nothing in particular, we've decided to put together the ultimate GoPro compilation list of the craziest, weirdest,...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review: a neat but flawed lens

    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 looks and sounds like something 007 might get in the next James Bond movie. However, the camera-in-a-lens might get Bond into some trouble, because what the device has in looks and design can not make up for some cumbersome performance issues. While Sony should be applauded for trying something new to bolster point-and-shoot camera sales, the device is unfortunately, found wanting. The QX10 is officially called a "lens-sensor module" by Sony -- an all-in-one camera in the form of a zoom lens. It literally has everything a standard camera has: its own sensor, processor, battery, and SD-slot....

  • Social is easy: Pocketplan lets you find, book and pay for events in your city

    Entertainment, like transport, is integral to any major city’s attractiveness to its citizens and tourists to live and visit. And while we’ve seen some truly disruptive (read:Uber) and innovative startups entering the transport sector, entertainment in South Africa and emerging markets, for the most part, has not changed too much in the last few years in terms of event discovery and ticket purchasing. While there are some players facilitating mobile payments for goods at events, event discovery still largely relies on traditional avenues such as nightlife guides and brochures. Read more on Ventureburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • EFL uses psychometrics to give entrepreneurs access to bank loans

    One of the greatest challenges for almost every entrepreneur worldwide is access to financing. There’s a very logical reason for why this is the case: loans — at least those from traditional institutions such as banks — are given out based on a number of metrics such as credit rating, financial records, proof of income, collateral — basically historical evidence as to whether someone has the ability to pay back a loan.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Business Confidence: what world-class accounting solutions mean for SA startups

    Starting a business isn’t an endeavour one takes lightly. And sure your idea is going to be the next big thing in tech right? Entrepreneurs often have great ideas, but turning those ideas into viable businesses that generate revenue isn’t as simple as registering a domain name -- you need more than just a good idea, product or service, you need the right team (especially in the early days), the right attitude, and, if you’re savvy, the right operational and financial fundamentals. Ideas that become products or services, a strong team and good attitude are pretty self explanatory, and many...

  • Google Hangouts gets iOS7 redesign, can now send direct video messages

    Google Hangouts is a pretty nifty app. We've seen how well it handles video chat between individuals and groups of people, with the ability to record, stream and share those chats with ease. The iOS app, though, has been in desperate need of an iOS7 update, and it's finally here. Besides some new menu and loading screens, the iTunes' app description says you can expect these new features in version 2.0.0: Fully-optimised for iPad, including picture-in-picture video calling Animated stickers for you know, when words just arent' enough Add a map of your current location to a conversation Record and send video messages up...

  • Adobe DPS now powers over 75% of mobile digital reading

    Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) -- a codeless app generator for publications -- now powers more than three-quarters of all digital issues consumed on mobile devices, Adobe has revealed. Newly unveiled data from Adobe shows that DPS -- which releases publications compatible with iOS, Android Tablets, and Kindle Fire -- seems to be driving the growth of digital reading, increasing both circulation and reader engagement for notable publications such as Wired, Time, National Geographic and GQ, amongst others. Since Adobe DPS was released less than three years ago, thousands of publications have taken it on to power their digital offerings --...

  • Springlab: a new SA incubator on the block, has sights on sub-Saharan Africa

    There's a new South African incubator on the block and its name is Springlab, and its goal is to "foster entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa" by building highly scalable ventures. Founded by ex-Rocket Internet's Eugen Peterson (co-founder of Zando) and Sheraan Amod (co-founder of Personera), with the help from strategic advisor Randolf Jorberg, SpringLab claims some unique features to separate itself from the incubator pack. First off, Springlab co-founds every single venture it invests in -- taking them right from, as Petersen tells Ventureburn, "the birth to baby steps, until it can run". Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • 6 things you might not know about the Facebook, WhatsApp deal

    The inevitable happened... Facebook bought an instant messaging service. After its denied attempt at purchasing SnapChat way back when in internet time, Mark Zuckerberg and co can breathe a sigh of relief at having acquired WhatsApp -- albeit for US$19-billion -- the popular messaging service with around 450-million monthly active users. According to Bloomberg, the acquisition paid for in cash (US$4-billion), stock (US$12-billion) and shares (US$3-billion), is the biggest internet acquisition in more than ten years since Time Warner's merger deal with AOL in 2001 for US$124-billion. Let's take a closer look at the deal, because there are some fun...

  • Project Isizwe: Africa’s free Wi-Fi solution giving mobile greater reach

    There is a lot of talk about mobile penetration in Africa. Even if you dissect the stats down to the number of unique subscribers, there is no doubt that mobile has had, and continues to have, a huge role on the continent. But what about data? Or more specifically, what about the cost of data? It's no good if everyone on the continent has access to a mobile phone but cannot afford the cost of bandwidth. Is mobile really enabling as many people as it could then? South Africa has notoriously high data rates, with costs ranging from 10 cents (US$0.01)...

  • Russia’s entrepreneurial landscape according to Ernst & Young (EW)

    "Russia's entrepreneurs are positive about the future" says Ernst & Young's (now known as EW) 2013 G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer report. Released in August 2013, the report amalgamates and analyses research from 1500 surveyed entrepreneurs across the world, including the BRICS countries. According to the report Russia falls into the third quartile, the same as Brazil and China, but below South Africa, and has made strong progress in its efforts to foster entrepreneurship. Given that the country only opened up as a market economy in the 1990s, Russia has done well in comparison to other “rapid-growth markets” surveyed in the report. For...

  • Pocket Cricket beta review: the best cricket game available right now

    Cricket is a nuanced game that ebbs and flows between two evenly matched teams (hopefully) as a game goes on. It's a game about individual battles -- batsman vs. bowler, captain vs. captain -- just as much as it is a game about two teams battling until the last run is scored, or last wicket is taken. It's a game loved in parts of the English-speaking world (read: England and its colonies), and lovingly misunderstood in others (read: America). It's a game that's revered like a religion in places like India, and is a part of the national culture in...

  • HP all but denounces Windows 8 with new ‘Windows 7 is back’ promotion

    HP is enticing people to buy their machines bundled with Windows 7 rather than Windows 8. No it's not 2007, but just as the greater public shunned Windows Vista, it seems manufacturers like HP are treating Windows 8 in a pretty similar way. A new email promotion was sent out over the weekend stating that, "Windows 7 is back," coupled with a new promotion on HP's site with the slogan "back by popular demand", offering US$150 worth of "savings" on the deal. In fact, at first glance HP's website doesn't seem to offer any Windows 8 deals. According to The...

  • eShip: SA’s first online transport marketplace

    Transporting goods across South Africa is not a task one undertakes lightly. Although South Africa's infrastructure is designed around the road system, knowing where to begin when moving items, especially across country, has long been the case of picking up the phone or a Google search with mixed results. From there getting quotes, agreeing to insurance, and holding people accountable often proves a tricky affair. For one young founder, Emile McLennan, who one day needed to transport his motorbike from Durban to Cape Town, the current system is all wrong. "I have the business, why should I do all the...

  • China’s entrepreneurial landscape according to Ernst & Young

    China's entrepreneurial landscape is integral to the country's growth and economic success -- 75% of new jobs each year and 68% of exports come from entrepreneurial ventures, says The EY G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013 report. The in-depth report which surveyed 1500 entrepreneurs in twenty countries worldwide, across both the emerging and developed economies, was released in August 2013 and concludes that not only is China an "export giant" but it is also full of opportunities for local entrepreneurs. The report benchmarked each country in terms of its "support for entrepreneurs" and China placed in the third quartile, the same as...