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  • 10 technologies that will have a huge impact on education in 2015 and beyond

    Technology has the capacity to fundamentally change every aspect of our lives. There are few sectors where this is more visible and obvious than education. According to technology research house Gartner, worldwide education sector spending is forecast to grow 2.3% to reach US$67.8-billion in 2015. This forecast includes higher education as well as primary and secondary schools. In Western Europe alone, education institutions will spend US$16.3-billion on technology products and services in 2015. Of course the situation isn’t the same across the globe, but even initiatives such as Google’s Connected Classrooms and Free access to Wikipedia are changing the way...

  • The world of work is changing in South Africa, just ask Generation Y

    The South African workplace is being defined by technology and the Generation X and Y workers that are using it. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is enabling new forms of connectivity, changing communications and fostering new ways of working. With the plethora of devices, apps and solutions now available and growing at a phenomenal rate, to remain relevant and competitive, employers in South Africa must move with the times, while striking a balance between current and future employee and business needs. In South Africa, as in the rest of the world, the number of connections – of people and things...

  • Kill your company, and other ways to keep innovation top of mind #AccentureIC2015

    The Accenture Innovation Conference kicked off with Johannesburg’s executive mayor addressing all the challenges South Africa’s capital is faced with. It seemed to be an unusually long list that after nearly an hour wouldn’t be resolved during the conference.  But when futurist Lisa Bodell took the stage, it felt like she was addressing both his and everyone else at the conference’s problems. Straight up and honest, Bodell got everyone standing (literally) and what she said should be shouted from the rooftops for all companies to hear. Lisa Bodell is CEO of futurethink, an award-winning innovation firm, who is on her very...

  • 5 digital video trends to keep an eye on through 2015

    What’s in store for digital video in 2015? The online video industry is like a supercar on a stretch of perfectly straight road without any speed limits. As fast moving and exciting to contemplate, video continues to zoom ahead as the default communication medium. Here are some of the emerging global trends that continue to drive video as a major growth area in both the international and local arena. Ultra HD gains momentum Ultra High Definition is the next big step in HDTV resolution. This 4K, 6K or even 8K content offers four, six and eight times the resolution of standard...

  • 3 massive trends banks will have to stay ahead of if they want to remain innovative

    Doing digital banking better is key, according to various banking trend predictions for 2015. But being fine-tuned to customer needs and behaviour, and consequently marrying human centricity with technology, could be the catalyst for true differentiation. Banking products and services have always been perceived as quite generic and it was inevitable that banks would catch up with each other in the digital banking space. Although launching innovative digital banking products and services that change the way we bank will continue to be rolled out, customer centricity should be at the heart of each rationale, and the execution thereof has never...

  • These 5 South Africans have been shortlisted to go colonise Mars in 2024

    South Africans Divashen Govender, Kobus Vermeulen, Adriana Marais, Edwin le Grange and Alexandra Doyle have been shortlisted as part of a group of 100 participants from across the globe looking for a one-way ticket to Mars. In 2013, the Mars One private space programme tried to raise US$400 000 on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, but only managed to raise US$313 000. Still, awareness seemed to have paid off well and the team behind this ambitious project isn’t slowing down one bit. Just over 2 000 people from across the globe initially applied to go to the red planet in nine years’...

  • The internet of ‘we': 5 digital trends that will impact your future

    We live in the age of narcissism and social media’s only making it worse. That’s a fairly common sentiment among media pundits and one which, on the face of it, has plenty of evidence to back it up. After all, they’ll argue, there’s a reason “selfie” the Oxford Dictionaries Online word of the year in 2013. And think about how we tailor the content we put out on social media. It’s meant to portray the best possible version of ourselves rather than anything accurate. Thing is, that may all be about to change. According to global management consulting company...

  • Google invests $1 billion in SpaceX as 21st century Space Race heats up

    Solar-powered drones, laser beams, internet satellites and a city on mars. These all might sound like something from a Star Wars movie, but they’re actually projects conceptualised by some of the biggest leaders in tech today. And it’s oh so exciting. As first reported by The Information, Google and Fidelity has just invested US$1-billion in the private space exploration company SpaceX, claiming 10% of the company’s shares. If anything, this cash injection reiterates that the 21st century Space Race is on. The move is complemented by the search giant and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s ambitions to conquer the space frontier within...

  • 3 game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond

    With the Internet of Things (IoT) continuing to be a hot topic throughout 2014 and across all industries — whether it’s about smart cars or intelligent appliances such as connected refrigerators — more consumers and businesses are now aware of the advantages of being connected to the internet, and so should the security professionals and business owners who are trying to ensure the safety of their organisations. As many professionals in the security industry predict, the new HD standard ‘4K Ultra HD’ is a natural next step in the industry’s ongoing strive towards more image details and larger coverage from...

  • Digital marketing in 2015: it’s all about transparency and personalisation

    Avi Dan of Forbes Magazine recently revealed what he predicted would be the top 10 future trends for 2015 in marketing. Two trends caught my eye: Transparency will become the most important tool of marketing and the imminent tsunami shift from globalisation to personalisation. So, what do these trends mean for digital marketing? Online transparency = online dominance “Here’s the thing: when consumers get used to transparency, they’re also more interested in the quality of what you sell, and are more likely to willingly pay extra. And once people start moving in that direction, the cost of being an unethical provider...

  • What can 2014’s fastest growing tech industries tell us about 2015?

    The new year has arrived at last, and it’s only natural to reflect on the happenings of the previous year. In 2014, software companies overshadowed other industries in terms of the most rapidly growing in North America. Let’s examine the fastest-growing technology industries of 2014 and discuss how these industries will impact 2015. Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Every year, Deloitte Technology Fast 500 recognizes tech’s fastest growing companies. These companies include public and private, as well as large and small. Innovative industries included are software, hardware, semiconductors, clean technology, life sciences and telecom. Analyzing the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 helps...

  • The evolution of classifieds and how sites can resonate with Millennials

    Classified advertising has evolved from paid-for print ads being visible in one edition to connecting a mass audience of buyers and sellers online, in an instant and at no cost. New technologies have been disrupting the traditional business model of classified advertising companies for the last twenty years and industry players have had to adapt their platforms to remain relevant and competitive. Mobile is undoubtedly the current key driver of the classified business, especially if companies are looking at expanding into Africa and attracting new users from across the continent. The unique mobile subscriber base in Sub-Saharan Africa is set to...

  • Bring Your Own Everything: the challenges and opportunities

    Only a few years ago, BYOD was causing headaches among CIOs around the world. Now that the BYOD battle has been largely fought and won, a new trend is emerging within the enterprise – Bring Your Own App. This new dimension in the Bring Your Own Everything (BYOx) environment can be seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, employees seeking out and using applications they are comfortable with can enhance productivity. On the other, the uncontrolled use of consumer apps raises governance and security issues. But with employees already proving that BYOD and BYO operating system can be beneficial...

  • 5 ways enterprise-level IT will change in 2015

    When we think of tech companies, our minds tend to go straight to the ones we deal with on a daily basis as consumers. It’s how we judge the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple, but the vast majority of those companies also have plays in the highly lucrative enterprise space. Heck, even Facebook is looking at introducing a product aimed at big corporations. So if everyone’s looking to get into the space, what trends should they be looking at in 2015? 1. Network functions virtualization takes off, even without SDN 2015 will see continued development of SDN...

  • Yearly Roundup: remembering 2014 in tech

    It has been an eventful year and we at Memeburn have been amidst it all. Social Media, that untamable beast, has served up some gems. This year hashtags have been causing far more social change than ever before. It appears, if anything is to be learned from hashtags this year, that they have the power to start revolutions. And with the likes of Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter growing steadily, that doesn’t seem likely to change. The tech world has also stooped to frivolously low levels and was abuzz about Kim Kardashian’s hind quarters. Big Data was also more defined this year with...