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  • The 12 steps to starting the ecommerce store you want

    Even though ecommerce only makes up one percent of retail sales in South Africa, it’s still a big and booming industry. You may want to start selling your wares online, or have a great idea for a store. Question is, where do you even get started? Starting an online store is actually quite easy, but maintaining it is another beast altogether. It’s not just about slapping a plug-in onto a WordPress site and going for it. As is the case with any company, there are a few more steps to take into account when making your dream store.

  • 1 in 3 people value their smartphones above their friends, study finds

    There's this hunk of plastic and silicon sitting on my desk right now that I'd hike a mountain to find signal for. Yes, it's my smartphone. It's such an integral part of my life, that if I lost it, I'd be pretty damn lost myself. Security company Kaspersky, in a rather fitting study, noted that one out of three consumers feel the same, and are "willing to ditch their friends for their smartphone." The study was conducted at the universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent on behalf of Kaspersky. So the results are from people who likely know a thing or...

  • Two essential tools for your business toolkit

    Organising two important areas of your business can be made a lot easier by using a couple of simple but powerful tools. Effective Leads Management and Project Management are as essential to many small businesses as they are to large corporations. Fortunately, great brains and expertise have been roped in to develop a couple of tools that make these facets of business easy to do. Sales people will tell you that it’s not enough that you market your product or service effectively if that doesn’t result in quality sales. But the sales also don’t just happen. Successful sales is a...

  • Google wins landmark legal battle against Oracle

    After almost four years of legal wrangling, a US jury has ruled in favour of Google in its long-running dispute with Oracle. The jury unanimously ruled that Google's use of Java APIs to create Android was indeed fair use. Oracle had reportedly been seeking $9-billion in damages. Oracle has indicated that it will appeal the decision however. "We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google's illegal behaviour. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case...

  • Former Konga VP Gabriel Gab-Umoden on his latest venture, Legend.ng

    Gabriel Gab-Umoden isn’t new in Nigeria’s tech space. Having served as a Vice President at ecommerce company Konga, Gabriel knew what the potentials of the ecommerce sector in Nigeria are but he surprised the industry when his next venture had absolutely nothing to do about ecommerce and was opposed to the norm in the ecosystem in Nigeria where tech companies start in Lagos before going elsewhere.

  • Netflix to be ‘exclusive US pay TV home’ for Disney, Marvel and more

    Netflix has announced an exclusive partnership with Disney, Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm in the United States. The partnership will see Netflix host the latest movies from these big-name studios later this year. "From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar," the company said in a press release. The company has also revealed its refreshed summer lineup of content - so what can US subscribers (and those using proxy services) expect? June is highlighted by the first three Jurassic Park movies and Spotlight, July will see the Back to the Future and...

  • Security management builds on integration

    Navigating the landscape of enterprise security can be daunting – the threats typically fly under the radar, and the broad array of malware, hacks and data theft shows real innovation. Worse, the level of malicious sophistication is also on the upswing. In tandem, corporate users enjoy communicating, computing and transacting business on a variety of wired and wireless networks – using multiple devices. And the threat vectors continue to grow, exponentially. Consequently, IT departments are turning to policy management platforms that give them visibility into who and what is connecting to their networks, with ways to measure and predict. They...

  • Embracing digital transformation to become always-on

    The climate today demands more from IT services. Being Always-On means more services are driven from the data centre. And with many lines of business applications providing rich data options, this drastically increases demand for storage. In order to achieve the requirement for improved service levels, businesses must ensure they have a modern data centre in place. This will be anchored by the key technologies provided by the likes of virtualisation, modern storage systems, and the cloud. Already, additional projects are gravitating towards these technologies but organisations still have a burden to meet their business requirements. Despite the influx of new technology,...

  • Is App-athy towards slow IT having a detrimental impact on business productivity?

    Improving productivity continues to be a priority for many organisations and as such, IT transformation is top of the agenda when it comes to boosting business performance. A recent study commissioned by Riverbed Technology found that companies are increasingly leveraging cloud computing, with 96% of executives using cloud-based enterprise apps at work today. However, moving to this environment is simultaneously causing a growing number of issues. The underlying concern comes down to poor application performance, ultimately brought about by organisations’ migration to the cloud. Eighty-nine percent say the poor performance of enterprise applications has negatively impacted their work on...

  • The shortage of cybersecurity workers: a boom for women and career changers?

    With news of more cybersecurity threats reported every day, it should come as no surprise that the cybersecurity job market is booming. Companies of all sizes, in all sectors, are desperate to hire people who can protect their valuable data and networks from hackers and other dangers. Consider some of these recent statistics: Currently, there are more than 200 000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. Cybersecurity job listings have increased 74% since 2011. Cisco reports that the number of cybersecurity job openings globally has topped 1 million,...

  • Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: get your dad on

    I am, at the time of this article going live, 28-years-old and have no children. I do, however, listen to talk radio and tell incredibly lame jokes. And that means I'm reasonably qualified to review the Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: a dad car with an impressive sting in the tail. Make no mistake, no one's going to think you're the coolest dad in the school-yard if you pull up in this mini-people carrier. Once you've explained to everyone why it's such a "sensible" choice though, Ford's clever 1.0l EcoBoost engine means you'll be able to burn them as...

  • Malvertising: when advertising becomes dangerous

    Over the last several months, the BBC, the New York Times, and other major news and commercial websites became victims of Malvertising attacks. What exactly is Malvertising? To understand this type of attack, we must go back to the malware basics. One of the most prominent ways malware spreads is by infecting websites and delivering drive-by attacks. When a user visits an infected site an exploit kit is activated. Once activated, the kit checks to see if the machine is vulnerable to one or more of the exploits it contains. If so, it leverages the vulnerability to install malicious...

  • You aren’t good enough: what I learned from defying average

    “You aren’t good enough”. That’s the message that’s been drilled into the majority of our heads from the day we started school. Every report card, every teacher instilling the fear of failure, and every student number doing exactly that - stating that you’re just a number. At school every report I received confirmed that I was average. I was always two percent above or below the grade average. Without fail, my teachers would put how average I am into writing: “Jacques can do better… I’m disappointed in him”. I even had teachers tell me how much I’m not like...

  • Weekly Round Up #58: smartphone launches, mobile games, Facebook F8 and geeky cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Gearburn editor Andy Walker plays host and talks to Reporter Graham van der Made and the new guy Reporter Hadlee Simons. The team discusses all the phone launches, from Huawei to HTC, the arrival of the iPhone SE in South Africa, Facebook F8, mobile games, geeky car races, and Dark Souls 3. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, a man is whacked in his head by a drone that smashed through his window. The team also talks...

  • Autonomous weapons a real concern says ‘Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’

    Killer robots and their ability to think have been a staple of science fiction for decades now. Discussions around HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Skynet from the Terminator franchise are often on everybody's lips when joking about the subject. These science fiction stories may be closer to reality than you think. On 11 April, the subject has once again been brought up at the United Nations discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, one of the aims of these talks is to start negotiating a pre-emptive ban on...