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  • Don’t let the touch screen replace the personal touch

    In this always-connected world where anyone is just a click of a button away, too many of us are concentrating on the button instead of the customer. We can email anything to anyone, so we do. We can send sales pitches via SMS or Facebook, and forget that face to face may be more successful. When we do get face to face, there is still a technology barrier between us. At conferences the audience is more likely to be Tweeting or checking emails than really concentrating on the speaker. Even if a businessman presents to just three people, there could...

  • Pick n Pay blunders, ShowMax launches: 5 Memeburn posts you loved this week

    It's been an interesting seven days in tech. Internationally, headlines were dominated by the release of user data from dating site Ashley Madison. Locally meanwhile, most of the attention was on Naspers as it launched video on demand service ShowMax. Hardly surprising then that those also happened to be two of the stories you most enjoyed reading this week. The Ashely Madison hackers released the user data of millions of the site's users, including an estimated 175 000 South Africans, after previously warning the site that they were in possession of the data. The leak has seen people frantically...

  • Here are the people making the most money from tech

    Did you know the net worth of the 100 richest tech geeks in the world is equal to $842.9 billion? Neither did we until we took a peek at Forbes’ latest report on the 100 richest tech billionaires around the world and tallied up the goods. What about the fact that just over half of the top 100 -- 51 percent -- are from the United States? Even more surprising is the stat that 40% of those 100 tech giants live in the state of California, the tech capital of the US. But you're probably more interested in seeing who is...

  • Internet censorship: why governments are against what people want

    How can an administration that started out with the world’s greatest slogan – Power to the People – get things so wrong? Pro-consumer principles in four simple words ... as policy guidance for the age of the informed consumer, you can’t get more focused than that. Yet our rulers now shun people-friendly positioning in favour of the apartheid era attitude that ‘we know what’s best’. They might deny they’re control freaks, but they sure look like control enthusiasts. These enthusiasts now want to control social media. Under nonsensical government proposals, host sites will have to set up filters to block content deemed objectionable....

  • From standing desks to dual monitors: which office setups boost productivity?

    Whether you're working from home or working in an office, sometimes the way you have your computer and desk set up can hinder your productivity. Sound a little crazy? Try working on a laptop in your living room, sitting on the couch in front of your TV. It sure sounds great, but it's not ideal for your work habits. You'll find yourself distracted in no time. It begs the question: What are some ways you can set up a work environment to be more productive? Standing desk It doesn't matter if you're working from a traditional desktop or a more portable laptop,...

  • Rich media can enhance business training: here’s how

    Media is all around us. It is an active component in learning strategies that has enhanced employee and employer relationships. Whether it’s a film clip, a song, or a podcast from a lecture—it makes no difference. Statistics have proven that media is an excellent tool for enhancing learning. Think of it as a bridge between trainees and the knowledge they need. The use of media encourages individuals to engage in the materials, and it results in a greater retention level. It illustrates the concepts the trainer wants to convey in a new and radical way. Many corporate training programmes utilise...

  • CiTi shows-off Cape Town’s virtual reality talents

    Anyone up-to-date with the latest trends in tech will tell you that virtual reality (VR) is seriously big. If the hype around the technology at E3 isn't a give-away, then the US$2-billion acquisition of Oculus Rift by Facebook last year surely is. Tech giants like Microsoft, Sony and HTC are all entering this space, each with their own clever offering in the field of VR and augmented reality (AR). Read more: More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015 While most of the commercial hardware products are only set for release within the next year or so, creatives are already...

  • Can these guys ensure that drones really take off in South Africa?

    After herding the cows off the field, it was all systems go. About a dozen or so South African drone enthusiasts gathered around to race, play and learn about flying machines at a demarcated zone in Bergvliet, just outside of Cape Town. The event was the culmination of local makers initiative Curiosity Campus' first Drone Academy -- a course that teaches budding unmanned aerial vehicle (or just UAV) geeks all about the trending technology. "We want to help satisfy South Africa’s curiosity about this new technology, and show them that it’s more accessible than they think," Neil Bekker from Curiosity...

  • 5 Memeburn posts you went crazy for this week

    Another seven days have passed, edging you ever closer do your date with the Grim Reaper. But seriously, time passes quickly and it's not always possible to keep up with all the latest goings on in the world around you. Even if you're the kind of person who's usually obsessed with current affairs, we can all fall behind from time to time. After all, you can easily get snowed under at work in the face of a relentless onslaught of deadlines. Or maybe you've just come back from holiday somewhere quiet with no internet connectivity. Either way, we've got...

  • What basic things can you do to limit load shedding’s effects on your business?

    Load shedding is set to be part of our lives in South Africa for the foreseeable future, bringing with it inconvenience and expense for all citizens, not to mention the business landscape. While the digital environment we tend to operate in and rely on brings with it significant benefits for doing business, without power it can be quite the stumbling block. And while big businesses may be able to absorb the costs of generators to keep operations up and running, small and medium sized businesses can find themselves in a more vulnerable position, with some resorting to shutting down...

  • 5 Memeburn posts you loved this week

    Plenty can happen in a week, and keeping up with it all can be terrifyingly difficult. In between the piles of work sitting in your inbox, the demands of modern life, and other cliches around being busy, trying to keep up with what's going on the world can seem overwhelming. We don't doubt that you do everything in your power to read your favourite technology news site (that would be us), but we totally understand if things have been particularly busy at work -- or if you've been relaxing on island with no internet connectivity. In fact, we're here...

  • Data analytics combined with old-school business principles can retain clicks

    Online customers vote with their clicks in terms of what they’re after, how they navigate and why they abandon sites. Data analytics not only helps a business measure what it’s doing, but informs decisions that lead to better sites. Technology and the power behind it is becoming more sophisticated and for businesses relying on their websites to convert clicks to sales, a rapid response to digital disruption is key. However, old school business tactics never die and companies can still employ these traditional methods to bring customers, products or services together. Mobile is the playground of an always-connected customer who...

  • How modern phone systems could be a boon for researchers and scientists

    It's a fairly obvious conclusion that medical researchers, doctors and scientists need to stay up to date with the latest technologies in order to function properly and effectively. Technology is always changing and advancing, enabling the medical field to work more efficiently and communicate better with colleagues, patients, contacts and clients. Communication is, of course, an essential part of the medical field, as decisions must be made in a timely fashion and the proper information reaching the right people is an important objective of many tasks throughout the course of a regular workday. However, one area in which many...

  • What you need to know about effectively harnessing unstructured data for business benefit

    The effective use of unstructured data offers organisations a genuine competitive advantage, however, it is extremely difficult to take full advantage of the enormous volumes of unstructured data out there. This is because in a typical business, only around 20% of its content is structured data, while the other 80% is of the unstructured variety. Such unstructured information encompasses everything from files stored in shared drives, through to e-mails and messages that are part of an online conversation. All of these contain data and information, but by its nature it is not easily discoverable. A major challenge with unstructured...

  • Should you consider getting a digital productivity coach?

    Do you work hard and go the extra mile, but feel like you’re on a treadmill and can never quite catch up? Do you struggle to stay on top of the emails, phone calls, and tasks that come at you every day? Do you feel like you’re constantly being pulled in different directions and never able to focus on one thing at a time? Keeping up with today’s pace can be a huge challenge – every day things seem to be happening faster and faster. There’s too much information to process, too many messages to answer, too many people to please, and...