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  • Big Data: the reality for smart businesses

    Over the past couple of years Big Data has been part of every single conversation between business leaders, IT decision makers and public stakeholders. But Big Data is much more than a buzzword or the latest technology hype. It is now a reality. Businesses are doing their best to figure out how to harness, understand and most importantly to leverage it. As the volume of data generated by companies, consumers or public services explodes (expectations are that by 2020 we will have 50 times more data than today – source: Cisco IBSG, April 2011), data strategies are being put...

  • Uber comes of age and gets a new look, logo and branding

    The next time you see Uber, you might not recognise it. That is because the company has had a massive aesthetic makeover to rival all of Donatella Versace's. The new Uber branding, according to CEO Travis Kalanick, celebrates the company's technology, as well as the cities it serves. Uber has grown to be a food and package delivery service and is no longer just the ride hailing service that it was when it began. It is that the company CEO points towards as the reason for the branding change. The new look Uber has been in the works for two years...

  • Is Bitcoin about to seriously take off in SA?

    Amid the current global economic turmoil the largely misunderstood and somewhat maligned cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has come into the spotlight as a realistic foil for existing payment methods. While the Bitcoin debate rages, fuelled by the emergence of the mistifying Blockchain, the trend is clear: more and more people are using it. This is evident in the 236,175 transactions per day seen in January. Cryptocurrency experts with their feet firmly planted in emerging and developed markets believe that the Bitcoin adoption curve is about to head northwards. Their assertion is that more merchants will start accepting it, especially when the...

  • Uber users in China can now pay with Alipay when travelling

    With an actual population of over 1.4 billion and an internet population of 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million accessing the internet on their smartphones, it is no mystery why many tech companies are looking to establish a footprint in China. Uber has announced a new partnership with Alipay. The ride hailing service announced that its China users will now be able to pay for their rides using Alipay when they are travelling outside of mainland China to other regions. According to the company, during China’s week-long ‘National Day’ holiday in 2015, Uber...

  • Uber basks in phenomenal SA growth

    On-demand driving service Uber has seen phenomenal growth since launching in South Africa in 2013. The Silicon Valley startup has been taking the world by storm since 2011, but its growth in South Africa has been faster than many other countries. This is according to Regional General Manager of Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits. "In a short space of time, we're doing tens of thousands of trips per day, with thousands of drivers on our system. South Africa is a really great example of Uber’s growth in a marketplace. In 2014 we helped facilitate more than one million trips and doubled...

  • Blockchain, brick and mortar, Deloitte Digital: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    I am breathing in. I am breathing out. Sometimes you just need to forget everything else and concentrate on those two things. That doesn't really have anything to do with the most popular articles on Memeburn this week, but it's something useful to hold onto as you go into the weekend. Anyway, a variety of stories piqued your interest this week, including a Bitcoin and blockchain conference, setting realistic social media goals, and Deloitte Digital's acquisition of fintech agency Jinja Interactive. 5. Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 reveals speaker list The 12 official speakers for Blockchain...

  • PopiMedia, ‘that’ billboard, digital’s state of emergency: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    Take a moment. Breathe. You've made it to Friday and you've got the weekend to look forward to. Before you throw off those pants and crash on the couch though, take a look at what's caught the attention of the Memeburn readership this week. From a major acquisition, to opinions on the state of digital media and the latest incidence of social media furor to hit South Africa, these were the five most read articles on Memeburn over the past seven days. 5. PayU appoints ex-PayPal exec as CEO Naspers-owned payment services provider PayU on Tuesday announced the...

  • We’re buying more devices, but spending less on them

    The global hunger for devices shows no sign of abating, with 2.4-billion units expected to ship in 2016, a 1.9% increase from 2015. At the same time however, the amount we're willing to spend on devices is shrinking. That's according to technology research house Gartner, which says that end-user spending in constant US dollars is expected to decline 0.5% for the first time in 2016. One major factor playing a role in the global device market, Gartner says, is country-level economic conditions. “It’s clear that vendors can no longer market their products with the mind of only targeting the...

  • Rising US dollar sees IT spend stagnate

    Global IT spending is forecast to total US$3.54-trillion dollars in 2016. That's a big number, but it's only 0.6% larger than it was in 2015 and is actually significantly smaller (by around US$216-billion dollars) than the amount spent in 2014. That's according to technology research house Gartner, which notes that a large reason for the decline in spending is a rising US dollar. As a consequence, IT spend isn't expected to hit 2014 levels until at least 2019. "The rising US dollar is the villain behind 2015 results," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "US multinationals' revenue...

  • Five big data trends that will impact South Africa in 2016

    The use of Big Data has seen spectacular in South Africa over the past two years. It has helped businesses to reduce costs, be more innovative and gain a competitive advantage. While there are a number of technical definitions for Big Data, it simply refers to applying scientific principles to data in order to produce actionable insights. Here are five trends on the growth of Big Data and how it is actively being used by businesses. 1. It is now being offered at universities The Big Data hype has come with an increase in awareness of how collecting and analysing...

  • Learning languages, Tesla, Uber: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    In comparison to the raking anger which the year started with, the past week has seemed remarkably calm. Heck, even the stories you were most interested in this week contained a lot less rage and vitriol. In fact, if the stats are anything to go by, you're far more interested in learning a new language than anything else. Other topics that piqued your interest were revelations that Tesla has no plans to build a Gigafactory in South Africa, the #ZumaMustFall campaign's call for mass social media action and the latest in Uber's plans for world domination. These were the...

  • 10 reasons why now is the right time to upgrade to SSD

    Your computer has a new choke point that can be easily remedied with a single hardware upgrade. At one time computers were slowed by weak processors or dial-up Internet connections. Now that multi-core CPU’s and broadband access are ubiquitous, the rate-limiting step is your spinning mechanical hard drive. Booting up your computer is a normal expected inconvenience…two to three minutes of idle time wasted as you stare at the hour glass icon while your computer diligently reloads the operating system and programs from the hard drive to system memory. Hard drive maintenance (defragging, error checking, and virus scans)...

  • Uber reveals the next phase in its quest for global domination — and it’s pretty damn cool

    The scale of Uber’s ambitions became a little clearer this week as the company announced a new feature “Trip Experiences” for users who are riding in an Uber. According to tech blog The Verge, Trip Experiences “will allow third-party apps the ability to serve up notifications, content, or ads to its users during their trips.” What does this mean? Essentially, customers in the backseat of an Uber become a captive audience during their ride. If they are looking for entertainment, they can be served some music, or some short viral videos; on a way to a meeting they can receive...

  • 3 ways to find value in your unstructured data

    Big data is crashing through the business world like a tidal wave, doubling in size every two years. While some companies are successfully riding the wave, others are either hesitant to get their toes wet, or they’re drowning in their attempts to do so. The sheer size of the data boom is daunting, and the most common issue plaguing enterprises is that they only have the ability to immediately analyze 20 percent of the data they generate. This easy-to-evaluate information is known as “structured” data — consistent, well-formatted, tagged metrics that are typically derived by technology (IoT sensors, inventory...

  • New online tool claims it can teach you a new language 1.5X faster than Duolingo

    So how are your New Year's Resolutions going? Have you reached the stage where you panic because you have no idea how you're going achieve them? Well if learning a new language was one of your resolutions, then you might want to have a look at LanguageZen. The tool, which is still coming out of Beta claims to "adapt to every learner and is scientifically proven to be the fastest way to learn a new language". Right now the only language available on LanguageZen is Spanish, although it promises that more languages are coming in the near future. Within those...