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  • Julius Akinyemi: Africa needs to harness big data to really innovate

    Africa needs to start using big data to solve its issues. But before this can happen, it needs to understand how to leverage this data to its advantage. That's the word from Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based thought leader Julius Akinyemi, who today spoke about the importance of harnessing big data on the African continent at the SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town. Akinyemi's recently also cut the ribbon to introduce the continent’s latest tech cluster for innovation, Workshop17, of which he is a co-founder. Apart from pointing out the importance of collaboration and communities, Akinyemi spoke about the need to for...

  • Elizabeth Gould, Derrick Kotze on the need to catalyse collaboration in Africa

    Memeburn recently sat down with Elizabeth Gould (pictured right), the CEO of programming academy CodeX, and Derrick Kotze who's the CEO of African developer and startup hub initiative mLabs. Alongside the South African entrepreneurship network, Silicon Cape, both CodeX and mLabs are key residents of Workshop17 -- a tech cluster that officially opened its doors this week. In the interview, Gould and Kotze share their insights with Jacques Coetzee about uplifting skill development and creating environments that are empowering South African developers and entrepreneurs. The trio also chatted about why it's important to drive initiatives such as Workshop17 to further collaboration and...

  • Facebook makes ‘Donate Now’ button a permanent feature

    Facebook has officially made the "Donate Now" feature a permanent feature, making it available to any Page worldwide that labels itself a non-profit organisation. According to Facebook, the feature is aimed at "making it easier than ever for non-profit Page owners to connect with people who care about their cause". Read more: Facebook launches campaign against Ebola, including ‘Donate Now’ button “Every day, people use Facebook to raise awareness and support for causes they care about and to motivate others to do the same," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We're inspired by how much good comes from these connections, so we've added 'Donate...

  • Next Online Tuesday South Africa event to explore ‘your craft’

    The next Online Tuesday South Africa event, which takes place on 8 September, will explore the theme "What is your craft?". The event speakers, who include Hello Pretty Head of Strategy and Social Lee Geldenhuys and League of Beers founder Rob Heyns, will talk about how technology has empowered them to turn what would once have been hobby crafts into full-scale businesses. Hello Pretty serves as online marketplace for 1 288 design entrepreneurs and enables them to embed their online stores into their websites as well as Facebook brand pages. League of Beeers meanwhile is an online craft beer store...

  • Lenovo Africa wants South Africans to share ‘goodweird’ ideas

    Lenovo Africa is looking to reward South Africans for who come up with creative and innovative ideas around the theme "Goodweird". The campaign, which appears to be a celebration of the Chinese electronic giant's Yoga range, will see Lenovo give six people -- two from Gauteng, two from Kwa-Zulu Natal and two from the Cape Region -- tablets, laptops and R30 000 study bursaries. Read more: Lenovo: why the world’s biggest PC maker isn’t really a PC company any more According to a release sent to Memeburn: #GoodweirdSA will call on South African millennials to share their creative ideas on what Goodweird...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • Uber partners with Bharti Airtel to allow Airtel Money payments in India

    Uber is making serious moves in India. After recently introducing cash payments, it's now partnering with Bharti Airtel to allow users to make payments for trips with Airtel’s mobile wallet, Airtel Money. The partnership between Bharti Airtel, the largest wireless carrier in India and third largest wireless carrier in the world, and Uber, the ride hailing service, is meant to allow for hassle free payments. Users in India can already pay with credit card and cash and now those with Airtel Money will have a third option. The partnership also extends further than payments for rides. Additionally, Mumbaikars, Uber says,...

  • Google trying out tool that’ll marry your foodporn with Maps

    Google wants your food photos. According to a report on Android Police, the internet giant is testing out a feature that will allow you to upload your foodporn to Google Maps. The feature will reportedly detect when photos are taken at restaurants and other places where food is served and offer to attach them to the establishment's location. Right now the feature is only available to "Level 3" and above Local Guides -- meaning people who've contributed more than 50 reviews as part of the Local Guides programme. The feature appears to borrow extensively from an experimental food photography...

  • Dropbox now allows users to drag and drop URLs for later viewing

    Dropbox's latest update, which allows users to drag and drop URLs, looks pretty impressive. The update means that users can now save links in Dropbox on the web, desktop, and mobile and open them later as webpages on Dropbox and access them from any device. This feature is useful if, for instance, you want to save links at work and read them on your commute or at home. Read more: Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more The update “means you can take your bookmarks anywhere, instead of having them confined to a certain browser on a certain computer....

  • AlwaysOn, Uber testing WiFi for UberBLACK rides

    The ever-popular and controversial passenger transport company, Uber, is partnering with AlwaysOn to offer South Africans Wifi in select UberBlack rides. In a newsletter today, the popular WiFi hotspot provider AlwaysOn announced this new partnership with Uber. You may have already used AlwaysOn as they supply most shopping malls, takeaway outlets -- such as KFC and McDonalds, Vida Cafe, as well as partnering with Samsung to give away free data to its users. This new offering is currently in the testing phase but sounds rather interesting. Read more: Desperate for free Wi-Fi? Try taking a ride in a South African minibus taxi According to the...

  • Ashley Madison user data now leaks online, possibly includes 175k South Africans

    A few weeks back, we reported that popular infidelity website Ashely Madison had been hacked. Hacker group Impact Team, threatened to release user data it had acquired if the website wasn't taken down by parent company, Avid Life Media. All user details have now been leaked. The account details of an estimated 32-million users of the social networking site have been dumped online for the world to see. The data leak includes information of the estimated 175 000 South Africans, who are probably not having a great week with their spouses. The file is 9.7GB in size and was dumped to the...

  • Tshwane citizens can now make calls, download movies using free WiFi

    If you live in Tshwane, you'll be pleased to learn that you can now use the city's free WiFi offering to make phone calls and download movies. The city, thanks largely to a partnership with non-profit Project Isizwe, has offered free WiFi some time now. Executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa today announced that three new services, WiFi Voice, Drive In and WiFi Chat will be added from today. WiFi Chat is a web-based platform for information and feedback, as well as a new service delivery mechanism where users can log queries and complaints. With Wi-Fi Voice users connected to the Tshwane...

  • First Bitcoin academy launches in Africa to teach people about digital currency, blockchain

    The Bitcoin Academy is the first of its kind in Africa. The new company will focus on bitcoin and blockchain development courses, and is located at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town. The aim of Bitcoin Academy is to educate those wanting to know more about Bitcoin, blockchains, as well as developers wanting to integrate the exciting technology. The organisation is founded by Sonya Kuhnel, who's the founder of Bitcoin Payments and Bitcoin Events. Kuhnel says there has been much resistance towards the digital currency: When I first started in the bitcoin space, I encountered significant resistance towards digital currencies from...

  • These South African kids rock Adobe, Microsoft Office like no one’s business

    Did you know that there were global championships for the Adobe software suite and for Microsoft Office? And did you know that South African teenagers medalled at both? No? It's okay, neither did we. But it's true. Tiffany Onderstall, a 19-year-old student at Inscape Education Group, beat 88 000 worldwide competitors and more than 30 finalists to win second place in the 2015 Adobe Certified Associate World Championship. Samantha Knupp, a student at Elkanah House High School, beat 600 000 worldwide competitors to win third place in the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. Both competitions were hosted by...

  • Loeries 2015: All the digital and interactive winners

    While digital may be playing an increasingly important part at The Loeries, South Africa's premiere awards showcase, the big awards are still going to big agencies. That much was evident on Saturday night when the winners in the digital and interactive categories were announced. Overall 33 awards were handed out in the digital and interactive categories, with Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg walking away with the only Grand Prix for the night. The industry giant won for its KFC SoundBite campaign, which comprised a music platform that turns the restaurant’s regular tables into interactive audio tables which they can use...