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  • These are the legacy issues preventing banks from moving to digital

    The legacy issues preventing banks from making the move to digital are predominantly related to skills, capacity, systems and strategies. These are all necessary for going down the route needed to integrate digital systems and legacy systems. Banks’ organisational structures need to be assessed for skills and development capacity, software implementation, IT infrastructure and IT teams. Overall, a bank’s organisational strategy needs to accommodate digital. Within banks there are various independently run divisions in an accelerated model. Banks need to connect all these divisions. However, they are faced with various issues which include the maturity of network infrastructures, process governance...

  • How can we narrow the ‘achievement employment gap’ among SA’s tech talent?

    We’ve all heard about the IT skills shortage. We also know that we need to encourage students into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, but do we know what our IT students experience once they’ve completed their studies? For a small handful, their IT qualification is a golden ticket to a great job. The large corporates and big consulting firms hotly pursue the top students, particularly Honours graduates. There are even signing bonuses being thrown around, to encourage the small handful of A-List students to accept these companies’ job offers. This is all well and good for these students. They...

  • Life after Dick: Twitter needs to ignore Wall Street, concentrate on users

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has resigned after five years on the job. Twitter's subscriber growth has slowed, the company recorded subscriber growth of 18 percent in the first quarter of the year, on the conference call Costolo indicated that April had been slow. Meaning that subscriber growth had slowed further. I think the problem that new Twitter followers have is that they do not understand what it is useful for. For me Twitter is a customisable news feed. You can follow people who are awesome aggregators, you can follow your favourite sportspeople, actors, politicians and so on. Moving into...

  • Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account is brilliant at converting trolls into followers

    By now we know that a good online presence can do a lot for a brand. It doesn't matter if it's two decades old or not. Just asks Sonic. The nineties Sega classic, Sonic the Hedgehog, is one of the biggest icons in the gaming world. And while the quick, blue little mammal still holds true to a much-loved character, its reputation as a game has been very controversial among fans to say the least. There's recently been an outcry from fans on social media following the announcement of the games, Sonic Dash and Angry Birds mashup alongside Sonic Boom:...

  • HTC One M9 review: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most...

  • Analytics without borders: why SA businesses need to share data

    Analytics (or rather deriving insights from data) is an emerging field in South Africa. Due to differing strategic views, lack of infrastructure, or lack of skilled resources, few companies have fully capitalised on the information available in their local markets, much less so in subsidiary markets. Given both the emergence of the field, the first stab at getting analytics to grow would be to simultaneously ensure infrastructure is in place and hiring/retaining the skilled professional. Secondly, businesses need to start thinking with numbers in mind – ensuring that reasoning, figures and insights play a significant part in the...

  • Rise of the consumer — is South Africa’s Private Shopper in the pound seat?

    Taking your business else-where can have some negative connotations, unless of course you are talking about taking it online, in which case you are possibly going to make a whole lot of money these days. That's especially true for some of the world's online shops. Ecommerce is making a big entrance all around the world. If you didn't know this, meet Instacart, a brand that has a style that resembles a stiff cocktail of companies, combining the convenience and flexibility of Uber, with a splash of Amazon and a hint of entrepreneurial intuition to make it a long island on-demand ice...

  • Why are children driving touch screen sales?

    Renowned educator, Maria Montessori once said, “The hands are the instruments of a man’s intelligence.” Given that she lived around the turn of the 20th Century, it’s safe to assume she wasn’t referring to using one’s hands as the instruments with which to operate touch screens. However, as touch technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous in our lives, and even more so in the lives of our children, it is worth exploring why children are so drawn to it and the impact it has on their intelligence – both academic and social – as well as their safety. We've seen big growth...

  • Pornhub is crowdfunding its bid to shoot a space porno

    As the Wikipedia page on the topic notes, sex in space would be difficult at best and incredibly dangerous at worst. None of that however was enough of a deterrent to stop Pornhub, one of the internet's largest adult content sites, from setting up a crowdfunding campaign to shoot a porno in space. The Indiegogo campaign, which aims to send actors Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins to space, is looking to raise US$3.4-million. The campaign doesn't provide much in the way of details when it comes to logistics (we're guessing the company knows its audience better than that), although...

  • Weekly Round Up #25: Apple special, is Apple innovating or stealing from others?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Christopher Wilton chat about Apple’s WWDC 2015 event. Today’s podcast is a special, focusing on a single event, dissecting and weighing the software that Apple launched. The event was, as all Apple events are, highly anticipated. A day before the event a Sony executives let slip that Apple Music was going to be launched. And launch it did, roping in some of the most experienced music deejays around the world. The team...

  • Don’t know which Android you should have? Google thinks it does

    Buying a new smartphone can be difficult. Even if you buy something low-end, you're likely to be outlaying a fairly significant amount of capital. Google has attempted to take a little pain out of the process with the launch of Which Android, a tool which aims to help you decide which Android device you should buy. The site starts off by getting you to select a number of categories for what you're likely to use your phone for, including music, fitness, being productive, social media and gaming. From there, you're asked to get a little more specific around those...

  • Instagram opens feed to businesses to increase revenues

    Instagram has expanded its ad product offering as it looks become a financially viable entity. The Facebook-owned company announced on its blog that it is making advertising available to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Instagram’s announcement comes at a time of significant growth at the company. Instagram has expanded the offering to eight countries around the globe, and the social networking site is one of the most popular for brand marketing today. This system enables businesses to target marketing at their direct user base. This also means that users who want to get in touch with small, medium...

  • 3 Productivity apps even app haters will love

    Maybe you treat your phone as nothing more than a classic telephone that also happens to have the ability to send texts and emails. Maybe, to you, apps are at best clutter and at worst interfere with your phone’s basic functions more than the iPhone’s pull-down stock widget. (Average use of that widget: “Let me just find that address real quick…well, the Dow is up.”) If you’re one of those app-adverse people, that’s okay; this list is for you. These apps make the three core functions of your phone easier to use and if you try them out and...

  • This is why I won’t run another startup

    Earlier this year, I closed my startup. So now I get to reflect on what I’d have done differently. Hindsight is unfair and inaccurate, but I still enjoy its lessons. This is one, a note to my future self: "Don’t call your projects ‘startups’". It’s a semantic trick, but a really important one. Here’s why. Startups have become a commodity in an industry of startup conferences, websites, courses and competitions. As founders of young organisations, we struggle to distinguish genuine guidance and support from the distracting pizzazz of the startup industry, where we’re just the product, not the customer. Lured...

  • Another fabulous day in Wellington Wells: ‘We Happy Few’ launches on Kickstarter

    Last week Canadian-based indie developer, Compulsion Games, launched its Kickstarter campaign for We Happy Few, a pleasingly twisted horror survival game set in a “1960’s dystopian world” where everyone is on happy drugs. Imagine Tim Burton and Ken Levine did acid and decided to make game and you will have a pretty good idea of what We Happy Few is all about. I can’t wait. Their current goal is to raise CA$250 000 for the development of the game that is set to be released on Windows PC somewhere in 2016. If their endeavour proves to be successful it will...