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  • Google brings more specific traffic alerts to SA

    Checking your smartphone for commute times has become the norm for millions of people around the world. Google pioneered this function with Google Now, but Apple and Microsoft were quick to copy the feature for their respective platforms. The Mountain View company stepped its game up in November last year, moving beyond generic "25 minutes to work" alerts. Instead, the company delivered specific traffic notifications in Google Maps, offering spoken alerts and notifications about traffic conditions. Now, South Africans, Nigerians and Kenyans can get in on the action too, the company announced. "Just in time for you to hit the road, we're updating Google Maps with new traffic alerts to...

  • Card-free SIMs are vital to an Open IoT Ecosystem

    Ultimately, the Internet of Things (IoT) will only reach its full potential if it benefits consumers and makes life more convenient on a worldwide scale. Coming home to an apartment in New York at the right temperature with an oven that is pre-heated and lights that turn on ten minutes before you arrive is no longer a dream. Thanks to smartphone apps, it’s a reality. But the benefits of IoT extend far beyond household appliances. Smart connected trucks can be tracked by fleet managers in real time. Vending machines in Chicago directly alert vending machine distributors when stocks...

  • The fintech revolution is here and disrupting banking, Bitcoin not so much…

    I have just returned from Money2020 in Copenhagen, effectively Disneyland for anyone interested in the fintech space. Themed "The Centre of the Revolution", the conference brought together the leading lights of the financial service industry, VC funds and also technological innovators. Just under 4 000 delegates from 70 Countries heard from 422 speakers including leading lights such as Sir Michael Morris, Chairman of Sequoia Capital, Carlos Torres Villa CEO, BBVA, Nicolas Huss, CEO Visa Europe, Blythe Masters CEO Digital Asset holdings as well as the head of Mastercard, the VP of Amazon payments, the CEO of Visa, The COO of...

  • Here’s where you can get the iPhone SE in South Africa

    Today's a big day if you've been waiting for a small phone. The 4.0-inch iPhone SE will hit stores tomorrow, 15 April, and stores will undoubtedly be crammed with Apple fans just itching to touch its smooth metal face. But before we wax lyrical about Cupertino's latest handset, we round up the list of stockists where you can get hold of one and do it yourself. We'll be sure to regularly update this piece as more information is made available, and as more stores stock the device. Read more on Gearburn.

  • SSL: The unchecked security blind spot

    When changing lanes on the highway, you would first indicate to make other drivers aware of your intentions and then check your blind spot to make sure it was safe to switch lanes. Those safety measures, which only take a few seconds, could be the difference between arriving at your destination safely and causing a massive pile-up with potentially fatal consequences. Yet we see this recklessness all the time – on the information superhighway, that is. We’re facing a bit of a conundrum in the security industry. In order to effectively protect company networks, we need full visibility of the network...

  • 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...

  • Shuttleworth Foundation on the hunt for social innovators

    The Shuttleworth Foundation is on the hunt for social innovators to join its 2016 Fellowship intake. This year, the foundation says, it's particularly interested in "ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement". Founded by South African tech icon Mark Shuttleworth, the Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. Since 2000, it has promoted African education in Maths, Science and Technology, as well as innovative ideas for social change. The aim of the fellowship grant is to multiply the money they put into their own...

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull’s hypercar: 3 reasons it could be truly glorious

    A British luxury car-maker and an energy drink brand from Austria. When it comes to hypercar collaborations, that doesn’t sound anything like a match made in heaven, does it? Well, the two are indeed teaming up to build what they describe as a “ground-breaking” new hypercar. Indeed, the odd couple says its upcoming creation will “represent the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports-car design”. Of course, these days, Red Bull is more than a mere peddler of caffeine-infused beverages. The 32-year-old brand has numerous business interests, and has made a particular habit of purchasing and rebranding...

  • Facebook will let users save external web pages to read later

    Facebook's save button is one of the more useful features on the social network, allowing users to effectively bookmark an article for later reading. In fact, the social network revealed that over 250-million people have used the feature since its inception back in 2014. The function has its limits though, as you can only save articles that were shared on Facebook. So if you were browsing the web and came across a great article, you'd need to either bookmark it or use a third-party service like Pocket to save it for later. Save articles on other websites Now, the social network has announced save button support for external websites...

  • The King of the Monsters is back in Godzilla Resurgence

    Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, is back and this time, he's not American. For the first time in 12 years, original production house Toho is creating a new Godzilla movie Resurgence is reported to be a reboot of the Japanese Godzilla movies, which has already been through a few reboots. The last Godzilla movie released by Toho was Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but we at least see the Goliath stomping around Tokyo and being attacked by humans to no avail. While the Legendary Pictures movie (and the horrendous 2008 movie) was showered in...

  • The world thinks I faked a drone crashing through my office window and into my head

    It’s 5:25pm on a Thursday and I am just about to post an onboard video from my latest Ferrari test drive when I hear a whistle instantly followed by an extremely loud bang, glass flying all over me and a huge thump to my head. Drone Crash. Into Head. What actually happened was that two guys were flying a drone in a densely populated area in Cape Town, the lost control of it and it smashed into my 5th story office window and into my face. Initially I thought a bomb had gone off, but once I opened my eyes and checked...

  • Special Podcast #15: Attila Narin, Amazon Web Services, talks cloud, startups, data centres

    When Amazon launched way back in 1994, it was a way for Jeff Bezos to sell books online. And while you can still get all the best-sellers you want through the ecommerce giant, there's so much more to it than that. In fact, one of the company's fastest-growing divisions is Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- its collection of cloud computing services. In Q4 of 2015, it brought in US$2.4-billion in revenue. One of the major players ensuring that it maintains that kind of importance is Attila Narin, Head of Technology and Solutions Architecture at AWS EMEA. What many people...

  • What will it take to drive mainstream smart home adoption in SA?

    The results of the Intel Security International Internet of Things Smart Home Survey are in. The survey polled over 9000 consumers in nine countries of various economic and developmental standings, and the results show that people are excited about the prospect of bringing IoT solutions into their homes, but that they also have concerns about the safety of these devices. And rightly so. Smart homes offer many benefits for homeowners. Firstly, they can reduce the admin associated with managing your home, giving you valuable insights into the running costs of your water and electricity, for example. Secondly, by automating...

  • Smart cities: 5 security areas CIOs should watch

    Car navigation systems that can predict where and when traffic jams might occur, by siphoning data from sensors in roads and other vehicles. Cameras that can spot litter in public places and call in the cleaning crew. Self-adjusting street lamps. These are just a few of the scenarios that could become commonplace as smart cities take hold over the next few years. Driven by rising urbanisation and fuelled by technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, smart cities are on the cusp of explosive growth. Glasgow, Barcelona, Nice, New York City, London and Singapore have...

  • 3 lessons learned from revolutionary changes in the ecommerce space

    With ecommerce rates increasing each year and becoming such a large part of the economy, a tipping point is fast-awaiting many retailers. Ecommerce in 2016 is set for a major revolution. People love to shop. People especially love to shop online because of the comfort it gives them to shop where everything is accessible anytime and anywhere. This access is exceptional - and not just for shoppers. Retailers also get 24/7 access to their customers, residing in different corners of the world. As a result, ecommerce has significantly changed the business model and revised the way shoppers approach...