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  • How SA consumers are really driving omni-channel retail

    South African retailers are increasingly feeling the same, pressing consumer demand for ubiquity that has shaped and developed omni-channel retailing in more mature markets, says Nic Robertson, head of new business development for Media 24 Ecommerce. It’s a monumental consumer challenge that is driving completely new business models for the retail industry. What buyers expect is seamless, intelligent brand touch points across the multiplicity of devices that they use and the plethora platforms where they interact, be they off– or online. And, they want to engage with a brand or retailer, whenever they choose. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Here’s what Comedy Central had to say about Trevor Noah’s controversial old tweets

    Comedy Central is standing by Trevor Noah, the South African comedian it’s chosen to replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Just hours after Noah was appointed to one of the most influential positions in American TV, he was already the at the centre of a controversy surrounding his old tweets. Fans of the show scouring Noah’s tweets found a handful that they felt were offensive to women, Jewish people, and Israelis. Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car! —...

  • Memeburn goes back to the future with Y2K – Cyber rebrand [Update]

    Memeburn is set to undergo a strategic rebrand, which will see it ditch the name and logo that has helped make it one of South Africa’s most respected and popular technology news sites. The new name, Y2K — Cyber, take its cue from the halcyon days of the dotcom boom as does the retro feel of the branding. Fun fonts, a space-inspired background and an assertive tagline all come together to reflect an online publisher that knows where its future lies. “It all makes sense when you think about,” says Memeburn senior reporter Stuart Thomas. “Instagram was inspired by...

  • The digital experience needs to be about the customer

    It’s a dog eat dog world in the business sector as organisations scramble to find differentiators that enable them stand out from the competition. Disruptive technologies are changing how we do business, yet it isn’t the technology vendors nor software stacks that are providing the cutting edge. It’s the next step in the evolution of customer experience: the digital experience. According to a report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the impact of digitisation is so powerful that it has replaced regulation as the top concern for retail banks. A separate study by Accenture and Oxford Economics has also revealed...

  • City of Cape Town bans selfies at tourist hotspots, will impose hefty fines [update]

    It seems like the world is finally starting to crack down on selfies. Following a series of bans from the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, the City of Cape Town has recently banned selfies and selfie sticks after a series of misdemeanours and hefty fines this South African summer. “People taking selfies with their smartphones are often reckless,” said Cape Town’s councillor for Tourism, Events & Marketing Abraham Disimynami in a statement to Memeburn. “Tourists are the main perpetrators in this instance.” He explained that in January this year an Australian couple managed to injure themselves...

  • Facebook’s Scrapbook gives parents a new way to archive their kid’s photos

    Facebook is rolling out a new feature. The feature, Scrapbook, gives parents a simple and more organise way of uploading photos of their children, allowing an easy way for them to chronicle their lives. The feature also makes use of Facebook’s options. Parents can have their Scrapbook’s as private albums, or share them with family and other Facebook friends. The reason to have this feature available, Facebook says, is to give parents who are already sharing and tagging photos of their children a better experience. The new feature allows parents to collect the photos into one place and make...

  • This Tidal promo video will make you hate the world’s most successful musicians

    Yesterday Jay Z relaunched Tidal, the Swedish music streaming service he bought a few months back for US$56-million. At the same time, he launched a video showing a gathering of the ultra-famous musicians he’s brought on-board in a bid to ensure that the service doesn’t flop right away. We have to warn you though, they don’t exactly come off as likable. From the moment that Jay Z informs the world that “we’re going to change the course of history,” to the closing title screen, you’re assaulted with nausea-inducing levels of cringe-worthiness. Whatever the artistic merits of the musicians signed...

  • App revenues on course to hit $99bn by 2019

    There’s still money to be made in apps and not just from massive acquisitions either. According to mobile research house Juniper Research, annual revenues from apps accessed via smartphones and tablets are expected to reach US$99-billion by 2019. The majority of these revenues, the company says, will continue to come from games for the next five years. It adds however that the highest growth will likely be experienced in areas such as lifestyle applications (such as dating and navigation) and eBooks. Dating especially looks set to go big. Juniper’s research shows that a significant proportion of online dating activity is...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...

  • The cre-haters: the 5 languages of marketing love

    Gary Chapman penned the Five Love Languages in 1995. It speaks to the different needs that individuals require in a relationship, such as physical touch, acts of service, gifts, quality time, and words of affirmation. These emotional connections are not only specific to the relationship between partners on a 50 Shades level, but also apt when it comes to the way in which brands should engage with their target market and existing consumers. Physical Touch Each day, consumers are bombarded by more advertising than they were the previous day. More than 100 hours of video content are uploaded to YouTube, alone, every...

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It’s easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Insuring your future: this is the tech that’ll keep you safe when you’re on holiday [Sponsored]

    ‘Insuring your future‘ is a four-part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the second article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to ensure that your holidays are as safe as possible. Going on holiday: it’s that elusive point in the distance that most office workers, and pretty much every school kid, spends months looking forward to. It’s a break from your day-to-day routine and a chance to reset and unwind. It is, in short, good for you. But...

  • Why it’s important for SA startups to adopt a social impact mindset

    South Africa doesn’t have the biggest startup scene in the world. As was recently made clear by CodeX founder Elizabeth Gould’s brilliant article on why Cape Town will never be Silicon Valley, the country’s tech hubs have their own flavours, and we should all come to terms with that. Better yet, we should take advantage of that. Reiterating what Lumkani’s David Gluckman told Ventureburn a little while ago when the startup won a social entrepreneurship award: “There’s an engine that operates in an entrepreneur from an emerging market that’s super unique and exciting.” Read more on Ventureburn.

  • SA retailers need to get to grips with location-based messaging

    The retail industry is faced with the challenges of maintaining market share and profits and while international companies are fast to adopt and exploit new marketing opportunities provided by location-based technologies, local companies have been slow to adopt and maximize the full potential of these mobile technologies. Reasons for the lack of uptake are often due to the infancy of their overall mobile strategies or because retailers quite simply do not know how to harness location based messaging to support their businesses. Many also have the misconception that implementing these advanced tools will prove highly complex, time consuming and expensive. But...

  • This aerial photo gives you a sense of how big Facebook’s one-room HQ is

    Facebook has moved into its new headquarters in Menlo Park, California and, as you can see in the photo above, it’s not exactly small. That scale becomes even more impressive when you remember that it comprises a single room. In a Facebook post, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the goal with the new building was “to create the perfect engineering space for our teams to work together”. The idea, he says, is for the space to build the “same sense of community and connection among our teams that we try to enable with our services across the...