Ventureburn

Impact Beyond Innovation: How Lumkani’s fire detection system is saving lives

Lumkani-fire-box Impact Beyond Innovation is an article series that features startups from Africa putting social good at the forefront of their business models. In 2013, co-founder of Lumkani Francois Petousis' thesis research was taken forward in light of a massive fire in the BM section of Khayelitsha that left over 4 000 people homeless. Petousis and UCT engineering lecturer Samuel Ginsberg then knew the project they were working on could have a massive potential impact. Not just in South Africa but ...

Africa, Mobile

Bill Gates is 100% right about mobile banking in Africa: here’s why

Bill Gates In the latest “Gates Notes” annual letter, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates wrote about the impact smart phones and mobile banking will have in the next 15 years. He observed that “digital banking will give the poor more control over their assets and help them transform their lives and by 2030, 2-billion people who don't have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment with their phones”. I have to say he’s spot on, and in all ...

Gearburn

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

SAMSUNG CSC Mobile manufacturers really don't make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed "flagship" launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What's more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame ...

Motorburn

NASCAR’s chaotic weekend: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

NASCAR-Daytona-500-2015 There are just too many great motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. The Valentine's Day weekend was filled with love in many cases, but love lost in others, namely the first event of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season -- the Daytona 500. There were no fluffy teddy bears and ...

Africa, Mobile

African mobile money could produce $1.5-billion in fees alone by 2019

Mobile money According to a report released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the use of mobile financial services in sub-Saharan Africa to perform tasks like pay utility bills and send money to relatives could produce an estimated US$1.5-billion in fees for mobile-money providers by 2019. With mobile based financial services, be it remittance, paying utility bills or purchase, offering convenience and spreading like a disease in Africa as a whole, it is no secret that traditional banks are shaking on their ...

Google

Google consigns Helpouts to its product graveyard

Helpouts Google is set to shutdown Helpouts, its real-time video expert assistance service, less than 18 months after making it available to the public. In an official Google+ post, the internet giant announced that the service, which went live in November 2013, will be shut down on 20 April. "The Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors," the post says, "but unfortunately, it hasn't grown at the pace we had expected". The service was a brave attempt to marry two of ...

Africa, Future Trends, News

These 5 South Africans have been shortlisted to go colonise Mars in 2024

The Mars 100 - Mars One Astronaut Selection Round Three Trailer - YouTube South Africans Divashen Govender, Kobus Vermeulen, Adriana Marais, Edwin le Grange and Alexandra Doyle have been shortlisted as part of a group of 100 participants from across the globe looking for a one-way ticket to Mars. In 2013, the Mars One private space programme tried to raise US$400 000 on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, but only managed to raise US$313 000. Still, awareness seemed to have paid off well and the team behind this ambitious project isn't slowing down one bit. Just ...

News

Why David Carr was the finest tech journalist of his time

David Carr Journalism's biggest "fan of disruption" passed away last week, resulting in many eulogies and memories of one of the greatest voices writing about the intersection of technology and media today. His name was David Carr, and aside from brushing past him on his way to an interview with Charlie Rose, there's really no reason for me to claim I knew him better than those who have written amazing tributes to him this past week. But his work, and his reasons for writing, has influenced me more than ...

Africa, News

Facebook looking for Sub-Saharan Africa Head

facebook1 In the latest sign that Facebook is about to step up its African presence, the social networking giant has put up a job posting looking for someone to head up its Sub-Sharan African operations. The posting, which is visible on LinkedIn, confirms that it'll be opening its first office on the continent in 2015, something Memeburn first reported on in mid January. It also confirms that the offices will be based in Johannesburg. The posting calls for a "highest ...

Mobile

Load shedding love: an ode to the Nokia 6303i Classic

6310i Classic I am starting to adapt to my new environment. The tick is starting to subside. I have stopped subconsciously reaching for my phone whenever a YouTube video surpasses the 2 minute mark. I watched the theatre of the absurd that is #SONA2015 with my hand in my hair. I am not on some spiritual journey to get in touch with nature, here to tell you to stop seeing the world through the lens of your smartphone or to swop your augmented ...

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