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  • Amazon celebrates 20th birthday with ‘bigger than Black Friday’ Prime Day

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of its founding, Amazon has launched "Prime Day", a day of steep discounts which it reckons will be bigger than Black Friday. The promotion, which is only for Prime members in the US, UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria, will reportedly allow users shop "thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping". On Wednesday 15 July, Amazon says, new and existing members in the US will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. ...

  • 5 things to look for when you’re hiring for innovation

    With innovative digital companies bringing new business models and fierce competition to nearly every industry from telecoms to transport, traditional companies are under pressure to step up innovation if they are to grow and remain relevant. But to do so, they’ll need to attract innovative employees into their organisations and give these innovators the space and resources they need to do what they do best. As companies recruit innovators, it is important to remember that innovation is not necessarily the same thing as invention. Where invention is a flower – nurtured through a careful process and often driven by...

  • City of Cape Town: we fully support Uber operators

    The City of Cape Town has issued a statement saying that it fully "supports Uber operators". The statement was issued in the wake of mass action on social media and online petition in protest of the fact that the city had impounded more than 200 Uber partner drivers' cars so far in 2015. In the statement, published on the city's website, Mayoral Comittee Member for Transport Brett Heron reiterates many of the points he made when the issue first cropped up in early January. "The City of Cape Town is supportive of electronic hailing and welcomes its addition to...

  • Microsoft outlines its roll out plan for Windows 10

    The news of the upgrade to Windows 10 feels like watching a play whose actors repeat their lines verbatim every night of the run. Thankfully, there are only a few weeks, four to be exact, left before Windows 10 is finally here. And now the Redmond-based has revealed how it will roll out its Windows 10 upgrade. Windows 10 will come to your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or HoloLens. The company has revealed that it it had over a million beta testers. It also revealed that it is rigorously testing and listening to every issue from its five million Windows...

  • GEKKOPOD review: a flexible, funky smartphone mount

    There are numerous tripod solutions available for smartphones and digital cameras; some of them good, some of them bad. How many mounts can wrap around a tree branch while holding a camera? The GEKKOPOD can. Funded on Kickstarter in under twelve hours, GEKKOPOD is the brainchild of Zuckerim, a Jerusalem-based company. The device has been developed for smartphone and camera users alike looking for a more flexible tripod solution. There are two features setting GEKKOPOD apart from its competition: its flexible legs and lizard-like feet. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 10 student startup myths busted

    There are many myths floating around the student startup ecosystem which can hinder the progress of some great ideas. Here we destroy some of them .... Startup myth 1: Someone is going to steal your idea if you tell people about it You probably could not even pay your top competitor to execute your idea - they have plenty of their own. So get out there and talk and test and validate. Execution is the key, not idea generation. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • What does hyper-converged infrastructure mean for the future of enterprise app delivery?

    Hyper-converged infrastructure will be an increasingly hot topic in the coming months, as the biggest names in the industry start to take notice. Hyper-convergence is an extension of a converged infrastructure, where compute, server, storage, networking resources and software are pooled together on commodity hardware. They are usually systems from separate companies but designed to work very well together. The benefits of this include massively simplified management, which makes things faster, more agile and more efficient. It’s one of the foundations of virtualisation, but hyper-convergence allows for even greater abstraction of software and hardware, more centralised management and a greater...

  • Weekly Round Up #27: Apple Music launch and Uber petition against the city of Cape Town

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Myolisi Sikupela and Graham Van Der Made speak about the long-awaited launch of Apple Music. They also chat about Uber, which seems to be facing trouble in every city it launches in. Following Apple's announcement of Apple Music, the world has, eagerly awaited its actual launch. On Tuesday afternoon an update of iOS was made available and its major feature was Apple Music. After using it we wrote about our first impressions of it. Though...

  • FNB will give you eBucks when you ride with Uber

    South African bank First National Bank (FNB) has long carried the mantle of most innovative bank in the country, from offering smartphones and notebooks to enabling people to make cardless withdrawals. What better way to further instil this philosophy by partnering with on-demand taxi service Uber? As of 1 July, South African FNB clients will earn loyalty points, eBucks, by using the Uber app. The standard eBucks rules and features apply, such as up to 15% back in eBucks, and the usage of your FNB card. If you sign-up for Uber through the eBucks website you'll also receive R200 off...

  • Twitter introduces special Tour de France emoji

    The Tour de France, cycling's most grueling road race, gets underway on Saturday kicking off two weeks of breakaways, crashes, grueling mountain climbs, and achingly beautiful helicopter shots of the French countryside. And, like every large sporting event on the planet, you'll be able to follow it on Twitter. In fact, "le Tour" is the latest sporting event to receive its own custom emoji. The emoji cover the tour itself, the fact that this year's edition kicks off in Utrecht in the Netherlands, and all four of the jerseys the individual riders will be competing for. Read more: SA’s...

  • Uber petitions City of Cape Town to stop hassling its drivers [Update]

    Car hailing service Uber is petitioning the City of Cape Town to allow its drivers to operate freely across the city. The plea comes amidst news that some 200 Uber vehicles have been impounded by city officials in 2015. In a blog post linking to its official online petition, the company points to the jobs it has created, as well as the safety of the city's residents among the reasons its partner drivers should be allowed to operate freely until the obstacles for obtaining a vehicle operating permit are lowered. "Since the launch of Uber in Cape Town nearly...

  • Fassbender appears to channel inner psycho in new ‘Steve Jobs’ trailer

    Universal Pictures has released the latest trailer for its Steve Jobs movie, starring Michael Fassbender and written by Aaron Sorkin. And by the looks of things, the former has no intention of glossing over Jobs' negative traits. The film, set to launch in theaters on 9 October, is based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography and follows three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Despite having the most authoritative source material, the Danny Boyle vehicle has been the Steve Jobs biopic beset with the most problems. Read more: Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs...

  • Digital marketing must be a boardroom conversation

    Even among South Africa’s most progressive brands, digital media and marketing have not yet taken the leading role they should in boardroom conversations. Many brands remain fairly conservative about how much money they spend on digital channels, allocating at most 10% of their total media budget to digital, depending on which market research you believe. The reason for this is perhaps due to the confusing jargon, the pace of technology change, and the complexity of the media purchasing models. Many conservative brands and marketers retreat to what they know and understand when faced with fragmentation (premium sites, networks, ad exchanges);...

  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core review: heads and tails above the rest

    It's really difficult telling gaming mice apart nowadays. All feature highly adjustable DPI or sensitivity settings. All are somewhat colourful and snazzy with splashes of style littering their compact bodies. All mostly arrive with adjustable software packages, allowing the user to adjust the mouse according to games installed or personal preferences. With that said, how the hell do we tell the difference? Believe it or not, but in a world of copy-cat devices it's probably easier than any other field to spot differences. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Jaguar Land Rover has seen the future of driving: it’s super-geeky

    Many automakers have built their reputations in one specific area of expertise. Volvo, for instance, is considered by many as a byword for automotive safety. And, in most markets, Toyota is thought of as the ultimate when it comes to reliability. So, what about Jaguar Land Rover? Well, these two British brands, which are now part of the Tata Motors stable, each certainly boast long and storied histories. But, over the past few years, the Jaguar Land Rover group appears to have shifted focus somewhat, spending oodles of time and money researching and developing the sort of technology...