Ecommerce, Mobile

10 factors that will drive mobile payment adoption into the mainstream

Mobile Payments South African consumers have been caught up in a whirl of excitement around mobile payment solutions with the launch of no fewer than three major players: FlickPay, Snapscan and Zapper. While each of the services offers something slightly different to consumers and merchants, their collective value in driving adoption of this new technology cannot be understated. Suddenly, every food stall, restaurant, coffee shop, farmers’ market and even our local doctor now proudly offer customers the opportunity to pay for goods and ...

News

SecurEnvoy’s ‘One Swipe’ method generates unique QR code for offline authentication

First, nude pictures were leaked and published on the internet and then almost five million Gmail passwords were leaked. It is no secret that something has to give, as it seems that all private information is floating about, ready to be stolen. SecurEnvoy, the inventor of tokenless two-factor authentication, has also been concerned by this for some years now and has come up with a solution. The company will showcase these solutions in Nuremberg, Germany at the it-sa trade fair ...

Motorburn

Formula E is here: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

formula-e-beijing-1-650x350 There are just too many wonderful 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. And it truly has been a weekend for the motorsport fan. We're hard pressed to name our favourite moments from the smorgasbord of action, but included in the recap roadtrip are ventures in Australia (WRC and V8 Supercars), ...

Gearburn

On indie games and why I play them

Mon-val-lead I’m not an avid gamer. I once got addicted to Word Mole on my old Blackberry – it’s embarrassing, but I couldn’t stop playing it. Now, and for the first time, my gaming interest has been fully seized and I’m left wanting more. This is how a new generation of game developers are making their mark in the saturated realm of mobile games, and creating games that are not only beautiful to look at, but intuitive to play. These indie game developers are taking ...

News, WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks reveals Nigeria and SA’s huge spend on ‘weaponised surveillance malware’

Wikileaks WikiLeaks is at it again. This time round, the controversial non-profit went on record saying that German surveillance company, FinFisher, is responsible for selling "weaponised surveillance malware to some of the most abusive regimes in the world," including the South Africa. According to WikiLeaks, some of FinFisher's clients include Pakistan, Qatar, Vietnam, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria and many other. WikiLeaks describes the German surveillance company as follows: FinFisher (formerly part of the UK based Gamma Group International until late 2013) ...

Google

Google brings ‘Connected Classroom’ to South Africa with Vilakazi Street tour

google-connected-classrooms On 13 October 2014, children from schools across the world will visit Vilakazi Street. On the street, they will manoeuvre around many historical monuments, among them, two different houses that have been homes to two Nobel Prize winners, one of which has been turned into a museum. They will also make their way, not far from the Mandela Family Museum, to the spot a young Hector Peterson was killed and they will at once return to 16 June 1976. The school ...

Ventureburn

5 crucial questions that will help you choose your VC dream team

office_building When you’re out saving the world, it sometimes helps to imagine that you’re a superhero. The startup world is bright and exciting — full of “Pow!” and “Wham!” — but you can’t do everything on your own. In this bright and crazy comic-strip world, your investors are part of your dream team, popping up at just the right moment and kicking butt on your behalf. Finding the right venture capital fund to support your startup is like holding auditions for a loyal ...

Social media

Facebook’s indifference to gender freedom and user safety

Facebook-gender-1024x994 Unless one exists in perpetual naivety, it is no secret that certain humans willingly inflict the cruelest vitriol against homosexuals. Whilst society and government appear to be becoming more homophobic than ever before, places like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the like become safe havens, even if their presence is only virtual. This happens through sympathetic communities or anonymity. This is not a guaranteed haven and those being attacked have to fight for it with self-assurance or spit the same vitriol at their ...

General Tech

Disrupt everything: how the web, social and mobile are changing everything we do

Buzzfeed-iPhone In the last decade, the world has experienced a significant boom in the disruption economy. The disruptive innovation that we have seen over the past few years has helped create new markets and value networks. Some even disrupt an existing market and value network over a period of time, eventually displacing earlier technologies. Any industry that can be disrupted is being disrupted by technology. In some instances, new companies have formed to shake up how established systems work. Others have ...

Ventureburn

Ecommerce is changing: where to from here?

Navigation Like any industry, eCommerce is just beginning to mature, so what are the next opportunities for disruption? The barriers to entry are no longer technology or software Most retailers now understand that a multi-channel approach is the minimum required, and have a technology stack, where some will be better than others. Most smaller businesses will outsource this cost, most medium businesses will have in-house teams, and the very large will have a combination of in-house, outsourced and agency teams all working on ...

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