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  • ANC MP sparks outrage with FB post urging people to burn #ZumaMustFall banner, flats [Update]

    ANC MP Bongani Mkongi sparked outrage on Saturday after he posted a Facebook post suggesting that a divisive #ZumaMustFall billboard be burned down along with the people living in the flats behind it. The billboard, which was erected in the centre of Cape Town on Friday, attracted criticism from a number of quarters. While some feel that the campaign is racist, others felt that the money spent on the billboard (its location is believed to be one of the most expensive in the city) could have achieved more had it been spent on social good. Among the critics was...

  • How businesses can effectively utilise YouTube

    Many businesses have made YouTube a part of their overall marketing strategy and for a very obvious reason: with over a billion users, it is the most popular social media platform. Many businesses, however, have realised that it is also the most difficult platform on which to become a notable presence. Creating a channel, uploading content regularly and even investing in good production quality is not enough to engage an audience on YouTube. So what exactly is the secret to YouTube success? In order to be successful, it is important to not only cater to the needs of...

  • 7 key lessons I’ve learnt about raising capital from VCs [Part 1]

    The following is an adapted version of a talk done by Clive Butkow from Grovest at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Butkow boasts 28 years of management consulting experience at Accenture. Currently non-executive director of Grovest, he is also supporting and mentoring technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. I want to share with you what I have experienced from sitting on both sides of the table on how you increase your chances of raising capital for your business. One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs...

  • Learning languages, Tesla, Uber: 5 Memeburn articles you loved this week

    In comparison to the raking anger which the year started with, the past week has seemed remarkably calm. Heck, even the stories you were most interested in this week contained a lot less rage and vitriol. In fact, if the stats are anything to go by, you're far more interested in learning a new language than anything else. Other topics that piqued your interest were revelations that Tesla has no plans to build a Gigafactory in South Africa, the #ZumaMustFall campaign's call for mass social media action and the latest in Uber's plans for world domination. These were the...

  • LG G4 Quick Circle Case and AirCharge combo review: round and round

    Remember those smartphone covers, or holsters, that hung from nineties Levi’s-fitted to kids who thought they were cool? Those enormous pouches are now practically unseen in today’s world, and goodness knows how far we’ve come. In 2016, there’s a larger emphasis placed on technology and fashi0n, and these two either coexist or rip one another apart. Phone covers play an important role here.Their primary goal is exuding style without compromising on functionality, and one of the companies that do this better than most is LG. And the LG G4 Quick Circle Case is one of the best examples. Read more on...

  • Netflix renews commitment to cracking down on VPN users, including South Africans

    Netflix has renewed its commitment to cracking down on subscribers using VPNs and proxy services to access its full international library. In an official blog post, the video on demand (VoD) service says that while it hopes to eventually bring its full library to the whole world, it will continue "respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location". And for now that means doing everything it can to prevent people using these services. And that in turn means that in the coming weeks "those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where...

  • The Excel formulas SEO pros love: Concatenate [Part 1]

    Excel and data analysis are part of day-to-day internet marketing. Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Ahrefs, Moz the list of data providers goes on and on. Crunching all of this data becomes second nature to SEO professionals. They know the Excel formulas and set up required. However, if you’re an entrepreneur this is only one of your many jobs. The strength and weakness of Excel is that it’s a huge tool. It can do almost any data analysis you can think of, but only if you know about the relevant function. Having just published a guide to Excel for SEOs, in...

  • Check out Nomu’s brilliant twist on the #ZumaMustFall billboard

    On Friday morning, a massive billboard went up in central Cape Town. In large black letters on a stark white background, it simply reads "Zuma Must Fall". The billboard, situated in on one of the most expensive ad locations in the city, is not without detractors but perhaps the best reaction to it comes from food and lifestyle company Nomu. With a little Photoshop magic, the company turned a political statement into a genius piece of ambush marketing: #cakesmustrise: https://t.co/Nb0LZNGmHn pic.twitter.com/SyMO4rCoFi— NOMU Brands (@NOMUChirps) January 15, 2016 So far no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the giant...

  • Petition launched to save WhatsApp from OTT regulations

    On Thursday, we told you about how proposed attempts to regulate over the top (OTT) players could fast become ludicrous. It's a sentiment widely shared in the tech space and which is rapidly spreading to South African population as a whole. Further evidence of antipathy towards regulating OTTs has emerged in the shape of an online poll on All4Women.co.za, urging government to leave the services such as WhatsApp, Skype, and Google Hangouts alone. "Mobile monopolies Vodacom and MTN have petitioned the South African government to 'regulate' free phone and message providers such as WhatsApp and Skype," the petition says. "They...

  • Weekly Round Up #47: Rickman, Bowie, Tesla factory, The Star’s awks moment, regulating OTTs

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee about the deaths of actor Alan Rickman, star of Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually, and David Bowie, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor and also part time soothsayer. The team also talks about The Star newspaper falling hard for Twitter fiction and forgetting basic Journalism rules, government and service providers' plan to regulate OTT's like Whatsapp and Tesla's gigafactory that...

  • Attempts to regulate WhatsApp, other OTTs could get ludicrous

    If South Africa's biggest mobile networks get their way, over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp could soon be regulated. According to Fin24, parliamentary hearings have been set for later this month aimed at exploring "necessary policy interventions on how to govern OTTs, regulatory interventions on the guidelines to regulate OTTs" and the "impact of OTTs on competition". The hearings, which will take place under the remit of the the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services will also discuss, whether "there (is) a need for the OTTs to be defined as telecom services (voice or data) or telecom...

  • Yup, data breaches do really affect customer loyalty

    In 2015, there were plenty of big, headline-making data breaches with Sony and Ashley Madison two of the biggest names hit. And as it turns out, those breaches can do a lot more harm than a couple of weeks of negative media coverage. According to a new global survey by digital security company Gemalto, nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers surveyed worldwide say they are unlikely to shop or do business again with a company that had experienced a breach where financial information was stolen, and almost half (49%) had the same opinion when it came to data breaches...

  • Bookmarks announce judges for 2016 awards

    The IAB SA has announced the judging panels for the 2016 edition of its annual Bookmarks Awards. The awards, which aim to reward the best in digital publishing, advertising, and marketing, have been in existence 2008 and have seen consistent growth in entry numbers. In a bid to ensure that the best quality work is rewarded, the awards organisers made a number of changes to the categories and entry criteria for this year's edition. There also seem to have been concessions to the judging process, with entry mechanisms altered for the sake of brevity. Heading up the jury is...

  • Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced, that it has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a company that currently provides management software for Skype for Business Online, for an undisclosed amount. The UC Commander product suite includes management, reporting and analytics technology. The company adds that the acquisition will allow it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and shows its commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. Read more: Attempts to regulate WhatsApp, other OTTs could get ludicrous "Our goal is to make the...

  • It’s a digital staff churn frenzy: What can you do?

    Agencies specialising in digital marketing in South Africa and abroad are falling increasingly vulnerable to the loom and doom of staff churn. In a generation driven by instant gratification and self-entitlement, any hint of job dissatisfaction can spark a fight or flight response. Unfortunately for managers and executives the response of choice is too often flight. To protect themselves from both the financial and social strains of rapid staff churn rates, agencies need to ensure that they are doing their best in adequately onboarding new staff and up-skilling them from the outset and throughout. Onboarding your newbies A 2007 study...