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  • 4 telltale signs that its time to change your ERP software

    In tough economic times, it becomes tempting to sweat your assets. But running an outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system may become more of a liability than a saving in the long run. Here are four telltale signs that indicate its time for a change in ERP software. Functionality gaps If the software you’ve been using for years starts becoming outdated, you will start noticing functionality gaps, particularly when your business ventures into a new industry or embarks on new business models. Many businesses may try to address these gaps by adding external components to the system, or moving functionality outside...

  • African VOD landscape heats up as TRACE buys Buni.tv

    Local content is a big plus for many video platforms, with pan-African video-on-demand (VOD) service Buni.tv being one of the more notable offerings on the continent. Now, as it prepares for the launch of its own video platform later this year, French broadcaster TRACE TV has announced that it acquired Buni.tv. Buni.tv was launched in 2012 and stands out as one of the three largest VOD platforms in Africa, along with Iroko TV and ShowMax, TRACE claimed in a press statement. "TRACE and Buni.tv share the same strategic vision in that we believe that VOD is the future of television," said TRACE CEO Olivier Laouchez. "We...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • Looking beyond to cross the security skills chasm

    Cyber-attacks, like a big old snowball, continue to grow as it rolls down the mountain. And in its wake are the good guys aka security professionals who are struggling to keep pace. The reality is cybercriminals and so-called hactivists continue to deepen their skillsets while chief information security officers (CISO) across the globe scramble to find skilled employees to safeguard their organisations. According to CIO, a leading ICT online news source, a lot of businesses don’t realise that in order to stop the monstrous snowball they have to link organisational and security practices with skilled security professionals. Finding the right people So...

  • Competition: win a frightfully horrifying Conjuring 2 hamper worth R900 [closed]

    You may have heard there's a new Conjuring movie heading to SA cinemas soon. In order to celebrate its release, Memeburn is giving away a prize of Conjuring 2-themed goodies. The Conjuring 2 follows the case files of husband and wife Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farminga) Warren once again. This time, the pair are investigating a poltergeist activity at a council house in Enfield, England. Judging from the trailers, the movie looks to be another well-crafted horror movie from director James Wan and Warner Brothers Pictures. The movie will be released in SA on 10 June so look out...

  • Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches, Pornhub finds

    Where there's a need for adult entertainment, Pornhub is there to virtually deliver it. And where there's a need for some fascinating insights, the company's Insights blog delivers it as well. And for Father's Day 2016, Pornhub Insights shed light on viewer habits for last year's Father's Day. Interestingly enough, the adult network found that searches for "dad" or "daddy" spiked by an impressive 1361%. What were the most popular dad-related searches though? "The most popular search is 'step dad and daughter', followed by simply 'daddy'. We also found confirmation that 'dad bod' is indeed sexy, along with 'black daddy', 'big daddy' and 'hairy daddy'. Even 'DILF'...

  • 10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know

    There are more people using a touchscreen to surf the web than those using a traditional keyboard and mouse setup. But that doesn't mean that the older combination is useless -- far from it. For one, here are some cool shortcuts for Google Chrome that will improve your desktop browsing experience with a keyboard and mouse. 1. Quickly go Incognito with Ctrl+Shift+N Need to "buy some gifts online" and don't want the next computer user to see? Well, you could either right-click on the Google Chrome taskbar shortcut and choose "new incognito window" or you can use the aforementioned keyboard shortcut. Don't have anything...

  • M&C Saatchi snaps up Dalmatian Advertisng

    M&C Saatchi has on Tuesday announced that it had acquired Dalmatian Advertising, a small Cape Town-based agency. Formerly known as Domino Digital, the agency's clients include I&J, Falke, and MiWay and was reportedly acquired to operate "conflict business" alongside the UK-based company's existing South African presence M&C Saatchi Abel. For those not familiar with the industry, that means Dalmation Digital can take on clients who operate in competition with M&C Saatchi's current client base. The company was founded in 2011, by Clinton Bridgeford, Bruce Norris, Leon Potgieter, and Gabrielle Weinstein. The founding team has since been joined by another...

  • Dory finds top spot in SA cinema rankings [2016/06/20]

    Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's hit Finding Nemo, has taken top spot over the weekend (17 to 19 June) in South African cinemas. It's managed to kick the WarCraft movie down a spot from first place last week. Besides Finding Dory, the top five movies this past week are mostly the same as before, with Now You See Me: The Second Act, Angry Birds, and The Conjuring 2 occupying positions in the top five. Last week's newcomer, The Nice Guys has entered at sixth position, while the once-titan X-Men: Apocalypse is now sitting in tenth place and edging its way off...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 10 picturesque portraits of Port Elizabeth

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. We're heading back to the coast this week to visit one of South Africa's oldest cities -- Port Elizabeth. Founded in 1820, The Bay, iBhayi or the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is home to over a million of the friendliest people in...

  • Telkom teams up with Vumatel to expand fibre footprint

    In areas where Telkom connectivity is lacking, Vumatel has often stepped in to deliver the goods. Now, the fixed-line incumbent has announced a rather surprising partnership with the upstart service provider. Telkom's Openserve has announced that it would be "leveraging" Vumatel's open-access fibre network to launch products in over 20 new suburbs in Gauteng. Vumatel has made a name for itself by launching so-called fibrehoods, offering connectivity in selected suburbs across Johannesburg and Cape Town. "The fibre industry is highly competitive and we have seen an accelerated rollout of fibre networks across the country. While Openserve holds the lion share of the national fibre footprint --...

  • Weekly Round Up #67: E3 2016, Microsoft buys LinkedIn & Apple’s WWDC 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. The Weekly Round Up is a day late this week due to some demons lurking in our SoundCloud account. But, we've hired resident DOOM expert Graham to slay them. Speaking of Graham, he plays host this week, and talks to Hadlee and Andy. While most of the podcast is dedicated to E3 2016 and all the news from this year's expo, they also discuss Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn, and the news from Apple's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco. Tweet of the Week: ...

  • 4 weird Parlotones marketing mashups through the years

    Whether you like the band's music or not, you can't deny that South African rockers The Parlotones are marketing powerhouses, owing to its partnerships with a ton of brands over the years. Let's be frank though: some of these endorsements are just strange fits. So we picked a few standout cases. The Parlotones had their own range of wine I'm not a wine person, so I can't tell you whether The Parlotones-branded range is delicate on the palate or scalding to the throat. Anyway, the band teamed up with Hands on Wine and Woolworths for this interesting initiative. The first wine was a red, their second...

  • Fulfilling the promise of Blockchain: a future financial game changer

    An internet of finance. The renaissance of money. If the previous decade was the age of mobile banking, the next looks set to be the era of Blockchain. No other technology has more potential to change the very face of banking as we know it. People get tangled in Blockchain's technicalities -- skip to 29:00 of this podcast for a fantastic explanation from Stuff editor Craig Wilson -- so I want to rather focus on the incredible implications of this technology. Currently, our model for managing the flow of money is antiquated. Transactions take place across multiple payment engines that all...

  • 5 social tools to help boost brand awareness and audience engagement

    Every brand wants to easily identify and reach their target audiences as quickly as possible. Audience engagement is detrimental to forming a meaningful connections with consumers and emerge as a successful brand. Here are five new social media tools that will help you, and your business, reach your targeted audience easily and effectively. Socedo Socedo helps users discover the best prospects on social media in real-time. The service uses real-time social behavior based on user personas in order to find out leads who are about to enter your buying cycle. This activity info is combined with profile data from sources like Twitter and...