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  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 16 delightful depictions of Durban

    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. This week, we're heading east as most Johannesburgers do in the summer, to Durban. As South Africa's third largest city, Durban tends to live in the (warmer) shadow of its two (colder) northern and southern cousins, but today, we're looking at it...

  • Why agile is a ‘doing word’ for savvy software developers

    In a business world obsessed with speed, output and disruptive innovation, it is no surprise that there is a newfound obsession with ‘agility’. From startups to tech juggernauts, it is now trendy to be seen as agile, nimble and able to pivot quickly. In the complex world of software development, however, agility is far more than a buzzword. It is a necessity. As a result, for managers and developers within a software company, agility has very real and tangible implications for how work is approached. To draw on a very simple comparison, let’s look at the construction industry –...

  • How to measure the results of your content marketing campaign

    Many digital marketers have a hard time measuring the success of their digital marketing campaigns. What does success look like? There are literally hundreds of metrics you can use to measure your digital marketing strategy and there are some metrics that does provide clear results, but for some it still remains a mystery what real digital marketing success looks like and how to properly measure the success of their efforts online. If you do a simple search for "how to measure the results of my digital marketing campaign" or even "measure the ROI of social media", you will practically see...

  • 4 Xiaomi mobile devices we’d like to see in South Africa

    You can’t deny that the Xiaomi brand has made quite a splash in South Africa since it landed late last year. The Redmi 2 and Mi 4 (review) smartphones provide excellent value for money, coming in at just under R2000 and R4000 respectively. Local distributor MIA Group hasn’t stopped here either, bringing in the R2999 Redmi Note 2 (review) and the R7999 Mi 5 flagship recently as well. Still, there are a few more Xiaomi phones and tablets we’d like to see on the African continent…

  • Burn Media, Chargeads introduce programmatic journalism to South Africa

    Burn Media is excited to be the first South African premium publisher to utilise the 'Newsroom'. The Burn Network delivers programmatic journalism in proud partnership with Chargeads, and its platform ‘Newsroom’ – currently running successful campaigns in the US, UK, Spain, Romania and Singapore. So what exactly is Programmatic Journalism? “The newsroom provides publishers with the opportunity to (a), manage all their digital assets in one place, namely headlines, video, display, content and editorial recommendations and (b), focus on building audiences and not just inventory, which by definition is limiting,” explained Carl Jordan, Country Director of Chargeads South Africa. “By focusing on building segments, publishers...

  • What Streisand Effect? Axl Rose tries to remove ‘fat’ photo from web

    We've all had disappointing photos taken of ourselves and published on Facebook, featuring a double chin, red eyes or a bit of a boep. Kicking up a fuss only seems to make things worse, right? Well, someone better tell that to Axl Rose, who probably hasn't heard of the Streisand Effect. According to Torrent Freak, the singer has issued a DMCA takedown notice to Google, demanding that a certain unflattering photo be removed from various blog websites. The publication tracked down original photographer Boris Minkevich of Winnipeg Free Press, who had no idea that his photos were rehosted or that Rose was trying to...

  • How design thinking can help you know your customers better than they know themselves

    While the term design most often conjures up images of objects – from clothing to consumer products to skyscrapers – true design in its most honest form refers to a dynamic process rather than a static end-result. Quite simply, design thinking is the process of observing, researching, experimenting, modelling and testing processes (as well as products), in order to improve them to their maximum potential. In today’s digital era, with an abundance of information, as well as data collection, storage and processing technology growing in leaps and bounds, more and more enterprises are finding ways to process this data...

  • How to scale your startup’s infrastructure from the inside out

    When considering the most exciting elements of entrepreneurial life, you probably don’t immediately think of the word “infrastructure.” Foundations, wiring, plumbing — surely, these aren’t the things that provide a startup with the innovative spark it needs to grow. But infrastructure goes way beyond pipes and wires; it’s your startup’s internal road map. It’s your HR systems, sales processes, and marketing protocols. It embodies some of the most vital and creative parts of your operation, and it helps you achieve your biggest goals. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • TeamViewer confirms compromised accounts, blames other services

    TeamViewer has confirmed that an unspecified number of accounts on the remote desktop support service have been compromised. In a blog post discussing new security features, the company included an open letter to TeamViewer users, informing them of the news. The company pinned the blame on compromised services elsewhere though. "As you have probably heard, there have been unprecedented large scale data thefts on popular social media platforms and other web service providers. Unfortunately, credentials stolen in these external breaches have been used to access TeamViewer accounts, as well as other services," the firm explained. Read more: 427m leaked passwords surface from enormous 2013 MySpace...

  • The Greatest dead at 74: the internet pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

    Legendary fighter Muhammad Ali has today died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74. The Kentucky-born boxer with the golden gloves and the memorable quotes succumbed to a series of health issues that began back in 2014, further complicated by Parkinson's. He lived a fabled life, winning 37 of his 61 fights by knock-out, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games for the US. Beyond the ring, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was known for his wisdom, his self-belief, paradoxically as a boxer, his immense kindness. Muhammad Ali. Sports Illustrated: "Sportsman of Century" BBC: "Sports Personality of Century" AP: "Greatest Heavyweight of 20th Century" —...

  • 5 buzzing trends that will shape your SEO in 2016 (and beyond)

    Google algorithms are always changing. In fact, the number of updates currently stands at about 500 a year! It’s easy to understand why “evolve or decay” is the reigning mantra within SEO circles. Therefore, site owners and SEO practitioners must be ready to do what it takes to ensure that their sites remain relevant over the long haul. One of the best ways to do this is to understand trends that inform SEO presently and those which are lurking in the future. You can then use this information to improve your strategy for 2016 in order to ensure that you...

  • This is how your business needs to invest in IT security

    The digital world of data is similar to the wild west, where masked robbers kicked in doors, stole valuables, and ran away with sacks of cash. In the world of numbers and complex coding, the criminals are harder to spot and faster to act, but their actions and intent are indeed malicious. In 2015, the insurance company Anthem was the victim of a large scale cyber attack, compromising almost 80-million records. Just a few weeks ago, hackers infiltrated MedStar’s computer systems and held data ransom for 45 Bitcoins. The impact of a successful cyber attack can be devastating, and they are...

  • Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come?

    Huawei officially launched the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite in South Africa on Thursday night, so what should you know about it then? We interviewed Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in SA, to find out more…

  • Different types of workplace culture – which one is right for your startup?

    Workplace culture is a unique sociological construct. While it may work in much the same way as any other type of culture does in a community (say, ethnic or religious culture), it differs in one major respect: it is inherently multi-cultural. In South Africa this is particularly true, with the average workplace containing employees of all races, genders, religions, political affiliations and many other differentiating factors. This makes the creation and maintenance of a positive and unifying workplace culture all the more difficult – and all the more important.

  • Weekly Round Up #65: ASUS Zenbo, phones over friends, bacon critics & Snapchat vs. Twitter

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Andy Walker plays host and talks to Graham. The team discusses the Zenbo, ASUS's intelligent home robot that wants to replace your lap dog. Also covered is new research claiming that one in three people value their smartphones above their friends. We also chat Time’s Extra Crispy ‘bacon critic’ job post, and finally, a new report that claims Snapchat's latest win against Twitter. What are we playing, watching, eating: The team discusses what they are currently playing. Andy prefers to read...