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  • CustosTech wants to curb movie piracy using bitcoin

    In January last year an illegal copy of the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was making its rounds on the internet. The situation became quite awkward as the early release copy was traced back to popular TV show host Ellen DeGeneres, and had her name written all over it. Literally, as her name was watermarked onto one of the exclusive copies so that people could find the origin of the leak. The story reflects a pressing time in the movie industry when most producers -- of digital movies, music, games and books -- are feeling the crunch of...

  • Olloclip for iPhone 6 review: the Instagram generation’s must-have accessory

    The Olloclip is a clip-on lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presumably for the selfie lover and camera phone photographer. In many ways, it aims to enhance the iPhone's already stellar camera, by giving users more variety and control over the likes of fish-eye effects and macro imaging. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, it's a mixed bag. Receiving and unboxing the Olloclip is a great experience, thanks to its curious multi-part design, quirky covers and the promise it brings. It's essentially a 4-in-1 lens, consisting of a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and a 10x and 15x macro...

  • 4 basic digital marketing terms every website owner should know

    Almost every day, I am approached by Companies that have difficulty with sales, These companies often have a great product with a great pricing system, a decent to good looking website (with special attention paid to their (UI) User Interface and (UX) User Experience), most of these companies do not have a solid online reputation or a good digital marketing strategy (winging their digital marketing) and most often fail to understand how to digitally market or drive traffic to their websites. While most companies do not have the privilege of having Apple and Coca-Cola’s branding, there are certain steps...

  • Weekly Round Up #24: Pinterest ecommerce play, Africa the new China, synthetic fuel, budget phones

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Christopher Wilton speak about Pinterest's new features, Buyable Pins, budget phones, Africa is the new China and synthetic fuel. Pinterest has made a move towards being an ecommerce site. This makes sense as people have been sharing things they like and driving traffic away from Pinterest to stores that sell the items. This move is not at all shocking but it does signal a new path for social media platforms...

  • 10 strategic technology trends governments need to be paying attention to

    Earlier this week, we reported on a partnership between the city of Accra and Microsoft and about how this partnership will ease the backlog of Accra’s everyday operations. Gartner has in its latest research identified the top 10 most important technology trends for governments in 2015. Other governments can like the city of Accra benefit from integrating technology more into their day to day operations. Technology research house Gartner says that these trends are important in order to help CIOs and IT leaders assess critical strategic technologies and plan their enterprises' or agencies' IT roadmaps better. There is no doubt...

  • Vendors shipped 11.4m wearables in the first quarter of 2015

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 11.4-million wearables in the first quarter of 2015. Fitbit shipped the most units, with Xiaomi in second place. This is a 200% increase from the 3.8-million wearables shipped in the same quarter in 2014. Though there might have been skepticism from the market when it comes to wearables in the beginning, their popularity however is proving to be growing. Ramon Llamas, research manager of Wearables at IDC, explains this growth and says that "It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of...

  • FNB confirms mobile network plans

    This has been coming for a while. South African banking giant FNB has confirmed plans to launch its own mobile network, with SIM cards set to be issued to its customers. The move comes after months of speculation and is just the latest attempt by the bank to diversify outside of its traditional banking products. Currently FNB offers ADSL and 3G data rewards through its FNB Connect offering, which will now be expanded to include mobile voice and data products. The bank is already established in the telecommunications space with over 2 million customers topping up with airtime...

  • The security benefits mean you’re mad not to join the as-a-service revolution

    It’s easy to get lost in the IT acronyms being thrown around. The tech world rarely slows down for long enough to give us time to get up to speed with the latest terminology. This is particularly the case when it comes to ‘aaS’; the acronym born following the arrival of cloud computing has many forms, constantly developing and introducing new letters and meanings. In recent years, a bunch of aaS acronyms have come into play, which refer to the as-a-service economy – giving users access to services on demand over the Internet, as opposed to being used on-premises....

  • Programmatic buying: the answer for small players who can’t afford big media fees?

    This is a bit of a refresher of an article I wrote around two years ago on real-time bidding (RTB). Admittedly that was centred around RTB and video ads; but RTB is a very large part of programmatic buying. So what on earth is programmatic buying? Programmatic buying is super useful for advertisers as it essentially automates all of the processes that used to nauseate them. With RTB, buyers can set parameters like bid price and network reach. A programmatic buy will layer these parameters with behavioural or audience data all within the same platform. At its core, this means that...

  • Oh Canada: 3 memorable Montreal races from the F1 archives

    Circuit Giles Villeneuve is one amazing track. Although it's a temporary street circuit set in the heart of Montreal's Olympic basin, it's home to a flowing ribbon of tarmac that has seen its fair share of drama. It has hosted motorsport series from NASCAR to the now defunct Champ Car, to IndyCar, and is currently the home of Formula 1's Canadian GP. It might be one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, and it might not exactly be the most technically challenging, it's high-speed, heavy-braking nature has always provided the world with great racing. Read more on Motorburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • YouTube’s new ‘Music Insights’ tells artist in which city they are most popular

    YouTube has introduced a new tool for artists. Called Music insights, its function is to give artists data about where their music is being viewed the most. YouTube says this data can help artists create opportunities for both themselves and fans. Music insights is part of the recently launched YouTube for Artists site. The company says that the new tool will not only help artist grow their community on YouTube but can also help them grow it offline. The kind of data that artist can obtain from music insights includes data on which cities around the world is the artist...

  • Dare to dream, dare to fail: 4 lessons from Adelaide Potgieter’s MadWorld

    South African entrepreneur and the founder of creative agency group MadWorld, Adelaide Potgieter, is very daring. In between rocky roads of the past, vulnerabilities, she’s over the years managed to turn a R1 500 investment into a R60-million company by daring to dream. This was the message that was left at Startup Grind Cape Town this month, with the ever so enchanting, Potgieter, as the honoured guest. As always, the event was buzzing with highly ambitious, excited entrepreneurs hungry for knowledge, and managed to live up to its hype as the South African entrepreneur revealed her secrets to success.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Hisense opens new headquarters in Cape Town, strengthens ties in SA

    Chinese device manufacturer Hisense has been leading something of a charge into the South African market of late. Back in 2013, it opened its new manufacturing plant in Atlantis, a 40km journey outside Cape Town which will see the production of televisions and smartphones, to name but a few devices. Now, the company is looking to further sink its roots in African soil and has opened its African headquarters in the city. The new office will be located in Century City, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, and will also host the company's showroom, which will display hardware from...

  • EGE 2015: fuelling Cape Town’s growing hunger for gaming and tech

    This past weekend I attended the Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE) at the CTICC, the first major expo of its kind to take place in Cape Town. As a lifelong Capetonian I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never visited Johannesburg’s fabled rAge expo (or anything in its likeness for that matter). I have heard that there have been many failed attempts at organising a large scale tech and gaming expo in Cape Town and that much scepticism surrounded the success of EGE 2015, especially as a great number of the exhibitors were only confirmed a few months...

  • Microsoft acquires Wunderlist for around $200m

    Microsoft has acquired Wunderlist, a to-do list app based in Berlin. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has not only made more inroads towards being more mobile friendly but also has begun making acquisitions that makes the company a major player in mobile apps. The other thing the company has done well is to make its apps work across platforms and devices and not confine them to mobile devices that run Windows. This has led many to refer to Microsoft as the company that is beginning to be cool. There has been rumours of this for sometime but no statements from both...