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  • B2B social media: Is your brand engaging with future tech buyers?

    “For most B2B companies out there, social media tends to be an awkward part of the marketing equation. On the one hand, companies feel obligated to be on social media, because almost everyone else is these days, but on the other hand, many downplay its importance to their marketing strategy, because they don’t feel like their B2B industry has a large or active social following.” These words from DUO Marketing + Communications’ digital manager, Anish Abraham, hits the nail on the head for me. I am constantly fascinated by how some (not all) businesses steer away from social media...

  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 3DS review: as forgettable as the Olympics

    For a fifth time, Mario and Sonic are heading off to the Olympic Games to see who’s the best at running, jumping, and wearing medals. Yes, it’s Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which means another bout of minigames for your Nintendo 3DS. Question is, should you go for gold and score this tie-in title, or dash at the first sight of it? Off the bat, Rio 2016 is a mixed bag of sweets and sours for all players. This particular offering contains chocolates and raisins, pizzas and stale bread, and puddings with parsley instead of mint....

  • Tesla Model 3 vs Chevrolet Bolt: here’s what we know so far

    Yes, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has finally been revealed. And what an astounding reception it has received, with nearly 300 000 interested parties putting down deposits in the first three days alone. But, despite absolutely dominating the automotive headlines – and it really has – the Model 3 won’t be the first available relatively affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle with a range exceeding 320km. Indeed, the folks over at General Motors say that the new Chevrolet Bolt (not be confused with the Volt hybrid) will be available at dealerships in the United States before the end of 2016. The Model 3,...

  • Reddit improves ‘block user’ feature to help deal with trolls

    Reddit, and almost every other message board on the net, has an issue with trolls. You know, those few internet users who enjoy aggressively smashing any scintilla of common sense or order for the lulz. Well, today the company has announced a new set of tools to address trolls on its message boards, and first and foremost is a more widely active private user blocking system. Redditors can now filter and block trolls from within their own inboxes and beyond. The company notes that this system will now also apply to comment replies. "Simply click the “Block User” button while viewing the...

  • Google provides seed funding to Taiwanese renewable energy program

    Google is concerned about the well being of the environment and has provided seed funding to a renewable energy company based in Taiwan. This is not the first investment in a green company either. To date, Google has acquired about two gigawatts of renewable energy, an equivalent of taking nearly one million cars off the road, making it the world's largest non-utility purchaser of renewables. Google has provided seed funding to the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) in a bid to provide all of its data centers around the world with renewable energy, a commitment the company has made in which...

  • Facebook Live Video gets an update, support for groups, events, filters

    Facebook has updated Live video, its attempt at live video streaming, and the new updates overhauls the feature in a big way. The new updates include support for Groups, events, live reactions on Android, replaying comments, creative tools like live filters, ability to invite friends, video destination on mobile, and live Map. Read more: Facebook News feed will now show you Live Video first, then everything else Fidji Simo, Product Management Director at Facebook, highlighted how users have been using Live Video since it launched in 2015, stating that users are talking to family members and athletes are sharing their training...

  • BlackBerry rolls out major BBM update, lets users ‘retract’ messages

    BlackBerry has announced that its instant messaging service BBM now includes a host of new privacy features for users on Android and iOS, allowing users to "take control over the messages and content that they share." Users can now 'retract' sent messages and images if they were sent by mistake. This also works if the message has already been sent, and the sender wishes to revoke access to said message. Other features include a new message timer, which allows users to "control how long contacts can view messages and pictures that have been shared or communicate their location for only as...

  • Online still accounts for just 1% of total SA retail

    The South African ecommerce space is growing seriously fast -- more than 26% in 2015 alone -- but it still accounts for just one percent of the country's total retail spend. That's according to the latest Online Retail in South Africa 2016 report, released on Wednesday by World Wide Worx. According to the report, ecommerce has maintained a higher than 20% growth since the turn of the century and in 2015 was worth R7.5-billion. While the rate of growth is expected to slow down a little in 2016, the report says that growth in Rand terms is expected to...

  • Preparing for the threat of exponentially expanding data

    At the turn of the previous century, fears ran rampant that PCs would fall victim to the fabled Y2K bug, plunging a very computer dependent world into instant chaos. That may have been a storm in a teacup, but now there is a very real consideration that needs to be addressed - the exponential expansion of data and just how enterprises, organisations and people will cope. Unlike the Y2K threat, this explosion of data is not a phenomenon where we can wait and see with bated breath. For this reason, it has become imperative that storage evolves, and do...

  • 7 tools that make an entrepreneur’s day simpler and more productive

    Busy entrepreneurs have many responsibilities to manage each day, from doing the admin and managing finances, to attending meetings, conference calls and networking to overseeing staff and communicating with customers and suppliers. During these busy times technology is a big enabler, entrepreneurs benefit greatly from the apps and online resources they have at their disposal. Below are some online resources that make an entrepreneur’s day simpler, more convenient and more productive. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Here’s what we should expect from the Huawei P9

    Huawei will be unveiling its latest high-end smartphone (or smartphones) in London today, in the form of the Huawei P9. What should we expect from the device though? Well, between numerous leaks and the Mate 8 launch several months back, we can paint quite the picture... It's expected to have dual cameras HTC and LG aren't the only companies to dabble with dual-cameras, as Huawei's Honor 6 Plus did the same back in 2014, featuring two 8-megapixel cameras on the back. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Fibre to everywhere is in South Africa’s near-term future

    South Africa’s telecoms industry is on the cusp of its next wave of growth, thanks to the growing uptake of bandwidth intensive applications such as Cloud services and Internet TV streaming from businesses and consumers alike. Fast-changing user behaviour is putting pressure on telecom operators to evolve their business models. It’s thanks to competition from innovative start-ups and small operators that the larger players have had to step up their game in fibre, Ramdhani says. We’ve been talking about the cloud and Internet TV for years but didn’t have the infrastructure to support the concepts. Now it’s finally coming to fruition...

  • WhatsApp rolls out full end-to-end encryption to its billion users

    WhatsApp, the Facebook owned instant chat platform, is rolling out its full end-to-end encryption, ensuring that each message, photo, video, file, voice message, group chats and voice calls user's send are encrypted. The encryption is by default, given the users chatting are using the latest version of the app. WhatsApp states that in the years to come, people's digital information and communication will be far more vulnerable to attacks and the only way to protect users is end-to-end encryption. Read more: Always put the user at the centre of your security strategy The company has been working on the encryption...

  • Instagram suspends British user’s account for uploading a cake

    Instagram is a strange social network. Built on a pile of images from across the world, there are instances when the company feels that some snaps are just too damn tasty for public viewing. And by tasty, I don't just mean worthy of censorship. Worthy is an interesting word here, and tasty even more so. Why? Well, because Instagram this week thought that a baked good was just too provocative to be hosted on its network. A British mom Sue Moseley, uploaded an image of an Easter simnel cake her daughter Fiona baked, but was greeted by an account suspended notice...

  • IKEA embraces virtual reality shopping with HTC Vive app

    IKEA isn't a company synonymous with bleeding-edge technology, but virtual reality and online retail seem to go very well together. At least judging by the company's latest move. In a bid to sell more online, the Swedish company has announced a virtual reality test app that features a "virtual kitchen experience," and effectively lets the shopper use products from the IKEA catalogue, build a kitchen and even change perspectives. IKEA explains that "consumers can use the app to explore one of three differently-styled kitchen room settings." "The user can change the color of cabinets and drawers with a click. Another feature is...