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  • South Africa is set for a mobile data explosion

    South Africa is set to experience an explosion in mobile data usage, with nine-fold growth predicted in the next four years. On the face of it, that shouldn't be all that surprising. Ever since the first cellphones arrived in the country in the mid 90s, South Africa has been mobile-obsessed. For some time now, the country has had more mobile phones in use than people. Smartphones have seen rapid uptake too. But even as smartphones have become increasingly affordable, the data that allows them to be smart has remained unaffordable for many. According to networking giant Cisco, that is...

  • Oh Tesla, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

    Raise your hands if you, like me, raced to put in your pre-order when you heard the Tesla 3 would be heading to South Africa in late 2017. Within days of the announcement, the Tesla 3 had generated US$14-billion in reservations. It’s the first time that we as South Africans will get to see why Tesla is one of the world’s most popular cars. More interestingly, it’s also the first time Tesla will be shipping to a developing nation -- one where infrastructure and electricity supply are not always constant. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Reviewing The Classics: we play Duke Nukem 3D (1996)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, Wiehahn has a look at the deliciously brutish Duke Nukem 3D, an iconic first person shooter that taught us all about cheesy one-liners and kicking alien ass. Hail to the King Baby! To start this review off, I have to note that I'm struggling to contain the deep wells of nostalgia that I have for this title. Duke Nukem 3D was as much a part...

  • The Internet of Things can potentially transform the South African job market

    According to the Adcorp Employment Index job availability rose a mere 1.86% in 2015 and, coupled with the skills shortage and economic crisis, the situation can be fairly described as bleak for both business and employee. When it comes to the long-term impact and short-term need there is little that any one solution can do to resolve the skills dilemma, but there is technology which has the potential to positively impact both productivity and profitability while driving skills and careers. The much talked about and often hyped Internet of Things (IoT) has the capability to transform the skills shortage...

  • Joburgers can now order electric Ubers

    If you're in Johannesburg, your next Uber ride could be in an electric car. That's thanks to a partnership between the private ride-hailing service, BMW, and Nissan aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Called UberGREEN, the pilot project will take place between 9 May and 3 June. During the pilot, riders will be able to request a BMW i3 or Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, operated by Uber driver-partners in Johannesburg at uberX prices, helping provide a more sustainable trip at an affordable price. Woolworths WRewards members also stand to gain from the partnership as they'll be among the first to...

  • BBM video calling comes to Android, iOS

    Canadian company BlackBerry might not be cooking up loving dinners for its operating system anymore, but it's not about to let its Messenger platform (BBM) go hungry. The company has now announced that Android and iOS users of its BBM beta app can now video call one other like Beyonce. Speaking about the new feature, SVP of emerging solutions Matthew Talbot noted that video calling was one of the chief requests users had for the BlackBerry Messenger platform: Video is the closest thing to being physically present. We know why that’s more important for personal calls—bridging the distance with our loved ones,...

  • Banned WhatsApp unblocked early in Brazil, Zuckerberg is thrilled

    For 24 hours, WhatsApp was banned in Brazil after Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão seeking user data from the service for a criminal investigation issued a court order to telecom providers to ban WhatsApp for 72 hours. The outcry against the ban was immediate and spread from Brazil to the rest of the world. Today Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, announced that the service has been unbanned in Brazil. The ban came after Diego Dzodan, a Facebook executive, was taken into custody in March for not complying with orders to turn over WhatsApp data. It...

  • A discussion on plagiarism: maintaining the integrity of your agency

    In light of the recent ‘lack of sourcing’ scandal that took place within the prestigious offices of The Daily News in New York, a discussion on plagiarism could not occur at a more appropriate time. Lambasted for copying a number of sections from an article that was published by The Daily Beast only a few days before, Shaun King (Senior Justice Writer for The Daily News) quickly became a social pariah by having his integrity and entire professional existence questioned. However, upon investigation, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper in question found that the person responsible for the final...

  • 4 new workplace technology ideas to uplift your team’s efficiency

    Most all business owners would likely agree that business efficiency can be traced back to a firm’s ability to successfully execute a given strategy in a productive manner that produces satisfactory results for the organization. Business success is defined by an organization’s ability to be both efficient and productive, both of which are a result of engaged employees that are capable of executing on specific goals that have been strategically aligned with the firm’s objectives. Since we know that execution is the key to success, then, do we know what steps can be taken in order to increase your...

  • 3 things the Xbox One does better than the PlayStation 4 (and vice versa)

    We live in a world governed by binaries. Night and day. Summer and Winter. Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But one simply cannot say that one is better than the other. After all, some adore strolling through horizontal, wind-propelled rain, while others prefer bright red skin burns lazing on the beach. This binary mindset is especially true when any mention of the current generation of consoles is made. Sure, some people will prefer the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, and conversely, some will prefer Sony‘s console to Microsoft‘s, but each outwits the other in their respective ways.

  • How mobile payments have revolutionised business

    There are approximately 447.9 million mobile payment users worldwide, a remarkable evolution from coins being introduced in 700 BC, notes in the 10th century and the introduction of Western Union’s “credit card” in the 20th century. Now customers can choose from a variety of payments including in-app payments, mobile point of sale, and online payment services such as retail giant Amazon or Paypal that operate a global online payment system. Africa has 52% of mobile payment usage in the world. In the continent alone, mobile payment solutions have revolutionised the way in which business is being done. The Kenyan...

  • How a Kenyan health startup is transforming the lives of families — one SMS at a time

    Your children’s health is probably the most important thing in the world to you. But how do you know if your child is developing the way they should be? Even in the UK where there’s the NHS, innumerable child development internet sites, or a gazillion baby books, it can be a difficult time. But imagine living in rural Kenya, where health clinics might be difficult to access, there’s no internet and in some cases you might not even read or write. That’s the problem Nominet Trust 2015 winners, Totohealth is solving, and it is solving it very well indeed.

  • Opera Mini now features a built-in ad-blocker

    Opera Mini, the mobile browser that many use on Android devices (and some other platforms), now boasts a built-in ad-blocker. This new move comes on the back of its free VPN service on desktop browsers it launched earlier this year. The ad-blocker on Opera Mini though suggests that the company's looking at the lower end smartphone market, those users strapped for processing power and data. The blocker therefore saves around 14% on data, and nearly halves page load times, the company claims. While you could theoretically download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for mobile (these are available on other platforms too), they...

  • Instagram awards $10k to 10-year-old for not deleting Justin Bieber’s comments

    Parents of Nineties' children didn't enjoy them constantly starting at computer screens, but that's probably because not many of them were able to find security-threatening bugs in the code of one of the most popular apps in the world. A ten-year-old boy has done just that, and the app in question? Well, just that app Facebook bought for US$1-billion -- Instagram. Related: Instagram to ditch chronological feeds for algorithms After discovering the bug and reporting it to Facebook, the company rewarded the Finnish kid with US$10 000, which seems a bit slim considering what the bug could've meant for the likes of...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...