Africa, News

Facebook looking for Sub-Saharan Africa Head

facebook1 In the latest sign that Facebook is about to step up its African presence, the social networking giant has put up a job posting looking for someone to head up its Sub-Sharan African operations. The posting, which is visible on LinkedIn, confirms that it'll be opening its first office on the continent in 2015, something Memeburn first reported on in mid January. It also confirms that the offices will be based in Johannesburg. The posting calls for a "highest ...

Mobile

Load shedding love: an ode to the Nokia 6303i Classic

6310i Classic I am starting to adapt to my new environment. The tick is starting to subside. I have stopped subconsciously reaching for my phone whenever a YouTube video surpasses the 2 minute mark. I watched the theatre of the absurd that is #SONA2015 with my hand in my hair. I am not on some spiritual journey to get in touch with nature, here to tell you to stop seeing the world through the lens of your smartphone or to swop your augmented ...

Apple, Cloud, News

Apple iWork, iCloud now available to everyone

iCloud Beta Anyone with an Apple ID can now access productivity tools like Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iCloud, regardless of their device. This cross-pollination of productivity apps is becoming ever so prevalent ever since cloud services such like Google Drive and Office Online, which are accessible regardless of the user's operating system, became more and more widespread. Last year Microsoft's Office suite -- specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel -- became the most downloaded apps after they were introduced to iTunes with very cheap ...

Advertising & Marketing

Want to win at digital today? Put customers at the center of your business model

Digital Brain Brands that build their customers into the centre of their business model will win in today’s digital era. Through mobile they will be able to adapt and deploy their strategy real time, gathering meaningful insights with authentic personal engagement at every touch point, and giving these brands the competitive advantage. Systems of engagement Geoffrey Moore introduced the concept of ‘systems of engagement’, explaining that the fundamentals of next-generation communication and collaboration call for systems that are more decentralised, incorporate technologies which ...

Advertising & Marketing

Magnetic content is key to your social and digital marketing success

keyboard-621830_1280 Many website owners are constantly wondering whether their website's content is up to standards by Google to get those hard-earned trusted organic rankings on the search results. Google has been quite busy over the last couple of months, and I must say, it's quite interesting to see all the remarks of all the SEO "gurus" and "ninjas" when a new algorithm update is looming. "SEO is dead" and "Google killed SEO" is always trending in the SEO circles when a ...

Ventureburn

Gingerbox: Why Nigeria’s clever niche startup is selling fruit online

Gingerbox The city of Lagos is a chaotic one. With horns blaring from 4am till 1am, the best ways to avoid getting caught up in traffic is to rent a helicopter or drive between 11pm and 4am. Since these are not the most realistic options for the majority of the city's residents, spending long hours in traffic is inevitable and lots of stuffs are compromised – including adequate sleep and good diet. It's not too surprising then that many residents of the ...

Gearburn

Canon PowerShot G7X review: badass snapper in a petite body

Cover Canon releases some pretty badass digital cameras, in my opinion at least. The Canon 5D, 7D and their variants are up there with the best digital cameras in the world, perfect for both personal and professional photography. These cameras can be out of reach for those with shallow pockets though or those not requiring high-end specs, and so Canon has been making some affordable digital cameras too. For weeks now, I have been getting acquainted with the sexy Canon PowerShot G7X, and ...

General Tech

Integration: the big tech trend businesses need to pay attention to in 2015

movement-211075_1280 As 2015 kicks into high gear for business – there is one technology trend that is the holy grail of businesses looking to expand their footprint – integration. Yet, despite its critical importance to business, most executives still don’t understand exactly what is meant by technology integration. For just about every national and multi-national business, especially those expanding throughout the African continent, integration within supply chains, logistics systems and even communications systems can be the difference between success ...

General, News

#SONA2015 reached 30 tweets per second in SA’s first true social TV event

EFF Parliament Fight Aside from its political ramifications, last night’s events inside Parliament led to unprecedented numbers in local social media interactions. Focusing primarily on Twitter usage around the State of the Nation Address, Memeburn crunched the numbers and tapped into open-source sentiment tools to bring context to the important role Twitter played in our democracy. South African tweets go off the charts Over 8 million Twitter users saw the hashtag #bringbackthesignal that grew organically ahead of the opening of Parliament. As South Africans sat glued ...

Africa, Mobile apps

South Africa’s app economy is about more than just fun and games

South Africa digital When cellphones were first introduced to South Africa twenty years ago, the focus was almost entirely on the networks themselves. There were huge debates over rates, coverage, signal strength and benefits. It didn’t take long for the networks to become little more than tiny logos in the top right hand corner of the actual device. The quality gap between phones began to widen and consumer attention shifted towards the hardware itself. The ability to take and send grainy photographs or ...

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