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  • High IQ equals low piracy rate, study finds, but SA bucks trend

    A new study has found "strong support" that a high national IQ often results in low piracy rates. The study, titled 'Intelligence and Crime: A novel evidence for software piracy', used IQ and piracy data from 2011 for 102 countries. So what did the researchers find? "Our findings offer strong support for the assertion that intelligence is inversely related to the software piracy rates," read an excerpt of the paper. "After controlling for the potential effect of outlier nations in the sample, software piracy rate declines by about 5.3 percentage points if national IQ increases by 10 points." Who are these "outlier" nations though?...

  • Twitter Engage: its new app for celebs and influencers

    Twitter has launched a new app for famous, influencial people. Dubbed Twitter Engage, the new app is available on iOS, but only available in the US. It gives celebrities and popular figures a better way to connect to their fans and get insights into their interactions. Twitter claims that the app will give famous people insights into their Twitter activities, allowing them to never miss a conversation that matters, get more insights about what’s happening in their network, track their tweets and keep abreast with updates. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video Twitter Engage offers real time data...

  • Africa has a real chance at leading the next digital revolution

    A theme that took centre stage at a panel discussion during the recent World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda is development beyond simple infrastructure like roads, dams, power plants is the continent's embrace of technology, and digital infusion in all sectors. When questions such as “how can we diversify our economies”, “how can we improve efficiency” or “how do we prepare our young generations to have jobs” were asked, the answer from politicians, think tanks, investment organisations and the private sector was the same -- embrace the “third industrial revolution” or the digital transformation revolution. With Africa's middle- and upper-class...

  • Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video

    Instagram has just crossed the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily, the Facebook-owned service announced. "Our community also continues to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States," Instagram said in a blog post. "Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can't wait to see what you create next." Instagram hit the 400-million mark in September 2015, crossed 300-million users in December 2014 and hit 200-million users in March 2014. Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than...

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • 4 telltale signs that its time to change your ERP software

    In tough economic times, it becomes tempting to sweat your assets. But running an outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system may become more of a liability than a saving in the long run. Here are four telltale signs that indicate its time for a change in ERP software. Functionality gaps If the software you’ve been using for years starts becoming outdated, you will start noticing functionality gaps, particularly when your business ventures into a new industry or embarks on new business models. Many businesses may try to address these gaps by adding external components to the system, or moving functionality outside...

  • African VOD landscape heats up as TRACE buys Buni.tv

    Local content is a big plus for many video platforms, with pan-African video-on-demand (VOD) service Buni.tv being one of the more notable offerings on the continent. Now, as it prepares for the launch of its own video platform later this year, French broadcaster TRACE TV has announced that it acquired Buni.tv. Buni.tv was launched in 2012 and stands out as one of the three largest VOD platforms in Africa, along with Iroko TV and ShowMax, TRACE claimed in a press statement. "TRACE and Buni.tv share the same strategic vision in that we believe that VOD is the future of television," said TRACE CEO Olivier Laouchez. "We...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • Looking beyond to cross the security skills chasm

    Cyber-attacks, like a big old snowball, continue to grow as it rolls down the mountain. And in its wake are the good guys aka security professionals who are struggling to keep pace. The reality is cybercriminals and so-called hactivists continue to deepen their skillsets while chief information security officers (CISO) across the globe scramble to find skilled employees to safeguard their organisations. According to CIO, a leading ICT online news source, a lot of businesses don’t realise that in order to stop the monstrous snowball they have to link organisational and security practices with skilled security professionals. Finding the right people So...

  • Competition: win a frightfully horrifying Conjuring 2 hamper worth R900 [closed]

    You may have heard there's a new Conjuring movie heading to SA cinemas soon. In order to celebrate its release, Memeburn is giving away a prize of Conjuring 2-themed goodies. The Conjuring 2 follows the case files of husband and wife Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farminga) Warren once again. This time, the pair are investigating a poltergeist activity at a council house in Enfield, England. Judging from the trailers, the movie looks to be another well-crafted horror movie from director James Wan and Warner Brothers Pictures. The movie will be released in SA on 10 June so look out...

  • Father’s Day sees a spike in ‘daddy’ searches, Pornhub finds

    Where there's a need for adult entertainment, Pornhub is there to virtually deliver it. And where there's a need for some fascinating insights, the company's Insights blog delivers it as well. And for Father's Day 2016, Pornhub Insights shed light on viewer habits for last year's Father's Day. Interestingly enough, the adult network found that searches for "dad" or "daddy" spiked by an impressive 1361%. What were the most popular dad-related searches though? "The most popular search is 'step dad and daughter', followed by simply 'daddy'. We also found confirmation that 'dad bod' is indeed sexy, along with 'black daddy', 'big daddy' and 'hairy daddy'. Even 'DILF'...

  • 10 incredibly cool Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts you should know

    There are more people using a touchscreen to surf the web than those using a traditional keyboard and mouse setup. But that doesn't mean that the older combination is useless -- far from it. For one, here are some cool shortcuts for Google Chrome that will improve your desktop browsing experience with a keyboard and mouse. 1. Quickly go Incognito with Ctrl+Shift+N Need to "buy some gifts online" and don't want the next computer user to see? Well, you could either right-click on the Google Chrome taskbar shortcut and choose "new incognito window" or you can use the aforementioned keyboard shortcut. Don't have anything...

  • M&C Saatchi snaps up Dalmatian Advertisng

    M&C Saatchi has on Tuesday announced that it had acquired Dalmatian Advertising, a small Cape Town-based agency. Formerly known as Domino Digital, the agency's clients include I&J, Falke, and MiWay and was reportedly acquired to operate "conflict business" alongside the UK-based company's existing South African presence M&C Saatchi Abel. For those not familiar with the industry, that means Dalmation Digital can take on clients who operate in competition with M&C Saatchi's current client base. The company was founded in 2011, by Clinton Bridgeford, Bruce Norris, Leon Potgieter, and Gabrielle Weinstein. The founding team has since been joined by another...

  • Dory finds top spot in SA cinema rankings [2016/06/20]

    Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's hit Finding Nemo, has taken top spot over the weekend (17 to 19 June) in South African cinemas. It's managed to kick the WarCraft movie down a spot from first place last week. Besides Finding Dory, the top five movies this past week are mostly the same as before, with Now You See Me: The Second Act, Angry Birds, and The Conjuring 2 occupying positions in the top five. Last week's newcomer, The Nice Guys has entered at sixth position, while the once-titan X-Men: Apocalypse is now sitting in tenth place and edging its way off...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 10 picturesque portraits of Port Elizabeth

    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. We're heading back to the coast this week to visit one of South Africa's oldest cities -- Port Elizabeth. Founded in 1820, The Bay, iBhayi or the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is home to over a million of the friendliest people in...