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  • 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...

  • 5 ways to get ‘tech-dumb’ CMOs to sign onto your digital marketing solution

    It’s easy enough selling ice to eskimoes; they actually know the benefits of ice and see it everday, but try selling a technology solution to a person who has never heard of it and the task becomes herculean. Digital era requirements stipulate that the CMO should be well versed in technology and its advantages, but more often than not in South Africa, it’s going to be the first time this person has heard of Google Adwords, Augmented Reality, and Integrated Marketing. So how do you get them up to speed on all the latest developments so that when you...

  • DDoS attacks: 5 strategies for defending your network

    DoS attacks have evolved in strategy and tactics to become a resounding threat to businesses anywhere. Hackers design Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to elude detection and it only takes a weak link or configuration to incapacitate a network, costing businesses thousands or even millions of dollars in lost revenue and productivity. Respondents to a recent survey conducted by Incapusla report that on average a DoS attack that lasts 24 hours cost their company $500,000. This type of Internet security problem ranks among the most difficult cyber security problems to defend against, and...

  • Africa’s the new China — here’s why investors should care

    Apart from the fact that one is a continent and the other a country, Africa is the new China. This seems like an odd idea at first. After all, China has a booming economy, and African countries are poverty-stricken, politically volatile, and unjustifiable business risks. Right? Wrong. Africa is actually the next frontier in global expansion. Allow me to explain. Pretend for a moment that you’re the CEO of a major American clothing manufacturer. Your company is thriving, but you want to diversify your sourcing chain. You typically outsource this production to Chinese companies, but the current rising energy and human capital costs...

  • Audi’s synthetic fuels: is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

    A couple of years back, German automaker Audi quietly opened an e-gas plant in Werlte, Germany. The factory -- which is run on renewable energy -- uses electrolysis to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. And this hydrogen is used to power fuel-cell vehicles, right? Wrong. For the time being at least, Audi instead employs methanation -- reacting said hydrogen with carbon dioxide -- to produce synthetic methane, or e-gas. And this gas (which it says is “virtually identical” to natural gas) is then used to power decidedly uncommon compressed natural gas vehicles like the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron....

  • Kalvin Subbadu: Watch out, there’s more to come from WD South Africa

    WD (the hard drive division of Western Digital Corporation) has been a big player in the storage industry since the early 1970s. The Irvine, California-based company has seen spikes in revenue and profits for a few quarters now, and that's backed up by improving prospects in the southern tip of Africa too. At EGE 2015, Gearburn sat down with WD sales manager of components Kalvin Subbadu and Nick de Jager, key account manager for WD's primary partner Frontosa SA, to shed a little more light WD's future in terms of gaming, storage technologies as well as its future in South...

  • Beyond the mobile phone: 112m cellular-enabled devices to ship in 2015

    It's no secret that we live in a mobile world. According to the latest stats from VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, there are some 5.2-billion mobile phone users around the globe, up from just 80-million or so in 1995. Thing is we've become so enraptured with the mobile phone that we forget just how many other devices connect to the cellular networks that make them usable in the first place. According to technology research house Gartner, more than 112-million non-smartphone connected devices (mobile PCs, tablets and mobile hot spot devices) will be sold worldwide in 2015, up 5.6%...

  • Pinterest introduces ‘buyable pins’, making it possible to make purchases within the app

    Pinterest has revealed a new feature that will see users buying things from without leaving the platform. The feature, ‘buyable pins’, will launch in the coming weeks in the US, and to Android in the future. The feature works by showing a blue pin button next to the normal option to pin. This buyable pin allows users to make purchases of items they like. Furthermore, users have the option to search for buyable pins and make use of the price filter to choose a specific price range for items. Users can choose to see what they want to buy in...

  • 5 things you need to know about how South Africans use Twitter

    Over the years, our understanding of the South African social media landscape as a whole has grown in leaps and bounds. Thing is, the focus can sometimes fall away from individual social platforms. That's why it's interesting to note the results of a recent study commissioned by Twitter and conducted by Nielsen, looking at the Twitter habits of South African users. Here are five of the most interesting findings from the study. 1. Twitter isn't just for young people The study showed that 53% of users in South Africa fall in the age range of 25-44; nearly one third (29%)...

  • 5 big questions about the Internet of Things’ impact on business answered

    Machine-to-Machine is about the ability to remotely collect data from devices and use this data in real-time to make more informed business decisions which will inevitably lead to new business models, new business revenues and a more enriched user experience. IoT interconnects devices, assets, processes and systems to improve business models and profits, increase efficiency, and optimise the use of resources. In today’s challenging economic times, it offers enterprises across a wide spectrum of industries an opportunity to improve productivity and cost efficiencies to gain competitive edge. Here are answers to five of the biggest questions currently being when it...

  • Jorge Lorenzo’s in the form of his life: the weekend motorsport roundup

    This weekend's motorsport action, although contending with the lull after Monaco and Indy, was anything but stale. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series rolled on to the Monster Mile at Dover, and was a brilliantly contested race. A few thousand kilometres east at Mugello, Italy, the MotoGP circus rolled on to the home of Ducati and Valentino Rossi (one would assume based on the 100 000 fans present at the circuit. This weekend was also important as the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans entrants took to Circuit de la Sarthe to rehearse what is their most important event...

  • ‘Puzzle & Dragons Z’ review: puzzling at first, addictive soon after

    I've never been a Candy Crush fan in any guise. In fact, Tetris for me was always horrifically boring. Gasp and gawk all you want because puzzle games are generally two-dimensional snore fests for those too afraid of commitment. Of course, that's generalisation to the umpteenth degree because GungHo Entertainment's new take on Puzzle & Dragons Z is a bit more up my alley. You start life as a prospective Dragon Tamer, essentially what the Pokemon Trailer is to Dracomancia -- the world you find yourself in. All seems well, until the evil Paradox group, rather inconveniently, decides to destroy...

  • The Internet of Things could see massive changes to logistics in South Africa

    Recently, research firm Gartner released a report on the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT), a buzzword that simply refers to the connectivity of physical objects, devices and products not technically considered computers. Many of these connected devices are, in fact, elements found along the supply chain – including smart palettes, trucks, refrigerators, home alarm systems, forklifts, even watches and other wearable technology. Based on the latest available stats, there are currently 15 billion connected devices, with this number set to increase to about 50 billion by 2020. In its research, Gartner points out that this massive...

  • 5 customer service obstacles every startup has to overcome

    Have you ever noticed how some companies seem to go out of their way to place obstacles between their customers and great service? I sometimes imagine that there is a special director in charge of creating as much difficulty as possible for customers. Please allow me to share some examples of just a few of the customer service barriers I've bumped into during the past few weeks and how to overcome these obstacles. Read more on Ventureburn.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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Caitlyn Jenner breaks internet, is fastest to 1m Twitter followers

    Caitlyn Jenner has broken the record for the fastest person to reach one-million Twitter followers, cementing her status as a trans-gender icon in the process. It took Jenner, already renowned for her sporting feats and involvement in reality TV's most famous family, just four hours to reach the one-million follower mark. In the process, she beat out US president Barack Obama, who took five hours to reach the mark when he joined Twitter just a couple of weeks ago. Jenner made her public debut yesterday both on social media and on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by the...