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  • 5 useful but fashionable fitness gadgets for the sporty generation

    Purchasing gifts in this day and age is a scary task. There's no such thing as resorting to socks if all else fails, and roses are great but don't last particularly long. In the technological era, people want gifts with screens and buttons. But don't worry, we're here to help. If you're wondering what to buy a particularly sporty person in your life, there has never been a better time to choose a sporty gadget. With the troves of options available -- from wearables to smartphones that do more than most -- the choices are endless. Read more on Gearburn.

  • WorldRemit introduces mobile money transfers to Burundi

    WorldRemit, the online money transfer service, is launching instant mobile money transfers to Burundi. People from 50 countries in the world can now send money directly to EcoCash mobile wallets in Burundi. Burundians can now send money to their friends and family, with an instant message. “The 350 000 Burundians who live abroad can make instant, low-cost money transfers direct to the mobiles of their friends and family in Burundi,” WorldRemit said in a press release sent to Memeburn. WorldRemit already has a presence in Africa, and is available in 50 countries around the world and 120+ destinations and enables around...

  • Google gets to grips with ABCs, rebrands parent company Alphabet

    Google owns plenty of other companies, very few of which have anything to do with search. Within that context, the decision by the internet giant to create a new parent company makes sense. Called Alphabet, the new entity was announced by Page, who will be its CEO, in an official blog post. According to the post, Google co-founder Sergey Brin will serve alongside Page as president. In the post, Page also revealed that the launch of Alphabet would mean a "slightly slimmed down Google". This is largely due to the fact that the companies that are "pretty far afield"...

  • Rich media can enhance business training: here’s how

    Media is all around us. It is an active component in learning strategies that has enhanced employee and employer relationships. Whether it’s a film clip, a song, or a podcast from a lecture—it makes no difference. Statistics have proven that media is an excellent tool for enhancing learning. Think of it as a bridge between trainees and the knowledge they need. The use of media encourages individuals to engage in the materials, and it results in a greater retention level. It illustrates the concepts the trainer wants to convey in a new and radical way. Many corporate training programmes utilise...

  • Absa first SA bank to launch Apple Watch app

    South African banking giant Absa has officially announced the launch of its Apple Watch app. The bank, a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa group, is the first in the country to launch something aimed specifically at Apple Watch owners. The app comes with the tagline "The Smallest Thing in Banking" and is a clear sign that the bank is determined not to get left behind when it comes to technological offerings. The bank was, after all, the last of South Africa's big banks to launch a mobile banking app, nearly two years after FNB's 2011 launch. At this stage, it's unclear exactly what...

  • Omnichannel strategies: what you need to know before implementation

    There is no doubt that omnichannel matters for contact centres today. Channels other than voice are becoming increasingly important to the customer experience, with the use of new channels such as web chat, social media and SMS, for example, growing rapidly and going mainstream. Across South Africa and globally, forward-looking contact centres are looking to incorporate additional channels in to their contact centres. However, some are labouring under the misconception that additional channels can simply be plugged into existing infrastructure and managed in isolation. Doing this can add complexity to contact centre management, and could even down grade the...

  • Loeries 2015: Durban flavour, digital ascending

    From as far back as the wall-to-wall carpet days in Sun City, each host location for the Loeries has brought its own flavour to the event. Durban is promising to do the same this year. The city of a million bathers is not to everyone’s taste but this is probably the closest the Loeries will ever get to feeling like Cannes. We’ll have our very own Boulevard de la Croisette in the form of OR Tambo Parade, the Elangeni and Maharani Hotel will bring the bling just as well as the famous Martinez and Carlton International, and Palais des...

  • ‘Tembo The Badass Elephant’ review: butt-stomping mayhem

    Never has an elephant been more gloriously featured in a game than the 2D-platformer title, Tembo The Badass Elephant (TTBE). I must admit that the first time I heard of this game it sounded absolutely ridiculous. After playing it, I must still admit this game is absolutely ridiculous, but in all the right ways. Everything about this game defies almost every rule in physics and challenges the very nature of reality and I love it.

  • SA’s Geek Crate delivers games, comics and merchandise to your doorstep

    Brand new startup Geek Crate based in Cape Town, South Africa, looks to bring a range of geek products to the masses. It’s an idea sure to take off during the current Geek Chic trend, made popular by properties such as The Big Bang Theory and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The company has been founded by full-time UCT students and friends, Grant Meeser and Jordan Lambis. What they lack in years of experience, the pair have in vision, foresight, and drive.

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...

  • Facebook introduces messaging on Pages: a new way for customers and businesses to connect

    Facebook is introducing a a new feature for Pages that aims to improve the way businesses and customers interact. The new feature has two main functions, which includes a way for customers to send private messages to businesses and tools for Page admins to easily manage and respond to messages. Gone are the days when a brand and its customers were complete strangers. The new send message button for local awareness ads allows customers to engage in private conversations with business Pages from News Feed ads. This way, Facebook says, customers have a personal channel to connect with businesses directly from ads....

  • Weekly Round Up #30: Geek Crate, Gamescom, 3D printing and Drone racing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made geek out about Gamescom, 3D printing, Drone competitions and an actual subscription service for geek merchandise. Ventureburn looks at a new ecommerce company in South Africa called Geek Crate, which sends you a monthly crate of all things geek, from comic books to actual toys. The team debates how the startup will satisfy its picky customers. Getting a car fixed is not a small matter, worse if the car needs to...

  • Nutrition, barcode-scanning app rates packaged food for South Africans

    In partnership with George Institute for Global Health and Discovery Vitality, nutrition app called HealthyFood Switch has just launched in South Africa. The mobile app lets you scan the barcode of a packaged-food item and provides nutritional information on the energy, total fat, saturated fat, sugar, fibre, sodium and calcium of the product. An algorithm rates the nutrient composition using a star rating system. The user is also shown healthier alternatives within the same food category, allowing them to make a switch to a healthier product before they head to the check-out counter. Discovery Insurance isn't shying away from hooking onto the...

  • Your new shoes are in the mail: how tech has changed customer service

    The invention of the telephone really was the beginning of competitive customer service. Telephones saved us from spending the morning away from work trying to resolve an issue that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, and opened up the gates for efficiency in post-sales service. It was a revolution for customer service that would, years down the line, become a medium used by market-leading brands to instill loyalty and love around a seemingly unlovable object; a company. The Madmen-era of marketing in the '60s brought about call centres and soon these outbound sales machines began to become...

  • 6 reasons your customers hate your website

    You know the importance of having a business website. You may even have jumped on the ecommerce bandwagon decades ago. However, recently, your website traffic has dropped, and your conversion rates are abysmal. The Web is constantly changing — ‘tis the nature of the beast — and if your website isn’t changing with it, you are likely to find increasingly lower traffic. Here are a handful of common website problems that might be driving your customers away. 1. Your slow load It is 2015, and precious few Internet users still bother with dial-up connections. Because connection speeds increase every day, most...