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  • On-demand on the rise, further down the retailing rabbit hole we go

    As the customer, I want you to kick-back and initiate spectator mode, which is when you step back and watch the chaos in front of you unfold. Clubs, the office, at home, this mode has served me some of the best seats in the house to things only life can supply. Now let's turn our attention to the corperate fat cats playing a game of truth or dare over who gets to serve you first. The plot thickens as a Game of Thrones scenario plays out between the delivery companies and the retailers they partner with. South Africa has...

  • UEFA Champions League final got 28m people talking on Facebook

    As FC Barcelona romped to a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, millions of people around the world appear to have had one eye on the action and the other on their smartphone. In fact, data released by the social network suggests that some 28-million people drove 76-million interactions on Facebook around the final this year. According to Facebook, Neymar was the most-buzzed about player while FC Barcelona was the team with the highest level of conversation about the match. Interestingly, most of the conversation appears to have come out of Brazil, followed by Italy, Indonesia,...

  • Uber is testing a cash payment option in Nairobi

    Uber has launched a cash payment system in Nairobi, Kenya. Uber has been operating with a credit card-based system, a strategy that made sense in the US and other mature markets. But the moment the private driver hailing app started operating in emerging markets, it needed to adopt a different strategy. It is for this reason that the company has adjusted it payment options. Uber’s cash payment began in India and now has branched into Kenya. Launching in Nairobi is a move into the unbankable African market. Last week, Uber announced its plans about its cash payment option, stating that...

  • Twitter bot corrects users referring to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘He’

    It's been a little over a week since Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, introduced herself to the world, but people don't seem to be able to get to grips with using the correct pronoun. An automated Twitter feed stared correcting users who mis-identified Caitlyn Jenner as 'he'. So when a twitter user refers to Jenner using the wrong pronoun, the bot automatically corrects the tweet with the reminder of using Jenner's preferred female pronoun. The account was dubbed @she_not_he. The athlete and TV star 'Bruce Jenner' began transitioning to Caitlyn earlier in the year. She's went through breast augmentation...

  • Bjork releases a 360-degree music video

    Bjork's retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art has come to an end. The reviews have been mixed, one described it as "light on analysis and heavy on gimmick" but the exhibition may well be the catalyst for the music video takeing a giant leap into another universe. Even with the mixed reviews of the exhibition, the one great thing that has come from the exhibition is a futuristic music video like no other. The video is for a song for titled 'Stonemilker'. The song is from Bjork's new album, Vulnicura. The video is a 360 degree...

  • This ad lets the world know what Karl Ahari’s been up to lately

    You may have been wondering what Karl Ahari, the second rate magician who starred in what turned out to be ecommerce giant Kalahari's final campaign, has been up to recently. Things have, after all, been pretty quiet on that front. That's a little odd, given the flurry of activity around the merger between Kalahari and Takealot. But if a new ad is anything to by, the merger may well have gone beyond just the corporate structures of the company. After what seems like more than a few lonely nights on the couch, the Kalahari mascot appears to have...

  • iStore iPhoneography competition now open

    The iStore's iPhoneography competition is back and you can enter now. Apple has launched two campaigns to showcase the camera prowess of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The first was photographs and the second was, released a few days ago, videos. This competition continues on this and you can be part of it. The competition is adjudicated by iStore and it is now in its fifth year. Entries are opened now and will close on 28 August 2015. That means there is still plenty of time for budding photographers to take photos, as many as you can until you...

  • Just how big a threat is cybercrime to South Africa?

    The speed of technological change is leaving gaping holes in highly sensitive company IT infrastructure. These vulnerabilities are being targeted by cybercriminals at an increasing rate as South Africa is starting to feel the heat from attackers across the globe. It was revealed at the 2015 Security Summit, in Johannesburg, that South Africa is the most attacked country on the African continent over the past six weeks. Vernon Fryer, Chief Technology Security Officer at Vodacom, presented alarming statistics from the Vodacom Cyber Intelligence Centre revealing a 150% increase in the number of DDOS attacks in the last 18 months in Africa....

  • CustosTech wants to curb movie piracy using bitcoin

    In January last year an illegal copy of the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was making its rounds on the internet. The situation became quite awkward as the early release copy was traced back to popular TV show host Ellen DeGeneres, and had her name written all over it. Literally, as her name was watermarked onto one of the exclusive copies so that people could find the origin of the leak. The story reflects a pressing time in the movie industry when most producers -- of digital movies, music, games and books -- are feeling the crunch of...

  • Olloclip for iPhone 6 review: the Instagram generation’s must-have accessory

    The Olloclip is a clip-on lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presumably for the selfie lover and camera phone photographer. In many ways, it aims to enhance the iPhone's already stellar camera, by giving users more variety and control over the likes of fish-eye effects and macro imaging. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, it's a mixed bag. Receiving and unboxing the Olloclip is a great experience, thanks to its curious multi-part design, quirky covers and the promise it brings. It's essentially a 4-in-1 lens, consisting of a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and a 10x and 15x macro...

  • 4 basic digital marketing terms every website owner should know

    Almost every day, I am approached by Companies that have difficulty with sales, These companies often have a great product with a great pricing system, a decent to good looking website (with special attention paid to their (UI) User Interface and (UX) User Experience), most of these companies do not have a solid online reputation or a good digital marketing strategy (winging their digital marketing) and most often fail to understand how to digitally market or drive traffic to their websites. While most companies do not have the privilege of having Apple and Coca-Cola’s branding, there are certain steps...

  • Weekly Round Up #24: Pinterest ecommerce play, Africa the new China, synthetic fuel, budget phones

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Christopher Wilton speak about Pinterest's new features, Buyable Pins, budget phones, Africa is the new China and synthetic fuel. Pinterest has made a move towards being an ecommerce site. This makes sense as people have been sharing things they like and driving traffic away from Pinterest to stores that sell the items. This move is not at all shocking but it does signal a new path for social media platforms...

  • 10 strategic technology trends governments need to be paying attention to

    Earlier this week, we reported on a partnership between the city of Accra and Microsoft and about how this partnership will ease the backlog of Accra’s everyday operations. Gartner has in its latest research identified the top 10 most important technology trends for governments in 2015. Other governments can like the city of Accra benefit from integrating technology more into their day to day operations. Technology research house Gartner says that these trends are important in order to help CIOs and IT leaders assess critical strategic technologies and plan their enterprises' or agencies' IT roadmaps better. There is no doubt...

  • Vendors shipped 11.4m wearables in the first quarter of 2015

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 11.4-million wearables in the first quarter of 2015. Fitbit shipped the most units, with Xiaomi in second place. This is a 200% increase from the 3.8-million wearables shipped in the same quarter in 2014. Though there might have been skepticism from the market when it comes to wearables in the beginning, their popularity however is proving to be growing. Ramon Llamas, research manager of Wearables at IDC, explains this growth and says that "It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of...

  • FNB confirms mobile network plans

    This has been coming for a while. South African banking giant FNB has confirmed plans to launch its own mobile network, with SIM cards set to be issued to its customers. The move comes after months of speculation and is just the latest attempt by the bank to diversify outside of its traditional banking products. Currently FNB offers ADSL and 3G data rewards through its FNB Connect offering, which will now be expanded to include mobile voice and data products. The bank is already established in the telecommunications space with over 2 million customers topping up with airtime...