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  • Twitter introduces special Tour de France emoji

    The Tour de France, cycling's most grueling road race, gets underway on Saturday kicking off two weeks of breakaways, crashes, grueling mountain climbs, and achingly beautiful helicopter shots of the French countryside. And, like every large sporting event on the planet, you'll be able to follow it on Twitter. In fact, "le Tour" is the latest sporting event to receive its own custom emoji. The emoji cover the tour itself, the fact that this year's edition kicks off in Utrecht in the Netherlands, and all four of the jerseys the individual riders will be competing for. Read more: SA’s...

  • Uber petitions City of Cape Town to stop hassling its drivers [Update]

    Car hailing service Uber is petitioning the City of Cape Town to allow its drivers to operate freely across the city. The plea comes amidst news that some 200 Uber vehicles have been impounded by city officials in 2015. In a blog post linking to its official online petition, the company points to the jobs it has created, as well as the safety of the city's residents among the reasons its partner drivers should be allowed to operate freely until the obstacles for obtaining a vehicle operating permit are lowered. "Since the launch of Uber in Cape Town nearly...

  • Fassbender appears to channel inner psycho in new ‘Steve Jobs’ trailer

    Universal Pictures has released the latest trailer for its Steve Jobs movie, starring Michael Fassbender and written by Aaron Sorkin. And by the looks of things, the former has no intention of glossing over Jobs' negative traits. The film, set to launch in theaters on 9 October, is based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography and follows three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Despite having the most authoritative source material, the Danny Boyle vehicle has been the Steve Jobs biopic beset with the most problems. Read more: Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs...

  • Digital marketing must be a boardroom conversation

    Even among South Africa’s most progressive brands, digital media and marketing have not yet taken the leading role they should in boardroom conversations. Many brands remain fairly conservative about how much money they spend on digital channels, allocating at most 10% of their total media budget to digital, depending on which market research you believe. The reason for this is perhaps due to the confusing jargon, the pace of technology change, and the complexity of the media purchasing models. Many conservative brands and marketers retreat to what they know and understand when faced with fragmentation (premium sites, networks, ad exchanges);...

  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core review: heads and tails above the rest

    It's really difficult telling gaming mice apart nowadays. All feature highly adjustable DPI or sensitivity settings. All are somewhat colourful and snazzy with splashes of style littering their compact bodies. All mostly arrive with adjustable software packages, allowing the user to adjust the mouse according to games installed or personal preferences. With that said, how the hell do we tell the difference? Believe it or not, but in a world of copy-cat devices it's probably easier than any other field to spot differences. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Jaguar Land Rover has seen the future of driving: it’s super-geeky

    Many automakers have built their reputations in one specific area of expertise. Volvo, for instance, is considered by many as a byword for automotive safety. And, in most markets, Toyota is thought of as the ultimate when it comes to reliability. So, what about Jaguar Land Rover? Well, these two British brands, which are now part of the Tata Motors stable, each certainly boast long and storied histories. But, over the past few years, the Jaguar Land Rover group appears to have shifted focus somewhat, spending oodles of time and money researching and developing the sort of technology...

  • 5 key steps to getting your startup ready for funding

    It’s the age of the startup. Technology is enabling us to solve more problems at a greater speed than ever before. Solutions to big enough problems often have commercial value -- leading to new enterprises being founded. New companies are formed and funded faster than ever before. Gaining access to the lifeblood of seed capital is critical for any high growth startup. You need to be fast to market with enough resources to develop your product, gain traction and unlock value. But a strong team, good infrastructure and market access all create a burn that cannot be bootstrapped for long. Read more...

  • Google brings My Maps to Google Drive

    Today, Google Drive is even getting better. Google announced that My Maps is coming to Google Drive. My Maps, though not hugely popular with most users, makes it possible for individuals to put their world on a custom map. Google says that people can create multiple maps and these will be searchable on the drive. There is nothing better than Google Drive, writing documents in one device and then having the ability to work on them on multiple device is perfect. Gone are the days of forgetting important documents at home or having to carry devices or transfer...

  • Google’s image recognition tool lands it in hot water

    Google engineers have had to scramble to fix a flaw in its recently released Photos app, which saw black people labeled as gorillas. The bug was first brought to public attention by programmer Jacky Alciné, who noticed that the app kept labeling photos of him and his friend as gorillas. The feature at fault is one that automatically tags and arranges users photos according to objects in the photos. So if it recognises a mountain, then it will place the photo in the "mountains" category. It's supposed to learn as it goes along, as Alciné's experience shows there are...

  • GoPro films massive Great White shark trying to munch its way into a cage

    Never will you be more petrified than when a three-meter shark tries to munch its way into your little underwater cage all the way out in the ocean. Think about it. A couple of tourists off the coast of South Africa's Mossel Bay recently captured a very hungry -- perhaps teething Great White shark -- on video, doing just that. Shot with a GoPro Hero 4 wide angle, the animal attacks the metal shark cage's buoy as if a pork chop, or in his case perhaps a juicy, salty seal. As terrifying it may be, we're almost sure that the shark's...

  • Apple Music’s opening hours: great sounds, smooth streaming, minor faults

    The wait for Apple Music yesterday was excruciatingly long. Now that it's here, it's not doing badly in its first 24 hours of use. Though it has features one can do without, it's really great in most respects. Much like a marathon, the first few hours have been great, but it's how things pan out in the long run that really matters. At first glance, one of the most impressive things about Apple Music is how it seamlessly integrates with the existing iTunes playlist. iTunes has always simplistic and the arrival of Apple Music to its nest does not ruin...

  • Rabid iFan enthusiasm wanes as Apple Music goes live

    Unless you've spent the past 24 hours stuck inside a sensory isolation tank, you're probably well aware of the fact that Apple Music launched to the public yesterday. The service -- which offers everything from streaming, to curated playlists, and virtual radio stations -- comes with a free three month trial, sparking downloads from genuine Apple lovers and the merely curious alike. It's a potentially important moment in the Cupertino-based giant's history. Given this, as well as the levels of excitement generated any time Apple does anything, it should hardly be surprising that it generated plenty of chatter on...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • Miss One Rand Man? Prepare for the One Rand Family

    One Rand Man was one of the biggest advertising campaigns to hit South Africa last year. In a country where many are saddled with serious debt, it resonated with many. For the duration of the campaign, a middle-class South African man, with a solid job and in an apparently stable financial situation, was asked to give up his credit and debit cards for one month. And with execution across digital and traditional channels, it received big media attention. It was also a winner at the Bookmarks Awards in February, netting a number of pixels for King James -- the...

  • Backup and recovery: out with the old, in with the new

    Deloitte made two significant technology predictions for 2015. The first was the idea of the re-enterprisation of IT, which suggests that there is a shift in the way enterprises are adopting technology. Whereas in the past, enterprises would adopt new technology before consumers did, the opposite is now true. With the rise of wearables and the Internet of Things, consumers are bringing new devices into the workplace every day, compounding IT management and security challenges. The second prediction was that we are moving into an era of software-defined everything, bringing with it a host of benefits – by virtualising entire...