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  • Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart as The Daily Show host

    The Daily Show is about to get a lot more South African. Some big big shoes to fill for South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah who has just been announced as the new show host for The Daily Show in the US. The New York Times reported that Noah is to Succeed Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s satirical comedy show. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement to the New York Times. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” He added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be...

  • Twitter is listening: data mining, Gnip and the fabled ‘firehose’

    Twitter is currently making a ton of money by selling access to your tweets. Now you might be wondering “Why would someone pay to read my tweets?” I mean Twitter is free, right? You just need an account and presto! There you have your access. The answer is a broad one that I will try to explain in the duration of this article. Let me start off by summing up this article in three words… Information is power The most valuable thing that the micro-blogging platform offers is information and insight into a group’s social psyche. Each month there are over 230-million...

  • SA ecommmerce stores should really focus on building trust with customers

    In a time when malls are taking a pounding from criminals, loadshedding and tightened shopper budgets ecommerce is offered an opportunity to finally step up. Not so much to replace the brick and mortar retailer, but to enhance it. Both online and traditional stores are hard at work trying to establish the missing ingredient — trust, albeit from various sides of the spectrum. Retailers are looking to rekindle the feeling of safety and ecommerce stores are looking for checkout peace of mind amid growing fears around fraud. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Social media marketing: it’s about more than nice-looking profiles

    The web is the primary tool in market globalisation. Borders and distance are no longer a hindrance in getting people to buy and sell services or products. Social media marketing is becoming a top priority for many website developers and this is encouraged by the huge success of the popular social media channels. Various social media channels have millions of users around the globe and this makes these channels the perfect target for digital marketing. These channels are more than just a meeting spot where people can make friends. Marketers are using the potential of these channels in various...

  • Canon EOS 70D review: a DSLR with few faults

    The Canon EOS 70D is the younger sister of the 60D geared towards enthusiast users, and it definitely does well in that respect. There are obvious improvements over the Canon EOS 60D, including the live view/video optimized autofocus system that works across all lenses, WiFi support and a slimmer body. And then there are some indistinct differences, like the knob instead of the button that activates the lock. Speaking of buttons, there is also a slight change with the Canon EOS 70D in terms of the location of some. Canon places the menu button on the left and not the...

  • 10 tips for keeping your data safe in the cloud

    If you choose a credible cloud software provider, it will host your accounting or payroll applications and data in a secure data centre underpinned by world-class technology. This will free you from doing backups, buying and installing new versions of the software, and fencing your data behind high security software. Yet that doesn’t mean you can neglect information security in your business. You’ll still be using your own devices to access the cloud, so there are some security vulnerabilities you need to take care of on your side. Here are a few ways to protect your business from data security...

  • Tim Cook puts foot down against discriminatory religious, same-sex legislation

    Tim Cook isn’t very happy with some bills being introduced in Indiana, Arkansas and a bunch of others states in the US. In a op-ed on The Washington Post, the Apple CEO points out that newly introduced legislation in two dozen states would allow people to discriminate against others based on their religious and sexual orientation. Cook stated that Apple will remain open to everyone, regardless of the new laws in Indiana and Arkansas: Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they...

  • This crazy, surreal sci-fi short had studios in a bidding war

    Not so long ago, if you wanted to get Hollywood bigwigs to help make your dream movie, you had to spend ages and ages pitching the concept. That’s still important today, but if you get enough support online, the studios might just come to you. The latest example of this latter model comes in the shape of a surreal sci-fi film called Sundays, which apparently saw the likes of Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros engaging in a bidding war (Warner Bros. won out in the end). Read more: Sci-fi short starring Aiden Gillen is a stunning celebration of human...

  • Turns out that viral game ranger video was a Careers 24 ad

    In the last week or so, you’ve probably seen this video floating around on your social timelines. It shows a game ranger taking a tour group on a walking safari. After repeated attempts to get one member of the group to stay quiet, the ranger eventually gets the “hell-in” and abandons the group. It’s racked up more than 271 000 views since going live and, it now turns out, is an advert for Careers 24. According to Nadia Boucher Coombe, Head of Marketing for Careers24, the idea sprang from the insight that everyone looks for a career that is...

  • Insuring your future: how tech’s working to keep you safe while cycling [Sponsored]

    ‘Insuring your future‘ is a four-part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the first article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to make cycling a safer activity than it currently is. Cycling is great. It’s a clean, environmentally way to get the blood pumping through your veins and because you’re on two wheels instead of two legs, you get to cover a lot more ground than if you were walking. That in turn means you get to see...

  • With Messenger as a platform, Facebook’s strategy starts to make sense

    During the opening keynote at Facebook’s F8 developers’ conference, you got the sense that there were a lot of light-bulbs going off in a lot of tech journalists’ heads. The moment that got those light bulbs burning was Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that Messenger would cease to be “just another messaging app” and would instead become a platform. The new Messenger platform will allow its more than 600-million users to create and share content from third-party tools as well as communicate directly with businesses rather than calling or emailing them. The more than 40 apps available on Messenger from the...

  • Error 404: Democracy Not Found — what social media tells us about the state of our culture

    At a time in our world when there are more people voting for their government representatives than ever before, it’s a discomforting thought that most of us are unhappy with the way our lives are run. To be fair, we are growing up alongside financial crises alongside an overpopulated planet. Still, whether political systems are under more assault due to having so many more eyes on it or whether people are feeling somewhat more entitled, the fact remains that the web — specifically when we look at social media — is playing a massive role in how it’s being...

  • No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

    The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt. The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We’ve been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using private, hybrid and public cloud architectures. The IoT is already deeply embedded in South Africa’s industrial and commercial infrastructure. Without knowing it, we all depend on this network already. Recent...

  • Weekly Roundup #18: Facebook Messenger, Spartan, Sami Inkinen and the final Bugatti Veyron

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker tackle topics as diverse as Facebook Messenger’s transition to a platform, the latest updates to Microsoft’s Project Spartan, an entrepreneur who’s also an extreme athlete, and the final Bugatti Veyron. As a company, Facebook is 11 years old now. If it had remained the social network it was back then, it might still be around but it probably wouldn’t have nearly the same levels of success it now does. Its latest effort to...

  • Facebook’s solar-powered internet drones are finally hitting the skies this year

    No, it’s not a summer blockbuster in the works. Facebook is really going to start testing drones to beam internet access to people within the next few months. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the drone is called Aquila and will start doing its rounds when summer hits the States this year. Announced almost exactly one year ago, the ambitious stunt is part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative which seeks to give between 1.1 billion and 2.8 billion unconnected people access to the web. “Depending on how this test flight goes, we’ll see what happens,” Facebook’s vice president of engineering Jay Parikh...