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  • Want doggie cuddles? UberPaws is coming to Cape Town

    From ice cream and electric vehicles to shopping and more, Uber isn't shy about trying new things. Now, Cape Town dog lovers can rejoice because the UberPaws initiative is coming to the Mother City. "On Wednesday, 15 June, at the tap of a button, Uber will send out these cute fur balls and their raisers to the people of Cape Town for only R100 between 10.30am to 1.30pm," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. All fees will go to the SA Guide-Dogs Association and a dog visit lasts for 15 minutes. Read more: Uber basks in phenomenal SA growth "From seven weeks...

  • Training teachers to use elearning material will improve basic education in South Africa

    When I talk to people about my company's approach to technology in education, I’m often asked: "Does e-learning do more harm than good?" ELearning holds enormous potential to catapult the education system in this country well into the twenty-first century. ELearning can revolutionise teaching and learning, and improve the overall quality and accessibility of the education system. But there currently exists a gap between what e-learning could do and the reality of what technology in education has achieved so far. Some of the projects that have made news in recent years have, unfortunately, not been the most thought through. Many have...

  • HTML5 has changed the internet but the world’s now ready for HTML6

    Since the dawn of the World Wide Web in 1989, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) has evolved exponentially in the last two decades. The foundation for HTML 5 was laid back in 2004 as the aged HTML4 was struggling for relevancy amongst developers. HTML4 was standardised in 1997 and the world had begun to expect more from web technology. The Worldwide Wide Web Consortium(W3C) had focused its resources on the development of Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) 2.0 at the time. Founded in 2004, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) had identified the relevancy and the potential of a...

  • WWDC 2016: what else did Apple announce?

    Apple spent a lot of its time talking about iOS 10 and its notable features, but what else did the company reveal at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) last night? The Cupertino firm spent some time on Apple TV, Watch OS and MacOS, delivering software news for everything, really. Expected new hardware? You’re out of luck.

  • Top tips for online safety for families across the ages

    Parenting has changed. There is no doubt that in the digital age there are now more opportunities to create experiences that were previously impossible. However, at the same time, there is even greater and more complex risks and threats that were non-existent half a decade ago, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO at ESET Southern Africa. For many parents, getting used to this is not easy and one of the trickiest aspects is figuring out what to do with online safety as the years go by. What is appropriate for a toddler is not exactly relevant for a six-year...

  • Schoolkids to take over News24 on Youth Day

    This is pretty cool. A group of schoolkids will get to experience one of South Africa's biggest online newsrooms on Thursday as they help edit News24. The news site is bringing the school children in as part of its commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising. "Forty years ago, hundreds of Soweto students lost their lives at the hands of apartheid police for protesting against the forced introduction of Afrikaans as a language of tuition at all schools," says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24. "We wanted to acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice by taking an...

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn in $26bn deal

    Microsoft has announced plans to buy business-focused social network LinkedIn, in a deal worth US$26.2-billion (R398-billion). The Redmond company will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, with the transaction expected to close by the end of the year. "LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft," Microsoft said in a press statement. "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centred on connecting the world's professionals," Nadella said. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to...

  • Panama Papers: Find implicated SA firms around you with this tool

    The largest data leak in history revealed that a massive number of companies and people were using Panama to keep their financial details private. Although using Panama in this manner isn't illegal, some of the implicated firms have been less than honest in their financial dealings, to say the least. South African companies are also featured in the leak, and consultancy firm Eighty20 has delivered a slick web-based tool to find these firms around you. The tool allows you to enter a location and specify the radius (two kilometres, five kilometres and ten kilometres), then spitting out relevant addresses. Read more: Panama Papers...

  • Florida shooting: Solidarity and (some) opportunism

    The USA's deadliest shooting occurred over the weekend at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 50 dead and scores wounded. The shooting was apparently perpetrated by a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS. But the incident has seen scores of people stepping up to assist the victims, from blood drives to messages of support. Many helped in the wake of the incident or made moves in solidarity... Here's the line at a local blood bank for Pulse Shooting victims. One man said, "This is the real Orlando." @bn9 pic.twitter.com/KmX8EU9Ld7 — Erin Maloney (@ErinOnTV) June 12, 2016 The line to give blood down the street...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • Influencers are impacting consumers’ purchasing decisions more than ever before

    In a recent article I read, a woman explained how, after coming across an Instagram post of one of her favourite bloggers, she rushed to the stores in search for the very doormat she saw in the post. After searching high and low she eventually got hold of the doormat and felt compelled to share the news on social media. So, not only did the blogger influence the woman’s decision to buy the mat but she also got her to talk about it online, further contributing to the digital conversation around the product. The fact that the influencer got her to...

  • Your journey to the cloud: what every business should know

    What does it mean to move your business to the cloud? We talk, read, watch, and hear about the benefits to business and the rewards that will be yielded, but what does this actually mean? What are the potential pains you will feel and what should you be doing to make your journey as smooth as possible? Historically, businesses have had to manage their own IT infrastructure for their company ERP systems, information storage systems, security systems, archives, and others. The complexities of doing this, together with managing environmental issues like electricity supply, recycling, and cooling, was...

  • ShowMax coming to DStv Explora this week, console apps in the works

    ShowMax, Naspers' streaming service, will soon be available on the DStv Explora. The move "extends access to subscription video services to an even wider audience," according to the company, and will allow those with an internet-connected DStv Explora decoders to access content. "In South Africa, interest in internet TV is entering a new phase," explains ShowMax CPO Barrron Ernst. "In addition to early adopters, we’re now seeing a more mainstream customer base wanting to try the service out. For Explora owners this is a risk-free proposition – binge entire box sets from the very beginning without having to buy any new equipment." Using...

  • This resource is essential for online business development in every company

    Whilst the heading of this article discusses the need for a specific resource for online business development, I only discuss this at the end of the article. Please indulge me and read the following content first which provides context and a motivation for my recommendation. According to a recent report by Larisa Bedgood of Customer Think, titled The Ultimate List of Marketing Statistics You Need to Know for 2016: 76% of digital marketers will produce more content (Source: Top Rank Marketing). 51% of digital marketers will increase their content marketing budget (Source: Top Rank Marketing). 67% more leads will be...

  • E3 2016 live blog: all the news and analysis as it happens

    Welcome to our E3 2016 live blog, a place where Gearburn staff will keep you up to date with all the happenings from Los Angeles’, and the world’s biggest gaming convention. This year, the usual suspects of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Bethesda will be setting the stage alight with announcements of new games, projects and (likely) some new hardware too. And although the expo officially kicks off on Monday, the usual Sunday day-zero mayhem will ensue. But would we have it any other way?