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  • Is your organisation digitising the workplace in a healthy manner?

    Smartphones, 4G and cloud technologies have done wonders for our productivity and freed us from being desk-bound. We can now work from anywhere, at any time. These technologies have also unleashed a trove of information, and given us the capacity to process and analyse huge amounts of data to generate more information. But these blessings can also be a curse. Left unchecked, the ability to work from anywhere can, and has, blurred the important line between work and personal time. More and more people are also finding themselves overwhelmed by the deluge of new information coming their way daily. The result of...

  • Simplicity is the key to generating leads on your website

    You might have the best looking website, the most innovative product or service and even the best digital marketing strategy, but it won't generate any leads if the process of obtaining information of interested people is difficult and cumbersome. The web is a crowded and noisy place and people will most likely visit the next result on Google if you can't help them instantly. People will only spend a couple of seconds on your website and if they have a difficult time finding what they want or it's difficult to make a purchase or requesting more information, they will leave....

  • Apple replaces revolver with water gun, highlights new emoji coming to iOS 10

    While Google may have been leading the charge for more inclusive emoji in its operating systems, it's Apple that has beat everyone to actually including them. The company this week announced that "more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10". "This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options," the company adds. Related: Facepalm, shrug and selfie emojis could be on their way soon But something it didn't mention...

  • How successful is Apple every second? This website breaks it down

    We all know that Apple is swimming in an embarrassment of riches, as evident by numerous reports and their most recent earnings. How do you better illustrate their success though? How about a pie chart? Or what about a breakdown of all their devices sold to date? Nah, those won't do... The Every Second website shows you just how successful they are every single second. The website illustrates how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and more the company is selling each second, complete with a live ticker keeping track. For instance, leaving the website open for just ten seconds shows the following stats... The website also outlines several...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Rio is ready, Fikile Mbalula on the decks & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (29 July – 31 July 2016). Host city of the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro is putting the finishing touches on some of its infrastructure upgrades, starting with the dedicated Metro line 4. The line, which cost the city US$3.1-billion, is the final piece of the transport puzzle upgrades, linking Ipanema to Barra (the Olympic village...

  • Uber China to merge with Didi, creating $35bn business – report

    Uber's Chinese operations will merge with Chinese smart cab service Didi Chuxing, it has been reported. The deal will result in a company worth US$35-billion and also sees Uber China investors get 20% of Didi, Bloomberg claimed. However, Uber China will continue to operate as its own separate business for now. Didi will also invest US$1-billion in Uber China, the publication reports, citing "people familiar with the matter". "As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart," said Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, in a blog post obtained by Bloomberg. "I have no doubt that...

  • Don’t lose yourself: avoid identity theft on social media

    More than three-quarters of American adults are active on social media, and the numbers total approximately 2.3-billion people worldwide. By living with and through our technology, it is easier than ever before to reconnect with friends, stay in touch with family and meet new people across previously unassailable physical distances. But this also means that the likes of identity theft is becoming a bigger problem. Unfortunately, in stark contrast to real-world interactions, there are few reliable ways to be sure a person is who they purport to be on the internet. The proliferation of social media tools has created new space...

  • Rural skateboarding and SA tornadoes: this past week’s must-watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they’re viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we’ve got you covered. Another week has gone by, which means it's time to scour the internet for some entertaining and/or viral videos. My favourites? Well, there are otters trying to catch a butterfly and a mini-documentary on the Indigo Skate Camp in KwaZulu-Natal. Why should you fasten your oxygen mask before helping others? Conan O'Brien gets a badass Comic-Con costume made 3D printing plus vacuum sealing equals...? A family of otters trying to catch a butterfly That...

  • 3 quick tips for brands to get the most out of Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger allows consumers to easily open a dialogue with the companies. Both Messenger and Facebook -- as the social network -- are becoming more integrally linked, and it is great news for brands.  The social networking platform recently announced a new set of tools that allow a more personalised experience between consumers and businesses. With around one billion users chatting on Facebook Messenger each month, Facebook is taking the reach of its social platform and integrating customer service and engagement opportunities inherent to Messenger. Related: Facebook Messenger now boasts 11 000 bots, announces incoming updates There are three important aspects to...

  • Niantic CEO John Hanke hacked by OurMine

    We've seen Google's, Twitter's and even Facebook's CEOs suffer social media account hacks this year, but it seems that hackers have an appetite for game development companies too. In what seems to be OurMine's latest attack, the CEO of Niantic John Henke woke Sunday to find the lock of his Twitter account picked. Niantic -- known as the developer of Pokemon Go -- is currently enjoying some monumental success after the game's staged release, but while its CEO might have a taste for inventive games, his password creation skills are apparently less than competent. OurMine has hacked Niantic CEO John Hanke's...

  • Is a VPN crackdown behind Netflix’s drop in user growth?

    Netflix has seen slower than anticipated user growth in its most recent forecast, but why is this the case? If you ask the streaming service, it's largely due to many subscribers being "ungrandfathered" (moved to the new price plans). However, NordVPN has a slightly different take on the issue... The VPN service cited feedback from its customers, revealing three big trends behind recent Netflix and VPN usage. The first trend was that people are unsubscribing from Netflix rather than from their VPN service, saying the customers chose "privacy over streaming". In a March 2016 blog post, NordVPN explained why people might drop Netflix instead. "Netflix is now in...

  • Here’s how mobile apps are addressing ERP’s progression issues

    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has come a long way since theory about Material Requirements Planning was first published in the 1950s. Today most companies use big ERP systems from the likes of SAP and Oracle and some have even extended the reach of their ERP systems to field workers with mobile apps. Note: Have a look at the infographic at the foot of this article outlining the history of ERP. How mobile changes the game According to Kobus van der Merwe, an industrial engineer at Ardea with 35 years of experience in working with ERPs, resource planning systems haven’t evolved a great...

  • Businesses can now arrange Uber rides with UberCentral

    Uber has been making quite a few moves to cater for businesses, such as the ability to use company credit cards and the introduction of the Uber for Business platform. Now, the smart cab service has announced UberCentral, effectively being a dashboard that allows businesses to request, manage and pay for their customers' Uber rides. The service allows you to make and track multiple rides on one account, complete with billing/reporting in one place. Customers simply receive an SMS with their details, as well as a link to a map with live tracking. UberCentral allows patients to get to and from their appointments Uber...

  • Weekly Round Up #71: Nintendo NX leaks, Apple financials, Verizon buys Yahoo & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host, chatting with Ventureburn and Gearburn staffers Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team discusses the recent Nintendo NX leaks, Apple's mixed-bag Q3 financial report, Yahoo's sale to Verizon and the new Blackberry DTEK50 Android-based smartphone. What are we watching, reading, playing: Both Andy and Hadlee are still playing the same games they were last week (notice the trend here?). Matthew's currently on a Ghostbusters binge, watching the first movie before he braves the latest. Tweet of the Week:...

  • Township-based digital agency Lemok flying South African flag abroad

    An agency originating from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, has earned itself international recognition. Known as Lemok, the township-based digital agency has won clients from Angola and Florida in its first five months. Lemok is the brainchild of Lebogang Mokubela (pictured in red), who had quite a baptism of fire prior to launching the agency. He quit his job in 2014 and had his car repossessed shortly after. To add insult to injury, Mokubela also started his own events business Simgy South Africa, which ultimately lost the entrepreneur over R200 000. But that didn't seem to deter him. Instead, Lemok was born initially...