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  • 5 lessons on globalising your self-funded business

    Founded in 2012, Consilia is an independent ICT consulting firm that carries no debt and which has been largely self-funded since it was established. Group CEO Johan Botes looks at how his company has grown into an international operation over the past year. Over the past three years, we grew our organisation into a healthy South African business, before spreading our wings with our offshore expansion plan. Today, we have practices in the UK, Middle East and Australia, with plans to expand to the US next year. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Can your target market reach you online?

    Most often, small businesses assume that organic search engine traffic with an excellent SEO campaign is all that is required to get the best results. For others, a combination of organic search traffic and various paid advertising like pay per click marketing will get the best results. However, these are not the only digital marketing methods you should use to generate targeted traffic that will convert into sales or leads. If you have an online reputation management (ORM) strategy and campaign in place that you follow through, and if you are highly visible to your target market across the web,...

  • Watch Deadpool host the trailer for his own trailer

    For a select corps of comic book fans the Deadpool movie is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of 2015. They'll be clamoring to watch the wise-cracking vigilante in action, hoping that someone's finally made a comic-book adaption that "gets" them. And if the latest teaser for the official Deadpool trailer is anything to go by, then it looks like they may well get just that. Hosted by Deadpool himself (as played by Ryan Reynolds), the trailer doesn't so much break the fourth wall as smash it into tiny pieces. Read more: 6 of our favourite trailers from...

  • New Moto G ad features camels, Tinder

    Motorola has released the first ad for its brand new Moto G smartphone and it's pretty fun, if a little weird. The ad opens onto an anonymous, lacrosse-playing bro, riding a camel across an anonymous stretch of dessert. Out of water an seemingly lost, he turns to his Moto G for inspiration. Does he use an SOS app to call for help? Or open Google Maps to see where on Earth he actually is? If you've read the headline to this story, then you're probably aware that the answer to both those questions is no. Instead, our bro taps...

  • Twitter is testing a dedicated News tab for mobile

    Twitter has released a new feature aimed at showing off the top News of the day, something that could be part of its efforts to up revenue in the face of falling stock prices. Though the feature is only in testing phase, it gives an indication of where Twitter intends to go, in a space where users can use it not only for Tweets but for general news too. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter is yet to confirm all the details but it has admitted that it is testing such a feature. The News tab will offer trending news at the...

  • Can these guys ensure that drones really take off in South Africa?

    After herding the cows off the field, it was all systems go. About a dozen or so South African drone enthusiasts gathered around to race, play and learn about flying machines at a demarcated zone in Bergvliet, just outside of Cape Town. The event was the culmination of local makers initiative Curiosity Campus' first Drone Academy -- a course that teaches budding unmanned aerial vehicle (or just UAV) geeks all about the trending technology. "We want to help satisfy South Africa’s curiosity about this new technology, and show them that it’s more accessible than they think," Neil Bekker from Curiosity...

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • DDoS as a service: the monetisation of hacking

    Polish airline LOT is the latest victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack that wreaked havoc on the company for a total of five hours on 21 June — disabling flight plans, grounding dozens of planes, and delaying 1,400 passengers at Warsaw Chopin Airport. While not everyone is in charge of an airline, DDoS attacks can still severely damage your business. If you’re web-based, malicious groups have the ability to close the doors to your business, preventing customers from accessing your website, damaging your reputation, and seriously harming your Google rank. A DDoS attack basically overloads a server,...

  • Is disruptive technology driving innovation or causing chaos?

    The only constant is change and today this has never rung truer. We are in an age of change where disruptive technologies are not only changing lives, but transforming markets. Two critical elements become important – that your company is not being made obsolete and that rather than seeing chaos, businesses see the opportunity. We are in an era of engagement and those technologies that enable collaboration, communication and connection also provide a platform that allows businesses to create. However many businesses are still beholden to traditional models driven by silos and hierarchies and as a result, are finding...

  • 7 ingenious merchandising ideas for your ecommerce site

    Ecommerce conversions is a vast field of discussions with a mind-boggling variety of factors contributing to the eventual bottom line of a store. Store merchandising, or the way you display items in your online store, plays a vital role on how well your site attracts and retains shoppers’ fickle attention. Below we discuss seven winning ideas to take your store merchandising to a whole new level Read more on Ventureburn.

  • The International 2015: 9 facts about the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament

    Valve's The International Dota 2 Championship is like the Oscars of the gaming world and the Hunger Games of award ceremonies. Sixteen of the world's best eSports teams come together once a year to settle their differences using DotA 2. This year, the event moves to Seattle, Washington State at the Key Arena and it promises to be one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever held. Last year's The International made an appearance on the front page of the New York Times last year for the 2014 championship while the population of a small country tuned in to see the event...

  • 4 reasons why tablets are a good fit with the classroom environment

    When you see how comfortable four-year olds are with touchscreen devices, it’s easy to appreciate how quickly mobile phones and tablet computers are changing the world. Over the past few years, we have seen tablet computers evolve from toys for geeks and execs into affordable everyday computers. Now, they’re increasingly forming part of the educational landscape. They’re cost-effective (especially entry-level Android-based models), offer decent battery life, and functional and flexible enough to help learners get their work done. Here are some of the key benefits we see from tablets in the classroom: 1. Simpler IT support The beauty of tablet computers lies...

  • Watch this Aussie stunt rider surf a motorbike

    A motorbike surfing the waves of Tahiti: it's the kind of thing that seems like the result of a drunken bet. But for Australian stunt rider Robbie Madison, it's actually the culmination of two years of hard work and planning. Maddison, a world record holder across a number of disciplines, completed the ride seen in the video on a modified KTM 250 SX. Speaking to Transworld Motocross, Madison's mechanic Buddy Morgan said that the output of the bike wasn't as important as the size of the paddles on the back wheel and the shape and angle of the skis....

  • Mobile malware grows nearly three-fold in Q2 2015

    So you've got your PC locked down so tight you even battle to get in sometimes, but how much care are you taking when it comes to mobile security? If your answer to that question is something along the lines of "not much", you might want to step it up a notch. According to security provider Kaspersky, some 291 800 new mobile malware programmes emerged in Q2, which is 2.8 times greater than in Q1. There were 1-million mobile malware installation packages in Q2, which is seven times greater than in Q1. Read more: 3 simple steps to...

  • Nokia sells its Here mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3 billion

    Nokia, after much speculation and bidding, has announced that it has agreed to sell its HERE digital mapping and location service business to an automotive industry consortium at an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (US$3.07-billion). The automotive consortium comprises of AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG. Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, said: "With this step we complete the latest stage of Nokia's transformation. We will focus on our planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent”. Suri went on to reveal Nokia’s focus moving forward. He stated that the company will after the deal is completed focus on...