General Tech

Yes, please freeze my eggs: Apple and Facebook’s new game-changing benefit

Oocyte cryopreservation In a very cool move, Facebook and Apple have decided to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs as a benefit, reports NBC News. Facebook started doing this recently and Apple will apparently begin in 2015. Apple has said that it will pay its full and part-time employees US$20 000 for the procedure and the storage of the frozen eggs. The procedure usually costs around US$10 000 in the United States, with annual storage costs running to around US$500. African companies take ...

Microsoft, Mobile apps, News

Skype tries to take on Snapchat with quirky video app called Qik

Skype-Qik Skype has just relaunched an app called Qik (pronounced "quick" and not to be confused with Kwik). Unlike its flagship Skype service -- which is somewhat formal -- the new video messaging app is geared for all those impulse moments you'd love to share with friends but certainly not the public. In April this year, the original mobile video streaming service, Qik, was put down only to be relaunched now as a mobile video messaging app. As the name suggests, Qik ...

Mobile, News

Three years on, FNB’s banking app hits the million device mark

FNB app There's been plenty written about South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB)'s banking app. Rightly so too. When it launched in 2011, it was the first of the big South African banks to have an app which allowed its customers to do their banking on smartphone or tablet. A slew of innovations, along with a few potholes (geo-payments anyone?) in the intervening three years have catapulted it to a million device installs. In a release marking the milestone, FNB ...

Android, Video

Watch these desserts try out to be the inspiration for Android L

Lava Cake In the next couple of days, Google will officially release Android L into the wild. It'll bring plenty of new features and promises to run as smoothly as a curling stone across freshly polished ice, but the thing that everyone's really wondering is what dessert it'll be named after. If the latest video from the Mountainview-based giant is anything to go by then the competition between the various 'L' desserts is heating up. Will it be Lemon-Meringue Pie? Or will ...

Security

Data hoarding could put your business on the wrong side of the law

Judge gavel As yet another barrage of data leakages makes news headlines – most recently publicly exposing FNB and Gautrain customers’ personal details – businesses need to consider whether these security incidents are as a result of data hoarding issues or due to operational oversight, especially as the new POPI legislation and its strict guidelines loom. Early in October, Mybroadband announced the discovery of serious security vulnerabilities allowing data leakages by the web application of FNB where the online card tracking facility ...

Gearburn

LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

Tone-Pro-4 I've never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it's an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I'm an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I've been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it's called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it's both comfortable and styled ...

Ventureburn

Kalahari: obituary for a fallen ecommerce giant

Karlahari Full Name: Kalahari Dot Com Age of Death: Died at 16 Years Old Residence: Naspers Head Quarters, 40 Heerengracht, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Day and Date of Death: Tuesday, 07 October 2014 Place of Death: Takealot Head Quarters, 7th Floor, Atlantic Centre, 14 Christian Barnard Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa Cause of Death: Merger From humble beginnings in 1998, just two years before the dot com bubble, Kalahari.com was launched, and in no time would become the largest ecommerce outfit in South Africa. Read ...

Security

Quit looking for online security silver bullet, there isn’t one

Silver Bullet The security landscape is a complex one, and several layers of defence at multiple points in the organisation are needed to successfully combat today’s sophisticated threats. Unfortunately, for too many businesses, the idea of a ‘quick fix’ is tempting, and they learn the hard way that there is no such thing. Many businesses are too quick to jump on the band wagon, and rush out to buy a firewall, IDS, application firewall or other hardware and software solutions they’ve heard ...

Motorburn

Mercedes, Hamilton victorious in Russia: 8 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

There are just too many motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. Another weekend where motorsport series came to the fore, there were, quite literally, too many to watch. From events taking place in Russia, Australia, Japan and the U.S., there was something for everyone really. Read more on Motorburn.

News

Not Bitcoin founder Dorian Nakamoto is suing Newsweek

Newsweeklied Dorian Nakamoto is trying to hit back at Newsweek and needs your help. Nakamoto is trying to sue the magazine after it published a cover story alleging that he was in fact Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin. The engineer alleges that he's been “targeted and victimised by a reckless news organisation”. The cover story, 'The Face Behind Bitcoin' by Leah MacGrath Goodman, appeared in Newsweek earlier this year. After it was published though, Nakamoto unequivocally denied being Satoshi Nakamoto. Despite this, ...

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