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It’s possible to achieve BYOD success, you just need the right blueprint

Blueprint Just like mobile analytics, big data, the internet, and social networks changed the way companies do business, so the adoption of mobile devices has become a catalyst for change in corporations and small- to medium-enterprises (SMEs). Smartphones and tablets are increasingly being used for more than just leisure activities, as mobile functionality has become a key driver for employees to start using their personal devices to access work files and programs from home or on the road. Data analytics firm Strategy ...

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Want to use a monkey selfie? Wikimedia says credit the damn monkey

Monkey selfie Say you're in a place where there a load of monkeys. Now suppose that one of those monkeys pilfers your camera (or smartphone) and manages to take a selfie. Once you've got your camera back and retrieved the photo who does it belong to? According to Wikimedia, the answer is most affirmatively not you. Nope, it belongs to the monkey. This isn't just a thought experiment either. It's an actual incident reported on in the non-profit's first transparency report. According ...

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Young Stephen Hawking in the trailer for ‘The Theory of Everything’ will enchant you

Young Stephen Hawking Given that the biopic space in the past couple of years has been dominated by politicians, musicians and historical figures, it's pretty awesome to see the heroes of science getting their turn. First there was the Alan Turing film we wrote about a little while back and now Stephen Hawking is getting his turn. The film, titled The Theory of Everything, follows Hawking through his days at Cambridge and the early stages of his crippling muscular neuron disease. While it ...

Mobile

16 graphs that shed new light on the South African smartphone space

Instagram Bolt As we've pointed out time and time again, South Africa is a mobile country. If you're a regular reader then stats like the fact that the country has more SIM cards than people, with a mobile penetration of around 128%, are probably pretty familiar to you. Dig a little deeper into the data though and some interesting stats, facts and figures start to emerge. A recent attempt to do exactly that saw online audience measurement tool Effective Measure, survey ...

Advertising & Marketing

What can brands do to curb the rise of the content zombie?

Zombie With The Walking Dead TV series being all the rage, the gruesome image of what’s known as ‘walkers’ (AKA zombies) tearing someone’s stomach open has been top of my mind for a while. When considering the way we consume content, I couldn’t help but think that there is actually no difference between our content consuming habits and that of a “walker”. Zombies starve when they have no human flesh to feed off of, causing the little neurological lights flickering ...

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3 very important things you need to know about recruiting for a startup in South Africa

Job Search 2 After a heck of a long time spent in recruiting for large corporates, and then spending an almost equally hectic period in startups and smaller companies, I'm amazed at how people hire staff and look for new employees. Why am I amazed? Well, to be sure, in a small company the recruitment of new skills is fundamentally key to success. Get the wrong programmer on board and your entire product line could come crashing down. Hire a bad salesman and you ...

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Focus, simplicity and greatness: envisioning the Jobsian smartwatch

steve-jobs-logo Apple was a company on the brink of financial destruction 15 years ago. After being bullied by Microsoft with the emergence of the PC and prior to Steve Jobs' messianic return, Cupertino's sweetheart had suffered a 30% slump in sales in the final quarter of 1996, with two further years of red financials. Jobs' influence cannot be underestimated, but can be understood by the firm's massive growth from twig in the sand to the post-1997 innovative powerhouse that it is ...

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5 of the coolest online car configurators around

aston-vanquish You’re slumped over at your mercilessly cramped office desk, a mug of lukewarm coffee seemingly glued to your non-mousing hand. The woman in the cubicle alongside yours is STILL nattering away on her mobile phone, forcing out each syllable with the subtlety of a gossip-filled hand grenade. You tightly close your eyes and attempt to bargain with the gods of time. “Free me from this air-conditioned hell,” you whimper. Please, just let it be 5pm, and you swear, you’ll never steal ...

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The numbers behind the humble Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign

Potato-Salad So the guy who recently raised a massive US$55 492 via crowdfunding pledges on Kickstarter did so by wanting to make enough money to afford a potato salad for a little get together with some friends. "Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet," reads the pitch with a stock photo of very tasty-looking creamy bowl of potato wedges. In celebration of the somewhat controversial anomaly, Kickstarter recently did some number-crunching so that it -- and ...

Advertising & Marketing

What does it take to make it in digital marketing?

Digital Maturity Before I got into digital marketing I was an accountant. Yup, I was one of those little boring men in grey suits stuck behind a desk armed with your calculator. Yes it was rather exciting and I enjoyed the first year. The challenge wore off eventually and it became the same old thing. I had fun. I dabbled in a bit of hair modelling which raised a couple of eyebrows at the office. Anyway back to the point. I walked ...

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