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  • No Facebook, Elon Musk was not an ‘illegal immigrant’

    By now second guessing stuff on the internet should come naturally. A Facebook post -- that's been shared nearly 25 000 times -- claims that US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk was an illegal immigrant. This is false. But it does manage to drive a very important point home. The viral post takes a stab at controversial US presidential candidate and billionaire, Donald Trump, for his hardline immigration policies. It reads as follows: I am Elon Musk. I was an ILLEGAL immigrant. And if Mr. Trump and some of you had it your way, I would've been kicked out of the USA...

  • Smart cities for sustainable, sharable energy

    Smartphones have transformed how we engage with almost every aspect of our daily lives. Now the outward progression of this technology – the so-called “Internet of Things” – has begun to encapsulate even more of our everyday interactions. Today entire cities are striving to perform in a way that harnesses the benefits of “Big Data” and digital technologies, promising residents a more eco-efficient and sustainable standard of living. Digital communication tools are being used to around the world to better improve municipal services and enhance the capabilities of basic city infrastructure. By bringing formerly analog services and devices online,...

  • 5 bad LinkedIn habits you need to break right now

    For those of you who use LinkedIn on a regular basis, you will have come across a wide range of LinkedIn users. These users range from those who know how to interact in a pleasant, engaging manner and those who really upset other LinkedIn users. I have listed 5 bad habits you need to stop now. 1. Using standard LinkedIn text There is nothing worse that receiving a LinkedIn connection request which says “I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn followed by your name. It implies that you have not put much thought around why you would...

  • Here’s why streamlining is so crucial for customer satisfaction

    Customer satisfaction is by far one of the most important aspects of a successful business. If a company falls short on accommodating the needs of their customers, sales decrease, and the business -- fails. If you’ve been in business long enough, you know that not every customer will be satisfied. However, if a majority of your customers aren’t pleased then Houston, you have a problem. Streamlining Processes and It’s Benefits How can a business owner continue to appeal to the needs of their target customer? By continually looking for ways to streamline day to day processes. Streamlining is essentially the process...

  • How tech can help you fulfill customer expectations and build a repeat business

    "The purpose of business," said the father of management science, Peter Drucker, "is to create and keep a customer.” If he lived in today’s fast paced world -- which moves at the speed of the Internet across all continents and in all time zones-- he might have added that it is far more cost-effective to keep a customer than to acquire a new one. The reason why customer acquisition is more expensive and customer retention more challenging is because the Internet is no longer a novelty. In the early days of the Internet, when e-commerce was climbing out of the...

  • MWC 2016 preview: the numbers, the launches, the rumours

    It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So what's in store this year? Well, we like to have our readers covered for all eventualities, so welcome to our MWC 2016 cheat sheet, where all you need to know about the conference is covered, explained and then covered again.

  • When it rains, it pours: Facebook faces sanctions in France for illegal data mining

    When Facebook reports record revenue numbers and staggering active monthly user growth, being Mark Zuckerberg must feel pretty damn good. Right now though being Zuckerberg must feel a little unpleasant. In a space of less than 48 hours, Facebook has seen its Free Basics programme banned in India and the threat of possible sanctions in France. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) has issued a notice to Facebook and Facebook Ireland Limited, warning against what it calls unfair collecting of data from the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a Facebook account. The...

  • 8 awesome web design tools to try out in 2016

    Being a web designer nowadays means being able to constantly adapt to the latest industry trends. This is because emerging technologies are disrupting almost every industry there is. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, it would be reasonable to keep yourself updated. A revolutionary, hard to use pieces of software have become a rarity. Today, every app is user friendly because we use technology to optimize our performances and increase our productivity. We live in a cyberpunk age, in which the sci-fi tools and gadgets have become a reality. Let us go through some of the...

  • Listen up, Apple: 4 features we’d love to see on the iPhone 7

    Many would argue that the Apple iPhone 6S, or 6S Plus for that matter, is the perfect phone. The zenith of smartphone technology. The absolute pinnacle of mobile engineering. To that we'd reply "there's absolutely no such thing as a perfect phone." Even though it's probably the best phone you can purchase right now and I absolutely loved my review device, it has its flaws; flaws that are preventing older Apple users from jumping ship, and flaws that make other phones from other marques seem a lot tastier. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Which ecommerce platform will do justice to your business plan?

    Startup wave has hit the world and given birth to various big and small ecommerce websites. Following this, everyone aspires to build Etsy like startup but they either lack software choices or knowledge of a multi-vendor script/system required to create an online store. The game is much simple for entrepreneurs who want to sell their own goods or services online as a normal ecommerce store will do for them. But, if it’s about launching a store like eBay & Etsy, you need to find out a startup friendly ecommerce solution (combined with multi-vendor features) first. There is plenty of...

  • Give a little, receive a lot: 4 ways content marketing can benefit your business

    The general consensus amongst businesses that offer expert services is that customers are less likely to knock on your door for professional advice - if you dish it out complementary. A significant number of the latest marketing studies worldwide not only slash this myth, but also prove the contrary. In fact, if leveraged intelligently, content sharing holds the potential to become one of your most powerful marketing tools - that can yield tangible business results. Content can be shared by talking at industry events, presenting seminars or webinars, offering guides or booklets that can be downloaded online, or giving...

  • Instagram rolls out multiple accounts for Android and iOS

    In the latter part of 2015, we reported that Instagram had been testing multiple account support with Android users and last week the beta testing became available for some iOS users. The Facebook owned photo and video sharing platform has finally added support for multiple account for up to five accounts for all users. The process to set up multiple accounts is simple. The option to add accounts is available from the settings menu, after setting up an account, users can seamlessly switch between the accounts without the need to log out. Users can simply switch between the accounts...

  • India bans Facebook free internet services

    The world's largest democracy has finally taken a stance on free internet services. This comes after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday banned all internet service providers from offering discriminatory tariffs for data services based on content. On grounds of net neutrality, Facebook's Free Basics programme has also been banned. In collaboration with specific telcos, Facebook's Free Basics programme provides free-of-cost access to basic websites through an app. It's part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative which aims to reach 4.5 billion unconnected people on the internet. Some of the free websites include information on local government services, news, health,...

  • Reach Trust launches mobile tool to ‘fast-track’, reward learning

    The Reach Trust, an NGO which was birthed out of Mxit and holds all of the once might mobile social network's remaining IP, this week announced the launch of a new service aimed fast-tracking learning among high-school pupils. Called LevelUp, the new service aims to tackle some of the most critical education challenges in South Africa. Available as both an Android app and mobi site, it is designed to help high school learners to improve their academic performance, strengthen their social skills and foster good learning behaviour. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, it does so by giving pupils...

  • 5 things LinkedIn could have done to retain share value

    Silicon Valley-based LinkedIn's shares closed down 43.6 percent at $108.38 on Friday, after hitting a three-year low, following a sales forecast well short of analysts' expectations (source Reuters.com) Barclays analyst Paul Vogel said he was not surprised by the sharp reaction in LinkedIn stock. “It is definitely a lot harder not to wonder if the company is starting to hit saturation levels with certain users or enterprises,” he said in a note to clients (source The South Africa Technology News) As a Premium Account LinkedIn user, I have a good understanding of how LinkedIn users are able to derive...