News, Twitter

Twitter rolls out new features, including group direct messages and mobile video experience

Twitter logo blue on grey Twitter today announced that it would be rolling out a couple of interesting new features . The new features rolled out by Twitter are group messaging and a new mobile video experience. The thinking behind the group messaging, Twitter says, is for people who want to continue a public conversation which would begin and die on the timeline, but now with group messaging, it can be continued with a select few in a group. “Many of you use Direct ...

Advertising & Marketing

South Africa’s digital marketing future is as diverse as its people

SA Football Fans Have a conversation about the future of digital advertising and you’re likely to hear (or say) things like ‘real-time engagement’, ‘geo-marketing’, ‘remarketing’ and ‘second screen’, alongside the usual: ‘mobile’, ‘personalised content’, ‘video’ and ‘e-commerce’. But, while all of these elements are sure to play a role here in some way, digital marketers in South Africa would be foolish to pour all of their efforts and budgets into digital advertising alone - especially if they’re after the majority of South African ...


Should you insure yourself against cyber-attacks?

Ninja Hacker The South African 2014 cybercrime losses are estimated at R5.8-billion and statistics show it takes on average 200 days for an organisation to identify a breach. In light of this and with the recent report that the Afrikaans singer, Steve Hofmeyr’s, website was brought down by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS attack), allegedly implemented by hacktivist group Anonymous Africa, businesses and individuals must take heed and protect themselves from the possible consequences of a breach. Following the attack on Hofmeyr’s ...


Ogier beats legendary Loeb: 6 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

VW-Rally-Monte-Carlo There are just too many wonderful 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. What a great motorsporting weekend, featuring a mixture of sports car racing, rallying and, well, Formula 1 talk. The Rolex 24 at Daytona (United SportsCar Championship) ran laps around the gorgeous Floridian sunshine, and darkness. Up north, Rallye Monte Carlo opened the World Rally ...


Microsoft Q2 results: Surface brings in a billion, low cost Lumia sales solid

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Eighteen months ago, the Microsoft Surface looked like it was dead in the water. Weak sales had forced the Redmond-based technology giant to take a US$900-million writedown on the device and people were questioning whether it would ever be able to take on the likes of Apple in any kind of meaningful way. Today, the various incarnations of the Surface might not be selling in quite the same numbers as the iPad, but it is worth a billion dollars to ...


These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015

Grindstone-AcceleratQor The second in-take of growth equity fund manager Knife Capital's tech startups is an interesting bunch. From popular names such as online payment service PayFast and ecommerce builder ShopStar to new and interesting ones such as CognaDev which assesses individuals for matching work environments and Mobinomics -- a company that develops operating systems for telcos, organisations and cities. Interestingly, this year the accelerator is upping its game even more after it's decided to expand its programme to include an additional three ...


Rest.less Games: tales from the indie game industry and ‘Wait: Extended’

wait-extended-interview-lead A little while ago my editor presented me with a Steam bundle of games. “I thought you might want to check them out,” he said. “Let me know if you can perhaps scrape out a review for them.” As a loyal subject to my Lord Editor, and the honourable circle of Gearburn, I complied. One by one I tried the titles and with each one my frustration grew. Yes, some were admittedly moderately fun, most just bearable and a few didn’t ...

News, Social networking

Facebook and Instagram went down, the world spectacularly failed to end

Facebook check ins Facebook experienced an outage that lasted roughly 40 minutes this morning. The social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. Instagram said on its Twitter account that it was aware of an outage and was working to fix it. It is worth noting that WhatsApp, the chat app that is owned by Facebook, was not affected by the outage. The repercussions were however felt by apps that rely on Facebook for user log-in, such as Tinder. People in Singapore, Australia, Italy ...


4 Hot digital marketing skills to master in 2015 [SPONSORED]

Memeburn-gs-Jan-2015-800x430px A new year brings a new set of opportunities, but only if you’re prepared to identify where they live and have the tools to grab them. Are you ready? Modern marketers know all too well how quickly industry knowledge can develop. Now more than ever, marketing professionals need to commit to continual learning, keeping up with industry trends, and adding new competencies to their skills mix. The hottest marketing jobs of 2015 didn't exist two years ago, and the top skills ...


Pirated Oscar-nominated movies increasingly available in HD: here’s why

syriana_screener_pirate I have a friend who attempts an Oscars movie marathon every year, from the moment nominees are announced. In the days leading up to the Academy Awards (taking place on 22 February this year), he will either wax lyrically about the cinematography of a certain nominated movie, or attack it outright. Like this morning when he took to Facebook to warn his nearly 1 500 friends, “don’t waste your time with this movie”. The movie in question? American Sniper. He’s ...






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