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  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Airbnb announces plans for accelerated SA growth

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky today announced plans to accelerate its growth in South African and the continent as a whole. Speaking at an event Johannesburg Chesky officially launched the platform in South Africa and announced that the country is officialy the company's largest African market. "South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, with so much to offer visitors,” Chesky said. “We have a vibrant and welcoming community here, which we look forward to expanding so that even more visitors can benefit from the unique and local experiences our hosts provide.” The Airbnb CEO also announced the appointment...

  • Uber SA goes on charm offensive, celebrates UberHeroes

    Uber South Africa wants you to know that its partner drivers aren't just drivers, they're heroes. No seriously, the app has released a video showing off some of the most inspiring stories to have emerged from those partner drivers since its South African launch. Accompanying the video is a blog post explaining how it has benefited individual drivers and their families. The examples come from each of the three cities it currently operates in (Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg) and include a former security guard who now employs five other drivers, as well as a driver who was able...

  • Do smart screens impact childhood development?

    Parenting comes with a never-ending stream of worries over diet, socialization, fitness, mental health and countless other problems. As if that weren’t stressful enough, recent studies have parents adding a new worry: smart screen time. Nowadays, kids as young as one or two have their own iPads, smart phones and tablets. Kids of all ages spend hours a day playing apps, video games and watching television or movies. It’s an effective way to keep children quiet and entertained, but experts are asking: at what cost? Research is inconclusive The technological boom has many people wondering if screen time affects childhood development. The results...

  • The Grand Tournament: Blizzard readying ‘Hearthstone’ expansion for August arrival

    Blizzard recently announced that a big new expansion is coming to its free-to-play online digital collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It is called “The Grand Tournament” and is based on the “Argent Tournament” you might have seen in the ever-popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. But as it has been a while since we touched anything Hearthstone at Gearburn (a blasphemous travesty to mankind!), we thought it would be a good idea to give you some background context on its history and where this new expansion fits. Read more on Gearburn.

  • How technology has changed the way we watch sport on the go

    In 1936 in Berlin, Germany you could go to a television viewing station and watch the Summer Olympics which were happening at the same moment just across town. This was the World’s first live broadcast of sport. Fast forward to today and you can not only watch a sporting event live from the other side of the World, but you can now watch from virtually any place you please. Since Ancient Greece and before, humans have been extremely passionate about sport and want to be able to view their favorite event, individual, and team in action....

  • Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce: which ecommerce platform works for you?

    Online portals are a must for every business model now. Being online can bring great benefits to new business owners who want to get their hands dirty, so to speak, and offer their products to a wider audience. The decision build an online store is therefore a natural one. The really difficult part is choosing the best ecommerce platform? And if you're a non technical person, well that only makes the task more daunting. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Cape Town restaurant shows the world how to deal with racist online reviews

    Online reviews can be a tricky business, especially in the restaurant trade. In between picky customers and the ego needed to make an eatery sustainable things can get very messy very quickly. That said, sometimes the customer is just plain wrong. And in the the last couple of days, one Cape Town-based restaurant showed the world how to deal with those customers. Massimo's is an eatery in the seaside village of Hout Bay renowned for its authentic Italian pizzas. On Friday last week, the following review was posted to the restaurant's page on Tripadvisor: “Very disappointing” 1 of 5...

  • Here’s what you need to know about creating a keyword strategy for your social media campaign

    If you are at all familiar with SEO and digital marketing, you will understand the importance of keyword research. Did you know that keyword research is not just used for PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns or optimising websites for better organic results on the search engines? You should also use keywords in your social media campaigns to increase your online visibility. Keyword research is the cornerstone of any digital marketing campaign. Research and select keywords that are relevant to your business that you can use in your social media strategy. Find some tips below on why you should do...

  • Should the SA digital space worry about its poor Cannes Lions showing?

    This year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity was not a happy hunting ground for South Africa's digital agencies. In fact, the only local digital agency to win something was Gloo@Ogilvy, which won a bronze in the Digital Media category. To put that into perspective, 80 awards were given out in that category alone. Another 126 were handed out in the Cyber Lion category with a further 42 campaigns awarded in the mobile category. Within that context, one digital agency win can seem pretty depressing, but should we be worried? The instinctive answer to that is "yes, definitely",...

  • What should we make of the fact that robots are now ‘self aware’?

    Three small and very innocent looking robots (called “Nao Bots”) were recently tasked with solving a slightly altered version of philosopher Luciano Floridi’s induction puzzle, “The King’s Wisemen”. The test set out to prove that robots could simulate self awareness by using the logical power of deduction… and one of them managed to solve it. The test took place at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and was conducted by Prof. Selmer Bringsjord, the Head of the Cognitive Science Department. It went as follows: The three robots were each given a hypothetical “pill” (a soft tap on the head). Two...

  • 5 Memeburn posts you loved this week

    Plenty can happen in a week, and keeping up with it all can be terrifyingly difficult. In between the piles of work sitting in your inbox, the demands of modern life, and other cliches around being busy, trying to keep up with what's going on the world can seem overwhelming. We don't doubt that you do everything in your power to read your favourite technology news site (that would be us), but we totally understand if things have been particularly busy at work -- or if you've been relaxing on island with no internet connectivity. In fact, we're here...

  • Windows 10, ‘No Man’s Sky’ and ‘Life Is Strange': the TGIF Video Roundup

    Welcome to the TGIF Video Roundup, a weekly series where we explore, highlight and poke fun at some of the videos, trailers and clips that have made the internet a fun place to be this week. If you missed our last roundup, catch it below. Read more: Windows 10 updates, ‘Mad Max’ mayhem and ‘GTA V’ wildlife: the TGIF Video Roundup The second last week of July is nearly over, which means we're entering the business end of the technology launch cycle. With the Windows 10 reveal, Gamescom, and IFA all coming up, we're seeing some great teasers especially when it...

  • Inside Nigeria’s bustling startup world — where the real ‘hustlers’ live

    Earlier this week, Ventureburn unveiled DEMO Africa’s top 30 startups for 2015. While attention is being given to Ivory Coast whose startup scene is making its debut this year on the DEMO Africa stage, the fact that no one was surprised to see Nigeria having more startups than any other country this year, just like last year, is giving credence to the notion that the startup ecosystem in Nigeria is booming. And it’s not just because of Nigeria’s large population. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 4 ecommerce marketing trends you should really know about

    The past 15 years have seen Ecommerce grow immensely. Now with the growth in technology, the pioneers of e-commerce stores are trying to make use of new and advanced Techniques in order to facilitate the online shopping and online selling experience for consumers so that their experience becomes a lot more fun and enjoyable. A lot has changed now, with amazing developments in the field of technology notable advancements have been made in mobile technology, social networking, analytics, and in personalization. All of these changes combined have given rise to new trends in the field of e-commerce marketing. Some...