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  • Unique market, unique startup – what can we learn from the UAE’s gurus?

    Every country has its fair share of small businesses and startups. This trend is only increasing as more people become equipped with the knowledge, tools, and specific skills required to run their own businesses. While starting your own business is considered a spectacular idea, one of the fundamental steps you need to take is to ideally come up with an original idea and develop a competitive advantage.

  • Google Translate adds 20 more languages, makes voice translation faster and smoother

    Google Translate has received an update, adding 20 more languages. Now users can instantly translate up to 27 languages, making the program available to a wider audience. The update also makes real-time voice translation a lot faster and smoother. These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days. The new languages that users can now translate to are Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. These can also be translated from English. You can also do one-way translations from English to...

  • Windows 10 first impressions: what Gearburn thinks of Microsoft’s new baby

    We may be soulless journalists, but that doesn’t mean a software release has no bearing on our lives. As a squad of Windows users (except for one or two in this office), we expect to receive the best user experience constantly. The operating system we use daily doesn’t only affect our productivity, but our sanity.

  • Driving Change: how self-driving cars could revolutionise our world

    Self-driving cars are the talk of the day. From Google (latest model pictured above) to the German automakers, who’s making the most headway? How is this going to change the way we view ownership and insurance? Back in 1939, industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes painted the sci-fi future of self-driving cars at the New York World Fair. The American futurist envisioned that 20 years later, the world will start using autonomous vehicles, locking themselves onto freeways so the driver could relax.

  • Windows 10: why Africa could be key to its success

    It's Windows 10 launch day and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella isn't at the company's headquarters in Redmond Washington. Nor is he in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York. He's in Kenya. That's important, because it gives us a clue as to just how important Africa might be for Windows 10. Here's why. In the run-up to today's launch, Microsoft said it would be putting taking a more human approach to the launch. Rather than concentrating on the features (which anyone who cares already knows all about) and the business case, it's pushing the focus onto how people use...

  • 5 ways to optimise email marketing

    Of all the marketing channels available to marketers, email is still the most effective. According to an article published by Mc Kinsey, email remains a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media—nearly 40 times that of Facebook and Twitter combined. While being a highly effective channel to engage with prospective customers, email is also abused by many marketers. I have provided 5 ways to build your subscriber list and to ensure you are viewed as a trusted adviser by your subscribers. 1. Provide a compelling reason for people to subscribe Always bear in mind that when you interact with...

  • Windows 10: 5 key numbers to know before Microsoft’s big launch

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. If Microsoft ever found itself chin deep in a bog of its failed operating systems, Windows 10 would be the outstretched arm pulling it to safety. At least that's evident from what we've seen while running pre-release versions of the OS. With that said, Windows 10 is by no means a polished product. In fact, Microsoft has a massive list of "must dos" even after the OS is launched globally to consumers on 29 July. But, it's miles...

  • Nigeria’s Talking Bookz wants to become Africa’s top audiobook store

    Last week was a great one for Nigerian startups -- for the second year in a row, they filled up more slots at DEMO Africa than any other African country. If that wasn't enough, one of the eight startups representing Nigeria at the continental event quickly followed up with seed investment from the co-founder of one of Africa’s leading hotel booking platforms, Jovago. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • What Facebook tells us about why we need to rethink employee training

    The world of work is moving at an unprecedented pace. Millennials and new technologies are entering the workplace, customer expectations are rising, competition is becoming fiercer, and regulation in most industries is getting tougher. Many companies are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Though enterprises are investing in new technologies and processes to address these challenges, they’re often not able to effectively absorb these solutions into their organisations. The result is fragmented customer service, inefficiencies and productivity levels that don’t meet expectations. Here, the problem often lies in a lack of connectedness between the employee and the company’s...

  • 5 innovations that could completely change the face of off-roading

    Off-roading enthusiasts are typically a reserved bunch. They don’t do well with change, and thus generally aren’t fans of new-fangled gadgets. To be fair, there’s a reason for this. When you’re crawling through the muddy middle of nowhere – without cellphone reception and with no manufacturer-approved mechanic for miles – and a component fails, you don’t want it to be something that relies on a complicated electronic system. Instead, you hope it’s something you – a simple (yet ruggedly handsome) man – can fix. With your bare hands. And perhaps some duct tape. Or even a rusty length of chain....

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...

  • Times Media poaches Media24’s Lisa Macleod for top digital job

    Times Media has announced the appointment of Lisa Macleod as its new head of digital. Macleod, who has been in the industry for the best part of 20 years, was lured across from Media24 where she's currently GM for Digital Publishing. Andrew Gill, MD Times Media, says MacLeod’s appointment is significant given the demand for digital expertise in a highly competitive media environment. “MacLeod is familiar with the challenges of taking widely recognised print businesses, and evolving them into lucrative digital-first operations. The intellectual capital she brings is completely aligned to TMG’s expansion strategy, and our...

  • Periscope for iOS gets Handoff support, ability to mute notifications and more

    Twitter has released a new update to its live-streaming app Periscope, which sees it get a bunch of fresh and reworked features. The most important of these new features is the ability to mute notifications. There is no doubt that notifications can get too much, making one, every now look at their phones, and find a meaningless notification. Periscope says that this update is important to its user functionality. “We think it’s important to respect this power, and give users granular control over the notifications they receive while still providing the flexibility of seeing more content on Periscope.” the...

  • Powertime now lets you manage all your bills in one place

    Powertime, the prepaid electricity payments service, has announced the launch of a service which it says will allow users to pay any bill online. According to the company, which has been in operation since 2009, the new feature allows users to pay bills from more than 400 bill issuers and charities, including Telkom, Vodakom, SABC, Eskom, Top TV, Sunday Times, UCT, Home Choice, as well as any municipal bill (electricity, water, rates, taxes) and many others, as long as it has an EasyPay number. The service also allows people to manage their bills using a central dashboard...

  • Microsoft reckons it can create 100k job opportunities in Middle East, Africa

    Microsoft has got some big job creation plans for the Middle East and Africa. According to a release sent to Memeburn, the Redmond-based giant is aiming to create more than 100 000 job opportunities and reach over seven million people across the region through its Employability Platforms, in partnership with organisations from public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Launched in 2012, the YouthSpark Employability Platform aims to provide job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, upskilling, job-matching and mentorship. The platform is centred on an online hub which Microsoft says will bring together the best resources together in "a...