Apple, Video

Conan O’Brien has figured a way to completely remove all traces of U2 from your memory [video]

Tim Cook & U2 Our Stuart and Michelle took on Apple and called out the company’s creepiness regarding its automatic addition of the U2 album onto user's iCloud accounts, which led to a rather heated comments exchange on Twitter and on our site, and no less Apple's. A few days following the angry tweets, complaints and comments, Apple offered a support website to guide people through wiping the album from both your account and computer, for good. The anger quietened down and it gave the impression ...

Africa, Startups, Ventureburn

Disrupt everything: 11 Kenyan exciting startups worth your time right now

Kenya We love Kenya. So much so we recently headed to the East African country for some fun times with startups. So ahead of the trip, we thought we will list some startups that caught our eye in the last while. How do you pick 11 great startups to write about? You reach out to the community. And the community delivered. By no means is this the definite list of Kenyan startups, these are the ones that we are aware of right ...

Innovation, News

5 significant innovations our smart homes will create by 2022

brain-blue-green From entertainment systems and washing machines in our homes to transport technologies and environmental control outside of them, connected devices open up a world of new possibilities. Gartner not only predicts the average affluent family home to carry over 500 hundred connected devices by 2022, it also highlights a couple of areas where opportunities for innovation might arise for business. Nick Jones, vice president and analyst at Gartner, refers to smart devices as those which have gained some level of sensing ...

Video

First person to buy the iPhone 6 drops it: internet has a chuckle [video]

dropped iPhone 6 Well this is unfortunate. Buying a new phone is a great thing and a wonderful experience, but not for Jack. For this iPhone fan, who camped out waiting for the new iPhone 6, it turned into the worse day ever. Poor Jack waited in line overnight to get his hands on the first iPhone 6 in Australia only to drop it in the middle of a TV interview, ouch. What did the internet do upon learning this? It had a "we ...

News

Alibaba officially registers biggest ever US IPO

Alibaba Alibaba has raised US$21.8-billion ahead of its stock market debut, meaning that it is responsible for the largest IPO in US history. According to multiple sources, the ecommerce giant, its executives and early investors split some 320-million shares up at a value of US$68 a share. The value of Alibaba's IPO puts it well ahead of the US$16-billion Facebook managed to raise in its IPO a couple of years back. It's even larger than the US$17.9-billion Visa managed to raise in ...

Gearburn

Altech Node preview: all-in-one home and content control, at a price

Node-keyboard Altech’s Node is smart. Well, it’s packed with a lot of smart ideas, but will this all-in-one home automation device, available 19 September in South Africa, manage to make a dent in a pretty fickle market? It all depends on expectations. Do you expect a home entertainment device to totally control your residence, from lights, to security cameras, even topping up your prepaid airtime? Then Node’s for you. Do you expect to score the “Netflix” of South Africa, streaming the ...

Online media

Polygamous publishing methods keep swinging readers engaged

Buzzfeed-iPhone Some publications are born digital. Others become digital. And then, there are those that swing both ways……To grow revenue, digital and traditional publishing worlds need to ‘co-habit’ and benefit each other. The debate as to whether print publications have a place in the consumption habits of today’s consumer, continues to rage. Nowhere is this debate louder though than when discussing the merits of traditional vs online advertising. Both print and digital publishing realms rely heavily ...

Advertising & Marketing

It’s Loeries time again: here are some predictions on who could take home the bird

loeries exhibition So it's time to honour some of South Africa's best creatives and campaigns again. Yup, it's Loeries time again. The good folks at ‘i did that ad’.com, a resource for agency creatives to find the right talent, gathered up some industry folks and asked them who they think will win. So into their crystal ball they gazed and came up with some pretty interesting thoughts on who will take home the bird, or, several birds. We picked out some of the ...

Gearburn, Innovation

7 ways to make a dumb home smarter

Nest The buzzword "smart home" fits nicely alongside terms like "The Internet of Things". But the smart home is tangible, it is something. Best of all, it's something well within the reach of us, the little people. First off, what is a smart home? Explaining  A smart home is home automation. Remote surveillance, WiFi-enabled stoves, automated porch lights, flush-aware toilet bowls, stuff like that. With an internet-enabled device connected to a smart home appliance, the possibilities are fairly endless. Think of a remote ...

Startups, Ventureburn

$400m for the startup scene in Lebanon raises more questions than it brings solutions

Cash (1) How to be innovative in a country where two decades of civil war and rather noisy neighbours such as Syria keep the focus of media on bombings, turmoil and refugees is a tall order. This is the task the Central Bank of Lebanon tries to answer with its circular 331, which put US$400-million on the table earlier this year, just for startups. This is one percent of the GDP and, as attractive as it may look, it doesn't go without ...

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