African women in tech: Emma Kaye on changing the conversation around women

Emma Kaye Women In Tech 2 "In my experience, women tend to create a collective around them and then it is 'lets go into battle together'. For me, it is this type of approach, collaboration, collective thinking that is useful in this industry, an industry full of innovation." -- Emma Kaye. Where are the women in tech? Who are the women building technology or working in technology in Africa? These questions and many more are asked on a daily basis. When it comes to technology in Africa, ...


ChefHost brings bespoke professional cuisine to your dinner party

ChefHost-Logo-JPG We've profiled some intriguing startups in the past, but it's not often that you come across a company attempting to meld the limitless world of the internet into the world of premium, bespoke cuisine. Welcome to ChefHost. The brainchild of angel investor and big dreamer Abhinandan Balasubramanian and equally-savvy entrepreneur Yiu Yin, ChefHost is "is an online peer-to-peer marketplace and community connecting chefs and hosts for private dining and exclusive catering." Essentially, it is the venerable Craigslist of cuisine, where chefs ...


Beyond periphery: Logitech promises a ‘big year’ for South Africa in 2015

Logitech-Harmony Logitech's a rarity at the moment -- it's a technology company on the rise. Revenue has increased year on year (pdf), and that trend is set to continue into the next fiscal quarter. It's looking to become a key player in the South African market, as well as the world, building beyond. But what is the company's secret and what, more importantly for us, can South African expect from this accessory giant in the coming years? Read more on Gearburn.

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Localisation: the secret sauce behind Facebook’s explosive growth

Facebook Visualising Friendship It’s no secret that Facebook is a global phenomenon with 1.3 billion active users accounting for almost half of the world’s entire Internet population of 2.9 billion people. More than 80% of this activity comes from outside North America, the biggest country on Facebook. With India, Brazil, Indonesia as runners-up it’s estimated that at least 40% of Facebook users don’t speak any English. Today, you can access Facebook in more than 70 languages. But how did Facebook manage to become so ...

News, Social media

Oscar gets five years: Twitter gets angry

Oscar Pistorius in court Star athlete turned murder accused Oscar Pistorius will serve five years in prison. Pistorius who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of 14 February 2013, was found guilty of culpable homicide late last week, as well as an earlier charge of recklessly shooting a firearm in public. The five years is for the former, while the latter saw him receive a three-year suspended sentence. The trial, which has dragged on far longer than many originally ...


Goodbye cable? Online video consumption increases by massive 43%

video You, me and virtually everyone else on the internet watching fail videos, Gangnam Style and series like The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, have watched more than 38.2-billion videos in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 43% year-on-year (YOY). That's according to a recent study done by Adobe Software. As noted by VentureBeat, the study scooped up data from over 1 300 media and entertainment properties, including virtually all major ones in the US. From set-top ...

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South Africans love Samsung, Apple more than any other phone brand

Samsung Galaxy hand It's no secret that Samsung and Apple are the world's two most dominant smartphone manufacturers. And while the Korean company might have its Cupertino-based rival beat when it comes to volumes, the iPhone maker is far and away the more profitable company. But which manufacturer are people more satisfied with? Well in some countries, Samsung appears to be drawing ahead but in South Africa it appears to be a draw. The results of a recent survey by South African Customer ...

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This website wants to use social to harness the power of Africa’s A-listers

A-listers Getting A-list celebrities to be the face of big brands is nothing new. As media has evolved down the years though so has the way that kind of association happens. A great example of that is a new site that aims to be a social network for connecting brands with African celebrities. The site, called A-listers, sees itself as something a little more than that though. The social offering, it says, is coupled with an agency in order to ...


Rossi takes historic Australian MotoGP win: 5 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

Valentino Rossi There are just too many 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, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. It has been an important weekend for many drivers, with motorsport series based in Europe slowly drawing to a close. This weekend saw the final race in the DTM Championship and the final Championship round of the FIA Formula ...

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23andMe: how one company is using spit to change the way we see our health

23andMe In a few weeks I'll be finding out about my ancestry and receiving a bunch of genetic data that could potentially be used to establish what medical conditions I am predisposed to. That's all thanks to a kit from 23andMe, a company that boasts the largest collection of spit in the world being the largest independent, saliva-based DNA service that is pretty much akin to the FBI's database (CODUS). The premise is simple, get a pack, spit (a lot), pay $99 ...






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