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  • me&you mobile: SIM-only contracts are the future [SPONSORED]

    Selling SIM cards isn't a new, brave business venture. Hell, your local corner shop probably sells spade-loads of them, and perhaps even allows you to RICA them as well. But moving this business entirely online is an interesting step that me&you mobile has undertaken. The company, now just over a year old, believes that SIM-only contracts are the future for consumers. But how exactly does me&you describe itself? "me&you mobile is a month-to-month, SIM-only mobile network offering the lowest call rates on the market," company brand manager Dean Ormsby explains. Currently servicing around 15 000 customers, me&you buys voice and data from...

  • I had fuck-you money and didn’t care – Minecraft creator

    Marcus 'Notch' Persson has been in hot water recently over various comments made on Twitter. Last month, the Minecraft creator took umbrage (to say the least) with the term "mansplaining" and called a fellow user the C-word. Now, in a Reddit post titled "what's up with Notch on Twitter?", Persson himself popped up to give a quick rundown. "Once I realised I had fuck-you money and didn't care about my public image any more because it didn't affect my day to day life in any way, I started speaking out against things I personally thing (sic) are wrong," Persson wrote. Notch said that people privately thanked him but told...

  • Dropbox’s new productivity tools foster simplicity, collaboration and data safety

    Dropbox has introduced a number of new productivity tools which include simplifying workflows, creating unified workspaces and improving data security. According to the company, the new productivity tools are a response to its 500-million users' requests for better collaboration tools within teams. With its simplifying workflows, Dropbox wants to bring a lot of features which include scanning documents, creating Microsoft office documents on mobile devices and managing photos from desktop computers. To manage the photos from a desktop computer, Dropbox Basic users need to connect a computer to their Dropbox account, allowing for easier access, organising and removing the photos. On iOS,...

  • Scared policemen, Irish songbirds and virtual coasters: this week’s must-watch viral videos

    Welcome to a new feature at Memeburn, where we take a look at videos worth watching this past week. Whether they're viral, funny, amazing or just plain interesting, we've got you covered. As for our first week's favourites? Well, a South African cop's reaction to a snake, and a VR-enabled rollercoaster are just two picks worth watching -- scroll down for all of them. A police officer lets out a huge scream when he discovers what the dog found... Irish football fans softly sing lullabies to a baby on the train. What happens when you combine rollercoasters and VR? Arguably the fastest F1 pit stop in history...

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple’s WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space.

  • All you need is coffee: innovation in 72 hours

    Innovation isn’t a strategy; it’s a series of orchestrated tactics that solve defined problems, casting aside the status quo in favor of invention and improvement. The magic lies in finding the right idea to take forward. We’ve tried several approaches at my company, but the most effective is the one we use now. We call it “Innovation Sprinting.”

  • Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg covers up MacBook webcam with tape?

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the US government has sophisticated ways of spying on people through their gadgets. We also know that Facebook is no stranger to veering on the wrong side of the privacy line. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to celebrate Instagram's 500 million user milestone, people were rather surprised to see what was done to a nearby MacBook... In case you can't make it out, the MacBook's web camera is taped up, as Twitter user Chris Olson first pointed out. 3 things about this photo of Zuck: Camera covered with tape Mic jack covered with tape Email client is...

  • Twitter makes Vine (and video) relevant again with 140-second videos

    With Instagram's latest video improvements -- allowing users to record bursts of 60-second videos -- it's Twitter's turn to play its hand. This week, the social network announced that its users will be able to record videos of up to 140-seconds (for obvious reasons). This improvement is also heading to Vine. "Where previously, uploaded videos were limited to 30 seconds, now anyone can create video Tweets up to – you guessed it – 140 seconds long," it explains on its blog. Select publishers can soon look forward to 10-minute long videos as well. Twitter believes that the new ability turns both Vine...

  • High IQ equals low piracy rate, study finds, but SA bucks trend

    A new study has found "strong support" that a high national IQ often results in low piracy rates. The study, titled 'Intelligence and Crime: A novel evidence for software piracy', used IQ and piracy data from 2011 for 102 countries. So what did the researchers find? "Our findings offer strong support for the assertion that intelligence is inversely related to the software piracy rates," read an excerpt of the paper. "After controlling for the potential effect of outlier nations in the sample, software piracy rate declines by about 5.3 percentage points if national IQ increases by 10 points." Who are these "outlier" nations though?...

  • Twitter Engage: its new app for celebs and influencers

    Twitter has launched a new app for famous, influencial people. Dubbed Twitter Engage, the new app is available on iOS, but only available in the US. It gives celebrities and popular figures a better way to connect to their fans and get insights into their interactions. Twitter claims that the app will give famous people insights into their Twitter activities, allowing them to never miss a conversation that matters, get more insights about what’s happening in their network, track their tweets and keep abreast with updates. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video Twitter Engage offers real time data...

  • Africa has a real chance at leading the next digital revolution

    A theme that took centre stage at a panel discussion during the recent World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda is development beyond simple infrastructure like roads, dams, power plants is the continent's embrace of technology, and digital infusion in all sectors. When questions such as “how can we diversify our economies”, “how can we improve efficiency” or “how do we prepare our young generations to have jobs” were asked, the answer from politicians, think tanks, investment organisations and the private sector was the same -- embrace the “third industrial revolution” or the digital transformation revolution. With Africa's middle- and upper-class...

  • Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video

    Instagram has just crossed the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily, the Facebook-owned service announced. "Our community also continues to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States," Instagram said in a blog post. "Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can't wait to see what you create next." Instagram hit the 400-million mark in September 2015, crossed 300-million users in December 2014 and hit 200-million users in March 2014. Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than...

  • Huawei P9, P9 Lite to double SA marketshare?

    Huawei has revealed some interesting numbers for its P9 and P9 Plus, announcing that the phones have sold 2.6-million units globally in its first six weeks. The Chinese manufacturer said this equated to a 130% increase over the P8 for the same period of time. The company added that its global marketshare was sitting at 8.5%, "supported by aggressive growth in the South African market". Charlene Munilal, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that sales of both the flagship and P9 Lite were ahead of expectations. Read more: Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come? "P9...

  • 4 telltale signs that its time to change your ERP software

    In tough economic times, it becomes tempting to sweat your assets. But running an outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system may become more of a liability than a saving in the long run. Here are four telltale signs that indicate its time for a change in ERP software. Functionality gaps If the software you’ve been using for years starts becoming outdated, you will start noticing functionality gaps, particularly when your business ventures into a new industry or embarks on new business models. Many businesses may try to address these gaps by adding external components to the system, or moving functionality outside...

  • African VOD landscape heats up as TRACE buys Buni.tv

    Local content is a big plus for many video platforms, with pan-African video-on-demand (VOD) service Buni.tv being one of the more notable offerings on the continent. Now, as it prepares for the launch of its own video platform later this year, French broadcaster TRACE TV has announced that it acquired Buni.tv. Buni.tv was launched in 2012 and stands out as one of the three largest VOD platforms in Africa, along with Iroko TV and ShowMax, TRACE claimed in a press statement. "TRACE and Buni.tv share the same strategic vision in that we believe that VOD is the future of television," said TRACE CEO Olivier Laouchez. "We...