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  • Met Gala 2016: 11 Instagram snaps of celebs in their snazziest dress

    The Met Gala is a pretty big event for high fashion, charity, and the stars. It's one night that celebrities really get to look the part for the sake of looking the part. They don't exactly walk home with a Grammy or an Oscar, but the night is no less important. Being a top trend on Twitter worldwide this weekend, image-heavy social portal Instagram also had its fair share of posts shared by celebrities and the general populace alike. So, if you fancy taking a look at what the stars decided to don, have a look at our selection of Instagram...

  • Kung fu joins CG animation in the coolest thing we’ve seen today [video]

    Kung Fu is one of those mythical and extremely spiritual things that us human beings can do, along with singing in the shower, roughly kneading dough and creating gorgeous stop-motion computer-generated visualisations. It's the former and latter than come together in this frigidly cool video. Numbers-loving artist Tobias Gremmler decided to take the human (and very mathematically-based) motions of kung fu and translate that into a range of visualisations using a fabric-like sweep of pixels across the screen. It's quite remarkable how gorgeous the interpretation really is. Published on Vimeo two weeks ago, the video has since racked up an impressive 292...

  • 4 signs of a great PPC agency

    Advertising on a pay-per-click (PPC) platform search engines such as Google seems like a no-brainer considering the revenue returns. Google reports that businesses make an average of US$2 in revenue for every US$1 spent on the search engine's AdWords platform -- so why aren't all online businesses who advertise there experiencing explosive growth? Ads that are slapped up on Google with no research or strategy behind the keywords and copy will fail. Ads that aren't constantly monitored, tested, and optimized will never improve, and businesses might keep repeating mistakes that are hurting their ad campaigns. Sometimes the business is...

  • A picture is worth a thousand words; 30 billion pictures worth $35bn

    Image capture and related technology is speeding up exponentially, and changing the world of communication and creativity as we know it. It’s estimated that globally more pictures were taken every two minutes of 2012 than ALL of the photographs taken in the entire 19th century. Last year we snapped an estimated trillion photos – in a single year! And by 2017, Infotrends estimates that 78.8% (or just over three-quarters) of all photos will be taken using our phones. If the 20th century saw an explosion of text-based information, the start of this new century will be defined by two...

  • Media24 changes ad policies to kill agency commission

    Correction: This article originally stated that The SpaceStation is a media buying agency. It has been amended to reflect the fact that it is a media sales agency. Media 24 on Friday announced that, as of 1 May, its rate cards will no longer reflect the long-established 16.5% early settlement or agency discount fee. The fee, which has long been a bone of contention in the media buying space, essentially allows media buying agencies to take a portion of the fee for placing an ad with a publisher. Building system into their own offerings has allowed media to...

  • Make the most of your surveys with these 3 strategies

    The marketing community’s obsession with finding the right audience has only intensified in the digital age. With so many ways to track consumer behavior now, we’re constantly seeking the next best method for getting inside people’s brains. Once we’ve cracked their compulsions and preferences, we can convert them by serving up the perfect products for their needs. We fixate on producing the rights ads, content, products, and services, and then we’re frustrated when conversions don’t go through the roof. Where did we go wrong? No matter how much money you invest in products and advertising, you’ll never see the numbers...

  • The Punisher is getting his own series on Netflix

    It looks as though Marvel and fans were pleased with The Punisher's role in season two of Daredevil. So much so that the character is receiving his very own spin-off TV series. The news comes from Entertainment Weekly. Right now, details are scarce, but Jon Bernthal will be reprising his role as Frank Castle aka The Punisher with Steve Lightfoot serving as the showrunner. There's no exact time-frame on when it will being production or airing. This is another entry into a long list of Marvel and Netflix TV shows. The video on demand servies has played partner to and aired both...

  • They got these 5 video games to run on the Xbox 360?

    The Xbox 360 was a veritable beast upon its launch in late 2005. Featuring 512MB of RAM, an advanced (for its time) ATI Xenos graphics chip and a powerful tri-core Xenon processor, it compared very favourably to the PS3 and gaming PCs of the time. Gaming tech moves at a fast pace though, so after several years, developers had to utilise all sorts of crazy tricks to get their games running on the last-generation Xbox. Here are a few notable titles that somehow managed to run on the Xbox 360. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Weekly Round Up #60: Facebook Q1 results, Nintendo NX, Movies, MoveThisStuff

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Reporters Graham van der Made and Hadlee Simons. The team discusses Facebook's impressive Q1 results, Nintendo NX and the company's other future plans, and a new moving startup called MoveThisStuff. In 'Weird News of the week', the BBC and Netflix are teaming up for a remake of Watership Down. The team also talks about what they are currently watching, reading, playing and eating. And the tweet of the week comes the only man who tweets...

  • Microsoft launches its cloud solution provider programme in SA

    Microsoft South Africa announced the launch of its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme on Friday. This will allow select partners to directly support, bill, and provision Microsoft Cloud Services for customers. "What this means for partners, is that they will be able to more easily help their customers take full advantage of cloud services and empower staff to securely collaborate and communicate from almost anywhere, anytime, while using any device," says Derek Kudsee, Partner Sales Lead at Microsoft South Africa. According to Kudsee, the system has been implemented due to the growing need for cloud solutions in SA. This move could potentially...

  • Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: get your dad on

    I am, at the time of this article going live, 28-years-old and have no children. I do, however, listen to talk radio and tell incredibly lame jokes. And that means I'm reasonably qualified to review the Ford Focus B Max EcoBoost: a dad car with an impressive sting in the tail. Make no mistake, no one's going to think you're the coolest dad in the school-yard if you pull up in this mini-people carrier. Once you've explained to everyone why it's such a "sensible" choice though, Ford's clever 1.0l EcoBoost engine means you'll be able to burn them as...

  • Help is literally at hand for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in South Africa

    In amongst all the frothing at the mouth about the latest Apple iPhone-this and Samsung Galaxy-that, I do love a good “feature phones change lives story”. So I eagerly joined today’s Cape Town launch of Help@hand, a mobile information service that provides people who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants with a way to stay informed about their legal rights in South Africa. The USSD-based feature phone service is also a platform to report xenophobic attacks, corruption or unlawful arrests. Crucially, the first-of-its-kind in South Africa, low-cost service is available in English, Kiswahili, Somali and French, with Oromo due for...

  • Why Apple is a lot like Gary Player right now

    There are many times when you buy a particular stock and then question why you own that particular stock. In fact, it happens all of the time, when you get your weekly, monthly or annual statements, it is after all supposed to be part of the process, making sure that the thesis is still firmly intact. Making sure that the specific investments that you own still fit the profile, still match all the criteria that you are looking for as an investor. It is Warren Buffett's friend and right hand man who always says that it isn't supposed to...

  • UJ students use tech to strike a blow against tender corruption

    A group of four University of Johannesburg (UJ) students have struck a blow against corruption in the tender space with an app developed as part of the South African leg of global student software development challenge, the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup. The four, all Honours students at the UJ Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE), hail from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. According to team leader Chukwudi Obodoekwe, from Anambra State in Nigeria, the drive to design this system initially came from his uncle (who is also his guardian): "When he heard we are entering for the challenge,...

  • It’s 2016 and you aren’t using encryption. Why?

    Encryption has this kind of reputation that it's complicated. It's not. It's very, very simple. There should be no reason why an organization shouldn't be encrypting its data in 2016. The technology is there. And the rationale for using it is simple: Breach prevention is dead. Our 2015 Breach Level Index showed over 1 600 disclosed breaches worldwide. That led to more than 700-million records being exposed. To put it simply, blocking breaches isn’t working. As we watch hackers hone in on data critical to our lives and our businesses, we need to develop a mindset that accepts attackers...