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  • Paper Video: can QR codes, explainer videos put South Africa’s matrics back on track?

    In seven weeks' time, South Africa's 2015 matric class will begin writing their final examinations. The results of those examinations will, most likely, spark a spate of articles decrying the state of South Africa's education system. Unless a Cape Town-based initiative called Paper Video has it's way that is. Describing itself as a social enterprise, Paper Video aims to bring together QR codes and explainer videos to scale up the reach of quality teachers so that every student in South Africa can gain the value of immediately being able to access an experienced teacher during their studies. What Paper...

  • Student hackers figure out how to stop gym cheats

    If you're one of those people who checks into gym, has a cup of coffee, and leaves just to get your medical aid points, you might want to start altering your behaviour. A group of Johannesburg-based hackers have figured out a way to show exactly how much exercise people do while they're at the gym. According to press release sent to Memeburn, five young hackers have demonstrated how exercise machines can "tell" a gym goer’s mobile phone just how much exercise really happened in-between gym entry and exit. The mobile phone then "tells" the wellness programme’s computers what is...

  • Is biometrics the answer to secure and easy online payment?

    Growing cyber risk has ushered in the need for watertight methods of protecting personal data. According to the South African Fraud Prevention Service, identity theft is costing the country at least R1 billion per year and has increased by more than 200% in the last six years. Demanding and tech-savvy users continue to exert extreme pressure on companies to solve the convenience versus security conundrum. This is where a seamless customer experience and data security intersects. In today’s mobile world it is increasingly important to have secure, on-the-go authentication. As a result, many experts feel that biometrics offers the best hope. A...

  • Monster coupe top trumps! Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe versus BMW M4

    BMW’s hottest 4 Series has been tearing up stretches of tarmac around the world since early in 2014, providing plenty of high-performance thrills to lovers of German two-doors. But now this M-badged monster – which shook up the Munich-based brand’s naming convention by effectively terminating the celebrated M3 Coupe moniker – has a new foe (in addition to the Audi RS 5 and the Lexus RC-F). And we thus appear to have a scintillating battle on our hands. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Here’s a preview of what the upcoming CliffCentral streaming app will feature

    South African online radio station CliffCentral is set to launch a smartphone app which will allow people to listen to the station live, send messages to the CliffCentral team, and save podcasts among other things. Memeburn understands that the app will launch within the next week and is designed with the high cost of South African mobile data in mind. Users will, for instance, be able to stream at low, medium, and high resolutions. They'll also be able to download podcasts for offline listening. Read more: The great podcast resurgence and the rebirth of radio Headed by former 5fm DJ Gareth...

  • AG Ghost review: you can do better for less

    Here’s the thing about the AG Ghost: as tempting as it is to review it as a R5000 phone, you just can’t. That’s not what it is. If you want to review it fairly, you have to review it as a R5000 package. Even with that in mind though, I can’t say it’d be high up on the list of devices I’d recommend to my friends and family. When seen as a comprehensive package, the Ghost simply isn’t good or different enough to really stand out from the competition. And, with a little effort, you could probably do better. Read more on...

  • Three meals a day is the new tobacco: one geek’s guide to losing weight

    The geek’s guide to rapid weight loss: 10kg in four weeks, while sitting at a desk in office hours. In summary: this is a sure way to to make your body run on just fat for a full three days per week. Intro I've tried low carb and paleo diets over the last two years, maybe eight weeks at a time, on and off, and I’ve gained some muscle in the gym, but I never really felt that I was seeing real impact and results. I see results as dropping a jeans size and/or losing 10kg. So, I did a bit of...

  • LexNove is almost like Tinder for legal services

    The founders of new South African attorney-to-client match-making platform LexNove have been involved in a couple of online legal-oriented ventures in the past few years. But only after launching LexNove in June did the two former attorneys, Kyle Torrington and Andrew Taylor, decide to leave their day jobs and focus all their energy on shaking up legal services to SMEs. Likened to a blend of Uber and matchmaking app Tinder — but for legal services — the Johannesburg-based startup was launched in June this year and aims to provide fixed prices and high-quality legal services to SMEs. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Facebook launches M, its AI powered personal assistant within Messenger

    If its innovations to enhance user experience in the app are anything to go by, the Messenger team at Facebook must hardly sleep. Today Facebook launched a personal assistant within Messenger to users in San Francisco, with a plan to eventually roll it out to other markets. The personal assistant is simply named M. M, Facebook says, completes tasks and finds information on the users behalf. David Marcus, Facebook’s Vice President of messaging products, suggests that M might be better than Siri, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana: “Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your...

  • Julius Akinyemi: Africa needs to harness big data to really innovate

    Africa needs to start using big data to solve its issues. But before this can happen, it needs to understand how to leverage this data to its advantage. That's the word from Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based thought leader Julius Akinyemi, who today spoke about the importance of harnessing big data on the African continent at the SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town. Akinyemi's recently also cut the ribbon to introduce the continent’s latest tech cluster for innovation, Workshop17, of which he is a co-founder. Apart from pointing out the importance of collaboration and communities, Akinyemi spoke about the need to for...

  • Elizabeth Gould, Derrick Kotze on the need to catalyse collaboration in Africa

    Memeburn recently sat down with Elizabeth Gould (pictured right), the CEO of programming academy CodeX, and Derrick Kotze who's the CEO of African developer and startup hub initiative mLabs. Alongside the South African entrepreneurship network, Silicon Cape, both CodeX and mLabs are key residents of Workshop17 -- a tech cluster that officially opened its doors this week. In the interview, Gould and Kotze share their insights with Jacques Coetzee about uplifting skill development and creating environments that are empowering South African developers and entrepreneurs. The trio also chatted about why it's important to drive initiatives such as Workshop17 to further collaboration and...

  • Don’t let the touch screen replace the personal touch

    In this always-connected world where anyone is just a click of a button away, too many of us are concentrating on the button instead of the customer. We can email anything to anyone, so we do. We can send sales pitches via SMS or Facebook, and forget that face to face may be more successful. When we do get face to face, there is still a technology barrier between us. At conferences the audience is more likely to be Tweeting or checking emails than really concentrating on the speaker. Even if a businessman presents to just three people, there could...

  • Building merchant-consumer trust is vital for ecommerce success

    Trust: It may be a two-way street regarding interpersonal relationships, and challenging enough to maintain between human beings. But shift this intangible quality to the digital arena, especially sites through which money changes hands, and this immediately places trust at risk of becoming exploited. When considering cybercrime​, trust between online collaborating parties is the new modern currency. So, how rich is your business in trust currency, and how can you obtain more of it? Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Facebook Moments lets you give, receive photos privately

    Facebook has officially launched Moments, a standalone app that allows you to give your photos to friends, get their photos, and keep them all in a single private place. Essentially the app is meant to help bring together photos from occasions, trips, and moments of your life that you've spent with the people who are most important to you. "With a phone at everyone’s fingertips, the moments in our lives are captured by a new kind of photographer: our friends," the social network says in a press release. "It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you,...

  • Google holds first ever South African developer summit

    Google yesterday held its first South African Developer Summit. The event, which was the latest in its series of Sub-Saharan African developer events, was designed to bring developers from around the country up-to-date with the latest Google developer tools. According to Google, the developer summits are an opportunity for Google to assist developers across the world to build better web and Android applications. The Developer Summit in Cape Town was the last leg of a three-city African tour. Developer Summits were also held in Lagos, Nigeria on 19 August, and Nairobi, Kenya on 22 August. The summit featured Google employees...