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  • Independent agencies really do still matter in South Africa’s digital landscape

    Over the past couple of years, the digital landscape in South Africa has shifted dramatically. We’ve seen international advertising players invest in the market, snapping up many of our leading digital marketing agencies and consulting firms to strengthen their presence in Africa. At the same time, some smaller agencies have merged to create larger players, and traditional ad and marketing agencies continue to build their digital skills bases. And there is also more and more talk about large corporations bringing digital activities such as social media and analytics back in-house rather than depending on external agencies for operational muscle and...

  • Formula 1’s emotional weekend in Hungary: the weekend motorsport roundup

    Another weekend has passed and along with it was a memorable one for motorsport lovers. Although MotoGP and the World Superbike Championship took a break, the four wheeled championships didn't. Formula 1 returned from a three-week break and the awful news of Jules Bianchi's death the week before. Along with it, the GP2 circus joined its bigger, faster brother series. Across the Atlantic in middle America, Indianapolis played host to the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and lastly, we take a look at some interesting news from the world of rallying. Read more on Motorburn.

  • 10 questions to ask before buying a smartphone

    If you are looking to invest in the latest smartphone, there are some things that you might want to consider before jumping to a hefty payment. Since smartphones are all the rage these days, there are a number of models that might be deceptively appealing without being of much use. In cases like these, it is a prudent decision to wait and ask a few questions before buying a shiny, new smartphone. In this article, we'll over the top 10 questions that one must keep in mind while shopping for the latest coveted mobile phone. Read more on Gearburn.

  • The IoT explosion: 38bn devices to be connected by 2020

    Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has gone from theoretical concept to our everyday lived experience. It's no coincidence that some think we should instead be talking about the Internet of Everything. But despite the advances we've made in the past few years, it looks like the real explosion will only happen in the next five years. According to a new report from Juniper Research, the number of connected devices will grow from 13.4-billion in 2015 to 38.5-billion in 2020, a rise of over 285%. Interestingly, the vast bulk of that growth won't come from the...

  • A reminder: why protecting your online identity is vital

    “It won’t happen to me.” Dangerous words in any context, but when applied to identity protection this attitude can have truly frightening and negative effects that may only be revealed years down the line. Despite a growing community of aware individuals, reported cases of identity fraud and theft in South Africa for the end of 2014 is estimated to reach 4 000 – a significant increase from the 1 370 reported cases in April 2014. Overall, identity theft is estimated to cost the country R1 billion per year. Even the South African Police Service admits to being inadequately equipped for...

  • Have you got the brains to be an entrepreneur?

    I would like you to do a small quiz built by a person I admire a lot: Dan Ariely, the behavioural scientist. The quiz was designed to assess one's ability to make government policy and take corporate decisions. But I believe it is at least as appropriate to assess your ability to be an entrepreneur. Here's the deal: Take this Dan Ariely quiz. When you finish, read Dan's feedback. Return to this page and get some insight on its relevance to entrepreneurs and startups. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Airbnb announces plans for accelerated SA growth

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky today announced plans to accelerate its growth in South African and the continent as a whole. Speaking at an event Johannesburg Chesky officially launched the platform in South Africa and announced that the country is officialy the company's largest African market. "South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, with so much to offer visitors,” Chesky said. “We have a vibrant and welcoming community here, which we look forward to expanding so that even more visitors can benefit from the unique and local experiences our hosts provide.” The Airbnb CEO also announced the appointment...

  • Uber SA goes on charm offensive, celebrates UberHeroes

    Uber South Africa wants you to know that its partner drivers aren't just drivers, they're heroes. No seriously, the app has released a video showing off some of the most inspiring stories to have emerged from those partner drivers since its South African launch. Accompanying the video is a blog post explaining how it has benefited individual drivers and their families. The examples come from each of the three cities it currently operates in (Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg) and include a former security guard who now employs five other drivers, as well as a driver who was able...

  • Do smart screens impact childhood development?

    Parenting comes with a never-ending stream of worries over diet, socialization, fitness, mental health and countless other problems. As if that weren’t stressful enough, recent studies have parents adding a new worry: smart screen time. Nowadays, kids as young as one or two have their own iPads, smart phones and tablets. Kids of all ages spend hours a day playing apps, video games and watching television or movies. It’s an effective way to keep children quiet and entertained, but experts are asking: at what cost? Research is inconclusive The technological boom has many people wondering if screen time affects childhood development. The results...

  • The Grand Tournament: Blizzard readying ‘Hearthstone’ expansion for August arrival

    Blizzard recently announced that a big new expansion is coming to its free-to-play online digital collectible card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It is called “The Grand Tournament” and is based on the “Argent Tournament” you might have seen in the ever-popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. But as it has been a while since we touched anything Hearthstone at Gearburn (a blasphemous travesty to mankind!), we thought it would be a good idea to give you some background context on its history and where this new expansion fits. Read more on Gearburn.

  • How technology has changed the way we watch sport on the go

    In 1936 in Berlin, Germany you could go to a television viewing station and watch the Summer Olympics which were happening at the same moment just across town. This was the World’s first live broadcast of sport. Fast forward to today and you can not only watch a sporting event live from the other side of the World, but you can now watch from virtually any place you please. Since Ancient Greece and before, humans have been extremely passionate about sport and want to be able to view their favorite event, individual, and team in action....

  • Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce: which ecommerce platform works for you?

    Online portals are a must for every business model now. Being online can bring great benefits to new business owners who want to get their hands dirty, so to speak, and offer their products to a wider audience. The decision build an online store is therefore a natural one. The really difficult part is choosing the best ecommerce platform? And if you're a non technical person, well that only makes the task more daunting. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Cape Town restaurant shows the world how to deal with racist online reviews

    Online reviews can be a tricky business, especially in the restaurant trade. In between picky customers and the ego needed to make an eatery sustainable things can get very messy very quickly. That said, sometimes the customer is just plain wrong. And in the the last couple of days, one Cape Town-based restaurant showed the world how to deal with those customers. Massimo's is an eatery in the seaside village of Hout Bay renowned for its authentic Italian pizzas. On Friday last week, the following review was posted to the restaurant's page on Tripadvisor: “Very disappointing” 1 of 5...

  • Here’s what you need to know about creating a keyword strategy for your social media campaign

    If you are at all familiar with SEO and digital marketing, you will understand the importance of keyword research. Did you know that keyword research is not just used for PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns or optimising websites for better organic results on the search engines? You should also use keywords in your social media campaigns to increase your online visibility. Keyword research is the cornerstone of any digital marketing campaign. Research and select keywords that are relevant to your business that you can use in your social media strategy. Find some tips below on why you should do...