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  • 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...

  • Justin Wilson dies following Pocono shunt: the motorsport roundup

    It has been a difficult weekend in motorsport. Although the Belgian Grand Prix reignited the final phase of the Formula 1 season, in the IndyCar Series, a serious accident has put former Formula 1 driver for Minardi and Jaguar, Justin Wilson, in hospital. We provide a full update on the Brit's condition. Other motorsport series also competed this weekend, including the Formula E circus which took to Donington Park for a test session, while the FIA RallyCross troupe took to the undulating pastures of Hell, Norway. Read more on Motorburn.

  • The Flock: the game with a death-dependent self-destruct button

    In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of indie gaming studios and this has resulted in a market saturated with gaming titles. Because of this, indie studios now need to take more and more innovative approaches to make their titles stand out from the endless sea of games. One such studio is Dutch indie developer Vogelsap (translated as "Bird Juice"), who have come up with a very intriguing concept for their soon-to-be-released first-person multiplayer horror game, The Flock. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Check out Mango’s brilliant response to FlySafair’s R1 fiasco

    If you're going to put out an offer for R1 flights, you should probably make sure your website can stand up to the slew of people looking to buy said flights. That's the lesson South African low-cost airline FlySafair learned the hard way today. As part of its first birthday celebrations, FlySafair announced the release of 30 000 R1 tickets -- including airport taxes -- along any of its routes. Within hours of the special going live though, tickets were only available on mobile as the main website had crashed. The mobile option soon followed suit, with users trying...

  • We’re about to start using wireless mobile chargers in a big way

    It's been a while since a mobile manufacturer made a big deal about wireless chargers, but apparently they're about to become a lot more common. In fact, according to a new report from Juniper Research, nearly 40% of households in the US and over 20% in Europe will use wireless charging by 2020. Households won't be the only places driving the growth of wireless charging though. According to Juniper Research, with more devices now implementing wireless charging (smartphones, tablets, wearables and soon laptops), infrastructure providers are starting to roll out support for the technology, in a way similar to public...

  • Facebook makes ‘Donate Now’ button a permanent feature

    Facebook has officially made the "Donate Now" feature a permanent feature, making it available to any Page worldwide that labels itself a non-profit organisation. According to Facebook, the feature is aimed at "making it easier than ever for non-profit Page owners to connect with people who care about their cause". Read more: Facebook launches campaign against Ebola, including ‘Donate Now’ button “Every day, people use Facebook to raise awareness and support for causes they care about and to motivate others to do the same," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We're inspired by how much good comes from these connections, so we've added 'Donate...

  • Next Online Tuesday South Africa event to explore ‘your craft’

    The next Online Tuesday South Africa event, which takes place on 8 September, will explore the theme "What is your craft?". The event speakers, who include Hello Pretty Head of Strategy and Social Lee Geldenhuys and League of Beers founder Rob Heyns, will talk about how technology has empowered them to turn what would once have been hobby crafts into full-scale businesses. Hello Pretty serves as online marketplace for 1 288 design entrepreneurs and enables them to embed their online stores into their websites as well as Facebook brand pages. League of Beeers meanwhile is an online craft beer store...

  • Lenovo Africa wants South Africans to share ‘goodweird’ ideas

    Lenovo Africa is looking to reward South Africans for who come up with creative and innovative ideas around the theme "Goodweird". The campaign, which appears to be a celebration of the Chinese electronic giant's Yoga range, will see Lenovo give six people -- two from Gauteng, two from Kwa-Zulu Natal and two from the Cape Region -- tablets, laptops and R30 000 study bursaries. Read more: Lenovo: why the world’s biggest PC maker isn’t really a PC company any more According to a release sent to Memeburn: #GoodweirdSA will call on South African millennials to share their creative ideas on what Goodweird...

  • 3 instances of ecommerce becoming ‘enabling’ commerce

    If there’s one thing that nearly every economy in the world has in common today, it’s the love of shopping. Shopping drives our consumerist society. With online shopping, a full-fledged consumerist lifestyle is just a click of a button away. Online retail is all set to touch US$1.3-trillion in worldwide sales this year. From meagre single digit market shares just a few years ago, ecommerce now boasts more than 15% of the total retail market share in the UK and a 12.7% share in the US. Ease of shopping, secure payments infrastructure, improved shipping and delivery, and most importantly, the...

  • Who will win the battle of Nigeria’s online classifieds?

    First it was ecommerce with Jumia and Konga fighting neck-to-neck, then the attention went to the online marketplace space with the likes of Kaymu, this is followed by learning -- remember PrepClass, Tuteria, Tutor.ng, NearTutors. It now appears that the latest space that foreign-founded companies are eyeing in Nigeria is the classified ads. In other words, the battle to create Nigeria’s Craigslist is on. Classified ads are not entirely new in Nigeria thanks to the popularity of Craigslist in the country -- especially among the early internet savvy demographic. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • MoneyGram, Vodacom give Tanzanians a new way to receive funds directly into mobile accounts

    MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services, and Vodacom, an African mobile communications company, have announced that Vodacom subscribers in Tanzania will now receive money directly into their M-Pesa accounts through MoneyGram’s money transfer services. As part of the partnership between the two companies, M-Pesa subscribers in Tanzania will now be able to receive funds from MoneyGram directly into their mobile accounts. This money can be sent from more than 120 countries, all around the clock. Customers in the United States can send funds to M-Pesa accounts quickly and securely from a MoneyGram location or through...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • India’s ecommerce giant Flipkart introduces social network feature

    India’s ecommerce company Flipkart has introduced a social network component to its app. The social network component is called Ping and it allows users to have a real time conversations with friends and help each other on what to buy. Ping allows users to drag and drop drag and drop products or offers directly into conversations, share their screen so that you can browse together, ask friends what they think and get instant feedback and share products directly from your cart, wishlist, camera and gallery. Using Ping, users can share pages of the items they want to buy with friends. Read...

  • Why South Africa really needs to embrace the Maker Movement

    "More so than any other time, we are able to make things that can actually make a difference," Steve Sherman, the CEO of Living Maths and self-proclaimed maker said at the recent Cape Town Maker Conference. Thanks to the internet, people today have access to more information than ever before. And thanks to things like micro computers, 3D printers, and accessible programming languages people can make more, experiment more and become more self-sufficient. Concepts like crowdfunding, for instance, enable people to finance and share their passions more easily. More than 200 000 people recently pledged nearly US$9-million to bring a...

  • #StrongerthantheRand: 19 tweets that accurately describe South Africa’s falling currency

    The strength of South Africa’s Rand has become a hot topic of late -- more so than usual. Over the weekend the ZAR weakened to over R20 to the UK pound. Right now it costs South Africans over R13 to the US dollar and R15 to the Euro. It might not be the right time to plan that overseas vacation. Twitter is a unique entity: it allows a number of people to not only rant and rave about problems in the country, but also some together and comment on them in real-time.  In true South African fashion, someone has created the hashtag...