General Tech

Could festivals be key to unlocking an RFID boom?

Festival crowd The festival industry is booming, and have proved to be an attractive marketing campaign for countries, regions and brands. A report from VisitBritain and UK Music has said that, in 2013, music tourism – people travelling specifically for festivals and gigs – boosted the UK economy by over £2bn, providing 24,000 jobs in the process. As such it’s no wonder that great strides in technology are being made when it comes to festivals and events. Along with the upward trend ...

Ventureburn

6 clever tech startups trying to pop Africa’s remittance bubble

remittance Remittance is a massive cash cow in Africa and the rest of the developing world. The service fees for transacting money from across the continent or abroad amounts to an estimated US$60-billion. A ridiculous amount that’s even said to outweigh Western aid in the continent. But the cost isn't limited to taxing financial fees. The value of time and security also affects a massive portion of the developing world. Africans sending money home from abroad are charged an average of ...

Gearburn

Canon PowerShot S200 review: cool camera with worthless WiFi transfer

Canon Powershot With smartphones and their apps taking over so many tasks previously managed by other methods and equipment, the question to ask is if we still need point-and-shoot cameras? Do they still have a space to fill that smartphones can’t? Everyone carries their cellphone with them and it has become the source of information via social media. This is the age of casual reporting, and it's within the reach of anyone. Since my first camera phone, I've always only considered the best ...

Ventureburn

Grindstone reports 61% increase in revenue for all its companies

Grindstone A little more than a year ago, I had breakfast with Keet Van Zyl, from Knife Capital. He told me he was about to launch an accelerator programme for "scale-up" companies. My response: "oh dear, not another one". Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisor that focuses on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. What the company wanted to do was prove that growth could be engineered through its Grindstone accelerator programme -- an entrepreneurial leadership academy of ...

Mobile, Windows Phone

Windows Phone up against the ropes as global market share slips

Windows Phone social media There was a moment, albeit a very brief one, where things were looking good for Windows Phone. Coupled with some great devices by Nokia, it was outselling the iPhone in a few key markets and it seemed to be racing ahead of the competition in the battle for third place. Now though, it looks as if a combination of indecisiveness on Microsoft's part and a total onslaught of cheap Android devices have seen it take a serious dent in sales. ...

Google, News

This company lets you listen to certain locations in 3D on Google Street View

Sounds-Google-Street-View Google Street View is awesome. You can visit everywhere from deep inside the Amazon jungle to the top of Mount Everest -- experiencing the world's foreign beauties on a rather attractive budget from the comfort of your office chair. Still, it's missing a crucial ingredient that helps shape our experiences everyday: namely sound. Using Google Street View's API, hearing aid company Amplifon has added 3D sounds to popular virtual tourist attractions around the world. Simply go to the website, put on ...

Video

Watch the terrifying beauty of a robot swarm in action

Robot Swarm This is either incredibly cool or, if you're Elon Musk, completely terrifying. A team of Harvard University scientists has managed to recreate natural swarms using more than a thousand micro robots. Each of the Kilobots -- there are actually 1024 of them, following computer science definitions -- is little more than a completely harmless US$14 device. Put it together with its brethren though and it becomes part of a remarkable, self organising whole. The way they do it is pretty ...

General Tech

You can now buy Google Glass from Takealot… as long as you’ve R27k to burn [Update: someone did]

Google glass lead Critical update: someone has made the plunge and purchased Google Glass from Takealot. We don't know how many, just that it has happened. "We are pleased to confirm that we have made sales of Google Glass in the last 24 hours and we will continue to monitor our stock levels and to replenish when needs be," says head of marketing, Declan Hollywood. Dreams can come true. Original story: Are you a wealthy South African tech enthusiast? Then Takealot.com, one of South Africa's largest online retail ...

General Tech

Is the industry leader the best solution for your business? Three cases where the answer may be no

First place Those of us who work in the IT industry have all heard the old ad slogan from the 1970s: “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM”. It sounds a bit old-fashioned now, but the truth is that many people still default to buying from the global industry leaders. It seems like the safe option and often it is -- but it’s also a choice that can slow growth or even actively harm a business. Here are three cases in which ...

Ventureburn

Placing your bets: 5 BRICS startups making it big that you need to know about

Bricks-colour If I ask you to name one startup from each of the BRICS countries, chances are you will stutter Alibaba, maybe Vkontakte, and then try Google something (which you won’t find). So for you to shine at your next dinner party or just to fill your wealth of knowledge, here’s a guided tour of big startups from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil’s Hotel Urbano: how to beat Bookings.com in one year only Read more on Ventureburn.

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