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  • Insuring your future: how tech will make your next off-road adventure safer [Sponsored]

    ‘Insuring your future‘ is a four-part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the first article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to make your next off-road trip safer. This is it. You’ve been saving up money, and leave, for ages and you’re finally ready to take that off-road trip you’ve been dreaming about for years. As it draws nearer, the city seems increasingly claustrophobic and the relative peace of the bush that much more alluring. Of course it...

  • 5 reasons media partners are as important as ever in the era of content marketing

    With the rise of “owned” channels such as social media accounts and corporate websites, more and more brands are looking to distribute content directly to consumers as a major component of their marketing strategies. The thinking is that where publishers owned the audience in the era of mass media, digital channels allow brands to engage more deeply and meaningfully with their audiences. It’s a compelling idea and it’s one that many companies seize upon as a way of controlling customer data and driving down marketing costs. Yet the reality is that in today’s fragmented and cluttered landscape, publishers still have a great...

  • Ware of the Week: ShedAlert load shedding alerts

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile ShedAlert, an app that’s keeping South Africans ahead of the load shedding schedule. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. There are a few words in the English language synonymous with South Africa, but unfortunately not all are celebrated. I can mention one particular phrase that incites rage and anger from all walks of life. Yep, you guessed it, load shedding. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Watch that? Advertising on smartwatches to reach $70m by 2019

    Maybe you’re one of the people who helped sell out the Apple Watch sell out in a matter of minutes. Or maybe you prefer or its Android equivalents. Then again, maybe you can’t see the point of smartwatches at all. One thing that’s hard to deny though is their immense advertising potential. According to new research by Juniper Research, smartwatches will reach US$68.6-million by 2019, up from an estimated US$1.5-million in 2015. The research company found that the two factors behind this growth will be high-profile brands like Apple entering the smartwatch arena and the consumer’s familiarity and acceptance...

  • Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6bn, puts HERE on sale

    Nokia is going to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion in shares. Once the merger is completed Alcatel-Lucent will take on the Nokia name. Though the deal has been approved by both companies’ boards, its completion is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. Nokia said that it expects, once everything has been completed, to close the deal on the first half of 2016. In a statement, Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer, Rajeev Suri, said “Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell...

  • Audi claims clean sweep in Cape Town: the weekend motorsport roundup

    After a much too quiet Easter weekend, motorsport is back with a splutter and whine. We’ve seen events from all the major series from all disciplines this weekend, from Formula 1 to MotoGP and the South African National Production Car Championship. While each of these are different, they are all entertaining in their own unique way (with the exception of Formula 1 perhaps, because the Chinese GP was a yawn). So, without much ado, here’s this weekend’s motorsport roundup. Read more on Motorburn.

  • 5 hot tips for turning browsers into buyers

    It’s the blight of every ecommerce site. Spend huge amounts of money on attracting visitors. The visitors look around for a while, click on a few things here and there and then move on without buying a thing. What a waste! But what if you do something so interesting or so outrageous that a passing visitor has no choice but to put down some cash and have a piece of it. Here’s an attempt to move out of being deserted by site visitors and moving into being actively courted by them. 1. Lure them with window merchandising This may seem like a no-brainer,...

  • This is the tech that’ll help you get your office green

    Going green is gaining momentum – whether it’s to save the environment, lower your building costs or get your utility bills under control, everyone seems to be finding a reason to think sustainably. Being environmentally friendly doesn’t mean creating a bland office, though; there are plenty of ways you can spice up your space. An office in Amsterdam used pallets to create a customized office space. The pallets were used to make the desks, the platform area the desks were on and even the stairs leading up to the platform. Not only does this design create a unique work area,...

  • ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 3D’ review: friends, foes, faffing about

    Another day in Nintendoland, another Nintendo Wii title ported to handheld. This time, it’s a title to get properly excited about. The legendary Xenoblade name is the first to grace the New Nintendo 3DS XL as an exclusive title, dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. It should be giving Nintendo fanboys who own the console a few shivers, and a very good reason for those who don’t own the console to get one. Read more on Gearburn.

  • City Soirée is SA’s crowdfunding site for live music, creatives

    It’s a Tuesday night at the The South African Slave Church in Long Street, Cape Town where about 200 people gather to support trendy local artists Toya Delazy, Fever Trails and Nakhane Touré. The get-together is one of many driven by City Soireé, an initiative that’s been crowdfunding live music acts for the last three years across the country. The concept of crowdfunding has stretched people’s imaginations — resulting in the funding of anything from freakishly popular potato salads to smart watches. It’s enabling creatives, entrepreneurs and social causes to find alternative channels to not only raise capital and exposure, but get...

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures. That...

  • Hilary Clinton’s 404 page is totally awesome

    It’s only been a few days since Hilary Clinton announced that she would be contesting the 2016 US presidential election, but the news has already thrown up a couple of internet gems. One was her logo, which the internet has picked up and run with. The other, far more intentional gem, comes in the shape of her campaign site’s 404 Error Page. Look at it and marvel at how awesome vintage Hilary, Bill and Chelsea look in their matching Donald Duck hats. Read more: How to unlock 3 hidden Google tricks on your mobile phone The photograph, taken in 1984,...

  • Using cars, a daughter delivers a message to her dad in space

    There are many options for getting in touch with your loved ones, ranging from the ancient to the hyper-modern. If they’re in space however, some of those options are still available, but somewhat more limited capacity. Just because you can make a video call to someone in space, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t occasionally engage in the odd grand gesture. And that’s exactly what the 13-year-old daughter of one astronaut, in conjunction with Hyundai, decided to do. The Korean car maker teamed up with Stephanie so she could tell her dad, who is at the International Space...

  • This company compares its investment strategy to the Rumble in the Jungle

    In the pantheon of great sporting occasions Mohammed Ali’s epic 1974 fight against George Foreman stands tall. Known as “The Rumble in the Jungle”, the fight saw Ali appear to take a beating from Foreman for several rounds. Once he’d worn Foreman out however, Ali began to fight back and knocked him out in the eighth round. And if financial group Sanlam is to be believed, that’s the approach we should all be taking to investment too. In its latest ad, the company goes back to Kinshasa in the DRC, where the fight took place. Recounting its biggest moments...

  • Just Drake it: could this awesome new search engine give Google a run for its money?

    Have you ever thought of a search engine that you would rather use than Google? I mean there were a lot of search engines in the 90s that tried to keep up with the trend like; HotBot, AltaVista and AskJeeves. And at present there are plenty of attempts to provide a viable alternative to the world’s largest search engine. But let’s be honest, when’s the last time you actually used DuckDuckGo? But there’s a new player that, if nothing else, is immensely entertaining to use. Let Me Drake That For You is a new search engine that will tell you...