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  • Weekly Round Up #67: E3 2016, Microsoft buys LinkedIn & Apple’s WWDC 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. The Weekly Round Up is a day late this week due to some demons lurking in our SoundCloud account. But, we've hired resident DOOM expert Graham to slay them. Speaking of Graham, he plays host this week, and talks to Hadlee and Andy. While most of the podcast is dedicated to E3 2016 and all the news from this year's expo, they also discuss Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn, and the news from Apple's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco. Tweet of the Week: ...

  • 4 weird Parlotones marketing mashups through the years

    Whether you like the band's music or not, you can't deny that South African rockers The Parlotones are marketing powerhouses, owing to its partnerships with a ton of brands over the years. Let's be frank though: some of these endorsements are just strange fits. So we picked a few standout cases. The Parlotones had their own range of wine I'm not a wine person, so I can't tell you whether The Parlotones-branded range is delicate on the palate or scalding to the throat. Anyway, the band teamed up with Hands on Wine and Woolworths for this interesting initiative. The first wine was a red, their second...

  • Fulfilling the promise of Blockchain: a future financial game changer

    An internet of finance. The renaissance of money. If the previous decade was the age of mobile banking, the next looks set to be the era of Blockchain. No other technology has more potential to change the very face of banking as we know it. People get tangled in Blockchain's technicalities -- skip to 29:00 of this podcast for a fantastic explanation from Stuff editor Craig Wilson -- so I want to rather focus on the incredible implications of this technology. Currently, our model for managing the flow of money is antiquated. Transactions take place across multiple payment engines that all...

  • 5 social tools to help boost brand awareness and audience engagement

    Every brand wants to easily identify and reach their target audiences as quickly as possible. Audience engagement is detrimental to forming a meaningful connections with consumers and emerge as a successful brand. Here are five new social media tools that will help you, and your business, reach your targeted audience easily and effectively. Socedo Socedo helps users discover the best prospects on social media in real-time. The service uses real-time social behavior based on user personas in order to find out leads who are about to enter your buying cycle. This activity info is combined with profile data from sources like Twitter and...

  • In defence of the Xbox One S: the console you’ll be buying anyway

    Since Microsoft‘s E3 2016 announcement of the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, there has been some confusion around these two devices. There are many who think the tech giant is (stupidly) killing their own console sales. The reality is, it’s not true. Not even close. Project Scorpio — or whatever it’ll be called in the coming months — will be launched at the end of 2017. It’s said to contain an octa-core CPU, six-teraflops of GPU horsepower, 12GB of RAM, and the ability to game at 4K resolution.

  • Amplify hopes to strike gold in Nigeria with recurrent payments

    2016 is fast becoming a payment-focused year in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem considering the numerous updates in the ecosystem and the launch of new platforms, services, and the rejuvenation of old ones. The question being asked by many stakeholders is “what’s it about payment in Nigeria?” Earlier this month, yet another payment startup launched in Nigeria to offer payment services, it’s called Amplify and its uniqueness is that it is focused on recurrent payment. The startup was incubated and enjoying the support of MEST Incubator. In an exclusive interview with Segun Adeyemi, Co-Founder of Amplify, he said in spite of the...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • 8 ways you can leverage Snapchat to boost your brand [infographic]

    Snapchat is a formidable and ever-growing social network, but it remains a fairly misunderstood one for brands and companies. Hell, even individuals who are new to the platform are often bewildered by the odd UI and strange layout. But while it might seem daunting, with its over 100-million users, Snapchat is a platform that can be used to great effect for your personal and company's brand. Related: Snapchat’s now more popular than Twitter, according to report While Snapchat Discover plays host to a rather select and elite set of companies willing to pay huge fees for space (and in some cases, receive...

  • ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident

    Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the last two Star Trek movies, has died after being crushed by his own car. Yelchin (27), was found pinned between his car and a brick pillar by friends, TMZ reported. The concerned friends visited his home at 1am and made the discovery after he missed a rehearsal several hours before. Authorities told TMZ that the engine was still on and the car was in neutral. Jalopnik speculated that the car, believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee, may have been one of a million models recalled due to a confusing gear shifter. The motoring...

  • The skill of delivering real business value through ERP

    Key to the successful implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project is ensuring that the entire project value chain is aligned with the business purpose of the relevant venture. ERP is a combination of software and activities that many companies use to manage operations. Defining a business' purpose for the ERP project will enable companies to ensure delivery of that purpose through the chosen systems. Clients and vendors need to be part of the same value and supply chain to ensure real business value is delivered through ERP. It is therefore critical to ensure that the project team -- whether...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Sir Martin Sorrell: disruption means companies are more local and global all at once

    Disruption comes in two forms: geography and technology. That was the message from WPP founder and CEO Sir Martin Sorrell at the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit, underway in Cape Town this week. He should know too. As head of one the world's largest advertising holding companies, he oversees an empire of agencies who are both massively affected by, and at the vanguard of, both forms of disruption. Then again, riding the waves of disruption is built into WPP's DNA. When it was founded in 1985, WPP was in the business of making shopping baskets. Today, it is the world's...

  • Is technology the answer to South Africa’s massive youth unemployment?

    It has been 40-years since 16 June 1976 when a group of brave youngsters in Soweto rose up against the tyranny of the Apartheid government to take back their future, and the future of the next generations. So the really hard question is: Was their struggle for nought? Of course not. The uprisings of 1976 ultimately led to the downfall of the apartheid regime but if we take honest stock of where we are now vs four decades ago, are the youth (specifically) any better off? I believe our current education system is South Africa’s new...

  • Illegally streaming sport? There’s a 50% chance of malware in ads

    A new study has found that as much as 50% of ads on free live-streaming websites lead to malware. Security researchers at Stony Brook University and KU Leuven-iMinds said that up until now, most of these services have only been analysed from a legal perspective. "In addition to exposing numerous copyright and trademark infringements, we found that clicking on video overlay ads leads users to malware-hosting webpages in 50% of the cases. Most of these pages are made to look like the actual free live-streaming websites," the researchers said in a press statement. These ads trick users into believing they need special software to watch the...