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  • Google acquires mobile app prototyping tool Pixate to boost its design team

    Google has acquired Pixate, a visual prototyping platform that allows designers to create sophisticated, fluid mobile prototypes that run natively on iOS and Android devices. The deal has already yielded fruits for users with Google and Pixate making Pixate Studio, the desktop editor for creating Pixate prototypes, free and reducing the cost of the Pixate cloud service, to only US$5 per designer per month, orUS $50 per designer per year. The trend of big companies acquiring small companies will continue for the unseeable future. What will be important going forward as this becomes common would be what pressure startups cave...

  • Meet SAM, the futuristic Lego-style tech building the next generation of thinkers

    Lego has been a part of childhoods since ever, the most simplistically designed blocks fitting together to form megastructures, movies and finding them in the dark when you have no shoes on. Good times. But using the principles behind these multicoloured building blocks, a London-based design consultancy hopes to build the next generation of thinkers. SAM Labs the independent startup behind the Internet of Thing's toolkits, has been working with Map a creative consultancy with a strategy-led approach to industrial design, packaging design and user experience design. Map joined forces with SAM Lab's software team to further develop the UI and build in a user-friendly to...

  • Apple Pay: the little guys may just benefit more than the big guys

    I’ve been a big proponent of Apple Pay ever since I first saw it in action early this year during a trip to the States -- the seamless (ish!) process and the high customer satisfaction of the vast majority of users I saw made this technology progression a no-brainer -- but it is not without its challenges and issues -- it will upset a few apple carts (pun intended). I recently spent some time at Wired Money and got to speak with senior several execs who are equally excited and hesitant for some parties. I asked them all...

  • Meet NicheStreem: SA’s curated streaming service for music lovers

    Just two blocks up the road from where she pitched her latest startup at Seedstars World recently, sits the headquarters of NicheStreem -- entrepreneur Catherine Lückhoff's curious South African music streaming service Nichestreem. Launched in March this year, NicheStreem has developed a technology that enables it to cater for unique, curated music streams for specific markets around the globe and looks set to make waves in the global online music industry, one niche community at a time. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Samsung Gear Circle review: a runner’s delight, a fashionista’s fright

    If you've ever connected earphones to your office laptop or desktop, you probably know all to well the resultant carnage when you accidentally get up still wearing them. In a bid to combat cable-related injuries, a number of wireless earphone products have come into the market in recent months. The Samsung Gear Circle, while not perfect, is one of the more viable options. Like most of its competitors, the Gear Circle uses Bluetooth to communicate with whatever compatible device you choose. It also allows you to listen to music, make and receive phone calls, and perform voice commands on your...

  • 12 items and and 6 apps that will change the way you drive

    Turn your hatchback into a home entertainment theatre, renovate your sedan into the kitchen you've always dreamed of and keep your car on speed dial for these tricky situations. There are endless add-ons for you vehicle, some plain dangerous, others pure genius but all round upgrades is a must have if you want to survive traffic in the 21st century. You should probably divide these ventures up into apps or downloads that will help you communicate and keep updated with your car. The other section is the whimsical side - where fantasy meets reality on four wheels. Let's begin on...

  • The hashtag is dead

    Remember when the internet first became a place for businesses to explore? All the excitement of a new space to operate coupled with all the novel questions. “Do we need a website? How about a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an Instagram, and a blog?” And all agencies would scream in unison, “Definitely!” Then as time went on, the cringe worthy question became, “Can you make us go viral?” The latest question that keeps cropping up scares me almost as much… “What hashtag will we use?” The mighty hashtag. A genius concept for compiling and monitoring specific topics on social,...

  • Jimmy Wales wants to save the world…with a mobile network

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is on a mission to save the world. This time his tool of choice isn't based on democratising knowledge but on connecting people looking to good. Wales has launched a new mobile network, called The People's Operator (TPO), which describes itself as a "community of people that are raising money for causes just by being part of it". To describe TPO as a mobile network only would be inaccurate, as there's also a heavy social component. And in what will come as a welcome relief to anyone who feels like social networks have sold their...

  • Google Maps’ Your Timeline knows where you have been

    After a wild night out, retracing one's steps can feel almost impossible. But Google Maps may now have a solution. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” which is available on desktop and as an update on Google Maps on Android mobile devices. Your Timeline lets users to view the places they have been to on a given day, month or year. The feaure allows users to visualise their real world routines, making it easy to the trips they have taken and the places where they spent their time. The feature works if a user has chosen...

  • Next Einstein Forum on the search for 54 of Africa’s top young science and technology ambassadors

    If you're a young African with with a passion for community engagement and a strong track record in the science and technology spaces, then this might pique your interest. The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched the search for fifty-four of Africa's top young science and technology ambassadors, one from each African country. The selected NEF Ambassadors will join the NEF Fellows Class as young science and technology champions from Africa. The NEF is an African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and aims to unite more than 500 outstanding thinkers and...

  • Virtual Reality event to tap into South Africa’s creative community 29 July

    The virtual reality (VR) space is heating up fast. Around the globe, developers and animators alike are putting their heads together (and into things) to experiment with this exciting, immersive medium. Come 29 July, the South African Virtual Reality Event plans to vitalise the local community. Taking place at Cape Town's Bandwidth Barn, the event will allow attendees to immerse themselves in some of the VR projects first-hand, for free. Coupled with a lineup of expert speakers from the VR industry, the event looks promising. "The key to the event is connecting people who want to create Virtual Reality projects...

  • Always go full mobile: 5 reasons to operate your business from your smartphone

    What started out as a subconscious experiment has resulted in emancipation from the laptop shackles and provided me with some new-found clarity. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with a high profile mobile client over the past year and – as a result – have delved into current and future trends around productivity and mobile workforce scenarios. These are some of my thoughts from the various research and insights that we have been exposed to. Some points may seem obvious, but you will only fully appreciate the impact on your work / life balance once you have begun to implement...

  • Hitting the fairway: golf readies itself for the wearable tech revolution

    Technology, which is constantly changing, also changes each industry it touches. And it’s currently got its finger on the world of sports, altering the experience for athletes and fans alike. Fantasy golf is one prime example of a realm in which technology is giving fans an entirely new way to engage with the PGA and LPGA tours. And it’s not the only sport trending; more than 41-million people play fantasy sports of all types in the US and Canada alone. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Machine learning startup DataProphet hones in on profitable call centre industry

    Machine learning is a complicated subject. First experimented with by computer scientist Arthur Samuel back in 1956, the American eventually managed to build a program that could beat him at a game of checkers. As badass as that was, it doesn’t really compare to the advancements we’ve witnessed over the past few years. Today, tech like Google’s self-driving cars and Microsoft’s near real-time voice translation are frequently making the headlines on tech sites. A rebranded form of artificial intelligence, these intelligent pattern recognition algorithms could revolutionise the way we work in practically every industry. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Lies, damn lies & metrics — the death of digital media

    Metrics are the most believable of lies. They come pre-packaged with cause and effect, giving us the comfort of feeling our actions have led to an outcome. They are an easy pointer to success, and often become the focal point of a campaign, versus actual success. The ease of creating metrics has pretty much created an industry built on loose association and correlation, hardly ever causation. One of the great deceptions of the digital marketing era is measurability. This would indicate that there is some source of truth being conveyed by the metrics, which in fact there hardly ever...