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  • Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo

    South Africa's famous Kruger National Park can be navigated using personal vehicles, which makes impromptu animal sightings a fairly frequent occurrence. Although these tw0 YouTube videos depict a little more than a simple "sighting." The initial video was filmed by the car behind's dash cam, and shows a Volkswagen Polo sedan slowing to a stop to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. After the buffalo passed the car, it trundles forward slightly, which was probably the worst decision in hindsight. Spooked by two male lions, the herd storms back across the road and into the car, now parked in...

  • Here’s why Apple spent $1-billion on Chinese cab service Didi

    Apple has made headlines this morning after it announced a US$1-billion investment in smart cab service Didi. The investment thus pits Apple directly against current cab king Uber in China, with the latter being backed by Google and Chinese web giant Baidu. Aside from Apple, Didi already has heavyweight backing in the form of Tencent and Alibaba. Why would Apple invest in the service though? Well, aside from the expected financial return, the Cupertino firm's explanation was a tad vague... A focus on services instead? "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the...

  • Embracing digital transformation to become always-on

    The climate today demands more from IT services. Being Always-On means more services are driven from the data centre. And with many lines of business applications providing rich data options, this drastically increases demand for storage. In order to achieve the requirement for improved service levels, businesses must ensure they have a modern data centre in place. This will be anchored by the key technologies provided by the likes of virtualisation, modern storage systems, and the cloud. Already, additional projects are gravitating towards these technologies but organisations still have a burden to meet their business requirements. Despite the influx of new technology,...

  • ShowMax expands to 36 new African countries

    Naspers-owned streaming media service ShowMax is rapidly expanding across the continent, and can now count 36 new sub-Saharan countries to its service list. The expansion comes just 10 months after the service's launch, which now boasts "approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and movies, totaling almost ten thousand hours of viewing." "We’ve been busy testing the service in key locations across the continent and optimising our delivery network," company CPO Barron Ernst explains. "Perhaps more importantly, we’ve adapted our apps to address the needs of consumers in Africa, introducing features like downloads for viewing TV shows and movies when not connected." Ernst also notes...

  • Programmatic buying and what it means for advertisers

    Programmatic buying is often described as 'the future of display advertising', but with the inevitable expansion of the digital media landscape, specifically display ads, it is both corny and fair to say that the future is now. Display advertising is changing in many ways and programmatic buying is paving the way so that media buyers (and sellers) can invest in acquiring relevant consumer data that surpasses basic analytics. However, in spite of all the positive expectations that came with the recent surge in programmatic buying, there are many concerns for the discerning buyer and seller. Said concerns create opportunities for...

  • 3 Organisational structure changes to strengthen your startup’s tech team

    Hiring experienced technologists is difficult. Many are happy in their current positions, and the others are inundated with offers. With software developer employment projected to grow 17% by 2024 — 10% faster than the average occupational growth rate in the US — it’s incumbent upon employers to ensure they stand out from the crowd. The right organizational structure and workplace culture will help them do just that. There are three principles to enact:

  • Generation Z goals: prepare for a job that doesn’t exist yet and meet a machine

    With the rise of robots, artificial intelligence and automation, today’s comfortable careers are no longer an option for jobseekers from Generation Z. The majority of learners attending school right now will one day work in jobs that do not currently exist. Members of this generation, born from the mid 1990s through to the 2010s have to develop new skills and need to be flexible to compete against robots and automated systems that are threatening traditional jobs. However, the future isn’t all that bleak for this generation. In fact, they can look forward to excelling in fields such as technology, science and...

  • This new online tool helps you find your local ward counciller

    With local elections coming up in August, it's become even more important for voters to know who their local counciller is. But how do you actually find that out, and how do you go about contacting them once you have? Well one solution is to take a look at the new features on the People’s Assembly website. The site, which is also accessible via mobile, allows you to find out who your MP or Ward Councillor is, where your nearest constituency office is located, and provide feedback on whether your constituency office is actually working well. This means that...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn’t have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don’t compromise on the camera.

  • Weekly Round Up #62: Instagram’s new look, Assassin’s Creed, WhatsApp & Xiaomi Mi Max

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas returns as he talks to Andy, Hadlee, and Graham. The team discusses this week's biggest news: the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, Instagram's washing machine-like logo and monochrome interface, WhatsApp's desktop app, and the new giant Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone, that perhaps should be called a tablet. We also discuss the latest study focusing on mobile phones and the prevalence of brain cancer in Australia. As usual, the team mentions their current watching, reading, playing and eating lists,...

  • You can soon own a .blog domain, thanks to Automattic

    The awkward but frank domain name .blog will soon be available to purchase for bloggers everywhere. This comes after Automattic, the company behind Wordpress, announced that it had "secured" the rights to the name. Fittingly taking to Wordpress to announce the news, the company noted that users will "be able to purchase a .blog domain at WordPress.com or through our partner domain name registrars." "And again, the .blog domain will be available to everyone, regardless of what kind of site you have or who hosts it," the company expands. So what does this mean for web users? Well, your blog can now officially be...

  • All about the art: my 3 favourite artists at Cape Town’s FanCon 2016

    With expos such as EGE and rAge emerging on Capetonian soil, the Mother City has had a healthy dose of geeking-out over the last year. This past weekend, Cape Town witnessed another debut of such an event, namely FanCon. While EGE focussed on tech and rAge on gaming, FanCon was all about the art for me. As I made my way through the surprisingly dense crowd of attendees on Saturday, I became lost in a world of imagination and creativity. With over thirty artists exhibiting their work, there was more than enough eye candy to feast upon. There are a few...

  • Is App-athy towards slow IT having a detrimental impact on business productivity?

    Improving productivity continues to be a priority for many organisations and as such, IT transformation is top of the agenda when it comes to boosting business performance. A recent study commissioned by Riverbed Technology found that companies are increasingly leveraging cloud computing, with 96% of executives using cloud-based enterprise apps at work today. However, moving to this environment is simultaneously causing a growing number of issues. The underlying concern comes down to poor application performance, ultimately brought about by organisations’ migration to the cloud. Eighty-nine percent say the poor performance of enterprise applications has negatively impacted their work on...

  • The shortage of cybersecurity workers: a boom for women and career changers?

    With news of more cybersecurity threats reported every day, it should come as no surprise that the cybersecurity job market is booming. Companies of all sizes, in all sectors, are desperate to hire people who can protect their valuable data and networks from hackers and other dangers. Consider some of these recent statistics: Currently, there are more than 200 000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. Cybersecurity job listings have increased 74% since 2011. Cisco reports that the number of cybersecurity job openings globally has topped 1 million,...

  • 10 things we just learned about the Berlin startup scene

    Berlin is one of Europe’s startup hot-spots and is often held up as an example of the cool and at-ease-with-itself contemporary Germany likes to project. That’s all well and good. Being home to large number of startups can give you serious kudos as a city. After all, entrepreneurship is key to building a country’s future. But what about the people who work at those startups? What kind of salaries are they earning? How do they feel about the positions they’re in? And do they face similar problems to people in other startup hubs around the globe?