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  • Does your corporate blog need an editorial calendar?

    As you’ll soon discover when you start a blog for your company, the first few weeks and months of blogging are the easiest. When you’re just starting out, the ideas seem to flow freely, the posts come together quickly, and everything seems to run without much effort. You’re still excited about this whole blog thing, and it’s easy for you to build momentum and publish posts. Then the slump comes along. After a few months, it will seem like you’ve exhausted all your ideas—especially if the team tasked with writing and managing the blog is small. You’ll have a tough...

  • Facebook Q4 and full year 2015 results are on fleek, 1.59bn MAU, 100m hours of video watched a day

    Facebook reported its fourth quarter results, ending 31 December 2015, and full year 2015 earnings today. Nobody really expected Facebook to do badly but the manner in which it has smashed expert estimations is beyond impressive. Facebook hit 1.59-billion monthly active users on average in the fourth quarter, up from 1.55 billion in Q3 and an increase of 14% year-over-year. Facebook's daily active users increased to 1.04-billion for December 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year, compared to Q3's 1.01-billion DAU. The company completely obliterated expert estimates of US$5.37-billion and US$0.68 eranings per share with a US$5.841-billion in revenue and...

  • WorldRemit users can now send money to MTN mobile money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia

    International remittance service WorldRemit on Thursday announced that it had inked a deal with the MTN Group, allowing its customers to send money to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the launch follows the signing of a global partnership agreement earlier this year, to enable WorldRemit customers all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. “This partnership makes sense for both companies, as WorldRemit and MTN share a disruptive approach to innovation and bring impactful services to our customers. Together, we are now providing an...

  • Apple’s Q1 results: smartphone market maturity finally hits Cupertino’s finest

    Make no mistake, Apple had a very good Q1 , just not as good as many were expecting it to be. And according to analysts, that's because it's finally been affected by the same smartphone market maturity that's hit everyone else. The quarter saw Apple sell 74.8-million units. It's a record, but its only one percent up from the 74.5-million units it sold in the first quarter in the year 2015. And when it comes to Apple, people just expect more. It's worth noting however that the fact that Apple managed to increase iPhone sales at the same time...

  • The power of an authentic marketing campaign (and how to create one)

    We’ve all seen ads that seem so fake, forced, or sappy that we roll our eyes in disdain. “Who would ever fall for that?” we wonder. In the modern marketplace, consumers can sniff out disingenuous advertising from a mile away. Forty-three percent of Millennials rank authenticity higher than content when consuming news. They won’t even read it if they don’t trust the brand. Millennials believe advertising is all a big marketing spin, which is why they fast-forward through commercials and avoid banner ads. To stay on top, your company has to learn how to create awareness and influence without selling, which...

  • Apple Q1 results a mixed bag, iPhone sales at 74.8m, iPad sales drop, revenue up

    Apple earnings are always a huge event but they are hardly ever exciting. Apple reports record sales and high revenue and everyone is left in awe and that is about it. The company's first quarter results for the year 2016 however are slightly different, in that though Apple is reporting record earnings, it has missed earnings expectations, iPhone sales seem to have reached saturation point and iPad sales have dropped. Apple said it recorded US$75.9-billion in revenue and with a net profit of US$18.4-billion in its earnings for the financial year Q1 2016 that ended 26 December 2015. That represents...

  • Meet the SA-born chaps who built a Slack for developers

    Chat rooms used to be popular hangouts for cyber dating, gaming and a whole bunch of things. Today, they’ve undergone a professional makeover. They’ve become billion dollar communication tools catered for the modern workplace, which is fast-paced, knows no borders and encourages collaboration. “It’s weird that you end up taking a conference call at home and do Amazon shopping at work. Tech today enables you to do anything from anywhere,” says Mike Bartlett (pictured top right), one of the founders of a chat collaboration tool, called Gitter. He’s talking to me over Skype from his flat in London. I’m sitting...

  • Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 reveals speaker list

    The 12 official speakers for Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 have been announced. The conference will take place on 3-4 March in Sandton, Johannesburg. Amoungst the speakers are technology entrepreneur, VC, and Dragons' Den investor Vinny Lingham; Federal Prosecutor at the United State's Attorney's Office, William Frentzen; co-founder and CEO of BitX, Marcus Swanepoel; and Verengai Mabika who is the lead business developer at BitFinance. The event looks to showcase some of the best local and internal talent in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Over the two-day conference speakers will share their experiences with the technologies, talk about issues facing digital...

  • Facebook’s AI is getting scarily intelligent, scarily fast

    Facebook is putting some serious effort into Artificial Intelligence, and not just so that Mark Zuckerberg can have his own Jarvis-style personal home assistant either. In a Facebook post published on Wednesday, the hoodied one shared some of the work being done by the social network's AI division. He illustrated the work with a video of the AI playing the Chinese game Go, one of the few activities where human beings can still routinely beat machines. According to Zuckerberg, scientists have been trying to teach computers to win at Go for some 20 years now. Read more: Mark Zuckerberg’s...

  • 5 things I learned taking the Suzuki Vitara on holiday

    Late last year, we gave you our first impressions of the Suzuki Vitara, the new compact crossover from the Japanese manufacturer. By and large, our feelings towards the Vitara were positive, but it's not easy to fully get to grips with a car in a single day. Fortunately, my time with the Vitara wasn't limited to a single launch trip. During my recent end-of-year holidays, spent in KwaZulu-Natal, I was given a couple of weeks with the compact crossover. Read more on Motorburn.

  • SA ranks 30th globally in fostering innovation

    Attend enough South African tech events and you'll inevitably hear someone say that South Africa needs to do more to foster innovation. As it turns out though, the country could be doing a lot worse. According to a new report from The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which shows ranks South Africa 30th out 56 countries in how its domestic policies support worldwide innovation. These countries, it says, make up more than 90% of the global economy. "Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice president for global...

  • iOS users can now download their favourite ShowMax shows

    People accessing ShowMax from Android devices have been able to download content for offline viewing since December last year. Now their iOS-using counterparts can join in on the fun. The Naspers-owned video-on-demand (VoD) service on Tuesday announced downloads for its iPhone and iPad apps, aiming to both address the cost of internet connectivity in South Africa and to help people use the service while on the move. “The internet connection is the challenge for many South Africans” said ShowMax South Africa General Manager, John Kotsaftis. Read more: ShowMax introduces download functionality for offline viewing “Not everyone has fast internet access throughout...

  • The Excel formulas SEO pros love: Deduplicate [Part 2]

    Crunching data efficiently in Excel can free up surprising amounts of time and energy. Data manipulation in Excel can be very time-consuming for entrepreneurs who do their own SEO. It can be doubly so if they aren’t frequent users of Excel. Professional SEOs use Excel a great deal and so learn the tricks. It takes time but for them it is worth looking through specialist guides to using Excel for SEO purposes. They also often downloading and learn how to use specialist Excel add-ins like SEO Tools For Excel. This doesn’t really work for a time-pressed entrepreneur unless they are already...

  • Uber to improve driver/rider ratings by collecting data using smartphone technology

    A large part of the appeal of Uber is that riders and drivers alike can rate the treatment and behaviour of each other. More often than not Uber is quick to respond to reviews, quickly refunding trips and dealing with drivers. Ill-disciplined riders have been dealt with as well. This process has always had its flaws and Uber wants to solve this. The company wants to make the rating system far more conclusive by using smartphone technology to gather data on rides. Uber announced today that it has been running a pilot project that uses smartphone technology to gather data...

  • Want to increase sales in 2016? Here are 5 mCommerce strategies you can’t ignore

    If you are planning to deploy mobile commerce in 2016, there are certain key elements that you will need to get right in order for this solution to work for you. The most important thing is that you must have an m-commerce strategy to guide your mobile commerce deployment. Without that, even the most basic kind of it, you are going to find it extremely difficult to compete in this fast growing ecommerce market segment. Read more on Ventureburn.