Hawk versus quadrocopter is the video the internet’s been waiting for

Hawk Quadrocopter Humans can get a little cocky when it comes to our technological prowess. Take quadrocpters for instance. They're relatively affordable pieces of tech that allow people to feel like they've conquered the skies. Until a hawk comes along that is. According to The Verge, the guy operating this particular quadrocpter was Christopher Schmidt, who was flying it in Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rather than trying to engage in aerial combat with the hawk, Schmidt was sensible enough to ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Here’s how to monitor your influence with your social media campaign

Crowd camera It is really common knowledge these days that your business needs a solid social media presence as part of your digital marketing strategy. Not only because your competitors are active on the social web but that your audience expects it. Social media isn't new, yet many are still getting the basics wrong. Only having profiles on the top social media channels doesn't mean you have a strategy in place. It means you don't know how to take advantage of this medium to help you ...


Millbug Tablet: bringing touch-screen connectivity to rural villages

Millbug-Technology The way to know you are close to Port Elizabeth, the city where Millbug Vuya Tablet PC was invented and still manufactured, is by smelling it and not seeing it. It was so at least the first time I visited there as a teenager, many years ago now. This visit, though I have always intended to return, was also to become my last there. I cannot be misremembering this memory, it is not rescued from amongst many other memories, it ...


9 useless gadgets for the permanently lazy

toothpaste-dispenser (1) Modern society has made us infinitely lazy. Yes I said it. There’s nothing wrong with making our lives a little easier but some things should just never have been invented. For instance, how lazy can you get to not even be bothered to stir something in a pot? So how inane are the gadgets out there? More specifically, if you own one of the gadgets below then answer this question: has it really improved your life and do you feel ...

Africa, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, General, News

DRC’s JobWangu connects job seekers to companies

JobWangu In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), job seekers and companies use different paths to go about their daily lives, but now any inherent roadblocks for finding a job is about to end thanks to JobWangu, DRC’s new online and mobile portal. JobWangu is a platform for job seekers and companies alike, and aims to ease the strenuous task of finding a job in DRC. This is the first site in the DRC where job seekers can post their CV’s online ...


These iPhoneography SA winners are true iPhone shutterbugs

iphoneography-2014 Dubbed the world's most popular camera, the iPhone's savvy lens has been taking the web by storm ever since it got introduced in 2007. With platforms like Instagram and Flickr popularly fronting this technology (and the talents behind it), iPhoneography has grown to develop a rather impressive community. Take the fourth annual iPhoneography South Africa 2014 as an example. The event -- put together by iStore and MarcForrest -- saw an impressive exhibition with categories like Still Life, Abstract, Scenery, and ...

Advertising & Marketing

Ignore customers and lose business, but for real stupidity try one-way email

Email Every opportunity to communicate with customers is an opportunity to build volumes and profit. Maximising the communication opportunity is therefore a business imperative. Or is it? Many companies that migrate to email communication, leave their business sense behind, along with their sense of basic courtesy. In the electronic age, a new rule has emerged for service-challenged companies: To upset individual customers, simply ignore them; but to give offence to thousands, try email instead. Email is not the best medium for customer communication. ...


How do you begin autocorrecting humanity? [Video]

Autocorrect humanity It is unlikely that you ever see a table of people having dinner where one of them is not on their mobile device, if not all of them. We have become slaves to their devices and we have become overstimulated by content and consumption on mobile devices and desktops. This video by Prince Ea, otherwise known as Richard Williams, challenges how we live our lives inside of technology. He argues that our connections have become more widened and instead of ...


PWC’s Danie Fölscher chats to Ventureburn about the winning formula for African startups and innovation

Formula-math (1) If you've been taking a sabbatical from Ventureburn within the last few weeks, you've probably missed out on the news of PWC's Vision to Reality Awards. A first for South Africa, the startup accelerator saw 10 tech startups partake in a three-month mentorship programme and showcase their ideas. Impressive transaction authentication service Entersekt came up top. The Vision to Reality Awards in South Africa is merely the tip of the iceberg. Brewing below is an ecosystem with internationally acclaimed innovations as ...

Google, News

Yup, Google is now using camels to virtually map out the Arabian desert

camel-trekke We've all seen the cars with those massive Google stickers tapped to the door and a 360-degree camera on the roof, right? They've captured interactive panoramic images of most things, from Russia’s Catherine Palace to Table Mountain in South Africa. Now, the initiative to virtually map the entire world has gone so far as to include the Arabian desert. How does it do this? By strapping cameras onto the humpy backs of camels, of course. The Liwa Desert in the United Arab ...






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