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  • 5 important indicators of performance every small business should track

    If you don’t measure your small business’s performance, you won’t be able to improve it. There are a range of indicators that you can use to measure your company’s growth and help you to determine whether your business is on track, as well as help you to meet your business goals. Here are a few indicators to determine how well your business is doing, as well as some tools that you can use to help. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Windows users, say goodbye to Apple’s QuickTime

    To all Windows users with Apple's QuickTime installed, it's time to let go of the dream and uninstall that piece of software. In an article on The Wall Street Journal, Apple confirmed to the publication that it will no longer be supporting QuickTime 7 for Windows. This announcement comes after security firm Trend Micro confirmed a security exploit within the software, but had yet to find any evidence of its use. There has yet to be a fix from Apple. According to Trend Micro spokesperson Christopher Budd, Apple confirmed they were not going to fix the exploit and that the software wasn't...

  • MXGP2 review: I heard you like mud

    Some people enjoy playing polo on Sunday afternoons, while others fancy crackers and croquet on quiet country lawns. Others on the other hand, love face-diving into a puddle of mud after falling from a spluttering two wheeled demon. Yes, off-road motorcycling, motorcross, or MotoX, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that didn’t stop Milestone from developing MXGP2 — the “Official Motocross Video Game.” That subtitle really shows the acute target audience this game would normally attract, but Milestone hopes to catch a few casual gamers’ eyes too.

  • Boaty McBoatface is the perfect name for a $300m ship, says internet

    The internet really wants to call a US$300-million boat Boaty McBoatface. If you read that line without laughing, you did a whole lot better than me. Nevertheless, it's all true. British-based Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently opened up an online poll to help the organisation choose a new name for its massively expensive polar expedition vessel. Of course, this being the internet, the winner of the poll with an enormous 120 000 votes was Boaty McBoatface. Hell, we like the name, but NERC doesn't quite believe that it encapsulates the mission's values. "You won’t be surprised to know that we want something...

  • 5 of the latest advancements in nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is rapidly gaining traction across a range of industries, from agriculture to water treatment to energy storage. While nanotechnology was first developed in 1959 as a way of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that it really began to flourish. Today, nanotechnology is one of the most innovative, cutting-edge areas of scientific study and it continues to advance at staggering rates. From scientists at technology-focused companies and institutions like NASA or Lockheed Martin, to students pursuing a nanotechnology degree, leaders in nanotechnology are creating the latest breakthroughs in the field. These...

  • Malvertising: when advertising becomes dangerous

    Over the last several months, the BBC, the New York Times, and other major news and commercial websites became victims of Malvertising attacks. What exactly is Malvertising? To understand this type of attack, we must go back to the malware basics. One of the most prominent ways malware spreads is by infecting websites and delivering drive-by attacks. When a user visits an infected site an exploit kit is activated. Once activated, the kit checks to see if the machine is vulnerable to one or more of the exploits it contains. If so, it leverages the vulnerability to install malicious...

  • 5 must-have virtual reality games for your Samsung Gear VR

    Samsung and Facebook are pushing virtual reality in a big way this year. The companies are giving away Gear VR headsets at events and customers could even get one as a bonus for preordering the Galaxy S7. So if you've got the headset or are thinking about getting one, you'll want to try out these games. Ocean Rift You'll be exploring the depths in this simple game (it's more of an experience though), which has you marvelling at all sorts of marine life floating around you. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Digital healthcare records come with enhanced responsibility for protecting patient data

    The City of Joburg announced in September 2015 that it would be spending some R300m over 18 - 24 months to digitise all patient hospital and healthcare records and make them available through a central system. Medical aid providers like Liberty and Discovery are already using integrated medical systems that record and store patient information paperlessly, and make them available, with the patient’s consent, to healthcare providers who need them. The move to digitise healthcare systems will result in reduced costs for providers, streamline workflows and processes and result in faster access to critical information. It does, however, come with...

  • The world is finally learning not to trust the internet

    For most of the internet's recent history, people have been more than happy to share their personal information online. But thanks to numerous hacks, breaches, and government spy scandals, that's all starting to change. According to the results of a new survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, people are increasingly worried about their online privacy and security, especially when it comes to ‎how their personal data is handled by private corporations and governments. Conducted across 24 countries around the globe, the survey found that a majority...

  • Instant engagement: the next step for online classifieds

    Whilst the primary function of classifieds still is the bringing together of buyers and sellers, the proliferation of mobile technology has seen a change in the way users want to experience online classifieds. Businesses wanting to realise the benefits of this change will need to find ways to cater to the anytime-from-anywhere delivery that is being demanded and ensure compatibility of their service offering with new and old technologies. Evolution is not a new phenomenon for the online classifieds industry, which since its inception in the mid 90s has had to adapt with the times. First making the move from...

  • 8 key factors affecting your ecommerce platform’s SEO

    For each and every website owner, SEO is the most critical aspect. However, very few know its importance as far as ecommerce marketplaces are concerned. Studies have suggested that 44% of all online purchases begin with an online search. This means that every other order placed on your ecommerce store originates from search results. Despite this, most business owners are not aware of necessary SEO features while looking for an ecommerce platform. While some of these platforms offer just basic SEO features, others charge a premium for add-on options. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • ‘Pepper spray’ university spent fortune trying to hide search results

    American university UC Davis spent US$175 000 on trying to alter search results related to a controversial pepper-spray incident, only for the Streisand Effect to kick in. Footage and images of a police officer pepper-spraying peaceful protesters made headlines around the world in 2011. Last week however, the Sacramento Bee reported that the university spent a fortune on trying to "scrub the internet" of "venomous rhetoric". UC Davis has responded to the report, denying that it tried to "scrub" the negative press from the internet. "We recognise that it is not even possible to remove content from the internet, and that was not our intention," the...

  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • Snapchat hits a tipping point as most popular social network for teens

    This week, a significant tipping point was reached in the battleground that is social media with the news that upstart network Snapchat is now ‘the most important social network amongst us teens’, narrowly beating out Instagram for the title. It is indeed a narrow margin, 28% of teens polled for Snapchat while 27% preferred Instagram. But the title now sits with Snapchat and the arc of the curve indicates that it is only going to be extending its lead in the coming months and years. According to Business Insider, “the app increased its popularity among teens by 9 percentage...

  • Mind the gap: why a content gap analysis is vital to content marketing success

    A significant number of brands that have embraced content marketing now find themselves sitting on a large pile of content that yielded no results. Buried underneath this content you might find a few pieces that got a like or share here and there, but nothing worth celebrating. Yet, these companies stick to their modus operandi because their basic philosophy about content marketing is this: it’s a game of luck. Just produce a great variety of content in bulk and hopefully, sooner or later, something will stick. For companies that believe in this approach, the time has come to step...