Apple, General, iPad

Watch the iPad magician’s mind-bending tricks on Ellen DeGeneres [video]

Ellen magician German magician and TV presenter Simon Pierro is at it again. This time he's flaunting his niche iPad magic tricks on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. And as always, he's leaving as baffled in the arts of millennial magic tricks. For example how do you explain Pierro swiping a selfie out of an iPad into a physical photo frame? Pierro is famous for his iPad tricks and has numerous won awards for his performance shows. While he stays away from ...

Advertising & Marketing

David Sable: ‘Websites are dead’ [IAB SA Digital Summit]

David Sable "I believe that we should be changing the world with technology...the trouble is we're not". Those were among the opening words from Young & Rubicam Global CEO David Sable at the inaugural IAB SA Digital Summit. Interestingly for someone who's built a successful career in advertising, Sable reckons we should stop talking about monetisation and throwing around buzz-phrases like "digital-first" and "mobile-centric". Instead we should be putting people first in everything that we do, whether that's making ads, writing stories or ...

Africa, Google, Innovation

Google Science Fair 2015 is officially open for submissions

Google Science Fair2 The difference between you and Ada Lovelace, according to Google, is that she tried things and you did not. Starting today, Google is accepting applications to its fifth Google Science Fair. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, Google is looking for young researchers, explorers, builders, technologist, and inventors. The ethos of this year’s fair is that science is about observing and experimenting. Google is encouraging all interested parties to explore unanswered questions, which people have always ...

Advertising & Marketing

The SIM era of marketing and what it means for your integrated strategy

street-sign-562573_1280 The dawn of the customer-centric age has undoubtedly arrived. Consumers now dictate where, when, and how information is created, spread, and consumed. In fact, 85% of people say that mobile devices are a central part of everyday life, and without a strong mobile presence, companies sacrifice brand loyalty and sales. Savvy marketers can no longer churn out product messages and expect them to resonate or even reach the right audience. They need to get in touch with the people calling the ...

Security

What can South African companies learn from the massive Anthem security breach?

Online security An attack on Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the U.S., which exposed identifiable personal data of tens of millions of people, has again put cyber security in the spotlight, especially as identity theft is on the increase in South Africa. According to the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service, identity theft, which costs the economy R1 billion a year, increased 16% between 2012 and 2013 and was expected to rise further in 2014. Protecting organisations and safe-guarding the personal data ...

Ventureburn

Solvesting’s P2P lending wants to bridge SME investments in emerging markets

Marakesh Hooked onto Africa’s strong growth, the continent has over the past few years been seeing a record high of foreign direct investment, peaking at US$56.3-billion in 2013. Yet, studies still show that medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to get their share of the pie. Freshly launched in Kenya, a relatively new startup called Solvesting has geared up to serve an estimated US$850 000-billion untapped credit market that exists in emerging markets today. How is it planning to do this? Well, Solvesting introduces ...

Gearburn

New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my cold, dead hands

New-Nintendo-3DS-XL-lead-650x350 There were many things that Nintendo got right with the debut 3DS and 3DS XL systems. They were easy to hold, lasted long on a charge and had a plethora of great titles to choose from, but they also had their flaws. One of them was ashamedly highlighted in their name. While the 3D system caused more migraines than good memories, there was also a lack of control nubs modern day console gamers are used to.

General, News

District 9’s Neill Blomkamp will direct the next sci-fi horror Alien film

Niel Blomkamp South African / Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp -- the director behind sci-fi jaw-droppers District 9, Elysium and soon-to-be-released Chappie -- announced that he'll direct the next instalment of 1979 horror movie masterpiece Alien: Xenomorphs, facehuggers and all. Fans of the sci-fi cult classic are overjoyed by the news, especially after original Alien director Ridley Scott's follow-on Prometheus, which was considered a flop by many. Similarly, the more recent survival horror video game, Alien Isolation, was criticised by among others IGN, calling it "frustrating", "repetitive" and plain "boring". Read more: ...

Mobile

Your old phone could be refurbished, end up as part of 120-million strong market by 2019

smartphones If you've ever wondered why so many retail outlets are willing to do trade-ins on your old smartphone for the newest, latest model then you should probably know that there's a fairly substantial market for refurbishing and reselling unwanted phones. And when you think about it, that actually makes sense. Unless you're particularly hard on your phone, chances are you're upgrading not so much because you need to but because you want to. If that weren't the case then mobile carriers wouldn't ...

Africa, News

WorldRemit raises $100-million in funding to drive its global growth

mobile money copy WorldRemit, an online money transfer service, is making a vigorous entry into the African mobile money service market. The service has completed a funding round and has raised US$100-million to drive its global growth. With the fund WorldRemit plans to extend to 50 send countries and 117 receive countries, and expand partnerships with Mobile Money wallets operated by telecoms companies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A few weeks ago, WorldRemit partnered with MTN to enter the African market, first in Uganda, ...

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