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Major Silicon Valley VC to deliver lecture in SA

A major Silicon Valley VC is set to return to South Africa, the country of his birth, to deliver a lecture at Stellenbosch University. Roelof Botha made his name as one of the people fundamental to the early development of ecommerce payments system PayPal. He was named CFO in 2001, when he was 28. When eBay bought out PayPal in 2002, Botha moved to Sequoia Capital, where he has remained ever since. He sits on the boards of companies such ...

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Google to go into third-party comments

Google is launching a third-party commenting system. Thing is, it’s not trying to enter into the space of specialist industry players such as Disqus, but take another swipe at Facebook. Tech news site TheNextWeb cited a source close to the development of the product as stating that the system would feed off Google+ . The site also cites Tech WD blogger Saud Al-Hawawi who reported that several yet to be released technologies, including the new commenting system, were discussed at ...

Google

17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

Google Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we? They’re built into practically every Google product -- if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, ...

Social media

Why a social login could be the solution for your site

Social Networks One of the sad truths about people on social networks is that they don’t like to leave those social networks. So getting them to migrate away from beloved Facebook to interact with your site can prove a laborious task. But if you can manipulate your site to encourage people to create user accounts via their social networks you're likely to drive a lot more eyeballs. An easy way to tap into the power of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn is to allow users to quickly ...

Mobile

Why your site should go mobile and 10 things to remember when you do

Ipad and iphone Do you have a website? Running a determined business and want to stay ahead of the crowd? Well then, you have to go mobile as soon as you can. Desktop is just not cutting it anymore and if you do not take action now, you will hate yourself for it later, trust me. It is of fanatical importance that you get on board now, and draw up a mobilising plan for your current and future campaigns. This easy-to-follow slide should show ...

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Tap a fridge magnet, order a pizza

If you thought ordering in was a cop-out on making dinner, TV dinners and ordering has been taken to a whole new level. We've all had those moments where we wish we could conjure up a pizza out of thin air, well now you can. Well kind of. A pizzeria in Dubai has unveiled a new refrigerator magnet that actually orders pizza at a single tap. Midnight snackers and impulse eaters watch out. Is it a matter of convenience or ...

Gearburn

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Beam

When I first read about the Samsung Galaxy Beam, I was incredibly excited. A phone, with a built-in projector. Too cool. Naturally I leaped at the chance to get hands on with it. To understand why I was excited, you have to understand that one of my favourite ever TED talks is by Pranav Mistry and involves him demonstrating Sixth Sense, a device that combines motion sensor technology with a wearable projector and pint sized computing. When I first watched ...

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How insulting the Swazi king on Twitter could get you arrested

Swaziland isn’t exactly renowned for its freedom and democratic institutions. In fact, it’s one of the last countries on the planet with an absolute monarch – who it may soon be illegal to insult on Facebook and Twitter. According to Freedom House, the tiny Southern African country is considering a law that would make it a criminal offence to insult King Mswati III on social networks. Justice Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze reportedly proposed the legislation, informing the Swazi Senate they would ...

Video

HalfArsed-a Chef: A dangerous kitchen to be in [Video]

Imitation is the best form flattery. But what about mockery? What's that best for? South Africans are pretty excited that a local version of the popular cooking contest Master Chef has finally hit their shores. This is the second big cooking franchise to hit the country, so clearly everyone is quite overwhelmed by all the cooking. No one is more excited than spice company NOMU who has bravely commissioned a web series spoof of Master Chef. The three episode web series ...

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#Carguardsong: The ‘Braaiday’ boys are back

The team who brought you the Rebecca Black Braaiday parody are back - and this time, they've set their sights on car guards. Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues posted the video for The car guard song yesterday, and their #carguardsong hashtag trended on Twitter in South Africa today. The song is a parody of Eminem and Rihanna's Love the way you lie, and the video, which was filmed in Cape Town, features some familiar faces and spaces -- including Just Jinjer's Ard Matthews and ...

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