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  • Domain name a big factor in eNews Channel rebrand

    The eNews channel, part of the multi-billion rand terrestrial broadcasting company Sabido, is set to relaunch as the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA). Memeburn can reveal that the rebranding was in part influenced by the need for a short, simple domain as the broadcaster looks to launch a digital presence. eNews group head Patrick Conroy confirmed the rebrand on Twitter, adding that it the change was needed in order to avoid confusion as the channel expands its international offering. @jdrsampson eNews Channel Africa, eNCA. Need acronym to travel internationally. 'eNews' confused with E! and other brands.— Patrick Conroy (@PatrickConroySA) August 16, 2012 The independent...

  • Judge to Samsung, Apple: try talking to each other

    I am of the opinion that Samsung and Apple should hug it out and it seems the judge presiding over the case agrees. It's a bit of a tiresome dance really, Apple is claiming that Samsung copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad) and Samsung is countering with the defense that it didn't. According to a Reuters report U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told the two companies to talk about a settlement over the phone "at least once" this weekend, before the case reaches the jury next week. "It's time for peace," said the judge during...

  • Instagram 3.0: Pin your filtered food pics geographically

    If you're the kind of person who spends their nights out at restaurants taking finding the perfect filter for your food photos, the new version of Instagram will have you jumping out of your skinny jeans with excitement. You see Instagram 3.0 allows you to display all your geotagged photos on a map. So you can now let people know exactly where you ate the Malaysian-style scallops on a bed of Hawaiian sea grass, or where you saw that cute piece of park bench graffiti. Of course, if you'd rather not gift people a the kind of surveillance...

  • Social Media: not just a post-production bolt on

    The days of the huge budget 30 second commercial are waning; not over; but waning. The fact of the matter is that the playing field has changed and marketers are changing with it. Does that then mean that TV and the much celebrated 30 second prime time spot are history? Or is there something else. The inspiration for this article came from an interview that Andy Fennell gave to Ad Age a few weeks ago. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Fennell (yes, he is so inspired that I shall address him as Mister); he is currently the...

  • What can we learn from South Africa’s most influential tweeters?

    So far in our series on the South African Twittersphere, we explored what lessons we can learn from conversations happening around two key political figures, opposition leader Helen Zille and president Jacob Zuma. We then mapped a large portion of the South African Twitter network in order to identify who had the most followers and the sub-communities that exist within the network. While it is useful to know who has the most followers, this is not necessarily the best way of understanding who truly wields influence. To get a better grasp on who is influential within the network, our last...

  • Google Fiber: still exciting after all the hype

    With speeds 100 times faster than the average American connection, the option of free internet or a full media service, Google Fiber is an exciting prospect for consumers -- even if it might take a while to reach the rest of the world. Fiber keeps you regular For those who live under a rock, or somehow haven’t heard about the most ambitious internet infrastructure and service being offered today, let us introduce you to Google Fiber (GF). Google Fiber is direct-to-home fiber-optics based communication. In other words -- really fast internet that is affordable. It’s all starting in Kansas City,...

  • The Oatmeal wants to save Nikola Tesla’s tower [Update]

    This may be the most ridiculously geektastic thing we've ever seen. The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman is raising funds to save a historic landmark used by history's greatest geek Nikola Tesla. Wardencliffe Tower -- built in Long Island, New York -- was intended an early wireless transmission tower designed by Tesla and intended for commercial trans-Atlantic wireless telephony, broadcasting, and to demonstrate the transmission of power without interconnecting wires. Yep that's right uninitiated Tesla fans, the man wanted to wirelessly transmit power nearly a century ago. Unfortunately when funding for the project ran dry in 1917, the tower was knocked...

  • 4 inspiring tablets from Africa for Africa

    With mobile and internet access increasing dramatically over the past decade, most prominently in Africa and other emerging markets, it is without a doubt an after effect of engineers and entrepreneurs to adapt to their potential markets. The digital divide that exists in developing countries, together with weak educational systems, is what the future of these countries rests on. In recent years though initiatives focusing on producing cheap tablet computers and providing learning platforms have been risen up with at least four such interesting and inspiring releases in Africa. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Tencent coughs up $27m for 49% stake in Singapore game company

    It's no secret that Chinese social media superpower Tencent sees gaming as a big part of its future. So it shouldn't be all that surprising that it was willing to spend US$27-million for a 49% stake in Singapore gaming company Level Up. According to TechNode, the deal was confirmed in Tencent's semi-annual report, after first being penned back in January. The acquisition adds to the company's arsenal of gaming properties, which includes a minority stake in Epic Games, the studio behind titles including Gears of War and Infinity Blade, for instance. Its own mobile gaming platform Mobile QQ Game Hall...

  • Top international ad man heads speaker line up at IMC Joburg

    Nowadays, everyone's trying to sell something, even if it’s only ourselves. That also means we all fall into that dirtiest of categories "marketer". Very few us have traditional training in the field though, so it pays to get all the help we can. Enter the fourth Integrated Marketing Communications Conference (IMC). The conference, set to take place on 15-16 October, will be headlined by international speaker Joshua-Michéle Ross of Fleishman Hillard Europe. The ad man currently runs the global digital account for Philips on behalf of OneVoice (a joint partnership between Ketchum Pleon and Fleishman Hillard) and is Director of...

  • Medium: Twitter co-founders’ new venture has an identity crisis

    There's a certain breed of entrepreneur that just can't sit still. They're always thinking about the next big thing, the next industry to disrupt. Medium, the new publishing platform from Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, is a case in point. As FastCompany notes, Medium is essentially a blogging platform which, at the moment, is only open to a few select authors. It's not exactly short on ambition either. In a post introducing the platform Williams essentially states that the Medium is meant to be the next "evolutionary leap" in the social, self-publishing revolution that Blogger started back...

  • Mxit Money: new mobile money service from Africa’s largest social network

    What’s the future of banking? Well we know that in the future our mobile phones will replace money, and even our credit cards. Why? Because this is the device that is with us all the time and is always connected. But who is going to make this play? The banks? The cellphone operators? The phone manufacturers? Or a mobile social network? Mxit is taking mobile money and payments quite seriously. Earlier this year the popular instant messaging service rolled out a payment option to restaurants, allowing users to pay for meals using the platform. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • Reuters blog hacked, Syrian cyber war suspected cause

    Ouch. You do not want to be the person in charge of Reuters' online security right now. The renowned news agency's blogging platform has been hacked for the second time in two weeks. This time the hack saw a fake story about the Saudi foreign minister dying posted on the platform. Apparently on high alert after its 3 August attack, the agency pulled the post fairly soon after it went up. "Reuters did not report the false story and the post was immediately deleted. We are working to address the problem," Barb Burg, director of global communications at Reuters...

  • Mobile payments to be worth $1.3tn by 2017

    You many have noticed a fair few players trying to get in the mobile money game recently. There's a very good reason for that. The field is about to explode. According to tech analysis company Juniper Research, transactions made using mobile payment services are set to be worth US$1.3-trillion by 2017, growing nearly fourfold in the next five years. The research company reckons that these transactions -- which will account for 54% of the total value of mobile payments by 2017 -- have already been bolstered by stimuli such as the widespread rollout of NFC support infrastructure and the...

  • Survivor of the great dotcom crash: Q&A with Brent Hoberman

    Brent Hoberman is remarkably busy. It took three months and a couple of million emails to peg him down for 20 minutes to answer a few questions. Then again, that probably comes with being a pioneer of the dotcom era. The late 90s were a turbulent time for the web: the burst of the dotcom bubble left many online companies in shambles, but there were survivors. One such survivor was Lastminute.com, the online travel and gift business Hoberman founded with Martha Lane-Fox in 1998. The publicly listed company was established to offer late holiday deals online. By 2000...