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  • 11 tips for using social media to find your next job

    According to a recent report from ABC News, 80% of today's jobs are landed through networking -- social networking being the main reason for this. In recent years, we have all seen the rapid development of social media; from Facebook check ins to pinning your favourite interests. Everything about everyone seems to be available online. This has been the catalyst for a dramatic change in the recruitment process. From multinational organisations to small local businesses, the change has been evident across all levels. Employers are sick of dishing out thousands on recruitment agencies: instead, they are using the power...

  • Apple pays Proview $60m to settle iPad trademark case

    The battle between Apple and the Chinese company, Proview, has finally reached its conclusion. According to a report by AP, Apple has agreed to pay Proview US$60 million to settle a spat relating to the ownership of the iPad trademark. "The iPad dispute resolution is ended," reads a statement by the Guangdong High People's Court. "Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter." The quarrel turned to a brawl in February this year when the Chinese court ordered a halt on iPad sales despite Apple’s protest that it bought...

  • Millenials and the resistance to tech’s creepy stalker vibes

    Love tech? Of course you do, you're reading Memeburn. Thing is, even if you were born after the mid 1970s, you're probably afraid of at least one aspect of technology. According to Melanie Sheffler, editor-in-chief of YPulse magazine, most millenials -- also known as Generation Y -- are afraid that technology is "becoming something of a creepy stalker". "There’s no question that millennials are tech-savvy -- they'’re even occasionally called '“digital natives'” because technology and digital media have been a part of their lives since birth. But we’re seeing a little backlash despite all the benefits because technology is...

  • One second is all it takes to knock the ‘internet’ out of whack

    All it takes to cause chaos on the internet, is adding a 'leap second' to the atomic clock. For a few terrible minutes, people the world over could not check-in on Foursquare, Reddit stuff and Instagram their pretty pictures. According to the online furore, it seems some of the internet's stalwarts which included the Linux operating system and the Java application platform just couldn't take the the extra second. After the scheduled extra second was added to the clock on Saturday to align it with the Earth's current rotation, many websites such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare, Amazon, Reddit, Mozlila, Yelp...

  • CheqOut set to disrupt African mobile payments industry

    CheqOut, launching today, will allow anyone with an iPhone -- and later an Android phone or BlackBerry — to accept credit card payments, by swiping cards through a plug-in card reader. While CheqOut is similar to Square (Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s juggernaut electronic payment service) CheqOut is tailored for the African market. “We've done our research and adapted the Square concept for Africa. Our main focus has been on catering for the rich diversity of mobile handsets. Tablets still represent a tiny amountvar 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");

  • Must watch: Faux startup Vooza pokes fun at startup culture

    Gameface solemnly shelved, Ventureburn takes a breath to celebrate two videos that brilliantly spoof our bizarre and wonderful startup culture. The first video, released recently, sees an anodyne narrator — tongue firmly in cheek — hazily describe its fictitious (we think?) company called Vooza, while bandying about buzz terms like “crowdsourcing”, acronyms like API and S3, and hip development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails. There’s name dropping by means of tech investor slash celebrity, Ashton Kutcher and a mention of startup incubator, Y Combinator 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");

  • Samsung Galaxy S III sales set to top 10 million in July

    Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, is a hit among consumers, and Samsung expects it to hit cumulative sales of 10 million units this July, according to the firm’s Head of Telecommunication Business Shin Jong-Kyun. Samsung launched the Galaxy S III — considered to be the Apple iPhone 4S’ main competition — on May 29 in Europe and 7 June in South Africa. Samsung is now planning to include more emerging markets as part of its global roll-out, to double its smartphone sales to 200 million devices. As of May, Samsung has reached 28 markets across Europe and...

  • Tech wars: 5 battlefronts that show it’s more than just Google vs the world

    It seems that with every mid-year tech product announcement, the battle lines become even more drawn out and GigaOm reckons it’s starting to look a lot like Google vs The World. Now that the Glass fanfare is starting to die down it’s plain to see that Google isn’t the only company that has quite a few battlefronts, against formidable foes, to cover. Let’s discuss a few: 1. The platform war Android vs iOS; and to a smaller degree vs Blackberry OS 10 and Microsoft OS vs Chrome OS. iOS users spend more money on apps and in-app purchases; and online...

  • 4 ways to make yourself seem way cooler online than you really are

    The other day I received a tweet from an extremely beautiful woman. I followed her instantly, because the comment she had sent me was profound, of course, not because of her striking resemblance to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Imagine my surprise when my research indicated that this uncanny likeness was caused by the fact that the woman's avatar was indeed a pic of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and that the woman was actually an overweight middle-aged housewife. Her tweets instantly seemed far less profound and I unfollowed her, of course. But it taught me an important lesson, which is that...

  • The great SA internet radio stats debacle explained

    In the world of South African internet radio, all eyes were recently on NetDynamix, the audio streaming provider that services online radio stations such as 2OceansVibe Radio and Ballz Radio. Richard Hardiman from 2OceansVibe radio claims that the internet radio station attracts an average listenership of 35 000 , while Ballz co-founder Darren Scott, a former national DJ, recently told media news site Media Update that “weekly statistics for May show an average hourly listenership of just over 51 000 between 12:00 and 18:00″. Shaun Dewberry an IT specialist from Pretoria, called the numbers reported by the radio stations...

  • What is an entrepreneur? Why are you one?

    ENTREPRENEUR – What the hell does it really mean and what right do you have to call yourself one… and how is the blatant promotion of ‘go-it-aloneship’ affecting the SA digital industry? Entrepreneur. It’s a word we see and hear bandied about everywhere at the moment, everyone is one, or is being told they should be one. If you do a quick search on Twitter as to the number of people who include the title of ‘entrepreneur’ in their profile, it’s a wonder how the global economy is in such a precarious position given how many of these ‘entrepreneurs’ are...

  • South Africa’s mobile messaging services industry to get a shake up

    South Africa's mobile services industry is apparently getting a shake up. According to Panacea Mobile, a mobile a services company, 40% of SMS campagins sent to customers fail to deliver due to incorrect or out-dated information. Since companies can send millions of messages in a month, the cost for these undelivered messages can be compounded tremendously. The company aims to rectify this. The startup claims to offer South African companies a unique number validation tool which "will take the guesswork out of mobile messages and cut down on the number of undelivered messages significantly". 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");

  • Blueseed: The seaborne startup incubator

    Immigration laws are tedious and work visas are expensive, especially for foreign entrepreneurs wanting to work in the US. Max Marty and Blueseed cofounder Dario Mutabdzija, aware of this fact, are ambitiously hacking the system to bring talented foreign startups closer to Silicon Valley. How? By drawing up plans for floating office space, 12 nautical miles off the coast of California. The idea of cities at sea have long been the fodder of libertarians and climate watchers, but Blueseed is the first to utilise the so-called “contiguous zone” for fostering startup growth. Marty and Mutabdzija, both formerly of the Seasteading...

  • Instagram now lets you like, comment, and follow users from your desktop

    Well, hello. If you pop over to Instagram today, you may notice something different: it's just rolled out an update to its website which allows you to like and comment on pictures without using the app. Previously, if you clicked on an instagr.am link from a desktop computer, you were taken to a web version of the image, where you could admire the shot, read some comments, and move on with your life. You weren't given the option to like or comment on the image yourself -- full functionality was reserved for their mobile-only app. Introducing our new photo...

  • Scientists: Sina Weibo users are happier than the average tweep

    This is interesting. With all the strict censorship rules they have to face, you'd think that Chinese social network users would be miserable. Turns out they're actually happier than their Western counterparts. That's according to computer scientists at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and the Shanghai Jiaotong University, who studied some 46-million messages on Twitter and its most prominent Chinese counterpart Sina Weibo. The scientists say that 79% of the messages on Sina Weibo contained positive sentiment as opposed to 71% on Twitter. They also claim that Chinese social network users are less political: “Whereas 16% of...