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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 as Eventbrite, Jawbone, Mahalo, Meebo, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Unity and Xoom. He also sat on YouTube’s board prior...

  • 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 a Google conference in Saudi Arabia. The new service would reportedly also index any comments in Google’s...

  • 17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    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, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or...

  • Why a social login could be the solution for your site

    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 and easily create user identities or login profiles using these sites, but you may be wondering why this is...

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

    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 you why mobile is relevant: 7 Reasons Why Mobile Matters View more PowerPoints from Dewaldt Huysamen After that, I'm sure I don't...

  • 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 laziness? The innovation has reportedly been dubbed the VIP Fridge Magnet, where the pizza box-shaped magnet is connected to...

  • 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 Mistry’s talk, I thought it was the future of personal computing. A couple of hundred articles and some hard...

  • 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 take a “tough” stance on anyone who criticised the king via social media and “set an example.” Freedom House...

  • 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 intends to highlight the "essence" of South African cooking by asking contestants to create things out of old favourites...

  • #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 the University of Cape Town campus. If you listen carefully, you'll also catch a play on lyrics from Good...

  • The rise of Woza Online: 10K websites in just two months

    Google's Woza Online initiative claims to have successfully helped 11 200 small businesses set up websites easily and for free in South Africa -- all in just two months. And Google expects "thousands more" to sign up in the coming months. Woza Online is a world-wide initiative that helps small businesses create their own websites, in turn boosting job creation and economic growth. Google has launched similar initiatives in 23 other countries around the world from Great Britain, Canada, and Australia to Brazil, Indonesia, France, and Poland -- bringing 400 000 businesses online over two years. In Africa,...

  • Get a new iPad for less than $0.25?

    This is interesting. A company is putting four brand new iPads up for sale on online auction site BidorBuy at a starting price of R1 (US$ 0.13). The Notebook Company, who is behind the auction, isn't looking to hawk base model iPads either. According to the auction site, the iPads are 32GB and come with Wi-Fi and 4G, with the seller putting the retail price at R9699. The bidding will reportedly start on Wednesday and opens at R1, with no reserve. That means that the items have to be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the price achieved. This...

  • Angry Birds Space downloaded 10M times in 3 days

    If you’re looking for an indication of how big the Angry Birds phenomenon is, you could do much worse than the fact that Rovio’s latest title was downloaded 10-million in the three days following its launch. The Finnish-based games company sent a tweet out announcing how well Angry Birds Space had done: 10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned for more! #angrybirdsspace— Angry Birds (@AngryBirds) March 26, 2012 The company launched the first genuine sequel to Angry Birds late last week, bringing new features such as gravitational pull around planets, new...

  • How to achieve social media maturity in 5 simple steps

    There is no doubt that social media has changed the way in which people interact with organisational brands, and yet many companies still lag behind when it comes to developing a coherent strategy in regard to social technologies. In a recent report, Forrester, an independent research company, highlighted that one in five businesses do not use social technologies at all, and a third of all companies are still getting off the ground. Organisations can, however, change this trend and reach an active level of social maturity, in relatively little time, if the proper steps are taken, says Forrester. 1. Invest...

  • The Red Planet blues in Waking Mars

    Puzzle-based exploration flourishes in this unique game for iOS. Impressive interface, controls and ambience make this a must play despite its awkward length and uninspiring plot. Waking Mars is a flawed treat. Waking Mars comes out for iOS amidst a sea of casual games in the mobile gaming world. It is that rare thing: a long-form game. Clocking in at 6-10 hours, depending on your ecological proficiency, game developer Tiger Style’s latest offering is unique in every way, for its sins.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");