Q&A with The latest kid on the online buying block

A flurry of online buying companies has rushed in on South Africa, some local and some from abroad, and a relatively new kid on the block has launched recently, offering any number of products amidst stiff competition. We spoke to Ardi Coetzee and Kevin Pillay from EasiOnline about their plans and aims in this market. Ventureburn: Perhaps we can start with a little on each of your backgrounds? Kevin Pillay: Prior to Easionline, I've been involved in the financial selling and credit ...

Emerging Markets, Mobile, News

Smartphones start to overtake feature phones in China

China has over one-billion mobile phone users and for the first time they're buying more smartphones than feature phones. According to Tech in Asia, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a report detailing the number of mobile phones sold in the first half of 2012. Of the 190-million phones sent out to retailers across the country, 107-million were 3G capable. Admittedly not all of those are smartphones. MIIT has however confirmed that feature phones were firmly ...

Viral videos

Dark Knight Rises 13-minute TV spot is full of win, and Batman

The Dark Knight rises, the utterly-epic finale to the Batman trilogy hits theaters on 20 July. In celebration, or to fuel the viral flames of war which Batman has always been excellent at, there's a shiny new 13-minute long TV special to wrap your cape around. Some men just want to watch the world burn, others want to watch Batman TV specials. This TV spot is chock-full of spoilers. You have been warned. We're built up beyond belief now. This is ...


New Robocop trailer aims for viral success [Video]

That's right folks, there's a new Robocop movie in the works and it's building buzz for itself with a (yawn) viral campaign. One of the main thrusts of the campaign is a website for the film's villainous face of big business Omnicorp. The site is the home of an advert-style trailer showing off sky drones, a new dark and gritty version of the ED 209 and, of course, incredibly unsubtle hints of the programme that will eventually result in Robocop. ...

General Tech

Screw utility, the web’s always been about entertainment

Internet connection In a recent article that appeared on AllThingsD, Keval Desai argues that the web of entertainment is now surpassing the web of utility. That initially looked interesting to me. Looking back, glossy-style magazine and gossip columns have been around forever, games on the web for years, online video is pretty ubiquitous, and streaming music sites are old news. That got me wondering what amazing new forms of entertainment Desai was imagining for the web's future. Furthermore, I was intrigued by ...

Humour, Twitter

Deep Fried Man’s 11 steps to perfect Twitter etiquette

Twitter logo blue on grey Knowing the right and wrong way to conduct oneself on Twitter can be difficult, and so I present to you a guide to proper Twitter etiquette, so that you can be a true gentleman or lady of the Twittersphere. Each etiquette tip is, aptly, in tweet format. I actually did send all these out in tweets earlier this week, and #TwitterEtiquette ended up trending in South Africa. Which, since I don't have a day job and spend every waking hour on ...


Here we go again: Cartoon of SA president causes Twitter storm

Here we go again. Another illustration involving South African president Jacob Zuma has the country in a froth. This time though, it's not a painting and it's not hanging in a prominent gallery. The work in question comes from satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. In the cartoon, Zuma is depicted as an actual penis looking at himself in a mirror. The cartoon, which appeared in the Friday edition of South African national weekly newspaper the Mail & Guardian, ...


Table Magic: Africa’s bold answer to OpenTable

Table Magic With all the affection bestowed upon restaurant services like Zagat and OpenTable, it’s high time that a standout name starts crescendoing in Africa. Cape Town-based Table Magic is stepping forward to lend its voice. Last year, Google paid US$151 million to acquire restaurant ratings service Zagat, after its US$500 million bid to acquire Yelp fell through, and restaurant reservations service, OpenTable, is currently valued just over a billion US dollars. Whether one agrees with the jaw dropping price tags or


Reviewed: Quantum Conundrum

It’s been a frustrating week. Kate and Tom are getting divorced, Prometheus was only so-so, and my car broke down. But none of those experiences even came close to the frustration of playing Quantum Conundrum (QC), and I love Kate and Tom. It's not that QC is a bad game, quite the contrary: it's a good game -- ‘good’: that pesky word that wishes it was ‘great’or ‘brilliant’ but lacks punch and syllables. Hell, perhaps QC would even settle for ‘bad’ ...


What would you ask your 12yr old self? [Video]

Ever wanted to give your future self advance warning about something you're about to do? Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12 years old? Wouldn't it be cool if scientists stopped obsessing with the meaning of life and particles that will always be there and just did something useful like invent a time machine? These (and I am sure many more) are the kind of questions that kept filmmaker and actor Jeremiah McDonald awake at ...






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