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  • Regulation, education and ‘high impact entrepreneurs’: Q&A with Anthony Farr

    Entrepreneurship cannot thrive if it is not given the right environment to do so. That’s according Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation -- a non-profit organisation that looks to assist young entrepreneurs through learning programmes and educational scholarships. "Entrepreneurship is a skill that can be learned, and is not entirely dependent on natural ability or talent,” he says, “However of equal importance to the skill of the entrepreneur is ensuring an environment that encourages and rewards high-impact entrepreneurial leadership and is tolerant of mistakes and failures”. Memeburn caught with Farr and spoke to him about regulation, creating...

  • Hi-Tech personalities: The winners and losers of 2011

    We’ve reached the end of 2011 – and it’s time to look back on the winners and losers of the year. Those who made our gadget life more awesome, and those that ruined it for everyone. Those that rock, and those that suck. So, without further ado, Gearburn’s Geared and Burned personalities of 2011. Burned Leo Apotheker of HP He was bounced out of HP in disgrace, consoled only by the $25-million payout he trousered for less than a year’s work (a healthy wedge of the US$84-million HP has paid to revolving door chief execs in the past six years), but not...

  • How Google made the organic link irrelevant [Infographic]

    Aaron Wall over at SEOBook, has put together an infographic explaining how Google has made the organic link irrelevant. It's ironic that Google's actions have largely devalued the search rank benefits of a link from another website. Yet this "PageRank,"named after CEO Larry Page, was the heart and soul of the Google algorithm. It was his eureka insight into the structure of the web that made Google into Google -- PageRank generated stellar search results. Spammers soon figured out that creating a lot of backlinks was an easy way to fool Google's algorithm into generating vastly improved search page positions for...

  • Gearburn’s top iPhone apps of 2011

    December. That time of the year where we all make lists. Lists of what we enjoyed, what we hated, what we achieved, what went wrong and what we are going to do in future to make sure that we keep growing as people. Top 10’s, Top 50’s, Most Promising, the list goes on. As you would’ve picked up over the last few months of reading my articles, I love lists…so without further ado: my Top iPhone Apps of 2011. Apple App of the Year: Instagram A no brainer really. If you have an iPhone and don’t yet have Instagram, leave now...

  • Google makes four big updates to Google+

    Google has made a series of what it calls "big improvements" to its social effort Google+. In an official blog post the internet giant said that some of the new features and functionality were made following widespread requests from everyday users and hopes that others "will be welcome surprises". There are four predominant changes, Google says, including the ability to "equalise" your main news stream, sneak preview notifications, improvements to Google+ pages, and "a bevy of improvements to the Google+ Photos experience". Controlling the stream According to Google, the news stream control feature is designed to put an end...

  • Win a CyberShot W530 with Sony and Memeburn

    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED Memeburn and Sony are giving you the chance to win a Sony CyberShot W530 camera just in time to take some amazing pictures over the holiday season. How to enter: Tweet @memeburn your top Sony device and include the #SONYGADGETS. Please note that you MUST be following Memeburn on Twitter to qualify for the competition.The competition runs for one week, from today. Tweet The Sony Cybershot W530 is a 14.1Mp stunner with Sweep Panorama, Steady Shot Images stabiliser, Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology. It's light, gorgeous and perfectly suited for the pocket. 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");

  • Calling all next generation entrepreneurs

    At the end of the year, most young adults are chilling out, taking a break. One South African project is, however, looking to give them a break of a different kind. From 20 December to 14 January, a five-ton truck equipped with 10 free internet stations and a walk-in meeting area -- will travel to five South African seaside cities to meet matriculants and univeristy students to discuss the idea of being an entrepreneur or an "intrapreneur". The enterprising project is run by the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDO) in partnership with United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI) , an...

  • Saudi Prince buys a ‘strategic stake’ in Twitter

    A member of the Saudi royal family has just invested US$300-million in Twitter. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, CEO and founder of the Kingdom Holding Company -- also one of the wealthiest people on the planet--, announced his investment in the company reports Bloomberg. The decision to acquire a "strategic stake" in Twitter is apparently the result of "several months of negotiations and comprehensive due diligence," Kingdom Holding said in a statement. The Riyadh-based company, is controlled by Alwaleed, a nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. "Our investment in Twitter reaffirms our ability in identifying suitable opportunities...

  • Smartphones, geosocial to drive massive growth in mobile social networking

    There are around 650-million mobile social media users in the world today. According to Juniper Research, a company specialising in providing research and analysis to companies in the tech sector, that number is to set hit 1.3-billion by 2016 -- "more than the total number of social media users on all platforms today". Juniper Research reckons that a large part of the growth will be as a result of the continuing adoption of smartphones and the rise of geosocial networking -- a type of social networking which relies on geographic services to provide additional features to social networks. These additional...

  • Top 15 online ads of 2011

    2011 has been my first year of officially working with Ogilvy South Africa. It’s been incredible to watch the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making something that we see, and for the most part ignore, hundreds of times every day. It takes great creativity and courage (from clients and agencies) to create something that pushes through the mundane and catches our attention. What I really like is when brands actually connect with real people and make a relevant, emotional impact, which is then so easy to capture and create wider publicity. Great content can always be amplified across...

  • Five ways to decide if HTML5 is for you

    They say that the only certainties in life are tax and death. Nowadays there seems to be a third: you need to mobilise your business, or go out of business. But while this might be a certainty for many, what is less certain is how you go about this. Especially because it sometimes feels like you are getting conflicting, yet equally eloquent and passionate, advice about which path to take: native, HTML5, hybrid, and so on, and so on. HTML5 is the latest contender to enter the fray. This is the most recent iteration of the mark-up language that writes...

  • Kim Jong Il death: Twitter reacts

    North Korea is something of an enigma. The outside world has little access to the daily workings of the country, internet connections are few, and reserved for the ruling elite. Despite this Kim Jong Il, the country’s long-time ruler was one of the most recognisable figures in international politics. It isn’t all that surprising, therefore, that his death became a trending topic on Twitter. A number of those tweeting about the dictator’s death were simply sharing the news: Kim Jong-il, Dictator Who Turned North Korea Into a Nuclear State, Dies nyti.ms/rKzqa9— NYTimes World (@nytimesworld) December 19, 2011 North Korean leader...

  • Are Google Music and iTunes match redundant on today’s web?

    The launches of Google Music and iTunes Match were good news for music lovers all over the web. In iTunes Match, Apple finally has a cloud-based solution for accessing all your music on any iOS device, and with Google Music, Google can finally say it offers Android users a service that is competitive with iTunes. Both of these announcements would have been really exciting to me two or three years ago. Today, however, they leave me absolutely cold. Why? Because I stopped buying music a long time ago in favour of using a subscription service like MOG, Rdio or Rhapsody....

  • Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

    It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about every major handset manufacturer was tied up in some form of patent litigation, and topping it all off, Japan’s...

  • Zynga makes rollercoaster stock debut

    Social gaming company Zynga debuted on the stock market with a billion-dollar listing, the largest tech listing since Google's in 2004. Its stock price soared in the early hours of trading only to drop below the opening price by the closing bell. The Facebook gamemaker offered 100-million shares -- one-seventh of the company's total -- at US$10 a pop, boasting games such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends was valued at a whopping US$7-billion. In the first few minutes of trading, shares were selling on the Nasdaq market at around US$11 a share, a 10% premium, but Zynga stock...