Gearburn

Telkom Do Gaming to launch Battlefield 3 league

Bad-3 South African telecommunication giant Telkom, under the Do Gaming banner will launch a Battlefield 3 league in 2012 with ZAR100 000 in prize money up for grabs. Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Manager, says Battlefield 3 has been a key focus for Telkom Do Gaming over the past couple of months and will be an important part of the 2012 Do Gaming League. "The Telkom Do Gaming stand at the rAge expo exclusively hosted the game before its launch, giving gamers the chance ...

Advertising & Marketing

New Nando’s campaign takes a poke at Malema sentencing

Nandos Julius South African fast food franchise Nando’s has capitalised on the suspension of Julius Malema from the ANC with a brand new campaign. The former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president and political firebrand was suspended for, among other things, bringing the ANC into disrepute. Using the power of pun, the campaigns tagline draws parallels between the franchise's chicken dishes and Malema's rapid political demise: Full Size

Future Trends

Gamification: The hype becomes reality

Research company Gartner reckons that by 2014, more than 70% of the Forbes' major companies will have at least one "gamified" application. The research company says that although the current "success" of gamification is largely driven by novelty and hype, it is positioned to become a "highly significant trend" over the next five years. Gamification is the use of game design techniques and mechanics to solve problems, motivate people and engage audiences. Typically gamification applies to non-game sites and applications in ...

News

Julius Malema axed from ANCYL, Twitter reacts

julius-malema1 Julius Malema, upstart leader of South Africa's ANC Youth League (ANCYL) today faced the music for his multiple political indiscretions. Of the rulings, one stands out and Twitter was there to capture the moment. Malema, and a number of his cohorts from the ANCYL leadership, had been facing charges before an ANC disciplinary committee. The charges ranged from ill-discipline to bringing the ANC, as a whole, into disrepute. As social media analytic tool Topsy.com shows, mentions of Malema dramatically shot up as ...

News

RIM denies renewed reports of BlackBerry smartphones going down

BlackBerry BIS error Barely a month after BlackBerry suffered its widest service failure, there are fresh reports that users are again experiencing service failures. BlackBerry parent company Research In Motion (RIM) has hurriedly downplayed these reports. Given the last outage was as much a public relations failure as a technical failure, RIM has been quick to issue a statement regarding what it has chosen to characterise as a service disruption. Using Twitter, the Canadian company quickly replied to initial user complaints saying: "We're getting ...

General Tech, Innovation

Fully automatic: 7 mind-blowing tech innovations

innovation Recently, I wrote an article discussing how rapid technological innovation may ultimately have far reaching impact on the job market through jobless growth. This week, I would like to take the opportunity to look at some of these technical innovations and developments more closely. Here are seven pretty mind-blowing achievements in a world that is quickly becoming fully automated. Robotic Cars If you think you can hold on to your job as a driver, think again. Back in September, a German company ...

Africa, Mobile

NFC is the future of African mobile money

NFC Mobile money has made more of an impact in Africa than a number of other emerging market regions. In fact, through services like Safricom’s M-Pesa, people on the continent have been using their mobile phones for financial transactions since long before Google brought out its wallet. But can emerging markets on the continent, and elsewhere, take mobile money beyond money transfers? This is, after all, how the whole mobile money market emerged with M-Pesa: People buying airtime from agents and ...

Infographic

Can’t find an investor for your startup? Try crowdfunding [Infographic]

pitching to investors Companies in the tech industry have now reached financial heights of being the most successful companies in the world (Apple) and attaining valuations of US$18-billion upon their IPO’s going live (Groupon). Startups, however, have found that, as with the rest of the global economy, belts have become tighter. Venture capitalists and angel investors are no longer as willing as they once were to provide that much-needed funding. Despite talks of a "tech bubble" in the wider industry, the problems faced by ...

News

Facebook to stop blog and web RSS feeds

facebooklogo1 Social Strategists Beware! Your workload is going to increase! From 22 November Facebook will no longer allow the automatic import of Blog and RSS feeds into Profiles. A long-used strategy by social networkers has been to link their blog posts and websites via RSS directly to their Facebook profiles. This meant that every time they put up a blog-post, it would automatically "push" the information onto Facebook, creating a note. This allowed for great interaction with fans, followers and friends -- building ...

News

Alibaba, Softbank in talks to buy Yahoo! Inc

The future of Yahoo! Inc it seems remains uncertain. China's Alibaba Group and Japan's Softbank are in talks with private equity firms about making an unsolicited bid for Yahoo!, reports Bloomberg. The bid would be for all the shares of California-based Yahoo!, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Yahoo! has been through a tumultuous journey, moving from one rumour to another, since the axing of colourful of chief executive Carol Bartz in September. The company has been looking to ...

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