Mobile apps, News

Why Facebook wants to hack your phone and how to avoid it

fbmsg Facebook wants to hack your phone and take over your life. Not really, but that's what people have been fearing recently since the Big Blue made some changes to its instant messaging app, Messenger. Mobile users are now forced to send messages using a secondary app. Not only is this an annoying peeve, some have expressed complete outrage against some of the app's terms and conditions. As we've seen before, whenever the giant social network makes a change, there are those ...

Apple

Robin Williams gets his own Apple homepage tribute

Robin Williams Apple Tribute Apple has joined the slew of companies paying tribute to Robin Williams following the actor and comedian's suicide earlier this week. On its homepage, the Cupertino-based giant placed a giant black and white portrait of Williams, along with the words: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed". It's pretty rare for public figures to get a tribute on the ...

Video

Nervous flyer? British Airways’ new kitten and puppy channel could help

Paws and Relax The entertainment options on British Airways flights just got a whole lot cuter. Taking a leaf out of the internet's book, the airliner is set to include a channel running continuous footage of cats and dogs on its Slow TV offering. The channel, called "Paws and Relax" came about after British Airways found research showing that watching footage of cute animals helped slow people's heart rates down and allowed them to properly relax. Among the shows offered on the channel ...

Future Trends

Gartner’s Hype Cycle: autonomous vehicles up, NFC down

Gartner Hype Cycle Technology research house Gartner has released its annual hype cycle graph, which shows where various technologies are in terms of maturity, business benefit and future direction. This, the 201th edition of the hype cycle, shows that right now we're really excited by technologies like autonomous motoring and data science and are becoming disillusioned with things like NFC and cloud computing. Perhaps most intriguing though are the technologies that lie on the axes of inflated expectations and those heading up the ...

News

Reddit needs you to help teachers and classrooms in need

reddit Reddit is more than just a place that users go to share articles and discuss politics and Kim Kardashian. The Reddit community can be very generous, not only with their time, but also their money. Last year the community gave more than US$325 000 to help teachers set up their classrooms. This year Reddit is once again calling on its community to help teachers in need through its Gift Exchange programme. According to the platform, the donations and care packages ...

Ecommerce

Could e-tail turn out to be retail’s ultimate saviour?

Going out of business A recent visit to the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in Chicago emphasised how important ecommerce has become as a sales channel for established markets such as the United States. According to BI Intelligence, a research company owned by online retail tycoon and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, most of the big retailers in America are facing a massive challenge; brick and mortar retail growth figures are plummeting or stagnating and retailers are being forced to look at alternative methods to ...

News, Twitter

Twitter pauses to remember Robin Williams

Robin_Williams_2011a Legendary actor, comedian and entertainer Robin Williams has died age 63. The star of films like Mrs Doubtfire and Aladdin, Williams was found dead in his California home with authorities treating his death as suicide by asphyxia. Williams had been battling recurring depression, alongside relapses into drug and alcohol abuse with his most recent return to rehab taking place last month. In a statement released by his publicist, the actor's wife Susan Schneider said she had "lost my husband and ...

Ventureburn

5 reasons why South African entrepreneurs should think twice before entering the local Dragons’ Den

Dragons Den SA South Africa is getting its own version of the hit reality series Dragons' Den. Business giants Lebo Gunguluza, Vusi Thembekwayo, Polo Leteka Radebe, Gil Oved and Vinny Lingham will be dragons staring down the hopeful entrepreneurs, all of whom think they have a world-changing idea. Great, you might find yourself thinking, you've honed your skills at pitching competition after pitching competition. You could use a little investment and the exposure couldn't hurt, so why not enter? Well, we're not saying ...

Advertising & Marketing, Web development

Personalisation should always be the number one goal in all your digital marketing efforts

Odd one out In a 2013 SAP-sponsored, Forrester thought leadership paper "Delivering New Levels Of Personalization In Consumer Engagement", it was stated that: “Personalisation will enable firms to achieve their future strategic marketing goals.” It's a short message with so much depth. Isn't that the goal of all firms? Of yours? Picture this. You've been invited to the grand opening of the Amazon Rainforest Cyber Cafe, where fresh, hot meals are delivered to customers via drone. After your first 10 meal orders, the cafe's digital servers ...

Video

O Captain! my Captain: bidding farewell to Robin Williams [Videos]

Robin Williams Many years ago we met a man who woke us up every morning with a roaring good morning. He introduced us to host of interesting and deeply passionate cast of characters. They taught us to laugh, love, feel and fly. At 63 Robin Williams, the celebrated thespian, took his final bow on the world stage. Williams had been battling recurring depression, alongside relapses into drug and alcohol abuse with his most recent return to rehab taking place last month. But that's not ...

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