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  • Ware of the Week: Yolify

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an evolved bucket list app that embraces YOLO like no other — Yolify. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. It’s fairly easy to get stuck in a rut, even with that bucket list quietly sitting untouched in your dressing room cabinet. At some point, you’ll have to address those ambitions and dreams and punch them in the face. Read more on Gearburn.

  • The real state of ecommerce in South Africa: 9 things you need to know today

    Ecommerce in South Africa is still very much in the infant stages by global standards. The rate of growth globally has increased rapidly with large investments being made and new players joining the game constantly. Online retail in the developed world makes up 10-12% of total retail while SA is barely breaking 1% of the total market for consumer goods. In South Africa there are a few common would-be barriers expressed by potential buyers: Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Insuring your future: how technology’s helping keep runners safe [Sponsored]

    ‘Insuring your future‘ is a four part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the third article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to make running safer. Distance running is one of the largest mass participation sports on the planet. You only have to look at how many people flock to road races across the globe, or the massive number of running technologies to see how big an impact this most instinctive of activities has. The thing is, a large...

  • Here’s what you need to know about getting digital transformation right

    There has been a lot of talk recently about digital transformation and how every business has to be a digital business. And it is certainly true that the rise of the web, digital communications and internet tools have penetrated and disrupted just about every aspect of business life. To take digital at its simplest, for example, I don’t think there are many enterprises out there now who would argue against the urgent need for some sort of presence on the web. But digital transformation is about more than just a website, it is about taking advantage of technology to improve...

  • This one video hilariously shows why we all suck at email

    Email was meant to change the world. And it has, except instead of making us more efficient and productive, it eats up large portions of our working days. There’s a reason why so many articles have been written about how to better and more efficiently manage your inbox. While there have been plenty of attempts to fix that, our inboxes continue to be flooded. Oddly enough, a video from a company providing one of those solutions shows that the problem may well be us. The clip, which comes from sketch comedy duo Tripp and Tyler and was made to...

  • BuzzFeed goes literary, announces $12k emerging writers fellowship

    BuzzFeed has announced that it will be offering US$12 000 fellowships to emerging writers. The selected writers will spend four months working with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff in New York City. The world’s favorite Clickbait site, it would seem, has literary aspirations. In 2013, BuzzFeed launched BuzzFeed Books. Though this was an indication of moving towards being a lot more than just a clickbait publications, its articles like ‘Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Taste In Books?’ or ‘Which Book Of The Bible Are You?’ are still a far cry from the literary content of the...

  • Digital marketing event Online Tuesday set to make its SA debut

    Online Tuesday, the monthly digital marketing event pioneered in Amsterdam, is set to make its South African debut on 14 April. Opening proceedings will be Michael Ossendrijver, VP media & technology of DQ&A Media Group. In his presentation, Ossendrijver will address the challenges modern digital marketers face, including how to reach the consumer in a cross-channel and cross-screen world. The evening will be hosted by Schalk Bezuidenhout. Bezuidenhout is a comedian as well as a drama student at the University of Cape Town. He is known for his hilarious comedy material and quirky dress sense. Online Tuesday South Africa is organized by...

  • 2015 African Blogger Awards deadline extended

    The 2015 African Blogger Awards is extending its deadline and will now accept entries until 16 April 2015. The competition is aimed at African YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitter and Facebook influencers. The awards aim to expose “truly exceptional African content creators and their unique story-telling approaches”. “Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform,” the organisers say. The top five categories in these awards are for Africa’s Top Instagrammer, Top Twitter Profile, Top YouTuber, Top Blogger and Best Facebook Page will be awarded to entrants...

  • Mobile first design: why responding to technology is imperative

    Paradigms change. Sometimes they change naturally. Others need a little nudge in the right direction. Mobile first design is an example of the latter. The idea of Mobile First Design has been around for a while now. Google started floating the idea back in 2010 and really started pushing it shortly after. But Google pushes a lot of ideas and the wake of their changes tend to be both broad and long. There is an enormous audience of developers, advertisers and businesses that respond to the disruptive changes Google makes. It can take a while for all of them to...

  • 4 ways to ensure your CRM system is a help rather than a hindrance

    Are you doing everything in your power to ensure that you use your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system properly to ensure your customers have a positive experience and leave happy? There are hundreds of companies out there today that have spent literally millions on high-tech Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems – and never used them to its full potential. It always surprises me to hear that so few businesses and SME’s implement strategies to make their customers feel good. Money spent on CRM is wasted unless your company can effectively use the systems properly to ensure that your customers...

  • 5 things you need to know about converting fans and followers into sales

    Your “followers” and “fans” on the social web consists of your blog readers, Google+ followers, LinkedIn connections, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and even your Pinterest followers. For business growth, it is important to make your digital footprint trustworthy. An over advertised profile on the social web is really not what your audience prefers, because social media is transparent and it is a two-way communication medium. Social networking is about connecting with your target audience and to maintain your current customers. Most of the social media channels such as the ones mentioned above can be used to provide your audience with...

  • Jottr is a bold startup trying to create a new window to your web

    The way we consume the web is flawed. Information comes across as noisy and messy. Why? Because we are limited by gatekeepers such as Google, Twitter and Facebook which are all forcing websites to conform to savvy search engine optimisation strategies on the one hand or pay up for ads on the other. This is something that Jottr plans to fix. Stopping off for lunch at the Waterfront in South Africa where the product was partly conceived, founders of the 15-month-old content discovery startup, called Jottr, are meeting each other in real life for the very first time. The trio...

  • Alien: Isolation, The Talos Principle and OlliOlli: the Better Late Than Never roundup

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a deeper look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. This is the second installment, featuring the likes of the immersive and cinematic Alien: Isolation, the mindbending The Talos Principle and the ever addictive OlliOlli. Alien: Isolation I only got to play Alien: Isolation very recently and, I must admit, it is one of very few truly innovative titles to come from 2014. This statement might be a bit biased as I am a great fan of the Alien film series (and I’m very much...

  • Fast facts: what is a botnet and how does it spread?

    Have you ever seen posts on social networks or emails under your name that you did not send? Is your computer running slowly or do you often find your screen filled with pop ups. All of these things could be symptoms of infections and might indicate that your computer is part of a botnet. But what is a botnet? A botnet is a network of computers infected with malware that responds to an attacker to perform any activity they want. These infected computers are also known as ‘bots’ or ‘zombies’ and their master is called the botmaster. The...

  • SMS, Facebook dominate mobile activity in 5 of Africa’s biggest economies

    People speak about Africa as “the mobile continent” so frequently that it’s become a cliche. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without ever really interrogating exactly what it is Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3 500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets, namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals somewhat unsurprisingly, that there’s been a rise of internet access via phones, the potential demise of...