BurnCast, News

BurnCast #15: Social media on the Oscar Pistorius court case finale

Oscar Bateman Welcome to BurnCast, our weekly podcast that discusses tech trends, innovation and news. This week saw paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius get sentenced five years imprisonment for killing his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. On this edition of BurnCast, we rounded up the whole editorial team -- Andy Walker, Stuart Thomas, Michelle Atagana, Jacques Coetzee -- and brand manager Jason Bechervaise, to discuss how the event played out on Twitter. While there was outrage on Twitter and other social channels about the judge's ultimate ...

Africa, Google

Google Street View enables humans to hang out with their blood-related chimpanzees

Chimpanzee There is not a place Google has not taken us human beings, be it for education or leisure. It appears that Google wants to take us from Angkor to some of the greatest art galleries in the world to the Pyramids of Giza and all around the world. And now Google is taking us to the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa, a park to a population of over 100 wild chimpanzees. Also living in the park is a ...

General Tech

Improving productivity goes beyond technology, but it’s a good place to start

Hard work With recent statistics showing that the South African workforce is at its most unproductive since 1967, companies are under pressure to turn the tide. Feature rich devices, multiple technology platforms, easy to access software, integrated enterprise platforms and a myriad of rich Apps have elevated IT’s role within the business. This proliferation of technology also means that decision-makers are often throwing technology at the problem and expecting a miraculous resolve to a business challenge. Technology tools can certainly improve ...


Inspire Mastery: Having the right mindset is key for entrepreneurs in SA

puzzle A successful entrepreneur knows how to master his / her environment. An idea can only take you so far. The skill lies in knowing how and when to execute. Inspire Mastery is a series that looks at some of the trends that are driving the journey of South Africa’s savvy tech entrepreneurs forward. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” This thoughtful quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela could just as easily have come from Apple’s great Steve Jobs ...


5 fascinating ‘non-car’ vehicles built by Japanese automakers

lexus-f-sport-road-bike Car-makers spend the vast majority of their time, well, making cars. If they didn’t, of course, they wouldn’t be considered car-makers at all. But some of these manufacturers have also tried their collective hands at building vehicles that certainly AREN’T cars. And most of these multitalented automakers -- for whatever reason -- seem to be based in Japan. Of course, some of the biggest names in the global car manufacturing business – including BMW, Honda, and Suzuki – also produce ...


5 games that broke our hearts

ME3 Irving Stone once wrote "There is no love without pain." Admittedly he probably didn’t have gaming in mind but it applies just as much, none the less. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles, reminding us that our wonderful world of gaming ...

Africa, News

Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

airtel4 Bharti Airtel Limited, commonly known as Airtel -- an Indian multinational telecommunications services company with its headquarters in New Delhi -- has launched a training programme aimed at giving new technology skills to thousands of young people in Gabon. The initiative, which will be run in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is called “Train My Generation: Gabon 5 000” and will be stretched out over a period of three years. For UNESCO, the initiative is ground-breaking. ...

Social media

21 #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence, according to Twitter

Oscar in the stand If you've been on Twitter today, chances are you haven't managed to avoid the rage around the five-year prison sentence Oscar Pistorius today received for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The anger around what many perceived to be an already light charge was only compounded when it was revealed that the former Olympic and Paralympic athlete would only serve 10 months of his sentence before being eligible to apply for parole. As is so often the case though, anger ...

Mobile apps, News

Cape Town launches TCT app to make traveling in the city a breeze

metrorail Keen for a gatsby lunch in the City Bowl or a trip to the Waterfront? Perhaps the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) app can help you get there. In an effort to make traveling across the South African city a breeze, the app relies on popular transport services like the MyCiti bus, Jammie Shuttles, Metrorail trains, sightseeing buses and the Golden Arrow Bus Service. While the announcement notes that this is "the first of its kind on the continent to merge the ...

Africa, Mobile

French phone manufacturer Wiko makes a play for Nigeria

Wiko Wiko, a French phone manufacturer, is preparing to launch in Nigeria, one of the biggest mobile markets in Africa. On 22 October 20014 the company will introduce 10 of its devices to the country. Ahead of the launch, Wiko was reported to have taken 12 channel partners on a pre-launch voyage to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. This was a gesture by the company to interact with its partners across the globe as it plans to roll out its products ...






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