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Live performance streaming site SkyRoomLive boasts 1000% user growth within first year

SkyRoomLive-logo South Africa's music industry could do with some innovation. Heck, the global scene is begging for it. Ever since the digital revolution, a mixture of piracy and the prominence of iTunes, Spotify and perhaps Amazon, crops of talented artists are struggling to make ends meet. One initiative that's looking to change this is SkyRoomLive -- a live performance streaming site from South Africa, which has been showing some really impressive growth recently. In partnership with Virgin Mobile South Africa, SkyRoomLive claims ...

Video, Viral videos

Two kangaroos boxing in Australian suburbs is classically stereotypical [video]

kangaroo boxing It can't get more Australian than this. On a quiet day on the Central Coast in New South Wales two Kangaroos settled a score on the street, and a human lurking by captured them on video. It is not clear what the gripe is between the two kangaroos and they did not bother to explain themselves either. Perhaps it's about street cred? The video comes without subtitles but we can easily imagine one of them saying: “I float like a butterfly ...

Motorburn

Paris Motor Show roundup: 9 cars that stole our hearts

Lambo-Asterion-rear-650x350 The Mondial de l'Automobile, as its officially known to journalists or local folk, is one of the world's major automotive exhibitions and usually the venue where car makers garner inspiration to show off their latest lavish creations. From hypercars, to plug-in hybrids, to cabriolets and station wagons, there were cars for every corner of the globe and for every prospective buyer.

Gearburn

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

AstronautsGame-Win64-Shipping-2014-10-01-14-51-23-82 “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you ...

Africa, Twitter

Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

social media channels Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report -- which has just been released -- is part of a series ...

Mobile apps

5 things you need to get right if you want to take your app global

Globes Putting mobile apps within reach of a global audience is one of the easiest steps companies can take to tap into the market of more than one billion potential online smartphone customers. According to Statista.com, as of July 2014, Android users could choose from 1.3 million apps available for download, iPhone users 1.2 million, Windows Phone users 240 000 and Blackberry users 130 000. In most countries, English apps are still the most popular with native language apps ranking a ...

Ventureburn

3 top tips for inculcating a connected tech startup culture

connect Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech ...

Gearburn

iOS 8 review: incremental iDevice improvements

Apple-iOS-8-Main Apple announced iOS 8 during WWDC 2014 and was released to the public two days ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. One thing that you must know is that iOS 8 doesn’t bring any drastic changes that we’ve come to know from iOS 7, which brought a complete new UI design. The design of the latest update is largely based on iOS 7’s new flat and colourful design theme. iOS 8 is more about adding subtle changes and refinements to ...

Future Trends

The rise of IP cameras: why surveillance is increasingly online

Surveillance As the cost of bandwidth goes down, the appeal of IP-based camera systems goes up for companies that require a flexible, cost-effective surveillance solution with enhanced functionalities such as remote accessibility and better scalability. Within CCTV (closed-circuit television) surveillance images are captured and recorded on a digital video recorder (DVR), with the images being relayed through analogue cables going from the cameras to the DVR in the surveillance room. IP-based surveillance cameras store their data on more common PC ...

News, Samsung

Samsung expects a poor quarterly profit, smartphones wearing it down

Samsung Curved UHD TVs Samsung is expecting its quarterly profits to punch in at 4.1-trillion won (US$3.8-billion) -- that's about 60% down from last year's 10.2-trillion won forecast. The tech company seemingly has its fingers in all pies on the market -- from televisions to smartphones, smartwatches and processors. The latter seems to be where it's placing its bets going forward, nudging away from its poor performing mobile sector. A report by Counterpoint Research in July highlighted the company's struggle to keep up with the likes ...

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