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  • 9 online tools and tips to help photographers optimise broadband

    Remember dial-up? Having to wait overnight to upload a single JPEG was the worst. Download speeds have increased dramatically since then, but sadly our upload speeds have stayed pretty poor — the US average upload speed is ranked 42nd in the world, right behind Lesotho, Belarus and Slovenia. Whether you’re a professional photographer, a prosumer, or a hobbyist just learning the ropes, uploading your photos is an integral part of the photographer’s workflow. Here are nine ways to speed that up and make your life easier. 1. Try Flickr Uploadr If you’ve ever used the popular photo-hosting service, then you’re familiar with the...

  • How are you paving your road to be a digital world leader in Africa?

    By 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet.* Predictions on the future of digital consumption no longer shock me and as an enterprise leader, it shouldn’t shock you either. Business IT professionals own a minimum of three devices connected to the internet viz. mobile, tablet and laptop – it’s not a statistic I pulled from a survey, but rather my own observation at every ICT conference I’ve attended in the last 12 months, including AfricaCom 2014 and VAS Africa 2015. At the VAS Africa 2015 conference, Nevo Hadas,...

  • The real biology of ‘Star Wars’ Midichlorians

    The George Lucas Star Wars saga spans multiple generations of characters (and fans), seven movies to date, and future sequels that will apparently extend the series into infinity. Star Wars is deeply rooted in the world’s popular culture. But what is the underlying theme of Star Wars? Here are some flawed possibilities: 1. We are not alone: Although there may be other intelligent life in the universe, intergalactic travel is not and will not be feasible. The distances are too great and we cannot travel faster than the speed of light (as per Einstein). 2. Integration of technology and humans Humans...

  • 3 ways investors can navigate Africa’s mobile markets

    As investment opportunities go, Africa’s mobile market is about to have its day in the sun.Two-thirds of the sub-Saharan population own mobile devices, and 86 percent of Kenyan households use mobile financial products. The number of smartphones in the African market is expected to grow from 67 million in 2013 to 360 million by 2025, unleashing new possibilities in data and information access for consumers while easing reach to potential markets by entrepreneurs. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Untangling Inbound: how to know your inbound agency is working for you

    Untangling Inbound is a four part series exploring the basics of inbound marketing. In this, the second article in the series, we explore how to know your inbound marketing agency is working for you. In the first article in this series we told you about what to look for in an inbound marketing agency. But once you've found one, how do you know your inbound agency is actually working for you? As a reminder, an inbound agency's job is to help potential customers find your business and, once that’s done, turn that early awareness into brand preference and, ideally,...

  • OLX releases new app with improved security features and unique chat function [SPONSORED]

    Online classifieds OLX has launched a new mobile app, with added security features and a unique chat function where buyers and sellers can chat directly and securely. The launch of the new app follows extensive growth in mobile shopping in South Africa. OLX recently reported that over 65% of traffic to their platform is now via mobile devices. This growth has been experienced across the board in the mobile shopping category. Comments OLX Country Manager Stephen Ballot, ”Mobile penetration is at more than 100% at the moment with between 10 and 15 million South Africans using smartphones, and growing....

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 hands-on: it’s almost here, South Africa

    Xiaomi: it's a brand some won't know but many have heard of. It's often called the Apple of China (which is itself a term steeped in incredibly irony) and demonstrates the weight this relatively new company has on its shoulders. Its plans to enter the South African smartphone market haven't exactly been secret either. Although we've known since September that the company was looking at launching its devices to African markets, we had no idea when exactly. Finally, we do. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Uber, Wesbank team up in R200m car-rental deal

    Uber South Africa has teamed up with car-financing giant Wesbank in a deal designed to give Uber drivers easier access to cars. The deal, estimated to be worth R200-million, also includes FirstRand’s enterprise development fund Vumela, and will allow drivers to lease vehicles from Wesbank over a period of three years. In a joint statement, the two companies said that the amount each driver paid for their lease would be based on their established earnings and quality ratings. In order to qualify for the deal, drivers also have to have been active on Uber for more than three months. According...

  • 5 videos that show off the future of scientific innovation [SPONSORED]

    National Geographic and General Electric have teamed up for Breakthrough; a new TV series which explores the latest developments in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology. The series' premise is that incredible life-saving technologies have become so part of our everyday lives that we sometimes take them for granted. It therefore aims to shine a light on the most innovative technologies shaping how we live. Each hour-long episode is directed by a Hollywood visionary – Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner. Fighting Pandemics The Ebola outbreak which ravaged communities in...

  • Jorge Lorenzo wins Valencia GP, MotoGP Championship: the motorsport roundup

    The MotoGP Championship drew to a thrilling close this weekend in Valencia, with teammates hustling for the top brass. Of course, that sounds simple on paper. but it never really is ever on the race track. Speaking of simple, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase format is supposed to be just that. You win. You pass. Simple. But it's barely ever that cut and dry. Finally, we round up some news from the world of Formula 1 and Formula E. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Singularity University: reflections on 10 weeks of innovation

    Michael Fichardt recently spent 10 weeks at Singularity University. Located in Silicon Valley, the institution is part university, part think-tank, and part business-incubator, which aims is to "educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges." In a series of five articles, Fichardt details his experiences at Singularity University, ranging from the ideas and technologies he saw to the lessons he learned there. In this, the fifth article in the series, he reflects on what he learned during the 10 week long programme. From the beginning of time, when man first tamed fire and...

  • Security: the platform for IoT success

    Widely regarded as the hottest topic in high-tech, the IoT (Internet of Things) is attracting the attention of countless enterprises across a wide array of industries. All want to exploit the potential of a world where people and machines enjoy 24/7 connectivity. While remote, real time, machine-led communication offers a compelling set of commercial opportunities; many stakeholders are failing to address the associated security issues that can accompany IoT applications. Too often protection is seen as a cost rather than an investment. As a result, many organisations could find themselves dealing with far reaching repercussions going forward including sensitive...

  • 5 ways entrepreneurs can stay focused this holiday season

    It’s been a long year. No-one is taking that away from you. But as the silly season fast approaches and more tourists start to flock to South Africa's beauty for some R&R, we SA-based entrepreneurs need to do our utmost to remain focused so that we keep the fires burning successfully into 2016. Here are five ways to keep your business’s momentum going as the year winds down: Read more on Ventureburn.

  • What effect will POPI have on SA’s IT industry?

    The importance of data management has increased considerably in recent years due to the advances in Big Data mining and the benefits it offers businesses. The nature of data management is again undergoing substantial changes, due to the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. Although the aspects of the Act that apply to companies are not yet in effect, the envisaged 12-month period between enactment and compliance is relatively short, and companies are advised to start their journeys towards compliance as early as possible. While the Act will provide consumers with peace of mind, the obligations...

  • 5 things we’ve learnt from reading other Fallout 4 reviews

    It's finally Fallout 4 day, and while South African journalists still haven't got their grubby little paws on a review copy, the rest of the waking world most assuredly have. The reviews have been flying in thick and fast, and while the hype train has definitely left the station months ago, it hasn't exactly run out of steam just yet. Generally, the consensus seems to be "Fallout 4 gets a thumbs up" with some poking their necks out suggesting that it's a must-buy, and others slating Bethesda for their crummy development efforts. Read more on Gearburn.