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  • How this Accra-based incubator is nurturing entrepreneurs to build pan-African products

    A few months ago, I wrote a piece on the contrasting views of some African tech stakeholders, including Lagos-based CcHub’s Bosun Tijani, on the usefulness of entrepreneurship training programmes in ensuring the success of startups in the various African markets. While there are some who don’t entirely believe in entrepreneurship training, some institutions and incubators do have various programmes for entrepreneurs. Ghana, Accra-based Meltwater School of Entrepreneurship (MEST) is probably the continent’s most revered institution that equips tech entrepreneurs to compete in the pan-African mobile and to scale globally. With numerous success stories in its company profile page, Neal Hansch,...

  • Suicide Squad trailer shows us DC movies don’t need to brood

    Being released after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad hasn't really been in DC's marketing spotlight, but its first trailer is about to change all of that. Suicide Squad features a band of villains hired by the US government to complete dangerous missions. Yes, it's a tale that's been told before, but the characters are what set it apart from other stories. The squad features Dead Shot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). We also get to see Jared Leto's Joker in action for the first time, and while this iteration has already...

  • The Hateful Eight movie review: a bloody, violent western mystery

    South Africa is finally receiving a theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight. But is Quentin Tarantino's eighth violent and bloody film worth a watch? The Hateful Eight is a western mystery film set just after the American Civil War and takes place on a harsh, snowy mountain in Wyoming, USA. Eight strangers take shelter in a haberdashery while a blizzard rages on outside. This setting forces all of the characters to stay indoors and gives the movie a sense of isolation with nowhere to run. In typical Tarantino style, each of the characters have something to...

  • Apple raises the price of apps in seven territories, including South Africa

    Have you already adjusted your budget for the year ahead to include your new Netflix subscription and the ever-rising price of a loaf of bread? If so, then there’s one more thing you need to tick upwards – Apple just announced an increase in the cost of apps on its App Store for seven territories, including South Africa. Tech blog The Next Web reports that “following fluctuations in exchange rates, Apple has informed developers today that it’s planning to change the App Store pricing in a number of countries within the next 72 hours.” The territories affected by the price...

  • South Africans shine in Dakar Rally 2016, Peterhansel dominates: the motorsport roundup

    Another weekend has passed by in 2016 and another spate of news from the world of motorsport we've ought to cover. This weekend saw the Dubai 24 Hours, and the aftermath of another riveting Dakar Rally across the Argentinian and Bolivian wilderness. So, without further ado, here's your motorsport news roundup. 1. Dakar Rally: Staphane Peterhansel claims 12th Dakar win, de Villiers finishes third It was a long, arduous and attritional rally raid with any one of the top three Peugeot drivers in the running for the overall win. While Sebastien Loeb hit the road running, Peterhansel often returning blows and Carlos...

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Viber brings Public Chats to South Africa, rest of MEA

    Instant messaging and calling app Viber on Tuesday announced the launch of its Public Chats feature across Africa and the Middle East. Public Chats are live discussions that Viber users can follow, like and share with their community. Released in beta version in November 2014 with select global partners, this feature allows users to tap into live conversations from celebrities, personalities, brands and organisations. According to Viber, the feature also allows users to discover new communities, follow interactive chats in real-time and share original pieces of content with friends and contacts. "The Middle East and Africa are important markets for...

  • PayU appoints ex-PayPal exec as CEO

    Naspers-owned payment services provider PayU on Tuesday announced the appointment of ex-PayPal Europe VP Laurent Le Moal as CEO. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, Le Moal's role as CEO sees him join the Naspers management team to lead its payments business, reporting directly to Naspers’ Group CEO, Bob Van Dijk. At the pinnacle of his 11-year career at PayPal, Le Moal was VP for Continental Europe, Russia, Middle-East and Africa, leading the growth of its consumer franchise across diverse geographies. Le Moal will reportedly lead PayU’s strategy and growth, building on the company’s position in high growth...

  • Digital advertising is in a state of emergency, and there’s no easy fix

    "When last did you click on a banner?" I am yet to get an answer to this question that doesn't begin with a panicked expression, a hurried attempt to remember or make something up, and eventually the response: "yes but I am in the industry, so I am desensitized/uninterested/jaded etc.". Think about that for a second, "in the industry". I would assume that presupposed interest/caring/curiosity, yet even industry natives are 'over it'. Digital advertising promised to be the answer to the need for measurement, the transparent visionary. But, somewhere along the line, it got lost. It got wasteful. And it...

  • Here’s why execution is the most important commodity for your startup’s success

    Wikipedia, that wealth of internet answers, defines execution as “the act or mode or result of performance”. It also has the bits about chopping off heads and ending existence but we’ll leave that for journalists to discuss. Execution is a word I’ve grown to appreciate and use more and more frequently. Not the premature cause of death for bad guys, but the satisfaction of getting things done and seeing them finished. It expresses decisiveness and achievement. In the world of startups and young businesses, that’s so much harder than it seems and thus so satisfying when accomplished. Read more on...

  • 5 security new year’s resolutions everyone should keep in 2016

    Resolutions. Everyone makes them but not everyone sticks to them. But when it comes to IT security, organisations cannot afford to be complacent. Here are some changes that are truly worth making this year. Resolution 1: Lose some weight (seriously, I mean it this time) 2016 will finally be the year that we start reducing our security footprint – not by loosening security, but through consolidation. The first priority will be slimming down firewalls by consolidating our distributed defences onto core networking devices to make security easier to manage, control and troubleshoot. Resolution 2: Read more Not books, although...

  • Mass Effect, Deus Ex and No Man’s Sky: 5 huge games to look out for in 2016

    Once again our great spaceship known as Earth has finished its trip around the Sun and with it ushers in the next expansion of our beloved digital realm. From the continuation of great gaming franchises such as Deus Ex and Mirror’s Edge to the arrival of some new kids on the block like No Man’s Sky, it seems 2016 has a lot in store for us. Here’s a list of five titles that caught our attention. Also, let me just add that this list is in no way a final say on the matter. If you feel there are other titles...

  • Twitter slowly returns to life after worldwide downtime [Update]

    Update #6: : Twitter.com is now accessible. nearly two full hours after it first went down. If it's still down in your area, drop us a comment in the section below. Update #4: It seems that Twitter is slowly creeping back into life. The Twitter mobile app on Android seems to be working for us at the...

  • Al Jazeera’s AJ+ launches Apple TV app

    Al Jazeera's maverick online news and current events channel AJ+ has announced the launch of its Apple TV app, bringing its offering to TVs for the first time. The new tvOS App allows users to consume and engage with AJ+ content and, according to Al Jazeera, features "unique emoji reactions feature that replaces the classic star rating system used by many publishers". Read more: Al Jazeera wants you to help make storytelling better using apps This, it says, not only "allows users to express themselves more emotively" but is also channeled back to the newsroom to allow producers to gauge...

  • Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield pays tribute to Dr. King on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    On the third Monday of January each year, Americans observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day is observed around Dr King's birthday, which is on the 15th of January. Ahead of the day, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield shared a touching note with Slack employees. In the note, Butterfield shares his thoughts on the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. He further tells Slack employees to take the day off. According to Bloomberg BNA Annual Survey, only 37% of employees in the US have a day off on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Butterfield initially sent the memo to...