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  • Tencent in talks to acquire Clash of Clans developer – report

    Chinese firm Tencent is reportedly in talks to acquire a majority stake in mobile game studio Supercell, creators of the mega-popular Clash of Clans franchise. According to TechCentral, citing people familiar with the matter, the deal could value Supercell at a rather significant $9-billion. The publication's sources said that talks were still in the early ages and a deal might not be reached. They added that Supercell's valuation could change as talks continue. If successful, the acquisition could make South Africa's Naspers an even wealthier company, as it has a minority stake in Tencent. Tencent already plays host to successful mobile offerings, such as WeChat, while also having a minority stake in veteran mobile gaming...

  • Let’s talk about big data’s big discrimination problem

    Big data might have a bit of a problem on its hands. This may come as distressing to some since big data is often looked at as the big problem solver. Many businesses and organizations have looked to big data analytics to tackle problems they come across, helping them to improve over time. While big data can certainly be helpful in the solutions it provides, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Far from it, in fact, and as people become more familiar with it, they’re also coming across some possible limitations in what it can do. Even more worrisome are the...

  • Nokia study reveals reasons why consumers switch mobile networks

    A new study by Nokia has revealed the main reasons for people choosing their current mobile network. Of course, price was the number one reason, but there are a number of interesting trends nonetheless. Nokia's 2016 Acquisition and Retention Study polled over 20 000 users in 14 countries (including South Africa), covering both "mature" and "transition" markets. Why are people on their current network? The study unsurprisingly found pricing to be the main factor, with 45% of users choosing this as the number one reason for joining their carrier. It was a tight race for second place, as best network coverage/quality (26%), best geographical network coverage...

  • Testing assumptions at every step is key to MVP success

    To create the best and most relevant product, start-ups need to understand the value of testing all possible assumptions early – even if that results in the product not being what you originally thought it would be. This testing of assumptions may show you that your solution really does solve a problem out there – or it could show you that your perceived need for a solution is really just a perceived one, and that it’s not worth pursuing. This is a tough lesson, sure, but one worth learning before you’ve invested all your money (and the money of everyone...

  • Beyond Windows & BlackBerry: 4 niche mobile OSes that still exist

    It’s hard to ignore the marketplace dominance of Apple and Google, as their iOS and Android platforms consume over 90% of the mobile platform market. Unfortunately, this dominance has largely come at the expense of other mobile operating systems — and we’re not talking about BlackBerry 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Instead, we’re looking at mobile platforms that are less prominent than even the likes of BlackBerry and Microsoft’s offerings.

  • Google Play Music gets contextually active with Concierge in SA

    Google Play Music has officially launched its Concierge service in South Africa, bringing automatically generated, contextual playlists to the country. Play Music subscribers will receive playlists based on the time of day, mood or activity when they update the app on their Android or iOS device. "Choose an activity to get options for several music stations to make whatever you're doing even better -- whether it's a station for a morning workout, songs to relieve stress during traffic, or the right mix for cooking with friends," the company said in a press statement. Other possible contextual playlists include one for Monday morning, a...

  • Uber launches in Accra, Ghana, its 13th city in Africa

    Uber's march across the African continent continues at a serious pace, with the ride-sharing app officially launching in Accra, Ghana's capital and largest city. Accra has an estimated urban population of 2.27-million as of 2012. Accra takes Uber's footprint in Africa to 13 cities . The service will be officially operational from 11 June 2016. “We see Accra as a natural fit, because its people are willing to embrace innovation and technology and love products that are cool, exclusive and offer a new experience," said Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa at a press conference. "We are able...

  • Help us find the most influential people under 30 in digital marketing [Digital All Stars]

    The South African digital marketing space is exploding, with online adspend (excluding spend on Google and Facebook) going past the R1.5-billion mark in 2015. It's got to that stage on the backs of a group of pioneers, many of whom continue to do incredibly innovative work. But who are the people who'll take the industry even further forward? Who are the ones who are lighting up the industry, or are about to take off in a big way? That's where our Digital All Stars series comes in. For Memeburn's next Digital All Stars piece, we will be focusing on...

  • 5 geeky ways CSIR’s Lengau supercomputer will aid researchers

    Petaflops. Cores. Terabits per second. Cool terms, bro, but what do they actually mean in relation to day-to-day life? Yes, Lengau - the CSIR Centre for High Performance Computing's (CHPR) new supercomputer - is the most powerful in Africa (and will eventually boast enough processing power to rival Dexter's Laboratory) but how does the publicly-funded system help ordinary South Africans? Related: CSIR’s new supercomputer is Africa’s fastest, aptly named Lengau This is a pressing concern for the general populace, especially since a 24 000-core supercomputer doesn't come cheap. So while some might think the new computer will only aid CSIR staffers and...

  • Fintech’s cyber risks are totally worth the reward

    When US$81-million disappears from your account, you might be tempted to think it was a one-off disaster. SWIFT, the international banking transfer system however says it’s just another cyber-heist, part of a global network of attacks on its service -- US$81-million from Bangladesh, and just last month, US$9-million from Ecuador. As fintechs increases financing potential around the world, risk also increases. And since fintech is boosting global financial inclusion, more people and more money are at risk, especially those in emerging markets. In developed markets, there is a robust network of cyber defenses, but emerging markets might lack security networks....

  • 10 ways to become efficient and productive, like a data-driven company

    Over the past few years, the time organisations have at their disposal to make crucial decisions has been drastically reduced. According to a study by IDC, 42% of managers have just 24 hours to make an important business decision and yet, in many cases, they don’t have the access to data to help educate these decisions. This issue is a common one and, for a lot of organisations, it’s imperative they find a solution to the problem -- a way for anyone in any business to tap into the huge volumes of data available and gain an insight into what’s happening...

  • Drone sports photography is on a power play

    Casual sports fans -- not to mention people who couldn’t care less about the home team’s record -- are invariably surprised to learn that professional and collegiate athletes lend their talents to a very high-tech business. Scientists and physicians have been pushing the boundaries of human endurance and resilience since the dawn of the modern pro sports era. As the athletic economy’s growth continues to outpace that of the broader economy, the stakes are getting higher -- and the pace of innovation is accelerating. Broadcasters and content networks are getting in on the innovative action, too. In the past few...

  • Mirror’s Edge retrospective: a story of Faith

    I’m sure most of us can recall that auspicious day in late 2008 when the gaming gods blessed us with the original Mirror’s Edge. It was like nothing we had ever seen before, a captivating experience that kept us on the edge of our seats and provided us with us with one of the greatest female leads in gaming. Now, almost a decade later, we can once again wear the nimble shoes of Faith with the release of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.

  • What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?

    Over the past few days, the motoring community has been abuzz with news that a team of hackers managed to wirelessly hack a Mitsubishi Outlander, taking control of its electric charging and alarm systems. While this is far from the first time a car has been remotely hacked, it has raised fresh fears about just how easy it is to break into contemporary vehicles. But just how worried should be?

  • 3 tips to ensure your communication objectives are aligned with your business vision

    I’ve seen technology companies shifting their business goals three to four times within an eighteen-month period. This is understandable, as economies change, markets become more competitive or are disrupted by startups, new investors come on board, target audiences change… no matter the reason, being forced to shift business goals can be taxing on your business. While you are focusing on business strategy and product enhancements or new product developments… consider how your communications team can support this process? How can they back the product and sales team and provide peace of mind when you are ready to go to market?