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  • Special Podcast #15: Attila Narin, Amazon Web Services, talks cloud, startups, data centres

    When Amazon launched way back in 1994, it was a way for Jeff Bezos to sell books online. And while you can still get all the best-sellers you want through the ecommerce giant, there's so much more to it than that. In fact, one of the company's fastest-growing divisions is Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- its collection of cloud computing services. In Q4 of 2015, it brought in US$2.4-billion in revenue. One of the major players ensuring that it maintains that kind of importance is Attila Narin, Head of Technology and Solutions Architecture at AWS EMEA. What many people...

  • What will it take to drive mainstream smart home adoption in SA?

    The results of the Intel Security International Internet of Things Smart Home Survey are in. The survey polled over 9000 consumers in nine countries of various economic and developmental standings, and the results show that people are excited about the prospect of bringing IoT solutions into their homes, but that they also have concerns about the safety of these devices. And rightly so. Smart homes offer many benefits for homeowners. Firstly, they can reduce the admin associated with managing your home, giving you valuable insights into the running costs of your water and electricity, for example. Secondly, by automating...

  • Smart cities: 5 security areas CIOs should watch

    Car navigation systems that can predict where and when traffic jams might occur, by siphoning data from sensors in roads and other vehicles. Cameras that can spot litter in public places and call in the cleaning crew. Self-adjusting street lamps. These are just a few of the scenarios that could become commonplace as smart cities take hold over the next few years. Driven by rising urbanisation and fuelled by technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, smart cities are on the cusp of explosive growth. Glasgow, Barcelona, Nice, New York City, London and Singapore have...

  • 3 lessons learned from revolutionary changes in the ecommerce space

    With ecommerce rates increasing each year and becoming such a large part of the economy, a tipping point is fast-awaiting many retailers. Ecommerce in 2016 is set for a major revolution. People love to shop. People especially love to shop online because of the comfort it gives them to shop where everything is accessible anytime and anywhere. This access is exceptional - and not just for shoppers. Retailers also get 24/7 access to their customers, residing in different corners of the world. As a result, ecommerce has significantly changed the business model and revised the way shoppers approach...

  • Three motorsport championships that every geek should watch

    "Argh, motorsport? It's just cars going in circles." It's a response that enthusiasts almost inevitably hear when the topic is brought up. But there are tons of various motorsport disciplines out there, and while they might not be for everyone, these are the disciplines that might just convert fellow geek friends. Formula One It's supposed to be "the pinnacle of motorsport" but if you ignore the blatant mismanagement and heavy-handed copyright police, Formula 1 makes a good case for just that. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    We're back for a second running of our mobile gaming picks feature, where we choose some of the more notable and entertaining mobile titles of the week. It's a healthy variety of games in this edition, with something for almost everyone, so check them all out below! Space Marshals (free as part of promotion) It's been out for a fair while now, but isometric cover-shooter Space Marshals has gone free on iOS, from its original $5 price. And it's worth a download, it must be said. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Watch a bearded Benedict Cumberbatch in the Doctor Strange teaser trailer

    Marvel Entertainment has dropped the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. And it's full of... Inception? The trailer shows the film's antagonist Stephen Strange as a surgeon, and then looking homeless. A female narrator (Tilda Swinton) speaks to Strange throughout the two-minute clip, explaining how he can save lives in more ways than just medicine. She also portrays the Sorcerer Supreme in the movie. Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch was looking as only Benedict Cumberbatch can, but sometimes with a beard. He doesn't carry the years of experience and knowledge that the character is known for, which is shown quite well...

  • Can a CV builder help fix South Africa’s unemployment problem?

    If you've ever been involved in processing job applications, you'll know that it can be a pretty dire process. Every time you open up a position, you'll be hit with a litany of badly-written CVs with spelling and grammar errors, awkward fonts, and completely irrelevant information. In a bid to help fix that, skincare brand Clere for Men has launched a CV builder to at least give job applicants a better chance at getting a foot in the door. The CV builder, as well as the revamped Clere for Men site, is a collaboration between Retroviral and boutique...

  • Google promises to train one million Africans in digital skills

    There's no doubting that internet penetration, digital skills and economic growth are closely entwined. So it comes as no surprise to hear that Google has announced a "commitment" to train one million Africans in digital skills in the space of a year. Google confirmed the news in a blog post and a press statement, saying it is supporting non-profit Livity Africa to run two free digital skills programmes in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. "A group of 65 Googlers from nine different countries have helped Livity develop content, provide mentorship and, in some cases, deliver the training," it added. "The internet is at the heart of...

  • Chat bots, drones, AI: Facebook’s grand plan for the next decade

    At Facebook's F8 developer conference on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the social network's plans for the next decade and, if you're even remotely afraid of where tech's going, they're unlikely to go down that well. Having built an ecosystem containing a number of products, it's fairly clear that Facebook is moving into the technologies section of its life-cycle. Followers of the social network will already be familiar with some of those technologies, including Facebook's efforts at using drones and planes to provide internet to underserved areas of the world. They'll also be aware that the big blue social network...

  • SA developers, creatives invited to take part in NASA Space Apps Challenge

    Space is cool. That's a simple statement of fact. And even though we can't all be astronauts, we can all play a part in fostering innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. At least that's the message behind NASA's Space Apps Challenge, a 48 hour global hackathon aimed at bringing together engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers to connect over mission-related challenges. While there is capacity to work on the challenge remotely, Cape Town-based participants can come together at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront to collaborate and work on their ideas. Hosted by MLab South Africa,...

  • How social media is impacting web design and how you can integrate it

    Social media is everywhere and seems to be affecting everything from the way marketers advertise and sell their products to how websites look. The world of the Internet has significantly been impacted by the social media platforms. Businesses need to come up with a social media strategy if they wish to succeed. One area that most people don’t pay much attention to is how the social media has impacted web design. Impact on Website’s Design Almost every business has a presence on social media and there is no better ways of letting customers know this than through the...

  • 5 ways innovation will change the job market, for everyone

    Digitally-enabled innovation is coming to every corner of the world, and no old business model or way of life will remain undisrupted. This means that there are a lot of jobs, especially the low value-to-cost, repetitive types, that are either going to be automated, or cut out of the production cycle entirely. New and exponential technologies, recently described as the fourth industrial revolution at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year, mean that the disruption of the workplace will happen at a much grander scale than anything we’re currently experiencing, and at skill levels previously thought too technical...

  • Sheltered & Life In Bunker dual-review: Steam’s survival of the fittest

    While everyone has been running around in the primitive landscapes of Far Cry: Primal, I have taken to the harsh environments of the post-apocalypse. On this journey through desolate digital landscapes I have encountered two interesting titles, one a gloomy 16-bit adventure in the wastelands of Earth and another a colourful experience taking place in deep underground bunkers. While both deal with similar subject matter, their approaches are worlds apart. Hopefully this review will help you choose your path into the post-apocalypse. One thing is for sure though, we’re all heading to the end of the world.

  • 8 SA companies using the Uber business model to disrupt their industries

    Whether you like it or not, Uber’s on-demand business model has resulted in a flood of companies using a similar strategy. There are Uber-like services for rival taxi companies, doctors, massages and even dagga, showing that the business model is here to stay. What about South African services that use this strategy?