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Hendri Lategan
With key leadership roles in leading online publishing, as well as digital development and marketing agencies, Hendri has a unique understanding of the technology and digital industries. He specialises in blending cutting-edge technological innovation with impactful execution that brands and businesses can leverage as a powerful tool for meaningful engagement. Currently, the CEO of swipe, a digital development specialist agency that focusses on creating high-end digital solutions - Hendri has worked with some of the biggest publishers and brands in Africa. He is passionate about the future of technology and strives to push the boundaries of the digital landscape.
  • Why you should consider Ruby on Rails for your next website

    With the plethora of choice presented to you in deciding the best coding language and framework for your next development project, it can sometimes become a bewildering undertaking to know which is the right one for your specific solution. Each development project is in some way unique, be it a website, mobile platform, analytics engine, back office system or the consumer facing interface of your business. I have long believed that, given this enormous diversity of choice, there is no right answer to the question of which coding language is the single best option. We are in fact advocates of the...

  • The ultimate guide to building apps in 2017

    This article is, more than anything, about user experience. Whether it’s an app, a website or something in between, your mobile platform of choice represents an unprecedented opportunity for you to connect to your customers no matter where they are. Connection follows us everywhere we go and permeates every second of our day. However, earning your time and engagement with the millions of mobile users in the market today, means creating an experience that will add true value to the their lives. I’ve long believed that in order to extract value from your consumers you need to create value first. Engagement...

  • Gamification 2.0: the future will be a virtual game

    Games for all of us, young and old, have formed a big part of our lives. This is true for gaming nerds like me who grew up on Mario Bros., obviously, but this is true even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a gamer. The biological imperative of “play” is hardwired into each of us. In fact, games, for a variety of species are used to learn new skills, create social bonds and for the forming of ideas through imagination. So really, fun is just a name we use for the release of the neurochemical dopamine to...

  • The 10 most anticipated games of 2011

    The gaming industry has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Growing from an 8-bit sanctuary for the inner most circles of geekdom to one of the most lucrative facets of mainstream entertainment. It has evolved from developer's basements and garages to massive multi-million dollar corporations shelling out astronomical budgets to churn out blockbuster epics. With A-list voice acting from some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the latest...

  • Have you played the best video games of 2010?

    2010 has been an amazing year for gaming. We saw the release of some ground breaking titles and also the return of some old favorites polished to perfection. Here is what the team over at Memeburn thought were the 10 very best games of 2010. 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops The highly-anticipated shooter that grossed more than Avatar, Call of Duty: Black Ops is at the top of every gamer's Xmas wish list. But does it live up to all the hype? Well, while the story is fresh and innovative, the gameplay is pretty much the COD that loyal...

  • The most-watched global YouTube clips of 2010

    More than 13-million hours of video -- approximately 1 500 years -- were uploaded to YouTube in 2010 and more than 700-billion videos were viewed on the site. The top clips of this year worldwide include a quirky television interview "Bed Intruder Song!" by Antoine Dodson, a parody of popstar Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”, and a school pupil's rendition of Lady Gaga's “Paparazzi”. The full list of the top 10, worldwide, below: 1. Bed Intruder...

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [Xbox 360 Review]

    Being a long time Star Wars geek and big fan of the first Force Unleashed game, I could hardly contain myself when I heard that a sequel was to be released this year. And at first glance my enthusiasm seemed completely justified. But before long, I was quickly reminded that things are not always as they seem. The core experience of The Force Unleashed II remains basically unchanged. Once again, you play Starkiller, secret apprentice to Darth Vader, and bringer of preposterous amounts of destruction through wielding the force as you have never seen it before... unless you played...

  • Halo Reach a fitting culmination to the series

    After more than a decade as the architects and masterminds behind the acclaimed Halo franchise, design house Bungie recently released what has arguably been the most anticipated Xbox title of 2010. Generating more than US$200 million in the United States and Europe during its first 24 hours of release, Halo Reach is the culmination of all the best elements of the entire series all rolled up into one complete package. It has been a fitting end to a fantastic journey for Bungie as the future of the franchise will be placed in the hands of Microsoft while they move...