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All posts by Mich Atagana

  • What startups may come: a look at Silicon Savannah in Kenya

    "How would you like to pay?", a cashier at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport asks me. "M-Pesa or cash?" she continues as I try to gather my thoughts. And then it hits me this is Kenya, where mobile payment works and is everywhere. This is Africa's hub of innovation, it is the story Africa and the world has told time and time again. The technology ecosystem here works and unlike Nigeria, the fragments are better held together. So I have decided to spend some time getting to know the ecosystem and the startups and components that make it tick. Read...

  • Why an obsession with Big Data is blinding brands from the truth

    "Just because we can reach users on various device doesn't mean they want us to reach them", Brett Morris of advertising giant FCB says to the audience at Nedbank's Digital Edge Live event. "The problem with marketing in South Africa or Africa in general is that brands have become too obsessed with devices rather than understanding the consumer". The conversation is about where marketing will or should go in the next five years. The panel includes the heads of some of South Africa's biggest marketing and digital agencies. "Do marketers and brands really understand their consumers and how they consume...

  • Disrupt everything: 11 Kenyan exciting startups worth your time right now

    We love Kenya. So much so we recently headed to the East African country for some fun times with startups. So ahead of the trip, we thought we will list some startups that caught our eye in the last while. How do you pick 11 great startups to write about? You reach out to the community. And the community delivered. By no means is this the definite list of Kenyan startups, these are the ones that we are aware of right now and our community loves. These guys are disrupting and changing the way tech is used in businesses and...

  • First person to buy the iPhone 6 drops it: internet has a chuckle [video]

    Well this is unfortunate. Buying a new phone is a great thing and a wonderful experience, but not for Jack. For this iPhone fan, who camped out waiting for the new iPhone 6, it turned into the worse day ever. Poor Jack waited in line overnight to get his hands on the first iPhone 6 in Australia only to drop it in the middle of a TV interview, ouch. What did the internet do upon learning this? It had a "we are so sorry (but not really)" chuckle. The comments have not been very kind to Jack and his phone mishap....

  • 5 ways Seinfeld has squeezed its way back into our lives

    Hands up anyone doesn't love Jerry Seinfeld? Yup, we all love Seinfeld. We watch him and his band of misfits on reruns and laugh to our hearts content. Truth be told the show is kinda dated and we have new comedians trying to make us laugh on a daily basis. Yet, Seinfeld seems to be squeezing past the noise to grab our attention. Seinfeld is popping up everywhere, on social media and in our news streams; it's all over the place, it needs unity. So here goes. So here are some of the ways Seinfeld has used the web and...

  • Five reasons why African developers should go to Twitter Flight

    As you all know by now Twitter has finally launched a mobile developer conference. Think f8 for Twitter. As the platform describes it, Flight is a "gathering built by developers, for developers". According to Twitter, if you live, breathe and occasionally dream in Java, Objective-C or Swift then you will be right at home at Flight. The conference begins with a keynote Twitter's head honcho, Dick Costolo, capped off with a mixer for engineers (geeks who mingle). In honour of the upcoming conference, the social media platform has revamped its developer site, dev.twitter.com. "We’ve reorganized all of the content...

  • No more reboots: it’s time for Hollywood to stop getting ideas from Twitter

    On a cool summers evening in 1998, at the tender age of 12, my best friend at the time convinced me to watch I Know What You Did Last Summer at a sleepover. We were excited because Freddie Prince Jr. was in it. It was exciting, thrilling and scary, we screamed and covered our eyes through all the good bits, but watched it until the end. I own the VHS of the movie and when DVDs became a thing, I got the special edition. A few years later, I got it on Blu Ray, I love this movie because it...

  • Disrupt everything: how the web, social and mobile are changing everything we do

    In the last decade, the world has experienced a significant boom in the disruption economy. The disruptive innovation that we have seen over the past few years has helped create new markets and value networks. Some even disrupt an existing market and value network over a period of time, eventually displacing earlier technologies. Any industry that can be disrupted is being disrupted by technology. In some instances, new companies have formed to shake up how established systems work. Others have seen consumer technologies change the way these industries operate and function. The rise of the web, mobile devices and...

  • Oscar Pistorius: the social media numbers behind the verdict

    For two days South Africa and the world turned their attention to paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius, who awaited the verdict for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Internet usage in South Africa spiked as the public tuned in on various screens when Judge Masipa delivered her verdict of SA's most talked about trial. Pistorius, who was found not guilty of premeditated murder but found guilty for culpable homicide, has been the subject of many headlines and many tweets in the past year. His trial has taken place both in a court of law as well that of public...

  • Not murder: Twitter reacts to a ‘not guilty’ verdict for Oscar Pistorius

    South Africa's Twittershpere erupted with a collective "WTF" this afternoon when Judge Thokozile Masipa found Oscar Pistorius "not guilty" on the charge of premeditated murder. She told the court that "there are not enough facts" to support the state's case that Pistorius intentionally wanted to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Masipa did note that there is "no doubt" that when Pistorius fired his gun "he acted unlawfully". The judge is still to rule on whether or not the athlete will be found guilty of a lesser crime of culpable homicide for the death of 29-year-old Steenkamp. South Africa's Twittersphere has reacted...

  • Apple’s old timey classic Watch needs to be a fashion statement in the age of tech

    After months of waiting, Apple has finally announced its wearable, the Apple Watch. Fanboys and girls everywhere have been waiting for the tech giant to get into the wearable space and it seems that the wait was well worth it, or was it? Apple argues that its watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. Everyone's favourite tech company has really put some thought into the tech of this device. It is a square face, tough sapphire glass smartwatch with inductive charging. It comes with swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital Crown, which...

  • Nigeria needs a mind-shift when it comes to activism [#Highway2014]

    Anyone who has spent any time in Nigeria will know about the many problems the country has as well as its massive potential. With an estimated population of just over 170-million and an internet audience of more than 55-million, its 33% internet penetration means 67% opportunity. One such opportunity lies in the field of governance and listening to the multitude of Nigerians taking to the web to air their issues around injustice. This is what Enough is Enough is trying to do. The youth-led organisation that wants to challenge the status quo in Nigeria by introducing the culture good...

  • Blurred lines: stop trying to define a journalist in the age of social [#Highway2014]

    In 2014, is it still important to discuss and compartmentalise what a journalist is? Dan Gilmor, author of We The Media, reckons that the question of what a journalist is shouldn't be an issue in the age of digital. The question he reckons we should be asking is what is journalism? Speaking the 18th annual Highway Africa conference, Gilmor says there is a massive supply of media information. The citizen journalists have risen and they are producing as much, if not more, content than news organisations. What we need to determine is what is accurate and what is trustworthy. "We have...

  • The future of retail belongs to the curators and creators [EcommSA]

    A lot of people are shopping online and ecommerce is on an unstoppable trajectory across the globe. With around 100 000 stores, and a projected revenue of more than US$4-billion in merchandise this year, Shopify is changing the way small business differentiate themselves in the ecommerce space. Speaking at the ecommerce conference in South Africa, Head of business for Shopify Brennan Loh put forward the idea that the future of online retail is not with big enterprises but the curators and creators. Loh says that Shopify explores new technologies in retail from an international perspective to offer its customers...

  • What Twitter analytics means for the murky world of social media influence

    In the first 30 minutes of waking up, among wrestling the last grips of the sandman, most people reach for their mobile devices and check Twitter. We want to see what happened while we were sleeping and we want to know who responded to our last tweets. Aside from the counts of retweets, the occasional favourites and perhaps the number of replies a tweet gets, it's hard to figure out how well your Twitter account is performing. But do you really care how your tweet is doing? If you are anything like anyone that works at Burn Media HQ, you...