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  • Your home computer is at risk of being hacked too [Sponsored]

    When cyber security is covered in mainstream media, more often than not the victim of an attack or breach is a big firm with tens of thousands of users. In the recent past the likes of Yahoo!, Under Armour, and Facebook have fallen victim to breaches of some degree. Some were not as severe as others, but all -- to some degree -- affected users. Users like you. In South Africa, data security has never been as imperative as it is today. But signing up to a service and praying that your data will be safe and secure in their data clouds...

  • The ins and outs of identity theft [Sponsored]

    Identity theft happens when one’s personal information is stolen and used to conduct transactions, usually online. Identity thieves often steal the personal information they need by accessing your online profiles or accounts, where they can see important information such as banking details, your name, address and ID number. The thieves take this information and use it to create credit cards, bank statements and IDs in your name. Then, whilst pretending to be you, they use your credit accounts or open new ones, sometimes taking loans as well. Identity theft results in the abuse of these credit accounts and loans. This can put you...

  • Cyber crime and festive season shopping [Sponsored]

    Although online retail only accounts for 1.4% of South Africa’s retail spend -- as per the recent findings of business technology research firm World Wide Worx – data seems to suggest more South Africans are shopping online. The same study, which the firm conducted with the support of Visa and Platinum Seed, found that online retail had grown by 25% over 2017 with estimates that online retail spend will pass R14-million this year. Despite its conveniences – chief among them the ability to shop for all manner of things in the comfort of your own home or wherever the shopping...

  • Fake Facebook profiles and pages: the tools of bullies, scammers and thieves [Sponsored]

    As humans, we spend a ridiculous amount of time with our eyes glued to a screen. Our lives are now almost entirely online, due to services, entertainment and communication media governing our interaction with other people and our world, which opens us up to a world of possible circumstances where criminals can "steal" your personal information. With this in mind, it is more important than ever before to practice good cyber security, and guard against falling victim to scammers. While hiding your PIN from prying eyes at ATMs, or keeping your smartphone in a pickpocket-resistant place should be common practice, and...

  • Startups have until midnight to enter 2018 Ventureburn Survey, win iPhone X

    SA startups have until midnight today, Monday (5 November) to enter the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. In addition, Ventureburn has now added two new prizes to encourage startups to enter -- a brand new iPhone X valued at over R21 000 and two cases of venture capitalist Michael Jordaan's Montegray wine, a 2015 Syrah worth over R2000. The two new prizes are in addition to a number of other prizes (see below). The survey is run in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, and startups have until midnight this Monday, 5 November, to enter. Following the success of both its 2015 and 2017 tech startup surveys, Ventureburn will again uncover the nuts...

  • Enter the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey and win!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Ventureburn Tech Startup Survey. Following the success of both its 2015 and 2017 tech startup surveys, Ventureburn will again uncover the nuts and bolts of the SA tech startup sector, seeking to discover among other things: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is...

  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite: four cameras powered by AI [Sponsored]

    The new Huawei Mate 20 Lite will introduce a South Africa's to the beauty of AI-powered photography. The game changing smartphone will feature not one, not two, but four powerful cameras powered by AI. This is a first for South African consumers. Up front, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite will feature two cameras. The first camera has a massive 24MP sensor, which will ensure the finest details that are usually lost with other cameras shine through with the Huawei. But that's not all. This 24MP selfie cam is also accompanied by a depth sensing camera, which allows the Huawei Mate 20 Lite to...

  • 6 flagship features on the affordable Nokia 6.1 [Sponsored]

    There are a wide range of smartphones available at a mid-range price, but it's difficult choosing one among them. But now that Nokia Android smartphones are available in South Africa, this decision has been made a whole lot easier. At R3999, here's six reasons why the Nokia 6.1 should be your next smartphone. Hardy but beautiful Scratch-resistant glass was a feature consumers could only dream of in the lower smartphone tiers, but the Nokia 6.1 is bringing this flagship feature to this affordable price bracket. This means the Nokia 6.1's screen can brush off taps and scrapes from errant keys or the...

  • 5 excellent Nokia smartphones for the budget consumer [Sponsored]

    With all the chatter about how expensive smartphones have become, you may think you'd be hard pressed to find an excellent smartphone at a reasonable price. But think again. Nokia's extensive 2018 lineup has a number of devices that won't blow a hole in your bank account. Nokia 1 For R999, consumers get a 4G smartphone with a 4.5 inch screen, 8GB of internal storage with microSD card support up to 128GB, and a 5MP rear camera. For those interested in running WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or simply send and receive texts, this Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone is just the ticket. Nokia 2.1 Recently launched...

  • Competition: win Comic Con Africa tickets and Funko Pops with Gammatek

    Comic Con Africa will be held on 4 to 16 September. Funko will be present for this event and there will be four exclusive characters available, only from this event. These characters will be: Funko exclusives Certain Funko characters are exclusively available to certain retailers and events. These are known as retail exclusives and sparks “treasure hunting” behaviour among collectors. “Funko allows people to connect through memories by giving people an opportunity to collect something that had a hand in sculpting them as an individual, that is why the variations of Funko collections will vary from person to person,” says Funko collector...

  • These companies won gold at the 2018 PriceCheck Awards

    The third edition of the PriceCheck Tech and E-Commerce Awards took place earlier this week in Cape Town, but who took home what? Last year, Takealot walked away with just one award from four nominations. This year, it took home four awards. Additionally, Luno was a new entrant into the fintech platform nominees, while Travelstart took the mobile shopping crown away from Clicks. Airbnb won the travel booking service award for the second year running, while Spree displaced Superbalist as the best niche shopping experience. Have a look at the full list of winners from the 2018 edition of the awards below. Best...

  • Unsilo.me is simplifying the way your business works [Sponsored]

    You know when you just want simplicity for your business, one solution to manage all your sales, ongoing work, schedule and employees. We’ll we’ve built it, an integrated solution, to break down silos and enable efficiency. You know when you need a single digital platform to manage everything your business does? One solution that unties your sales, processes, team and boosts productivity? If you have ever wanted this or felt this way then you’re not alone. “How does technology simplify life and make my working day more productive?” That was the question that the team from YREEKA Pty Ltd, known...

  • 7 things to love about the Nokia 7 Plus [Sponsored]

    The Nokia 7 Plus is the latest flagship Android smartphone from HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones. But what should you know about this gentle giant? Here are seven things you’ll grow to love about the Nokia 7 Plus. See more with 2x optical zoom The Nokia 7 Plus has dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics, combining an ultra-sensitive 12MP wide-angle primary camera for impressive performance in both low-light and extra bright conditions, and a secondary 13MP sensor that delivers 2x optical zoom for the moments when you wish you were closer. As for your selfie game? The 16MP front-facing camera guarantees...

  • Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: head-to-head [Sponsored]

    Last week, the Galaxy Note 9 was announced by Korean smartphone maker Samsung. It's the largest Note device that Samsung has produced, and packs a number of new features. But how does the new Note stack up against more established competition, like the Huawei P20 Pro? We take a look at the key numbers and features of each flagship smartphone. Design The Huawei P20 Pro takes a bold design leap beyond its predecessor. Packing new technology into a slimmer shell, its hard not to notice its screen notch and triple rear cameras. It's also easier to hold and use thanks to its slim...

  • Win a copy of Netflix’s first comic book, The Magic Order: Issue #1

    Back in May, Netflix released a trailer for a creative project. It wasn't a new original series, nor was it for a movie. Instead, it was for an upcoming comic book. Written by Millarworld's Mark Millar and illustrated by Marvel's Olivier Coipel, The Magic Order is a six-issue series which debuted in June and is the streaming media company's first foray into distributing content on paper. Notably, The Magic Order itself could make for a mean live action series too. "Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations must battle...