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  • Everlytic’s 4 top email trends for 2019 [Sponsored]

    Email technology is constantly evolving. Are you evolving with it? Read Everlytic’s 4 Top Email Trends for 2019 to find out. What the research says Recently, Litmus ran a poll on what the top email design trends would be for 2019 and more than 240 marketers responded. Here are some of the top trends that came out of it and what Everlytic has to say about it: Personalisation and dynamic content Everlytic keeps saying it:...

  • Technology in entrepreneurship: the perfect union? [Sponsored]

    For many people, the 21st century is a golden age of opportunity and success. The number of people that have shunned the conventional career route and instead chosen to forge their path has risen exponentially in the past two decades. However, these entrepreneurs all owe their successes to one thing -- the internet. This marvellous era of free information and services has catapulted many to the top of the corporate world, but...

  • The connected car, satellites and the hybrid connectivity of the future [Sponsored]

    In the early 20th century, cars were seen as mere tools for travel. But in the second millennium, these devices have become more than just cabins on wheels. You may not think of a car as a gadget, connecting to the internet via a wireless link, but modern vehicles pack more technology than your average computer. In fact, according to a white paper published by the world's leading satellite operator Intelsat, the connected car has the processing equivalent of 20 personal computers. With this in mind, you could easily prove that the modern car is a portable data producing and crunching machine, rather than a pure people carrier. These smart machines...

  • The January birthday blues [Sponsored]

    Many people squeal about how unfair life is -- but if you were born in January, we think you can take the cake! Well, not literally, since there probably won’t be one. Birthdays should be special, but it seems that there is an exception to the rule when it comes to those born in the 180-day month which is otherwise known as January. Here’s why: Everyone’s broke And we mean, everyone! Many people are still recovering from the festivities of December and they’ve probably spent their bonuses. Don’t bank on heading out for birthday drinks or even a bring-and-braai -- everyone is...

  • HP Spectre x360: converting business into pleasure [Sponsored]

    Business machines are built chiefly with functionality and reliability in mind. But what if a device was built that added to this formula? What if functionality and reliability met performance and style? That's what the HP Spectre x360 offers businesspeople and creatives alike. Built using the highest quality materials, the HP Spectre x360 laptop-tablet convertible boasts a number of features that makes work feel like play. Available in 15.6 or 13.3 inch configurations, the HP Spectre x360 will turn any surface into a productive office on the go. The screen feature no less than eight million pixels, thanks to a high-density screen resolution of...

  • HP Spectre x360: unrelenting performance designed beautifully

    When designing the perfect laptop-tablet convertible, aesthetic and build quality are only segments of the whole. While fit and feel are of utmost importance, and craftsmanship of the highest degree is the peak of device design, the hardware that slots within a device's body has become even more important. The HP Spectre x360 is a laptop-tablet convertible that melds sublime style, tough construction, and an irresistible aesthetic. Internally, the HP Spectre x360 is available in two varieties. The first specification sports Intel's 8th Generation quad-core KBL-G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. The second boasts Intel's 8th Generation quad-core KBL-R processor, with...

  • HP Spectre x360: craftsmanship and design like no other [Sponsored]

    The design of the world's most impactful products has long focused on balancing two distinct principles: physical beauty, and functionality. While many devices in the technology space claim to offer a perfect balance of these two important factors, only one device actually achieves it. The new HP Spectre x360 tablet-laptop convertible exudes class and elegance through its beautiful, cutting-edge design while offering its user the potential to power through the day. Its design priviledges craftsmanship without sacrificing functionality, making it the perfect machine for blossoming creatives or astute business professionals. Running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, the HP Spectre x360 boasts full Windows...

  • 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...