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Future Trends

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures....

  • Buy shoes with your watch: wearable tech’s transformative power on retail

    The days of going online to buy the next addition to your wardrobe, a power bank for your laptop or even your groceries are passé. Why open up a laptop and browse through a bunch of tabs when you can just look at something you like and buy it instantly? OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit here. But the reality of wearable technology becoming as commonplace as mobile phones is not too far. In fact, just as mobile phones have become the next big thing for online shopping, wearables are the superstars in waiting for the burgeoning...

  • 6 trends that will help accelerate Nigeria’s tech revolution #MWA2015

    On Day One of Mobile West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, a panel of five experts predicted what they believe are the next things that would happen to accelerate the evolution of the tech industry in Nigeria. Members of the panel were James McNab who's Africa's MD of Basebone, Toyosi Akerele, founder and CEO of RISE Group, Omatsola Osawaru Barrow sales executive at MTN Nigeria, Valentine Obi who's CEO of eTranzact International, and Emmanuel Revmatas -- a director at Samsung Electronics West Africa. 1. Relevant and engaging apps Barrow believes in the next few years we will witness the release of more applications...

  • 4 inventions that promise a healthier future for us all

    Every single minute of our modern lives is marked by a different creation that was probably unimaginable about a handful of years ago. How many of us really expected to have cars that spoke to us and told us where to go? Who would have thought one could print human organs that would be perfectly usable, even ten years ago? But the fact remains that it’s innovations like these that keep the wheels of the economy turning. Here’s a selection of four inventions backed by huge social capital that hold immense promise for a better tomorrow... Neuropace Epilepsy is a debilitating disease...

  • Memeburn goes behind Gyft’s big Bitcoin ecosystem plan

    Bitcoin has no intrinsic value. Unlike platinum which has an industrial use case for, say, the automotive industry, there are none that exists for bitcoin today. The price is determined in the market based on supply and demand, which today is driven by just the speculators. "Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency," Gyft founder Vinny Lingham told the audience at the Bitcoin African Conference 2015. The popular digital gift card startup is hoping to change this within the near future. "Our vision is to use bitcoin as a platform for secure digital gift cards," the serial entrepreneur said. In essence,...

  • 4 trends that will shape the future of music in Africa

    Typewriters, rotary dial telephones, cassette tapes, video stores and spools of film- just some items of which next-generation children won’t experience or understand. Technology is a major progress driver in every industry, especially music. Technologies like Napster in the late 1990s and the iPod in the early 2000s, completely revolutionized the industry and changed how consumers acquire and consume music. Internationally, most consumers have moved away from physical media, like CDs, and now consume digital content using mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. Although the transition to digital has been much slower in Africa, it’s coming, and coming fast. So...

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures....

  • 11 massive predictions about the future of mobile and mobile data

    At this stage, telling anyone that we live in a mobile world seems more or less pointless. Our phones are hardwired into our daily lives and, for many of us, can seem more like artificial limbs than everyday devices. They've changed the world too. Web designers now think about how you'll experience a site on a phone or tablet before they think about how you'll see it on a desktop. Apps meanwhile have gone from single function curiosities to powerful tools that allow us to do everything from hailing private cars to making investments on the fly. Given...

  • What F8 2015 taught us about the future of Facebook and technology

    This year, F8 revealed a vision for the future of Facebook, as well as its family of platforms. Following some high-profile acquisitions over the last few years, Facebook has repositioned itself as a collection of applications and platforms to best serve an ever growing audience of users. Growing from a single blue app on your mobile, the ‘family’ now spans the Facebook app, with 1.4-billion active users; 600-million people using Messenger; 700-million WhatsApp users; an additional 700-million Facebook Groups users; and 300-million on Instagram. Facebook has diversified for a number of reasons. First among these, is the company’s recognition...

  • The worldwide wearable market will ship 45.7m units in 2015, 126.1m units by 2019

    Wearables remain a mystery. Pretty looking things, capable of doing everything and yet remain without a clearly defined purpose, terrible battery life, and dependent on mobiles to function fully. In spite of their shortcomings, wearables are becoming popular with consumers. According to the latest forecast data by research house International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide wearables market will see some 45.7-million units shipped in 2015, thanks to a combination of new vendors, new devices, and greater end-user awareness. "Smart wearables are about to take a major step forward with the launch of the Apple Watch this year," said Ramon Llamas,...

  • Insuring your future: how tech’s working to keep you safe while cycling [Sponsored]

    'Insuring your future' is a four-part series exploring how technology is working to keep you safe as you make your way through the world. In this, the first article in the series, we look at how a variety of technologies are coming together to make cycling a safer activity than it currently is. Cycling is great. It's a clean, environmentally way to get the blood pumping through your veins and because you're on two wheels instead of two legs, you get to cover a lot more ground than if you were walking. That in turn means you get to see...

  • No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

    The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt. The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We've been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using private, hybrid and public cloud architectures. The IoT is already deeply embedded in South Africa’s industrial and commercial infrastructure. Without knowing it, we all depend on this network already. Recent...

  • Elon Musk vs Richard Branson: will the geek or maverick win the battle to privatise space?

    Locked against each other in the race to build a space-based Internet serving the entire globe, Elon Musk and Richard Branson have monumental plans to launch massive satellite fleets into orbit around the Earth. While the potential benefits are many -- bringing Internet service to billions of people who are still unconnected, allowing travelers to stay online no matter where they go and even preparing a telecommunications system to link us to future colonies on other planets -- no one is certain who can achieve the mammoth task of making it a reality. Here's how these two competitors stack...

  • The impact of collaborative tools on education innovation and learning

    Classroom and educational trends have undergone significant changes over the course of the past decade, and these changes affect how classes operate as well as how the people in them interact with each other. One of the most striking deviations is the shift in classroom structure. Rather than placing instructors as the unquestionable authorities at the top of a classroom hierarchy and keeping them wholly separate from students, today’s teachers are encouraged to be a more integrated part of the classroom and to interact with the students. They are seen as colleagues meant to guide a student’s learning and...

  • 4 ways real-time data is disrupting the way we do business

    Real-time monitoring and experience tracking have become buzz words in the digital era. Ostensibly companies that have access to this type of data ultimately have a greater understanding of their current and future consumers’ behaviour. If used effectively, this can inform business strategy resulting in measurable bottom line results. However, merely getting your hands on this form of data is not enough – it is about how it is contextualised and used across your business that makes the real difference. We recently hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of research and customer insights with a group of industry...