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  • City Soirée is SA’s crowdfunding site for live music, creatives

    It's a Tuesday night at the The South African Slave Church in Long Street, Cape Town where about 200 people gather to support trendy local artists Toya Delazy, Fever Trails and Nakhane Touré. The get-together is one of many driven by City Soireé, an initiative that's been crowdfunding live music acts for the last three years across the country. The concept of crowdfunding has stretched people's imaginations -- resulting in the funding of anything from freakishly popular potato salads to smart watches. It's enabling creatives, entrepreneurs and social causes to find alternative channels to not only raise capital and exposure, but get...

  • Worried about being cheated on? The mCouple app could put your mind at ease

    Are you scared you're being cheated on? Then this new app might be just what you need. While most people rely on old-fashioned private investigators or sneakily looking at their spouse's phone to determine infidelity, mCouple reckons it's got a much more tech-savvy solution, which allows you to keep track of everything your partner does. The company's built an app designed to keep track of everything your partner does, from text messages to Facebook inbox texts and call history with exact time history on everything that was done on that day. It can also show you the GPS co-ordinates of...

  • Momofuku founder David Chang talks robots and restaurants at SXSW

    In what feels like the far-off southeastern corner of Manhattan, stands a small restaurant attracting foodies from across the world. They serve tiny buns that wrap around a certain deliciousness, the type this journalist doesn’t have the proper vocabulary to describe. It’s called Momofuku and has since it opened in 2004, made its owner David Chang one of the most celebrated chefs in the US. When restaurants saw their most valuable assets reduced to Instagram fodder, David made many enemies by outlawing social media use at his restaurants. Instead of spending time on social media, David seemed to say, he...

  • 5 reasons why Africa is fertile ground for blazing ecommerce growth

    Do not be surprised if you come across news that says ecommerce is dramatically spreading its wings in Africa. There is no doubt digital commerce is heading Africa’s way. According to a report, by the Hamburg-based business intelligence organisation yStats.com, ecommerce has tremendous growth potential in Africa. Though a late entrant, Africa is seen by industry giants as one of fastest growing ecommerce markets in the world. So what is it that's made the African landscape ripe for ecommerce growth? Read more on Ventureburn.

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part two: today is the day I die

    If you thought survival games were boring, think again. Wiehahn navigates the treacherous island world of Stranded Deep with the finesse of Daniel Defoe. This is the final article in a two-part series. Read more: ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive A few days ago I was sitting comfortably at home, hypnotized by the television that was filling my mind with exploding cars and the latest celebrity scandals. It was not much of a life but I was safe and well-fed. Read more on Gearburn.

  • From taxis to airplanes, Eduze wants to democratise digital content

    Most South Africans can't make the most of what the digital world has to offer. Even though there's a smartphone penetration of 47%, many citizens still can't access or afford high-speed, expensive mobile internet, and the content it offers. Watching music videos, movies or online lectures, for instance, is a no-go. This is where Eduze steps in -- with a mission to democratise digital content across the continent. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Watch the iPad magician’s mind-bending tricks on Ellen DeGeneres [video]

    German magician and TV presenter Simon Pierro is at it again. This time he's flaunting his niche iPad magic tricks on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. And as always, he's leaving as baffled in the arts of millennial magic tricks. For example how do you explain Pierro swiping a selfie out of an iPad into a physical photo frame? Pierro is famous for his iPad tricks and has numerous won awards for his performance shows. While he stays away from doing hat tricks and pulling doves out of his pockets, but this latest instalment performed on Ellen DeGeneres is...

  • District 9’s Neill Blomkamp will direct the next sci-fi horror Alien film

    South African / Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp -- the director behind sci-fi jaw-droppers District 9, Elysium and soon-to-be-released Chappie -- announced that he'll direct the next instalment of 1979 horror movie masterpiece Alien: Xenomorphs, facehuggers and all. Fans of the sci-fi cult classic are overjoyed by the news, especially after original Alien director Ridley Scott's follow-on Prometheus, which was considered a flop by many. Similarly, the more recent survival horror video game, Alien Isolation, was criticised by among others IGN, calling it "frustrating", "repetitive" and plain "boring". Read more: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ is star-studded, should have massive geek appeal Blomkamp's news was announced via a not-so-subtle Instagram post that simply...

  • Product Ads by Facebook will automatically show business products that you want to see

    Facebook has your data and it is going to use it. With its new service, Product Ads, the company is trying to simplify how businesses display ads. Product Ads is aimed at businesses that sell more than one product. Instead of displaying all the products to every customer, Facebook will help them display products to a particular user, ending the wild goose hunt for buyers, going direct by using the users’ interest and activity. All your likes, cookies, ad clicks, shares will be used to execute the service. In the blog post announcing the service, the company says, “With product...

  • #SONA2015 reached 30 tweets per second in SA’s first true social TV event

    Aside from its political ramifications, last night’s events inside Parliament led to unprecedented numbers in local social media interactions. Focusing primarily on Twitter usage around the State of the Nation Address, Memeburn crunched the numbers and tapped into open-source sentiment tools to bring context to the important role Twitter played in our democracy. South African tweets go off the charts Over 8 million Twitter users saw the hashtag #bringbackthesignal that grew organically ahead of the opening of Parliament. As South Africans sat glued to their TV screens watching what was unfolding in the National Assembly, President Jacob Zuma’s speech was delayed because...

  • Google plans to revamp its products for kids

    Beginning next year, though the exact time has not been specified, Google plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for Googlers aged 12 and younger. The products that are likely to see change are YouTube and its evergreen search engine. Pavni Diwanji, the vice president of engineering charged with leading the new initiative, said: "We want to lay the foundation right, and then make sure every single part of Google is great for kids. They are the future, so why not give them the tools to let them create it." Google processes 40 000 search queries a second,...

  • The ‘Jurassic World’ trailer gets unleashed, features scary hybrid dino

    The world's most popular dinosaur franchise stomping its way to cinemas like a genetically modified T-Rex is to a pair of screaming tourists. Seriously. What at first seems like a play on the SeaWorld theme park in the US, Jurassic World's debut trailer takes it so much further than manatees, dolphins and killer whales. Apart from all the dinosaurs, they talk of a new "very intelligent" genetic hybrid "cooked-up in the lab". And, seeing that this is the fourth title for the Jurassic Park movie franchise, they haven't learned their lesson and it won't bode too well for the tourists and scientists...

  • 50 young Africans who could totally transform the continent

    The fact that more than half of Africa's population is under the age of 25 is often cited as one of the things in its favour going forward. With seven of the world's top ten fastest growing economies on the continent, it does however mean that there's some serious pressure on Africa's young people. It is they who are expected to change the world's perception of the continent and to turn that growth into real prosperity. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Orange wants to bridge SA’s digital divide with free WiFi initiative

    Free WiFi services seem to be proliferating in South Africa, with startups like Project Isizwe and telecoms like Orange stepping up to connect the country's citizens. French telecommunications service provider Orange, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is planning to launch its new Orange WiFi service, which will be offered to people living in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. The partnership was announced earlier today at an official address by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town. Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain were chosen by Orange as part of its plan to connect people who cannot afford the cost of data. "What we...

  • Facebook’s had to adapt its plans to give Africa free internet access

    Rumour has it that Facebook is in advanced talks with Avanti, a UK based satellite operator, regarding a project that will see it provide free internet access across Africa. The project is part of the Internet.org initiative, spearheaded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Though Facebook and Avanti have refused to confirm the rumour, the deal is expected to be announced in due course. Facebook turned to Avanti following a snub by mobile operators when Zuckerberg announced this plan earlier this year. In fact Vittorio Colao, the chief executive of Vodafone, rejected Zuckerberg’s appeal, saying there was “no reason I...