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  • Me&you mobile is South Africa’s first lean ecommerce mobile network

    If you've been taking the Gautrain in Jozi recently or followed the #BeUnordinary hashtag, you'd have come across these orange banners with the winking cartoon face, tempting you to reconsider your mobile contract. The campaign is the workings of me&you mobile -- a new mobile network in South Africa which plans to officially launch 4 May as South Africa's first ecommerce mobile network. "We operate completely online, sign-up via the website takes only a few minutes -- including RICA and number porting -- and even customer service can be done via consumer friendly channels like Whatsapp," me&you mobile CEO Brett...

  • Google brings Street View, interactive tours to Robben Island

    Robben Island is one of the most important locations in South African history. It's loomed large in the country's political consciousness since the earliest days of European settlement and, in the years following the release of Nelson Mandela, has become a place of pilgrimage. The very fact of its geography does however mean that it's only accessible to a very small number of people at a time. That changed a little today with Google's launch of an immersive Street View tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The experience, which includes an audio-visual tour hosted on the Google Cultural...

  • The Citroen C4 Cactus: first impressions

    There was a very brief period in the early years of the new millennium when Citroen, always a benchmark for automotive innovation, produced boring cars. Thankfully that period seems to be behind it. The DS3 and DS5 showed that it could make small cars that were also design statements and now with the C4 Cactus, it's done the same in the crossover segment. I recently got to spend a little time in car, which we named one of our most innovative of 2014, and can confirm that it's even more fun to drive than it is to look...

  • Twitter makes policy changes addressing prohibited content, site violations

    Policing social media users is never going to be a closed chapter. There is always going to be a new challenge or behaviour that threatens this. Twitter rightfully acknowledges that it is not enough to simply put resources into place but it is critical and even necessary to have a better way of responding to abuse reports. To do this, Twitter is making two police changes, one related to prohibited content, and one about how it is enforces certain policy violations. The update to prohibited content will mean that the prohibition will now not be limited to direct, specific threats...

  • It’s all about the tech, so quit asking me about my gender

    The burning question that any female in tech is being asked at the moment is “How have you managed to cope as a female in tech? “ After 17 challenging years in the technology industry, I am usually on the receiving end of this question about 20 times a year. However, recently the frequency of this question has shot up to about 20 times a month. I made the choice to be in technology at a very early age, long before “geeks” were seen as cool. I was drawn to the tech space from the first moment I watched...

  • Trust the tracking: 3 strategies for getting customer buy-in

    These days, customers are incredibly skeptical of how companies handle their personal information. A recent study found that 83% of consumers are aware of recent data breaches with major retailers. Since consumer awareness of hacking is so high, there’s a palpable fear that someone could use personal information to do harm. Even though the customer-tracking field uses anonymity measures to avoid personal information being shared, 69% of consumers are worried about getting unwanted, invasive product information. Most consumers don’t want software programs analyzing their demographics, social media postings, online search history, and emails to recommend products. In short, they don’t want...

  • ‘Pillars of Eternity’ review: vivid, vast, visceral

    Obsidian Entertainment’s games have always been known for their vividly elaborate plots and immense settings (Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2). Its latest title, Pillars of Eternity, is every bit as vast and intricate and has a depth that can rival any game. It is the kind of artwork that an artist would consider as one of his most remarkable creations, a work true to his own soul. This real time strategy fantasy RPG is as unforgiving as it is rewarding and it juggles these two concepts like a carnie veteran. In its epic 50-80 hour saga the effects of...

  • Should budding entrepreneurs share their ideas?

    There's a general school of thought among a number of new entrepreneurs that one should not share their business idea with anyone else. The reasoning behind this is that you need to protect your ideas and what you regard as your intellectual property. On the face of it all it sounds like logically sound argument. A business is after all quintessentially an idea that has been executed into a product which hopefully has a large enough market to sustain its expenses. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Cloud data services: new ways to create value

    Cloud data services are growing extremely rapidly as users around the web utilize the cloud to improve internal sharing, data analysis and grow the overall businesses. Optimizing cloud services is becoming more critical which has in turn made choosing rules regimes or self-service analytics very important. At the same time, data is growing exponentially which means that administrators must get a handle on their analysis methodology before the volume of data gets out of control. Industry giants such as Salesforce and Zendesk are using cloud data services as well. Salesforce and Zendesk integration for third party standards...

  • Why Africa’s mobile games should become powerful marketing tools #MWA2015

    Even though the opportunities for them are quite vast and numerous, mobile game companies in most parts of Africa are still trying to crack the market with varying degrees of success. In a fireside chat at Mobile West Africa 2015 with Zubair Abubakar, the Nigerian game developer and co-founder of ChopUp admitted that no game company in Africa is at the same level of monetisation as their counterparts such as King's Candy Crush which makes more than US$1-million weekly from in-app sales alone. This is while the local industry continues to grow in terms of number of companies, games and...

  • BlackBerry acquires WatchDox to bolster enterprise security operations

    BlackBerry has always excelled in providing its users with security and encryption capabilities and with this latest acquisition in its bag, the Canadian communications company is bolstering its reputation. BlackBerry has bought WatchDox Ltd, a company founded in 2008, fostering with the acquisition its shift towards software. WatchDox is a data security company with headquarters in California and research and development facilities in Israel. It offers secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions that allow users to protect, share and work with their files on any device. WatchDox platform is such that it secures documents that can be shared among co-workers and...

  • Contagious 2015: 5 massive takeaways around why you should be ‘obsessing experience’

    A jam-packed room of brand managers, heads of development, insight folks and agency bods came to listen to Contagious 2015. Introduced by Contagious CEO, Paul Kemp-Robertson, the theme was “Obsessing Experience” or as Will Sansom, Contagious Insider, puts it “experience is overused in our industry, it is everything a brand does and stands for, it’s about the promise and making it come alive through the multiple touchpoints available”. Sansom explained a good point that is rarely mentioned, experience is an iterative process (or at least should be), it’s not deciding something once, it’s an ongoing focus...

  • Google now lets you download your entire web search history

    Google is letting users to download their entire search history. Though this is virtual data, imagine it tangible, every last thing you have ever searched for on Google, years and years of searches and now collected into tangible data. This could rise into a small mountain, or if laid across a flat surface, stretch for miles. It is not only the amount of it but the contents of it. It is about what have you been searching for and what can it reveal about you as a person. Users can download their entire search history, dating to when they...

  • The silent war with selfie addiction

    It was a beautiful evening, last Easter Sunday to be precise. The sun was shining, and lots of activities were going on at the beautiful newly opened Agodi Gardens. There were lots of children making happy noise at the playground section. At the zoo, adults were quiet and looked on with jaws dropped as a lion and lioness in full public glare engaged in coital activities. And somewhere in the woods, a relatively shy Indian guy in what looked like a scene from a typical Bollywood movie (but without the singing and dancing) went on his brown knees to...

  • Recast opens its doors, lets you tune into your favourite radio station’s playlist online

    People get really attached to their radio stations. Each one has its own personality and unique music taste. The only problem is that they're filled to the brim with ads and chatter, which doesn't float well in a world where people have also become spoiled with on-demand music services like Spotify or Rdio. Having just launched alongside its iOS app (you can also tune in online), the savvy Cape Town, South African startup seems to have managed to find a sweet spot in between a radio industry playing catch-up and a highly competitive music industry ruled by record labels and...