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  • The biggest B2B ecommerce mistakes to avoid

    B2B ecommerce marketing has rapidly grown over the last few years, offering plenty of potential as a sales channel for traditional industries. B2B sales are slowly and quietly catching up to B2C sales, as the industry continues to grow. This market caters to the large number of businesses around the world who are seeking and selling anything and everything from software and hardware to medical equipment, electrical components, specialised equipment, and other niche products. According to a 2017 Forrester Research report, B2B transactions will reach $1.2-trillion by 2023. A report by Frost & Sullivan estimates that the number may be as high...

  • Google reveals the most searched love questions ahead of Valentine’s Day

    With Valentines Day just around the corner, Google has released a "Romance Report" of its most searched love-related questions. The list is long, and comprises of relationship advice about everything from advice on exes, to how to kiss. Here are some of our favourites, all part of the top five most asked in each category. How to set boundaries with your significant other for quality time? How to say happy birthday to an ex? How to kiss well? What is cuddling? DIY valentine decorations. The Romance Report also revealed the top ten languages "I love you" was translated to,...

  • Netflix’s Smart Downloads features heads to iOS

    Netflix's Smart Downloads feature is now available on iOS, the company announced on Thursday. Smart Downloads was first released to Android in July 2018. The feature allows users to download new episodes immediately after the previous one is complete. It will also delete the older episode automatically. To use the feature, users will be required to connect to WiFi. Smart Downloads are also entirely opt-in, and can be switched on or off from the app's Downloads section. Feature image: Netflix

  • Instagram to stop showing graphic self-harm content

    Instagram has announced a new mental health and suicide prevention strategy where it will prevent self-harm related images from being seen by users. This comes after Facebook consulted experts on the matter of whether or not such images negatively affected users. "We will not allow any graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting on Instagram," the company said on its blog. Images related to self-harm that are not graphic, "such as healed scars" will also not be shown across the platform, even through hashtags. "We are not removing this type of content from Instagram entirely, as we don’t want want to stigmatize or...

  • South Africa’s 2019 elections will be held on 8 May 2019

    South Africans will vote for their new national and provincial leaders on 8 May 2019. The date was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during Thursday's SONA. The 2019 General Election will be the second time the event is held in May since democracy, and will fall almost exactly five years since the previous election, held in 2014. Citizens who are registered or partook in the final registration weekend in late January will be eligible to cast their vote. Feature image: screenshot, IEC South Africa

  • South Africa just crowned its best dressed politician at #SONA2019

    Looks like Twitter's found its most fashionable candidate of SONA 2019. Thanks to a viral tweet by TV personality Lelo Boyana on Thursday, ANC MEC Vatiswa Bam-Mugwanya is now famous after a still from an ENCA broadcast was snapped of her in Parliamentary glam relaxing in the chamber. Her outfit was anything but ordinary. https://twitter.com/MsLeloB/status/1093569588154060806 Donning fabulous head wear and even more spectacular glasses, Twitter instantly stanned the National Assembly member. Her chill posture also resonated with South Africans sitting back listening to President Cyril Ramaphosa's second SONA. https://twitter.com/TheeFela/status/1093572243609788416 Thankfully, one Twitter user blessed us with her entire outfit, which is nothing less than wonderful. https://twitter.com/Maunanaa/status/1093574527097933826 See people?...

  • #SONA2019, ‘Afrikaans’ is trending on Twitter worldwide right now

    So #SONA2019 is currently trending worldwide on Twitter, and it's pretty obvious why. But if you gaze further down the social network's top trends on Thursday night, you'll see "Afrikaans". Yes. "Afrikaans" is now trending worldwide on Twitter. Not just in South Africa. Worldwide. As for why, well, it might be because of this little incident at SONA 2019 earlier... https://twitter.com/Zaahidah_M/status/1093554820726865920 During the national anthem, the EFF took a seat in Parliament when the Afrikaans section began. The third stanza of South Africa's current anthem is taken from the country's former anthem called Die Stem, used by the country during the apartheid...

  • Ramaphosa, Maimane will ‘start a band’ if Malema wins the 2019 Election

    When Julius Malema becomes President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa will sing Thuma Mina live in Parliament, this according to the current President during Thursday evening's SONA. In a smart bit of politics, current President Ramaphosa began proceedings -- threatened by the prospect of disruption from the EFF -- with a "disclaimer". It was more a funny, playful way to disarm the party. The President noted that when he ran into Malema earlier on Thursday, the two agreed that if the EFF wins the 2019 Presidential election, Ramaphosa will honour him by singing the famous Hugh Masekela song -- first used by...

  • Watch South Africa’s #SONA2019 live from Cape Town here

    After last year's SONA delay, courtesy of the change in the Presidency, 2019's State of the Nation Address will start on time, and on the initially proposed date. That date is today! President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver his second address at the helm of the country, which will begin at 7pm tonight (that is, if the EFF doesn't disrupt proceedings as suggested). But, if you can't quite get out of the Cape Town CBD before then, find yourself stuck without a television, or want to covertly watch the address from abroad, you can do that from the Parliament YouTube channel's...

  • DStv Compact users can get two months of Showmax for free

    DStv has announced that it will offer Compact and Compact Plus customers Showmax for free for two months. In a press release published on Thursday, the company revealed that the offer will last from 7 February to 7 April. "A two-month no-cost test-drive has now been made available to DStv Compact and Compact Plus customers," the company noted. Usually, Showmax costs R99 per month. The deal is seemingly aimed at giving users a chance to test if the streaming service is to their liking. "Once the two month period is over, Compact and Compact Plus customers will be charged the discounted rate of R49...

  • Facebook will soon tell you the origin of the ads on your Newsfeed

    In an announcement posted to its Advertisers Hub, Facebook has revealed new transparency updates for users. Spotted first by TechCrunch, the updates will inform users about why they see certain ads, in an attempt to make targeted advertising more authentic. Specifically, you will be informed of which company shared your information with Facebook. "Soon, when a shared Custom Audience from a customer file is used, the 'Why am I seeing this?' explanation will surface the name of the business that uploaded the user's information to Facebook and highlight any Custom Audience sharing that may have taken place," the company explained. Custom Audience...

  • Here’s a taste of the 59+ new emoji you’ll get later this year

    Unicode 12.0 has been revealed for 2019 and with it comes 59 new emoji -- that's excluding variations for skin tone, colours and genders. Emojipedia showed off the first look in a video on YouTube. "Emojipedia has today updated its sample images as a demonstration of how these 230 new emojis might look when coming to various systems throughout 2019," it noted. New expressions include the yawn face, "small amount" hand gesture and even new white and brown hearts. The update also caters for differently-abled people. This includes an ear with a hearing aid, a deaf person emoji, mechanical limbs and wheelchair variations. There are also...

  • Trippin’ With Skhumba is Showmax’s first travel-comedy Original

    South African streaming service Showmax on Wednesday announced its third Original set to debut after 2017's Tali's Wedding Diary, and January's The Girl From St Agnes. But unlike these shows, this Original will take the form of a travel show, hosted by and starring South African comedians. Trippin' With Skhumba will star Tembisa-born comedian Skhumba Hlophe as he travels with fellow comedians to their hometowns. Showmax explains that the show will cover the "places that won’t make any tourism brochures and stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies". Starring in the first season are comedians Celeste Ntuli, Siya Seya, Salesman,...

  • Google launches two new security updates for Safer Internet Day

    Google has revealed two new updates to its security features on Safer Internet Day. "We’re always working to make sure your data is protected, whether you’re using Google products or checking out your favorite websites and apps," the company said on its blog. Password Checkup Password Checkup is a Chrome extension that can detect if your password information has been compromised. "If we detect that a username and password on a site you use is one of over four billion credentials that we know have been compromised, the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password," Google...

  • Here’s how APIs can ignite business growth in 2019

    As South African businesses enter a new year that is fraught with economic uncertainty, achieving sustained growth will be a difficult task. Yet for leaders who can turn an enterprising eye to the many opportunities within emerging technology, there is immense potential for growth and innovation. One such example is the increasing influence and prominence of APIs, which are already changing the face of banking, for one. API stands for application programming interface, and essentially describes an efficient mechanism to allow software to ‘talk to’ other software. Let’s take a closer look… Commercial sites, such as Facebook, make certain parts of...