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  • ‘Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’ review: we’re in the zombie Nazi killing business

    Welcome back to the land of technologically advanced Nazi’s and cheesy American one-liners. Yes, that’s right. Our favourite Nazi-killing machine, B.J. Blazkowicz, is back at Castle Wolfenstein and as usual things take a turn for the brutally bizarre. The Old Blood is a standalone expansion in the Wolfenstein series and acts as a prequel to the brilliantly epic Wolfenstein: The New Order. Though this title doesn’t really offer anything new in terms of game play its narrative is immersive and holds true to the “B-Rate” soul of the franchise. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Being KFC’d on social media: the new big risk for business

    Getting a "roasting" from the eye-witness consumer is a growing risk for business now social media can broadcast even the appearance of questionable behaviour. To be more specific, a brand can be "KFC'd". The danger was recently highlighted by the case of the hosed-down chicken at a Braamfontein KFC where employees scattered chicken pieces on the ground and hosed them down. A KFC statement said later the workers were trying to hide from management the fact that they had mistakenly coated chicken that was to be discarded. The raw chicken was not meant for customers. The hosing was to remove the...

  • Raru director Waine Smith weighs in on South Africa’s ecommerce industry

    Since its launch last year, Raru has become a go-to name in the South African ecommerce market. Headed up by ex-founders of Take2, they have put their knowledge to use and grown the new store into one of the largest in South Africa. On Thursday, Ventureburn sat down with the director of Raru, Waine Smith. We spoke about Raru’s growth and success, his take (excuse the take puns) on the Takealot & Kalahari merger, and where the South African ecommerce industry in heading towards. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Never underestimate the power of social recommendations

    Recommendations, either from our colleagues, friends, family and even strangers plays a crucial role in the decisions that we make on a daily basis. This is also happening online where we look for recommendations or reviews within our social circles before trying out a new product, service, restaurant or even the next book we are going to read. It's natural and human as we are more likely to trust a recommendation from a real person than from someone hiding behind a brand or a logo we cannot interact with. I love to read and my routine from simply going to...

  • The first trailer for Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs is out

    Universal Studios has finally released the first trailer for its Steve Jobs biopic. The controversy surrounding this film has built as much interest about it as the person it depicts. It is anticipated to be a better stab at Steve Jobs’ life than Jobs, in which Ashton Kutcher manages to look like Steve Jobs and not much else. The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder. Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, appears to have unleashed some jams on the script too (as he did on The Social Network). “The musicians play the instruments, I play the orchestra”...

  • Crossing the rift: why we can expect big things from South Africa’s growing VR industry

    On Wednesday evening, CiTi held an event at the Bandwidth Barn detailing Virtual Reality (VR) in South Africa, its plans, as well as general information on both local and international markets. VR has been around since the 1980s and in recent years has made a resurgence, thanks to Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift. While some may still view (no pun intended) VR as something akin to cheesy science fiction, it has evolved well beyond its initial low-tech B-movie stigma and that of Nintendo’s horrendous Virtual Boy. CEO of CiTi, Ian Merrington, had this to say in his welcome speech: Tech and innovation are...

  • I’m calling it: digital advertising is finally coming of age

    Although tablets have become ubiquitous, their potential for engaging consumers in new ways is still being explored. Tablets and tablet advertising offer a new frontier in getting the consumer to really lean in and take notice. Designers and digital agencies are constantly pushing themselves to effectively use the unique advantages of tablet advertising as well as to overcome the distinctive restrictions that accompany this technology. Although there has been much talk of tablet sales slowing in 2015, regions with emerging tablet markets, such as South Africa, are still just discovering their appetite for tablets. Also, with coloured, high-resolution displays and...

  • Cybercrime: It’s going to cost a lot more by 2019

    As we move more of our lives to the digital space, cybercrime becomes more of a threat. This includes the theft of personal data, credit card information, or images of your anatomy you thought were safe. Juniper Research, a leader in market analysis, suggests cybercrime will increase the cost of data breaches to $2.1-trillion globally by 2019. This amount is more than four times the estimate of 2015. According to recent research, most breaches will come from existing IT and network infrastructure. New threats are set to target mobile devices at an increasing rate though the number of infected mobile devices is...

  • Forget the quest for a single gadget, the use of multiple devices is here to stay

    There is a school of thought that the future will see us using only one digital device to meet all our needs. However, this is counterintuitive given the ubiquity of these devices and the many and varied roles they play. Digital devices are an increasingly integral part of our lives and there is an abundance of options offering various functions that improve productivity in some way. In our consumer-centric world, it is not at all uncommon for one individual to have in their possession an array of these devices – from laptop, to tablet, to smartphone, to desktop PC –...

  • InstaLens: How SA’s Instagram acolyte is capturing global success

    Instagram is well known for its dedicated communities. Especially in cities such as Cape Town where designers, both local and tourists, take advantage of the popular photography app. From Saturday brunches at The Old Biscuit Mill to sundowners in the Winelands, you'll find the hashtags #CapeTown or #CT constantly trending locally, especially at dusk. Not only have these communities inspired amateur smartphone photographers to become popular online influencers, they've enabled companies like InstaLens to launch into international markets by selling its sleek, universal smartphone camera lenses to smartphone photographers around the globe. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen) review: entry-level done right

    Starting with the Moto X in 2013, Motorola started a whole trend of making value-for-money smartphones with a heavy focus on optimised software. Later came the Moto G (1st Gen), which sold like hot cakes in various parts of the world, including India. It offered the right amount of hardware for the price, and Motorola had put in a lot of effort in getting the basics right, such as the build quality, loudspeaker performance, and the battery life. Later, it went on the release a slimmed-down variant dubbed the Moto E, but it lacked a little too much, such as...

  • Uber, Discovery Health brings SA on-demand flu vaccinations for the winter

    What do you get when you add on-demand lifting app Uber and South African insurance company Discovery Health? Free flu vaccines on 22 May 2015! Just kidding. They won't be free but now that I have your attention, door-to-door flu vaccines and big Vitality points are a promise. On this chosen day (and only this day), Uber will run these deliveries with Discovery Health, allowing you -- the awesomely lazy or busy bunch -- to hunker down in your home until rescue arrives. How to get your flu shot on demand: Between 10am and 4pm on 22 May only, you will...

  • Facebook launches Internet.org in Malawi

    The Internet.org project by Facebook is now available in Malawi through the TNM and Airtel Malawi. The project is an initiative by Facebook to bring together technology leaders, non-profits and local communities  with the goal of connecting the two thirds of the world that don't have internet access. Only one out of every three people can access the web, Internet.org says, and this is its plan change this. “Giving people free access is the right thing to do. We will keep connecting more people and more countries, and we won’t stop until every person in the world can connect to the Internet,”...

  • Sunrise calendar introduces Meet, the fastest way to schedule a one-to-one

    Gone are the days of diaries and scheduling things with a pen. Let's face it, a calendar that sends you a notification when your event is close is better than one that does not. Sunrise, the calendar app acquired by Microsoft in early February, has released a new feature called Meet. Meet is a keyboard for Android and iOS that lets users select available time slots in their Sunrise calendar without leaving the app they are in. After setting an event, users can email the link to someone else. Meet is a fast way to schedule one-to-one meetings. Meet is meant...

  • Weekly Round Up #22: #AskMmusi, Instacart, Gaming villains and humans crash into self driving cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Christopher Wilton speak about Mmusi Maimane's #AskMeAnything hour on Twitter, Instacart for South Africa, history's greatest gaming villains, and Google car crashes. Politicians have embraced social media platforms but unlike the propaganda that they can spread on their newsletters, social media platforms are a space that is hard to police. When Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter, tossing himself into the war of tweet, shortly after his election as the new DA leader,...