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  • Cape Town dev team’s widget wins it SA leg of BBC development studio challenge

    Building a simple widget that allows people to listen to BBC content online, a team of Cape Town developers has been selected as part of the BBC development studio challenge. The RLabs Catchup team was chosen from a group of 12 competing South African teams which took part in the BBC development studio in South Africa in April. The teams participating in the two-day event worked with various technologies exploring new ways of delivering audio in a cost-efficient way to reach younger audiences. The selected idea from RLabs is based on a digital widget that can be easily placed...

  • Worldwide mobile data usage expected to double over the next four years

    According to a new research by Juniper Research, data mobile traffic generated by smartphones, featurephones and tablets will double over the next four years, approaching 197 000 Petabytes by 2019. The research estimates that 41% of all mobile data traffic will be carried over cellular networks by the same year. The rest of the data traffic will be offloaded via Wi-Fi networks which the research points out as a major player in data usage. The consumption by mobile users will continue to rise, impacted heavily by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such as HD video usage. Video already...

  • Google Chrome unleashes The Great Suspender

    Chrome has introduced an extension that sounds like a film title with Denzel Washington and his definitive walk playing the lead. The Great Suspender is here and it will sort out your problem. The Great Suspender is a lightweight chrome extension to help reduce Chrome's memory footprint for users who like to have more than one tab open at the same time. It replaces the URL, with a simple screen that says "Tab suspended, click to reload” and opens whenever the user is ready to do so. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it...

  • Jay Z takes freestyle swing at YouTube, Apple and Spotify

    For subscribers paying US$9.20 per month (depending on your subscription) for access to Tidal, here is founder Jay Z going 8 Mile on his competitors. I don't want to sound unprofessional, but this seems like the start of a smear campaign if I have ever seen one. Reported by Time, Jay Z has been making some statements on Twitter about Tidal and why it's riding a wave of success, or so he says. Jay Z seems to be all about the artist and the music, his rap seems to highlight the big corporates as the current big fish and now the...

  • Opera VP Richard Monday tells Memeburn why its mobile browser is still so important for Africa

    Before the advent of smartphones, and long before iOS got popular in Africa, Africans were using their mobile devices to browse the web. In the early days of mobile internet, surfing the web on mobile devices wasn’t something everyone could afford hence the deployment of various tools and mobile internet tricks and tweaks aimed at lowering costs and browsing faster. The most popular one is the Opera Mini browser. Even though many Nigerians don’t know the science behind how the Opera browser works, they know using it makes browsing the internet more affordable which is why they gladly share...

  • Jorge Lorenzo is lord of Le Mans: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It's that time again. You know, the week. Unfortunately, the motorsport action of this weekend has come and gone, but it provided us with lots of heartstopping moments, and excellent comebacks. Perhaps the most astounding of these comes from the MotoGP paddock that found itself racing the famed tarmac of Le Mans this weekend. Across the pond, the NASCAR All-Star Race took place at Charlotte while the IndyCar Series enjoyed the practice weekend before one of the most important events in motorsport -- the Indianapolis 500. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Ventureburn presents: the beginner’s guide to growth hacking

    The term growth hacking has been thrown around for a while now. Well, pretty much since 2010 when it was coined by Sean Ellis at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Despite having been around for five years now though, it seems that there is still a lot of confusion around exactly what a growth hacker is. Simply put, a growth hacker is an individual whose sole focus is around growth. Growth at all costs. Every action and every strategic or tactical decision is centred on growth. Growth hackers are not necessarily marketers; nor are they better than marketers (as I have...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 review: rightful leader of the Android army?

    In many ways, Apple is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the tech world. It’s obnoxious, super rich and delivers on its promises time and time again. It’s about as consistent as an atomic clock, and well, up until now, it hasn't really been defeated in the smartphone space. So when Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S6 at a massive MWC 2015 event and claimed that it would dismantle the world’s most prolific smartphone company, many were skeptical. I was one of them, even if I was secretly rooting for the underdog. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Taking a ‘partnership approach’ to digital pricing models

    In today’s fast moving and digitally-driven world of marketing and communications, it can be difficult for small and medium sized service providers to get their pricing models right. We work in a highly competitive, knowledge-based industry that is not only constantly evolving in terms of the relevant tools and platforms, but also with regards to the metrics for success. As a result, service providers have to constantly evolve and adapt their approach, in order to develop sound and sustainable partnerships with their clients. Understanding the commercial objectives In our industry, I believe that the time-for-money equation is the most...

  • Google, university researchers create astonishing timelapses from stock photos

    There are millions upon millions of stock photos available online and many of them are of the same places. That makes sense. After all, if a place is photographed regularly by ordinary people, chances are there will be plenty of people looking for photos of those places. That's great, but what if you could do something really cool with those photos? Well Google, together researchers from the University of Washington, has managed to do just that. The two have teamed up for a project that gathers stock photos from around the web and stitches them together, based on when...

  • Netflixification in full force: 330m to subscribe to OTT TV services by 2019

    If your idea of watching TV involves the terms "binge-watching" and "Netflix", and if you're completely baffled by the sight of ad break, then well done: you're ahead of what is set to be a massive wave of people subscribing to over the top video services. New data from Juniper Research has shown that subscriber numbers to 'over-the-top' (OTT) TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will increase from 92.1-million in 2014, to 332.2-million globally by 2019. Continued growth in the North American market will see it remain as the leading region in terms of subscriber numbers, but...

  • Could South Africa’s new drone regulations kill businesses, innovation?

    The South African Civil Aviation Authority has released the new regulations for flying drones in public. Drone usage has become an important part of journalism, filmmaking and even security. These are not in effect yet but will be from 1 July 2015. It is only a matter of waiting now as the regulations have already been signed by Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation, clarified in a press release what constitutes a drone. “Remotely piloted aircraft systems are aircraft that can fly without a pilot on board. These aircraft come in various shapes and sizes...

  • The new extreme rules in marketing

    The marketing world increasingly sounds like something out of the world of the security services as the primary conversations are around behavioural profiling, extreme targeting, big data and programmatic advertising. Basically the race is on to use the unprecedented amount of information which brands now have about their consumers and their digital habits in a really effective way which connects personally with them. One of the obvious considerations is how to execute this without crossing an unseen line into an invasion of privacy. Direct marketing always has been concerned with targeting the right message to the right consumer...

  • ‘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...