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  • 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,...

  • #AskMmusi: was Mmusi Maimane’s Twitter town hall actually a triumph?

    Depending on who you ask, the decision by newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane to host a Twitter town hall on Wednesday afternoon was either a stroke of genius or a complete farce. Many, including myself, were quick to lean toward the latter. The more than 100 000 tweets attached to the #AskMmusi hashtag did, after all, completely overshadow the 40 or so questions he managed to answer during the event. Very few of those questions had anything to do with serious civic engagement either. Even bearing those factors in mind though there's a strong case to...

  • Dentsu Aegis’ John Brown buyout shows how the digital agency model is changing

    Global advertising mega-conglomerate Dentsu Aegis has acquired content marketing specialist John Brown Media for an undisclosed sum of money. John Brown Media was established in 1987 and has 225 staff throughout its London headquarters and offices in South Africa, Hong Kong and Dubai. While the agency initially made its name producing magazines for a number of high profile retail clients, it has made solid advances in the digital space, where it offers digital publishing, content management, website strategy, SEO, SEM and digital media buying services. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Is the war against piracy in Africa impossible to win?

    The atmosphere in the room was tensed and the panelists weren’t smiling. Members of the Mobile West Africa 2015 audience were on the edge of their seats as everyone, almost everyone, set other stuff aside to concentrate fully on the issue being discussed – content piracy in Africa. Dolapo Taiwo, Partenr, Unotech Media the company behind mymusic.com.ng – a platform seeking to take the on-demand music scene in Africa by storm set the ball rolling when he pitched the idea behind the soon-to-be-launched startup. Unlike similar on-demand services such as Spinlet, mymusic allows users to pay for music with their...

  • 5 signs that your hard drive is probably about to fail

    Whether you have a solid state or mechanical drive, there is always a chance the device will fail and take all your data with it. Regardless of the type of drive, your computer will usually show subtle signs of impending disk failure. Paying attention to these signs can save you from unexpectedly losing the data stored on your drive. These are five tell-tale signs that usually point to a hard drive failure in the near future. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 4 ways aspiring millennial entrepreneurs can break down barriers

    The entrepreneurial leap looks a lot different for today’s young professionals. While most baby boomers don’t see entrepreneurship as a way to make a quick buck, millennials have watched their peers -- people like Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel -- do just that. They make it seem like every code-slinging 20-something has millions of dollars at his fingertips. That could be why more than half of all millennials recently surveyed in the US said they wanted to become entrepreneurs. Despite that desire, however, the number of private business owners under age 30 is the lowest it has been in 24...

  • Going to the office? BYO Apple Watch

    “Gorgeous”. “Beautiful”. “Actually useful”. “Epic”. The accolades from the reviewers of the Apple Watch keep pouring in and the new device – though not the first of its kind in the market – holds the potential of becoming as ubiquitous as the iPhone or the iPod. However, the expected popularity of the Apple Watch raises interesting challenges for CIOs and IT managers. The Apple Watch is merely a herald of an expected tsunami of BYOD smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) wearables into the workplace, potentially opening up new risks to corporate data privacy and security. It’s highly...

  • The Audi Virtual Cockpit: is this the future of the dashboard?

    It was tough, but we did it. We overcame. Yes, dear reader, we’ve just handed back to the keys to the new Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro coupe. It wasn’t an entirely dignified affair – there may have been a few tears and a spot of tantrum-level kicking and screaming – but we walked away with our heads held high. We had to, seeing that we didn’t have a ride home. But while the third-generation model is overall an utterly convincing package, there’s one aspect that simply jumps out for technophiles such as ourselves. Read more on Motorburn.

  • Mystery group creates publicly accessible online Sapa archive

    A group of civic-minded hackers have come together to launch SapaFiles, a publicly available, searchable archive of articles belonging to the recently shuttered South African Press Association (Sapa), dating back to 1998. The group decided to make the archives available after it was announced that the 77-year old news wire service would be closing its doors on 1 April "We took the extraordinary step of saving as much as we could and making it public, because we believe that the Sapa archive represents an invaluable South African historical asset, that should not be controlled by one private company," the group...