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  • The danger of augmenting reality

    Augmented reality (AR) is not new, it’s a concept that has been around for ages and has seen a massive rise in popularity along with the ascendancy of the smartphone. AR allows you to apply an additional layer of information onto the real world to provide useful information that would otherwise not be available. With applications from heads up displays (HUD) through to interactive advertising, augmented reality sounds like a great avenue of future technology, available today. The key differentiator between augmented reality now and in the future is the device integration. At the moment you need to use your...

  • Dropbox shows its ambitions with Mailbox acquisition

    Cloud storage specialist Dropbox today bought out Orchestra, the company behind the much-hyped email app Mailbox. The acquisition is widely thought to be a bid by Dropbox to expand its horizons beyond cloud storage and file sharing. At present its unclear exactly how much Dropbox paid for Orchestra and it's unlikely any official figure is going to be announced. The idea that Dropbox bought the company in order to expand on its current offerings is also evident in the official blog post announcing the acquisition. After a bit of bumpf from Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi about how...

  • The Samsung Galaxy S 4: we’re in the age of evolution

    It's here. The skunkworks at Samsung have produced a new flagship, designed to take on the iPhone in a seriously big way. Yup, the launch of the Galaxy S 4 just pushed the smartphone arms race that little step further. Here's everything you need to know about it. Welcome to the age of evolution When the iPhone 5 launched last year, there were a fair number of people who said it was a disappointment. It didn't do enough cool new stuff and the closest thing to a big change Apple seemed to have undertaken was lengthening the body and screen...

  • 5 apps every entrepreneur needs to be using

    Entrepreneurs are those people who see great opportunities and grab hold of them before they can pass by or be taken advantage of by others of their kind. These are the human beings who see massive potential where others see risk, and who are responsible for the rapid advancement in our industries and the world we live in. Without them, the world would be boring, grey and average. If you're an entrepreneur, here are five apps that could help you on your quest. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Mobility is changing the way we live: here’s how

    We live in a mobile world. That much is obvious. The momentum has shifted steadily in favour of gadgets and services that are portable or mobile and those that deliver networking capabilities and entertainment. And that's changing the way we live in profound ways that you might not have even noticed yet. According to tech research company Gartner, the most profound changes are occurring in the way people organise their lives and the spaces they live in. It's got a point. Think about it, if you own a tablet, when was the last time you took your laptop to...

  • Broadway done badly: the Samsung Galaxy S 4 event and its cast of crazies

    Okay, you have all seen the new Samsung Galaxy S 4. It's pretty snazzy and big and all kinds of shiny and I bet if you try really hard, you might even find a unicorn hidden underneath its super sleek, super thin and exceptionally pretty casing. Announcing the new device, Samsung Head of mobile JK Shin said the South Korean electronics giant listened to people all over the world and created a device they wanted. I wish it had listened to the people regarding the kind of show they wanted. If, like me, this stuff really matters to you,...

  • We’ll take that, thanks, Twitter: hashtags may be coming to Facebook

    Brace yourselves: the internet may explode. Hashtags, which have long been a way to join a conversation on Twitter but just look odd on Facebook, may be transitioning across to the billion-strong social network soon. According to sources familiar with the matter, who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is working on incorporating the symbol into its systems fully, making the hashtags typed in by its users clickable instead of a mess of strange characters. It is still apparently deciding exactly how it plans to do that though -- and whether it will copying Twitter's method of using the...

  • Samsung to roll out mobile health centres across Africa

    Samsung recently launched its solar powered health centre model in Cape Town, marking the start of what it says will be a large-scale medical initiative across Africa. The mobile centres are built for use in remote rural areas, and intended to eliminate the economic and geographic barriers that prevent people across Africa from obtaining quality medical treatment. The solar-powered health centre is designed to reach as many people as possible, as regularly as possible. Mounted on a truck and manned by qualified medical professionals, the centres will move from one area to the next providing a range of eye,...

  • The music industry’s biggest headache? Hint: it’s not piracy [Infographic]

    Never mind piracy, music artists have another problem to worry about when it comes to receiving their hard-earned royalties. This problem is actually ingrained in the music industry itself as it's prevalent in one of its fastest growing areas - Music Licensing. This problem is something called retitling. A recent infographic report published by The Music Licensing Directory reveals a rather complex situation, especially with regards to the contracts signed between artists, labels and publishers. The report states that retitling is: "where a music licensing company re-registers a song under a different title with a performing rights organisation (PRO), allowing for...

  • Petition to keep Google Reader goes past 48 000 signatures

    Wow. It looks like people really don't want to let go of Google Reader. A petition to keep the RSS feed reader running has gone past 48 000 signatures just hours after Google announced that it would be closing the service. The author of the petition, Dan Lewis, notes that Reader is still a part of many people's online experiences. He suggests that it was Google's decision to kill extra features in Reader that allowed people to share and comment on each other's interests that saw the service go into decline. Interestingly, Lewis suggests that killing Reader will cause...

  • The Kleek: Universal and Samsung’s new streaming music service for Africa

    No, Africa, the music streaming services aren't done with you yet. The latest offering to land on the continent has a squeeky name, but support from some serious heavy weights -- none other than Samsung and Universal Music. Announced at Samsung Africa Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, the Kleek is a pan-African music service targeted squarely at Africa's millions of mobile users -- particularly those touting a Samsung device. Featuring international and local music, the app is available for free download from Google Play in South Africa and is headed for users in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Angola...

  • Twitter launches its Windows 8, RT apps

    It's taken a while but it's finally here. Twitter for Windows 8 and RT has finally been released into the wild. So if you've bought a Surface tablet or one of the myriad other Windows tablets on the market right now, you'll be able to enjoy a native Twitter experience. It also shows that Windows 8 and RT are starting to get more mainstream respect. The social network today announced that it had launched the app with a number of features familiar to Twitter users as well as a few unique to Windows 8. In addition to familiar Twitter...

  • Samsung to give SA users free Wi-Fi for a year

    If you had any doubts as to Samsung's desire to stay top of the smartphone pile, check this out. The South Korean electronics giant has announced that it will be giving its South African users 1GB of free Wi-Fi access a month. The offer is part of a deal with roaming Wi-Fi provider AlwaysOn. "We live in the connected age and it makes sense for Samsung to incorporate a service offering that combines innovative mobile devices with national wireless connectivity," said Craige Fleischer, director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa. The deal, which will be extended to all Samsung...

  • Social media and the law: how your tweets can land you in trouble

    A recent insert on consumer affairs show Carte Blanche highlighted the seriousness of social media lawsuits that followed as a result of comments made by individuals on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The show featured a social media Law specialist, Emma Sadleir (an Associate at Webber Wentzel) who explained that whatever your publish on social media could land you in serious trouble. Sadleir explained that social media law is "the law that regulates any conversation that takes place over the internet, called user generated content" (UGC). She explained that the instant a person publishes information [including...

  • 5 solid tips for making sure your social media and business objectives meet

    New businesses are jumping onto the social media bandwagon everyday and more of them are moving away from the novelty of just having social media profiles and trying to figure out the ROI of this medium. Many people have tried to create formulas for measuring success with social media, but it is not an easy task. Many are creating and planning various social media strategies without considering their overall business objectives. To get the best out of your social media campaign, you have to use your social objectives together with your business objectives to understand the effectiveness of your campaign. How...