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  • Indian Naspers property Ibibo confirms RedBus acquisition

    It's official. Ibibo, the Indian joint venture between emerging markets media and investment giant Naspers and Chinese internet titan Tencent, has acquired online bus ticketing service RedBus. According to Indian tech publication The Next Big What, the deal will see the Ibibo group shelling out US$135-million for RedBus parent company Pilani Soft Labs. Under the terms of the deal, RedBus will apparently continue to exist “independently” with its existing management team and as a separate business to Ibibo's string of companies which includes the likes of Goibibo.com, PayU.in and Tradus.com. RedBus, which was founded in 2006...

  • Instagram finally adds video, blows minds with image stabilisation feature

    The rumours were true, Facebook announced today that it is adding video to Instagram. Its excuse for adding moving images? It's not Vine envy, apparently. Instead, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, said that Instagram isn't just about pictures, it's always been about "visual imagery", but that the world wasn't ready for a fast, simple and beautiful video experience on mobile. Taking a page out of the Steve Jobs keynote book, Systrom said that video on Instagram is "video done right on mobile." At first glance, Instagram's offering doesn't appear much different from Vine's. You take short 15 second...

  • 51 absolutely incredible online campaigns [Cannes Lions]

    Online advertising's been with us for a good while now. No longer an emerging player, more money is now spent on it than on print advertising in the US and this year eMarketer estimates that the global advertising market will be worth over US$116-billion. But all that money means it's an increasingly competitive space too. It's also constantly evolving. One minute banner ads are the flavour of the week, next thing people are lamenting their demise (although they don't seem to have become any more scarce on the sites I visit, so maybe not). These are just two factors...

  • #SurrenderYourSay: taking over Twitter to raise awareness of Tourette’s

    Imagine if you had no control over what was posted to your Twitter account. It could be filled with random, embarrassing, unintelligible nonsense, making your followers wonder if you've been hacked or if you're just having an off day. It's a scary concept for the social media-conscious, but what if it was for a good cause? Letting your account post tweets you have no control over is exactly what the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada wants you to do -- just for a day. As part of its Surrender Your Say campaign, the group hopes to give Twitter users a...

  • University apologises after Mandela obituary appears on website

    The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), one of South Africa's foremost institutions of higher learning, has apologized for an obituary to former president Nelson Mandela that people managed to find on its website. According to the university the obituary, prepared in anticipation of the ailing statesman's death, was never issued nor published by the university but was made searchable due to a "technical error" on the site. The obituary was titled Hamba kahle Tata Mandela and dated 31 July 2013. In its statement, the university apologizes to "family members, friends, fellow South Africans and global citizens for an obituary...

  • The mobile payments space is accelerating: here’s how

    Did you know that there are 5-billion mobile subscribers around the globe? And that in developed markets like America more than half of all cellphone owners (56%) are now classified as smartphone owners and use 'smart' mobile phones running iOS, Android or Windows systems. That increase is up from 46% a year ago, and 35% in 2011. About 35% still have so-called 'dumb' phones that aren't connected to a wireless operating system. And while that percentage is much higher around the globe, it's shrinking rapidly And fewer than 10% of adults don't own a mobile phone. More of us are...

  • An ecosystem in turmoil: inside SA’s startup problems

    When you think about the number of tech communities popping up everywhere, the question no one seems to ask is whether or not the ecosystem they are in is sustainable. When you think about it scientifically, in a bacteria or marine ecosystem, if one element is defective the entire ecosystem suffers. It is easy to watch the meteoric rise of a growing tech scene, full of promise, innovators and 10-million people ready to make the same mistakes. It's easy to get caught in the savoir faire because everyone has the right words every time. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • 3 free productivity apps your Android deserves

    Android has a lot of baked in apps that make life really easy. Combine that with being able to use your device as a USB stick, and you have a very powerful, mobile tool. However, that’s not enough for me, so here are three apps to make your Android device even more powerful. Pocket https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bfob4cBfLOA Honestly, I don’t know how I survived before Pocket. It’s very simple: you see something online, and you want to “Read It Later” (yes, that was the service’s previous name), you save it to your “Pocket”. Then when you get home later and you’re ready for some...

  • Now back to mine: Old Spice hits back at Nando’s with its own parody

    Oooh... are we looking another back-and-forth ad exchange? In case you missed it, quirky fast food chain Nando's took some inspiration from the viral gold that is the Old Spice ads recently with a parody focusing on chicken and um, a carousel pony. Now Old Spice South Africa has responded with its own Nando's parody. Using Nando's signature typography (coloured Old Spice red) and design details, the team put together a simple but effective poster acknowledging the restaurant's new TV ad. Posted to its Facebook page with the clever caption "Look at the latest Nando's Original ad, now back...

  • Yahoo!: hackers won’t exploit recycled user IDs

    Yahoo! is attempting to put to rest fears that its decision to recycle unused user IDs will leave users exposed to hackers. The primary reason people don't have to worry, the company says, is because only seven percent of the IDs are tied to actual Yahoo! email accounts. The fears were sparked late last week, when the company announced that it would be releasing user IDs that have been inactive for more than 12 months so that other people can claim them. Critics claimed that the people picking up the recycled IDs could also assume the identities of their...

  • Check out John McAfee’s boss video on how to uninstall his anti-virus

    This man is a legend. Really, he is. Hot on the heels of murder accusations, a continent-wide manhunt and finally landing in the United States safe and (kinda) sound, John McAfee is making waves again. McAfee is the colourful founder of McAfee Software, arguably one of the world's best known anti-virus providers. McAfee, the man, says that even though he hasn't been involved with the company for more than 15 years he still receives countless requests from users asking him how to uninstall the software. So in what can be only be described as the world's most concerning instructional video,...

  • Facebook comments: now with picture embedding

    Your Facebook flame wars are about to get a whole lot more visual. The social networking giant has announced that people will now be embed images when commenting on someone's status. The news was first revealed by devianART’s Product Marketing Manager Dan Leveille, before being confirmed by Facebook. According to Facebook, the feature is currently being rolled out on the web before landing on mobile in the near future, although you'll be able to view the images on the social network's native apps from the get go. According to The Next Web, the feature was built during one of...

  • Microsoft to crowdsource Windows 8.1 security, offers $100k bounties

    It's about damn time. Microsoft has finally decided to start incentivising, handsomely, anyone that can find security flaws in the world's most popular desktop operating system. The Redmond gang will cough up US$100 000 for information about security bugs that can be used to break into Windows. The programme which, starts with the upcoming 8.1 release of Windows, will offer an additional US$50 000 “Defense Bonus” to those cunning hackers who can outline new ways of defending against similar weaknesses from being exploited in the future. But wait. There's more. Microsoft will also fork over up to US$11 000 for...

  • Innovation, health and wisdom in the digital age: why Cannes isn’t crap

    While eating duck breast with strawberries on a bed of bulgur wheat laced with raspberry jus I decided yesterday that Cannes is not crap. Yesterday was a particularly un-crap day. Last night at the Outdoor, Mobile, Innovation and Media ceremony agencies won things, countries won things and, yes, Dumb Ways to Die won things, but you can’t have it all. South Africa kicked some decent butt in Outdoor when a happy pride of Silver and Bronze Lions lolloped over the horizon (it is debatable whether Lions lollop but I am going to go with it). The totally lekker Doom “Wall...

  • 42 brilliant mobile marketing campaigns [Cannes Lions]

    There was a time when mobile marketing meant sending someone out onto the street with a sandwich board with your latest special printed on it. As mobile technology has evolved however, so has the advertising that comes with it. It's a multi-billion dollar space and it's only going to get better. In fact, tech research house eMarketer reckons that mobile ad spend will grow four times in the next four years from US$8.4-billion today to US$37-billion by 2016. That's hardly surprising given the array of tools and platforms advertisers have at their disposal these days. Back when the best...