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  • Branding your startup: why it’s kinda important now

    Ever wondered why some companies get all the attention and others don't? As society we have become obsessed with the flashy and the shiny. Developers want to build to that and companies innovate around it. This is not a bad thing. In Africa, the startup scene is becoming highly contested. But while there are five million startups only about one million of them are interesting and only half them are good but only a quarter will get funding and 10% will gain traction and only five percent will make it. 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");

  • Can this couple live on Bitcoin alone for 90 days?

    This is pretty interesting, a couple about to get married intends to spend the first 90 days of their newlywed life living on nothing but virtual currency Bitcoin. Austin and (by then) Beccy Craig don't just intend scraping by during those 90 days however. Among the things they will attempt to do using the crypto-currency are buy furniture and groceries, pay rent, cover their medical experiences and life insurance, take a road trip and, if things go really well, travel to another country. The newlyweds will also attempt to document their trials. For that, it seems, they might...

  • Africa Gathering: hands on with Africa’s disruptive thinkers

    Africa's meteoric rise in the tech space is showing not signs of stopping. That's a good a thing. The continent is moving fast to join this world's movers and shakers of technology. According to the organisers of the Africa Gathering conference believe that there is a strong surge in Africa for makers, disruptors and female innovators. The conference is touted as a movement to see African ideas and innovations recognised, used and celebrated. The event brings people together to share knowledge, debate issues and learn from each other. Africa Gathering events, held in London, Washington and Nairobi -- bring...

  • Managing the mentions: how big brands survive social media nightmares

    “Is this how you silence people on your page?” “I'm still waiting for a response or am I not considered a customer anymore?” “Does anyone actually READ the posts people make here?” “15 days, 3 emails and still no response.” “Worst service provider I have ever encountered.” In between the latest product shots and carefully crafted status updates, you’ll find comments like these littering the social media pages of major brands. As their relationships with their customers have moved online, social media has become a platform for businesses to speak to thousands of people in under a minute --...

  • 4 things your IT manager could be doing instead of managing a server room

    We all recognise the stereotypical IT manager sitting behind a desk in the company dungeon, wearing a t-shirt sporting an obscure geek reference, and sighing into the phone as he tries to convince the marketing manager to use a password other than 'God'. Fortunately, we've come a long way since that was anything other than a misguided preconception, and savvy business leaders understand that a skilled IT manager can have a fundamental impact on business profitability. Unfortunately, IT managers are still being kept in a metaphorical dungeon, as they spend time and resources managing IT infrastructure such as server...

  • 5 of the biggest improvements in mobile camera technology

    Mobile phone cameras thoroughly justify the saying "The best camera is the one that's with you". No mobile phone camera is still even comparable to proper digital cameras but the scene has changed a lot in terms of image quality. Mobile phone brands and manufacturers are employing some of the imaging techniques that were used only in dedicated digital cameras or DSLRs. Let us have a look at some of the most impressive mobile phone cameras and what technology is being implemented in them to increase their performance. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • How surveillance programme PRISM works and how Twitter denies it

    What would you think if all the data you produce online (and specifically on social networks) was just a click of a button away from the government's eyes, should they wish to see it? This is, and isn't, PRISM -- the electronic surveillance program run by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) -- that, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, monitors "live communications and stored information." It is because the US government, through PRISM, can request from the largest tech companies in the world: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, and Apple access to emails, videos, photos, voice chats,...

  • Watchdog group says Wikimedia cares less about Chinese users

    Chinese online watchdog group Greatfire has come out against the Wikimedia foundation, arguing that it holds Chinese users in less regard than others from around the world. The trouble started last week when Greatfire noticed that the Chinese government had blocked the encrypted, or HTTPS, version of Wikipedia ahead of the Tienanmen Square Massacre anniversary. By blocking the encrypted version of Wikipedia, the government effectively ensured that people would be forced to use the HTTP version of Wikipedia, which means that they wouldn't be able to see certain banned articles. In a bid to draw attention to the...

  • Vine posts are now shared more than Instagrams on Twitter

    Well. That was quick. Six second video clips from the Vine app -- which launched in late January -- are already more shared on Twitter than posts from two-year old Instagram. According to insights from Twitter-certified analytics partner Topsy, the number of Vine posts shared on the site passed the number of Instagram posts late last week, just days after the previously iOS-only Vine launched on Android. It's an interesting trend, considering the fact that Vine has a much smaller user base than Instagram -- it has just 13-million registered users against Instagram's 100-million active users. The growth of...

  • Washington Post sat on NSA whistleblower info, went to gov’t with it

    The Washington Post has revealed that it sat on the revelations of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who sparked allegations that tech giants such as Google and Facebook were supplying the NSA with personal information, for two weeks. It also revealed that it went to US government officials with the information and characterises Snowden as "capable of melodrama". The US newspaper, whose reporters famously uncovered the Watergate Scandal in the 1970s, says that Snowden approached it with information about the PRISM surveillance network, which reportedly gathered intelligence from tech giants including Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others. When Snowden, a 29-year-old...

  • Google, Waze deal seems more likely by the day

    Google is very close to inking a deal to acquire crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Rumours have been flying about for the last couple of weeks but it seems it's happening now, reports Globes. Though nothing has been finalised on paper, reports claim that an announcement could come as early as Tuesday. According to Globes' report, the deal could reach the sum of US$1.3-billion, a significant amount for the Israeli-based startup. This deal has been an exciting one as other big tech companies such as Apple and Facebook also showed interest in the startup. Facebook was reported to have...

  • Want to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote? Here’s how

    Apple's keynote at WWDC, its annual developers' conference, is one of tech's most hotly anticipated events. It makes sense therefore that a tech-savvy reader such as yourself might want to watch it. Well, we've got some good news and bad news on that front. The good news is that you totally can. The Cupertino-based tech giant will be livestreaming the event, which kicks off in a few hours time. The bad news, unless you're a devoted iFan, is that you'll need to either be running an iOS/OS X device or own an Apple TV. Yup, anyone running Linux, Chrome...

  • Meet Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower [Video]

    The tech world has been rocked by allegations that tech giants such as Google and Facebook were supplying US intelligence agency, the NSA with personal information. Now the world can put a face, and a voice, to the man behind those revelations. Edward Snowden, a private security contractor with experience working for the CIA, came forward as the whistleblower responsible for making the world aware of PRISM, a top-secret NSA system that collects emails, documents, photos and other material for agents to review. It was also alleged that much of that information came from major US tech...

  • A view-through focus could stop the anti-banner ad freakout: here’s how

    There’s been a lot of bad blood about display ads flowing through the marketing industry of late. Some are misguidedly dismissing display advertising’s relevance all together, and even the banner ad’s creators are getting their punches in. Display advertising’s opponents love to point to a study by comScore and Starcom MediaVest that found that 84% percent of internet users never click on an ad, and also that the clicks from the remaining 16% don’t correlate to actual on-site conversions. Those stats are accurate, but they’re not proof that display advertising doesn’t work. Rather, they’re proof that we’re measuring display advertising...

  • Bang With Friends co-founder talks honesty, getting banned by Apple

    I’ve said for a while now (and there are theories and books on the subject) that the general world needs to wake up to lessons the porn world can teach us. While not dealing -- at least directly -- with porn, "Bang with Friends" is the latest in a long line of apps that does not shy away from the fact that people like bumping hips. The latest insight being that people may want to ‘bang’ others in their immediate friend group. It’s a simple premise and one that has not gone unnoticed by the civilised world. ...