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  • 3 completely useless smartphone features

    In terms of innovation in the mobile phone industry, the last 15 years have been very good to us. We've gone from pull-out aerials, horrible displays and sliding keypad covers to video calling, touch screens and high-definition displays. Mobile phones have become lighter, faster and way more than just something you call your mom from. Phones are now must-have tools for business and social environments alike, and have ushered in the age of digital convergence for our generation. 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");

  • Do you really want to start a business?

    As work takes up a substantial part of our lives, it's a question that often evokes a see-sawing set of emotions -- and yet, the answer is simple, really. What compels us to leap, despite a menacing set of fears? I think it has to do with desire. Very simply, the chains of apprehension will snap at a disproportionately great desire to explore the uncharted. So the short answer is: you will if you want to. But do you really want to? 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");

  • Don’t fluff the facts: 3 keys to good reputation management

    Reputation management has become a buzzword in the communication industry with public relations practitioners around the world selling it as a service to clients. Reputation management undoubtedly remains one of the most important tools in any communication strategy, especially as digital continues to become a preferred method of communication. Peer recommendation also adds to the need for strong, professional reputation management in both the online and offline spaces. However, the real question is whether or not PR practitioners are reinforcing the importance of a brand promise with their clients. As Henry Ford once said, “You can't build a reputation...

  • Spy games or no, China’s stuck with US technology

    We recently wrote about allegations in the Chinese press that Cisco has been working with the NSA to help the US spy on China. And needless to say, in the wake of this news -- even if it is questionably-sourced at this point -- there have been calls for China to divest itself from American technology. Whether or not that’s the right solution is debatable, but I want to address a larger problem: is it even possible? One of the first things that struck me as odd about the alleged Cisco-NSA connection is that while Cisco isn’t one of the...

  • Geeks rejoice: a LEGO movie is coming and it looks awesome

    If you're anything like us, you spent countless hours of your childhood playing with LEGO. As you grew up you may have even played the many LEGO games pushed out over the years. Now there's a LEGO movie coming out and it looks brilliant. The LEGO Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. This case of mistaken identity means that he gets to spend time with the LEGO versions of Batman, Superman, Michaelangeo (the artist) and Michaelangelo (the Teenage Mutant...

  • What is Facebook going to announce at its big press event on Thursday?

    In case you haven't heard, Facebook is planning something. Again. The last few times the social network has sent out invites to the media, we ended up with Graph Search, a redesigned News Feed and the launcher-slash-app that is Facebook Home. So what can we expect to be announced at the mysterious event to be held tomorrow? The rumours are flying. First, those sneaky unnamed sources and a few lines of hidden code raised suggestions that Facebook was working on an RSS reader to capitalise on the millions of Google Reader users who will be left without their daily fix...

  • #YouKnowYoureSouthAfricanWhen: can hashtags shape a nation’s story?

    People love to laugh at themselves, especially at times when the country they live in seems at odds with itself. You just have to look at stand-up comedy and satirical cartoons in a country like South Africa to see that. But social media has provided a new medium for this, and this past weekend saw the hashtag #YouKnowYoureSouthAfricanWhen giving us the giggles. Some of our favourites included: #youknowyouresouthafricanwhen the phrase "ja well no fine" makes sense to you— wilson mafokwana (@ntshoyamathudi) June 16, 2013 #YouKnowYoureSouthAfricanWhen you say "Shame man" as an expression of sympathy rather than disgust.— Sarah Britten (@Anatinus) June 16,...

  • WooCommerce democratises ecommerce — a true WordPress child

    The WordPress themes' space has gotten quite crowed in the last few years. From ThemeForest to Elegant Themes, the competitors have boxed it out for dominance, or at least tried to establish their niche within the WordPress ecosystem. All the while one competitor has quietly gone about its business, and reaped the rewards. This is WooThemes. Everybody loves a good origin story A proudly South African company, although many don't know it, WooThemes has quite a Romantic tale behind it. It was founded (and registered) back in 2008 when the space wasn't quite so crowded, by Adriaan Pienaar, Magnus Jepson, and...

  • Are you losing it with social media? Here’s how to find your way again

    Social media is a medium that can be used to dramatically enhance your digital marketing campaigns. Often you will see businesses half-heartedly starting a social media campaign and quickly drop all their efforts because the outcome is not what they expected it to be. While social media can be a lot easier and less expensive than other forms of digital marketing, it will only work when you put in some old traditional effort. You have to do more than just be on the social web with your shiny social media profiles. Social media is a fun medium and very user-friendly....

  • Lumia 920 review: It’s big, it’s really big, but oh so sexy

    Turns out if you say "I haven't used a Windows Phone" loud enough someone will send you one. While floating about in my quasi-world of "I know everything imaginable because my iPhone is awesome" a giant Nokia Lumia 920 landed on my lap. I can't stress this enough, this phone is big, I am not sure what Nokia was trying to do here, take us back to the old days of mobile devices where phones were as big as a person's head? 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");

  • 7 things you need to know about South Africa’s new data protection laws

    South Africa is now putting the finishing touches on its first comprehensive data protection laws, aligned closely with those currently under debate in Europe. The proposed European laws give online consumers the right to withhold personal information while using websites -- which presents a challenge to the businesses who have based their revenue model on garnering exactly this kind of data. These laws, if introduced in South Africa, could have far-reaching implications for both individuals and businesses. 1. Why is it so important to lawmakers to provide protection for this kind of data? What are the risks of having it out...

  • Battles beyond the Great Firewall: India shuts out Chinese tech companies

    Late last week, news broke that India’s Intelligence Bureau had fingered Chinese chat app WeChat as a potential threat and that the app was under investigation; some reports even say that the Intelligence Bureau wants the app banned outright. Chinese telecom equipment companies ZTE and Huawei are similarly under investigation for posing potential national security threats. It makes you wonder: will any Chinese tech companies be allowed to succeed in India? Another question, of course, is whether or not they should. India’s concerns about the security threats posed by ZTE and Huawei are concerns that have been echoed by other...

  • Want the new Jay-Z album for free? Samsung’s got your back

    This is interesting. Korean tech giant Samsung is set to give away a million copies of rapper Jay-Z's album for free. The album, entitled Magna Carta Holy Grail has a 4 July release date and is set to be given away to Samsung Galaxy phone owners 72 hours ahead of the official release. According to The Wall Street Journal, users will receive the music through an app later this month, although they won't be able to share it until the official release date. Samsung reportedly shelled out US$5 a piece for the album. It's not clear however whether they...

  • Yahoo could be buying video maker Qwiki for $50-million

    It's been almost two weeks since Yahoo! bought something but, according to an AllThingsD report, it may be about to break the fast. Citing sources close the matter, the report states that the Silicon Valley tech company is eyeing video app maker Qwiki for a rumoured US$50-million. Qwiki is a New York-based startup that specialises in automated video production. Most recently, the company launched an iPhone app to join its initial iPad offering, which allows users to automatically turn the pictures and videos from a user’s camera roll into brief movies to share. This play makes sense for Yahoo! and...

  • Is FNB set to become South Africa’s next mobile operator?

    Is the world's most innovative bank getting ready to launch its own mobile network? That answer may be yes, according to reports which suggest that First National Bank is in negotiations with South African operator Cell C to use the network to launch its own mobile offerings. According to MyBroadband, a deal between the two would see FNB become Cell C's second mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) -- an operator which runs its network on the back of another's infrastructure. Cell C already provides this service to Virgin Mobile, which launched as the country's first (and to date, only) MVNO...