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  • 34 hilarious Tweets from Mmusi Maimane’s #AskMmusi Twitter Town Hall

    Update: The author of this piece has reconsidered his views and written a piece explaining why. Read more: #AskMmusi: was Mmusi Maimane’s Twitter town hall actually a triumph? Opening yourself up to Twitter is a risky business at the best of times. But when you're a recently elected South African political leader dealing with one of the most cynical Twitter communities on the planet, then things can go very badly wrong. That's the lesson DA leader Mmusi Maimane's had to find out the hard way today. Viewed by many as the opposition party's attempt to replicate the rapid rise of...

  • Make no mistake, SKA will transform South Africa’s tech skills, research landscape

    More than two thirds of South Africans live in urban areas and more make the move from rural areas daily. This means South African cities must become flexible and responsive to citizen needs, while making the most of public resources. Through the intelligent application of ICTs and collaboration between the government and the private sector, South Africa can be an active participant in the next evolution of the Internet, which we believe is the Internet of Everything (IoE). We’ve already seen the positive and transformative effects the IoE has had in areas like city governments, manufacturing, retail and healthcare. It...

  • Mobile payments: leaving your wallet at home suddenly doesn’t seem so weird

    It’s Saturday morning. The day is beautiful and you decide to go for a jog. You plug the headphones into your phone and hit the open road. Halfway into the run, you get thirsty and decide to stop at a nearby coffee shop to grab something to drink. You reach into your pocket to grab your wallet, but of course you left it at home… If it was 1998 – or even a couple of years ago – you might’ve had a problem. Today, however, with mobile point-of-sale (POS), you can pay with your phone. A recent report by Berg...

  • What does the Internet of Things mean for your business and your network?

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything) by now, I’m sure. It’s things like your fridge telling you when you’ve run out of eggs; your shoes telling you how far you’ve travelled; your car keeping you up to date on local traffic so you know which routes to avoid; your house telling you how much water or heating is being used, that kind of thing. For businesses, the focus is very much on data: Cisco reports that the IoT will cause IP traffic to reach 1.6 zettabytes by 2018, a 300% rise on 2013’s figures....

  • Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a third party Instagram client that embraces Google's Material Design philisophy to heart -- Imagine Free. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Meerkat Instagram is one of the top Android apps on the Google Play store, with over 500-million installations. It's also one of the fastest growing social media platforms in existence, and growing at a consistent rate as more...

  • Is South Africa ready for its Instacart moment?

    Getting home after a long day, you put your keys and bag down, kick your feet up, get comfortable and ease into you couch. Welcome home. Turn on the TV and last night's channel is still on, an amazing cooking show. "F**k, I forgot to pick up supper on the way home!" Behold the hero of this story: Instacart. Simply go onto your smartphone, log onto the website, enter your area, do your online shopping -- and within the hour, your supper will be waiting for you at your door. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • Tweeting emoji will help save endangered animals

    We all love emojis. They're as simple as they are efficient. But we all too often take the tiny digital critters for granted. That's until now as the World Wide Fund for Nature just launching an online campaign to help raise awareness and donations for 17 emoji animals that are endangered. Running with the hashtag #EndangeredEmoji, every cute, cuddly emoji animal you tweet will donate €00.10 / £00.10. If you're using a Mac, simply click the Twitter tweet box then press ALT-CMD-T for a list of emojis. Windows users need to right-click on the taskbar and choose “Touch Keyboard” inside the Toolbars section. A new...

  • Facebook is now a publisher, launches Instant Articles

    It's official, Facebook is now a publisher. Instant Articles, a new product for publishers to create fast, interactive articles on Facebook, officially launched yesterday. It has been in discussion and planning since a few months ago. For now, Facebook is working with nine launch partners for Instant Articles: The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild. “Fundamentally, this is a tool that enables publishers to provide a better experience for their readers on Facebook” said Chris Cox, Facebook Chief Product Officer. There's no doubt that people share plenty of articles on Facebook....

  • Boobs, cats, anything: Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues give a lesson on going viral

    If you've ever worked in the creative department of a digital marketing agency, chances are you will have had a client ask you to make something "go viral" at some point. Now the traditional advice when someone asks that is to tell them that going viral is something that happens spontaneously and which is beyond your control. If satirical duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues are to be believed however, that's a load of crock. All you need are boobs, kittens, a song about anything. The latest video from the group sees them giving fictional rock band STONE...

  • Community management: can you really handle it?

    Perhaps you have forgotten, in-between your unrivaled push to create the perfect content, that there is another, really important portion of the social media function that we are missing terribly. It's a portion that is as important as content, just a little more tedious to do, because unless you’re starting out in the industry, it’s about as important as a tin of Ricoffy in an agency pantry. You see, the trouble is, while you were birthing the perfect piece of tactical advertising, sat on your toilet scrolling through Twitter first thing (having woken up to news that a musician...

  • The good kind of bad: 5 of our favourite gaming villains

    The heroes of our games would be nothing without their contrasting counterparts. A villain drives the hero forward, gives meaning to his cause. A hero becomes a hero because of the villain. That is why today we want to celebrate these malevolent and sadistic individuals, these slayers of men and admirers of torment. Now before I get burnt at the stake, this list is in no way the conclusive final say on the matter. Rather consider it the starting point of a discussion. Do you agree these bad guys deserve a spot on this list? Who do you think are the greatest...

  • Rosberg finally outshines Hamilton: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It was a bumper motorsport weekend and in more ways than one. We've seen some big accidents in some of the races this weekend, and all had a bearing on the race outcome. The IndyCar Series continued its tour of American road courses with the GP of Indianapolis, while the Formula E circus rolled on to a smaller Monaco circuit. The World Superbikes were in action at Imola, the scene of many a great motorcycle race in the past, and after a three week break Formula 1 resumed in Spain. So, without any further ado, here are some of the moments...

  • Ventureburn speaks to entrepreneurial maestro Adii Pienaar on Receiptful’s $500k Angel round

    South African serial entrepreneur and investor Adii Pienaar's new startup called Receiptful is making some noise. The co-founder of the popular website theme builder, WooThemes -- which is also behind one of the world's biggest online shop builders, WooCommerce -- has developed an elegantly simple tool that helps online shops increase customer engagement using email receipts. Since launching late last year, over 290 000 receipts have been sent which translates to around 5 000 receipts per day. To top that off, the startup has just revealed to us that it's raised US$500 000 (over R6-million) to help it strengthen its...

  • Banking Africa’s unbanked — time for a reality check

    Plenty of progress has been made on increasing the size of Africa's banked population. The trouble is, from the amount of noise that is made about the topic, you would be forgiven for thinking we had fixed the problem when we really haven’t. According to the World Bank, today, 62% of the world’s population has a bank account. In 2011 that figure was 51%. In three years, 700 million people became “banked” in some way, and the number of “unbanked” individuals dropped 20% to two billion adults. Much of this progress was attributed to mobile money. Mobile money is clearly a...

  • These are the ingredients you need for a winning pitch book

    A lot goes into winning a pitch. From getting the fundamentals right to sheer chemistry, you never know what could sway a decision in your favour. Too many firms rely too heavily on the people pitching - they are important of course, but so is what you leave behind. While the people presenting the pitch may be able to read the signs while they are in the room with your audience, and adjust direction as needed, controlling what happens after they’ve left the room, or in a week’s time when the prospect has met with the other three or...