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  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...

  • Microsoft forgets its manners, ponders middle finger emoji for Windows 10

    According to the Emojipedia blog, Microsoft will introduce new emojis to Windows 10 and one of them will be sure to raise a few eyebrows. The proposed middle finger emoji comes in six different shades to add variety to the insult. The emoji has been available on other networks and platforms for a while but has remained absent from iOS, OS X, Android and Windows. But Microsoft is about to change that. Read more Geek out on Twitter with new Star Wars emoji Other emojis spotted on the forthcoming Windows 10 update includes a face with "okay" gesture, a reversed hand with...

  • Google+ Collections: a new way to group your posts by topic

    Google has introduced Google+ Collections, a Pinterest like feature that allows Google+ users to share and connect with others with shared interests and passions. This is nothing new, of course, as on Google+ one can follow groups with similar interests but there are minor changes and a different interface. With Google+ Collections, Google says, users a new way to group your posts by topic, essentially curating their likes. Google explains that “every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into.” Furthermore, users can share their...

  • SA comedian, banking giant ask you to #RespectYourMamma

    Barring the odd exception, it's probably pretty fair to say that we all love our moms. How is it then that "your mamma" jokes are still a thing? Wouldn't it be better if we, say, flipped them around and showed a little respect? That's the question asked by a new Mother's Day campaign from South African banking giant Absa. Rather than getting South Africans to tell "your mamma" jokes, the bank has challenged the South African Twittersphere to flip them on their head and say something nice about their mothers. The people who tweet the best "mompliment", as the...

  • The answer lies within you: PayPal’s Leblanc talks about the future of online security

    Jonathan Leblanc, Head of Global Developer Advocacy at PayPal and Braintree, says that biometric security systems like fingerprint and eyeball scans are a thing of the past. According to Leblanc embeddable, ingestible, and injectible technology is the future of security and will enable us to safely keep our login information within the confines of own body. Now before we delve into Leblanc’s somewhat bizarre answer to the future of security, let us first see what the problems are with the current standards of password protection technology. The password problem The most standard and widely used method of online security is the...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr ends Talladega wait: the weekend motorsport roundup

    Waiting for the Formula 1 season to officially kick off (that is, in Europe anyway)? Well fear not, because we are too. While Barcelona is yet another week away, there are other motorsport series that have found their feet (or wheels?) in 2015, with the likes of the German Touring Car Masters (or DTM) and the WEC kicking off their respective competitions recently. With that said, we also cover NASCAR at one of its famed tracks — Talladega — and we visit Laguna Seca for the United SportsCar Series round at the undulating track. So, without any more ado, here are the...

  • Microsoft Build 2015: HoloLens, Windows 10, Microsoft Edge and more

    Build is almost always Microsoft's most important event of the year, not only for developers but consumers too and in an operating system launch year, its especially important as the company woos the public, showing off new features and upcoming technologies based on Windows 10 and other wares, like HoloLens. The only problem? It's extremely hard for consumers to slice the news into legible chunks (hell, even we have a hard time), especially since making heads and tails of it all is pretty important. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 6 marketing hacks all entrepreneurs should have in their pockets

    Marketing -- and more to the point -- digital marketing budgets still frighten a lot of people. Especially entrepreneurs who are grappling with how to translate from their personal brand through to a business brand. Here are six digital marketing hacks that I find exceptionally useful when trying to understand where to focus my attention when planning digital marketing campaigns. 1. Blog – And Then Blog Some More Content has become the lifeblood of any marketing campaign! Without truly great content you can have the best SEO team in the world tweaking the structure of your site until the cows come home...

  • Delivering against ‘always-on’ expectations with software-defined infrastructure

    We’re living in an "always-on" age, where consumers, employees and business leaders alike expect 24/7 responsiveness and availability. Keeping an IT infrastructure performing at this level can be an uphill struggle, particularly as businesses are consuming more applications, storing more data and working faster than ever before. This can put a huge amount of pressure on hardware resources and IT staff. Adding more capacity to the problem can work, but it tends to be a short-term solution. As a result, significant pressure is being felt by IT staff in particular who are expected to respond quickly in complex, high-scale...

  • Web developing wizards – startup industry gold

    In a world where our last true currency is ideas; we find ourselves surrounded by opportunity to build and grow. Global connectivity and instantaneous communication has created a world where the mad reside among us and the thinkers rethink the box altogether. Yes, the world of online development from websites to apps and all the search engines in between is upon us and creativity has never looked so free. It doesn’t matter how it came to you, be it in a dream on a cold and stormy night or in a chat over coffee with an old friend, an...

  • Facebook introduces a way to share less personal data with third-party apps

    Facebook, the biggest miner of people’s data, introduced a year ago, a way to limit how much personal data third-party apps have access to. Apps then had until 30 April 2015 to change to the new settings. The new version of Facebook login has better privacy controls. It allows users to choose which information they want to share. Signing into an app via Facebook is convenient until one becomes cognizant that third-party apps are not pointlessly asking access to one’s Facebook but are actually digging through the minefield of data and obtaining it for whatever reason. It is no...

  • Stephen Hawking’s daughter slams UK journo for Ed Miliband ‘spectrum’ tweets

    Lucy Hawking, the daughter of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking has written an emotional open letter to Sun columnist Katie Hopkins, slamming the way she talks about the disabled. The letter was sparked by a series of tweets in which Hopkins described Labour leader Ed Miliband as looking like someone "on the spectrum". ED STOP LOOKING AT US. You are weird. Look at people not a machine. Try and act off the spectrum #leadersdebate— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 2, 2015 Published on The Guardian's website, the letter calls on Hopkins to help end disability discrimination. "I hoped that now no disabled person...

  • Could Stellar be the answer to enable financial inclusion around the globe?

    When the internet first came round in the mid-nineties, people didn’t expect to see impactful tools like open-source libraries like Wikipedia or renting sites like AirBnb or car-sharing ones such as Uber and Lyft. As an open tool, the internet has laid the foundation for these products to be born, reaching audiences far and wide with powerful applications that impact most of our daily lives, whether we like it or not. But a lot of important industries have been left behind in the process. This, however, might be starting to change. Vumi is an open-source messaging app that doesn't rely...

  • 4 big trends shaping the UX design space

    We’re all attracted to products and services that are easy to use, bring us enjoyment and improve our lives. We can’t explain why a product is well designed or why we like to use it – it just is and we just do. It’s a decision we make subconsciously without realising that a lot of thought and research went into the product – through a processes known as customer-centric design. Although many South African companies are realising the need for customer-centricity, few understand what it entails. To become truly customer-centric, design, culture and governance processes need to change -- user...

  • You need to focus your marketing efforts on search intent: here’s why

    Search intent is one of the most important aspects of search engine optimisation (SEO). Do you know what it means? For the most straightforward answer on this, have a look at the blog post Moz published in 2007 "Segmenting search intent". Basically all that it means is that every search can be categorised in either navigational queries with the intent of visiting a specific website, informational queries that focus only on information, commercial investigation queries which is only for research, and transactional queries that focuses on the intent on taking an action. Google isn't big, it’s massive. And to take...