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  • Early-warning asthma prediction device secures top spot at SA Innovation Summit

    The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage competition awarded PhD student Moses Kebalepile for his prototype, called the Asthma Grid, at the SA Innovation Summit. Kebalepile walked away with R25 000, incubation support from Standard Bank and an iPad for his early-warning device that predict asthma attacks. “I was surprised to win! There were so many good projects showcased at the TIA Inventors Garage; it just goes to show the incredible potential and talent that we as South Africans have. I think the work that we do locally is as good as what comes from the West, if not more inspired,”...

  • Google for Nonprofits will see NPOs get up to $10k in free Google advertising

    Google South Africa has launched Google for Nonprofits, an initiative aimed at assisting NPOs in making use of Google’s products and tools. The initiative was launched in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana and will see NPOs get amongst other benefits Free AdWords advertising worth up to $10 000 per month. Some of the problems that NPOs face is access to internet and technology tools. The Google for Nonprofits is targeted at dealing with problems like these. Read more: How technology is changing the way we do business travel This initiative like Google Academy for NGOs, which Google launched earlier this year...

  • Instagram beefs up messaging capabilities, adds emojis

    Instagram has announced changes to its direct message capabilities. Yes, one can now message people directly on Instagram as an alternative to WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat or SnapChat. Though Instagram Direct was launched in 2013, it's remained a mystery to most users. Whether the world needs anymore messaging apps is an interesting discussion to have, what is however clear that the company is simply exploiting its user base with Instagram Direct. The company claims that the direct messaging feature is being used by 85 million users every month. Read more: Instagram ditches square-only photo format The new features include threaded messages, in which users...

  • Ware of the Week: Microsoft Arrow Launcher beta

    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 look at an app that’s part of Microsoft’s new agnostic platform mantra — Arrow Launcher for Android. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week, catch it below. It’s a topsy-turvy world when Microsoft begins building apps for Android, and even more so when it’s an Android launcher at that, but it’s all part of the company’s new view of the technology world. Instead of throwing its products down consumers’ throats,...

  • South Africa seriously needs to fix its education system to develop a knowledge economy

    South Africa’s education system is in a bad state. That was the grim message conveyed by Prof Roy du Pré (pictured above), chairperson of South African Technology & Training Platform at the recent SA Innovation Summit. It's easy to see what he means, especially if you combine all the headlines of the last few years -- from having the worst maths, science education in world to 80% of South African schools being labelled dysfunctional. There are, however, some inspiring programmes trying to tackle various challenges faced by the country's education system. From teaching children robotics and programming to partnering business leaders...

  • Google unveils sleek new logo, pushes it out on home page right away

    Internet search giant Google has just unveiled a new logo, marking the biggest change to the famous six letters since 1999. Looking back 17 years since the company unveiled its first colourful trademark, one can certainly see a trend that's urging away from 3D towards a more basic, flat design. "We think we’ve taken the best of Google (simple, uncluttered, colourful, friendly), and recast it not just for the Google of today, but for the Google of the future," Tamar Yehoshua, Google's VP of product management writes in a blog post. The little blue “g” icon seen in your browser tab is...

  • Do you live in one of Joburg’s six new ‘fibrehoods’?

    Fibre to the home provider Vumatel has announced that it will be rolling out its offering in six new Johannesburg suburbs. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the residents' associations of Hurlingham, Glenadrienne, Hyde Park, Northcliff, Sharonlea and Olivedale are the latest to opt for the company's offering. Those suburbs join the likes Saxonwold, Parkwood, Riviera and Killarney, where installations are currently underway, and in Victory Park, Linden, Bryanston South and Blairgowrie, where installations are set to begin in October. Read more: Liquid Telecom secures $150m funding for Africa-wide fiber network expansion “With these new suburbs we will...

  • Fatherhood app wins at Early Childhood Development Hackathon

    The SA Innovation Summit's Hackathon for Early Childhood Development (ECD) awarded top honours to an app aimed at encouraging fathers to be more involved in the children's early care and development. NappiDaddi, as the app's called, was developed over a period of 24 hours by a team of amateur programmers who competed against nine other teams. The winning team was awarded R10 000 to further develop their platform. In a press release send to Memeburn, Kanya Msila, who participated in the winning team, said that NappiDaddi will encourage dads with various childcare challenges and includes elements such as leaderboards, exchanging of knowledge,...

  • Innovation Summit 2015: Pete Smith on using LEGO as a team building tool

    If you're reading this site, chances are you already know that LEGO is far more than just a toy you used to play with as a kid. But did you know it can help foster a culture of innovation withing companies? Speaking at this year's SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town, Pete Smith shared how he uses LEGO as a tool in bringing out innovation, creativity and facilitating companies. A graduate of Rhodes University, Smith is a professional facilitator and management consultant for LEGO Serious Play and Serious Fun. He lives in Johannesburg and has been involved with the LEGO...

  • Never miss these 5 steps while transferring hosting providers

    Moving a website from one host to another host can be little tricky. Most newbie webmasters make too many mistakes during the entire migration process and end up with broken sites which take hours of fixing and data loss. Given below is step by step instructions you should follow before moving your web hosting to another hosting provider. Step 1: Do not sign up with a new host just yet This is one of the common mistakes newbie webmasters make. They decide to switch their hosting provider and without taking care of necessary tech issues, they purchase a plan with the...

  • Satellite networks could prove key to the financial services industry

    Satellite networks are reliable, very reliable. The very nature of the technology integrated with sound engineering practises leads to the most trusted and reliable connectivity solutions available today. Just for a moment consider how reliable technologies on board the satellites really has to be in order to ensure perfect operation over a life span of 20 years without the option to do any repairs or even preventative maintenance. Financial institutions require reliable services. Guaranteed up-time is crucial to ensure ongoing business delivery using ATM’s, branches and regional networks. The demand for ATM services is extreme… they must be reliable 24/7...

  • Scott Dixon crowned IndyCar Champion: the motorsport roundup

    Fewer things are crueler than losing a World Championship on a tie breaker, but that's what happens occasionally in motorsport (and tennis). Think back to 2008, when Felipe Massa should've won the Formula 1 World Championship, only to be denied by Lewis Hamilton on the final corner of the final lap of the season. It was easily one of the most dramatic ends to any motorsport series season ever, and well, fits in perfectly this this weekend's IndyCar race at Sonoma. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 3 ways to improve teamwork in your business

    You can never do anything worthwhile alone without the help of your team. In order to thrive, a business needs team collaboration at its highest levels. This is why we need to build great teams at work. But what does it take to build a better team? Is team building an art or a science? Ask that to any management guru or business leader, the answer would be almost similar. It is a bit of both. Assembling different team members, motivating them and keeping your team members happy is easier said than done. Read more on Ventureburn.

  • 5 family-friendly LEGO games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    I wanted to call this article “next gen LEGO round up”, but to be fair here this is no longer “next-gen”. The problem is I've called it that for so many years that habits are hard to break! Anyway, the point was that I've been playing a lot of LEGO games lately. Like, a lot! Why, you ask. Well the simple fact is I have a four-year-old son, and he loves LEGO games. Luckily, I do too so I figured I should share my ultimate LEGO video game list for current-gen consoles. Read more on Gearburn.

  • People are turning to Gumtree to satisfy their desire for Stikeez

    However you might feel about Stikeez, the collectible toys Pick n Pay currently gives out with purchases over R150, there's no getting around their popularity. It should hardly be surprising then that people are going online to get their hands on the brightly coloured blobs of plastic without having find more groceries to spend their money on. On eBay for instance, you can pick up a collection of Stikeez for anywhere from R59 to R119. And on online classifieds site Gumtree, individual Stikeez are going for as much as R10. Sure your collection isn't likely to bring in a...