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  • 4 tips to release employee-driven innovation

    Increasingly, companies are recognising that innovation doesn’t only happen through investment in Research and Development. Businesses stand to gain a competitive advantage by involving people across the company in identifying and acting on innovation opportunities. One such example is British Airways who introduced an online suggestion box for employees to propose how the airline could further reduce emissions and fuel costs. One of the 200 ideas submitted was a suggestion to descale aircraft toilet pipes which led to the airline saving over R13 000 000 through weight reduction and improving the performance of inflight conveniences.

  • Netflix to be ‘exclusive US pay TV home’ for Disney, Marvel and more

    Netflix has announced an exclusive partnership with Disney, Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm in the United States. The partnership will see Netflix host the latest movies from these big-name studios later this year. "From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar," the company said in a press release. The company has also revealed its refreshed summer lineup of content - so what can US subscribers (and those using proxy services) expect? June is highlighted by the first three Jurassic Park movies and Spotlight, July will see the Back to the Future and...

  • Facebook acquires VR company Two Big Ears, introduces 360 Spatial Workstation

    If you think Facebook's VR game was a joke then you were dead wrong. The company has announced the acquisition of Scottish VR company Two Big Ears. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed The company specialises in immersive audio products based on solutions for both cinematic VR and gaming, and Facebook has not wasted any time putting the company's expertise to good use. Alongside the announcement, it also introduced 360 Spatial Workstation, a software suite for designing spatial audio for 360 video and cinematic VR. The Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation has plugins for popular audio workstations, including a time...

  • Facebook reworks Trending Topics after ‘allegations of political bias’

    Facebook, in a bid to expel the allegations that it favours a conservative stance with its Trending Topics, is making changes to the product. The company claims that the changes are to make the process more rigorous and transparent. "Suppressing political content or preventing people from seeing what matters most to them is directly contrary to our mission. We are proud of the platform and community we have created, and it is important to us that Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas," Colin Stretch, Facebook General Counsel, said in a blog post. Read more: 5 tips to spot a...

  • Norway’s consumer council reads app terms in live-stream

    Norway's consumer watchdog has decided to protest lengthy app terms and conditions by reading these policies out in a live-stream. The live-stream, which has been going on for almost two hours as of publication, will see policies for 33 apps being read as part of an #appfail campaign. The figure represents the average number of apps installed on a Norwegian's phone, the Norwegian Consumer Council explained in a press statement. The council said that to use apps you often have to waive your "fundamental" privacy, accept that the app will track you when it's not being used and that your personally identifiable data can be resold....

  • Adele’s new music video is seriously trippy, but no less mesmerising

    Calling British songstress Adele a superstar isn't exactly a bold claim. After selling over 87-million records worldwide, she has probably earned that label. But while her tracks are catchy, she's also slowly building a reputation for interesting music videos. Her latest is perhaps the strangest of them all. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) was released earlier this year, but the video debuted at the recent Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, and well, it's pretty trippy. Dancing in front of a black background, a number of Adeles are layered one over the other, creating a ghost-like vision. It's a...

  • The mall of the future: how to build smarter, digital shopping districts

    Since The Mall of Africa, South Africa's biggest single-phase shopping mall development opened its doors on 28 April, it has dominated social media chat lately, as much for its promise as its problems. Is it the mall built for the future like some say? My colleagues who have been brave enough to venture forth tell me that it is well-designed, but otherwise unremarkable from an innovation perspective. Me? I’ll stay away for now. My last foray into a shopping centre saw me on the hunt for a particular kitchen accessory for my wife, which I went to buy from a shop...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 13 gorgeous shots of Cape Town

    As much as Instagram's a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it's also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we'll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. And which better city to begin with than Cape Town? It's Gearburn's home town, and the Mother City of South Africa, and arguably one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities on the planet. But don't take our word for it. Have a look at...

  • Software development diaries: why the customer isn’t always right

    For outsiders, software development may seem difficult – of course – but relatively straightforward given the relevant training. Development partners are given the business problem or brief, the timeline, and the budget. From there, it’s happy coding… right? Not so much. Software development is an inherently complex and nuanced task, and requires both experience and talent to achieve the desired outcomes. It also requires an in-depth understanding of the systems and processes needed to get to a certain point. In the world of enterprise software development, there is more often than not a tussle between clients and development partners. Sometimes, clients...

  • Technology in accounting: humans are here to stay

    As technology gets smarter and takes over more and more of the work we typically deem “skilled”, are professionals like accountants at risk of being replaced? The short answer is “No”. The long answer is “It all depends on the professional accountant’s attitude”. Let’s begin by taking a step back to understand the nature of this trend. The author Martin Ford has written extensively on this subject, and his recent book, The Rise of the Robots, contains a lot of food for thought. The main point that should concern professional accountants is that the ongoing drive towards automation is no...

  • Metro 2033: can bad dubs and subs ruin a game?

    Metro 2033 is a 2010 post-apocalyptic, action-horror first person shooter set in the underground railway system of Moscow twenty years after a nuclear war has ravaged the surface of the planet and forced the citizens to flee underground. In the years since the war, feral creatures have mutated into deadly threats, Communist Russia’s military returns full force complete with propaganda and even the Nazis managed to make a comeback. These various factions stand in the way of young Artyom, a resident of a settlement on the brink of destruction, and his quest to save said settlement.

  • Does your business model have the legs to go the distance?

    To successfully run any business, shareholders, managers and directors of SMEs and privately-held companies can create enduring value through challenging the business model. To run any company, however big or small, it is essential to implement the right model for the way the business operates. It is critical to implement a sustainable, financially viable business model that positively impacts as many of the business’s stakeholders as possible.

  • Standard Bank’s horrible Monday continues on Twitter

    Standard Bank has endured a rather torrid week already, having revealed that it was the victim of a R300-million credit card scam in Japan. You can catch up on the original story here. If the bank was expecting sympathy from South Africans, there was none to be had, as SA Twitter users lambasted the institution or had fun at its expense. Social media users had a little field day following the news... *Standard Bank calls JP police* 👮: “For mass bank fraud please press 1…” SB: pic.twitter.com/xkehOwp97m — Pawel Janiak (@cynicalgrinch) May 23, 2016 Somewhere, the Standard Bank CEOs be like pic.twitter.com/4D4uB9eBhY — Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) May 23,...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins third Moto3 race in a row

    Brad Binder’s Moto3 season just keeps getting better and better, as the South African won his third race in a row this weekend. Binder’s latest victory came at the sweeping Mugello circuit in Italy, following a seesaw battle between the top group of riders. The race routinely saw riders go from outside the podium to first and vice-versa over the course of a lap, the long main straight delivering ideal conditions for slipstreaming and late braking.

  • Standard Bank hit by R300m credit card fraud in Japan

    Standard Bank has revealed that it was the victim of a "sophisticated, coordinated fraud incident" in Japan. Criminals withdrew cash from various ATMs in Japan, using fraudulent credit cards based on leaked Standard Bank data, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Although Standard Bank wasn't identified by name in the initial report. Standard Bank has issued a press statement to confirm the incident though, adding that there has been no financial loss for consumers. However, the bank has suffered losses of its own. "Standard Bank has taken swift action to contain the matter and the gross loss to the bank is estimated at R300-million. This is prior to any potential recoveries that may...