27 Feb, 2015 6:55 am CAT
From Steve Jobs to Eskom: how a former Disney exec solves challenges creatively
27 Feb, 2015 6:50 am CAT
How reverse innovation helped birth Ludwick Marishane’s waterless bath #AccentureIC2015
22 Jan, 2015 6:00 am CAT
Memeburn’s 3-minute look at the updated Google Translate app [video]
Mxit: the rise and collapse of ‘Africa’s largest social network’
By Stuart Thomas: Senior reporter


The Gizmondo, ‘Battlefield Hardline’ and LG Watch Urbane: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

battlefield-hardline-650x350 You know, these February weeks are really dragging along this year, but that's not because there's a slew of gaming and gadget releases coming in hordes next month, thanks to the MWC and GDC. Considering that it is March in just a few days time, we have a look at one of the most special handheld gaming consoles that launched in March nearly a decade ago. It's a right shame that Nintendo doesn't have much competition in the market anymore. Read more ...

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One Rand Man gets a documentary, will be used as educational aid

One rand Man Doccie Anyone who was paying the vaguest bit of attention to the media in mid 2014, you would have noticed plenty of coverage around Sanlam's 'One Rand Man' campaign. For the duration of the campaign, a middle-class South African man, with a solid job and in an apparently stable financial situation, was asked to give up his credit and debit cards for one month. It's caused waves and brought the agency behind it major industry Kudos. If things had stopped there, ...

Mobile, Mobile apps, Social networking

Facebook adds new feature for suicide prevention

Facebook On 25 February 2015, Facebook began rolling out a feature update that would aid suicide prevention. The effort was announced at the fifth annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The news first broke on the University of Washington website. The tool will allow users to flag concerning content on Facebook and notify it easily. Every now and then users see ‘I cannot take it anymore’, ‘Everything is just too much’ status updates and do not ...


Weekly Roundup #15: Mxit, Mobile World Congress, Apple car and CT is not Silicon Valley

cape-town-344257_1280 Welcome to Weekly Roundup, a podcast where the Burn Media team discusses all the biggest news from the past seven days in tech. This week, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Andy Walker kicked things off with a preview of Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain next week. The show is set to include a plethora of new smartphone and wearable launches. One South African company which you wouldn't have bet against having a presence a few years ...

Social networking, Twitter

Twitter to crack down on serial trolls by tracking their phone numbers

Twitter logo blue on grey Twitter has announced that it is now going to decisively deal with trolls as part of its long term plan. In the past Twitter was ambiguous about its stance regarding trolls, as evidenced by its inaction around Gamergate. Although there were constant threats of assault, death and rape, Twitter frequently failed to act. And when it did, it was often weeks later with no concrete action. But the general public clearly views trolling as a serious matter which needs to ...

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Innovation, News

First World Trader, Angel Shack, Blue Strata named SA’s top innovators #AccentureIC2015

Accenture Awards With a vision of promoting and recognising some of the country's top game-changers, The Accenture Innovation Conference has revealed South Africa's top innovators in Johannesburg. Within their respective categories, First World Trader, Angel Shack and Blue Strata were named the top innovators in the country. Explaining the initiative's goals, CEO of Accenture South Africa William Mzimba says that innovation is critical for business to operate, especially South Africa which faces a lot of economic and social issues. He said in a ...

Conferences, Future Trends

Kill your company, and other ways to keep innovation top of mind #AccentureIC2015

654A3991 The Accenture Innovation Conference kicked off with Johannesburg's executive mayor addressing all the challenges South Africa's capital is faced with. It seemed to be an unusually long list that after nearly an hour wouldn't be resolved during the conference.  But when futurist Lisa Bodell took the stage, it felt like she was addressing both his and everyone else at the conference's problems. Straight up and honest, Bodell got everyone standing (literally) and what she said should be shouted from the rooftops ...






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