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  • New Year, new threats: 6 email resolutions to protect your data

    With the holidays officially behind us, everyone is back at work and companies are in full swing again. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones. Would-be hackers are looking ahead to another lucrative year of cybercrime. 2015 was a ‘successful’ year for cyber criminals with millions of data records being lost or stolen around the world. In 2016 we can expect the attacks to continue and to see even more advanced attacks like spear-phishing where victims are specifically targeted using their personal information. And the level of sophistication the criminals use to dupe us is also rising. According to Mimecast...

  • Twitter Q4 results: revenue on the up even as user growth stagnates

    There is a joke that goes, a Russian ship is on the ocean, a voice comes over the radio to the controller room "Help, help, I am sinking", the operator mistakes the man for a heavily inebriated Russian man, who is not sinking but thinking but struggling to pronounce it and responds in his equally heavily Russian accent, "Hello, hello, what are you sinking about?". This is how things are crumbling around Twitter and will soon crumble underneath it. The experts, users, and journalists keep suggesting what Twitter needs to do and the stagnant user growth proves that it...

  • Reviewing the Classics: we play Fallout 2 (1998)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles with fixed controllers and PCs with floppy drives. This week, L.C. has a look at Interplay's sequel to Fallout -- Fallout 2 -- or more accurately, the Fallout game that some love to loathe. After playing through the original Fallout for the first time (and reviewing it), which was after having been exposed to Bethesda's iterations of the franchise, I was left unimpressed with what I had experienced and was very disappointed...

  • #SONA2016 looks set to smash 2015’s massive social media traction

    It's difficult to imagine how the this year's State of the Nation Address (SONA) could provide any more drama than the 2015 edition, with its signal jammers, white shirt brigades, and walkouts. But if the social media chatter in the lead-up to president Jacob Zuma's speech is anything to go by, the South African public is expecting fireworks. According to data collected by social media insights and analytics company YouKnow, conversation around SONA 2016 could be at least 24% up on last year's record-breaking figures. Read more: #SONA2015 reached 30 tweets per second in SA’s first true social TV...

  • The honeymoon is over: dating apps now a hotbed of crime

    Like so many aspects of daily life that have moved online, dating is another that has exploded in popularity in the last few years. Unlike online dating sites, dating apps appeal to a new generation of online daters because of their simplicity and ability to link with other social networks to generate automatic profiles for their users. But despite the ease of downloading these applications, do we consider the risk of using such applications on our personal data? The rise of dating apps has been met with much controversy. In January, UK police announced an increase in the number...

  • No Facebook, Elon Musk was not an ‘illegal immigrant’

    By now second guessing stuff on the internet should come naturally. A Facebook post -- that's been shared nearly 25 000 times -- claims that US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk was an illegal immigrant. This is false. But it does manage to drive a very important point home. The viral post takes a stab at controversial US presidential candidate and billionaire, Donald Trump, for his hardline immigration policies. It reads as follows: I am Elon Musk. I was an ILLEGAL immigrant. And if Mr. Trump and some of you had it your way, I would've been kicked out of the USA...

  • Smart cities for sustainable, sharable energy

    Smartphones have transformed how we engage with almost every aspect of our daily lives. Now the outward progression of this technology – the so-called “Internet of Things” – has begun to encapsulate even more of our everyday interactions. Today entire cities are striving to perform in a way that harnesses the benefits of “Big Data” and digital technologies, promising residents a more eco-efficient and sustainable standard of living. Digital communication tools are being used to around the world to better improve municipal services and enhance the capabilities of basic city infrastructure. By bringing formerly analog services and devices online,...

  • 5 bad LinkedIn habits you need to break right now

    For those of you who use LinkedIn on a regular basis, you will have come across a wide range of LinkedIn users. These users range from those who know how to interact in a pleasant, engaging manner and those who really upset other LinkedIn users. I have listed 5 bad habits you need to stop now. 1. Using standard LinkedIn text There is nothing worse that receiving a LinkedIn connection request which says “I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn followed by your name. It implies that you have not put much thought around why you would...

  • Here’s why streamlining is so crucial for customer satisfaction

    Customer satisfaction is by far one of the most important aspects of a successful business. If a company falls short on accommodating the needs of their customers, sales decrease, and the business -- fails. If you’ve been in business long enough, you know that not every customer will be satisfied. However, if a majority of your customers aren’t pleased then Houston, you have a problem. Streamlining Processes and It’s Benefits How can a business owner continue to appeal to the needs of their target customer? By continually looking for ways to streamline day to day processes. Streamlining is essentially the process...

  • How tech can help you fulfill customer expectations and build a repeat business

    "The purpose of business," said the father of management science, Peter Drucker, "is to create and keep a customer.” If he lived in today’s fast paced world -- which moves at the speed of the Internet across all continents and in all time zones-- he might have added that it is far more cost-effective to keep a customer than to acquire a new one. The reason why customer acquisition is more expensive and customer retention more challenging is because the Internet is no longer a novelty. In the early days of the Internet, when e-commerce was climbing out of the...

  • MWC 2016 preview: the numbers, the launches, the rumours

    It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So what's in store this year? Well, we like to have our readers covered for all eventualities, so welcome to our MWC 2016 cheat sheet, where all you need to know about the conference is covered, explained and then covered again.

  • When it rains, it pours: Facebook faces sanctions in France for illegal data mining

    When Facebook reports record revenue numbers and staggering active monthly user growth, being Mark Zuckerberg must feel pretty damn good. Right now though being Zuckerberg must feel a little unpleasant. In a space of less than 48 hours, Facebook has seen its Free Basics programme banned in India and the threat of possible sanctions in France. The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) has issued a notice to Facebook and Facebook Ireland Limited, warning against what it calls unfair collecting of data from the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a Facebook account. The...

  • 8 awesome web design tools to try out in 2016

    Being a web designer nowadays means being able to constantly adapt to the latest industry trends. This is because emerging technologies are disrupting almost every industry there is. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, it would be reasonable to keep yourself updated. A revolutionary, hard to use pieces of software have become a rarity. Today, every app is user friendly because we use technology to optimize our performances and increase our productivity. We live in a cyberpunk age, in which the sci-fi tools and gadgets have become a reality. Let us go through some of the...

  • Listen up, Apple: 4 features we’d love to see on the iPhone 7

    Many would argue that the Apple iPhone 6S, or 6S Plus for that matter, is the perfect phone. The zenith of smartphone technology. The absolute pinnacle of mobile engineering. To that we'd reply "there's absolutely no such thing as a perfect phone." Even though it's probably the best phone you can purchase right now and I absolutely loved my review device, it has its flaws; flaws that are preventing older Apple users from jumping ship, and flaws that make other phones from other marques seem a lot tastier. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Which ecommerce platform will do justice to your business plan?

    Startup wave has hit the world and given birth to various big and small ecommerce websites. Following this, everyone aspires to build Etsy like startup but they either lack software choices or knowledge of a multi-vendor script/system required to create an online store. The game is much simple for entrepreneurs who want to sell their own goods or services online as a normal ecommerce store will do for them. But, if it’s about launching a store like eBay & Etsy, you need to find out a startup friendly ecommerce solution (combined with multi-vendor features) first. There is plenty of...