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The Red Planet has had many of us pondering the question, is there water on Mars? A recent study revealed that there is. It turns out the water may have originated from lakes and streams on the planet. Read more about Mars here. (more…)
It’s been ages since the software giants, Microsoft, launched a new device. Tomorrow in a live stream announcement, they’ll divulge their next biggest reveal since Windows 10. Watch this space and learn more here. (more…)
September 27’s Super Blood Moon has been dominating social media. If you missed it, don’t worry, Instagram captured it for you. This phenomenon occurs every 32 years, so you’ll be waiting until 2033 to see the next one. In the meantime, you can learn more about it and check out the pictures here. (more…)
With a total number of 1,216,611 tweets tweeted, the Apple event caused quite the stir on social media. Siri and Apple TV joined forces, photos gained motion with Live Photo and the new 12.9 inch iPad pro was launched! If you didn’t catch the whole 2 hour live-stream, check out more about their announcements here.
Mobile is the way of the future and you need to know how to protect your device. Many people have come to accept security on their computers as the norm yet still overlook mobile phone security.
Check out these security tips for iOS and Android devices to help keep your personal information safe from hackers and identity theft.
The Commonwealth Games were first held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. Now they’re making their way to Durban in 2022! Durban is the first African city to be awarded this four yearly sports event. Learn some more and test your knowledge about the Commonwealth Games here.
Apparently animals are the real geniuses. It would seem that they’ve been the inspiration for many of our greatest technological feats. Prosthetics, Velcro, Skin grafts – they all began in nature.
Have a read through these articles and see just how innovative the animal world truly is.
The Loeries are in Durban this year! Take that, Cape Town. This week’s Killabite will feature all the information you’ll need for this year’s event, last year’s results and some help for next time. (more…)
It was our third birthday on Saturday and if you didn’t get us a gift, it’s not too late. Here are some gifts we’d dig to have. Smartphone Laser Tag, because really, we’re all big kids, and who doesn’t love a game of laser tag! A Desk Cup Holder, because as an office we consume an impressive amount of coffee, so anything that stops our precious coffee from spilling everywhere is essential. And finally, a 3-in-1 Breakfast Station because with our minions fed, we can continue producing award winning media content. Happy shopping! (more…)
It’s our birthday on Saturday! And you won’t be forgetting it… Well, not with these nifty apps on your side.
Brush up on your birthday skills with these three clever apps. In a matter of clicks you’ll be transformed into a gift-giving genius with the memory of an elephant. (more…)
Finding Twitter a little boring lately? Try some of these apps to add a whole new dimension to your Twitter experience. (more…)
Monday Killabite #55
From flight tracker apps and tech hacks, travelling has never been more hassle free. Technology is revolutionizing our lives at every turn and now some locally built apps are making South African travel even better!
Brilliant Tech Hacks For Your Next Trip
To make your trips as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible, we’ve rounded up the best tech travel hacks on the web — from how to pack properly to how to share photos once you’ve returned, you’ll find it all right here. How did we ever travel without them before? Read more here.
10 Locally built apps that you should be using
There appears to be an app for everything these days, and the truth is some are useful while others chow your data with annoying updates. Here’s our list of locally built apps which add value to your South African travel experiences. Read more here.
Flight Tracker Apps That Will Make Any Trip Less Stressful
The secret to making a trip to the airport less stressful this holiday season? A flight tracker app. Here are our picks for 10 of the best, which go far beyond tracking departure times. Read more here.
Monday Killabite #54
From intelligent ceiling fans and voice-activated grills to wi-fi controlled ovens… It’s only a matter of time before these home appliances don’t need us anymore.
Haiku – The World’s Most Advanced Ceiling Fan
Big Ass Fans brings you Haiku with SenseME™, the world’s first smart ceiling fan. Designed with an onboard computer and array of sensors, this fan makes decisions to keep you comfortable – automatically. SenseME monitors environmental conditions, senses occupancy and learns user preferences to make adjustments. Read more here.
The Lynx Smart Grill Has WiFi – Hears What You’re Saying
The Wi-Fi enabled, voice-activated grill is intelligent enough to cook anything you ask of it. Read more here.
Miele Dual Fuel – Controlled Via An App
The Miele 48-inch Dual Fuel Range connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network. On the touch panels on the front of the oven, and via the app, you can control the oven, change the settings, and select from more than 100 different cooking programs and recipes. Read more here.
Monday Killabite #53
The struggle is real. Our favourite tech-savvy, world changing companies are all set to conquer more ground. The battle between them is on.
(Yay for the consumer)
Facebook Opens First Africa Office
Eyeing its next billion users, Facebook opens first office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more here.
The War Over Your Future Driverless Car Service Has Begun
Uber’s acquisition of 100 Microsoft mapping engineers puts Google in crosshairs. Read more here.
The Chinese Ride-Hailing Startup That’s Out-Ubering Uber
One of Tech’s fiercest rivalries is shaping up in China right now, but the leading contender isn’t a familiar name in the US. Didi Kuaidi is taking on Uber for the title of largest ride-hailing company in the world’s largest country—or more precisely, Uber appears to be trying to unseat the homegrown favorite. See here.
Monday Killabite #52
We have a lot of faith in Google. It gives us access to the past, improves greatly upon our present, and seems to be generating a whole lot of hope for the future. Check out some of Google’s plans to make the world a more user-friendly place.
Google Invents Interaction Sensor
If Google has its way, our future will be nothing less than a sci-fi movie. Google’s Project Soli has invented a new interaction sensor using radar technology that can capture motions of your fingers at up to 10,000 frames per second. And that is something that has never ever been done before. Simply put, this technology is so bafflingly accurate that you could operate any device (fitted with this) without having to even touch it. Read here.
Google says these balloons can deliver widespread economic and social benefits by bringing Internet access to the 60 percent of the world’s people who don’t have it. Many of those 4.3 billion people live in rural places where telecommunications companies haven’t found it worthwhile to build cell towers or other infrastructure. Read here.
Coolest Google R&D Projects
From space elevators, robots, to curing cancer: Google works to make future generations brighter, healthier, and more informed. See here.
Monday Killabite #51
So it turns out that having animals in the workplace isn’t just a fun idea, but it’s a productive one, too! Funny stories about Bentley the pug, Mango the orange cat, and Tom Tom the talkative cat are frequently doing the rounds in the Conversation LAB office. Maybe it’s about time we invite them over to the office…
5 Ways Animals Improve Workplace Productivity
Workplaces are going to the dogs— and that’s a good thing! Leaving your pet behind at the start of your workday can be a bit heartbreaking. When your dog or cat gives you those sad eyes, what are you supposed to do? You’ve got to go to work, right? Well, there are some of us who are fortunate to bring our pets with us to the office and we’ve got good news for you: it turns out that having pets in the workplace actually boosts employee performance levels.
Read more at. Read here.
This “Cat Library” Lets Workers Borrow A Kitten For Their Work Day
On average, there are about five cats available at a time, Tillison said. Employees can go play with them in the library, or take them to their office for as long as they want. In addition to being fun for the employees, Tillison said the project helps the shelter cats find forever homes. Read here.
Pets at the Office are the Cat’s Meow for Employee Morale
While not everyone may like pets around, bringing pets to the office is actually very beneficial for employees. A recent study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management stated that stress declined for people who brought their dogs to work. When owners left their dogs at home, their stress level increased throughout the day. Therefore, it is predictable to see that more offices around the U.S. started to adopt a pet friendly office policy for the past few years. Read here.
Monday Killabite #50
In 1926 the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “The greatest invention of the nineteenth century was the invention of the method of invention.” For the 50th edition of The Killabite we’ve put together a list of life changing techie inventions from 50 years ago. P.S. If these inventions weren’t invented, you’d probably not be reading about half a century old inventions today!
The first network experiment linking two computers takes place between the TX-2 computer by Lincoln Labs and the Q-32 mainframe operated by the RAND corporations System Development Corporation. It is the first time in which two computers directly communicated with one another. Read here.
Almost 50 years ago, a small team at the Italian company Olivetti managed to do what no one had done before them; they created a computer small enough to fit on a desk, and could be used by regular people. It was the Programma 101, what many consider to be the world’s first personal computer. Read here.
Probably the first email system of this type was MAILBOX, used at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1965. Another early program to send messages on the same computer was called SNDMSG.. Read here
8 Track Tape
A few tinkerers had made inroads on endless-loop tapes, but none had the clout of Bill Lear, businessman and inventor behind the Learjet. In 1964, he produced beta versions of his eight-track model − a leaner, more efficient update of inventor George Eash’s Fidelipac − for RCA and Ford executives. The former licensed their music catalogue to Lear, while the latter offered eight-track player installation in their ’66 models. The clunky EP host may have been short-lived and become the butt of jokes, but it also facilitated a permanent shift in how we listen to music in our cars and still makes for terrific retro-kitsch décor. Read here.
The first workable digital compact disc device, the precursor on now ubiquitous CD/DVDs, was invented in the late 1960s by the American physicist James Russell. Read here.
Monday Killabite #49
This weeks’ Killabite will help you wrap your emoji-head around the art of social media marketing, the latest politically correct emohjis and become a part of the social conversation.
Smile, Wink, Pray: Brands Decode the Enigma of Emojis
Symbols are key to social media marketing. The digital hieroglyphics, which convey users’ thoughts and moods by way of hearts and smiley-faced poop across dozens of platforms, are increasingly becoming a big part of the social conversation. Here
Here are all the new ethnically diverse emojis Apple just added to the iPhone
Apple’s new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8.3, is here, and with it come hundreds of new emojis. Apple has included a range of new skintones so emojis will better reflect the various races of people across the globe. Here
The emojification of brand advertising
Bud Light, GE and Oreo are just three among the myriad brands that have jumped on the emoji bandwagon over the past year. Bud Light seamlessly stitched together an emoji American flag to celebrate the 4th of July on Twitter last year, while GE crafted an entire periodic table of emojis with corresponding DIY science experiments last December. Oreo pulled off one of its most successful campaigns in China last year, asking parents to take photos of themselves with their children and paste them on dancing emojis. Here
Monday Killabite #48
Whether you can’t seem to get all of your ducks in a row in the office or if you just don’t find the time to prepare lunch, we have found some apps to help free up your evenings and weekends.
Getting Stuff Done
There never seems to be enough time during the day to get everything done at work. These 12 essential apps will keep you motivated to get stuff done in the office and not over the weekend. Read more here.
Dominate Your Work Day
If you’re looking to boost your workday productivity, that smartphone in your pocket can help. The mobile app revolution has produced hundreds of apps to help ease the stress of everyday life. These apps perform both simple tasks, such as managing your to-do list, and complex ones, such as allowing you remote access to your computer. See more here.
The Appetite Mobile App
Find your favourite local restaurant, browse the menu and order via the app. The app indicates whether the restaurant delivers, and if not, it informs you of when your order will be ready for collection. Download here.