‘Selfie surgery’ – the pinnacle of social media self-absorption or natural evolution

Vanity, though sometimes frowned upon, isn’t new to our species and in fact it can produce some very helpful byproducts. An elevated self-perception has been known to trick one’s audience into thinking the same and the ‘selfie’ phenomenon has undoubtedly pulled the very same wool over our peer-pressure-prone eyes, garnering the pretty or the ‘perceived …

Now you can test-run your Insta pics for likes before you post them

So we’ve accepted we’re not all capable of an Ellen DeGeneres-style, Twitter-crashing, multi-celebrity selfie, in fact, we need as much help as we can get if we’re trying to rack up those precious likes. Even digital favourites One Direction didn’t manage her 3 million retweet record. Luckily, a new site engineered by MIT researchers serves to …

‘Mingleton’ – Move aside Tinder there’s a new dating app in town

This week we were presented with further evidence that we are completely incapable or absolutely unwilling to meet people the old fashion way. ‘Mingleton’, a new smartphone dating app, makes the search for everlasting love (or temporary acquaintance) that much easier by connecting you with people in your immediate vicinity. The brainchild of two Harvard …

South Africa gets on the smartphone development map

South Africa will soon join a host of other nations that are producing digital devices on home soil, with local needs and budgets in mind and of course producing the much-needed by-product of job creation, while creating fierce competition in this market. Two black-owned enterprises, Seemahale Telecoms and CZ Electronics have joined forces to put …

The Blogger’s Start-up Guide – What you’ll really need to get going

Blogging is big business, as well as an excellent tool for getting self-published and increasing your digital profile. Even if your aspirations are far more humble than becoming the next big thing, bagging loads of freebies and getting invited to every social event on the calendar, the tools and skills you’ll need are much the …

How crowdfunding has made business more personal

The days of relying on the generosity of well-to-do acquaintances and persuading angel investors to back your ideas are gone. Crowdfunding has opened the flood gates for good ideas to become real businesses and unlike traditional sponsorship models, everyone can get involved and the general public is choosing the products and services that they want …

Obsessive Comparison Disorder – the latest social media-induced mental health issue

OCD just got new meaning in the latest social anxiety disorder to be blamed on the importance of being self-important in the virtual world. ‘Obsessive Comparison Disorder’ may have always existed but the hyper-reality of social media networks like Facebook and Instagram have heightened the wired generation’s need to excel and exceed. Or at least …