Author Archives: matt

The future of social networking, with augmented reality: Slideshare version

Due to the great response to the original blog post, here’s a powerpoint version of our concept investigation into social networking with augmented reality on your mobile phone. It sums up the key points in a more succinct and visual manner than the original blog post. It’s a fascinating and scary glimpse of what social […]

Future media, Future net, Future mobile: 2010 and beyond

Here is a presentation/prezi I delivered for Jeremy Maggs’ The Annual Conference in Johannesburg last week. It has a 2010 theme: Both in terms of the FIFA Football World Cup and what the web landscape could look like in 2010. I cheated a bit and looked beyond 2010. At the end I included some random […]

Les Geeks de travel @ le web

I’m off to Paris this weekend to attend Le Web (agenda here). I also need to come clean about something: I’m part of a top secret, Illuminati-type organisation known as the Traveling Geeks. The TGs know everything about everything. They knew you were going to read this post, and have also just taken your DNA […]

Sports, celebrities, politics & recession top Google trends list

The local Google branch, this side of Africa, have certainly been very communicative. And this time they’re giving us insight into the country’s Zeitgeist. As part of its year-end Zeitgeist trends results, which monitors search trends around the world, Google has released results of what South Africans have been searching for this year in the […]

Sixth Sense future computing

(Updated with recent TED Talk by Pranav Mistry) Forget cellphone cameras — future interfaces and the future web will be interactive projections. It could also mean the ultimate “convergence” of devices. For example, if the projection is simulating hardware — such as the buttons on your cellphone, a keyboard, a screen or watch interface — […]

The future of us

One of the reasons innovation — true innovation — is so difficult to achieve, is that we’re trapped by legacy. It’s the key criticism of so-called old media companies. They’re so culturally and institutionally programmed to work a certain way and protect old assets, that “innovation” in some contexts is merely tantamount to rearranging deck […]

SA study: More people banking with their mobiles than PCs

According to respected market research organisation World Wide Worx, the number of people banking from their cellphones has exceeded that of people banking from their PCs in South Africa. More than a quarter of bank customers are turning to their cellphones for services ranging from informational transaction types such as balance enquiries to financial transaction […]

Invictus trailer

Hollywood seems to be loving the tip of Africa. It’s great to see yet another high quality movie made about South Africa (I was all over District 9). I’ve been waiting to see this movie ever since Matt Damon wizzed passed me in Hout Bay, about to tackle Suikerbossie on the Cape Argus Cycle tour […]

Mac vs PC: Windows 7

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The Hub: Social networking on a publishing platform

The Hub, a key 20FourLabs project, changes everything. To some extent, it’s the realisation of of these thoughts I had in 2007 that all websites, all businesses, and in fact all things are social networks. It’s an obvious point in many ways, but then again not so obvious in others. Wrapped up in the Hub […]

Opening speech @ #SiliconCape

Here is the text of the speech I gave at the opening of Silicon Cape in Camps Bay. I’m not alone in saying that this was an inspiring and well-supported event. Welcome everyone and thank you all for coming. A special welcome to the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Mr Johann […]

Silicon Cape a trending topic on Twitter

Enter the Silicon Cape

I’m honoured to have been asked to MC the Silicon Cape launch next week. When Vinny Lingham asked me to do it a few weeks back, I said yebo gogo without hesitation. It’s a brilliant initiative. And it’s possibly going to be one of the most important and powerful gatherings this country has seen of […]

Which type of network suits your business?

Prosumer is one of those horrible words. But it does encapsulate an ethos sweeping through online business today (particularly media), where the audience/readers/viewers/consumers are no longer treated in a passive way but actively brought more into the business or publishing processes. It’s also known as crowd sourcing. To understand exactly what this means, here’s a […]

Oh Peter! You're just being sentimental

Duncan McLeod, former associate editor of the Financial Mail, recently burst onto the scene with a great new addition to my regular daily reads. On his new Techcentral site there have been two articles that caught my attention — the first being a fiery piece by former Vodacom CEO Allan Knott-Craig, and now an interview […]

Exclusive – Hot new local tech launch: The TwitterStick

Well, not that exclusive actually. This dates back to May, but Brendan Jack (of MTV Footskating fame) just brought this to my attention via his blog, starring the brilliant Rob Van Vuuren and his Hot New Tech Launch: The TwitterStick. LOL. They’re looking for an angel investor. I know you want it Vinny.

The model social media consultant

Just when the web was starting to get boring: Along came Nadia van der Merwe. Nadia’s video proclaiming herself to be a lingerie model-come-social media rockstar instantly went viral. It was a funny video, but also well put together. The world is a cynical place, and you’ll find cynicism with an extra bit of nastiness […]

A short word on innovation

Innovation in a business context is one of the most misunderstood concepts around. I have to admit that I’ve misunderstood it for most of my life too. I’ve grown to realise that ideas by themselves are pretty much worthless — and innovation really arises out of a process of execution of those ideas that tests […]

Mobile strategy for publishers

Here’s an edited presentation I did a while ago on mobile strategy at 20FourLabs.com. If you’re not a handset maker, a mobile operator or MXIT, then you face some tough challenges in the mobile web environment. The business environment of the mobile web is dominated by a few proprietary players and is not open season […]

To the 27 Dinner, James

Today the topic is transport. Chris Rawlinson, networker extraordinaire, of the 27Dinner, Stormhoek and Huddlemind, seems to be taking care of my transport needs these days — and this time he delivered a big car. For this 27Dinner we (Bridget, my other half) caught a limo (wot, wot) together with WebMovieStars The Perels (speaking about […]