The surprising science of motivation

Fascinating TED talk on what motivates people in companies, challenging traditional notions of management. Very relevant to many online companies who are looking at building new and different cultures. (via Wendy Robb @ 20fourlabs)

Media? What's that?

There is so much confusion on the future of media, journalism and news — demonstrated with utmost clarity (or lack thereof) here in a Spiegel interview with Chris Anderson, Wired editor and respected author of the Long Tail. In a…

Bloggers now eligible for major journalism award

Just been informed that bloggers are eligible for the prestigious Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year award. They’re opening entries to bloggers “in recognition of just how important the blogspace has become in shaping opinion and providing analysis on…

Matthew 1, Hackers 0

UPDATE: Here is a good plugin to help you change and manage your wp-admin blog details. Also see this useful blog post “11 Vital Tips and Hacks to Protect Your WordPress Admin Area“. So my site was hacked. What a…

Furious MXIT lashes out at media

MXIT is a world-wide mobile instant messaging tool (now evolving into a social network) with around 15-million users (claimed). It’s based in South Africa but has offices around the world and substantial numbers in countries like the Phillipines. Every time…

District 9: Spaceships over Soweto

I, like any normal, rational person, thought that this was a hoax. But it’s not. This is an upcoming movie about aliens landing in Johannesburg by local director Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson. There is obviously a strong metaphorical link…

HTC confirms August Android Market launch in SA

As predicted by Ron Bach on the 20FourLabs blog, the Android market will soon be launched here. Leaf International Communications, the distributor of HTC in South Africa has confirmed the Android Market, Google’s mobile application directory, will be available to…

You can't wrap fish & chips in pixels

This is the second Prezi presentation I’ve done, first introduced to me by Phil Barrett of Flow Interactive via a post on Life Hacker. This one was for Th!nkFest at the National Arts Festival. I owe the title (or is…

Pictures from the National Arts Festival

The Village Green is the heartbeat of the National Arts Festival. This year it was moved from its traditional headquarters at Fiddler’s Green to the Rhodes University Sports field. Here are some pics: More pics here.

Obummer!

Yet more responsive advertising by Nandos (the chicken people). This one picking up on the USA’s 3-2 loss to Brazil in the Fifa Confederations Cup. Nandos must have one of the most responsive marketing departments around. It churns these clever…

Fifa World Cup: Building Greenpoint stadium

About nine months ago I did a tour of Greenpoint Stadium, which will be hosting one of the semi-finals for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Now, about 9 months later, I toured the stadium again with Chris Rawlinson and Gabby…

Twitter, journalism and Iran

Some questions I answered for a newspaper article on journalism and social media, specifically with regard to the Iran uprisings and the use of twitter: 1. Twitter is being used quite extensively at the moment in Iran. Could this be…

Announcing 20FourLabs

We’ve launched a new division @ 24.com, called 20FourLabs. The word “labs” has become synonymous with innovation ever since Google established its world-famous Google Labs. So this is where we’re drawing inspiration from, because we love Google. So far 20FourLabs…