Category Archive: Take A Break

Take A Break: Street Hack

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This week’s tech feature demonstrated that the so called Internet of Things (IoT) has profound abilities to connect, control and automate many of the objects and devices we use on a daily basis. From lighting, thermostats, appliances, security, sports and even toothbrushes; IoT can assist in bringing about a new world of convenience and automation to the palm of your hand.

But what if you took this idea a step further and had the ability to control street lights, traffic lights, cars and ATM’s with IoT connectivity via your smartphone? Ubisoft has the answer with their amazing (and equally amusing) Street Hack video.StreetHack


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Take A Break: Tiyo

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Ever been in a situation you wanted to get out of instantly? Tiyo is your exit strategy!

Tiyo (which stands for: “this is your exit”) is a Canadian start-up company that looked at creating a sneaky opt-out solution for undesirable social situations. Their product is intended to rescue you from awkward, boring or annoying encounters by linking to your smartphone via Bluetooth. With the press of a key-ring panic button, your phone will ring and give you the opportunity to use a pre-planned exit excuse, or to make one up on the spot.

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The company is currently running a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. But with just 1 day left and still 95% of their $100000 investment target remaining, it doesn’t look likely that the Tiyo will be getting any customers out of undesirable social situations any time soon!

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Take A Break: Business Buzzwords

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Do you ever find yourself lost in a whirlwind of redundant corporate jargon? Keywords and catchphrases that sneak their way into every boardroom and office around the world. Sure, they have their place in many instances, but it’s time to pay tribute to all of the overused and unnecessary business buzzwords in the corporate world.

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Take A Break: Socialnomics

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It may be another tough week out there, but it’s time to take a break from the mid-week hustle and get familiar with some weird and wonderful facts and stats about social media.

Introducing Socialnomics 2014, the fifth and most recent installment of one of the Internet’s most popular social media video series. Erik Qualman is the man behind Socialnomics and runs a blog by the same name, that you can check out here. In addition, Qualman has published a number books, the most popular of which (yip, you guessed it) goes by the same name of Socialnomics. The book is about how social media transforms the way we live and do business, with a number of lessons and implications for individuals and businesses alike. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.Qualman

Now onto the video itself, Socialnomics 2014 presents some interesting facts and statistics about the extent to which social media has impacted our lives. “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media. The choice is how well we do it,” as said by Qualman in the opening moments of the video. It goes on to explain some interesting findings, ranging from demographics and online shopping, to dating and selfies.

Check out the video below!

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Take A Break: Introducing The iWatch

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Hot on the heels of my most recent tech feature, it’s time to check out the next generation of wearable tech – introducing the iWatch.

There has been much talk about tech giant, Apple, getting involved in the wearable tech arena. With their recent iOS8 press conference, leaked patents and a fair amount of hype and speculation, it seems that all arrows are pointed in this direction. Many believe that the iWatch is already in full-scale production and will see a release before the end of 2014. But it’s not all serious talk about this iWatch…TAB4

With Apple’s prospective entry into the wearable tech arena, comedian Matthias took the opportunity to create a tongue-in-cheek parody about some of the quirks and potential issues of the supposed iWatch. Catch all the humour below.

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Take A Break: Sproutabout

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It’s been a long week and it’s time to take a break. Before you kick off and enjoy your weekend, I’ve got something to make you smile, warm your heart and give you hope. Here’s a great initiative to share with you on this momentous Mandela day.

This week, I noticed a great new project called Sproutabout. Sproutabout is a project that inspires South Africans, and people around the world, to share their stories about making a change for the better. No matter how big or small, each step we take to make the world a better place counts. Sproutabout is grounded in sustainable development and entrepreneurship and shows us that accomplishing global change is possible with the help and inspiration of a positive global community.10527783_485654294912969_2777800251105987904_n

Personally, this is an initiative that I am excited about and hope to see flourish in years to come. Take a moment to watch their video, “Press Play, Imagine” and share it with likeminded friends. If you feel inspired, visit their website to see how you can sprout positivity and change in any location around the world.

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Take A Break: YouTube Complaints

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I know it’s a Monday, but take a break! Right now, I sure am. In fact, as you read this I’m probably on a game drive in the Kruger Park. The blog will be back in full swing as of next week, with featured stories and interviews. But in the mean time, it’s time to ease you into our next theme – content marketing.

Indeed, a powerful content marketing tool, YouTube has helped brands and individuals to tell their stories and share their moments since its inception in 2005. With over 100 hours of video content uploaded per minute, YouTube has certainly helped twerkers, harlem shakers and gangnam stylers do their thing. But what happens when the people of the Internet complain? Here’s the answer!TAB2 copy

This fictional funny video features a number of disgruntled YouTube users venting their frustrations and grievances to the receptionist at YouTube headquarters. Take a break and have a laugh!

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Take A Break: Creative Fuel

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Just a couple of days after the Winter solstice (and the shortest day of the year!), this Monday probably feels like it couldn’t go any slower. Fortunately, this blog has a feature that allows you to escape for a brief couple of minutes, catch a breath of fresh air and a little bit of comic relief. Whether you’re in class waiting for the lecturer to stop boring you, stuck at your desk in a noisy office, waiting somewhere in a long queue without air-conditioning or just dealing with Monday demons in general – it’s time to Take A Break.

Today we’ve got a great video to share with you – a parody on the blur of digital and technological integration in our 21st century marketing landscape. The video was put together by Creative Fuel – the brand behind Australia’s ADMA global creativity and marketing conference. It features a number of top executives and directors from some of Australia’s most renowned marketing agencies such as Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, Cummins & Partners and others, tirelessly racking their brands around a game changing, first of it’s kind campaign to sell tickets to the conference. The solution? Put EVERYTHING together.

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The result is quite hilarious, check it out here:

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