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Africa's mobile subscriptions to break 750 million by end of 2012

Africa's mobile subscriptions to break 750 million by end of 2012 | African media futures | Scoop.it

Mobile subscriber base to reach one billion by 2015.

Boasting the world’s highest growth rate in mobile subscriptions, Africa’s mobile subscriber base is set to break the 750 million barrier by the end of the year, while the one billion mark also looks set to be trounced by the end of 2015.

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6 Emotions That Will Make or Break Your Content Strategy

6 Emotions That Will Make or Break Your Content Strategy | African media futures | Scoop.it

Happiness, fear, and anger are all powerful emotional triggers -- as long as you use them in the right situations.

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EMOTIONS... To what extent do you engage the emotions with your media content as you communicate intentionally?
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The invisible ways Facebook is affecting our choices

The invisible ways Facebook is affecting our choices | African media futures | Scoop.it
Whether it’s using Facebook or Google, our choices are subtly nudged by the human biases acting behind the scenes, argues Tom Chatfield.
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Do you keep aware of how social media is influencing your choices and actions? We live in the digital world nowadays - let us engage wisely with these digital realities.
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Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

Has the age of quantum computing arrived? | African media futures | Scoop.it
It’s a mind-bending concept with the potential to change the world, and Canadian tech company D-Wave claims to have cracked the code
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What impact would the high speeds of quantum computing have on the media landscape - even more ubiquitous media? increasingly immersive media? common holographic media? accessible complex media production to everyone? Or what else could emerge as ever newer media?
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7 infographics show how to develop a social media strategy | BarnRaisers

7 infographics show how to develop a social media strategy | BarnRaisers | African media futures | Scoop.it
Did you jump into it or do you have a social media strategy? While the majority believe social media has a place, many don't appear to have a plan.
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You may be using social media personally or organisationally. You will need a purpose and strategy for using social media effectively. These infographics help you with some key guidelines.

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Media player that makes a TV into a Smart TV for streaming online video channels

Media player that makes a TV into a Smart TV for streaming online video channels | African media futures | Scoop.it
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As the internet connectivity increases in South Africa, new services become available. This new Cape Town based company produced a box that streams internet channels to the TV for facilitate viewing online video more easily. Will the newly increased bandwidth be swollowed up by many people streaming video, or wil the internet bandwidth just continue increasing to cope with the growing digital demand? What do you expect will happen?

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EngagingMedia.info - equipping the global church to engage with the media

EngagingMedia.info - equipping the global church to engage with the media | African media futures | Scoop.it
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Media is everywhere - and everything is becoming mediatised!

What role can people of faith play amidst all this media?
The Lausanne Media Engagement Network is providing resources for helping people to engage with the media.

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Yookos: Africa’s Facebook?

Yookos: Africa’s Facebook? | African media futures | Scoop.it
Yookos, a newish social networking site aimed at people across Africa, has signed up 10m users in the three years since its commercial launch and appears set for further strong growth. The network, which began in Nigeria as a Christian-focused site, is now headquartered in Johannesburg and is targeting a broader audience interested in what its founders

Via Online Africa
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Yookos has been increasing its impact on the social media landscape in Africa, and it is still expanding...

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Families Are Shaping The Future Of Society More Than Media

Families Are Shaping The Future Of Society More Than Media | African media futures | Scoop.it
Families Are Shaping The Future Of Society More Than Media
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From my background in media I would be biased to say that media is a primary influencer of our future. Thus I was intrigued to read Buhle’s article claiming that families could be shaping the future society more than the media!

So could the future of the world around us be significantly be shaped by our intentional way of living? Going beyond the norm and living a life that is innovative, collaborative, strategic, visionary, impactful, and maybe even futuristic? Hopefully – maybe – such lives could become so provocative to communities that even the media might listen up… and actually report about such inspirational individuals, families and communities!

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Get Alone Undistracted

Get Alone Undistracted | African media futures | Scoop.it
Never Offline. The recent Time Magazine cover was intended to unnerve. The ominous reality is that computers are invading. They are getting strapped and stuck on us, moving into our glasses and our watches. Technology is “attempting to colonize our bodies.”
Rudolf Kabutz's insight:

Media can be ubiquitous if we allow it to be.

I as a human being can limit the space and scope I give to media in my life.

Even with less technology and less information we can life a life of deeper insight, impact and wisdom. In future the challenge will be to find the right balance!

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The Africanisation of social platforms: virtual connections & peer-to-peer services | memeburn

The Africanisation of social platforms: virtual connections & peer-to-peer services | memeburn | African media futures | Scoop.it
Connection. Could there be a more basic need?

Africans, like everyone else, crave interaction with others. Yet, as the West promotes individualism ...
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When people in Africa communicate, the relationships are of utmost importance. Social media is becoming an increasingly valuable tool to nurture these relationships, from the village, city and country level all the way to the global scale.

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Communication Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

Communication is at the core of almost everything we do. If you want to build better communication skills, a good first step is identifying and avoiding these common problems.
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Google Glass - Black | Buy Online in South Africa | TAKEALOT.com

Google Glass - Black | Buy Online in South Africa | TAKEALOT.com | African media futures | Scoop.it
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You can now order your own set of Google Glasses for only R26,999 via Amazon! A 14-year old realised, "If I save all my pocket money then can buy my own Google Glasses in 15 years' time . But when I also save all my tuckshop money, then I can already buy my set in about 5 years' time!"

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A closer look at Lenovo's bendy concept phone and tablet

A closer look at Lenovo's bendy concept phone and tablet | African media futures | Scoop.it
We knew Lenovo's Phab2 Pro and Motorola's Moto Z series were breaking cover today, but the moment that drew the loudest gasps was when a YouTuber bent a phon
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How would such "flexible" media devices affect the way that you are interacting with people for inspiring them with hope for life?
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6 Steps to an Effective Social Media Strategy

6 Steps to an Effective Social Media Strategy | African media futures | Scoop.it
6 steps to help you create an effective social media strategy and help you drive more traffic to your site.
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You can increase your impact in social media by being intentional, thinking ahead, using the appropriate channels, and evaluating carefully what you have done. These 6 steps work well - I have used them for experiencing great results of a wider social media reach!
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Pax Africana

Pax Africana | African media futures | Scoop.it
2 April 2016
By Parag Khanna
Africa has the most borders and landlocked nations of any continent, and
thus needs more infrastructure in order for its economies to grow
together. 
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What is one of the biggest assets of Africa? Close relationships between people! And what one of the biggest potentials for future success? Good connectivity across regions, according to Parag Khanna. Hence the people of Africa have huge possibilities by harnessing their intimate relationships within the context of increased options for communication and more easily accessible channels for media.
Are you basing your media strategies on national perspectives, or adjusting to continentally and globally connected relationships that infiltrate widely interactive societies?
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Inside The Void: An exclusive look at the future of virtual reality

Inside The Void: An exclusive look at the future of virtual reality | African media futures | Scoop.it
VIDEO: Tech Insider got an exclusive first look at 'The Void,' a virtual reality theme park straight out of 'Star Trek.'
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Taking immersive media to a whole new level, this "virtual reality" experience can enable people to become actors in the movies of the future.
Beyond the typical action games, could you imaging the highly experienced gamers working together in such sets to actually begin solving some of the huge challenges of humanity in a realistic relevant environment set in the future?

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A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone

A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone | African media futures | Scoop.it
For the tens of thousands of migrants flooding into Europe, smartphone maps, global positioning apps, social media and WhatsApp have become essential tools.
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Relationships are most precious to us as humans, especially when everything else is lost. The flood of refugees into Europe is using smartphones not only to orient themselves, but especially to keep in touch with loved ones. The help provided nowadays is also very different than in previous years: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has distributed 33,000 SIM cards to Syrian refugees in Jordan and 85,704 solar lanterns that can also be used to charge cellphones!

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Computerized transparent TVs could adapt tunable tinting technology that still lets light in

Computerized transparent TVs could adapt tunable tinting technology that still lets light in | African media futures | Scoop.it
Directly linked articles to science, technology, and all other futurist related news covering economics, health, and global trends. 
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Could these smart windows of the future begin to form our "augmented reality" around us?

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African highlights from ‘State of Broadband 2014′ report

African highlights from ‘State of Broadband 2014′ report | African media futures | Scoop.it

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development has released its third snapshot of the state of broadband deployment worldwide. More than 40% of the world’s population is online with 50% expected by 2017.
The State of Broadband 2014: Broadband For All builds upon last year’s theme of “universalizing broadband.”

The report is quick to note that the number of countries with a national broadband plan has grown from 102 in 2010 to 140 today. Of course, the effectiveness of those plans is another story, but at least they exist in theory.

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Some interesting information stands out for South Africa:

* An increase in broadband access in Africa is an increase ability for people to utilise digital media and social media.

* Both Nigeria and South Africa have approved national broadband plans since 2013.

* While the fixed broadband penetration in most African nations s below 2%, the mobile broadband penetration for a number of countries is over 30%.

* In South Africa almost 50% of the population use the internet, while in Eritrea less than 1% use the internet.

 

Even though broadband access is spead very unevenly in Africa, a number of very interesting projects are being used to utilise the internet for the benefit of communities.

 

 

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The Complete Guide to Social Media Image Sizes: 2015 (infographic)

The Complete Guide to Social Media Image Sizes: 2015 (infographic) | African media futures | Scoop.it
Get your social media platforms optimized with the right image sizes and stand out from the crowd.

Via Lauren Moss
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Quality cameras take photos with thousands of pixels wide and high, yet when you need to use these images on the online media communities, the resolution needs to be significantly reduced.
While this infographic guide helps you to get the right sizes, the actual QUALITY of the photo usually depends on the quality of the LENS you use.
So I do not mind trashing thousands of pixes when the final image actually looks just so much better!

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Mobile Transformation: What could 4G do to Africa?

Mobile Transformation: What could 4G do to Africa? | African media futures | Scoop.it
Fourth-generation technology is changing the mobile industry. So what will it do in Africa, which has already itself been transformed by mobile?
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High speed 4G mobile networks could transform the way people in Africa communicate, live and work - as long as affordable handsets and reasonably priced data packages become available simultaneously. But can these new mobile networks be set up in such a way that much of the revenue actually stays within the African communities, or would this industry grow into a new phase of collonialism where most of the income generated through the mobile platforms is syphoned out of Africa into the developed countries?

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IEEE Computer Society 2022 Report - IEEECS

IEEE Computer Society 2022 Report - IEEECS | African media futures | Scoop.it
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The increasing computer power, more systemic connectivity and new paradigms in integrating computing with everyday life will have significant impact on the role of media within humanity - will communication between machines flood the media landscape so much that people will have to search for communication to other real humans?

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Socialbakers Announces “Smart Storytellers” At Social Media Week London - Social Media Week

Socialbakers Announces “Smart Storytellers” At Social Media Week London - Social Media Week | African media futures | Scoop.it
Socialbakers Announces “Smart Storytellers” At Social Media Week London

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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During his presentation at Social Media Week in London, , CEO of Socialbakers, unveiled the new standard for measuring content performance on Facebook, called “Smart Storytellers.”

In , Rezab says, “some brands post a lot, some get a lot of interactions, but few have found the right formula for achieving consistently well-performing content. Smart Storytellers will be the new guide for finding that balance. It looks at the number of Average Post Interactions in relation to post frequency, and shows you what a great content strategy really looks like.”

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Looking at the screenshot above, a brand’s objective is to reach the green zone in the upper-right hand corner, securing a healthy balance of content quantity and quality with their Facebook fans. The Auto industry is the “Interactions Winner” – gaining the most interactions per post of all industries.

This new benchmark aims to help brands understand what makes a successful content strategy, and how they can strive to achieve it. The closer your brand’s Facebook page gets to the upper-right green corner, the better your content strategy is, taking posts and interactions into account. Socialbakers notes that posting with higher frequency does not result in more success, but rather posting engaging content that your fans will interact with and find value from is ideal.
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This is so true in this blog entry: “posting with higher frequency does not result in more success, but rather posting engaging content that your fans will interact with and find value.”

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AirTies and Norigin Media launch integrated OTT apps

AirTies and Norigin Media launch integrated OTT apps | African media futures | Scoop.it
AirTies Wireless Networks has entered a partnership with Norigin Media to launch a new multi-media casting set-top box (STB).

Via Vikram R Chari
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Various ways of consuming video are integrating in newer platforms.

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