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African Innovation Communication Agency Nyota Media Launches. mTrends - mobile media lifestyle trends.

African Innovation Communication Agency Nyota Media Launches. mTrends - mobile media lifestyle trends. | African media futures | Scoop.it

Rudy de Waele with former BBC Journalist Shaheera Asante, started a new company called Nyota Media in December 2012. It’s the world’s first communication and PR agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups, and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.

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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

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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.”
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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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Northern Corridor member countries adopt “One-Network-Area”, roaming charges to be scrapped and cost of calls reduce by 60%

Northern Corridor member countries adopt “One-Network-Area”, roaming charges to be scrapped and cost of calls reduce by 60% | African media futures | Scoop.it
Kigali, 8 July 2014 Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan have mutually agreed to adopt a (...)
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East African countries are enabling improved phone communication across multiple countries, which will stimulate the use of media in the region. Could such collaboration be able to spread to other regions in the new future?

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Number of Facebook friends linked to size of brain regions, study suggests

Number of Facebook friends linked to size of brain regions, study suggests | African media futures | Scoop.it
Scientists have found a direct link between the number of "Facebook friends" a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a new study researchers also showed that the more Facebook friends a person has, the more "real-world" friends they are likely to have.
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Media organisations that have in the past unsed uni-diretional communicated are transitioning towards multi-directional interaction with their audiences. If the real-world relationships correlate with the virtual relationships as this study suggests, then the media organisations will need to move beyond social media to interact with their media users, listeners and viewers. Do we need to move back towards live media events hosted by these media organisations?

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There Are 7 Billion Mobile Devices On Earth, Almost One For Each Person

There Are 7 Billion Mobile Devices On Earth, Almost One For Each Person | African media futures | Scoop.it
The adoption of new technologies is accelerating, and nowhere is the trend more obvious than in mobile computing. It took telephones some 45 years
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By the end of 2014 there may be more mobile devices on earth, but they will not be evenly spread. While some will be over-connected on multiple devices, others will struggle to even have a single point to connect. Mobile media becomes more accessible, but may result in new social stratification.

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African Innovation Communication Agency Nyota Media Launches. mTrends - mobile media lifestyle trends.

African Innovation Communication Agency Nyota Media Launches. mTrends - mobile media lifestyle trends. | African media futures | Scoop.it

Rudy de Waele with former BBC Journalist Shaheera Asante, started a new company called Nyota Media in December 2012. It’s the world’s first communication and PR agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups, and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.

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This Is What The Massive Growth Of Mobile Media Consumption Means For The Mobile Industry

This Is What The Massive Growth Of Mobile Media Consumption Means For The Mobile Industry | African media futures | Scoop.it
Find out how companies can capitalize on this consumer revolution and adapt to their mobile-centric customers.
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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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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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The Next Story

The Next Story | African media futures | Scoop.it
Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this ‘instant message’...
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Do we own technology, or does technology own us? Tim Challies helps us to grapple with the implication of using the newest communication and media technologies in his book "The Next Story"

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Factor | Inspiring innovation

Factor | Inspiring innovation | African media futures | Scoop.it
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This new technology magazine started in June 2014. Articles cover fascinating topics randing from big data, health, future cities, robots green energy and future food supply. Very interesting on a number of life-transforming developments!

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Rebooting Elle - BoF - The Business of Fashion

Rebooting Elle - BoF - The Business of Fashion | African media futures | Scoop.it
LONDON, United Kingdom — “I’ve got one word for you today: buffering,” says Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of Elle (UK), to her staff at their Monday morning news conference, as she reminds them to keep lining up content for the magazine’s multi-platform presence. The meeting — which kicks off with digital director Phebe Hunnicutt, formerly managing editor of AOL Women’s Group, giving a run-down of stats from the previous week, highlighting which “packages” Elle “users” were picking up on — felt like it was taking place at a tech start-up rather than a pillar-of-the-establishment monthly style publication. Today, there is no … More
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The fashion magazine Elle in the UK has completely rebooted itself from a print-focussed publication to a media house that tells stories through videos, photos, and text on a variety of platforms. How can we become strong in telling the African story on all available channels using effective teams?

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Facebook's 10-year plan: To build what comes after smartphones

Facebook's 10-year plan: To build what comes after smartphones | African media futures | Scoop.it
Talk about playing the long game. 
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What does the future of interaction look like between people themselves and between people and their environment? Augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence can be playing an increasingly important role in blurring not just our real relationships with virtual relationships, but even our physical perception of the world around us with the virtually enhanced perceptions of everything around us. While Facebook is striving to become a leader in this augmented world, each individual will need to ask the age-old question that Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?" as a blurring variety of realities will be presented.

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Showing The Future

Showing The Future | African media futures | Scoop.it
Futurists are always mindful of the story about Cassandra. To remind us, Cassandra is the princess in Greek mythology who was both blest with perfect foresight, and cursed by the fact that nobody...
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Media specialists are greatly skilled in communicating. Futurists specialise about understanding the future. When both work closely together, then media production houses become more informed about telling storing that are relevant to our human future, and futurists learn to tell better stories about the future.
How could you help communicators with better futures, or futurists with better media?

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