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Zeitgeist News Archive


Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends, is one of South Africa's most respected trend analysts and takes the unique view of "trends as business strategy". While his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to gauge the Zeitgeist, and track ahead-of-the-curve trends to identify shifting business templates.
"Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are the Zeitgeist of today's Internet," said Barrett Lyon, pioneer of the DDoS defense industry and Head of Research and Development at Neustar Security Solutions. "The question organizations must ask now is how they are prepared to manage these highly disruptive events.
Lyon has contributed to the information security Zeitgeist with multiple technology patents, as well as becoming enshrined in its culture. "Fatal System Error" by Joseph Menn is a non-fiction account of Lyon's early work with Prolexic and his focus on tracking cyber criminals.
Previously called Google Zeitgeist, the Year in Search provides a snapshot of the trends, people and happenings that captured the nation's interest during the year. Google also announced the top ten ‘what is' and ‘how to' questions for the year.

Top Google searches 2015

17 Dec 2015 Internet
By Lauren Kate Rawlins

Google has released its annual Zeitgeist, a look into what the world was interested in this past year – based on trending topics and Google searches..
A High Court decision to allow partial filming of the high-profile murder trial sets an important precedent for broadcasting and justice in SA..
Google's Valentine's Zeitgeist lists SA's top search terms in the build-up to Valentine’s Day..

Smooth upward trajectory for SA e-commerce

31 Jan 2014 Internet
By Bonnie Tubbs and Tyson Ngubeni

Google's year-end Zeitgeist list, which shows the most searched Web sites around the world, placed Style36 in fifth place for the online shopping category, behind OLX, Spree, Zando and Computicket..

2013 meets 2014

20 Dec 2013 Features
By Bonnie Tubbs

ITWeb picks the brains of industry professionals on what stood out for them this year - and what they see making headlines in 2014..

Mandela dominates Web in 2013

18 Dec 2013 Internet
By Bonnie Tubbs

"In our annual Year-End Zeitgeist, we reflect on the people, places, and moments that captured the world's attention throughout the year.".
The smartphone photographer’s inspiration can happen anywhere – on the street, at work, in a taxi, or at home. It’s seen as the new Zeitgeist of mobile photography, as amateur photographers snatch a shot of a sunset waning in the distance, or a child mesmerised by a caterpillar, and transform ordinary images into publishable works.
Apple products feature dominantly in Google's annual Zeitgeist - a look at top searches and trends over the year..
Sibusiso Tshabalala will attend the prestigious Google Zeitgeist conference in London in May..

WhatsApp grows in SA

3 Jan 2012 Internet
By Farzana Rasool

Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp has claimed the top spot on SA's top 10 list of fastest rising searches for 2011, according to Google's Zeitgeist..

A tweet too far?

26 Jul 2011 Columnists
By Lezette Engelbrecht

For companies at least, the reputation damage resulting from going after social media users is likely to outweigh any of the benefits. There's also a need to expose the environmental destruction organisations are keeping under wraps, and social media makes an effective partner for the task.

Nokia dumps Ovi mobile brand

17 May 2011 Computing
By Admire Moyo

Over 20 000 malicious e-mails are targeted at UK government networks every month, chancellor George Osborne revealed yesterday in a speech at the Google Zeitgeist conference, reports ..

Matric results top Google search

31 Jan 2011 Internet
By Staff writer

Google Zeitgeist, a tool that provides insight into search trends, discovered that 'Matric results 2010' tops the list of fastest rising searches in SA from the past 30 days, while 'cricket SA' and 'cricket' claim third and fourth position respectively..
"We're trying to take Google's core products and add a social component," Schmidt told a select group of reporters at Zeitgeist, a gathering of business partners and high-profile industry figures..

A time to buy

6 Sep 2010 Columnists
By Paul Booth

* Social software, where the challenge will be, for instance, in bringing into the enterprise consumer-led innovations in collaboration and community; * The advent of computing in three dimensions, which is destined to impact all aspects of computing from input and output through to the world of applications; * The 'Zeitgeist' effect, where social attitudes and political factors will determine the acceptance and adoption of new technologies and services; and * The continued and strengthening influence of sustainability and green IT..
In a bullish interview ahead of Google's annual Zeitgeist conference at The Grove, in Hertfordshire, Arora said the move online by consumers was the "major trend" all companies had to understand..

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