Africa, Mobile, Social media

Airtel Kenya to offer Kenyans free access to Twitter

Twitter Kenyan social media users on prepaid mobile devices have received an early gift this festive season. Airtel Kenya has announced that it is offering its prepaid mobile users free access to Twitter until January 2015. For a limited period, according to the mobile operator, the offer will allow customers to enjoy free access to Twitter through web browsers and the official Twitter Android or Windows Phone apps. Airtel Kenya CEO Adil EI Youssefi added that: “We have always been committed ...

News, Web development

HTML5 gets its final stamp of approval

html5-171876_1280 It's been a long, hard, winding road for HTML5 but the development language finally has an official stamp of approval. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)has put out a statement recommending the fifth version of the hypertext markup language. "For application developers and industry," the consortium says, "HTML5 represents a set of features that people will be able to rely on for years to come. HTML5 is now supported on a wide variety of devices, lowering the cost of creating rich ...

News, Social media

More users than China has people: 3 key points from Facebook’s Q3 report

facebook world Mark Zuckerberg has not been, contrary to the latest reporting, spending all his hours learning mandarin. He has also been, if anything is to be deduced from the third quarter reports from Facebook, working hard, strategising and growing Facebook. The company has released its financial results for the quarter ended on 30 September 2014 and it recorded increases. Facebook on Tuesday said strong advertising sales lifted third-quarter revenue by 59%. "This has been a good quarter with strong results," said ...

Ventureburn

3 books you should read before expanding your startup into a new emerging market

books Maybe you're like Bill Gates, who takes a full week out of the office every to read books, and then goes on for another 12 months of business and life adventure fueled with inspiration. If you're reading these lines, you're likely interested in the emerging markets and what they offer in terms of startups and entrepreneurs. For your Christmas reading list, here are three suggestions to start 2015 with more brainpower. How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic ...

Viral videos

The latest OK Go music video is shot with a drone and it is beyond amazing

OK Go In a just universe, OK Go, the American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, would be solemnly known as the deity of music videos. The group never disappoints when it comes to filming them. Remember the epic 'Here it goes again' or 'This too shall pass', 'Skyscrapers' or 'End Love'? Well, difficult as it is to believe, they have released a new video which is beyond epic. The new video is for OK Go's song 'I won't let you down' and it ...

Africa, General Tech

3 very important ways technology is being employed to fight Ebola

Ebola Ebola has been causing, especially in West Africa, much heartache and has turned into an epidemic. Apart from Nigeria, the only country that appeared to have successfully dealt with the deadly disease, other countries seem to be struggling and the amounts of people dying are rising at an alarming rate. Up until 22 October 2014, according to World Health Organisation, about 9915 cases had been reported with 5481 laboratory confirmed cases and about 4555 total deaths. Since the epidemic ...

Gearburn

Meet Alice’s Dystopia: South Africa’s first all-female ‘League of Legends’ team

Alices-Dystopia-MaDHatters-LoL In a world dominated by males between the age of 15 and 25, League of Legends suffers from an identity crisis. Although it's one of the world's most popular MMOs, about 90% of the user base roots itself in this static demographic, so coming across a group that bucks this trend is both refreshing and groundbreaking. MaDHatter's Alice's Dystopia, as noted on the team's offical page, is "the first all female League of Legends team in South Africa to climb their ...

Ecommerce, Mobile

7 reasons why online shopping is only going to get more mobile

Mobile buying In recent years, people have more or less gotten adjusted to the idea of technology and all the changes that come along with it. The advancement in digital arena has helped break the barrier where online shopping has become so easy and powerful that billions of dollars are now being spent online. The gradual surge in online shopping is directly proportional to the advancement in technology that is used in smartphones, all major mobile phone vendors such as Samsung, Apple, ...

Apple, Mobile, News

Tim Cook calls Apple Pay a success with 1 million sign-ups in first 3 days

Apple-pay Just three days after Apple's new and exciting payment technology Apple Pay launched last week, over 1 million bank cards had already been signed onto the service. Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed this a major sign of long-term success for the NFC-based mobile payment system despite some brands rejecting the service in their stores. While only available in the US for now, Apple Pay enables people with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay for goods and services ...

News, YouTube

50% of YouTube’s traffic is now from mobile

YouTube iPad YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed that 50% of views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets. This is impressive growth considering that mobile accounted for 40% of YouTube videos last year and only comprised six percent of views on the video-sharing platform as of 2011. “Mobile is super important. I think it’s important for every business right now,” Wojcicki said. Wojcicki is correct, and one only has to look at other platforms to realise how big the number of ...

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