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  • Acer Iconia W5 review: Windows 8 finally does good

    The Iconia W5 is the latest Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid (a “lappitablet”) from Acer. While it’s not perfect, it’s better than the Surface RT, as it’s a full Windows 8 experience now, not a stripped down version of the maligned OS. With some decent specs, a great screen, the option of having both a laptop as well as a tablet essentially, and a very solid keyboard (an optional extra), the W5 is the best hybrid Windows 8 computer yet -- but the US$500 price hurts it. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Google Glass: the tech’s desirable but it might not be socially acceptable

    I'm not a fan of Google Glass because I am absolutely certain it won't be socially acceptable to be video or audio recording people around you without their permission, or to be online constantly without others knowing. It's just creepy and people won't put up with people that wear them in their company. Andrew Chen, a San Francisco based entrepreneur, believes Google Glass will be a failure, he compares it to the Apple Newton. But he's more concerned about the tech than how it'll be used: One day wearable computing glasses may turn out awesome, but I’m convinced that the Google...

  • Beyond check-ins: Foursquare’s next plan to monetise involves your data

    On its continuing quest for a strong revenue model, it seems Foursquare is looking at how best to monetize the data it holds. Holger Luedorf, Head of Business Development at Foursquare, spoke at the B Dash Camp event in Fukuoka, Japan recently and shared more insights into what the location-based application has been up to since its latest funding round. He mentioned that Foursquare is moving from an application used mainly for check-ins into one that uses its data to do predictive search, recommendations and advertising. Since it was launched, Foursquare has seen over 3.5-billion check-ins from its 30 million users,...

  • IBM chief tells staff the company has to think fast, move faster

    IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty has rebuked her company's employees after the tech giant posted weak financials last week. The company, she says has not moved fast enough when it comes to keeping up with the demands of its customers and that it needs to speed up the shift to new computing models. "Where we haven't transformed rapidly enough, we struggled," Rometty said in the video published on IBM's internal website. "We have to step up with that and deal with that, and that is on all levels." What makes Rometty's statements interesting is that IBM has generally...

  • Yahoo! strikes exclusive deal to host Saturday Night Live content

    Yahoo! has struck an exclusive deal with Broadway Media to feature Saturday Night Live content across its sites. In an official blog post, CEO Marissa Mayer confirmed that the partnership gives Yahoo! users exclusive access to the entire 38-year archive of SNL content as well as clips from the current season. That means that fans of one of the most renowned comedy sketch shows in TV history will be able to see the likes of the Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, Church Chat, Wayne's World, Coffee Talk, Pat and the Hanukkah Song by visiting a Yahoo! site. Mayer did not provide any...

  • How to use social media as a lead-generating powerhouse

    If you run a business with long sales cycles -- whether you’re selling cars, houses, high-end financial services, or complex business equipment and services -- you should be looking closely at the role that social media can play in generating strong, qualified leads for your salespeople. Uncovering the right leads through social media channels and then nurturing them into sales can help generate a wealth of revenue for your business. Here are a few ideas about harnessing social media to generate good leads with the potential to be converted into new sales and customers. Genuine relationships matter If you sell big-ticket items that...

  • After way too many hacks, Twitter’s working on more secure logins

    With the spate of Twitter hacks popping up in the news recently -- including a vulnerability which exposed the usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords of 250 000 users earlier this year -- it's no wonder Twitter is looking for ways to beef up its security before another high-profile account becomes a victim. And it seems like the company is finally getting somewhere. According to Wired's sources, the social network is currently testing a two-factor authentication system internally, ahead of an incremental roll out to its users. The report comes two months after Twitter posted a job ad looking for...

  • The beer dispensing drone: coming soon to a festival near you

    We have seen people do some pretty cool things with quadrocopter drones. Like play the James Bond theme song, go fishing or engage in an acrobatics showdown. Now it looks like there's a drone to appeal to the serial party-goer in all of us. OppiKoppi, an annual music festival held in a rugged corner of South Africa, is set to include a beer-dispensing quadrocopter among its features this year. According to a video released today, the OppiKoppi beer drone technology v1.1 will deliver beers that have been ordered to the District 9 campsite at this year’s Bewildered Beast themed ‘Oppi’...

  • Did you like Garden State? Fund Zach Braff’s next project on Kickstarter

    Looks like Kickstarter's starting to attract Hollywoood's attention. First there was the Veronica Mars project, which hit serious pay dirt on the platform. Now Zach Braff is looking to finance his own project via the crowdfunding resource. The former Scrubs star says it was actually the success of the Veronica Mars funding drive which made him realise how powerful Kickstarter could be in funding a film. He also says that he likes the amount of control the platform will allow him to have over the new film, which will be called Wish I Was Here. "I was about to...

  • Looking for a social media agency? Here are the right questions to ask

    Any partially successful business wouldn’t hire a new employee without ensuring that they can do the job at hand. So why do many of these same organisations hire social media agencies without checking if they can do what they need them to do? These days every second person on the street is a social media community manager, strategist, or even worse, a self-proclaimed social media 'guru', making it increasingly difficult to single out the real experts from the frauds. The only way to make sure that you don’t get taken for a ride is to ask the right questions, do...

  • 6 predictions for the future of tech from Google exec Eric Schmidt

    As the executive chairman of one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, Eric Schmidt seems well-placed to do some crystal ball gazing. So what does he think will be major trends in the future? Self-driving cars, Google Glass and mobile operating systems named after desserts? Not quite. In the run up to the launch of his new book 'The New Digital Age', co-authored by Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, the two Googlers gave CNN a few predictions about what would be big news in the world of tech for years to come. They stressed that the technology...

  • The end of work? Why we need new models to understand digital disruption

    Jaron Lanier, an early internet pioneer, recently spoke with FT Business about the new digital economies, and why free information is not a good idea. Lanier says he was one of the first in advocating digitizing the music industry and he used to argue that free music would enable artists to make money from live shows and merchandising. He now says that this did not turn out well and that information should not be available for free because it doesn't create the basis for sustainable wealth creation. If people and governments, paid for information as they once used to pay, it...

  • Ventureburn talks entrepreneurship with Omidyar Network Africa’s Malik Fal

    Right around the time Omidyar Network released its Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa report, we had an opportunity to talk to Malik Fal, managing director of Omidyar Network Africa. Fal has a finger on the pulse of entrepreneurship in Africa. He leads Omidyar Network’s investment strategy and operations on the continent, and for the last 15 years has been involved with social entrepreneurship, business, and development, primarily in the African context. In this monster one hour interview Fal tells is why he is naturally skeptical about co-creation as a model for innovation in Africa, which country is most likely to become Africa's...

  • Apple’s profit drop: post PC inevitability or sign of iSaturation?

    Apple's Q2 results contain something few would have thought likely a year ago: the company's first profit drop in a decade. Make no mistake, they're still solid results. The Cupertino-based giant posted US$9.5-billion profit on quarterly revenue of US$43.6-billion. Sure that's down on net profit of US$11.6-billion on US$39.2-billion a year ago, but most companies would still kill for that kind of money. It's flagship products are still growing too. The company sold 37.4-million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 35.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 19.5-million iPads during the quarter, compared to 11.8-million in...

  • Clean File Manager for Android review

    I have always unlocked, rooted and tired out custom software on my devices. That all changed when I got my Nexus 4 though. This has had quite an effect on the apps I use, have installed and purchased in the past. Root enabled apps are no longer required and I’m undertaking a mini quest of sorts, to use only holo themed apps. Root Explorer has been my file manager of choice, basically since I can remember. But when I had no need for a root enabled file manager anymore, and its design had stayed the same for as long as...