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  • mmMule: Deliver things and have an adventure, do some good

    "For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience." That quote from the cult movie, The Beach embodies the whimsical spirit of mmMule, a startup that rewards you for delivering things to people on your travels. mmMule is essentially a crowdsourced courier service. As it depends on a healthy helping of chance and serendipity, it’s not a real replacement for postal and courier services,...

  • 8 facts about mobile life in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Mobile phone penetration continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and that growth means new users, new experiences, new uses and a new world of opportunity. Anyone interacting with this evolving ecosystem needs to understand mobile behaviour and trends. Mobile Life is an annual investigation into the behaviours, motivations and priorities of the world’s mobile phone users, covering 48 000 interviews in 58 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the study includes Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The most recent results revealed the following about the region's mobile phone users: 1. Smartphones are on...

  • Google CEO Larry Page spotted rocking Project Glass glasses [Video]

    Yes, really. When Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page stepped on stage to speak at Google Zeitgeist 2012, he wore a pair of the Project Glass glasses. Well, I don't know if you can call it a 'pair' of glasses when technically it's just a set of frames with a small rectangle of glass over one eye, but it seems that Google is slowly releasing prototypes into the wild. Google's innovative glasses, which will theoretically be able to do everything from guiding your way by GPS navigation to messaging your friends, were proven to be more than just...

  • Awesome Google doodle honours synth pioneer

    Today's Google doodle is more kinds of awesome than we could count with the collective number of fingers and toes in the office. The internet giant made the playable doodle in honour of Robert Moog's 78th birthday. The electronic music pioneer is responsible for a load of music gadgets including the Minimoog Model D, Minimoog Voyager, Little Phatty, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals, and the Moog Minitaur. Moog's synth engine also powers the Animoog iOS app, which was brought out a few years after his death. That's how much of a pioneer the man was. If you're still wondering why...

  • IBM bans Siri over fears that she spills secrets

    When IBM revealed that it had banned its workers from using Siri, it could easily have been a throwback the halcyon days of its rivalry with Apple. As it turns out however, Big Blue's fears -- that all those queries asked of Siri had to being stored somewhere -- are justified. According to Wired, the validation of IBM's fears is plainly visible in Apple's Software License Agreement: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text”. That means Apple definitely stores your search...

  • FHM model brags about bribing cop in tweet

    Oh dear. Another FHM model, another ill-advised tweet. This time though it wasn't anything racist, just a boast about bribing a cop. According to watchdog organisation Corruption Watch, Sabina Essa tweeted about getting out of a speeding fine by bribing a Johannesburg Metro cop. In the tweet, which has subsequently been deleted, she said: “Just got out of a R2 500 fine for going 140 in a 60 zone. R30! Bwahahahaha. I LOVE JMPD.” South African news site IOL reports that when another Twitter user asked the model whether or not she had offered the bribe, the model replied:...

  • 6 great moments from the 2012 Webby Awards

    The Webby's are sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the internet. Thing is, although they've been around for 16 years now (that's a long time in internet years), they still have an element of edginess to them that their film counterparts simply can't compete with. Acceptance speeches are limited to five words, the awards include Meme of the Year -- which went to Nyan Cat and the Hollywood celebrities who come are genuinely there to hang out with some of their favourite geeks. This year's ceremony kept that spirit and tradition going. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the...

  • Orange looks to reward social tech entrepreneurship

    Innovative tech can do great things for communities when it’s used effectively. That much is obvious. But people aren’t going to keep innovating unless they have an incentive to do so. That reality is what makes initiatives like Orange African Social Venture Prize necessary. The prize, which rewards to entrepreneurs who use tech to fuel social development, is now in its second year having received over 600 entries in 2011. Projects proposed during the first edition covered a variety of fields, such as healthcare, agriculture, banking services and education. Those proposed by the winners included: Horticultural Tele-Irrigation: a...

  • Google finally closes Motorola deal, brings in new CEO

    Last year Google announced that it had acquired Motorola Mobility for "a total of about US$12.5-billion". The deal had punters speculating about whether it was the cellular company's technology or patents that were more important to the internet giant. Moreover it was also left open for months after the initial announcement. In an an official blog post Google co-Founder and CEO Larry Page confirmed that the deal had finally gone through: ...our Motorola Mobility deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years...

  • Footage of Zuma ‘Spear’ vandals lands on YouTube [Video]

    Footage of two men charged with vandalising a painting of South African president Jacob Zuma has landed on YouTube. The vandals, approached the controversial painting which shows Zuma's genitalia sticking out of his pants. The first man painted red X's over Zuma's crotch and face on the painting, while the second smeared black paint all over it. The second of the two men is shown being apprehended by a security guard who at one point headbutts him. South African TV news outlet eNews reports that the first suspect is a university professor. The incident has seen South African social...

  • Are Apple and Samsung about to end their legal wars?

    Apple and Smasung have fought each other in courts all over the world, from the US and South Korea to Australia and Germany. Soon though, all that drama could come to an end. According to Tech Wire Asia the two companies are getting ready to sit down and talk to each other. It seems then, that the two tech giants have heeded the advice of a US judge who ordered them to sit down and reconcile their differences out of court. The disputes arose primarily because of concerns around patents, with Apple claiming that Samsung stole designs from the...

  • The future of radio is online, device-driven and in your car

    A recent survey in the US by TargetSpot, a digtal audio network, found an increase in tablet ownership of nearly 87%, combined with a smartphone take-up increase of 22%. As the world fast grabs hold of new devices to make their lives more connected, so our ways of delivering and receiving everyday content is being reshaped. Radio is but one of these everyday concepts that are being delivered in a new and fresh way. It's a concept that is rapidly changing though, particularly in emerging markets like South Africa. Let me ask you a question. When did you last hear...

  • Why social media is the future of communication in your business

    Many companies still see the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as 'bad'. They view them as distractions getting in the way of their employees doing their jobs and think they lower productivity and are unrelated to work. Although there may be some truth in that, there are many ways social media can be used to a company’s advantage, and not just written off as bad debt. Enterprise social media is the next big thing for business and companies with ostrich mentality might need to start rethinking their corporate culture. Social media is often seen as a hindrance within...

  • LinkedIn: You’re doing it wrong [Infographic]

    Growing your revenue and reputation online has become a strategic imperative for businesses today. While many are actively embracing the social revolution, substantial improvements have yet to be made to leverage the lead generation and reputation management opportunities offered by the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, according to a new study conducted by LinkedIncome. 517 businessmen participated in the survey and according to the results, 94% of them believe that their businesses should be participating actively on LinkedIn. However, 81% report that they don’t have a clear understanding of all the features and benefits, despite the fact that nearly all of...

  • Zuma ‘Spear’ painting vandalised: Social media stirs

    A recently displayed painting of South African president Jacob Zuma with his penis out has polarised certain sections of that country. Now the painting has been vandalised, stirring up emotions on social media. The painting by artist Brett Murray compares Zuma's phallus to a spear and has been on display in the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. A few minutes ago, two well-dressed men walked up to the artwork and painted a large red X over the president's "spear". A journalist present at the gallery immediately started uploading photos of the incident to Twitter, which were then shared by...