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2go: SA startup you’ve never heard of crushes Facebook in Nigeria

2Go South African instant messaging startup 2go is getting some good traction in Nigeria. The company is reporting that it recently crossed the 10 million user mark. That’s a significant number seeing as Facebook has managed to attract just over five-million users in the Nigerian social networking market. The service claims to have more than 21-million registered users in total and is reporting an average of 50 000 new registration per day. Its biggest direct competitor, Mxit reported just over 50 million ...

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Is IE9 really the safest of the big browsers?

Internet connection It's pretty much a geek cliché these days: the only thing Internet Explorer's good for is downloading Chrome. Turns out though that it might actually be really good at keeping you safe from malware. In fact, a new study from security company NSS Labs suggests that Microsoft's browser may actually provide better cover against malware than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari combined. According to NSS, Internet Explorer "provides users with significant advantages", blocking 95% of malicious activity, while Chrome is a ...

News

Tim Cook apologises for Apple maps disaster

apple logo So Tim Cook is sorry. The Apple CEO issued a public apology to consumers for the company's less than perfect maps app in iOS 6. Cook admitted that the app "fell short" of the desired Apple experience and he even suggested alternative apps that users can download in the meantime. Cook's suggestions include Bing, Mapquest, and Waze’s apps, as well as Google and Nokia’s mapping web apps. According to the CEO, more than 100-million people have upgraded to the new ...

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Microsoft strengthing social search with a stake in Klout

It seems Klout isn't stupid after all... at least, Microsoft doesn't seem to think so. The software giant has inked a deal with the social reputation startup to help strengthen its social search and online influence for an undisclosed amount. This partnership with Microsoft will help the startup create a product and business relationship with the Bing team, along with some new funding. According to a blog post by Bing's Corporate Vice President's Derrick Connell, it is an "alliance based on ...

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RIM shows minor gains amid wider losses

blackberry 10 It might have produced a completely kick-ass video for its developers, but things still don't look great for the Canadian smartphone manufacturer. In its latest earnings call, the company revealed that revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was US$2.9 billion, up two percent from US-$2.8 billion in the previous quarter. That might seem hopeful, but it's still down 31% from US$4.2-billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2012. Approximately 60% of that revenue came from hardware, 35% ...

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Facebook goes in for social gifting

Facebook Gifts Facebook is set to roll out a social gifting service, which allows you to send real, yes real, gifts to people over the social network. All you have to do is choose a gift, attach a card and send. According to Facebook, you can post your gift to your friend's timeline or send it privately. They can then unwrap a preview of the gift and it will show up on their doorstep a few days later, even if you don't know ...

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It’s Gangnam style at the Google S.Korea office with Eric Schmidt

eric s google gangnam style What does every high powered executive do when in South Korea? Gangnam Style of course. That's what Google's Eric Schmidt did anyway. While on a business trip to Asia where he was launching the Nexus 7 and discussing patents, the Google head took sometime to hangout with South Korea's wildly popular pop-culture icon, PSY. According to a Google rep, "PSY visited the Google office to chat with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt." As one does, "Eric asked to be taught ...

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US pirates face potential lifetime internet ban

online piracy US-based ISP MediaCom has announced a three-strike rule for Digital Pirates which will result in a lifetime ban from its network. Online Piracy makes up a significant portion of internet traffic with some research pointing to more than 22% of bandwidth used online for the transmission of copyrighted material. From music, TV-series, Movies and software, online piracy is rough. Organisations like MegaUpload and PirateBay have made it their business to help facilitate the searching and finding of copyrighted material as regular search ...

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt slams the patent wars

In between learning how to dance Gangnam style and launching the Nexus 7 in Korea, Google chair Eric Schmidt found time to point out that patent wars were killing innovation in the tech industry. During the launch of Google's signature Android tablet, the Google head told the assembled crowd that "literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right ...

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Google Docs to ditch Office 1997-2007 format (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on 1 October

Google Google made announcements to upcoming changes to its popular Google Docs system this week which will affect its ability to export documents to older versions of Microsoft Office. While Google has been known in the past to kill unpopular products, (Google Wave and Google Buzz in 2010/2011 were its most spectacular failures) this year has been more about solidifying its product line. In an announcement yesterday Google said its system would no longer support older 1997-2007 Office Suite formats, which include .doc, ...

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