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  • China’s internet population keeps on growing, now numbers 564 million

    China's web registry regulator, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), has today released a new tranche of data showing the size of the Chinese internet landscape at the end of 2012. The report reveals that the country now has 564-million internet users, meaning that web penetration is up to 42.1 percent of the populace. It also reveals how many use social media like Weibo. On the mobile side of things, China now has 420-million mobile web users. That’s not to be confused with the billion-plus total phone subscribers, or the 200-million who have signed up for 3G on their smartphones. CNNIC credits the popularity...

  • Doing it right: RIM pulls in 15k new BB10 app submissions

    All those people saying that we shouldn't write off RIM just yet, that BlackBerry 10 will be the moment the Canadian manufacturer turns it around, may actually have a point. Perhaps the strongest evidence for this is that it appears to have the developers on board. Over the weekend RIM held two portathons, during which developers were urged to port their apps over to BB10. During that time, it says, some 15 000 developers ported their apps over to the new operating system. well there you have it.37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon.Feel...

  • Yup, PCs are still dying, but tablets might actually delay their extinction

    If you're a serious fan of the conventional PC, avert your eyes now because we're about to lay down a harsh truth. The desktop PC is dying. Sure it's a long, slow death and one that's been coming for a while now, but it's definitely happening. Story after story over the past few months has shown a steady decline in PC sales around the globe. The latest research from tech research company Gartner suggests that decline is only speeding up. The company estimates that worldwide PC shipments totalled 90.3-million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4.9% decline...

  • Baidu focuses on mobile, the Middle East and Africa with new Orange deal

    Were you wondering what Chinese internet giant Baidu was planning to do in 2013? It seems the answer may involve making further inroads into Africa. Baidu is planning on investigating the market through a new deal freshly inked with mobile operator Orange, which will see its browser pre-loaded on Android phones in Africa and the Middle East. According to the Wall Street Journal, the co-branded product won't just be a standard edition of Baidu's fast browser, but one that has been customised for Orange users and which will be available in Arabic at launch (French and English language support...

  • Twitter partners with mobile operators as it prepares for a possible $15bn IPO

    With Facebook on Wall Street and about to come to the end of its first official year of trading, everyone in the tech world is curious about when Twitter will file its initial public offering (IPO). There is has been much speculation around the microblogging's site IPO set for 2014. According to Greencrest Capital, a research firm for soon-to-IPO businesses, a project valuation for Twitter can be established using its performance in the secondary markets. "Using the secondary market for shares to mark enterprise value is a very difficult and opaque process. It is a rumor-rich and special-share-class...

  • Get ahead in social media: be useful

    Social media marketing is all about being useful to your target audience and helping people. In simple terms, solve the problems of the people you are trying to reach and provide them with information that can help them. It's as easy as that. Once you understand and are doing social media that way, you can build a name for yourself. Using social media in your business is a form of strategic marketing. Monitor and listen to the conversations online, mentions about your brand and products, and then use social media channels to direct and shape the conversation going on. Doing...

  • The 10 most followed tech brands on Twitter right now

    Asking whether your brand is on Twitter is a little redundant these days. It's been replaced by more pertinent questions, like: "what is your brand really doing on Twitter?" and "what are you doing to make Twitter work for your brand?". To get an idea of how to answer those questions it's worth looking at what the biggest brands on Twitter are doing right, what kind of tone they adopt and how they interact with their followers. Doing so can also give you an idea of how brands are perceived by the public. In that vein, Memeburn has collated...

  • The 10 most anticipated indie games of 2013

    This time of year has a serious lack of new releases. I’m not sure if people are still playing through the mass of games that are released towards the end of year, but January, even right up until March is a seriously dry gaming period, with perhaps only one or two titles that I find interesting. Luckily, for those of us who love these things, indie games provide a great alternative to AAA titles. 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");

  • The White House responds: sorry geeks, we won’t build you a Death Star

    Ah man! Just when we thought there was hope. The petition to ask the US presidency to start securing the resources and funding to build a Death Star by 2016 has been officially dismissed by the White House, which says it objects to blowing up planets. In an entertaining semi-serious official response, the authorities have squashed the petition (which was signed by more than 34 000 people) on the grounds that while it would generate employment, it would be too costly to fork out the estimated US$850-trillion in construction funding for the space station/battleship. It also said it was concerned...

  • RIP Aaron Swartz: Researchers celebrate activist with #pdftribute

    Academics, researchers and activists from around the world have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz who committed suicide this weekend. A couple of years ago Swartz allegedly used the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) computer network to download and distribute thousands of articles from fee-paying journal sites. US federal prosecutors then got wind of what Swartz had done and threatened to put him in jail for 35 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the activist hanged himself after the prosecutors refused to broker a deal, insisting he plead guilty...

  • Anonymous hacks MIT site in response to Aaron Swartz suicide

    Hacker collective Anonymous has responded to the suicide of Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz by hacking a number of MIT sites. The group took over the cogen.mit.edu and rledev.mit.edu sites (both of which appear to have since been returned to normal), posting a tribute to Swartz and calling for reforms to existing online law. Their message is however still available through a release on Pastebin: Whether or not the government contributed to his suicide, the government's prosecution of Swartz was a grotesque miscarriage of justice, a distorted and perverse shadow of the justice that Aaron died fighting...

  • Samsung’s rise continues as Galaxy S range sales hit 100 million

    Global domination: all but complete. Samsung's Galaxy S range of flagship smartphones (as in the Galaxy S I, II and III) has passed the 100-million sales mark, according to the Korean manufacturer. Yes, Samsung has sold more than a 106-million units of its top-tier phones in less than three years -- according to local site Yonhap News, that number is composed of 25-million original Galaxy S phones, 40-million of its award-winning S IIs and 41-million units of the hugely successful follow-up, the S III. What's interesting to note is the acceleration in the pace of sales -- the company...

  • Bing managed to steal 0.2% of Google’s search market share in December

    Looks like all of Microsoft's Bing marketing stunts are starting to have an effect. Sort of. The search engine everyone loves to laugh at managed to steal a little ground from Google in the search market during December. According to recent research from Comscore, Google still leads the market it helped redefine with 66.7% market share Bing managed to get 16.3% of the US search engine market. Yahoo! meanwhile accounted for 12.2% (up 0.1 percentage points) of the market, with the rest being made up of smaller services. As The Next Web points out though, raw market share...

  • Major Chinese angel investor calls for more online freedom

    Like most of China’s big tech investment gurus, Xu Xiaoping is on Sina Weibo. And although fellow tech investor Kaifu Lee just spent some quality time with China’s State Security officers for advocating more press freedom in China, Xu Xiaoping has apparently not been intimidated into silence, and recently posted this call for greater internet freedom to his weibo account: As China opens the door to development, it needs to reduce the internet is closed off. For example, the extremely valuable international movie database imdb.com; at the very least that ought to be unblocked. China wants...

  • 17 movies to geek out to in 2013

    No matter what we say about the current state of Hollywood and the movie industry in general, one thing is for sure: it has never worked harder to bring geeks entertainment. The last year saw some great geek oriented films including The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Judge Dredd. There were also the not-so-great offerings such as the disappointments that were Prometheus and The Amazing Spiderman. This year there are quite a few movies that the geek community is expecting. This list could go on forever if every single movie was included so we've chosen a few of...