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  • Tencent to open US office to push WeChat

    Tencent, maker of the popular WeChat messaging app, is to open an office in America this year as the Chinese company focuses on taking WeChat global. This was confirmed by Tencent corporate development group vice president Zhang Xiaolong in an email to employees this morning and which was seen by Caijing. The paper says that the new US branch will be a customer relations department for WeChat, which has over 300-million users. WeChat -- known as Weixin to Chinese users -- first went global in April 2012 when the English branding was created. As you can see in the graph below,...

  • Apple to compensate parents whose kids go app crazy

    If your kids have been racking up massive bills on their iDevices then there may be some relief in sight. The company says it will pay to settle a lawsuit over so-called "bait apps". While it costs nothing to download these apps, they do charge for in-app currency, including virtual goods or money. According to GigaOM, Apple will offer a US$5 iTunes credit to anyone who claims that a minor bought in-app items without their permission. If the amount is larger than US$5, then Apple will give them an iTunes voucher to the equivalent value and if it's larger...

  • 5 content lessons everyone can learn from ZANews’ journey [Content 2013]

    Content marketing has become a firmly established trend over the last couple of years. As brands move to become more like publishers, marketing themselves through quality content, there are lessons people more well-versed in traditional content production can learn. A great example of a brand having to market its content, rather than using content to market itself, is ZANews, a puppet-based satirical news network which lampoons South African and global political figures. Thierry Cassuto, who co-founded ZANews with internationally renowned political cartoonist Zapiro, today took to the stage at the Content 2013 conference to share some of the lessons...

  • Why SEO isn’t evil by search guru Rand Fishkin

    Anyone working in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) will tell you it has a bad rep. But does it have a bad rap? SEO is the process of trying to make a website as visible as possible in your search results. Love it or hate it, SEO is important and if you run a website or have a brand that you want noticed, you want good SEO. Google is out to get black hat SEO practitioners and poor quality content, while every site is working hard to make sure that its SEO is good enough for the search engine...

  • 10 sacred commandments for writing better online content

    Do you want your articles to spread like Gangnam online? You’d better master the art of capturing the micro-attention of your readers. For a bit of help with what that might entail, I went up to Mount Table, and asked those on high for help. I came back with these some commandments. Fortunately they're not written on stone tablets (so old school since the iPad, really) so we can remix them if and when we need to. 1. Craft a compelling headline A catchy headline can make all the difference to the success of an article. Content startup...

  • Tweedle review: Android’s hottest Twitter app

    Twitter clients on Android have been popping up like wildfire recently. Some of them operate in unique ways, most of them look amazing, yet there is only one I use. Tweedle for Twitter is developed by Handlerexploit and provides a minimalist alternative to a market crammed full of feature rich clients. This doesn’t mean that Tweedle doesn’t have everything you need, and more, because it certainly does. Before looking at what the app provides, it’s important to establish what you need from a Twitter client. 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");

  • Spier Films invests millions in Triggerfish’s second animated feature

    Production and finance company, Spier Films, recently made an investment in Triggerfish Animation Studio’s second animated film, Khumba. Triggerfish CFO Jean-Michel Koenig, revealed to Ventureburn that the investment is in fact a multi-million rand deal. Koenig also told us that Triggerfish has already raised over R100 million for the two films from local and overseas investors. Spier has funded a slate of successful films including Master Harold and the Boys, Son of Man and Black Butterflies. This is the first time the company has invested in an animated feature film. Triggerfish's first international animated feature, Zambezia, received a R17 million investment from...

  • As Nook sales slip, Barnes and Noble are expected to report more losses

    Things aren't going too well with Barnes & Noble's digital aspirations. The book retail giant is expected to announce that revenue from its Nook media division -- which includes its Nook ereaders and HD tablets -- is even lower than it was this time a year ago. According to a report by the New York Times, when Barnes & Noble reveals its fiscal third quarter results on Thursday, it will announce that the division will have made less than the projected US$3-billion for the entire year so far. While missing one target may not signal the end of the...

  • Kickstarter-funded project wins at the Oscars

    Well this is pretty cool. A Kickstarter-funded documentary made history by winning Best Documentary Short at the Academy Awards on Sunday. As a validation for the widely popular crowd funding platform, documentary short film Inocente has became the first ever Kickstarter project to win an Oscar. Last week the crowd funding site said in a blog post that three projects funded through its platform had been nominated for prestigious film awards. "Among this year’s nominees in the short-film categories are three Kickstarter-funded films: Kings Point and Inocente for Best Documentary Short, and Buzkashi Boys for best live-action short," wrote the...

  • BlackBerry to reassess rejected ‘Built for BlackBerry’ apps

    After several complaints, BlackBerry has decided to introduce a review process to re-assess some apps that were mistakenly rejected from its US$10k Developer Commitment and Port-Athon projects. Many apps were mistakenly classified as "single function" apps, while other well constructed apps were rejected outright. This is a key development plan for BlackBerry, as past devices have been slated for the lack of quality apps. BlackBerry currently has a little over 70 000 apps available in its BlackBerry World app store, a far cry behind Apple and Google's stores, which are each stocked with more than 700 000 apps. In a...

  • Tim Burton stars in Samsung’s ‘Unicorn Apocalypse’ Oscar ad

    Samsung just cannot stop showing off how much it's got and it seems to be loving cosying up to Hollywood. In its latest ad installment that aired during the Academy Awards, the mobile phone manufacturer decided to go more Hollywood. The commercial features famed macabre director and producer, Tim Burton, discussing a possible movie. Earlier this month the Korean tech giant featured actors Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd, as well as basketball star LeBron James, in its Super Bowl to promote "the next big thing". The Oscars commercial sees the mobile giant return to its "Unicorn Apocalypse" series which it...

  • Latest iPad ad goes for Oscar glory

    Apple's iPad is going for Oscar glory in its latest ad, that looks to take full advantage of the prestigious film awards, which took place late Sunday in Los Angeles, California. The ad features the same zippy light jazz and word association as the previous two ads in the campaign, except with a movie twist. As AllThingsD notes, this isn't the first time the Cupertino-based giant has rolled out an ad for Hollywood's biggest night. It's actually been airing Oscar ads since 2010, when Steve Jobs made an appearance on the red carpet. 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");

  • Barry Bateman and Oscar Pistorius: inside the Twitter explosion

    By Lauren Granger and Bianca Budricks It’s been a week like no other on Twitter... especially for Eyewitness News correspondent Barry Bateman. He’s been reporting on the controversy surrounding renowned paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius since the news of the death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp hit Twitter in the early hours of Valentine's Day. From that morning onwards, and especially after the decision not to allow the bail hearings to be televised (and selectively photographed), Pistorius’ appearances in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of murdering the law graduate have all but become a story told in 140 characters....

  • You’re working too hard – relax and try out these 10 amazing Mac easter eggs

    Through history, the best artists included easter eggs in their works. Little hidden messages, or inside jokes. Steve Jobs was an artist. If you're fortunate enough to own one of the very first Macintosh computers, you might find the signatures of the original Macintosh team inside the case -- it's well documented that Jobs had his team sign the case mold. If you think about Steve Wozniak's playful nature, it makes complete sense that the culture of easter eggs would fit perfectly within Apple's culture. Well, that was the case in the early years. When Steve Jobs returned to an...

  • Facebook’s search issues and building Nest: top stories you should read

    Hey, remember when Google launched Project Glass? Remember the feelings of desire you felt when you saw the first pictures and understood just what it might be capable of. Well, unless you're wealthy and privileged you could be left with just that desire. If you do have the cash though, you can Google how the tech giant got flu wrong, or the Nest guys came to build a smart thermostat of all things. You can do so safe in the knowledge that, in the real world at least, your search engine is better than Facebook's. Or,if you're not one...