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  • Why DSLR is best for shooting video

    Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have come a long way. The biggest advantage is the addition of video, and not just any video 1080p video. HD Camcorders have always been favoured for shooting video, even when DSLRs suddenly came bundled with video, they couldn’t quite do the job. Now DSLRs offer a "best of both worlds" solution to budding photographers who also need to capture professional-looking video. When did we realise that DSLR’s were a better fit for video? When an entire episode of House was shot on and a Canon 5D Mark II. Not everyone has a 5D...

  • Social media: why are so many big business leaders still holding back?

    We know that social media is seriously important to every business, no matter what the size. The days when companies would block social media access, calling it a productivity killer, are fast disappearing. It's easy to believe that studies like the one by research company Millward-Brown, which showed that there was a direct correlation between how successful a company is and how well it uses social media, and the one from eMarketer that suggests that brands can profit dramatically from a well-executed social campaign, are becoming accepted wisdom. But they aren't. In fact, a recent poll by Deloitte and MIT...

  • The Lonely Island puts a new spin on YOLO in their new video

    While we sit and patiently wait for the world to realise that YOLO needs to die quietly (c'mon, it was on pretty much every 'Banned Words of 2013' list out there), the humorous video machine that is Lonely Island has presented us with something to watch: their latest video. The group behind YouTube favourites such as 'Like a Boss' tackles the over-used acronym in a different way: you only live once, so why do anything dangerous or exciting? Wouldn't it be safer to sit at home and hide from sunlight, furniture and potentially dangerous forms of transport in the hopes...

  • Lenovo’s RIM acquisition not on the cards

    Last week, a Bloomberg report suggested that Chinese electronics giant Lenovo was interested in acquiring struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM). Apparently that report was wrong. A Sina Tech report (translated) says that the company is actually just exploring acquisition opportunities in general. That's in line with an edict from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) urging the country's tech companies to make mergers and acquisitions a serious priority in 2013. Lenovo issued a statement to The Next Web suggesting that Bloomberg had taken Lenovo CFO Wong Waiming's words out of context: We are aware that...

  • China’s jail-break free app piracy service set to go global

    Earlier this month Tech in Asia looked at KuaiYong, a rogue app store that allows iPhone and iPad users to install pirated apps without needing a jailbreak. Far from being shut down by Apple, the KuaiYong team has announced that it’s going global and will soon launch its knock-off iTunes replacement app in English. We contacted KuaiYong both via email and their Sina Weibo page last week, and have yet to receive a response. KuaiYong’s announcement also spells out its raison d’etre, saying that with its PC app it’s trying to solve the issue of many people, especially in China, being...

  • Not safe for work content making its way to Twitter’s Vine app

    So apparently nothing is sacred on the internet. If you build it, they will use for porn. Twitter's new video sharing app seems to have become an unlikely portal for adult content, reports The Verge. The problem was first noticed by a number of ordinary people using the app: Friend: "So are people using Vine for porn yet?"Me: "Nah, I don't think so."Friend: "Check the hashtag #porn."Both: "Holy ****!"— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 27, 2013 The app, which is currently only available for iPhone and iPod Touch, allows users to create and share six-second long video clips. It seems that...

  • Twitter rolls out ad network in Middle East, North Africa

    Twitter is targeting the Middle East and North Africa in a big way. The social network has reportedly opened commercial operations in the UAE after its user base in the region more than tripled over the past year. According to The National, the social network will work with Egyptian-based ad agency Connect Ads to punt its sales products across the region. "It is one of our fastest-growing regions," said Twitter vice president of internal operations Shailesh Rao. "Twitter is used when events in the real world spark conversations online, be it unplanned events, natural disasters, politics or TV shows." While...

  • 6 reasons data is crucial to your social media strategy

    If your brand or company has a social media strategy, are you using and segmenting all of the data you can acquire? Did you know that with the data you can gather intelligence that can strengthen your campaign and help you find areas where you can improve on your strategy? The data that you can gather can be used to help you identify the positive and negative sentiment about your business, discover hidden opportunities, and find valuable information regarding your target audience that you can use to make sure your message reaches them and you can engage with them. This...

  • Beautifying Google and the story behind Siri: top tech stories you should read

    From the big G's revamp to the stories behind some major innovators: this instalment of our weekly tech round up features everything from Google's design evolution to Siri's little-known history and the story behind Samsung's now famous anti-iPhone 5 ad. Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution When Larry Page took over as CEO of the company he co-founded, he promised that all the Google products would be redesigned. And the team listened: they had two months to make all the various G-somethings look and feel like they were related, but still functional and, well, pretty. There was...

  • Microsoft’s quarterly earnings: things look okay, not great, just okay

    It's quarter report week for everyone and right on cue Microsoft has released its results. Based on the report, it seems that things are going okay at the Redmond-based giant. The company reported second quarter revenue of US$21.46-billion, operating income of US$7.77-billion, profit of US$6.38-billion, and diluted earnings of US$0.76 per share. Late last year, Microsoft made a big splash with its Windows 8 launch calling it a reimagining of Windows 8 and the PC industry. "Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and...

  • From Towning to Izikhothane: 7 SA Twitter terms that need to go global

    I love Twitter for many reasons -- in many ways, I’m in a relationship with it. But one of the things I value the most is the insight it has given me into the lives of my fellow human beings. I get to eavesdrop on conversations I’d never normally have the opportunity to hear, and because they’re between people who know each other, they’re more natural -- even if they are visible to others, who watch with their express permission (which, when you think of it, is just a little bit weird). In my line of work, I’d typically...

  • Series A crunch blah blah… Get over it. Learn from Africa’s example

    If you are a startup junkie (yes there is such a thing), chances are you have been hearing about the ominous Series A crunch. It's all anyone seems to be talking about these days -- the doomed startups that must find new ways to fund their businesses, the possible ways to do this and the investors giving advice on how to survive the dreaded crunch. The issue is so important that Forbes has posted two articles arguing opposite points. Read more on Ventureburn. 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");

  • Marissa Mayer: Yahoo!’s future lies in personalised content and mobile

    Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is spilling some information about how she hopes to turn embattled internet giant around, reports Bloomberg. It seems that, just like company COO Henrique de Castro, said earlier this week, it is all about personalisation and content. Mayer wants Yahoo! to compete in the mobile space through strategic partnerships. "I think that it's really important," Mayer said of mobile. "If you look at what’s happening in terms of the shift to mobile, the number of mobile phones and smartphones in the world has tripled in five years. Tablet sales will outsell laptops this coming year,...

  • Samsung rounds off 2012 with $8-billion in operating profit in Q4

    It's no secret that Samsung had a pretty great 2012. The Korean manufacturer dominated the high-end smartphone market with its best selling Galaxy S III, and its Galaxy S range recently passed the 100-million sales mark. Now the financials are out: the company announced today that it made 29.05-trillion South Korean Won (around US$27-billion) in operating profit last year. The last three months of the year were just as good to the company: it made 8.84-trillion Won (approximately US$8-billion) in consolidated operating profit in the fourth quarter, up 10% from the previous period and in line with its expectations. Samsung's...

  • RIP 3D

    Is 3D dead? Should you be happy that new apparent replacement for HD is slowly being buried under four thousand pixel screens? The first time I went to a 3D movie it was, yes you guessed it, Avatar. It was grand. I can't say it was great, but grand it certainly was. It looked like it was heralding the newest, greatest step in movie history since the introduction of colour. 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");