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  • Twitter ad revenue to near $1bn in 2014, thanks to mobile

    If all goes well, Twitter's global ad revenue should hit a billion dollars by 2014, says a recent eMarketer report. The research firm says this number comes in the wake of advertisers showing "more interest in spending money on mobile advertisements on Twitter", which suggests that Twitter's reach is improving. With more than 200-million monthly active users, Twitter is one of the top tier social networks so an improved interest in mobile advertising is hardly surprising. eMarketer reckons that Twitter will generate US$583-million in ad revenue in 2013 and US$950-million in 2014, a significant increase from a previous estimate of...

  • When big data gets scary: how Facebook likes can reveal everything about you

    Facebook users that click "like" on a variety of cultural subjects reveal a surprisingly large amount of information about themselves even if they've taken steps to tighten up their privacy settings. A recently published study by researchers at Cambridge University in the UK and Microsoft Research, used an automated analysis of 58 000 volunteers' Facebook "likes" to make highly accurate predictions about a person's private and very sensitive personal attributes. The authors of the study: "Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behaviour " claim that they were able to use "easily accessible digital records of...

  • Nokia asked to pay $383-million over tax evasion claims in India

    Nokia's budget Asha series may be winning over consumers by the droves in emerging markets, but now the manufacturer has got something other than market share to worry about in India: the courts. The income tax department has issued Nokia with a demand notice for some 20.8-billion rupees (US$ 383-million) for alleged tax evasion in the country. While the company was originally asked to pay up a portion of the money this week, it was granted an interim stay by the Delhi High Court after it challenged the order, which means it doesn't have to comply with the demands as...

  • Bioshock Infinite review: the sky’s the limit

    As Bioshock Infinite came to an end and the screen faded to black, I blinked in stunned silence, wiped the drool from the corners of my mouth and, quite literally, checked to see if my jaw was still in place. This is a spoiler-free review, so enjoy. You enter this strange world knowing that it will all end eventually, somehow. But not like this. The manner in which Infinite closes is reminiscent of an operatic symphony complete with visual delights and aural pleasures that probe your grey matter and delight your senses. 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");

  • Sailing startups to market: Q&A with Unreasonable Institute’s Daniel Epstein

    Taking your company global is no small thing. For startups that want to conquer the international market, finding the best way to do that can be hard. Eleven passionate tech entrepreneurs with great companies innovating in various areas decided to spend 100 days aboard a ship sailing around the world in order to do that... all made possible by Unreasonable at Sea. The initiative, pioneered by Daniel Epstein, founder of entrepreneur accelerator programme Unreasonable Institute, is going to global markets in more ways than one. 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");

  • Windows phone is outselling iPhone, but only in a few countries

    On Wednesday, Microsoft's corporate vice president of corporate communications Frank Shaw wrote a blog post detailing some of the Microsoft's progress across a number of different product areas, including Windows Phone. Among the factoids in the post was one saying that, according to a recent report from tech research company IDC, Windows Phone has shipped more than BlackBerry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven. The iPhone stat seems particularly impressive. Except for one thing. The blog post neglects to mention which seven countries those are. The New York Times' Bits Blog decided to do some digging...

  • Android has more than twice as many Chinese users as Apple [Infographic]

    We’ve heard a lot about sales and projections for smartphones in China – such as 199% smartphone growth in the past year – but how about active mobiles in the hands of Chinese users? The cross-promotion and ads platform Umeng has released its newest report accompanied by an infographic. It shows that, at the end of 2012, China has 160 million active Android users, with 85 million engaged in using iOS. Newly activated Android devices really started to rocket in numbers last summer, the report notes. Across both platforms, smartphones are now so ingrained in the lives of Chinese mobile...

  • Mxit launches latest J2ME app, includes improved images, profile building

    African mobile social networking giant Mxit has launched the latest version of it J2ME app, which it says draws heavily, when it comes to looks at least, from its Android and BlackBerry 10 apps. In an official blog post, Mxit says that the updated app comes with a number of new features, including an improved user experience, in line with the Android app and improved profile building with the inclusion of a user’s relationship status. The most significant changes however appear to be in imaging. People with feature phones will now apparently be able to send and receive large...

  • Big data: the bite-sized lowdown

    Reading through technology news and opinion articles today, it is pretty hard to avoid the term ‘big data,’ Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly have all covered it extensively. As one analyst has commented, the hype about it is reaching “the levels of SOA in the early 2000s, cloud in the late 2000s, and social in the past few years.” Yes the topic is hot and there is a lot of noise about it – but what exactly is ‘Big Data?’ Simply put, Big Data is: “extremely large volumes, of mainly unstructured data, which are streamed...

  • 3D print your own Google Glass

    If you don't have the requisite US$1 500 to be a Google Glass early adopter lying around your house, fear not. There is hope and it comes in the form of 3D printing. Okay okay they're not actually functional, being just the frames and a small, transparent "display", which has to be affixed manually but as long as you refuse to take them off, they'll fool pretty much anyone. You can find the 3D model on Thingiverse and is apparently based on a drawing originally found on Google Sketchup. You can download the STL files and get them printed...

  • Why developers are licking their chops at the prospect of smart cities

    The smart city market is at a tipping point. Having been led by IT industry stalwarts such as IBM and Cisco for the last five years, it needs a fresh injection of ideas to take it to the next level. Ovum believes that the developer community will add the required impetus. One of the key discussion points at Ovum’s recent Smart Cities in Europe 2012 event, which was held in conjunction with Imperial College London, was the impact that developers are having on the smart city market. On the developer panel were representatives from the Urban Land Institute, Quintain,...

  • Nexus 4 hands on review: Google got it right

    I’ve had all of the Nexus devices (except for the tablets, so if anyone has a 7 for me…) and I've enjoyed them all, and after only a short time with my shiny new Nexus 4, I have to admit, I’m rather smitten. It pains me to admit though, that until I turned on the 4 for the first time, I didn't know what Android should feel like. You've read all of the Nexus 4 reviews, you've been told about the stunning design, the weird hologram which is black when tilted on the back of the device. Read more on...

  • Social reader Flipboard’s new app lets you make your own magazines

    Social reader app Flipboard has already gathered a substantial base of more than 50-million happy flipping users, who can subscribe to read beautiful magazines constructed from social media updates and RSS feeds. But it's not finished with the community just yet: its app experience has now become even more personalised with the addition of new features which allow its users to make their own custom magazines. Yep. If you're bored with the seemingly endless Flipboard-curated categories covering everything from DIY to news, tech, travel and sport, you can now create your own magazine from whichever social media and online sources...

  • Tablets set to explode in emerging markets as global PC sales keep falling

    Tablets use is set to rapidly escalate in emerging markets as their hunger for smart connected devices continues to grow. According to tech research company IDC, the smart connected device volume in emerging markets grew by 41.3% in 2012 with the tablet volume growing by 111.3% and smartphone volume by 69.7% year on year. Desktop and portable PC shipments meanwhile shrank by 3.8% and 0.8% respectively. The upward growth of tablets and smartphones in emerging markets is likely being driven by the increasing availability of affordable devices among populations with increasing amounts of disposable income. That kind of growth...

  • ‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving

    It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. 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");