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  • Is TV really still trouncing the web when it comes to ads?

    Delegates to the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival were in need of some good news, accustomed as they are to the view that the internet is inches away from swallowing their entire medium and raison d’etre. So imagine their delight when they were informed that “most consumers still consider TV the most impactful advertising medium”, according to a new report released by Deloitte last week. The survey, conducted amongst 4 000 UK-based adults, confirmed that TV’s status had dropped from 64% of consumers in 2009 who considered it the most impactful, to 57%. Nevertheless, there is still a...

  • Gangnam Style hits 90m views: Understanding the viral phenomenon

    I was amazed the first time I read a post on Facebook from a friend back home in South Africa spreading the viral video that has become Gangnam Style. At first I thought that the Psy's Gangnam Style was just another Korean Pop (K-Pop) one hit wonder in South Korea. The catchy song is a satire concerning current Korean consumerism and has soared past the 90-million views mark on YouTube. K-Pop is part of Korea's much sought after K-Pop soft-power image which is one of the reasons Psy's song has been able to stand out from the rest. At first...

  • Is Facebook a social network for narcissists? [Infographic]

    Log into Facebook and what do you see? Your cousin squealing about her promotion, or posting photos of her kid who has (finally) learnt how to walk. You scroll down to see your friend from school, who has just changed his relationship status to "engaged" and is subsequently tagged in 50 perfectly-Photoshopped photos in his fiancé's "Our Engagement

  • Windows 8 RTM — love at first sight

    Like it or not, Windows 8 is about to take the world by storm. I had the chance to play around with the latest RTM build for a while and I have to admit Microsoft did a very good job. It’s been a year since I got my hands on the Consumer Preview, and every build after that improved a lot. When I got the first Preview back in September 2011, the first thing I complained about was the overall look of the OS. It was super ugly by even the lowest of denominators. 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...

  • ‘The Age of Context’: A glimpse into Robert Scoble, Shel Israel’s new book

    A little while ago I interviewed Robert Scoble and one of the key things that came out that interview was his belief that we are about to enter an age of context. The way he sees it, we are shifting away from the "age of social into the age of context" where information will based on the context of where we are and who we are with. The idea that the world is moving from a social world to a social-contextual world is the core component of his latest book. The new book, The Age of Context, is the...

  • Spanish film takes first YouTube ‘Your Film’ festival honours

    YouTube's come a long way from being just a platform for sharing frivolous online videos. Heck, it's now somewhere that serious filmmakers can share their work, and win awards while they're at. The world's most popular online video-sharing platform has announced The Guilt, by Spannish filmmaker David Vitorri as the winner in its inaugural 'Your Film' festival. The victory, announced at the Venice Film Festival, sees Vittori walk away with a US$500 000 YouTube original production grant to work with renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free. Actor Michael Fassbender, who was also...

  • Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in Cambodia

    It seems the hunt is over. Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was arrested in Cambodia late last week -- reportedly at the request of the Swedish government. It issued an international arrest warrant for Warg in April, after he failed to report for the start of his one-year jail sentence for copyright infringement. According to The Guardian, the 27-year-old was apprehended in the capital city by Cambodian police, even though the country doesn't have an extradition agreement with Sweden. He has been living Cambodia since 2009. Despite initial confusion about exactly why Warg was suddenly arrested in his apartment...

  • Baidu launches ‘super-fast’ HTML 5 Android browser

    Looks like Chinese internet giant Baidu is making good on its plans to completely dominate the Asian superpower's mobile space. The company today released an HTML 5 Android browser that it reckons could seriously compete with similar offerings from Opera and Android. According to The Next Web, the product has been in development since 2010, with Chinese and English versions now available for download. Baidu is the predominant search power in China and consolidated its position after Google moved its Chinese operations to Hong Kong in 2010, following a disagreement over the country’s online censorship policies. In fact, Baidu accounts for...

  • Roelof Botha on startups: Ditch the polish, it’s about ‘raw authenticity’

    As a regular feature on the Forbes Midas List of top tech investors, Roelof Botha is a big deal. As a partner at venture capitalist company Sequoia Capital, Botha has helped fund some of the great names in tech today. Sequoia has funded heavy hitting tech players such as Apple, Google, YouTube, PayPal, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, Kayak, Meebo, Admob, Zappos, Green Dot and LinkedIn. Before joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Botha was the Chief Financial Officer of PayPal, negotiating its sale to eBay for US$1.5-billion. He currently sits on the board of some of the hottest...

  • Should we really worry about Google taking another slash at SEO?

    So now that I have the attention of everyone involved in SEO; let’s unpack the idea that Google is going after the SEO industry a little further and see exactly what all of the hubbub is about and what patent Google has that could disrupt your SEO strategy. SEOBook ran an article on which spoke about “ranking modifyers”. The article centres around a Google patent that has been unearthed. The patent called “Ranking Documents” is concerned with when webmasters alter a page or the links pointing to a page. The specific section of text is: A system determines a first rank...

  • 5 simple steps for making your blog posts kick ass

    Blogs are lame, right? Everyone on earth has had a blog before. At one point your auntie from the sticks had a blog. Except it was just a Word document that she had been typing in and she kept referring to it as a “blob”. Anyway, the point is, you feel like you shouldn't start a blog because it has been done before. But, if you chose not to do things just because people on the internet said it was lame, or had done it before, you would never get anything done. Here are five ways to make sure...

  • 5 thoughts on writing great press releases

    Michelle and I attended a Silicon Cape event this week where Sarah Rice shared her experiences as a public relations consultant for rock-star companies like personal finance management site 22seven and African instant messaging giant Mxit. Rice sowed valuable advice on relationships between startups and the media onto a hotbed of Cape Town’s bright up-and-coming startups and a lot of what was said resonated with me, especially the part that affects my job the most, communication with startups. The communication usually starts in the form of a press release. 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");

  • Samsung prepares a preemptive strike in its war with Apple

    You might remember Samsung vowing to continue its fight with Apple a couple of days ago. Well it's just struck a big preemptive blow. The South Korean electronics giant has announced that it will take Apple to court if it launches an LTE phone in the near future. The announcement comes as Samsung looks to strengthen its ties to US carriers in a bid to avoid a repeat of the trial that saw it ordered to pay US1.049-billion in damages to the Cupertino-based giant. “Samsung has been in talks with major U.S. carriers to jointly develop modified design technology....

  • China set to pass US in smartphone shipments… and India, Brazil are next

    The latest report from research firm IDC yesterday showed that in contrast to its March’s report, China will surpass the United States in terms of smartphone shipments quite comfortably by 8.7 percent compared to the previously forecasted 0.1 percent for 2012. Other players such as India and Brazil are tipped to become some of the hottest smartphone markets in the future, and may pass the US a few years down the line. According to Wong Teck-Zhung, a senior market analyst at IDC, China’s subsequent growth will be mainly due to growth in the sub-$200 Android segment. He added that the...

  • Standard Bank, MTN lose major mobile money patent trial

    Banking and mobile giants Standard Bank and MTN Mobile have lost a major mobile patent trial to tech company 3MFuture Africa. A patent court in the South African capital of Pretoria ruled that Standard Bank and MTN had infringed on the Cape Town-based 3MFuture Africa’s payment card security technology patent, which that allows users to switch their payment cards on and off with their cellphones. 3MFuture claims that the technology eliminates the problems of card cloning, skimming and theft. The presiding judge Mr Justice Tati Makgoka found that the technology was used by Standard Bank and MTN in their MTN...