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Food ordering service Delivery Hero expands to China

Food ordering startup Delivery Hero is moving into China. China becomes the 12th market for the Berlin-based startup and will operate its service from Shanghai under the name Waimai Chaoren. Delivery Hero launched in 2010 with Lieferheld.de which became the second largest online food ordering and delivery service in Germany. Visitors to Delivery Hero sites can find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards from various restaurants. Orders as well as payments are placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. Read ...

News

While everyone was talking Twitter, Sina Weibo took gold in the social Olympics

sina weibo Well now, this is interesting. It turns out the real social media platform of choice when it came to the Olympic Games was China's Sina Weibo. According to data from tech stats company Hitwise, Sina's PC users alone sent nearly twice as many Olympic related messages as went out on Twitter. That's a massive 390-million messages, compared to the 150-million sent from Twitter. Thing is, that's not even close to the full picture. According to The Next Web, PCs only account ...

Video

Gotye releases ‘Somebodies': a tribute to everyone who covered him [Video]

I'd like to apologise in advance for posting this video, because now you're going to have Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" stuck in your head. Again. The Belgian-born artist has released a video made up of all the tributes, covers and reinterpretations of his insanely catchy single. That's not the kind of act you'd usually associate with someone in the music industry. Then again, YouTube was a key factor in Gotye becoming a global phenomenon. The artist ...

Gearburn

Human powered helicopter: is this a new era in flight?

Wright brothers, eat your heart out, because here is a flight to truly be proud of. It is the longest human powered helicopter flight ever as verified by National Aeronautic Association (NAA). To answer the question, though, probably not. If you watch the video, you will see what it takes for a human-powered helicopter to make it off the ground: four enormous rotors set very close to the ground, and one very dedicated cyclist. Read more on Gearburn.

News

New emails from Wikileaks suggest Google, Salesforce were offered ‘TrapWire’ spy tool

Time was, a story about governments and big corporations using scary spy technology would've been easy to write off as the rantings of a conspiracy nut. New emails released by Wikileaks, however, suggest that the likes of Google and Salesforce were offered a video surveillance program developed by ex-CIA operatives. The program, called "TrapWire" was developed US-based Abraxas Corporation which is allegedly staffed mostly by former CIA agents. According to ZDNet, the technology is meant to be used in the identification ...

Apple

What the Samsapple trial means for innovation and progress

applevssamsung I’d just like to say upfront that the Apple vs. Samsung circus currently taking place in the San Jose, California federal courthouse is absurd. It’s not about design elements or wireless patents. It’s about Apple getting whipped by Samsung -- and Android. IDC’s second quarter 2012 figures show Apple trailing Samsung, with 16.9% and 32.6% market share respectively. It might be that demand for the iPhone has cooled off with rumours of an imminent next release swelling, but the IDC indicates ...

Gearburn

iDrifta mobile decoder — new look, same tricks

iDrifta Here's what I love about technology. Sometimes it's just too smart for its own damn good. Case in point, the DStv iDrifta. It's a tiny little mobile satellite decoder streaming DVB-H TV for the fair price of R500 and R50 monthly for 14 channels of DStv goodness. Nice idea in concept, but the blurry DVB-H signal holds it back from greatness. Onto the review. Hold me closer tiny gadget Good news about the iDrifta. It's minuscule, no bigger than a box of ...

Social media

7 ways to use social media for social change

social media sign Social media plays an integral role in life and business today -- but are we just using this increasingly powerful platform for personal gain and wealth creation or are we using it to do good and better the real world we live in? Instead of following the latest trend, why not use your social media super-powers to make a difference? We already know how to spread news fast, share images and videos, organize friends, and empower others all by using the ...

Ventureburn

How meeting Dropbox’s founder helped an SA tech startup pivot

Getting your startup off the ground can be intimidating as all hell. Sometimes you can get so obsessed with your vision that you don’t realise it has deeply ingrained flaws. At one point, South African-based startup evly was stuck in precisely that position. That is, until its boss Eric Edelstein met the founder of cloud-storage phenomenon Dropbox. Here’s how one lunch made the company pivot so successfully that it now has a global footprint. After three months of living in ...

Startup news

International startup competition to hit Cape Town

Startup World This is big. Startup World, an international competition organised by The Next Web, is set to hit Cape Town and several other African cities including Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Cairo, Egypt. The global competition, which is currently in its first iteration, will see the eventual winner receive around US$320 000 worth of prizes, including a year's free web hosting, five-million real-time streams per month for one year worth US$30 000 from Echo and three months of incubation from i/o ...

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