Le Web, News

Spotify launches ‘Spotify radio’ to its 2.5-million paying subscribers

Spotify screengrabDaniel Ek, CEO of online music service Spotify took the stage at LeWeb in Paris to announce 'Spotify Radio' a new app for the service.Ek's announcement so caught the attention of LeWeb attendees that it resulted in an immediate Twitter trending topic.The new radio app will allow users to create their own custom radio stations with the option to skip through an unlimited number of songs. This feature is not yet available on Pandora, Spotify's leading competitor in ...

Future Trends, Google, Le Web, Mobile apps

So the web will die, but what exactly will it be replaced by? [LeWeb]

georgecolony_leweb_forresterThe web will die says George Colony, the rather insightful boss of Forrester Research -- and here is why.He says that fundamentally the web is a waste and inefficient. It fails to take advantage of the incredible processing power and storage abilities of the powerful gadgets and computers we use. It makes no sense to leave these out of the equation. Rather the best use of the technology at our disposal today is to use both the internet and the ...

Entrepreneurship, Le Web, Startups

The next Silicon Valleys? How French, UK govts stimulate the startup scene

techcityGovernments are often seen as a nuisance in business, but this is a jaded view. Responsible and engaged governments are able to do amazing things for a country's startup scene. Most countries outside the US want to mirror the success of Silicon Valley, the undisputed king of tech innovation.Nicolas Princen is French President Nicolas Sarkozy's "digital man". He has spoken about the ways the French government is stimulating its local startup scene and "helping startups grow". The internet economy contributes ...

News, Twitter

TweetDeck ditches Adobe, launches new HTML 5 Twitter apps

Adobe TweetDeck Coinciding with the launch of a new Twitter interface, TweetDeck has also undergone a drastic redesign.Along with the redesigned desktop version of the client, TweetDeck has also finally launched a web-based version 1 after months in beta. The web-based service is designed for those unwilling to install the serive on their hard-drives. Previously, the only way to access TweetDeck without downloading the client onto your computer was to install a Google Chrome plugin. With this new service, any browser can ...

Ecommerce, Google

Why Google Trader could leave other classified platforms in the dirt

ClassifiedsGoogle Trader, the internet giant's classifieds and trading service, is making waves, especially in emerging markets. The aim of Trader is to make it easier for businesses to post classified-type ads for their services, products and jobs. Listings are accessible from the web, the mobile web and via SMS. The listings also now include price, locations, and short snippets of content based on what is being advertised.Google expanded its Trader product footprint to Kenya in October and Nigeria in ...


Online auction site Bidorbuy launches app for iDevices

Online auction site Bidorbuy has launched an app designed to work across a range of Apple's iDevices. The South African-based site, which claims to be “Africa’s largest online marketplace”, says the app has a number of the same features as the full-blown site.According to Bidorbuy, the app will allow people to "take part in an online auction", "buy items at a fixed price", add items to their watchlist or cart "and proceed to checkout".The app’s release is so ...

Apple, Le Web

7 Innovation secrets from Steve Jobs [LeWeb]

Steve Jobs at WWDC 2010 taken by Wired's Jon SnyderWhat are the secrets behind Steve Jobs' success? I'll bet you want to know.Author and communications coach Carmine Gallo thinks he knows, and at the LeWeb conference in Paris, he provided some insight into them. In fact, he's written a book entitled "Innovate the Steve Jobs way: 7 insanely different principles for breakthrough success".Here are Gallo's 7 secrets:1. Do what you love For Jobs "being the richest man in the cemetery" didn't matter, what mattered was "going to bed at night ...

News, Twitter

New Twitter ‘great for brands’, enables easy tweet embedding for websites

Black TwitterTwitter has rolled out a slew of changes. Included in the changes are a redesign and features which the social network claims will make it easier for people to embed tweets on their blogs and websites. Twitter says the changes will also help advertisers "create an even more compelling destination" for their brands.According to Twitter, the new "simplified design", which will appear on both the web and mobile versions (although only on mobile at first) of the social network, ...

Innovation, Le Web

Renault launches in-car tablet, R-Link [LeWeb]

Renault R-LINKFrench car manufacturing giant, Renault chose LeWeb 11 to launch its new in-car tablet device, R-LINK: A seven inch tablet that offers a multimedia experience for consumers on the move.The device is described as an "integrated, connected tablet" that enables drivers to control their car functions without "taking their eyes off the road".R-LINK has a large 18cm tactile display that steers wheel-mounted controls with speech recognition. The tablet also delivers comprehensive connectivity for automotive services and applications in a ...

Startup news

App development made easy with Tappnology

Tappnology (650 x 404)App stores are big business and with US$15-billion in revenue expected to pour into their combined coffers by 2012, everyone is looking for a slice of tasty, app pie. Especially the Dube brothers, Fredrick and Michael, creators of startup Tappnology. They promise "to go the extra mile to make sure your application shines". Enthusiasm we like.Tappnology creates mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, with the iPad being the only current device with a workable app. Tappnology currently has one ...






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