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  • What impact will the Samsapple trial have on you and me?

    Apple versus Samsung has been great news for the legal and tech journalist fraternity. The lawyers have been churning out billable hours, and the journalists have been churning out tons and tons of reports, special reports, and analysis. Great fun if you can keep up. What got me thinking is what all this hype and reportage has got to do with me and my shiny gadgets. The answer luckily is very little. The media circus that has ensued over the whole Apple versus Samsung patent debate has focused primarily on the claims and counter claims, and very little on the...

  • Twitter: value-added conversation is more important than broadcasts, rts

    I have been using Twitter for over three years and have been through a long learning curve. Besides having to get my head around how to use the tool effectively, I have received constant advice from the community on how I should conduct myself on the platform so as not to upset anyone out there. All advice revolves around how to tweet and what to tweet. This is categorised into three areas, namely broadcasting, retweets and having conversations. Broadcasting Broadcasting is a one way stream of information, utilised mainly by the marketers out there using Twitter with a Marketing...

  • Why should Facebook’s board members wait to sell their shares?

    The decision by early Facebook investor Peter Thiel to unload the vast bulk of his shares in the massive social network was explained easily enough. It had simply awlays been his intention to sell the shares as soon as the company went public. Nonetheless it had a number of people scratching their heads. One such person was The Atlantic Wire's Dashiell Bennett: While no one is questioning Thiel's right to take back what he earned, some people are still wondering why a board member would choose to essentially exit the company (financially, at least) so soon after going public....

  • Custom ROMs for Jelly Bean, are they really necessary?

    So I’ve always loved flashing custom ROMs on all of my Android devices, but during the past two weeks I’ve come to a bit of a revelation. I think Android has matured to a point where custom ROMs aren’t really necessary any more. SHOCK! RECOIL! HORROR! Now, please don’t misunderstand me. There is validity to its existence, because it offers some fantastic additional functionality over Google’s stock offering, but do we NEED the custom ROMs? No, I don’t think so, not any more. Let me explain. 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");

  • Twitter cuts off Tumblr, one engineer dissents

    Go on to Tumblr right now and have a look at the "Find People You Know" option. Notice anything different? Yup, Twitter's no longer one of the options. In an official statement to BuzzFeed, Tumblr confirmed that it had been cut off by the social network. It's not exactly pleased by the move either: To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to "Find Twitter Friends" on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70...

  • Facebook Messages becomes more like your inbox, Android app gets update

    Look, Facebook's had a thing for email for quite a while now. It was perhaps inevitable then that Facebook Messages would start looking and functioning a lot more like a typical inbox. The update brings with it a two-pane layout designed to bring the feature more in line with the iOS and freshly updated Android versions. The inbox lists all the messages on the left, while a full view of all your selected conversations appears on the right. “We know how to scale email,” Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure Jay Parikh said. “This is a scaling problem that’s...

  • Facestagram deal goes through for $747m

    When Facebook first announced plans to buy Instagram it made headlines around the globe. Rightly so too, this was a billion dollar deal. Except it hasn't turned out quite that way. The deal's still going through, of course. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved it a few hours ago. Now though it's worth a great deal less at US$747-million. US$300-million of that will be in cash, while the rest will me made up in Facebook stock valued at US$19.44 a share. In fact, the massive fall in Facebook's share price is largely to blame for the US$250-million or...

  • Meet the top execs of the hottest US tech companies. Here’s what they earn

    Tim Cook is Silicon Valley's highest paid CEO, but you already knew that. What do other high profile execs earn? Personal finance and credit service comparison company, NerdWallet, created a tool that shows the compensation of the highest paid executive for each of the S&P 500 companies. We delved into the data for 2011 and ranked the highest earners for some of the more well known US tech companies. Perhaps, like us you are simply curious, but there are some interesting things to note. 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");

  • Amazon launches Indian Kindle store

    Well now, looks like Amazon's presence in India just grew in a big way. The tech giant today launched a localised version of its Kindle store in the country, meaning that people can now shop for Kindle books in rupees. Amazon says the Indian Kindle store will offer over one-million e-books including 70 out of the top 100 Nielsen best sellers. It also claims that it offers the "lowest prices of any e-bookstore in India". Kindle and Kindle accessories can also now be found in selected retail stores in India through a partnership between Amazon and electronics retailer Croma. The move...

  • Is Vodafone set for a major push into the South Pacific?

    Rumours are rife that Vodafone is set to buy a 50% stake in embattled South Pacific Mobile Network Operator, BeMobile which will extend the UK mobile giant's footprint into Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Vodafone is believed to be in advanced negotations to acquire 50% of BeMobile, effectively buying out large and small shareholders, leaving the balance in the hands of existing shareholder, PNG Telikom. BeMobileʼs performance (read: mounting losses and shrinking market share) over the last few years has been hampered by poor management and mounting debts. A stand-off between 50% government owned Telikom and 35%...

  • Pinterest is a ‘virtual refrigerator door’: Q&A with Robert Scoble

    When most people hear the name Robert Scoble, the first thing that comes to mind is "Scobleizer". Scoble was probably the first person to get famous through blogging and also the first person to get an annoyance measurement named after him. In September 2008 Follow Cost, a site that calculates how annoying it will be to follow anyone on Twitter, launched the milliscoble unit of measurement, which is defined as: "1/1000 of the average daily Twitter status updates by Robert Scoble as of 10:09 CST September 25, 2008." According to Follow Cost, a person with a milliscoble rating...

  • Dealing with Big Data: the ‘thin slice’ concept

    It has been said that “the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”, and this rings true for Big Data. Just as applications like Google have become synonymous with the concept of searching for information on the internet through the use of a search engine, it’s not surprising that application frameworks such as Hadoop are becoming synonymous with the concept of Big Data (it may be no coincidence that the logo for Hadoop is a yellow elephant). Breaking down Big Data into thinly sliced concepts should help us understand its nature. There is also...

  • The real difference between Microsoft, Apple’s record valuations

    News that Apple became the most valuable company ever has dominated the tech news space over the past couple of days. It was quickly pointed out that it didn't actually hold the mantle on an inflation adjusted basis, but then again who is checking that? It turns out that there are some folks. They have every right to do so, I just think they're looking for answers in the wrong places. The stock closed at a 52 week and all time high at US$665.15 a share, to give the company a market valuation of US$623.52-billion. This tops the Microsoft...

  • Samsapple: Apple & Samsung make their last stand

    It's been a long road getting here. Here is the skinny if you have been living under a rock: Apple claims that Samsung "slavishly" copied its mobile products (specifically the iPhone and iPad) and Samsung is countering with the defense that it didn't. Last week US District Judge Lucy Koh told the two companies to talk about a settlement over the phone “at least once” before the case reaches the jury. “It’s time for peace,” said the judge during the case in San Jose, California. Koh also said that she could see “risks here for both sides,” if the case...

  • Sleeping Dogs: a sprawling, violent sandbox

    Sleeping Dogs bears similarities to Grand Theft Auto. That much is clear. Both operate in a sprawling sandbox world with cars to drive, missions to undertake, and an overarching story lending purpose to you travels. Yet Sleeping Dogs has enough of its own flavour to leave a lasting impression. At times it’s even better than the aforementioned GTA; a surprise indeed for a game Activision canned because they thought it lacked quality. 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");