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Apple announces 3M iPads sold since launch

When Apple confirmed that it had a record-breaking weekend with the new iPad, we said it probably wouldn’t be long before it announced some official figures. We weren’t wrong. Just hours after a conference call in which Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer detailed what the Cupertino-based tech giant was going to do with its massive hoard of cash, Apple announced it had sold three-million new iPads since Friday. Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller confirmed that it ...

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MIH launches new online shop creator on WordPress

QikCommerce This has the potential to be big. It’s a new eCommerce tool that allows users to “create an online shop in minutes”. The new service, called QikCommerce, is a joint venture between MIH -- the investment arm of US$18-billion emerging markets internet giant Naspers -- and a small WordPress theme building company Obox. Obox has also been credited with building official themes for Posterous. It’s fairly natural then that QikCommerce should run off a WordPress platform, although the ...

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Pirate Bay wants to sail servers across the seven skies

Pirate Bay The war between Hollywood and The Pirate Bay (TPB) looks set to enter a new frontier: the sky. Um...Yarr, I suppose. The group, which advocates online sharing, has released a statement saying that intends to put some of its servers into the air. Yup, that’s right. The Pirate Bay is so desperate to stop attacks against it that it wants to put its hardware as far from the ground as possible. How does it intend to do this? With ...

Social media

9 Tips and tricks for Pinterest

Pinterest Pinterest is attracting plenty of eyeballs, especially with the female demographic, but you might still be a little unsure of how to integrate this growing platform into your social media mix. So what’s the fascination with Pinterest? In October last year Pinterest had an estimated 3.3-million unique monthly visitors. Today that number is over 10-million. While there may be no direct link for potential customers to buy products directly from the site, the platform does offer massive marketing potential. Think of it ...

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Apple had ‘record weekend’ with new iPad

Despite Apple insisting it would not talk about anything other than cash during today’s conference call, one analyst did manage to slip in a question about how well the new iPad did on opening weekend. The answer, apparently, was pretty damn well. Without going into specifics, CEO Tim Cook said the company had “had a record weekend and we are thrilled with it.” According to TheNextWeb, searches for the new iPad already account for five percent of internet traffic from ...

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UK student arrested for racially offensive Muamba tweets

The on-field collapse of Bolton Wanderers striker Fabrice Muamba saw Twitter respond with an outpouring of support. One tweeter, however, is in hot water after making offensive remarks about the incident. Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student could face jail time after Twitter users across the UK reported his tweets to authorities. Brought before a magistrate’s court earlier today, Stacey pleaded guilty to incitement to racial hatred. According to prosecutor Lisa Jones, "Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and was believed ...

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Apple launches $10bn share buyback programme

Apple has released a few more details on what it plans to do with its giant pile of cash. As was expected, even prior to the conference call being announced, the Cupertino-based tech giant says it has plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of US$2.65 per share. Apple also launched US$10-billion share buyback programme. It claims that the programme will kick off in September, carrying on for the next three years, "with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of ...

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Samsung takes its CES experience on the road

Samsung’s stand was definitely among the biggest and most varied at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now the Korean Electronics giant has taken it on the road. Next Stop: Cape Town, 22-25 March. The Samsung Africa Forum, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will also incorporate Cape Town Connect on 25 March - an event that will "feature an exhibition... immersing people in live music performances, chef demos and art". According to Deon Liebenberg, MD at Samsung ...

LinkedIn

5 Reasons LinkedIn’s meteoric rise isn’t about to stop

LinkedIn Offices Amidst the negative sentiment that is flung around about LinkedIn, there are individuals and companies that are deriving substantial benefits as a result of their participation on the social network. These success stories are freely available on the web. Quite simply, these are LinkedIn users that have taken the time to educate themselves on how to use LinkedIn properly and participate on the platform on a regular basis. They have fully embraced LinkedIn and have integrated its use into their daily ...

Mobile

The future of emerging markets still lies in mobile

map-emergingmarkets2005 Advancements in mobile will have a positive effect on emerging markets. That's been true for some time and, if the chatter both at the recent Mobile World Congress and around the tech scene is anything to go by, it will continue to be true for the foreseeable future. There is a definite increase in awareness of emerging markets and the potential for massive growth in mobile therein. People increasingly believe that the next couple of billion connections will be in emerging ...

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