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  • Russia’s Mail.ru set to go global with My.com

    When it comes to online names in Russia, you don't get much bigger than Mail.ru. Now the company is looking to expand its global presence with My.com Given that it already owns 90% of Russia's internet, it's pretty much a matter of necessity that the internet giant continue adding to its international properties, if it's to keep growing as a company. It's unclear precisely what My.com is. At the moment there's only a holding page with the option to sign up using your email address and the tagline "Something new. Something interesting. Something yours." There's no indication as to...

  • Demo Africa: the future of African startups looks bright

    Flowgear, a South African startup that offers application integration for the cloud era, was named one of the Demo Lions and will be joining four other African startups in the US for mentorship and introduction to potential investors. The Demo Lion awards are under the auspices of the US State Department. Flowgear offers companies pre-built connectors that allow quick and easy implementation for developers without the need for coding. The company bridges cloud and on-premise applications and simplifies integration management with full visibility of data flows. 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");

  • Online tracking: how you can reduce and stop being tracked

    We've spoken about the tracking that happens in the background while you are surfing the web a couple of times this year. The most recent incident, involving the sites of the US presidential candidates has brought the issue back into stark relief. For many this has no relevance as it happens "secretly"; you don't even know about it. Having worked for an online advertising company in the past, I was amazed to learn what actually can be done with Adware, spyware, malware and the rest of the "ware's". In some cases it almost seemed criminal. Tracking software is basically used...

  • Google Play Music gets serious: adds more songs, primes for European launch

    Despite the fact that the press launch was cancelled due to hurricane Sandy, Google still débuted its new Nexus phone, larger tablet and an updated Android OS yesterday. And nestled near the end of the official Google blog post detailing all the new Nexus products, was a sign that Google Play's previously US-only Music offering is getting serious, with more cloud storage and more songs, in more countries around the world. Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of mobile and digital content, announced that the company had signed a deal with the Warner Music Group to add their entire...

  • How data can save journalism as we know it

    Everybody has a mouthpiece now and social media is facilitating this. News is everywhere and breaking news on the front page has becomes obsolete, because the news is already out on social media like Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Is this also the end of journalism as we know it? Tweeps, bloggers and Facebookers are taking over the role of journalists, but is it quality reporting and professional journalism? Print media at least in the West, is in a bad way: newspapers are closing or merging and journalists are being laid off. The public finds the news on the social media,...

  • What hackers curing malaria, Lady Gaga and eyetests have in common

    It’s not your normal conference that would present you with details on how computer hackers are ridding the world of malaria. I was lucky enough to join the other delegates at the inaugural two-day Wired UK Conference last year and this year’s conference (in a much better location) was equally (if not more) impressive. Not just because it has myriad smart people attending but also because they speak in such a personal way. The amount of smarts and passion in the room is palpable and it often takes a few days for it all to sink in (read: get...

  • Apple fires software chief Scott Forstall over failure to sign Maps apology

    Apple has fired its senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, apparently over his refusal to sign an apology for the much maligned Maps product. Forstall's axing is reportedly part of the biggest management shakeup at Number One Infinite Loop since the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. Also given the boot was retail chief John Browett, who had been with Apple just eight months after having joined from UK retailer Boots. The official press release from Apple gave the shakeup a typically positive spin, especially in the Tim Cook quote included in it: "We are in one of...

  • Meet Steve Ballmer’s Windows Phone

    Hey, this is kind of cool. Microsoft's put out a new ad narrated by CEO Steve Ballmer showing off everything he has on his Windows Phone. Unfortunately for fans of Ballmer's 1986 "Crazy Eddie" video, he doesn't reprise the role. Instead the ad is astute, focussing entirely on the operating system's features and centres on people and the advice Ballmer gets given -- and gives -- on a daily basis. Oh and if it's to be believed, the Bill Gates reckons the Surface should have a purple touch cover. As The Next Web points out, the ad...

  • Obama and Romney websites play the tracking and click-and-share game

    Consumer advocates are worried about the tracking that happens on the websites for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. As election day nears, the two presidential campaigns are taking a very close look at the internet browsing habits of the people who visit them. According to the New York Times, the two campaign site have as many or more tracking software as some commercial sites. Tracking software is used by commercial websites to calculate and serve specific users with specific adverts and/or information. Retail websites pioneered the technology, which they use to show targeted ads to specific users depending on their...

  • Here comes Baidu: Q3 results show solid growth

    Business is booming for Baidu. The Chinese search giant today released its Q3 results and things are looking healthy to say the least. The company recorded US$994.6-million in revenue, a 49.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Profits meanwhile jumped to US$524.6-million, a 48.1% increase on the same period last year. "We are pleased to report a solid performance for the third quarter driven by encouraging customer growth and improvements to our monetization platform," said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu. "During the quarter, we worked to improve user experience by more closely integrating Baidu's suite...

  • Filtered love: WordPress now allows Instagram embedding

    If you ever thought that getting your Instagram pictures up on your blog was a kind of a pain-in-the-arse, then WordPress has got good news for you. The blogging platform is now allowing people to embed Instagram pictures in their posts. All you have to do, says WordPress, is paste the image's URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the image. The URL automatically embeds the largest size of the image that fits into the content area. Alternatively, says the world's largest blogging platform, you can control the size of an image using shortcode. An image is automatically...

  • Vodafone set to launch global NFC-based mobile wallet

    It seems that yet another company has decided to enter the mobile wallet game... this time, it's telecommunications giant Vodafone. The group has reportedly partnered with mcommerce company Corfire and security company Gemalto to roll out a NFC-based mobile payments solution to its customers as early as next year. According to Corfire, the app would allow transactions like point of sale payments, and could potentially roll out to Vodafone customers in over 30 countries, making it "one of the biggest global implementations of NFC and mobile commerce," according to CorFire’s president and CEO Dr. Jae Chung. Techcrunch reports that the...

  • Africa slow to adopt Windows 8

    Analysts and Microsoft business have questioned whether Windows 8 could persuade African enterprises to switch over quickly or completely. Some companies have argued that the switch-over could be slow and patchy, and most initial adaptation of the new OS could be in organisations with large mobile work forces at first. Mark Walker, Middle East, Africa and Turkey director at IDC, said that it is unlikely that enterprises who have tested Windows 8 would adapt it immediately. It would however be able to bump PC sales in the region. "The ecosystem is more complicated than it was when companies were migrating...

  • Super Great Toilet Keeper: you know you want one

    You know what's wrong with toilets? The one, absolutely must-have feature that they're all missing? The ability to keep goal against international footballers. That's what. Enter the Super Great Toilet Keeper. The toilet goalkeeper was built as a collaboration between TOTO, a Japanese high-tech toilet manufacturer and toto a sports betting site. The highly versatile commode is reportedly capable of blocking shots as fast as 160km/h. It does this by making use of two 250 fps cameras mounted either side of the goal to calculate when to pivot and launch a smaller ball at the incoming shot. The...

  • Google creates crisis map in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

    Google has created a crisis map to relay information about the movement of a hurricane currently sweeping up the United States' Atlantic coast to prepare civilians once the storm hits land. Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed 66 people in the Carribbean, has been the topping the Twitter charts lately in the areas directly affected by it. The most important information is provided by separate layers, relaying information like the storm's current position, surge probabilities, evacuation routes and shelters and a three-day forecast. The city of New York was also included the stormfront area, prompting Google to cancel its Android...