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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 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");

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

    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 for 32% of Sina Weibo's total user base. Add in the number of messages sent from mobile devices and...

  • 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 says he "couldn't resist" meshing all the covers into a single video and was inspired by Kutiman's Thru-You project:...

  • 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. 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");

  • 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 of terrorists and is able to correlate video footage with other sources such as watch lists. The company also...

  • What the Samsapple trial means for innovation and progress

    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 a 172.8% year-over-year growth for Samsung, compared to a solid, but significantly smaller 27.5% percent rise for Apple. But, for...

  • iDrifta mobile decoder — new look, same tricks

    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 matches coated in the dreamy shine of an Apple product. 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");

  • 7 ways to use social media for social change

    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 same social media tools that we use in our everyday lives. Isn't it time we put them to use...

  • 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 San Francisvar 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");

  • International startup competition to hit Cape Town

    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 ventures. Even if you don't win though, there are benefits in just being accepted to take part in the...

  • Google mobile search: now smarter and more interactive

    Google just made searching on mobile even better. The search giant has announced a host of new features to make Googling on your cellphone or tablet more visual and interactive in a bid to make sure you get the answers you're looking for as easily on mobile as you do on a desktop computer. According to an official blog post, a number of quick answer features which weren't previously available on mobile are starting to be rolled out. They include areas such as finance (specifically stock performance indicators), currency conversion, unit conversion, dictionary definitions, local time lookup, and holiday...

  • Disney boffins figure out how to turn plants into multi-touch sensors

    This is ridiculously cool. The brains at Disney's Pittsburgh research lab have figured out how to turn any plant into a responsive multi-touch sensor. The project, called Botanicus Interacticus (which sounds kind of like a spell out of the Harry Potter universe) uses an electrode embedded in the soil below a plant that records the interruption of electronic signals when people touch the plant. Those interruptions can then be programmed into audio and visual responses, programmed back to the user. Imagine walking through a garden of these responsive plants at a Disney theme park one day. You'll know how...

  • UK startup offers Usain Bolt some shares, ‘all the McNuggets’ he needs

    Well that's one way to get attention, UK startup Shutl has offered Jamaican sprinting sensation Usain Bolt a one percent stake in the company, and all the chicken nuggets he can eat. The VC-backed company, which specialises in delivering goods ordered online, sent a letter to Bolt offering him equity in the company and “all the McNuggets” he needs (the sprinter famously ate chicken McNuggets just before his record-breaking 100 metre final in Beijing). According to The Next Web, all he has to do in return is set aside some of his time to help the company break...

  • Prezence Digital set to launch student mentoring initiative

    South African digital agency, Prezence Digital has announced that it will soon be launching a project it calls the 10Teams/10Brands/10Grand initiative. Established in the UK in 1998, Prezence Digital expanded into South Africa in 2002. The agency, which originally focused on the South African music and movie industries, evolved into the digital sphere with services such as mobi, web, digital campaign management, social media and, more recently, apps. Recently, Prezence Digital made headlines for its wildly successful MandelaStory campaign, with the endorsement of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. The campaign featured on CNN, ITN and leading...

  • News24 down, ‘technical difficulties’ blamed [Update]

    Africa's largest online news portal News 24 is down. Anyone trying to enter the site receives a standard browser message stating that the site is not available. Update: The site is now back up. The company's Twitter account, which has nearly 180 000 followers, put the outage down to "technical difficulties" but did not elaborate any further: We're experiencing some technical difficulties and we're trying to get the site back up as soon as possible.— News24 (@News24) August 10, 2012 The story is much the same on its Facebook page. It did, however, attempt to keep people on its good...