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Eskimi: A social network for feature phones crosses 7m user mark

Mobile social networks have a habit of thriving in emerging markets. You only have to look at the likes of Mxit from South Africa -- with over 50-million users -- and China's Tencent QQ mobile, with over 200-million users, to see that. One relatively new contender making waves is the Lithuanian-based Eskimi, which recently went past the 7-million user mark. Bear in mind that half of those users are from Nigeria, and that it's only available on feature phones at ...

Twitter

Twitter geeks out for Towel Day

What is the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything? Don't Panic if you notice your colleagues and friends carrying towels around with them today. It's not because they've gone crazy. It's just Towel Day. And the answer to the question, the ultimate question is 42. Every 25 May fans of science fiction writer, Douglas Adams, honour his memory by celebrating Towel Day. Towel day is being celebrated around the world with various events according to TowelDay.org. The ...

Gearburn

Logitech iPad Speaker Stand [Review]

In swag-factor alone, Logitech's iPad Speaker Stand succeeds. The iPad (or iPhone if you're daring or stupid enough) cradles into the dock, charges and blasts music out of the ultra-loud speakers. For US$60 or so, it is a worthy purchase. Best part, the click when the iPad is rotated in place. Here, I've filmed it for posterity. Why's my arm so hairy? The speaker is stable, pumps out incredibly loud music without distortion and turns the iPad into a hot, sexy ...

Startup news

Africa Gathering: London event to celebrate African startups

People tend to get excited around startups. It's probably something to do with the manic energy and will to succeed possessed by the people running them. And if the reaction to articles like this and this are anything to go by, people are really excited by African startups. In fact, people around the world are starting to talk about startups on the continent in a big way. One example of this is the Africa Gathering annual conference to be held in ...

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Facebook launches camera app that’s totally different to Instagram, promise

It takes great photos that you can instantly share, comes with a range of cool-looking filters and is owned by Facebook. But it's not Instagram. The 900-million user strong social network today announced the launch its own social camera app, which it claims was built before it shelled out US$1-billion for Instagram. According to Facebook the standalone app allows you to upload multiple photos to your albums rather than having to do them one at a time. You can also ...

Emerging Markets, Mobile, News

China hits 1 billion mobile phone users

china-flag Yes, there are over a billion mobile phone users in China. Considering the population of the country is around 1.3-billion, that means that more than 76% of Chinese citizens have one. Wow. The latest stats, released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), show that there are approximately 1 030 052 000 mobile users in the country. The new information, reported on Chinese language site Sina Tech and later picked up by Tech in Asia, confirms previous ...

News, Wordpress

Mullenweg: Future of WordPress is ‘shorter, simpler, faster’

mullenweg WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg reckons that the platform he founded is going to have to radically evolve if it's going to succeed on tablets and smartphones. The social media entrepreneur took to his blog to explain what changes the blogging platform, turned Content Management System (CMS) would have to make. In the post, he expresses his belief that WordPress "is seeing growth and innovation in being used as an application platform (I think we’re about a third of the way ...

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FC Barcelona, Worldreader to send one million e-books to African children

Footballing giant FC Barcelona is teaming up with non-profit company Worldreader in a campaign aimed at getting people to send one-million e-books to school children in Sub-Saharan Africa. The non-profit claims that it is already one-tenth of the way to achieving its goal, having delivered 100 000 e-books into the hands of 1 000 African children since it started operating in 2010. WorldReader claims that "digital technology sharply lowers the cost and complexity of delivering books everywhere. As we ...

Google

13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

android zombie gingerbread easter egg Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think ...

Humour

5 seriously underrated aspects of social media

Social Media Like you, I once naively thought that social media was used for sharing your life experiences and bonding with close family, friends, and the random people who send friendship requests that you accept for no apparent good reason. But there is so much more to social media, and here are five of the most underrated things that you can experience in-between tweeting about what you just had for lunch and poking people you only vaguely know... 1. Twoogle Twoogle is the great ...

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