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Eric Schmidt: 1.3m Android device activations a day

At any big tech launch, the product is the main attraction. But given that Motorola's launch event tonight was the first since the company was bought by Google, it was inevitable that eyes would be on Eric Schmidt. The news from the Google hot shot was hardly surprising, but worth repeating if only to get a glimpse of the sheer scale of the Android ecosystem. According to Schmidt, there are 1.3-million Android device activations every day. Of that 1.3-million, 70 ...

Social media

The poor pavlova: Woolworths hit by social media abuse over ‘racist’ job ads

woolworths pavlova social media Retail brand Woolworths found itself the target of a virtual storm of social media hate recently after posting what users are calling "racist" job ads on its website. The latest victim (aside from its social media management team) seems to be a pavlova recipe. Users have taken to the South African company's Facebook page to complain about the company's policy, announce they will be boycotting their stores and to suggest that its Facebook fans rather switch to supporting its competitors. ...

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Google pushes major new map developments

Looks like Google's cartography department has been busy in the last little while. The internet giant today announced three new developments in its map products. The first sees it rolling out turn-by-turn navigation in India. The voice-guided navigation product will be available across the country. Google says that navigation is one of its most requested features in the region and "can be especially helpful when driving in densely populated cities like Delhi or Bangalore". It also said that it would ...

Advertising & Marketing

Your advertising makes me want to kill myself: the cost of free media

influence image Our entire planet now runs on an ad-supported model and it’s making me want to kill myself. It’s impossible to exist and not be subjected to advertising from companies trying to get you to buy the stuff they’re selling. There is no escape. Ever. Except death, and I’ll bet they’ll soon have ads inside coffins on the off-chance you wake up. Like drug addicts, humans have become addicted to free media -- from television and radio, to online news and social ...

Social media

8 things you need to know about social media in South Africa

Social Media Social media in emerging markets is in a healthier place than ever. According to figures from Socialbakers, only two of the world's top five Facebook countries are developed. With the rise of Mexico, that number could soon be one. They're very much on the up in other words. South Africa is no different. Cheaper and faster internet access, along with a proliferation of internet-enabled mobile devices is driving people to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

Why people still prefer email to social when it comes to online campaigns

'@' mentions According to a survey conducted amongst 560 people in May 2012, Emailvision reported that 50% of respondents placed a higher priority on improving their email marketing campaigns than building their social media communities. Better personalisation of emails was the highest priority for 58% of online marketers followed by 52% who considered an increased number of subscribers their main concern. Which begs the question, Where should people be investing their online marketing budget in the future? According to another survey conducted by a ...

Gearburn

Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad: not the sound you want

Ugly, aesthetically unsound and turd-shaped, it's the Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad or anything really with a headphone jack. Here's why you shouldn't spent US$20 it: It's ugly Right off the bat, this is one of the fugliest tablet add-ons ever made. It's existence ratifies chaos theory. Here's what it looks like. No. Cut this shit out RIGHT NOW Logitech! Lets begin with the shape. It's long, fat and unfriendly. It sits uncomfortably under the tablet, clipping onto the back like a parasite of yore. ...

Ventureburn

Meet the South African finalists for TNW’s Startup World

Here we go Africa. The African leg of the The Next Web's Startup World competition kicks off in Cape Town today. The startup scene has been abuzz with the announcement that four African cities have been included in Startup World's inaugural tour. The competition will be held in 36 countries across the globe with the specific aim of shining "a light on entrepreneurs in emerging markets." Regional winners will fly to Silicon Valley to "battle it out in front of a ...

News

FBI says it never had stolen Apple UDIDs

Well now. This is interesting. The FBI says it never had any of the Apple UDIDs claimed to have been stolen by hacker group AntiSec. The hacker collective said it had well over 12-million IDs that include personal information such as user names, addresses, device names and mobile numbers. In a statement released to AllThingsD, the FBI said it had no knowledge of the hack. In fact, it went so far as to say that it didn't even keep any ...

News, Wordpress

WordPress unveils new live-blogging plugin

This is very cool, especially if CovertLive's move from free to paid had you distraught. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has unveiled a new live-blogging platform, aptly called Liveblog. Once you've installed the plugin, all you have to do check a box and boom, you're live-blogging. WordPress says you'll even be able to turn existing posts into live-blogs. According to the company: Your readers want your updates as quickly as possible, and we think we provide the easiest and the most ...

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