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  • Salman Rushdie vs Facebook

    If you thought that being the winner of a Man Booker Prize or having one of the highest profiles in the world of literature would exempt you from Facebook’s real name policy, as Salman Rushdie learnt, think again. Rushdie, whose full name is Ahmed Salman Rushdie, has won a tussle with Facebook over his profile page on the social network. The ruckus began when Facebook -- believing it was a hoax -- deactivated Rushdie's Facebook account. Rushdie then submitted a copy of his passport to the social network as proof he truly was the award-winning writer. Facebook then reactivated his...

  • The subtle condescension of ‘ICT for development’

    I have cognitive dissonance over the term "Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)". This term, “ICT4D,” is confusing, hypocritical, and has a whiff of condescension that makes me cringe. As I understand it, it’s what NGOs do in places like Africa and Asia, but if the same things are done in poor communities in the US or Europe, it's not called ICT4D, it’s called "civil society innovation" or a "disruptive product". I'll be the first to say that I think more communications and technology tools in the hands of ordinary people is good, it's what we need. For this reason...

  • Twitter rolls out ‘Activity Tab’

    Twitter recently finished adding the final touches to a more "Facebook-like" interface. Users on Twitter can now see who "likes" their posts and discover what their followers are doing. In a recent blog post, Twitter said, "You can now see when someone favourites (likes) or retweets one of your Tweets. You can also learn which Tweets are most interesting and inspiring to the people you follow." Using the "Activity tab", users now have the option of viewing any interactions between themselves and their community. The Activity tab began its roll-out in August and finished its completion this week, according to...

  • Five ways social media law can surprise you

    Up until recently, making offensive comments online was a bit like peeing in a crowded swimming pool, cheeky and somewhat satisfying, but ultimately there was little risk of being exposed. These days, however, it seems the law may be catching up and nowhere is the swimming pool of fervent opinion more crowded than in social media. In that vein, here are 5 legal disaster stories from the blogosphere: The High Court of Victoria wants to be friends In Victoria, Australia, police were not having much luck preventing an alleged Facebook bully from harassing what few friends he had left. After...

  • Review: Motorola Atrix – Still kicking ass 8 months on

    You could see this piece from two perspectives. It could be a belated review of the Motorola Atrix. Belated because, as the Atrix is permeating its final markets and we’re sending back our review units, the Atrix 2 is announced. Out with old, in with the new, right? Or, you could see it as a timely piece that could offer some useful buyer’s advice. The latter perspective stems from the likelihood of a reduced price on the original Atrix, which is actually not that far behind it’s newer, genetically gifted brother. The Motorola Atrix Looking past the swagger it derives from its Transformer-like...

  • Five key elements to managing your online brand reputation

    As more and more of us realise the importance of developing an online strategy, an obvious question pops up: Where to start? And as with any business strategy processes, it's important to get a clear idea of where you are, where you want to go and how you intend getting there. Flourishing in this environment requires an adaptable, flexible and responsive strategy that continually monitors and measures reactions to campaigns outcomes in a manner that allows the brand team to respond accordingly and timeously. Here are five key considerations in developing and managing your online strategy: 1. Start at the...

  • Entrepreneurship is key to the future of Mobile Health

    The use of mobile phones in providing health services is well documented. In countries like Kenya and South Africa, SMS reminders are used to remind Aids patients to take their medication. Other projects use mobile to educate people about malaria and help manage diabetes. That's all well and good, but a number of these projects are the preserve of NGOs, who are reliant on continual funding to keep going. As with any kind of public funding, there is a danger that it will run out. This means that NGOs cannot always sustain M-Health projects. One way of getting...

  • Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

    Reviews for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 “iPad Killer”, unveiled on 28 September,is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here’s what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device: Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it “an achievement at US$200“. He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called “power users” will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The tablet is slightly underpowered with 512MB of memory and an 8GB solid state drive. When the battery life is...

  • Logitech pulls out of Google TV

    On the heels of rumours that internet giant, Google, might be making a play for paid television -- Logitech has pulled the plug on Google TV set-top boxes. The manufacturer said that consumers just aren't ready for the device, which merges television and the internet. "Google TV or the child of Google TV or the grandchild of Google TV will happen," said Guerrino De Luca, the chairman and acting chief executive of the Swiss computer peripherals maker. But it seems it just won't happen now with Logitech. "The integration of television and the internet is inevitable," De Luca said at an event...

  • Diaspora co-founder dies at 22

    Diaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy has died at the age of 22. The cause of death is, as of yet, unknown. Local media reports indicated that the young technologist may have committed suicide. The coroner's office, however, said it would take several weeks to determine the precise cause of death. Along with Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer, Zhitomirskiy created the open-source Facebook alternative as a response to the social networking giant's privacy changes in 2010. According to Mashable, the team had managed to put together around US$200 000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. News of the young tech innovator's...

  • The web lets citizens check rights abuses: Eric Schmidt

    Widespread internet adoption is crucial in allowing wired citizens to keep their governments in check when it comes to rights abuses. That’s according to Google chief Eric Schmidt. Speaking to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Hawaii, Schmidt underlined how important the web is to keeping people informed about their governments. "In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest," adding that "Whistleblowing has never been so easy." Schmidt cited examples of online tools being used during the Arab Spring, which saw decades-old regimes toppled in Tunisia...

  • Skyrim, the ‘endless adventure’ released

    The numerically pleasing date of 11/11/11 held the promise of the much anticipated multi-platform release Skyrim, the fifth title in theElder Scrolls series. Created by Bethesda Software, the same company behind Fallout 3 and Oblivion, Skyrim is the must-have title which RPG fans have been slavishly awaiting for. Between red-hot releases such as Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham Asylum and Battlefield 3,Skyrim looks as if it will make the most impact in the hearts and minds of gamers.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");

  • Win a short course with Memeburn and GetSmarter (UCT)

    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED Want to up your business savvy? You can with Memeburn, University of Cape Town and GetSmarter, as we are giving away an online course valued at ZAR8200 to one deserving winner. The University of Cape Town (Law@Work) Start and Manage a Small business course, presented by GetSmarter, teaches existing and prospective business owners the practical skills needed to effectively run their own business from conceptualizing an idea through to day-to-day management and growth. This is a 9-week course which starts on 13 February 2012. The competition will end on 28 November 2011. How to enter: If you would...

  • How not to lose yourself when the internet is down

    When I was in Berlin recently, I spotted a T-shirt in a shop window. The slogan on it read: "I don't do Facebook or Twitter I have a life". Please, that's so 2009. The truth is that we live online and in so-called real life, at the same time, and this is the way it is going to be from now on. We have a digital self that we project out into the world via social media, and that self is rooted in another that goes to school, plays sport, watches TV -- that person who does the things...

  • Uncharted 3: Perfected, or simply polished?

    The Uncharted series is Naughty Dog’s pride and joy for good reason; it is both a technological achievement as well as a fine gaming experience. So does the third in the series improve on its predecessors, and does advanced game technology translate into enhanced gaming pleasure? Emotional Story Nathan Drake: adventurer, explorer, wise-ass. When we last saw him, he was walking off into the sunset after having found the tree of life and getting the gal. Welcome to Uncharted -- a mix of legend and adventure all rooted in "reality". That was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- game of the year...