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  • Mobile in South Africa: more data usage, fewer voice calls and lots of BlackBerrys

    Goodbye, voice calls, hello WhatsApp. Ok, so maybe we're not quite there yet, but the latest research confirms that it's definitely a trend to watch: data is becoming responsible for a larger portion of peoples' cellphone bills, as smartphone adoption rates continue to climb. World Wide Worx has just released the results of its latest Mobility study. Managing director Arthur Goldstuck tweeted the highlights, if you're more of a 140-characters-only-please sort of person. Their latest study of South African cellphone users (16 or older) shows that the average person's spend on data has increased by half in just the...

  • Watch post-it note Mario take on other 80s icons [Video]

    If you've ever wondered what your office stationery gets up to when you leave the office, the answer is probably a resounding nothing. In the mind of one geeky video maker however, it comes to life and Mario-style magic happens. The stop-motion video shows a post-it note Mario conquering the office, evading fellow 80s game legend Pacman and the Tetris bricks. The man behind the video is FinalCutKing, who also once made a little video about Jedi kittens that was seen by around three million people. 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");

  • Smartphones set to change mobile banking for good

    The way we do banking on our mobile phones is changing rapidly, very rapidly. While most cellphone banking in emerging markets like South Africa is still conducted via text messages, people are increasingly also using phone browsers for their banking. In fact, the latest survey results from tech research company World Wide Worx suggest that more than a third of South Africans now use their browsers for mobile banking. That said, only five percent of cellphone bankers exclusively use phone browsers for the purpose, but a further 36% use their browsers as well as text-based services like USSD and...

  • Online insanity: will the web leave us all in straight-jackets?

    We all jokingly confess our own internet-addiction sins: how we always find ourselves lost in a black hole of Lolcats the night before a big deadline, how we send off 20 emails before we get out of bed, how we only know what’s going on in our partner’s life by following their Twitter feed. But more and more research is mounting up to suggest that it isn’t a joke at all, and that our internet dependences actually might be making us crazy. Books and articles about how the internet is making us go insane have been circulating for as...

  • 10 must-follow rules for getting people to engage with your brand on Facebook

    It has been widely established that the success of a Facebook Page is not its size, but rather the amount of people engaging with it. This is indicated by the amount of people “talking about this”. The reason why you want a higher percentage of people “talking about this” is to ensure that the brand’s content remains in peoples’ newsfeeds. That is why a high number of “likes” means much less. If only a very small percentage of fans are “talking about this”, your message is falling on deaf ears. Therefore looking at what percentage of your Page...

  • Forget social media, it’s boring

    Oh, so you've got a startup that's going to change the world using social media? Tell someone else about it. I'm not listening any more. Here's why: social media got boring. Yup, it's boring and its lost the luster that made it so revolutionary in the first place. I can pinpoint when it happened too: The Evolution of a Social Media Professional: 2007: Holy crap, this is so cool. 2008: This is really cool. You should check it out. 2009: Why won’t anyone listen to me. This is going to change everything. 2010: Yes! It’s working. I was right. 2011: See how well this works....

  • TrashCanKidz: socially conscious gaming with a big heart, giant ambitions

    Following in the footsteps of socially conscious toys and games such as Karito Kids and Xeko, TrashCanKidz is taking an everything but the kitchen sink approach with a unique game and retail product one-two punch that contributes 20% of its revenue to charity. The startup hailing from Mauritius is seeking funding via Kickstarter, hoping to raise US$100 000 to bring the project to life. The aforementioned game Xeko also took to Kickstarter for funding and succeeded in reaching its target of US$250 000 earlier this year. Read more on Ventureburn.com 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");

  • Apple by the numbers [Infographic]

    Well now. If you had any doubts about Apple's financial status, this infographic will eradicate them: Apple is coining it. The Cupertino-based giant announced its latest results yesterday -- a cool US$8.8-billion in profits this quarter thanks to the sale of 26-million iPhones and 17-million iPads -- so it's clear the company is not exactly filing for bankruptcy. But a yearly revenue equal to the GDP of New Zealand? Ef. Ok, so some sources put the GDP of the Australasian country at US$161.9-billion, so maybe not. But it's still a lot of money -- more than the GDPs of...

  • Shanghai to introduce free city-wide Wi-Fi

    The eternal hunt for free Wi-Fi is about to get a lot easier for residents of Chinese mega-city Shanghai. According to the Oriental Daily, the city's municipal government is embarking on a massive push to make Wi-Fi freely available to all its citizens. The programme, called i-Shanghai (a pun on the word love) will see a test batch of Wi-Fi hotspots going live in the next few days. According to the Oriental Morning Post (translation via Sina Tech), authorities are hoping that the pilot programme will be enough of a success to expand the number of hotspots to 300...

  • Foursquare finally serious about making money

    In what seems a natural succession its recent series of updates, location-based social network Foursquare has launched a revenue-generating product. Following the same route as Twitter and Facebook, the service launched "Promoted Updates" to help selected merchants promote their products and business. "This is the first time ever that we’re allowing businesses to pay to promote their business in Foursquare," product manager Noah Weiss told Venturebeat in an interview. "It’s obviously a very exciting milestone for us." Promoted updates which work just as local updates do, except paid for updates will appear in a prominent position in the "Explore" tab...

  • Apple rides high on back of iPad, iPhone sales

    Apple has just released its latest financial results and it looks like the Cupertino giant is healthier than ever. Well it was hardly going to be disaster at every turn now was it? This is the world's most valuable company we're talking about after all. Things look especially good for sales of Apple's signature iDevices. This quarter saw it ship 26-million iPhones, representing 28% year on year growth and 17-million iPads, representing 84% growth from the same period last year. The iPhone growth is impressive, given that a large number of people might be holding back until the much-anticipated...

  • 60% of people are stressed out by technology [Infographic]

    Does technology stress you out? Apparently you're not alone. Technology is supposed to make your life easier, but because of all the real-time information and multiple screens you're suddenly expected to deal with every day, your brain is becoming overloaded and you're losing the ability to concentrate or even be polite. Your cellphone has become a chunk of plastic and glass you check obsessively, as technology becomes a slightly creepy stalker. Add this to the stress of dealing with never-ending 'improvements' and updates to things you were familiar with five minutes ago, and you can see why technology may not...

  • Is there a solution to Groupon’s SA woes?

    There’s been a recent surge in complaints about the South African iteration of Groupon, with many customers getting vocal about undelivered products, not receiving refunds as promised and even about difficulties in opting out of their mailing list. Complaints are flooding in on consumer websites such as HelloPeter, most of which typically relate to users not receiving goods paid for, refunds that never get processed, poor after-sales service and spamming by the group-buying giant. Read more on Ventureburn.com 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");

  • YouTube set to tackle trolls head on

    This is interesting. YouTube is trying to take on the trolls by taking on their biggest weapon: anonymity. The world's most popular video-sharing site has very quietly introduced a dialogue box that opens up when you're about to post a comment. Here's the kicker though, if you don't want to post as yourself, YouTube will go ahead and ask you why. The possible options include “My channel is for a show or character” and “My channel name is well-known for other reasons”, but according to Betabeat, nothing even resembling "I just want to remain anonymous". The video-sharing service does however...

  • The Zuck’s first patent finally comes through

    Poor Mark Zuckerberg. Seems the Facebook founder's had to wait six years for his first patent to be filed. According to ReadWriteWeb, the filing is fairly inconsequential, but no one ever forgets their first right? The patent is called Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary, and in its abstract is described as: … a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile for a user is generated. One or more privacy setting selections are received from the user associated with the...