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  • Microsoft chief, Steve Ballmer heralds the everlasting ‘Windows Era’

    Microsoft chief, Steve Ballmer proclaimed an everlasting “Windows Era”, as the software giant's current board swept to an easy victory at an annual meeting of shareholders. Along with Ballmer, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Bill Gates and several others secured their positions on the Microsoft board with an overwhelming 92% of votes cast by investors. When questioned about the "post PC-era" heralded by Apple visionary Steve Jobs, Ballmer said, "We are in the Windows Era, We were, we are, and we always will be." Ballmer's remark was a deliberate jab at the notion that mobile devices such as tablets, and smartphones...

  • The South African Twitter landscape [Infographic]

    A recent study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx titled South African Social Media Landscape 2011 revealed that, along with several other social networking sites, Twitter continues to show phenomenal growth in South Africa. In fact, the study showed that Twitter has seen the most dramatic growth of any social network in the past year. Head of World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck pointed out that Twitter, "coming off a very low base is therefore seeing the greatest growth". Using this data and more, Ivan Colic, who tweets with the username, @ivanisawesome, created this inforgraphic on "Twitter in South...

  • Legendary assassin’s tale climaxes in final instalment

    Stealthy death-dealer Ezio Auditore takes his noble crusade to the 16th Century Ottoman Empire with the release of Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed game -- his last appearance as the trilogy comes to an end. In a blend of historical truth and narrative fiction, Assassin's Creed: Revelations traces Auditore’s exploits in thwarting an age-old grab for global domination reaching into modern times. "Revelations" is the fourth instalment in a franchise that has sold more than 31-million copies since it launched four years ago. The game is the third and last centred on Auditore. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • .mobi is dead, and it’s back to the future

    There was a time where it made sense to have a separate mobile site, running in parallel with your old faithful desktop website. We put these mobile-only sites under domains like "m.myveryspecialsite.com" or "myveryspecialsite.mobi". The argument was that because our online offering was being accessed via a different medium with different capabilities, we therefore needed clearly distinct sites. Mobile phones then were simple beasts, because they were mainly just phones with a bit of web browsing thrown in. These phones were not capable of showing complex, visually busy sites, so it made sense for website owners to just "start...

  • Nokia still number one, but feeling heat from Samsung, Apple

    Despite a drop in market share, Nokia continued to be the worldwide leader in mobile device sales, accounting for about 24% of all global sales. The second quarter of 2011 was a low point for Nokia, although the third quarter brought signs of improvement. This is according to research from Gartner. Dual-SIM phones in particular, and feature phones generally, maintained Nokia's momentum in emerging markets. Gartner reckons that "heavy marketing from both Nokia and Microsoft" to push the new Lumia devices should bring more improvement in the fourth quarter of 2011. A true turnaround won't take place, however, until the...

  • Five internet strategies for bringing clients into your business

    Can a brick-and-mortar retail business use the internet to grow its customer base, increase sales and improve repeat business? I believe that it can -- and I'd like to show you how. Have you ever wondered what the hardest part is of running a business? For most business owners, it's finding clients. In a world deeply mired by a recession more and more people are turning to self-employment to put food on the table. The problem is that most engineers, accountants, lawyers, artists, plumbers and electricians are not ever taught how to run a business. They're taught exactly how to be...

  • Banks are failing to innovate online

    Banking is an area that, sadly, none of us can really get away from. It touches all of us at least twice a month -- the day your salary goes in, and then the day all the debit orders go off. But how are banks in an emerging market like South Africa trying to integrate with people's daily lives, and how are they using the available tools to interact with their customers and learn from them on a daily basis? Who is doing what? There are many aspects that we can look at each bank from, so let's first understand...

  • What killed Myspace? Is Facebook next?

    With over 800 million users worldwide, Facebook has all but annihilated its oldest, closest rival Myspace, and left cyberspace littered with the remnants of social networking start-ups that tried to match its success. But how? What made Facebook so much better, and how did it manage to topple a company like Myspace which was expected to generate over US$1-billion in 2007? Overall, Facebook had a number of key successes which helped to elevate its status from young upstart to key financial player. A lot, however, has to do with a number of crucial mistakes made by Myspace...

  • Warren Buffett’s Bekshire Hathaway buys five percent stake in IBM

    Renowned US billionaire Warren Buffett announced that his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm has been quietly buying up shares in technology giant IBM to the tune of US$10.7-billion since March this year. Speaking to television network CNBC, Buffet said that his company's investment in IBM amounts to about 64-million shares, or a 5.5% stake. If accurate, the investment would see Berkshire Hathaway become IBM's second biggest shareholder, behind investment advisory group State Street. The 81-year-old Buffett, sometimes called the "Sage of Omaha" for his investing skills, said that his company had paid an average price of US$170 a share,...

  • Yahoo sets its sights on South Africa

    American multinational internet publisher Yahoo has been quietly approaching South African publishers and advertisers over the past four months in preparation for re-entering the country. The site had a visible presence in South Africa in the late 90s but pulled out of the country for unknown reasons. Now the company wishes to make another play for South African audiences. Yahoo has a presence in key emerging market BRIC countries, including Brazil, Russia, India and China. It does not have a dedicated presence in any other African country, besides North Africa. Already a Twitter account with the name @YahooNewsSA has been setup with...

  • 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...