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  • The 15 most valuable emerging market technology companies on Wall Street

    Wall Street, home to Gordon Gecko, the Smurfs ringing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) bell and eye-wateringly large initial public offering (IPO) valuations. It is home to the two largest bourses in the world by capitalisation, the NYSE and Nasdaq respectively. Unsurprisingly, the 20 most valuable emerging market technology companies listed on either the NYSE or Nasdaq originate in Asia. (I haven't included the telecoms giants from South America -- which are listed as public utilities.) South Africa’s Wall Street listings are all in the mining sector, but its top technology contender, MTN Group, listed on the Johannesburg Stock...

  • Google’s financial fiasco: No cause for panic

    The fiasco around the release of Google's Q3 financial results was plain embarrassing. From the company that is the king of search this is just downright wrong. On its website, Google says that its "...mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." I guess that there is nothing about a timeous and orderly release thereof. It turns out that it might not have been its fault, but rather its filing agent released the results earlier than anticipated. That normally is not too big a deal, if the results are in line with...

  • Big Data: 4 things you need if you’re going to mine it effectively

    With all the talk of “Big” data from vendors and their sale forces, consultants excited by new opportunities and business people grappling with whether or not their revenue will go up, it is vital to understand the “Big” picture and the best way to do this is see where architecturally everything fits together. Getting an understanding of the integrated architecture of Big Data is vital if any organisation is to understand how much of their current investment in their information environments including items like hardware, software tools and people's skill sets can stay, need to be replaced or be...

  • From Kim Dotcom to the rise of dumb phones: top stories you have to read

    Did you ever think that the humble dumb phone may be the source of future innovation in emerging markets? Did you know that there's a significant chunk of social referral traffic that's difficult to track? Or that Jack Dorsey dropped out of university... twice? Or that Kim Dotcom's Megaupload was responsible for some four percent of all internet traffic at its peak? Well, maybe you will... once you're done reading our round up of top tech stories. Inside the mansion — and mind — of Kim Dotcom, the most wanted man on the net Wired recently paid an extended visit...

  • Epson TW5500 review: quality is worth the cost

    We live in an age where small things are able to do a lot quickly. The Epson EH-TW5500 Home Projector (catchy name ain’t it?) is not one of those things. It’s absolutely bloody hulking. Despite the Gearburn editor’s assertion that I just needed to spend some time in the gym, calling this thing portable would be like calling Stephen Hawking an Olympic athlete. Plug it in, baby If you’re going to have this thing in your house then, it’ll more than likely be a semi-permanent fixture. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Cisco to unveil ‘social media listening centre’ come 24 October

    Networking giant Cisco has announced is set to launch a new product, which it is calling a Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) in the coming days. While the SMLC, set to be publicly unveiled on 24 October is not Cisco's first social product -- it has a number of collaboration tools and plays in the enterprise social networking space -- it is the first that attempts to bring in public social networks. According to Cisco, the technology behind the SMLC "allows users to manage and measure social media impact across all channels with real-time analysis". "The SMLC marks Cisco's...

  • Pinterest to start blocking unwanted pins

    Pinterest, the online content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects, will be enlisting users' help to block or report unwanted or tasteless content that exists on its virtual pin-board. This is in an effort to reduce hateful, unwanted or violent and "naughty" pins, as recently described on its blog. A "report user" feature will enable a Pinterest user to alert the site's vast community about an issue that is against the fast growing picture library's guidelines, or even if the subject or person involved is offensive to the user personally. This comes after several...

  • Twitter gets a dose of fiction with its own literary festival

    If you fancy yourself a bit of a story-teller then Twitter's latest announcement might be right up your alley. The social network has announced that it will be holding a virtual story-telling competition towards the end of November. The Twitter Fiction Festival, it says is "a virtual storytelling celebration held entirely on Twitter". The competition will reportedly feature "creative experiments in storytelling" from "authors around the world". Twitter says the festival builds on previous literary experiments it's hosted. If you're going to take part in the festival, Twitter says it needs you to explain "how you are going to explore...

  • Sina Weibo gets Google+ style makeover

    Massively popular Chinese social network Sina Weibo has released a new web version which allows people to select who they share content with, similar to Google+. The microblogging service, which is often compared to Twitter, has been aggressively pushing the new format with banner ads. Once someone clicks on the ad, they're taken through the process of upgrading. While the ability to share selectively, think Circles in Google+, is the biggest change there are also a number of aesthetic changes. Weibo users can for instance now get a large banner image like they can on Facebook. Profile photos are...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Jnr steps down as CEO of Mxit

    Investor Alan Knott-Craig Jnr has stepped down as CEO of Africa’s largest mobile social network, Mxit. The company, which has just received a R100 million investment by shareholders, announced the move today. Mxit, which was acquired by Knott-Craig Jnr late last year, is available in 128 countries. It is represented in international markets that include Malaysia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, where users have access to Mxit’s chat function. "While the shareholders and I share the same vision, we differ on how to get there. Therefore, I agreed to go...

  • Google accidentally releases results early, stocks dive

    Google today accidentally released its third quarter financial results, missing expectations and causing the US stocks to fall. The internet giant says that its financial printers RR Donnelley filed a draft of its financial statement without its authorisation, leaving it scrambling to finalise the statement. Google pulled in US$14.1-billion with a revenue of US$2.18-billion. That's down from the US42.73-billiion it brought in during the same quarter last year. Wall Street appears to have reacted with shock to the results. Google's share price went down from US$790 to US$650 following the early announcement. The filing also had a wider ripple...

  • Letter to the editor: RIM CEO defends his ‘shameful’ smartphone

    So, what happens when you run an article about how BlackBerry users are too embarrassed to be seen in public with their phones, for fear of "shame and public humiliation"? You receive a calmly worded letter from the company's CEO. Yes, Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins personally replied to the New York Times' "BlackBerry as black sheep" article which included interviews with BlackBerry owners talking about how they hide their devices under their iPads and have to use their partners' Android and Apple phones to access popular apps like Yelp and OpenTable. In his letter to the editor,...

  • Nokia Q3 report: misery, misery and more misery

    The mood at Nokia's Finnish headquarters must be pretty bleak today. The once-dominant mobile giant has announced its third quarter financial results and to say that things are looking bad would be an understatement on par with calling Hiroshima quite a big explosion. The company reported a US$754-million net loss on US$9.49-billion in net sales. The situation is particularly dire in its smartphone division. Despite its best efforts with the Lumia range of devices (which we love) smartphone sales are down 63% year on year. The company only managed to shift 6.3-million smartphones this quarter, versus 16.8-million units in...

  • Yelp on the look-out for dodgy reviews

    If you're the kind of business owner that's posts fake reviews on consumer advice sites, you'd best watch out. They're upping their game. You can understand why a business would might engage in this kind of behaviour. After all the allure of a page full of five-star reviews can is more than enough incentive to cause some to attempt to game the system by paying for reviews. The latest salvo in the battle for accurate reviews was fired by Yelp, which has announced that it will begin warning users about reviews that it thinks are fake. To combat this kind of...

  • Nando’s offers top SA lawman advice following Twitter gaffe

    After the conviction of a popular entertainer for homicide, a spokesperson for a specialist crime-fighting unit sent out a Tweet that has the potential to land him in seriously hot water. Colonel McIntosh Polela of the Hawks -- a division of the South African Police Service -- tweeted: "I trust that JubJub’s supporters gave him a jar of Vaseline to take to prison”. The tweet, which was sent after the conviction of the popular entertainer for killing several school children while drag racing in 2010, is a reference to the high prevalence of rape in the country's prisons. As...