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  • Google denies killing newspapers, which still have wider reach than the web

    Google insists that it is not stealing business away from print media, even as it becomes a dominant source of news on the web. "We are not making money on the back of newspapers," Stefan Tweraser, head of Google Germany, told a media industry conference in Vienna. According to Tweraser, the company pays six billion US dollars for news services worldwide and draws content from some 50 000 publishing companies around the world. Tweraser disclosed the figures at an annual gathering of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). "Google's real business model is partnerships... Google News lives because...

  • Google kills Buzz, hedges bets on Google+

    Google has announced that it will kill its social networking tool Buzz as it seeks to put its energy into the young, but fast growing Google+ community. "We aspire to build great products that really change people's lives, products they use two or three times a day," Google product vice president Bradley Horowitz said echoing a sentiment frequently expressed by chief executive Larry Page. "To succeed you need real focus and thought -- thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on," Horowitz continued. "It's why we recently decided to shut down some products, and...

  • iPhone 4S grey market booming in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s iPhone 4S fans eagerly snapped up Apple's latest smartphone offering this weekend, with some paying six times the phone's retail value. Dealers had managed to secure grey imports of the much-anticipated Apple product, as the iPhone 4S is not yet on sale in Hong Kong. Apple released the iPhone 4S in seven countries across the globe. Hong Kong dealers, therefore, had to snag models from countries such as Japan and Australia. The imported iPhone 4S’ retail from between HK$10 000 and HK$12 000 or US$1 300 to US$1 500 on the grey market. In the US,...

  • iPhone sales boom as world mourns Steve Jobs

    Following the death Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs, Apple products are selling in their droves, with opening sales of the iPhone 4S ranking in the millions. Fans have been camping out and stores have been mobbed as eager buyers lined up to purchase Jobs' last iPhone. In Silicon Valley, meanwhile, tech gurus, celebrities and politicians alike arrived on Sunday to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs at a private memorial service in Stanford University.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");

  • Google just wants to be #3… Here’s why.

    My son told me about a breakthrough ad strategy he stumbled upon for his affiliate businesses: Reduce your Google AdWords spend, yes, you drop down from #1 in the Google advertising order to #3 or so, but the conversion rate is still good and it's costing a lot less. The reason I'm sharing this tidbit is because it reminded me of this: When Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, testified recently in front of a Senate committee, he was asked about a puzzling set of search results, ones that consistently showed Google sites in the #3 position... CNET reported that Senators...

  • How iOS 5’s iMessenger will kill BBM

    The recent three day Blackberry fail adds impetus to the notion that Research in Motion (RIM) is dying. Sales of the BlackBerry are in worldwide decline, with RIM having a really bad last quarter. Pundits are wondering when the management will give in -- either through acquisition or throwing in the towel altogether: This isn't the first time an outage has happened, with independent telecom and technology analyst, Jeff Kagan, stating that: "I have been an analyst for 25 years and have watched RIM wrestle with this same outage problem time after time...this will not be the final nail in RIM's...

  • Eight startups that promise to Ignite

    Tech4Africa, a prominent web and emerging technology conference, has announced the eight finalists for its "Samsung Ignite" startup initiative. The startups provide a diverse range of services, covering everything from real-time wine buying assistance to automised billing. Ignite aims to showcase and foster local technology development and is inspired by similar competitions at internationally renowned conferences like South by South West and TechCrunch Disrupt. The eight finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to an audience of influencers, journos, bloggers, media, attendees, investors, mentors, and their peers. "We are extremely excited about such a platform from which local...

  • The Mullenweg 6: Predictions for Apple’s future

    I have no inside information or insight, but historically Apple’s product improvements have strongly rebroadcast where it’s going in the future. Here are six things I think Apple will inevitably do over the next decade, from most to least obvious: Maps, iCloud, payments, TVs, search, and cars. 1. Maps When the iPhone was first released Steve Jobs called Maps on iPhone the best version of Google Maps on the planet, with emphasis on what Apple’s designers had brought to Google’s raw technology. Four years later, you can't imagine such a core piece of the mobile experience reliant on its largest...

  • Are you ready for some Ice Cream Sandwich?

    As you may have heard, Google is on the verge or releasing its blend of Gingerbread (phone OS) and Honeycomb (tablet OS) and will be the search giant’s most ambitious OS to date. Android, as an OS, is very fragmented and this is Google consolidating. This would've come on 11 October, but out of respect to Steve Jobs and Apple, Google and Samsung (manufacturer of the new Nexus handset) decided to postpone the event indefinitely.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");

  • The World is changing thanks to online

    I recently embarked on an overland trip through Thailand and Cambodia. Asia is a truly fascinating place with similarities to Africa. I, perhaps rather naively, had a romantic vision of escaping from the madness of my everyday life and setting off into the remote wilderness of South East Asia and losing touch with the outside world. I was in for surprise. As of 2008, there were 16 100 000 internet users in Thailand. In Cambodia and in Thailand there are literally tens of thousands of places where internet is available for public use, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and...

  • Japan and Australia first to get iPhone 4S

    Australia and Japan were the first countries to receive the new iPhone 4S, with eager fans queuing in their hundreds to get their hands on the latest Apple device. At both Sydney and Japan's biggest iPhone stores a carnival-like atmosphere prevailed, with Apple fans recording and uploading their experiences via various iDevices including iPads and iPod touches. One young customer waited three days to get his hands on the iPhone 4S, saying "It feels amazing, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world so far". Another lamented the passing of Steve Jobs. “I did it for...

  • Ubuntu 11.10, the Linux you’ve been waiting for

    Ubuntu 11.10, codenamed "Oneiric Ocelot", releases today. It is a key Linux-based OS release in the development history of the operating system. Earlier this year, Ubuntu 11.10 was made available as a pre-alpha development version, with many stating that the operating system had finally, "found its stride". Some of the more important updates involve the overall stability of the Ubuntu release, its streamlined cloud services and a heavily improved app store. Also included by the developers is an expanded version of the UI, known as Unity. It is a vertical toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen (by default)....

  • Google profits soar while Google+ passes 40-million user mark

    Google reports that its profit in the recently ended financial quarter climbed to US$2.73-billion on the back of soaring online advertising revenue. "We had a great quarter," said Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page. "Revenue was up 33% year on year and our quarterly revenue was just short of US$10-billion," he added. The internet giant took in US$9.72-billion in revenue in the quarter ending 30 September. The bulk of this revenue came from its various online properties. Google stock jumped more than five percent to US$588.50 following the release of the earnings report. Adding to investor confidence was an announcement...

  • Microsoft finalises Skype deal, promises ‘amazing new experiences’

    The announcement of Microsoft's Skype acquisition was greeted with scepticism,irritation and eventual happiness. Months later, the acquisition of Skype has now been finalised. The US$8.5-billion deal ended with a handshake and a smile from CEO Tony Bates who will now be named president of Microsoft's Skype Division. An official Microsoft blog, written by Bates, outlines the details of the acquisition in full: Joining forces with Microsoft is the best way to accelerate this mission and capitalise on our position at the intersection of social, mobile and video communications. Simply put, we want to transform communications. We will do this by building the...

  • From letter forms to circular films:This week in design

    In an ABC of design A is for animated alphabet, B is for bamboo bike and Bionic Arch and C is for circular films and cycling safety. Letter forms A is for "anamorphosis", B is for "biscuit" and C is for "cell animation". Italian creative N9ve used unusual fonts and playful typefaces to make a short stop-motion animation in which each letter of the alphabet becomes part of a scene involving a word that starts with that letter. The Alphabet 2 from n9ve on Vimeo. Bamboo electric The T20 bamboo bicycle is souped up with a small motor, resulting in a sustainable alternative...