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  • Woman decapitated for social network postings

    Mexican authorities found a woman's decapitated body in Nuevo Laredoa, a Mexican city that borders the United States. Alongside the body, a handwritten sign saying she had been killed as retaliation for her postings on a local social networking site. A website dedicated to covering Mexico's drug conflict which it calls "the neglected war", believes the killing to be the third instance of an emerging trend of people being murdered for talking about the conflict on social networks. According to the Associated Press (AP), a Mexican government official identified the victim as Marisol Macias Castaneda, a newsroom...

  • Samsung Galaxy SII sales hit 10-million mark

    According to Samsung, the Galaxy SII has sold over 10-million devices since its April launch. The phone has seen a particularly strong surge in sales since July, when sales were sitting on just under five million. Samsung’s premium smartphone debuted in South Korea in late April and May in various European countries. It finally went on sale in China in July and in the US markets in September. JK Shin, chief of Samsung mobile devices said, “In just five months the Galaxy SII has seen tremendous growth, reflecting strong support from carrier partners.” Sales in South Korea have been the most positive,...

  • Nokia launches N9 — Its only Meego smartphone

    Marko Ahtisaari is the head of Nokia’s design unit and the man tasked with presenting the new Nokia N9 to a captivated audience at a glossy launch event. The Minority Report style setting invokes one word, “design”. The N9 is a device torn between two worlds: Cultural relevance and OS irrelevance. It is a beautiful device, cast in polycarbonate from end to end and finished off with an Active-Matrix OLED screen otherwise known as AMOLED. The user interface is minimalistic to a tee, with the user getting from screen to screen simply by swiping from any edge of the device. Pattern...

  • Groupon COO heads back to Google

    Groupon announced via its blog that its chief operating officer, Margo Georgiadis, would be leaving after just five months for a job with her former employer Google. Georgiadis left her position as Google's vice president of global sales back in April to work for the group buying giant. According to the blog post, she will return to the search giant as president of the Americas. "Groupon is a great company and I feel privileged to have worked there even for a short time," Georgiadis said in the blog. "It was a hard decision to leave as the company is on a terrific...

  • Early Facebook app developer claims hidden agendas killed his app

    A social music service is among the updates being rolled out by Facebook in the wake of its f8 developers' conference. This audio service does, however, have a predecessor and its developer claims the project was killed for reasons very different to the ones reported on at the time. Former Motorola exec and entrepreneur Numair Faraz dropped a nuclear bomb in a blog post about his experiences as an early Facebook platform developer. Faraz launched "Audio" on Facebook shortly after the developer platform was released. On 30 July 2007 Facebook removed "Audio" from their platform for...

  • iPad losing market share with increased competition — Gartner

    Apple's iPad is projected to account for 73.4% of worldwide media tablet sales in 2011, down from 83% share in 2010, says respected research company Gartner. But beyond Apple's platform, known as iOS, and Android's operating system, Gartner does not expect any other platforms to secure more than a five percent share of the tablet market in 2011. “We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50% of the market until 2014,” says Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. “This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience...

  • With millions of smartphones in South Africa, where are all the apps?

    There are millions (and millions) of smartphones in South Africa. And growth is accelerating. Vodacom’s latest financial results disclose some interesting numbers: Between April and June, it added 406 000 smartphones 70 percent of smartphones sold in the quarter were BlackBerry As of 30 June, there are 3.7-million active smartphones on its network 33 percent of its smartphone subscribers use data bundles MTN, the second-largest network in the country, has 2.6-million smartphones on its network at the end of June. And Cell C, latecomer to the BlackBerry party, has over 100 000 BlackBerry customers. That’s a total of 6.5-million (adding in 8ta and other smartphones...

  • Social media content you can use in your email newsletter

    It's comforting to know that the whole social media vs. email marketing war has simmered down enough for both sides of the fence to ultimately realise that the two mediums complement each other rather nicely and when used together effectively can garner impressive results. Off the bat, we know that basic integration means we need to include social media links in our email newsletters and encourage our friends and followers to sign up via our posts, tweets and status updates. We also know that it's worthwhile including social media links in our email signatures, inviting people to follow us,...

  • What if people stop sharing? Facebook has the answer

    I've often wondered if the Facebook "Like" or Google "+1" buttons are the most basic of all social gestures -- the most minimal of user generated content that can be published by social media streams. I've wondered if these buttons represent the most basic of unit of our social media worlds -- do they represent the least amount of effort that people can make to register a social event and create "news" in their streams? After all, "news" is key to Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Without new activities by their users, new web pages, new jobs, there's nothing new for...

  • Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900 — Tragically beautiful

    Pictures, with their limited one thousand word, vocabularies belie the BlackBerry Bold 9900;s breathtaking design aesthetic. The 9900's design is Research In Motion's crowning achievement to date, a bright burning flame in these trying times for the legendary smartphone manufacturer from Ontario. In contrast, the 9900’s operating system, BlackBerry OS 7 is more of a greatest hits album, than a “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, but it has some significant updates that will no doubt delight the BlackBerry faithful. Overall design The design philosophy for the 9900 drew heavily from luxury brands such as BMW, Panerai and Prada leather boots....

  • Chinese luxury watch blogger forced to put a halt to posts

    A Chinese blogger, most well-known for posting pictures of Chinese officials and their luxury watches, has been forced out of action due what he calls outside “pressure”. The internet activist, known by his account name "Huaguoshanzonshuji" on Sina's Weibo -- a Chinese equivalent of Twitter -- has been posting pictures of government officials, stating the brand and the value of their wristwatch. The blogger’s commitment to exposing officials even garnered praise from the state-run Xinhua news agency. Xinhua said that others wishing to join the fight against corruption should follow his method. Huaguoshanzonshuji said, however, that his Sina accounts had been...

  • 7 features to look forward to on Windows 8

    No start menu, no "windows", no fancy graphical flair. This is the world of Windows 8, welcome to it. 1. Metro Interface Gloriously refurbished, the Metro interface is the top and best feature of Windows 8. If its interface confuses you, then a quick stab at the new minimalistic design will turn you into a fan in seconds flat. Windows 8 has been designed for touchscreen devices. It works well with laptops and desktop computers but practically flies on a tablet. Metro also means quick and easy application porting from mobile to "desktop" environment. The video below demos Metro in...

  • Why Amazon’s Android tablet could be amazing

    The majority of articles about Android all seem to start with the same statistic: About 1 in 2 of the world's smartphones currently run Android. That’s impressive, especially since Android has only been around for 3 years. It seems that the world has gone gaga for Google’s little green robot, but while Android is clearly dominating global smartphone sales, the same thing cannot be said with regards to tablets. One of the main reasons for this is the iPad, a product manufactured by a company so obsessed with quality and so vertically integrated, that it's able to outshine all of...

  • Facebook looks to be ‘the story of your life’ with upcoming changes

    Facebook users were greeted with a new interface this week, leaving many users baulking at a number of the updates. Following the social network’s annual f8 developer's conference, those users had better prepare themselves for even more changes. Mark Zuckerberg, kicked off the conference -- after a humourous introduction by Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg -- by introducing the "Timeline" page. This new feature will let people digitally map everything they've ever done. Facebook video introducing Timeline The new feature essentially allows users to turn their profile pages into interactive digital scrap books to tell the stories of their lives. As...

  • Former eBay head Meg Whitman is new HP CEO

    Struggling technology giant Hewlett-Packard has named former eBay head Meg Whitman as its new president and CEO. She replaces Leo Apotheker at the helm of the world's largest computer maker. HP shares have fallen more than 40 percent since Apotheker replaced Mark Hurd, who resigned following a sexual harassment accusation. Whitman stepped down from eBay in 2008, before making an unsuccessful run at replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California in 2010. We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman's calibre and experience step up to lead HP," said Ray Lane, who was named executive chairman of the computer...