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  • Kayak finally readies IPO, looks to raise $100M

    Online hotel, flight, and travel search service Kayak is finally ready to go public after making its first filing with US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2010. According to its latest filings with the SEC, the company is looking to raise around US$100.6-million in its IPO. As AllThingsD notes, that's about double what it was looking for in its initial filing. The offering would entail Kayak selling four-million shares for between US$22 and US$25 a share. The company initially delayed going public amid a volatile market last September, and delayed again after Facebook's shaky public debut....

  • Q&A with EasiOnline.com: The latest kid on the online buying block

    A flurry of online buying companies has rushed in on South Africa, some local and some from abroad, and a relatively new kid on the block has launched recently, offering any number of products amidst stiff competition. We spoke to Ardi Coetzee and Kevin Pillay from EasiOnline about their plans and aims in this market. Ventureburn: Perhaps we can start with a little on each of your backgrounds? Kevin Pillay: Prior to Easionline, I've been involved in the financial selling and credit industries, and decided to go into online, and am extremely happy so far with what I or rather we...

  • Smartphones start to overtake feature phones in China

    China has over one-billion mobile phone users and for the first time they're buying more smartphones than feature phones. According to Tech in Asia, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a report detailing the number of mobile phones sold in the first half of 2012. Of the 190-million phones sent out to retailers across the country, 107-million were 3G capable. Admittedly not all of those are smartphones. MIIT has however confirmed that feature phones were firmly in the minority of phones shipped in the first half of 2012. In fact, smartphones now account...

  • Dark Knight Rises 13-minute TV spot is full of win, and Batman

    The Dark Knight rises, the utterly-epic finale to the Batman trilogy hits theaters on 20 July. In celebration, or to fuel the viral flames of war which Batman has always been excellent at, there's a shiny new 13-minute long TV special to wrap your cape around. Some men just want to watch the world burn, others want to watch Batman TV specials. This TV spot is chock-full of spoilers. You have been warned. We're built up beyond belief now. This is a two-large-popcorn-and-one-huge-Sprite type of movie. Get stuck in!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");

  • New Robocop trailer aims for viral success [Video]

    That's right folks, there's a new Robocop movie in the works and it's building buzz for itself with a (yawn) viral campaign. One of the main thrusts of the campaign is a website for the film's villainous face of big business Omnicorp. The site is the home of an advert-style trailer showing off sky drones, a new dark and gritty version of the ED 209 and, of course, incredibly unsubtle hints of the programme that will eventually result in Robocop. Look, the YouTube version of the video has hit around 80 000 views since going live over the weekend....

  • Screw utility, the web’s always been about entertainment

    In a recent article that appeared on AllThingsD, Keval Desai argues that the web of entertainment is now surpassing the web of utility. That initially looked interesting to me. Looking back, glossy-style magazine and gossip columns have been around forever, games on the web for years, online video is pretty ubiquitous, and streaming music sites are old news. That got me wondering what amazing new forms of entertainment Desai was imagining for the web's future. Furthermore, I was intrigued by what he would define as the "web of utility". Desai attempts to back his whole hypothesis that the web has...

  • Deep Fried Man’s 11 steps to perfect Twitter etiquette

    Knowing the right and wrong way to conduct oneself on Twitter can be difficult, and so I present to you a guide to proper Twitter etiquette, so that you can be a true gentleman or lady of the Twittersphere. Each etiquette tip is, aptly, in tweet format. I actually did send all these out in tweets earlier this week, and #TwitterEtiquette ended up trending in South Africa. Which, since I don't have a day job and spend every waking hour on Twitter, is the equivalent of you getting a raise or promotion at work. Yay me! 1. Don't beg...

  • Here we go again: Cartoon of SA president causes Twitter storm

    Here we go again. Another illustration involving South African president Jacob Zuma has the country in a froth. This time though, it's not a painting and it's not hanging in a prominent gallery. The work in question comes from satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. In the cartoon, Zuma is depicted as an actual penis looking at himself in a mirror. The cartoon, which appeared in the Friday edition of South African national weekly newspaper the Mail & Guardian, makes direct reference to Brett Murray's 'The Spear' painting. The painting, which became controversial after the ruling party took...

  • Table Magic: Africa’s bold answer to OpenTable

    With all the affection bestowed upon restaurant services like Zagat and OpenTable, it’s high time that a standout name starts crescendoing in Africa. Cape Town-based Table Magic is stepping forward to lend its voice. Last year, Google paid US$151 million to acquire restaurant ratings service Zagat, after its US$500 million bid to acquire Yelp fell through, and restaurant reservations service, OpenTable, is currently valued just over a billion US dollars. Whether one agrees with the jaw dropping price tags or

  • Reviewed: Quantum Conundrum

    It’s been a frustrating week. Kate and Tom are getting divorced, Prometheus was only so-so, and my car broke down. But none of those experiences even came close to the frustration of playing Quantum Conundrum (QC), and I love Kate and Tom. It's not that QC is a bad game, quite the contrary: it's a good game -- ‘good’: that pesky word that wishes it was ‘great’or ‘brilliant’ but lacks punch and syllables. Hell, perhaps QC would even settle for ‘bad’ -- surely it’s better to be remembered as terrible rather than just plain old boring ‘good’?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");

  • What would you ask your 12yr old self? [Video]

    Ever wanted to give your future self advance warning about something you're about to do? Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12 years old? Wouldn't it be cool if scientists stopped obsessing with the meaning of life and particles that will always be there and just did something useful like invent a time machine? These (and I am sure many more) are the kind of questions that kept filmmaker and actor Jeremiah McDonald awake at night. But he was smart and knew how to solve the problem. Twenty years ago McDonald decided that he...

  • Twitter overhauls search, makes it simpler, smarter and more personal

    Ah ha! So this is what that exec who said that Twitter search and discovery was set to "change forever" was talking about. The social network just announced an update that will make searching for users and topics on the platform easier and even more personalised. Ever tweeted about a topic only to realise you're using the wrong hashtag? Now Twitter will offer you suggestions via an autocomplete function to let you know what terms most people are using in their tweets. Not interested in what the rest of the world is nattering on about, but more concerned with...

  • Apple becomes second biggest brand in Asia, but Samsung is number 1

    Campaign Asia-Pacific and Nielsen have just published the 2012 Asia’s Top Brands report -- a list of the most popular brands in Asia based on a survey of 4 800 consumers across the continent. This year’s report has seen Apple climb to the number two spot for the first time -- although it is still behind competitor Samsung, which has taken the top spot from Sony. Sony has now dropped down to third place, followed by Nestlé in fourth and Panasonic in fifth. Apart from Nestlé, the top five spots are all held by electronics firms. This is the third...

  • Hundreds of thousands face web blackout because of old malware

    If you suddenly find yourself cut off from the internet in the near future, your ISP, or a break in an internet cable might not be to blame. Nope, the real culprit could be year old malware. According to online security firms, the threat comes from a piece of malicious software called DNS Changer, which effectively showed people a different version of the internet, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Until now US authorities have been able to protect people from the threat after obtaining a court order that allowed them to operate replacement servers and...

  • Twitter exec promises social network is about to ‘change forever’

    This is big. The way you search for and discover things on Twitter is about to "change forever". That's according to a tweet sent out by Pankaj Gupta, an engineering manager at the social network, who indicated that there would be an announcement about the changes later today: Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw. Team - congrats and enjoy the enormity of ur impact few understand today!— Pankaj Gupta (@pankaj) July 6, 2012 At this stage it's unclear exactly what those changes will entail, although we can get a few...