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  • Five key elements to managing your online brand reputation

    As more and more of us realise the importance of developing an online strategy, an obvious question pops up: Where to start? And as with any business strategy processes, it's important to get a clear idea of where you are, where you want to go and how you intend getting there. Flourishing in this environment requires an adaptable, flexible and responsive strategy that continually monitors and measures reactions to campaigns outcomes in a manner that allows the brand team to respond accordingly and timeously. Here are five key considerations in developing and managing your online strategy: 1. Start at the...

  • Entrepreneurship is key to the future of Mobile Health

    The use of mobile phones in providing health services is well documented. In countries like Kenya and South Africa, SMS reminders are used to remind Aids patients to take their medication. Other projects use mobile to educate people about malaria and help manage diabetes. That's all well and good, but a number of these projects are the preserve of NGOs, who are reliant on continual funding to keep going. As with any kind of public funding, there is a danger that it will run out. This means that NGOs cannot always sustain M-Health projects. One way of getting...

  • Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

    Reviews for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 “iPad Killer”, unveiled on 28 September,is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here’s what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device: Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it “an achievement at US$200“. He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called “power users” will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The tablet is slightly underpowered with 512MB of memory and an 8GB solid state drive. When the battery life is...

  • Logitech pulls out of Google TV

    On the heels of rumours that internet giant, Google, might be making a play for paid television -- Logitech has pulled the plug on Google TV set-top boxes. The manufacturer said that consumers just aren't ready for the device, which merges television and the internet. "Google TV or the child of Google TV or the grandchild of Google TV will happen," said Guerrino De Luca, the chairman and acting chief executive of the Swiss computer peripherals maker. But it seems it just won't happen now with Logitech. "The integration of television and the internet is inevitable," De Luca said at an event...

  • Diaspora co-founder dies at 22

    Diaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy has died at the age of 22. The cause of death is, as of yet, unknown. Local media reports indicated that the young technologist may have committed suicide. The coroner's office, however, said it would take several weeks to determine the precise cause of death. Along with Dan Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg and Raphael Sofaer, Zhitomirskiy created the open-source Facebook alternative as a response to the social networking giant's privacy changes in 2010. According to Mashable, the team had managed to put together around US$200 000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. News of the young tech innovator's...

  • The web lets citizens check rights abuses: Eric Schmidt

    Widespread internet adoption is crucial in allowing wired citizens to keep their governments in check when it comes to rights abuses. That’s according to Google chief Eric Schmidt. Speaking to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Hawaii, Schmidt underlined how important the web is to keeping people informed about their governments. "In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest," adding that "Whistleblowing has never been so easy." Schmidt cited examples of online tools being used during the Arab Spring, which saw decades-old regimes toppled in Tunisia...

  • Skyrim, the ‘endless adventure’ released

    The numerically pleasing date of 11/11/11 held the promise of the much anticipated multi-platform release Skyrim, the fifth title in theElder Scrolls series. Created by Bethesda Software, the same company behind Fallout 3 and Oblivion, Skyrim is the must-have title which RPG fans have been slavishly awaiting for. Between red-hot releases such as Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham Asylum and Battlefield 3,Skyrim looks as if it will make the most impact in the hearts and minds of gamers.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");

  • Win a short course with Memeburn and GetSmarter (UCT)

    THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED Want to up your business savvy? You can with Memeburn, University of Cape Town and GetSmarter, as we are giving away an online course valued at ZAR8200 to one deserving winner. The University of Cape Town (Law@Work) Start and Manage a Small business course, presented by GetSmarter, teaches existing and prospective business owners the practical skills needed to effectively run their own business from conceptualizing an idea through to day-to-day management and growth. This is a 9-week course which starts on 13 February 2012. The competition will end on 28 November 2011. How to enter: If you would...

  • How not to lose yourself when the internet is down

    When I was in Berlin recently, I spotted a T-shirt in a shop window. The slogan on it read: "I don't do Facebook or Twitter I have a life". Please, that's so 2009. The truth is that we live online and in so-called real life, at the same time, and this is the way it is going to be from now on. We have a digital self that we project out into the world via social media, and that self is rooted in another that goes to school, plays sport, watches TV -- that person who does the things...

  • Uncharted 3: Perfected, or simply polished?

    The Uncharted series is Naughty Dog’s pride and joy for good reason; it is both a technological achievement as well as a fine gaming experience. So does the third in the series improve on its predecessors, and does advanced game technology translate into enhanced gaming pleasure? Emotional Story Nathan Drake: adventurer, explorer, wise-ass. When we last saw him, he was walking off into the sunset after having found the tree of life and getting the gal. Welcome to Uncharted -- a mix of legend and adventure all rooted in "reality". That was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- game of the year...

  • What Africa needs to innovate on a global scale

    It's common knowledge that Africa, as continent, has been a leading innovator when it comes to mobile. Given that mobile phones arrived on a continent with far less wired infrastructure than the developed world, mobile was adopted incredibly quickly and innovations in the space were equally quick to arise. But what about the future? What kind of conditions are needed to ensure that the next generation of African innovators has the freedom to build products services which will reach out to the rest of the world. Technology is not a barrier Technologist and blogger Erik Hersman reckons that technology is...

  • Twitter 101: Where we’re @

    Social media has provided us with platforms to have intimate one on one engagements on the one hand and has aided in the mass broadcast of messages to hundreds of thousands or even millions of fans and followers on the other. When it comes to Twitter, in particular, you need to be aware of a few golden rules to make sure you are distributing your message effectively. High among these is a question you should be asking yourself on a regular basis: Are you crafting your tweets in the best possible way to ensure you are maximising their opportunity...

  • Coachingmill.com brings online sports strategies to the masses

    It's a hard life being a coach. When the team wins, everyone's dreading your next loss. When your team loses, you are raked through the coals by anyone within earshot of your failure. Logically, startup CoachingMill.com navigates these wins and failures, turning it into pure strategy thanks to the magic of online coaching. Its aim is nothing short of becoming the premier, one-stop platform for coaches to complete their off-field work. Eventually CoachingMill will be in a prime, globally accepted position according to site's owner, Robbie Vos. CoachingMill.com is a sports coaching platform where coaches can view, create and share coaching...

  • Facebook to face independent privacy audits for 20 years

    Facebook is on the verge of a settlement with the United States government over charges of misinformation around users' privacy agreements. The world's largest social network will agree to independent privacy audits for 20 years under a proposed settlement with US regulators over changes to its privacy settings, reports The Wall Street Journal. Quoting people familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that the settlement will require Facebook to obtain users' consent before making "material retroactive changes" to its privacy policies. "That means that Facebook must get consent to share data in a way that is different from how the user...

  • The mobile phones landscape in Uganda [infographic]

    The iHub Research team has been at work pulling together mobile phone stats for Uganda and collating them into an infographic. It’s good to see the 41% density of mobile phones and impressive numbers starting to show up from the 1-million users of Uganda's MTN (60% market share) Mobile Money solution. As iHub writes explaining who they are, "iHub Research shares stories about the vibrant East African technology community by conducting ICT research on technology innovation within the community," and as such, they have been compiling a number of these infographics. Already done, is one on Kenya, and next up...