4 tips for protecting your tech startup idea

Handshake In this month’s Entrepreneur magazine, startup adviser and mentor Ed Hatton provides four tips for turning your idea for a tech startup into a business, without someone stealing it. To develop an idea, founders need to approach service providers and investors. This may require divulging your secret recipe. Unlike offline businesses or products that can be protected by patent laws, internet-based businesses require a different approach. #1 Deal with trustworthy suppliers Check references carefully before picking financiers and advertising agencies. Read more on ...


Why an Amazon smartphone makes complete sense

Amazon Logo You may have seen reports of an Amazon smartphone kicking around recently. Some people, like MarketWatch columnist Therese Poletti, think it's a terrible idea. I think they're wrong. Poletti's report that an Amazon smartphone is in the works and could be available by the end of this year is, by and large, not that much different to most you'll read online. One thing that comes through however is that she's not a fan of the strategy. Poletti quotes an analyst who shares ...


Motorola Xoom 2: the anti-iPad

As soon as the delivery man arrived in the ‘burn offices, I knew we were in for trouble. His demeanour suggested we were to be in possession of something dark and edgy for the next two weeks. We all stared as our hirsute Gearburn editor opened the package. He stared at it for a moment, looked around the room and walked slowly over to me. “Here you go Stu, you like tablets”, he said, in much the same tone as ...

Mobile, News

Samsung Galaxy S III hits 10m sales in under two months

samsung galaxy s iii You may have heard about a little phone called the Samsung Galaxy S III... it launched on 29 May this year in Europe and filtered out to the rest of the world in early June. This weekend a Samsung exec confirmed the Korean tech giant had already sold over 10-million Galaxy S III devices. Yes, it's still July. According to local site Yonhap News, the president of Samsung's information technology and mobile communication division, Shin Jong-kyun, told reporters yesterday that ...


Google releases first ad for Nexus 7 as stocks run dry [Video]

Demand for Google's Nexus 7 tablet is so high that the internet giant has had to temporarily stop taking orders for the 16GB version of the device. That's not going to stop it advertising the device though. The first video advert for the device, called 'Nexus 7: Camping' features a father and son on a camping holiday. Of course, they find a variety of endearing ways to use the Wi-Fi only Nexus 7, from playing checkers while it rains to ...


Has iPhone 5 production begun?

gsmarena_0012 The world wants the iPhone 5. It's a fact as solid as the aluminum Apple likes so much. And as long as it hasn't been released, rumors true and far-fetched will fly through cyberspace. The rumor mill has produced its latest tale thanks to a Digitimes report. An insider in the industry claims that production of the new iPhone has already begun. This, before any official release of the iPhone, suggests that the 7 August release date rumor could prove to be true. Unlike ...


New Superman trailer is all kinds of gritty

Boom. Superman is back and judging by the tone of the new Man of Steel trailer he's about as dark and brooding as Batman with a hangover. That's hardly surprising when you consider that Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is producing the film. Its director Zack Snyder isn't exactly a stranger to edgy treatments of comic book characters either. His previous credits include work on 300 and Watchmen. The titular role will be played by British actor Henry Cavill who previous ...

News, Twitter

SA presidency suffers serious Twitter gaffe

new twitter logo blue The official Twitter account for the Presidency of South Africa suffered a major gaffe after the person manning it cursed the fact that they were missing a TV talent show. The account administrator tweeted out a message expressing disappointment at the fact that it was missing the South African version of international hit reality TV singing contest Idols: OH NO!! I'm missing out on @IdolsSA. I'm far away in another timezone.#sadness— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) July 22, 2012 It then recanted, saying the ...

General Tech

5 aspects of the hunt for Kim Dotcom that make no sense

online piracy In January 2012 the United States confiscated the domains (and servers) of MegaUpload, a file-sharing and storage site based in Hong-Kong a few days after arresting Kim Dotcom, the owner of the multi-million dollar business. In short, the sites were shut down by the US on the indictment of the owners for running a criminal organisation centred on copyright infringement. Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) has recently taken to Twitter to raise his objections to not only the way he ...

Humour, Twitter

4 reasons why I’m glad Madiba never used Twitter

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela -- father of the nation, freedom fighter, an example to all of humanity. But sadly, like other equally historically important iconic heroes such as Lil Wayne and Kim Kardashian, sometimes following someone as important as Madiba on Twitter can be a little bit of a disappointment. The struggle could never be reduced to 140 characters or less, so maybe it's just as well Madiba had already retired from politics by the time Twitter became popular. We can only ...






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