Mobile payments to be worth $1.3tn by 2017

You many have noticed a fair few players trying to get in the mobile money game recently. There's a very good reason for that. The field is about to explode. According to tech analysis company Juniper Research, transactions made using mobile payment services are set to be worth US$1.3-trillion by 2017, growing nearly fourfold in the next five years. The research company reckons that these transactions -- which will account for 54% of the total value of mobile payments by ...

Interviews, Venture capital

Survivor of the great dotcom crash: Q&A with Brent Hoberman

brenthoberman Brent Hoberman is remarkably busy. It took three months and a couple of million emails to peg him down for 20 minutes to answer a few questions. Then again, that probably comes with being a pioneer of the dotcom era. The late 90s were a turbulent time for the web: the burst of the dotcom bubble left many online companies in shambles, but there were survivors. One such survivor was, the online travel and gift business Hoberman founded ...

Augmented Reality, Future Trends, Online journalism

Could AR drones be the future of journalism?

img_5570 guillaume tunzini We've all read stories about how remote control drones have been used in war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some of us may even know that Barack Obama has doubled the number of drones attacks, resulting in between 1 492 and 2 378 deaths between 2004 and 2011. Obviously drones are incredibly efficient when it comes to automated warfare, but what if we used them for journalism? Good news! You can buy one for about 300 Euro. The AR-Drone is a quadricopter, ...


Is online piracy really killing the entertainment industry? [Infographic]

online piracy Wait! Don't download that torrent. Stay away from that website filled with pirated MP3s. Stop watching your favourite series on suspiciously free TV sites instead of paying for a subscription. You're killing the entertainment industry, making artists and actors poorer and, well, committing a crime. But are you really? Okay sure, so piracy is definitely illegal, but how much economic harm are you actually doing to entire industries by downloading and streaming copyrighted files instead of visiting the cinema or purchasing ...


Brookstones Pocket Projector — a quirky little iPhone toy

The Brookstones Pocket Projector. I guess if you’ve got money to burn, really need some novelty aspect to your tech life and love only Apple, then this is (almost) the projector you’ve been looking for. That’s if you can find it, literally. It’s so small you could be forgiven for sitting on it, or losing it along with your car keys and the illusive pair of socks that only your wife can find for you. Read more on Gearburn.


Pinterest goes mobile with iPad, Android apps

pinterest logo It was one of the fastest social networks in history to hit 10-million users, it drives more referral traffic than Twitter, Google, and Bing and now its available as an iPad and Android App. Pinterest launched the apps today after announcing them at a party last night. According to The Next Web, a new version of the iPhone app, which introduces a two column layout, is also available for download. In an official blog post, the social ...


Sina Weibo set to launch social credit card

Here's an interesting development from beyond the Great Firewall. Chinese social network Sina Weibo is teaming up with China Merchants Bank on a social credit card project. According to Chinese tech news site TechRice, the new service will be tied to its DaRen, verified user programme. DaRen is intended, at least in part, as way of incentivising people to comply with the real name rules imposed on Sina Weibo by the Chinese government and also requires a profile picture, a minimum ...


Android still killing it in shrinking mobile market, but at what cost?

Apple-Android lightsabers Android is killing in the mobile OS wars. Even as the global mobile market shrinks, there's no getting around the fact that it's far and away the most popular smartphone OS on the planet right now. But that dominance could come at a cost, especially in its all-out battle against Apple's iOS. According to tech research company Gartner, smartphone sales accounted for 36.7% of total mobile phone sales and grew 42.7% in the second quarter of 2012. This as the ...


German Spotify clone Simfy to expand into South Africa

Simfy Africa Music streaming service Simfy is expanding its international presence, with a South African version of the offering set to launch later this month. The German-based company boasts over 18-million songs in its library, including content from all four of the major record labels -- Sony Music, Universal, EMI, and Warner. Alongside its label affiliation it also has partnerships with the Merlin Network and aggregators such as The Orchard, and Finetunes. Simfy also offers social networking, allowing users to share playlists ...

Microsoft, News hits 10M users… like a boss

MS Outlook Well now, it seems Microsoft may actually have a hit on its hands with its new online email service Just two weeks after launching, the Redmond-based giant announced that the service now has 10-million users. Then again, people have appear to have been excited by since the launch. After all, there were one-million signups just after it launched. The announcement, which came bundled with a bunch of tweaks to Skydrive also included a shout out to web commentator Chris Dixon's ...






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