Online journalism, Online media

When did tech journalism become about scooping product specs?

innovation journalism Why has tech reporting become such tedious product journalism? Why are reporters trying to scoop each other on news that is essentially a spec sheet about a mass-produced product? Why are we reading about products as a news story and not in an ad? When I look at the tech press it is heavily focused on product reporting; about gadgets, features in apps or online services, and details about underlying technologies in software, hardware, and the internet. Product launches, especially by industry heavyweights ...


Designer of viral Steve Jobs silhouette image lands Coca Cola deal

Steve Jobs kid Coke Logo Hey, remember that kid who designed the iconic Apple logo incorporating Steve Jobs' silhouette after the tech icon’s death? He’s back. Hong Kong-based design student Jonathan Mak Long has designed a new logo for Coca Cola, after being approached by Ogilvy China. As Mak explains on his Tumblr account: If you are in Shanghai, you may come across a poster I designed for Coca-Cola. The Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy China got in touch with me, and offered me this amazing ...


VCs, tech incubators get on board with Twitter’s patent agreement

The tech industry has reacted positively to Twitter’s innovative patent agreement, announced earlier this week. The Innovator’s Patent Agreement, informally referred to as the IPA, is effectively a promise by the company to only use its patents defensively. It also promises that it will “not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission”. According to The Next Web, big VC companies including Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital and SV Angel have already signed up to the ...


Online shopping on the rise: Price, convenience, security key

Online Shopping According to the latest MasterCard Worldwide Online Shopping Survey, online shopping has increased significantly and continues to show potential for growth, with price, convenience and security key factors to consider making a purchasing decision. The survey revealed that even in an emerging market like South Africa shopping online has steadily increased over the past two years, with 58% of respondents in a survey of active internet users saying that they use the internet for shopping. This is an increase from the ...


Time 100: Anonymous gets a nod, thanks to you

Time magazine has released its list of 100 most influential people for 2012. It's hardly surprising to see a few tech faces on the list given the all-pervasive role it plays in our lives. What's pretty interesting is that Anonymous made this list even though the list is technically for most influential people not groups. But yay for you Anonymous. Time published its annual list Wednesday, highlighting an interesting mix of personalities, ranging from the rich and powerful, such as ...

Infographic, Mobile apps

Want to be a millionaire? Make a smart phone game [Infographic]

Would you like to make a pile of cash? I rate you go into mobile gaming. While you’re merrily launching flocks of birds at a bunch of thieving pigs, gaming companies like Rovio are cashing in. How much is the Finnish game giant making, exactly? Well, its revenue totaled a nice US$100 million last year -- a substantial increase over 2010, where it made US$10 million. Which, you know, wasn’t bad either. It’s a nice industry to be in -- gaming ...

Le Web, News

LeWeb London: Faster than real time

Fastertahnrealtime Popular French tech conference LeWeb is making its way to London this June. The tech couple behind LeWeb revealed the theme for LeWeb London: Faster than real time. How much faster can something occurring immediately be? How is that even possible? It seems there is a way, as Loic and Geraldine Le Muer point out: "Whether it’s Highlight, constantly broadcasting your location, or Voxer, a walkie-talkie social experience born out of the fields of war torn Afghanistan, it is clear ...


Startups head to the cloud

cloud-computing The excitement evoked by the word 'entrepreneurship' too often drains away when the business leaders of tomorrow start trying to turn their 'big idea' into reality. Along with challenges around securing funding, building a client base and finding skilled staff, the challenges around setting up the essential IT organs required for running a healthy and secure small business is possibly one of most daunting prospects. Beyond a great idea, two things drive successful startups: speed to market and keeping the burn ...


Thanks to Facebook, my birthday is an event

facebook banner I recently had my birthday, which for most people is the day of the year when they have the most activity on their Facebook page. When I checked my Facebook on the day I saw only four birthday posts on my Timeline. I felt taken aback. All of the people that I have close relationships with had already phoned me by then, I had a great birthday date planned, and was going to see all of my closest friends at ...


America’s new cybersecurity bill faces opposition from the top

Lawmakers in the US incurred the wrath of the web when they tried to push the SOPA and PIPA bills. Now they could find themselves facing even stronger opposition as they try to push through the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (better known as CISPA). The lawmakers claim that CISPA is designed to help private businesses and government share information more easily. Its critics, however, believe that it would effectively mean an end to internet privacy. This is primarily ...






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