Gearburn

App of the Week — TuneIn Radio Pro

To be honest, when it comes to the world of internet radio, I am a complete novice. I just didn’t see it having a place in our digital, instant satisfaction world. If I wanted to hear a song, I’d find it on Grooveshark, buy it off iTunes or get it from someone I know. That way I could listen to it when I wanted to, not when some annoying DJ who thinks he has the answers to the world’s problems ...

Emerging Markets, News

Anonymous claims responsibility for hacking Japanese government websites

anonymous japan Hacking and online activist group Anonymous has been linked to attacks to Japanese government websites, which briefly brought down ministry and judiciary websites. The group, which uses the Twitter account @op_japan has claimed responsibility, and said the attacks were due to the Japanese government’s proposed anti-piracy legislation. The Japanese anti-piracy bill aims to impose jail terms on users who illegally download copyrighted content. Anonymous said in its website that this would “result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent ...

Social media, Video

What made Abercrombie & Fitch’s viral strategy so good?

I love it when brands get creative -- especially when they leverage cheesy pop hits to make cool viral videos. Oh, and without shirts. Eye candy on steroids, the latest lip-dub video making the rounds on social media networks is definitely sure to brighten up any gal's (or maybe guy’s) day. Abercrombie & Fitch made girls around the world gawk and swoon when it challenged the hottest guys from its flagships stores around the globe to make a parody ...

News, Social media

Google+ gets some tablet love and a bit of Event gloss

google plus calendar Google+ just got a makeover. It wasn't the most dramatic one in history, but it did make the internet giant's social effort seem a whole lot more appealing. Like most makeovers, it was probably a long time in the making and the big reveal happened all at once. Unlike most makeover reveals though, the locations was a developers' conference: Google I/O to be precise. Stop! Tablet time! Google+ has been available on smartphones for some time, but it's never ...

News

Google announces 400-million Android devices, 20bn app downloads

There are now 400-million devices running Android and they're downloading apps like crazy. That massive number was announced by Google senior vice president of engineering Vic Gondutra at the internet giant's I/O conference. This, says Gondutra, translates to one-million new Android device activations every day and around 12 device activations a second. That's substantial growth even from the 700 000 activations Larry Page said the mobile OS was getting in January during an earnings conference call. Google says much of that ...

Cloud, Google

Does Google have big plans for cloud specialist CliQr?

Cliqr CliQr Technologies emerged from stealth mode with the announcement of a cloud based service that can port large enterprise applications to any cloud platform in under one day. If the Palo Alto based startup can deliver on its promise it could result in significant IT cost savings. Enterprise applications are notoriously difficult to rewrite for cloud platforms and their performance can be unpredictable. "With CliQr we can port an app in under one day," said Gaurav Manglik, co-founder and CEO. "You can ...

News

NetDynamix responds, moots industry standard for internet radio numbers

The company at the centre of an internet radio readership row says it is engaging with industry experts to set up a forum to verify internet radio statistics, and that it issued a letter of demand to blogger Shaun Dewberry because it was aggrieved that he had not engaged with them on his findings. In an official statement, the company says it does not agree with the methodology or the basis of Dewberry’s arguments and they stand by their stats. ...

SEO

5 great examples of sites that use links creatively

Internet connection Every website needs incoming links (back links) to achieve high search engine positioning and they’re essential to build, regardless of how difficult it may be for the particular industry you’re targeting. Creative link building, or thinking outside the box to achieve links, is the ideal way to entice users into linking to something unique. Link building has changed and it is no longer sufficient to submit your website to a 1 000 directories, build links on forums, comment on posts, use ...

Ventureburn

Will the real African startups please stand up?

Africa With so much focus on advancing the entrepreneurial ecosystems around African startup hubs at the moment, more and more Africans are starting their own businesses by choice as opposed to necessity. But, not all interesting ventures that launch can automatically claim ‘startup’ status. While the essence of successful innovation-driven Silicon Valley startups can be found in the African spirit of Ubuntu, African ventures are still mostly backed by efficiency-driven entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, game-changing startups from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana have ...

Africa, Innovation

How do we nurture Africa’s next great innovator?

Innovation Globally, the discussion around innovation has been one of great interest especially in the wake of troubling economic times in the recent past. The discussion is strong in relation to Africa’s situation as well. Innovation sometimes can be a bit hard to describe in exact terms but one thing is for sure, you always know genuine innovation or innovativeness when you see it. Yet, it is a critical component to our ability to deal with the challenges of today and the ...

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