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Spotify clone Simfy now live in South Africa

Simfy Africa German-based Spotify clone Simfy is now live for users in South Africa. That means that anyone in the country can now try out the service for two weeks, before committing to a full account. Monthly membership costs will set them back R60 a month, with discounts offered for each additional month that people pay in one go. The German-based company boasts over 18-million songs in its library, including content from all four of the major record labels -- Sony ...

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App.net gets first mobile client in form of Hooha

Subscription-based social network App.net has its first third-party mobile client in the shape of Hooha, available now on the Google Play Store. According to The Next Web, the app was built by Australian developer The Modern Ink and released over the weekend. Like App.net Hooha is in Alpha, but it still looks pretty slick. The app includes tabs for viewing rolling stream, mentions and global posts. You can do all the usual social networking app stuff like follow people, view ...

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Content is king comes of age

King of Clubs The term “Content is king” has been floating around the internet since 1996, when Bill Gates said in a speech that ‘Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting.’ But over the past decade and a half, this hasn’t exactly been the case. Content has been devalued to the extent that people have expected to get it for no charge. From written copy, to music, images ...

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Who really won the check-in Olympics?

Olympic Rings So you thought that the Olympics were over? Well you were right -- but there is no end to Olympic-themed analysis, especially by companies all over London who had a lot riding on many foreigners making their way through their doors during the 2012 London Olympic Games. So if like me you are incredibly skeptical about the actual value that “checking in” can bring; then you might need to think through your objections and open up a bit to the location-based ...

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Samsung claims innovation high ground in wake of Apple trial result

Samsung Galaxy S 3 While Apple's lawyers and top brass are likely still to wake up from their victory hangovers, Samsung's still standing pretty much where it was going "but, but, but..." After a US jury found in favour of Apple in a patent trial between the two companies, Samsung has released details of an internal memo claiming that it is the one pushing innovation over litigation. In the memo, the Korean company, which got hit to the tune of US$1-billion in the trial verdict, ...

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Entrepreneurship — some people just don’t get it

Entrepreneurial Child I heard a story this week that raised my blood pressure and left me fuming at another great injustice. Unfortunately there is very little I can do about it. Kicking the dog would not be PC (and after all, it’s not her fault); stamping my foot makes me feel like a child and waving my fist in the air while shouting at the universe... well, it didn’t do anything the last few times so that’s out too. ...

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On the move with Samsung’s WB150F Smart Camera

With technology changing at an amazing rate, I often stand astonished at the offerings that become available, sometimes in a much understated way, and the US$200 Samsung WB150F Smart Camera is no exception. This little camera comes neatly packaged in a box that could resemble that of a cellphone. Inside the box you will find the camera, a battery, AV cable, USB cable and power adaptor, a handy quick start guide and a CD-ROM containing the user manual and the Intelli-Studio ...

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Google: Samsapple has nothing to do with Android

Looks like Google is doing its outright damnedest to distance itself from the recently ended Samsapple trial. The internet giant claims that "most" of the patents at issue in the trail have nothing to do with the core of Android. Google's implicit involvement in the trial stems from the fact that Samsung is the largest company to use its Android mobile operating system. The statement is non-committal and also points out that several of the patents that were subject to ...

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Super speed Nexus 7 pumps out 2GHz

It's already one of the top contenders in the tablet market, but now XDA-Developer Clemsyn has made it even more sought after by squeezing every little drop of performance out of it. To achieve the claimed 2GHz processor speed for the Tegra 3 chip, an Elite Kernel is used. It isn't without risk, however. The builder has said that he doesn't quite trust it with the public yet, because it won't necessarily work on every Nexus 7. Read more on ...

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SA domain names about to get pricier with tougher rules

If you own a website, your domain name is vital. Without it, you're just a series of dots and numbers. And if you're a business, having a regional domain can be pretty important too. If you're a large multi-national for instance, you can make sure people are directed to your presence in their country. But maintaining those different domains can be difficult, especially if every country's playing with different rules. That's why the decision by the ZA Central Registry (ZACR), manages ...

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