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  • Social media: we’re not mad, just disappointed

    Social media held such promise. On these platforms, we could create and share content instantly. We could connect on unprecedented levels, entirely breaking down the conventional, lateral flow of information that once held sway. Micro-blogging platforms meant there was no longer a production hierarchy. Content was being made for people by other people, not just by men in suits with overly-gelled quaffs. It was going to be so amazing. But now, all we get is pictures of people we didn’t even like in high school, taken on their iPhone with their arm stretched out. Pictures of some guy you...

  • 4 tips for protecting your tech startup idea

    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 Venturburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Why an Amazon smartphone makes complete sense

    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 her opinion: Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., is an outlier on this topic, and doesn't...

  • 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 I imagine a judge might when condemning a man to death. Read more on Gearburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

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

    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 the global sales had already surpassed 10 million, although he didn't specify by how much. But it still means...

  • 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 using the screen as a torch at night. If you're still eager to get your hands on...

  • Has iPhone 5 production begun?

    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 the previous rumors of last week, the new ones say that the manufacturer is Pegatron, a Taiwanese manufacturer of...

  • 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 appearances include roles in The Count of Monte Cristo, Stardust, Immortals, Showtime series The Tudors, from 2007 until 2010....

  • SA presidency suffers serious Twitter gaffe

    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 tweet was down to an administrative error and had not come from the South African president Jacob Zuma, or...

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

    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 was treated, but the entire hypocrisy of the case. I may just have to agree with him. While I fully...

  • 4 reasons why I’m glad Madiba never used Twitter

    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 guess as to what he would have tweeted about. I sincerely hope it wouldn't have gone a little something...

  • The Olympic Games: losing money on social, but not for the reason you think

    The Olympic Games, to be held in London from 27 July, are being heralded as the first social media games, where the ubiquity of platforms like Twitter and Facebook will enable competitors, attendees and viewers around the world to share their experience in ways never dreamed of even a decade ago. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reacted to this by putting together a set of draconian rules governing what entrants and attendees can and cannot do when sharing this once in a lifetime experience. Rules for athletes, for example, prohibit reporting of results, or saying anything about the competition, or...

  • 10 African news innovations with serious potential

    If you’ve been following the Knight News Challenge, the US headquartered Knight Foundation’s multi-million dollar initiative that rewards innovation in the news media industry, you’ll find the African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC) equally compelling. With ANIC’s maiden voyage this year, it became Africa’s largest fund for supporting digital news startups and encouraging new media experimentation. The challenge will award prizes totalling US$1 million to startups that create innovative solutions in fields such as “data driven journalism, investigative reporting, newsroom management, audience engagement, digital convergence, and media business models." Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Don’t count social media followers, measure engagement rate

    Look, social media is important for business, we all know that. But being on the right platforms is just the tip of the iceberg. It's becoming increasingly important to be able to analyse and understand how your brand is performing on social media. Socialbakers, a global social media and digital analytics company, recently released a timely infographic, that addresses the issue of engagement with social media. According to the company: “Because social media involves a great deal of human interaction in its entire complexity, aggregating results to just one digit would be grossly inaccurate and frankly impossible.” As social...

  • Marissa Mayer’s sweet $71 million pay package from Yahoo!

    Marissa Mayer is up for a seriously big pay-day. Yahoo! has just filed its regulatory documents with the SEC, disclosing how much it will pay its newly appointed CEO. Mayer, who joined the company after leaving Google only a few days ago, will earn an annual salary of US$1-million. According to the documentation however, she will earn a considerable amount of equity on top of her US$1-million annual salary. This is how the money gurus at CNN broke it down: Mayer's pay package is by far the most lavish that the company has offered to its recent string of CEOs....