Emerging Markets, Startups

10 Hot Indian startups you should know about

india-flag-independence-day From the world’s cheapest car to the world’s cheapest tablet, India has emerged as a hub of "Jugaad", a Hindi term which closely translates as "frugal innovation". Owing to its booming economy, growing middle class and a talent pool of highly skilled engineers, India has a thriving tech startup ecosystem. While there are thousands of startups across the country, we bring you a compilation of tech startups that have risen above the rest to be the talking points in the ...

Social media

Analysing the State of the Nation ‘Undress’

SOTN - undress In 2011, popular radio personality Gareth Cliff utilised Twitter, and particularly the hashtag #JZSOTNDrinks -- a drinking game mechanism -- to encourage the South African man on the street to become involved in the country's State of the Nation Address. It was a hit online. This year, he evolved the concept and took it to a new level -- #SOTNUndress or State of the Nation Undress. Almost a year ago to the day, we were reporting on South African shock-jock Cliff's ...

News

State of the Nation: Social media numbers unpacked

SOTN Cloud Social media is playing an increasingly prominent role for political leaders, especially when it comes time for their annual State of the Nation address. US president Barack Obama hosted a hangout on Google+ in the wake of his recent State of the Union address and South African president Jacob Zuma invited the people of his country to send in their questions via Twitter and Facebook ahead of his annual address. Social media isn’t, however, only useful before a major ...

News

Is Google set to join the patent wars with its iPhone cut demand?

The gloves have finally come off and Google is beginning to reveal the strategy behind its purchase of Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5-billion. On Wednesday Google informed the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers by letter that it intends to enforce its rights to a maximum of 2.25% of all mobile equipment that uses Motorola Technology. This would include the Apple iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S has already sold well over 37-million units and at an average price of US$500 a ...

News

Tencent mobile game platform hits 200M users

Chinese social giant Tencent now has 200-million registered users on its mobile gaming platform Mobile QQ Game Hall. Accroding to Marbridge Consulting, the Shenzen-based tech companysome 13-million of those users log onto the platform on a daily basis. At times there are up to a million people on the network at the same time. A large part of Mobile QQ Game’s success comes from the fact that it caters for China’s largely fragmented mobile ecosystem. Users can access Symbian, KJava, Android, ...

LinkedIn

Why putting a little extra work into LinkedIn is well worth the effort

LinkedIn Offices I tend to think of LinkedIn as "Facebook for Grownups". Now I know this isn't "technically" correct but it's what springs to mind. For me at least. Undoubtedly, LinkedIn is an extremely powerful networking and business tool, yet it’s astounding how many LinkedIn rookies there are roaming around social cyber space. I’m certain a thought running through many people’s minds is Linkedintowhat? Or who? Or How? Maybe this will help. Unlike Facebook LinkedIn is slightly more awkward to navigate. Although ...

Social media

State of the social television nation

I have been following the use of social media, Twitter in particular, by television viewers and programmes in South Africa with a keen eye. Considering that there are now approximately 3.4-million South Africans active on Facebook and Twitter it is no surprise that ‘social television’ is growing. When broadband first became widely available, the techie crowd unanimously threw down their TV remotes, vowing never to sit through another advert or wait a whole week for the next installment of ...

Gearburn

The Last of Us: A Preview

The Uncharted series has wrapped up; Nathan Drake has cracked his last crack, a wise one nonetheless. Naughty Dog fans whispered the world over, a quiver in their voices: "what will we do without Uncharted? Where will our next block-buster action game come from? What does life mean?" To those fans: get a life... and then get on board the hype-train for The Last of Us -- Naughty Dog’s upcoming third-person survival-horror action-adventure title. What a mouthful, kinda like Nathan Drake’s wisecracks.

Facebook

Facebook prohibits users from promoting their work, company

Facebook-Zuckerberg Facebook's a great tool for promoting yourself, your work and your business. That's a fairly uncontested truism these days. But if the social network's rules for users, developers, and partners are to be believed, promoting yourself is the exact opposite of what it wants you to do. The rules give Facebook tremendous powers to disable accounts and to make money from your content. Here are a few examples, you can see more here in this SEC document filed late Wednesday: You ...

News

BBC tells journalists not to break stories on Twitter

BBC journalists have been told not to break stories on Twitter, reports The Guardian newspaper. The new rules reportedly apply to all of the corporation’s correspondents, producers and reporters and forbid them from posting a news story on Twitter before they tell their newsroom colleagues. According to the Guardian, the new regulations are meant to ensure that news gets uploaded to the renowned organisation's "newsgathering machine" "without the delay" of a 140 character Tweet. The news comes fresh on the ...

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