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  • Chinese online travel to be worth $48bn by 2016, Indian growth set to explode

    A new report from eMarketer reckons that China’s well-established online travel sector will hit US$32.51-billion in sales for the year 2012 -- but by 2016 it’s projected to grow to US$48-billion. While China currently accounts for more than half of travel ecommerce revenue among the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations, as shown in the graph below, that proportion will slip slightly in the near future as India emerges with stronger growth. India’s somewhat delayed ecommerce emergence will see its online travel market grow in sales from US$11.5-billion this year to an estimated $30.61 billion in 2016. That means...

  • Samsung reports massive profits on the back of serious mobile growth

    Amidst all the soap opera ongoings of the Apple vs Samsung battle, the South Korean smartphone and electronics giant has shown record profits for the most recent financial quarter, almost double the figure of the year before at US$7.3-billion. And depending on the outcome of its appeal to overturn the US verdict in August, this would be a welcome stash of cash for Samsung. After if it loses, it's going to have to cough up more than US$1-billion awarded to Apple in damages for patent infringement. Samsung stock has also risen over seven percent since its patent suit defeat...

  • Yup, Facebook really is scanning your private messages to increase likes

    Forget all the furore around sporadic private messages appearing on your Facebook Timeline -- the world's largest social network may just have admitted to crossing the line between private and public. According to The Next Web, Facebook has confessed that sending a link in a private message will increase the number of likes on the third-party site the link originated on. The revelation came about after a video (NSFW) was posted on Hacker News by Polish startup Killswitch.me. The video also shows something else interesting: sharing the link in a private message makes a site's like counter increase by...

  • FNB shifts 100k smart devices adds Galaxy Note 10.1 to lineup

    A little under a year ago, South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB) began selling tablets, smartphones and laptops to its customers at discount prices. In that time, the banking giant has shifted over 100 000 individual devices. According to FNB there are now over 20 different devices to choose from, "available at reduced rates, with no additional fees, interest or charges and with 24 months to pay". As it celebrated the milestone, FNB added the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.2 to the range of BlackBerry, Samsung, Acer and Apple products available. According to Kartik Mistry, head of smart device...

  • 70+ absolutely brilliant mobile campaigns you need to know about

    Mobile isn't the future. It's a fundamental part of our lives and will only get more so. Our mobile devices connect us to our friends and families, but also our online social networks, the web and myriad other services. Mobile already accounts for over 10% of online traffic and that number will only keep growing. As the technology continues to grow, so will the number of people looking to advertise on it. According to a report by online research company eMarketer, global mobile adspend is set to be worth US$6.4-billion this year alone. So if your campaign's going to...

  • Are social metrics really affecting SEO? [WordCamp]

    So then, do link sharing on social media services like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ actually have an effect on our posts' search engine rankings? Sure, it's now become standard fare for Google and Bing to show us articles shared by our friends, but what happens beyond our social graphs? That's a question Neil Pursey, an SEO guy and owner of SEO agency WebGrowth has been trying to answer. Pursey presented his findings to a packed audience at WordCamp Cape Town today, the annual all things WordPress conference. In short, the answer that he came up with was: maybe. We'll never...

  • It’s official: Facebook has more than a billion active users

    Finally. Facebook has been hovering around the 955-million active user mark for a while now... but Mark Zuckerberg has just confirmed that more than a billion people access his social network every month. In a short note, the hoodied one expressed his thanks to all the users who have made his startup a worldwide success: If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to...

  • What’s big, blue and like a chair? Facebook apparently

    As it celebrates reaching the one-billion user mark, Facebook has released a video detailing why -- um... this is going to sound a bit silly -- it's like a chair. "Anyone can sit on a chair," it says, "and if the chair is large enough they can sit down together, and tell jokes, or make up stories or just listen." "Chairs are for people, and that is why chairs are like Facebook." Got it? Good, because we're not 100% sure we do. When was the last time a chair found out private things about you and sent you targeted...

  • Curiosity Rover checks in on Foursquare, may soon be the mayor of Mars

    The NASA team is taking serious steps to making this the most social space exploration yet. Now you can follow the Curiosity Rover's adventures on Twitter, watch occasional updates on YouTube and track its movements on Foursquare. Curiosity became the first non-human to check in from space (and the first ever Foursquare user to check in from another planet) when it logged its visit to Mars' Gale Crater. It even posted photos and left some tips for future visitors, saying that the crater is the perfect place to lose weight (who needs boring Earth gravity anyway?) and suggesting...

  • 8 African mobile money services that aren’t MPesa

    No, I’m not going to talk about MPesa, you can read all about the Kenyan grandfather of mobile money here, here and here. Rather, let’s look at other key mobile money products across the rest of the continent, as well as some up-and-coming, ones-to-watch that will be demo’ing at DEMO Africa in Nairobi later this month. 1. Zimbabwe’s EcoCash According to Econet, almost two-million Zimbabweans do all their business using EcoCash transfers and the service “moves millions of dollars every day from urban to rural areas” which has helped to “revitalise the rural economy.” The one-year-old mobile money transfer service from...

  • 6 things to consider before buying a projector

    So the boss stopped by your cubicle and told you to stop sharpening pencils and do some research on data projectors.  Like what they are all about and how much they cost.  And you had better have the info on his desk by the close of work today.  Don’t panic Slim. Help is at hand. The boss probably confused you to start off with by calling the projector by its code name: Proxima. Truth is, what he means is a data video projector, but Proxima is to projectors what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners.  Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Which country uses the web best? [Infographic]

    You may have heard that Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation recently quantified the web by developing an index used to rank 61 countries in categories like web readiness, web use and social, political and economic impact. And, because, well, this is the web after all, there is an infographic to explain it all. The data-heavy project is the first of its kind to attempt to measure the web by integrating information on everything from a country's communication infrastructure and the policies regulating internet access to the skill levels which allow full use of the...

  • US Presidential debate set new tweet record

    The US Presidential debate on Wednesday set a new record for the most tweeted political event in history, according to Twitter’s government and political team. The social network also states that just after the debate began, its service was set abuzz with more than two-million tweets in a very short time, generating twice as many tweets as the 2008 presidential debates combined, and topping off at 10.3-million tweets in 90 minutes. Tonight's debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC.— Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012 According to stats this...

  • Kai-Fu Lee: Age is the biggest difference between China’s internet and the West

    China’s internet is massive, but who exactly is using it? It’s a question that plagues many Western companies looking to work their way into China. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Innovation Works founder Kai-Fu Lee shared his thoughts on the biggest difference between Chinese internet users and American ones. According to Lee, it’s actually not what you’re probably thinking — the biggest difference is age. Lee’s post included the following infographic that illustrates just how large the gap really is. According to Lee: The average Chinese internet user is almost young enough to be the average American user’s son/daughter! That...

  • US becomes second country to get Facebook’s promoted posts for people

    Looks like Facebook is serious about letting individual people pay to promote their posts. The social networking giant announced late yesterday that people in the US would also be included in the experiment. The service first rolled out in New Zealand in May, with random users in Europe and the US reporting that they had access to the feature in September. According to Facebook: Every day, news feed delivers your posts to your friends. Sometimes a particular friend might not notice your post, especially if a lot of their friends have been posting recently and your story isn't near the...