Twitter

Stephen Grootes and the company-employee Twitter dilemma

Black Twitter Stephen Grootes is cool. He's one of those passionate, enthusiastic journalists that you really enjoy listening to on the radio. And he's a prolific writer, broadcaster and Tweeter with almost 15k followers. It's not particularly large on a world scale, but good for the niche. And Grootes' followers will just grow and grow and grow as time goes on. I often hear Stephen's Twitter handle being punted on radio, and with every punt the followers rack up. And rightly so ...

Entrepreneurship

7 Things you should know before forming a startup

Flowchart on a chalk board As you sat watching the fireworks explode in the night air, bringing yet another year to an end, you may have quietly committed to a resolution that this was finally going to be the year that you take the plunge and start your own business. Naturally, you’re a bit of a geek, so it will most likely be in the tech sphere. The idea has been brewing in the back of your mind for years and, for some unknown reason, the ...

Gearburn

Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It’s a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time ...

Gearburn

Rock out with Windows 95 on the HTC Evo 3D

It was big news that Windows 8 was going to run on ARM, but probably not if you were a member of one particular group on the XDA Developers forum. Hailing from Pusad, India, the user nicknamed "mnomaanw" cracked open a can of nostalgia when he announced a simple way to run Windows 95/98/XP and Linux on his HTC Evo 3D. A little over a week ago, mnomaanw put up a post detailing a simple method to get the aforementioned operating systems ...

News

iPhone to sell 40-million units in China by 2013

By 2013, China could see its iPhone-owning population grow to 40-million plus. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that Apple will team up with China Mobile and China Telecom in order to push the iPhone onto all three carrier networks. Katy Huberty, an analyst from Morgan Stanley stated to investors late last week that Apple could only reach 10% of the “150 million high-end Chinese subscribers” with its present China Unicom partnership. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network, with an excess ...

News

MXit users want games, gossip, entertainment [Survey]

MXit users care about having fun, hooking up, and getting the latest celebrity gossip. That’s according to a new survey, conducted with the aim of figuring out what apps -- besides games -- users of the instant messaging service most want. The survey was run by software development company Maxxor, whose online gaming division develops a number of games for MXit. It used this gaming population as the basis of the study. Head of Online Games at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus, ...

News

Google Kenya head claims she ‘decided to leave’ in wake of Mocality scandal

After initial reports that she had been fired, Google’s Kenya head Olga Arara-Kimani now claims she left the internet-giant of her own accord. Kenyan tech-news blog Nairobitech was the first to report that Arara-Kimani had been fired over the Mocality scandal. The scandal, which saw the Naspers-owned business directory accusing Google of illegally scraping its data, gained worldwide attention from the likes of The Register,Techcrunch, Boing Boing, The NextWeb, PaidContent, and Slashgear. Some wondered how damaging the scandal would be ...

Gearburn

The Way-C: A Congo-born, $300 tablet

Tablets for emerging markets seem to be all the rage. India started the trend with its Akash tablet, and now the Republic of Congo has its own cost cutting, touchscreen device: the Way-C — a Chinese made, US$300 tablet. The inventor of the Way-C (meaning “the light of the stars”), Verone Mankou says: “We have set up a team and logistics to sell the tablet since Friday. Today, anyone can buy one.” Customers in the main cities of Congo, such as Brazzaville and ...

Social media, Twitter

Occupy Twitter in the name of the global citizen

Black Twitter censored Twitter can now censor tweets by country. National borders, drawn on paper and defended with razor wire and guns in the physical world, now have a presence on the internet as well. You won't find politicians complaining -- but maybe the rest of us should. It was interesting to see how Twitter decided to break the news of its new localised censorship policy -- in the name of transparency of course -- by framing it through the blighted heritage of the ...

News

MegaUpload to be deleted this week?

Megaupload may be deleted in its entirety. This after the file sharing site’s assets were seized by the FBI and company founder Kim Dotcom was arrested. The deletion will occur, not because of any direct action taken by the FBI, but because it can’t pay the outside companies it uses to store its users' data. According to Associate Press, a letter from the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia states that the companies could begin deleting content ...

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