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  • Why social media is the future of communication in your business

    Many companies still see the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as 'bad'. They view them as distractions getting in the way of their employees doing their jobs and think they lower productivity and are unrelated to work. Although there may be some truth in that, there are many ways social media can be used to a company’s advantage, and not just written off as bad debt. Enterprise social media is the next big thing for business and companies with ostrich mentality might need to start rethinking their corporate culture. Social media is often seen as a hindrance within...

  • LinkedIn: You’re doing it wrong [Infographic]

    Growing your revenue and reputation online has become a strategic imperative for businesses today. While many are actively embracing the social revolution, substantial improvements have yet to be made to leverage the lead generation and reputation management opportunities offered by the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, according to a new study conducted by LinkedIncome. 517 businessmen participated in the survey and according to the results, 94% of them believe that their businesses should be participating actively on LinkedIn. However, 81% report that they don’t have a clear understanding of all the features and benefits, despite the fact that nearly all of...

  • Zuma ‘Spear’ painting vandalised: Social media stirs

    A recently displayed painting of South African president Jacob Zuma with his penis out has polarised certain sections of that country. Now the painting has been vandalised, stirring up emotions on social media. The painting by artist Brett Murray compares Zuma's phallus to a spear and has been on display in the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. A few minutes ago, two well-dressed men walked up to the artwork and painted a large red X over the president's "spear". A journalist present at the gallery immediately started uploading photos of the incident to Twitter, which were then shared by...

  • Tech dominates brand survey as Apple comes out top

    Um...this should come as a surprise to approximately no one. Apple is the world’s most valuable company. The Cupertino-based tech giant topped research company Millward Brown’s list of the world’s top 100 companies for the second year in a row, consolidating its position with a 19% increase in its brand value over the last 12 months. In fact tech companies dominate the top 10, with IBM, Google, and Microsoft all joining Apple in the top five. Google actually lost a place to Apple’s long-time rival IBM, which is now the world’s second most valuable brand. One tech company whose...

  • Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

    It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign the Xperia back from being the next iPhone 4S or Galaxy S III. 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");

  • SpaceX launches into history

    Things didn't go quite to plan for SpaceX's first launch attempt late last week. Technical difficulties saw it having to be aborted in the last few seconds. Today it launched its way into the history books by getting the Dragon spacecraft into space. From now on, Dragon's mission will be to dock with the International Space Station, the first privately funded and built spacecraft to do so. So far the mission seems to be going well, with the Dragon's solar arrays having deployed successfully Space X is the brainchild of South African-born PayPal founder, inventor, engineer and billionaire genius...

  • ABSA launches revamped online banking site, but is it enough?

    "A new era in online banking." That's what South African online banking giant Absa is promising with its revamped online banking site. The site, which went live today, features a new design that includes a central dashboard. The bank claims that this presents "a snapshot view of one’s day-to-day banking, investments, other assets, and liabilities -- allowing customers to better plan their financial affairs". Arrie Rautenbach, Head of Retail Markets at Absa reckons that providing this centralised view, his bank is "putting the customer in control and empowering them to make the right financial decisions, budget more effectively, and unlock...

  • What does the Linux 3.4 kernel have to offer?

    Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of the 3.4 version of the Linux kernel. While Linus notes that there have been no majorly exciting changes since the last release candidate, it's worth taking a look at some of the things that have made their way into this release of the Linux kernel and what it means to the Linux community as a whole. Perhaps some of the most prominent features and changes that appear in the kernel, are centered on updates to btrfs, a new filesystem that offers much better fault tolerance and easy repair. Btrfs is largely developed...

  • Facebook stock plummets on day two of trading

    Facebook stock has fallen more than 10% on its second day of trading, after already having had problems on its opening day of stock trading. In fact, there were so many issues on Friday that the Nasdaq is reportedly changing its IPO procedures, and underwriter Morgan Stanley had to step in to defend the US$38 opening price. For a while though, things looked good, with the price climbing to US$42 in late Friday trading. Today's pricing represents a 25% decrease from that high. The performance of the stock led many to question whether or not Facebook...

  • Skyfall: Check out the first teaser trailer for 007’s latest adventure [Video]

    Here's the thing about James Bond; no matter what directors do, fans of the franchise will still rush out to see it. Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third appearance as 007 and, judging by the first official teaser trailer for the film, he's going to be as gritty and weathered-looking as he was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It also doesn't look like fans of the franchise are likely to get clever one-liners or the implausible gadgets that some so fervently love. On the other hand, there will be beautiful women and lot's of explosion-filled action sequences, so...

  • Facebook goes crazy for Zuckerberg wedding

    So it turns out people care a lot more about the fact that Mark Zuckerberg got married this weekend than they do about the fact that his company raised billion of dollars in its IPO. Want proof? Just look at the number of likes each event has on the hoodied one's timeline. His marriage has over one-million likes: His IPO announcement meanwhile only got 511 likes: According to The Next Web, the wedding picture even surpasses Zuckerberg's goodbye note to Steve Jobs, which had 580 000 likes. There's a couple of obvious take-homes from this. People like weddings...

  • WordPress. Joomla. Drupal. Yawn. 25+ powerful CMSes for hipsters

    It's estimated that WordPress, Joomla and Drupal combined, constitute roughly 70% of the CMS market. Probably for good reason too. All three are highly customisable, extensible and have massive loyal -- some say cult-like -- user communities. CNN and Time run on Wordpress. Joomla boasts big clients such as eBay, Barnes & Noble, Ikea and Pizza Hut. Ever heard of a little site called The Economist? How about The White House? Drupal have those covered. Clearly, if you're cool you wouldn't be caught dead using one of these mainstream CMSes to bootstrap your project. Or maybe you would? Because hating...

  • Three reasons business needs a complete social mindshift

    There are a load of businesses and people out there still grappling with terms like "social media marketing". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is that there are a lot of organisations out there that still don't know how how to sell themselves to other businesses. In my mind there is a drastic shift that is needed. And the social media revolution (yes, I said revolution) has spurred on this need for evolution in business to business (B2B) thinkers. The major problem is highlighted in the term “B2B” itself. There should be no such term in...

  • Selling yourself in the digital era: It’s still about spreading ideas

    When it comes to selling yourself or your brand, the real task is to spread ideas. Simply put, we want to spread the idea that our brand is amazing, or that you would be crazy not to come to our show or who would vote for anyone other than our party? Yes I know there’s also other stuff, like product development and research and innovation, but in the end it’s the idea of what that product is, what feelings it evokes and how that idea spreads that will determine whether it will be successful or not. I have had to speak...

  • Diablo III — a hell of a good time [Review]

    Diablo 3 is a nuanced game, and even though engineering, art, and design complement each other perfectly, it’s still not a perfect. Nonetheless, it’s a hell of a good time. ‘Same same, but different’ -- the popular Thai-English saying -- has never had more meaning than when comparing Diablo 3 (D3) with its predecessors. With Diablo’s core mechanics in place, Blizzard Entertainment has managed the tightrope act of appealing to new fans while still pleasing diehards. Hack, slash and loot to your heart’s content, but this time enjoy more polish, less frustration and zero punishment. 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");