Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

Steve Jobs would never succeed in today’s Silicon Valley

steve-jobsI recently watched a documentary on Steve Jobs called "One Last Thing". It was well done, mixing a fair bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly about the life of the man.There was also a lot of praise for the "marketing genius" of Steve Jobs.Then it struck me: If Steve Jobs were starting out today in Silicon Valley, he would have trouble getting funding because he's a "marketeer" -- not an engineer. Venture capitalists(VC) generally won't fund startups ...

Gearburn

Samsung Galaxy Note review — bigger is better

Samsung-Galaxy-Note The Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 makes me feel like an idiot for loving Apple. For years I defended the iPhone, calling it the next coming of mobile phones and now, out of the blue, the Note has knocked me flat on my back.It’s the biggest, brightest and fastest smartphone currently available and Samsung is now the deserving wearer of the mobile crown. Samsung should also be congratulated for bringing the stylus back into the 21st century with an ambitious new ...

Social media

Local comedian battles with Vodacom over Twitter

twitter fightDeep Fried Man is a well-known local comedian. He tells his story about how he used Twitter to get some customer satisfaction.This is the story of my battle to use social media to solve the problems I had with my internet contract. You could call it a David and Goliath story. Except in this version, Goliath is just mildly bruised rather than slain, and David escapes (largely) unscathed to fight another day. It was, at least, a partial victory.It ...

Gearburn

Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders top 6.5 million

battlefield-3-single-player-650-x-366-150x150 The latest release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 worldwide makes it the latest in a series of million selling titles to hit the current generation of consoles and computers.While Black Ops may have gathered record sales of its own, Modern Warfare 3 has already shattered pre-order sales, and currently sits at a healthy 6.5-million orders. Activision, publishers of the Modern Warfare series have already gone on record to say that the pre-orders are its best yet.The US has ...

Gearburn

Video Review: Tunebug Vibe

Tunebug-Vibe Ever looked at an object on your kitchen counter, and thought “I bet the new David Guetta track would sound great pumped through that”? Or maybe you love being able to carry all your music around with you on your mobile phone but hate the tinny quality of its built-in speaker. If so, the Tunebug Vibe speaker might just be for you.You can spend endless fun-filled hours trying all the different resonant cavities that you have lying around to see ...

News

Retrenchments announced at News24, SA’s largest online publisher

24.com featuredAfrica's largest online publisher, 24.com, which publishes news site News24, has announced a "restructure" that will result in staff retrenchments.The online publisher, owned by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, consists of 22 web channels with a combined audience of more than four-million monthly users. The company employs around 250 people, including editorial, technical and sales staff -- making it the largest online media employer on the continent.Speaking to Memeburn, 24.com General Manager, Geoff Cohen downplayed the job losses, saying ...

Startup news

SA director wins digital innovation prize for mobile concept

Hajira Cassim, a trainee South African director was announced as one of the winners in the Not-For-Profit Digital Innovators Award category at ITU Telecom World 2011. Cassim was a winner out of 45 finalists from 22 countries around the world.Held in Geneva, Switzerland, Telecom World is one of the globe's most important events, brought together by The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU).Cassim won the award for pitching the mobile-content-generation showmemobi model to an international investment panel, global leaders ...

Google, Social media

Google+ Pages lets you stop thinking locally, start thinking globally

google pages1Google didn't surprise anyone with the launch of Pages for Google+. It was just a matter of time before the internet-giant officially launched the product after experimenting with Ford Motors a few months ago.Google VP and head of the Google+ Project, Vic Gundotra, explained the move on the company's official blog: "After all, behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too."Pages looks ...

Google, Social media

Google+ Pages brings brands and businesses into its circle

google-favicon-icon-andre-resende-computer-science-undergraduate-student-university-of-campinas-brazi-lower-case-g-brand-colors-blue-red-yellow-green-url-web-graphic-design-image1.jpg Google is now allowing companies and brands to have a presence on its social offering Google+. The avenue, called Google+ Pages means that the social network is no longer the preserve of individuals.In an official blog post the internet giant explained the decision as a natural part of the social network’s evolution:"So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from ...

Google

Google Pay TV: We’re not in Kansas anymore

Google Fibre-Optic Network When Google recently announced plans to launch its experimental fibre network most of the fanfare and media attention revolved around it providing a cable-TV as well as a phone service. The initial fibre connection, soon to be launched in Kansas in 2012, and Europe later on in the year, will bring users speeds exceeding 10 to 15 times what a normal broadband connection (4 megabits per second, downstream from the internet to the user's computer and 1 Mbit/s upstream) ...

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