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  • Does democracy die when governments are enemies of the internet?

    In recent months much attention has been drawn to the Indian government's cracking down on ISPs in an attempt to disrupt the flow of 'sensitive information'. The rationale behind blocking over 300 websites and heavily limiting SMS services is due to the fear of fueling existing tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims as fabricated images of violence and rumors started circulating. The Indian government also threatened some media websites with legal action if certain content wasn't removed and asked Google and Facebook to 'doctor' their sites so that sensitive content would not be made available. According to the Google Transparency Report...

  • CdTDroid, father of AndroidME, talks custom builds

    So in the second of my 'Interview with the Developer' series I ask ROM developer CdTDroid, Chris Turner, a couple of questions. A little background, CdTDroid is from New Zealand, and it’s definitely something I’ve noticed on the forums, the Kiwis and Aussies really do like their Android customised. I’ve experimented with a few of the custom ROMs out there for the Nexus Prime, and I must admit that CdTDroid’s AOSP Light, is my favourite by some distance. That said, this is one dev who doesn’t like chilling out, he maintains three different ROMs and their accompanying threads, impressive. Read more...

  • Easily embed entire streams of tweets with Twitter’s new tool

    Because we are the type of website which is likely to embed tweets where and whenever possible, it's nice to know that Twitter is making the whole sharing process even easier. There are situations where one tweet isn't enough: what if you'd like to embed a whole stream of tweets on your website? Previously, the way to do it involved a lot of copying and pasting or the use of a curation tool like Storify... but thanks to a new update, it's become a simpler process. Twitter's product manager Brian Ellin announced (via an official blog post) that the social...

  • Busted: Nokia caught cheating on Lumia 920 promo video

    Well now, this is a little bit awkward. Nokia has been caught out using a different camera in wait for it... its promo video for the new Nokia Lumia 920. As The Next Web points out, using simulated images in mobile phone ads isn't all that uncommon. Thing is, they tend to come with warning labels saying something along the lines of "on-screen images simulated". The Nokia video not only leaves you to assume that it's the 920 doing the shooting but also has big bold text purporting to show how brilliant the phone's image stabilization feature...

  • Foxconn compensates for labour shortages with forced ‘internships’

    Just when you thought Foxconn's reputation couldn't get any shadier. The manufacturing giant is reportedly recruiting students from nearby universities for two month internships in a bid to address labour shortages ahead of the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5. According to Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily, thousands of students were forced into the company's factories after classes were suspended at the beginning of the semester. Students from a university in Huai'an in Jiangsu Province say they pitched up for school one day only to be driven to a Foxconn factory to begin working on the production line. In return...

  • Why Julius Malema now owns his largest spoof account

    Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema has been the butt of a number of internet jokes and parodies in the South African online space. Now though he can lay claim to his largest spoof Twitter account. That’s right, since 30 August Julius Malema has owned @julius_s_malema, which offered a mixture of tongue-in-cheek and factual diary-style entries, along with its 200 000 plus followers. We first reported that the account’s owner was looking strike a deal in which he would hand it over to Malema and the then ANCYL spokesperson back in 2010. That was shortly after Malema...

  • Measuring the global web: which country comes out top?

    It seems that Sir Tim Berners-Lee has just quantified the web. While the idea of developing a system to measure the value and impact of the great WWW would appear to be equal parts awe-inspiring and difficult to most people, its father (and the World Wide Web Foundation) has risen to the challenge and released the first ever global web index. What exactly is the web index? Well, it's huge (and almost entirely funded by Google). The index is a measure of the web's social, political and economic impact and an assessment of the level connectivity and infrastructure in...

  • Eric Schmidt: 1.3m Android device activations a day

    At any big tech launch, the product is the main attraction. But given that Motorola's launch event tonight was the first since the company was bought by Google, it was inevitable that eyes would be on Eric Schmidt. The news from the Google hot shot was hardly surprising, but worth repeating if only to get a glimpse of the sheer scale of the Android ecosystem. According to Schmidt, there are 1.3-million Android device activations every day. Of that 1.3-million, 70 000 are just tablets. Not bad considering Google was so late to enter the space. Those daily numbers mean...

  • The poor pavlova: Woolworths hit by social media abuse over ‘racist’ job ads

    Retail brand Woolworths found itself the target of a virtual storm of social media hate recently after posting what users are calling "racist" job ads on its website. The latest victim (aside from its social media management team) seems to be a pavlova recipe. Users have taken to the South African company's Facebook page to complain about the company's policy, announce they will be boycotting their stores and to suggest that its Facebook fans rather switch to supporting its competitors. Posts on unrelated topics like a video of how to make strawberry pavlova have been inundated with comments like...

  • Google pushes major new map developments

    Looks like Google's cartography department has been busy in the last little while. The internet giant today announced three new developments in its map products. The first sees it rolling out turn-by-turn navigation in India. The voice-guided navigation product will be available across the country. Google says that navigation is one of its most requested features in the region and "can be especially helpful when driving in densely populated cities like Delhi or Bangalore". It also said that it would be rolling out live traffic reporting for major roads in the country. That could be a potential boon in...

  • Your advertising makes me want to kill myself: the cost of free media

    Our entire planet now runs on an ad-supported model and it’s making me want to kill myself. It’s impossible to exist and not be subjected to advertising from companies trying to get you to buy the stuff they’re selling. There is no escape. Ever. Except death, and I’ll bet they’ll soon have ads inside coffins on the off-chance you wake up. Like drug addicts, humans have become addicted to free media -- from television and radio, to online news and social media platforms. While we rarely pay a cash price for the content, we always pay with attention. It’s called...

  • 8 things you need to know about social media in South Africa

    Social media in emerging markets is in a healthier place than ever. According to figures from Socialbakers, only two of the world's top five Facebook countries are developed. With the rise of Mexico, that number could soon be one. They're very much on the up in other words. South Africa is no different. Cheaper and faster internet access, along with a proliferation of internet-enabled mobile devices is driving people to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter faster than ever. In fact, the latest findings from tech research company World Wide Worx suggest that Facebook in...

  • Why people still prefer email to social when it comes to online campaigns

    According to a survey conducted amongst 560 people in May 2012, Emailvision reported that 50% of respondents placed a higher priority on improving their email marketing campaigns than building their social media communities. Better personalisation of emails was the highest priority for 58% of online marketers followed by 52% who considered an increased number of subscribers their main concern. Which begs the question, Where should people be investing their online marketing budget in the future? According to another survey conducted by a prominent professional services company among 717 South African businessmen in October 2011, 90% opted for a weekly email, 36%...

  • Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad: not the sound you want

    Ugly, aesthetically unsound and turd-shaped, it's the Logitech Tablet Speaker for iPad or anything really with a headphone jack. Here's why you shouldn't spent US$20 it: It's ugly Right off the bat, this is one of the fugliest tablet add-ons ever made. It's existence ratifies chaos theory. Here's what it looks like. No. Cut this shit out RIGHT NOW Logitech! Lets begin with the shape. It's long, fat and unfriendly. It sits uncomfortably under the tablet, clipping onto the back like a parasite of yore. Read more on Gearburn.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");

  • Meet the South African finalists for TNW’s Startup World

    Here we go Africa. The African leg of the The Next Web's Startup World competition kicks off in Cape Town today. The startup scene has been abuzz with the announcement that four African cities have been included in Startup World's inaugural tour. The competition will be held in 36 countries across the globe with the specific aim of shining "a light on entrepreneurs in emerging markets." Regional winners will fly to Silicon Valley to "battle it out in front of a panel of expert judges, to be crowned the world's best startup." Read more on Ventureburn. 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");