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  • Samsung Galaxy S III sales set to top 10 million in July

    Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, is a hit among consumers, and Samsung expects it to hit cumulative sales of 10 million units this July, according to the firm’s Head of Telecommunication Business Shin Jong-Kyun. Samsung launched the Galaxy S III — considered to be the Apple iPhone 4S’ main competition — on May 29 in Europe and 7 June in South Africa. Samsung is now planning to include more emerging markets as part of its global roll-out, to double its smartphone sales to 200 million devices. As of May, Samsung has reached 28 markets across Europe and...

  • Tech wars: 5 battlefronts that show it’s more than just Google vs the world

    It seems that with every mid-year tech product announcement, the battle lines become even more drawn out and GigaOm reckons it’s starting to look a lot like Google vs The World. Now that the Glass fanfare is starting to die down it’s plain to see that Google isn’t the only company that has quite a few battlefronts, against formidable foes, to cover. Let’s discuss a few: 1. The platform war Android vs iOS; and to a smaller degree vs Blackberry OS 10 and Microsoft OS vs Chrome OS. iOS users spend more money on apps and in-app purchases; and online...

  • 4 ways to make yourself seem way cooler online than you really are

    The other day I received a tweet from an extremely beautiful woman. I followed her instantly, because the comment she had sent me was profound, of course, not because of her striking resemblance to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Imagine my surprise when my research indicated that this uncanny likeness was caused by the fact that the woman's avatar was indeed a pic of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and that the woman was actually an overweight middle-aged housewife. Her tweets instantly seemed far less profound and I unfollowed her, of course. But it taught me an important lesson, which is that...

  • The great SA internet radio stats debacle explained

    In the world of South African internet radio, all eyes were recently on NetDynamix, the audio streaming provider that services online radio stations such as 2OceansVibe Radio and Ballz Radio. Richard Hardiman from 2OceansVibe radio claims that the internet radio station attracts an average listenership of 35 000 , while Ballz co-founder Darren Scott, a former national DJ, recently told media news site Media Update that “weekly statistics for May show an average hourly listenership of just over 51 000 between 12:00 and 18:00″. Shaun Dewberry an IT specialist from Pretoria, called the numbers reported by the radio stations...

  • What is an entrepreneur? Why are you one?

    ENTREPRENEUR – What the hell does it really mean and what right do you have to call yourself one… and how is the blatant promotion of ‘go-it-aloneship’ affecting the SA digital industry? Entrepreneur. It’s a word we see and hear bandied about everywhere at the moment, everyone is one, or is being told they should be one. If you do a quick search on Twitter as to the number of people who include the title of ‘entrepreneur’ in their profile, it’s a wonder how the global economy is in such a precarious position given how many of these ‘entrepreneurs’ are...

  • South Africa’s mobile messaging services industry to get a shake up

    South Africa's mobile services industry is apparently getting a shake up. According to Panacea Mobile, a mobile a services company, 40% of SMS campagins sent to customers fail to deliver due to incorrect or out-dated information. Since companies can send millions of messages in a month, the cost for these undelivered messages can be compounded tremendously. The company aims to rectify this. The startup claims to offer South African companies a unique number validation tool which "will take the guesswork out of mobile messages and cut down on the number of undelivered messages significantly". 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");

  • Blueseed: The seaborne startup incubator

    Immigration laws are tedious and work visas are expensive, especially for foreign entrepreneurs wanting to work in the US. Max Marty and Blueseed cofounder Dario Mutabdzija, aware of this fact, are ambitiously hacking the system to bring talented foreign startups closer to Silicon Valley. How? By drawing up plans for floating office space, 12 nautical miles off the coast of California. The idea of cities at sea have long been the fodder of libertarians and climate watchers, but Blueseed is the first to utilise the so-called “contiguous zone” for fostering startup growth. Marty and Mutabdzija, both formerly of the Seasteading...

  • Instagram now lets you like, comment, and follow users from your desktop

    Well, hello. If you pop over to Instagram today, you may notice something different: it's just rolled out an update to its website which allows you to like and comment on pictures without using the app. Previously, if you clicked on an instagr.am link from a desktop computer, you were taken to a web version of the image, where you could admire the shot, read some comments, and move on with your life. You weren't given the option to like or comment on the image yourself -- full functionality was reserved for their mobile-only app. Introducing our new photo...

  • Scientists: Sina Weibo users are happier than the average tweep

    This is interesting. With all the strict censorship rules they have to face, you'd think that Chinese social network users would be miserable. Turns out they're actually happier than their Western counterparts. That's according to computer scientists at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and the Shanghai Jiaotong University, who studied some 46-million messages on Twitter and its most prominent Chinese counterpart Sina Weibo. The scientists say that 79% of the messages on Sina Weibo contained positive sentiment as opposed to 71% on Twitter. They also claim that Chinese social network users are less political: “Whereas 16% of...

  • Google wants the web, cloud to work across all devices, all the time

    Google wants to make sure "your web works consistently, seamlessly across all your devices" and that you can always access all of its cloud services. Chrome, said senior vice president of Chrome Sundar Pichai at day two of the company's I/O developers conference, was "built for a better web", which would allow that to happen automatically. Unfortunately, the current web doesn't really allow for that -- which is one reason it's had to launch unique versions of the browser for individual devices (like the iPhone version it launched at the event). That philosophy of building software to work...

  • Genius Gotye cover yearns for the ‘Star Wars’ you used to know [Video]

    This is a piece of unparalleled genius. It's a fan cover lamenting all the changes George Lucas has made to the Star Wars franchise because, you know, they suck. The video was made by Teddie Films, the production duo of Eddie King and Tyler Marshall. The pair is clearly the kind of die-hard fans who hate everything Lucas has done to the beloved franchise but watches everything new he puts out any way. Christine Erickson of Mashable's favourite line from the song is "And they'll never get the Blu-ray of the Star Wars that you used...

  • Attention app developers: the Mxit User API is here

    Developers, Mxit lovers, we have good news for you. With the release of Mxit's new User API, you are now able to develop social apps for the Mxit platform. What type of apps can you build? Any app that benefits from the Mxit community's user profile data, social graph, pictures and video. Just like Facebook though, Mxit users have the ability to control whenever their non-public personal information is shared with an app. The Mxit API is grouped into three categories. First, the aptly named "Profile" category allows developers to pull out profile information as well as do things like retrieve...

  • News 24 gets a dose of internet radio

    Before you start tensing up again, relax. This isn't a new episode in the internet radio stats row that's been raging over the last couple of days. News 24, which is a major part Africa’s largest online publishing group 24.com today unveiled a "strategic collaboration" with South African internet radio station 2OceansVibe Radio. The partnership allows people to listen to the internet radio station directly from the news site's front page. This is big for 2OceansVibe, and probably comes as a welcome relief after the controversy of the last couple of days. News 24 meanwhile appears to be playing it...

  • Design a T-Shirt, win 20k

    A great design can be the difference between success and failure. Done well, it make your brand or campaign iconic. Done poorly and you'll be instantly forgettable, or you could be forgotten, or ridiculed. A new design might not be able to turn Nokia's fortunes around, but it could help. Okay okay, an undiscovered designer probably isn't going to design the Finnish company's new corporate identity, but you could help make its developers look better. Design site Springleap is hosting a contest where designers get the chance to submit their designs to pimp up the Nokia...

  • Fragmentation, OS upgrades: Do people even care?

    Microsoft's decision last week to not offer an upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.5 (currently in the market) to Windows Phone 8 opened a can of worms most thought only applied to Android. The F-word: fragmentation. But do the few million people using Nokia Lumias even care? Do those 200 million-plus people using Android phones care? “Fragmentation is busy killing Android.” It has become one of those facts that are widely believed and repeated in the web’s echo chamber. Worldwide, Android remains in the lead when it comes to market share but there are indications that activation rates have peaked...