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  • Should there be advertising in social media?

    There is a happy medium that needs to be reached when looking at a social media platform’s need to monetise and actually turn a profit and the end user who needs to be exposed to advertising in order to fund the social network they are socially invested in. Revenue Generation Each and every social network is largely out there for one reason and one reason only. To make great big bags of cash! Now most of the networks are doing this in much the same way -- with sponsored PPC style advertising. Looking at arguably three of the largest social...

  • Review: The Samsung NP600 middling mid-range workhorse

    The Samsung NP600 is an entirely excellent notebook PC, which is to say about as special as a fried eggs on toast dinner. There’s nothing wrong with it, plenty right, and even pretty tasty and filling. This guy is mostly anything you could want in a US$1000 midrange machine, plus top-notch build quality and a magnesium casing to protect the screen, supposedly able to take a small truck driving over it. Great gobs of horespower, nice bright screen, looks damn snazzy in a matt black way.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");

  • What social media has and hasn’t done for Occupy Wall Street

    When the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement first began, it wasn't so much a movement as a group of a couple hundred people who had sent tweets out declaring 17 September to be the day that protesters would "occupy Wall Street" and stage demonstrations in Zuccotti Park, a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange. Now, it’s become a force of energy, and has moved from a hodge-podge of grievances and issues to an initiative with a logo and a slogan (Movement for Economic Justice). It also has a much wider impact than when it first started,...

  • Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich, Galaxy Nexus

    Google gave its customers two launches in one when it unveiled its highly anticipated Ice Cream sandwich operating system, along with an all new smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, which it says "takes the smartphone to beyond smart". The phone, developed in conjunction with South Korean technology giant Samsung, is also the first designed to run Android 4.0. "Beaming a video with a single tap or unlocking a device with only a smile sounds like science fiction. Now, you can actually do these things (and more) with a phone that fits in the palm of your hand", said Andy...

  • Apple announces $81.1-billion hoard, lobbies for US tax-break

    We all know that Apple is immensely successful. After all, it briefly overtook oil-giant Exxon to become the most valuable company on Earth earlier this year. During its quarterly earnings conference call, though, Chief Fininacial Officer Peter Oppenheimer revealed exactly how big the Cupertino-based giant's hoard really is. Oppenheimer announced that Apple has about US$81.1-billion tucked away in cash and investments, adding that about two-thirds of this is made up of overseas investments. The iconic company also reported a record-high September quarter profit of US$6.62-billion on revenue of US$28.27-billion boosted by iPad sales that nearly tripled to 11.12-million in...

  • People with lots of friends on Facebook have big heads – Neuroscientists

    Boasting more than 800-million users across the world and only trailing China and India as the most populous "nation" on Earth, it's hardly surprising that people have started to wonder what Facebook does to the brain? A study whose results are to be released in leading British biological research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, recently tried to answer this question. The results showed that in people who had more friends on Facebook, three areas of the brain, all linked with the power to socialise, were noticeably bigger and denser than those who had fewer Facebook-friends. Two of the areas,...

  • It’s official: Droid RAZR is Motorola’s stunning new comeback

    Our predictions for the Motorola Droid RAZR were spot on it seems. Yesterday, Motorola teased a brand new RAZR, a smartphone will hopefully take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S’ of the world. The Droid RAZR is a beast of a phone, but we already spoke about the internals, so let’s highlight the features which Motorola officially released. Not quite bulletproof When we mentioned that the RAZR is Kevlar-coated, dreams of utilising the phone as a makeshift nightstick swam around in our heads. In truth, the threaded Kevlar coating is on the backing plate of the...

  • PS Vita US launch date confirmed, will ‘redefine traditional gaming’

    The United States and Latin America will receive the coveted PlayStation Vita on 22 February, 2012. That’s according to Sony chief executive Jack Tretton. Tretton believes the "PlayStation Vita will redefine traditional boundaries of gaming and blur the lines between entertainment and reality". "Its launch will serve as a pivotal point in the history of portable gaming and create a new fan base of PlayStation gamers for generations to come", he said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.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");

  • BlackBerry unveils new ‘developer friendly’ OS, BBX

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled its next generation operating system BBX, which it claims takes the best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform to connect people, devices, content and services. The ailing smartphone giant unveiled the new OS at its ongoing Devcon Americas 2011 conference, where it is attempting to convince developers that its platforms are still worthwhile investments. Among the features lauded by RIM on BBX is an all new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics. The Canadian company hopes the user interface will result in "a new breed of...

  • Pitching perfection to investors: A 10-step guide

    Enthusiastic entrepreneurs looking to raise funding must realise that a great business case alone is definitely not enough to guarantee a favorable outcome. Not preparing adequately for a presentation to an angel investor or a venture capital fund is a sure-fire way of guaranteeing failure. The power of a strong, well polished pitch to funders cannot be underestimated and it warrants considerable time and effort to make sure that you hit the mark first off. Here are some tips on what funders might expect from entrepreneurs hoping to make a good impression. 1. Perfect your micro pitch This is your 90-second introduction,...

  • Münchausen by internet — The little known but not uncommon illness

    We all know that one person. One who is either terminally ill, has some or other rare disease or that one who has tried to commit suicide numerous times, sometimes even giving us a blow-by-blow account of how they were doing it. We know these people, perhaps not personally, but we know their Twitter handles, their forum names, their blogs. What many of us don't know is that while these people might indeed be ill, it might not be in the way they claim. Münchausen by internet (MBI) is nothing new. Reports of users pretending to be gravely ill, victims...

  • Five tips for reporting with Twitter

    Real-time communication over the web through Twitter has had an enormous impact on journalism. Twitter is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for reporting. It started out as a simple alarm bell. One tweet about an accident was a wake-up call for journalists to follow-up on the topic and/or get in touch with tweeps on location. Think, for example, about the plane crash on the Hudson River, or the tweets from Cairo's Tahrir Square. Journalists now have more and better tools to monitor and check tweets. But how do you use these tools for good reporting with Twitter? Search Using tweets...

  • Tech-Ed kicks off with Azure, Office 365, Windows 8

    Microsoft is going through an exciting phase of innovation, says Microsoft corporate vice-president for Visual Studio, Jason Zander. The company's aim, he claims, is to build connected devices focusing on elastic resources, composable services and to take away the worry from the cloud by making it more secure through carefully controlled access. Zander addressed an audience of more than 3 000 people at the opening keynote of this year's Tech-Ed conference in Durban South Africa. Tech-Ed Africa is billed as Microsoft's "premier technical education event providing the most comprehensive technical training on Microsoft’s suite of products, technologies, solutions...

  • Google set to host G-South Africa 2.0

    Google has announced that it will be holding its second large-scale web conference in South Africa. The event, called "G-South Africa" aims to provide "training on web and mobile tools to spur innovation, business growth and local internet economy". The internet giant claims the event will see “Over 800 business people, marketers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and web developers, together with over 30 Google experts from around the globe,” gather to “discuss the future of online business and web application development, and receive training on Google’s products”. Google says the G-South Africa represents its "commitment to driving the web forward in South...

  • Facebook, eBay dismiss Google threat

    According to Silicon Valley super-star Sean Parker, for Google to take the title of leading social network, Facebook would have to blunder in a big way. During an interview to open the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Parker said, "Facebook would have to screw up royally and Google would have to do something really smart." Parker's profile in Silicon Valley comes from his co-founding of controversial music-sharing service Napster. Parker was also featured in the Academy award-winning film chronicling the creation of Facebook, The Social Network. "It is tough to compete with network effects," Parker said giving his thoughts on...