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  • SA startup to publish Arabic ebooks in deal with major regional online player

    Snapplify, a service that transform PDFs into company branded mobile applications, has signed a deal with Kotobarabia, an online e-book store that specialises in Arabic content. The deal with the South African-based startup has apparently been signed in a bid to make Kotobarabia's content available to a wider audience. In part this is because it's easier to make Snapplify's mobile apps available to a wide range of devices and also because conventional e-publishing forms such as EPUB don't deal well with Arabic text. According to director and co-founder of Kotobarabia Ramy Habeeb: Snapplify's platform is innovative because it is...

  • ICANN reveals who wants hundreds of new domains — from .app to .zulu

    It's reveal day: the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released the list of the top level domains (TLDs) and the names of the applicants who wanted more than .com. ICANN closed applications for new TDLs on 30 May, but we didn't know exactly which domains companies around the world had asked for (except for .lol, of course) until now. Previously, if you wanted to buy a domain name, you could only choose from a (pretty boring) list of just under two dozen options -- including .biz, .org and .net. ICANN received over 1 900 applications for...

  • 5 top tips on making LinkedIn work for your business

    When it comes to social media campaigns, LinkedIn isn't always at the top of people’s minds. Using LinkedIn for business is quite different to all the other popular social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. It is, however, worthwhile. The professional social network boasts more than 150-million members and it gains two new members every second. Unlike most of the social media marketing channels available, LinkedIn can help you achieve your business objectives and goals quite effectively in a professional environment that really doesn't require a dedicated content strategy for getting noticed online. If LinkedIn can help you with...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Jr on birthing World of Avatar, sealing the Mxit deal

    In the third and final extract from his book "Mobinomics", South African entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr details how he took World of Avatar from concept to company. As was the case with some of his previous ventures, there were speedbumps along the way. At one point Knott-Craig had less than R2 000 to his name and kept the business afloat with emergency loans. Slowly though, things began to turn around, until he was ready to make another play for Mxit: Africa's largest social network. Things began to move at the speed of lightning. Pete’s development team moved to Stellenbosch, bringing...

  • Onswipe is leading mobile-friendly content with new offerings

    In today's market of mobile-friendly websites, mobi-sites and mobile device apps, it can often be difficult to choose the best medium to showcase a website's content on a mobile device. Enter the concept of responsive design, where a website can be restyled and adjusted to suit varying screen sizes, from large cinema displays down to the smallest of mobile device screens. While responsive design is not always desired by a website owner or by a client, what are the other options? Creating a dedicated mobile device app across myriad mobile devices, all developed on various platforms? Enter Onswipe, a tool...

  • Facebook’s official WordPress plugin is here, bloggers rejoice

    Facebook has announced a new plugin for WordPress that will allow bloggers to tap into Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions directly from their WordPress dashboards. According to Facebook engineer Matt Kelly: “Once the plugin is installed, you can cross-post content published to WordPress to your Facebook Timeline and the Facebook Pages you manage. You can also mention the names of Pages and friends as you post to further distribute your content.” According to WordPress, the plugin will allow bloggers to: Post to an Author's Facebook Timeline whenever they publish a new WordPress Post or Page. Mention friends and Facebook Pages....

  • Meet 19 of Korea’s hottest startups

    South Korea is a leading player in the global tech industry with Korean brands leaving their mark in various sectors. Thing is, you don't usually hear all that much about the country's startup ecosystem. If BeLaunch, which calls itself "South Korea’s first and biggest global startup-tech conference", has its way all that could soon change. The conference aims to connect the emerging startup ecosystem in Korea with global players through a two-day event taking place over 13 and 14 June. The conference has just announced the final group of startups that will pitch at the event, selected from a...

  • 3 up-and-coming Asian startups to keep an eye on

    It's a crowded marketplace for startups, but there are quite a few companies who are doing something interesting. Hopeful startups battled it out in pitch sessions at the recent Echelon 2012 event in Singapore, hoping to walk away with the title of the top startup and a smattering of prizes. Builk, a niche social network for construction industry professionals, eventually came out on top, but some of the other finalists are just as innovative. Here are three startups working in the cloud storage sphere, developing HR solutions for businesses and streamlining consumer rewards. PayrollHero This payroll management software from the...

  • Gamification: just another step towards the post-digital business world

    Gamification. Stop thinking twelve year olds with an Xbox and start thinking about how you can incorporate leaderboards and reward systems into your business strategies. According to the annual Tech Trends report from Deloitte, gamification is one of the key disruptors that will have a major effect on companies in the not-so-distant future. Along with social media, enterprise mobility, user empowerment and cloud technology, it is one of the five main forces changing the way people do business. The increasing popularity of gamification (i.e. taking the essence of games and applying them to real-world situations) isn't surprising -- why wouldn't...

  • Turns out there were some unexpected winners in Apple’s map announcement

    When Apple announced that iOS6 would come with a built-in maps app featuring turn-by-turn navigation there were a couple of different responses. The hardcore phandroids smugly reminded everyone that Google maps has had the feature for a while now. Others lamented the fate of navigation apps that had clearly just been screwed over. One of the first apps that sprung to mind in the latter category was Waze, the community-driven navigation and traffic app. As it turns out though, Waze wasn't completely willing to bend over the Cupertio-based tech giant. Far from it. Waze is actually one of the...

  • iOS 6: Is Apple loosening up?

    Apple announced a new Safari “feature" in iOS 6 last night that made me grin. And when you’re posting a photo or video to eBay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video -- or choose from your Camera Roll -- without leaving Safari. If you’re a web developer, you might have noticed that it wasn’t possible to allow iOS Safari users to upload a picture or video to your website using the standard HTML file input type (input type="file"). It made sense because iOS doesn’t really have a user-facing file system and traditional file concepts. In the past you...

  • WordPress.com sites get infinite scrolling, ‘the future of the web’

    This is cool. Well for people who read the web at any rate. For advertisers, maybe not so much. WordPress.com sites are set to come standard with scrolling. What this basically means is that when you reach the end of a post, you can just keep scrolling down and the next post will load. According WordPress.com's Lance Willet, this is the way the web will work in the future: Instead of the old way of navigating down a page by scrolling and then clicking a link to get to the next page, waiting for a page refresh — the document...

  • Twitter to start tailoring trends to individuals

    Twitter is changing the way its trending topics work. Right now you can see topics as a worldwide list, or select one of more than 150 locations. But in the future it'll all depend on who you follow on what your interests are. According to Twitter product manager Sara Mauskopf, "Trends lists are tailored for you by default on twitter.com and mobile apps like Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android." If you're a journalist who uses trends as a valuable reporting tool, don't panic. If you don’t wish to see tailored Trends, but instead want to see a...

  • 10 snazzy iOS 6 features you need to know about

    Last night, Apple's WWDC kicked off with three major announcements. Firstly, Apple's MacBook line has been significantly upgraded. Next, Mountain Lion received a few nice touches and finally, iOS 6 is launching this fall. It's not the UI upgrade everyone wanted, but it's filled with tweaks and new features iOS was gagging for. Let's delve into ten hot new features and updates planned for iOS 6. Siri Everyone's favourite, 2001 AD -voiced digital assistant gets a slew of updates. Siri's vocab has grown, its sport knowladge is bumped up, Yelp is more deeply integrated into the search queries, and Siri can...

  • Google turns up the heat on Hot Searches

    Google has announced a series of updates to its Hot Search function in Google Trends. Hot Searches allows you to see a list of the fastest rising search terms for a snapshot of what’s on the public’s collective mind. Now Hot Searches has gotten a refresh that makes the list of searches more visual, groups related rising search terms together and lets people see more information about those searches. According Nimrod Tamir of the Google Trends Team the "rich images and links to related news articles" mean that you can "glance at the list and instantly get an idea of...