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Indian eCommerce giant Flipkart opens online music store

Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart is launching its own DRM free music store. According to Indian tech blog Pluggd.in, Flipkart’s new service, called Flyte, will allow people to download DRM free MP3s capable of working on any device. The offering reportedly comes courtesy of Mime 360, a startup bought out by Flipkart, as well as a massive Bollywood back catalogue from Chakpak. Users will apparently be able to download each song they purchase five times (including the initial purchase) before being ...

Advertising & Marketing

Why blogs are one of your most valuable marketing tools

blog (1) Most entrepreneurs and businesses know that they need to "get online" and establish their company’s presence in the digital space, however too often the focus is placed on creating a flashy website with all the bells and whistles, which takes ages to load, the navigation is bad and it ends up crashing more often than not. Not ideal. What many businesses don’t understand is that having a website is key however it’s not the website itself, but what you put ...

BlackBerry, Mobile, Mobile apps

Instagram envy: 4 similar photo apps for BlackBerry users

Photo Studio screenshot With over 50-million users, Instagram is the photography app of choice for many photographers with an iPhone and a love of vintage-inspired pics. Instagram recently announced that their retro photography app will be available for Android devices soon, but it seems that BlackBerry users are neglected yet again. If you're sick of seeing the instagr.am links on Twitter and don’t have the inclination (or financial ability) to switch smartphones, here are some similar (and free) apps directly from BlackBerry App ...

Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone

Celebs & their phones: iPhone, BB, Android or Windows Phone?

kim_kardashian_iphone_blackberry Despite RIM’s fall from grace, BlackBerry still enjoys large-scale endorsement from celebrities as well as the president of the United States, something once acknowledged on video by RIM’s ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis -- shortly before abruptly ending the interview. Most agree that iPhones are cool and you see plenty of celebrity Twitpic mirror shots with those, but how about Android and Windows Phone? I couldn’t find many celebrities using Android. Android isn’t cool yet and in an industry where image is ...

Gearburn

A second glance: Nokia’s Lumia 800

Nokia has had a rough couple of years in the eye of the public but in the emerging markets it's still the king of the castle. Their dominance in markets such as Africa has remained mostly unchallenged in recent times. Nokia was the phone that taught me about mobile. I had the Nokia 6310 back in the day and that was definitely the most stable and effective communication device I've ever used, ever. I have an historical affiliation to its ...

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Memeburn columnist goes high tech for marathon

One of our regular columnists, Rowan Puttergill, is running a marathon to raise money for a rural school in South Africa. Memeburn has agreed to donate toward the cause, so we decided to interview Rowan to find out more about his efforts and to discover what technology he has been making use of during his training. Memeburn: What inspired you to run your marathon? Rowan Puttergill: During one of my visits to South Africa, I spent some time up in the Limpopo ...

Gearburn

ZTE: Launching eight new phones at MWC, plots world domination

ZTE wants to be a top three manufacturer by 2015 and it's launching eight new phones at MWC next week to kickstart its plan for world domination. The Chinese manufacturer is coming out guns blazing, announcing in a press release today that its new range of Android and Windows Phone devices will boast high-end features such as LTE and quad-core processors. The presser didn’t contain information about which phones will be introduced, but we have an idea of what to expect. First, ...

Gearburn

The LG Optimus 4X HD, world’s first quad-core smartphone

Two cores, boring. Three cores, passé. Four cores, now we’re talking. The Optimus 4X HD, a 4.7-inch monster of a phone boasts an impressive 1.5Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. Too much, too soon? LG doesn't think so. The LG Optimus 4X HD is one of the billions of new smartphones which will be shown off at the MWC 2012 and while it may not be the sexiest, it damn well should be the most powerful. It is also one of the ...

Video

SA house artist gets social media love for Joy Division cover [Video]

A cover of the classic Joy Division track “She’s Lost Control” by South African artist Spoek Mathambo has begun getting social media traction again after being uploaded to YouTube a year ago. Since being uploaded the video has been viewed over 185 000 times. The video appears to have been revived by Twitter: “@hex The video for Spoek Mathambo's "Control" (a cover of Joy Division) is 1 of the best I've seen in a long time. youtu.be/UKfwSFI8LhQ” +1— Paul Cartmel ...

News

Microsoft launches no holds barred attack on Google apps [Video]

Microsoft has abandoned even any hint of civility toward Google in its latest video ad. The campaign, called "Googlighting" mocks the search giant for being "the world’s largest advertising business" and selling productivity software on the side. The ad portrays Google as a highly successful businessman moonlighting in productivity apps, "Googlighting" if you will. Microsoft claims that Google’s productivity apps are nothing more than a trifling side project, constantly subject to random changes. This central premise of ...

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