Social media

Why social media is the future of communication in your business

social media Many companies still see the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as 'bad'. They view them as distractions getting in the way of their employees doing their jobs and think they lower productivity and are unrelated to work. Although there may be some truth in that, there are many ways social media can be used to a company’s advantage, and not just written off as bad debt. Enterprise social media is the next big thing for business and companies with ...

Infographic, LinkedIn

LinkedIn: You’re doing it wrong [Infographic]

LinkedIn Offices Growing your revenue and reputation online has become a strategic imperative for businesses today. While many are actively embracing the social revolution, substantial improvements have yet to be made to leverage the lead generation and reputation management opportunities offered by the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, according to a new study conducted by LinkedIncome. 517 businessmen participated in the survey and according to the results, 94% of them believe that their businesses should be participating actively on LinkedIn. However, 81% report that ...

News

Zuma ‘Spear’ painting vandalised: Social media stirs

A recently displayed painting of South African president Jacob Zuma with his penis out has polarised certain sections of that country. Now the painting has been vandalised, stirring up emotions on social media. The painting by artist Brett Murray compares Zuma's phallus to a spear and has been on display in the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. A few minutes ago, two well-dressed men walked up to the artwork and painted a large red X over the president's "spear". A ...

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Tech dominates brand survey as Apple comes out top

Um...this should come as a surprise to approximately no one. Apple is the world’s most valuable company. The Cupertino-based tech giant topped research company Millward Brown’s list of the world’s top 100 companies for the second year in a row, consolidating its position with a 19% increase in its brand value over the last 12 months. In fact tech companies dominate the top 10, with IBM, Google, and Microsoft all joining Apple in the top five. Google actually lost a ...

Gearburn

Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign ...

News

SpaceX launches into history

Things didn't go quite to plan for SpaceX's first launch attempt late last week. Technical difficulties saw it having to be aborted in the last few seconds. Today it launched its way into the history books by getting the Dragon spacecraft into space. From now on, Dragon's mission will be to dock with the International Space Station, the first privately funded and built spacecraft to do so. So far the mission seems to be going well, with the Dragon's solar arrays ...

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ABSA launches revamped online banking site, but is it enough?

"A new era in online banking." That's what South African online banking giant Absa is promising with its revamped online banking site. The site, which went live today, features a new design that includes a central dashboard. The bank claims that this presents "a snapshot view of one’s day-to-day banking, investments, other assets, and liabilities -- allowing customers to better plan their financial affairs". Arrie Rautenbach, Head of Retail Markets at Absa reckons that providing this centralised view, his bank is ...

Open Source, Operating systems

What does the Linux 3.4 kernel have to offer?

Tux Desktop Linus Torvalds has just announced the release of the 3.4 version of the Linux kernel. While Linus notes that there have been no majorly exciting changes since the last release candidate, it's worth taking a look at some of the things that have made their way into this release of the Linux kernel and what it means to the Linux community as a whole. Perhaps some of the most prominent features and changes that appear in the kernel, are centered on ...

News

Facebook stock plummets on day two of trading

Facebook stock has fallen more than 10% on its second day of trading, after already having had problems on its opening day of stock trading. In fact, there were so many issues on Friday that the Nasdaq is reportedly changing its IPO procedures, and underwriter Morgan Stanley had to step in to defend the US$38 opening price. For a while though, things looked good, with the price climbing to US$42 in late Friday trading. Today's pricing represents a 25% ...

Video

Skyfall: Check out the first teaser trailer for 007′s latest adventure [Video]

Here's the thing about James Bond; no matter what directors do, fans of the franchise will still rush out to see it. Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third appearance as 007 and, judging by the first official teaser trailer for the film, he's going to be as gritty and weathered-looking as he was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It also doesn't look like fans of the franchise are likely to get clever one-liners or the implausible gadgets that some ...

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