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SA director wins digital innovation prize for mobile concept

Hajira Cassim, a trainee South African director was announced as one of the winners in the Not-For-Profit Digital Innovators Award category at ITU Telecom World 2011. Cassim was a winner out of 45 finalists from 22 countries around the world.Held in Geneva, Switzerland, Telecom World is one of the globe's most important events, brought together by The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU).Cassim won the award for pitching the mobile-content-generation showmemobi model to an international investment panel, global leaders ...

Google, Social media

Google+ Pages lets you stop thinking locally, start thinking globally

google pages1Google didn't surprise anyone with the launch of Pages for Google+. It was just a matter of time before the internet-giant officially launched the product after experimenting with Ford Motors a few months ago.Google VP and head of the Google+ Project, Vic Gundotra, explained the move on the company's official blog: "After all, behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too."Pages looks ...

Google, Social media

Google+ Pages brings brands and businesses into its circle

google-favicon-icon-andre-resende-computer-science-undergraduate-student-university-of-campinas-brazi-lower-case-g-brand-colors-blue-red-yellow-green-url-web-graphic-design-image1.jpg Google is now allowing companies and brands to have a presence on its social offering Google+. The avenue, called Google+ Pages means that the social network is no longer the preserve of individuals.In an official blog post the internet giant explained the decision as a natural part of the social network’s evolution:"So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from ...

Google

Google Pay TV: We’re not in Kansas anymore

Google Fibre-Optic Network When Google recently announced plans to launch its experimental fibre network most of the fanfare and media attention revolved around it providing a cable-TV as well as a phone service. The initial fibre connection, soon to be launched in Kansas in 2012, and Europe later on in the year, will bring users speeds exceeding 10 to 15 times what a normal broadband connection (4 megabits per second, downstream from the internet to the user's computer and 1 Mbit/s upstream) ...

Advertising & Marketing, Augmented Reality

The case for QR codes

QR codesThere has been a lot said over the past few months (and probably longer) over whether or not QR codes are a good device for bridging the gap between the mobile world and the real one. But what is the real problem with QR codes and is there a place for them?How does a QR code work?The basic idea behind a QR code is that users who scan a QR code with their mobile device are directed to a mobile ...

News

Mickey Mouse goes digital as YouTube and Disney team up

Disney YouTube and Disney Interactive, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., has announced that it is teaming up with YouTube to produce an original video series and feature "family-friendly" Disney programming on the popular video-sharing platform.Disney Interactive and Google-owned YouTube said the programming will be available on Disney's website and on YouTube. The companies also announced that the "complementary online video destinations" will launch in early 2012."Disney Interactive will produce and program the co-branded video destinations for both Disney.com and ...

News

No plans to bring Facebook to China, says Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg Image courtesy of Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that he is in no rush to take his company public, or to brave the murky waters of the online Chinese market.Zuckerberg, questioned during an interview on the US PBS network, said that China posed, "issues" and "hard questions" for Facebook. "But since, for right now, we're not available, and we don't have an immediate path to become available, these are not policy decisions we have to make." Zuckerberg added that Facebook would test the ...

Mxit, News

MXit: Knott-Craig announces restructure, job losses expected

Mxit The recent acquisition of popular instant messaging platform MXit, the biggest in Africa, came with the promise of big changes.Now the company's new CEO, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, has put his money where his mouth is by announcing a "company restructure", meaning more focus, more innovation and job losses.Knott-Craig says his new plans involve focusing MXit on what he believes it does best."We are a communications platform, that what we are. We need to stop doing everything else and ...

Startup news

Motribe launches Indian payment platform

Motribe, a mobile social network builder, with a focus on emerging markets recently launched a mobile payments and promotion platform for users in India.According to the company, users in India will now be able to head "to the new Motribe mobile tribe builder", to create a tribe and promote the tribe "on the Motribe portal".Users will have to pay for this ability, however, using the newly minted virtual currency, called Motribe Coins.What differentiates Motribe Coins from other kinds ...

Mobile, Operating systems

Android devices fail more regularly than Apple, Windows, BlackBerry [Study]

android-broken A smartphone running Android software is more likely to suffer from faults than one running, Apple's iOS, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry's OS, a study by "wireless experience management experts" WDS has found.The study reached the conclusion after analysing more than 600 000 technical support calls handled by WDS' teams around the world in a 12-month period (July 2010-August 2011), the company explained in a press release on the study titled, Controlling the Android.WDS found, that of all technical support calls ...

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