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  • Have a killer app idea? Check out Apple’s new getting started guide

    You have ideas for killer apps all the time, but where do you begin? Apple’s new “Start Developing iOS Apps Today” guide will help you get your feet wet. Aimed at giving prospective developers an overview of what iOS developing is all about, the guide starts with an introduction and then goes on to explain which applications you need to install. To get you familiarised with the development environment, a simple tutorial shows you how to write the most basic rite of passage “Hello World” app. The guide then explains the main development workflow tool, Xcode and introduces you to...

  • Does a Like equal loyalty or ‘give me free stuff’?

    So you have a Facebook page and you have spent a great deal of time crafting the landing area on your page. You have had it specially designed and made it -- well, you have made it beautiful. Users begin engaging with your page and because it is so beautifully done, they start liking it and before you know it, you have gone from 0 likes to 1 000 likes. Excellent! Or is it? How loyal are those “likers” (lurkers) that have professed this love for your page and brand by extension? Are users liking brands on Facebook? The simple...

  • Pinterest: A beginner’s guide to pinning stuff

    Pinterest is the latest social media craze and seems to have the web all aflutter. It is currently the web's second fastest growing site -- of any kind, having gone past the ten-million user mark just a month after launching. This latest social media platform goes far beyond simply just sharing or liking things of interest. It allows users to collaborate on various projects or topics of interest. From creating a mood board for your home renovations to keeping tabs on the latest trends and things you just can’t live without -- Pinterest allows you to literally pin various items...

  • Gatfol: Google, Yahoo! and Bing are OK, we can make them better

    Search engines get you the results you want 80% of the time. That's according to a South African startup called Gatfol (pronounced Gat fole, not like the Afrikaans Gatvol) which will soon be launching its first product to help you get closer to 100%. Gatfol may seem like an odd name for a startup, but its US patented semantic search algorithm certainly isn’t. Rooted in natural language processing or NLP, the free Gatfol browser plug-in will attempt to optimise your search queries by making them as concise as possible. NLP, if you’re not familiar with the subject, is the field...

  • App of the Week – Clear

    This week I take a look at Clear, an amazing app that is setting the net on fire with its simple, unique approach to creating, using and interacting with lists. Being in the position that I am right now, writing this column every week for such an amazing site, I constantly strive to build my app of the week posts around apps that I know people will love as much as I do. I see it as a showcase for apps that have fascinated me and have added value to my daily life, whether it be a game, a news...

  • Why Mpesa is still a financial disruptor

    Farhad Manjoo makes a compelling argument for why the real winners of the payments revolution are the same players we already know, the credit card companies and the banks, in in an article entitled "Don’t mess with credit: Why the future of payments is already in your pocket." “Nearly every start-up working in payments is simply creating a new front end for your credit card. That’s not a small thing; we need new ways to use our credit cards. But we shouldn’t forget the true winners in this new marketplace—whatever innovations we see in payments over the next few years,...

  • Chinese court orders halt on iPad sales

    Apple has been ordered to stop selling iPads in Huizhou, a city in southern China. This after a court ruled that sales of the device by local manufacturers violated the rights of Proview -- a manufacturer engaged in an increasingly wide-ranging dispute with the tech giant. According to the Associated Press, Proview has asked regulators to seize iPads and may demand a pay-out from Apple. The dispute arose after Proview claimed that it held the rights to the iPad name, and has been an ongoing source of friction between the two companies since 2010. According to TheNextWeb, the company...

  • Video: Nokia 700

    Another tiny Nokia is unleashed into the hands of the unsuspecting public. The Nokia 700 is small, powerful and packed with features. But, is it worth your money? It's an in-between phone. A phone which straddles the line between feature phone and smartphone and for my money, I'd leave it in the box it came in. Can the light, beautiful build of the Nokia 700 make up for the various flaws? Or is Nokia once again walking into one of Steven Norris' "patented" reviews from tech-hell? View the video and decide for yourself. 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");

  • Google brings Foursquare-style check-ins to Latitude

    Hidden in Google’s most recent update to its Maps for Android app is a new gamified element to its location-based check-in service Latitude which suggests it could be chasing down the likes of Foursquare. People who use Latitude can now be ranked through a feature called Latitude Leaderboards. Whenever a user checks in to a location, a small leaderboard appears, their points are tallied and added to their overall score. The internet giant slipped out the update without much in the way of an announcement. In fact, the only acknowledgement it has given to the existence of Latitude Leaderboards is...

  • Aakash-II set for 2012 release

    Remember the Aakash, the “world’s cheapest tablet”? It’s inching ever closer to a worldwide release date thanks to new developers C-DAC and ITI jumping in to take over where Datawind Ltd, previous manufacturers of the Aakash, failed. An improved version of the Aakash, or the UbiSlate is set to release at a cost of US$50, slightly steeper than the previous US$35 model. Indian Telecom and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal is proud to present a “truly Indian product” and says, “There have been some problems with Datawind I must confess. Therefore, I have got into the act. IT Ministry has got...

  • Record-breaking Levi century trends globally

    South African cricketer Richard Levi became a globally trending topic on Twitter after hitting a record number of sixes in his country's second T20 International against New Zealand. The young batsman made 117 off just 51 balls, helping his side cruise past New Zealand’s total of 173 in 16 overs. Levi’s knock included 13 sixes and five fours. It was only his second international innings after making his debut in the first T20 International in New Zealand's capital Wellington a couple of days ago. Most of the tweets registered astonishment at the nature of Levi’s innings as people became...

  • Media corrections and our social reputations

    The modern news cycle has been diminished to a matter of minutes -- even less on services like Twitter. And it seems to just keep speeding up. As newsrooms become increasingly hard pressed to produce news content quickly -- very quickly -- they find themselves facing an audience that demands near immediate reporting on events and expects that reporting to be factually correct. But journalists make mistakes too and maybe as a profession it has sold itself into the 'we are relevant because we only publish the facts' corner too effectively. 'You can trust that we will be transparent in how...

  • 22seven launch: How the Mint experience differed

    The recent launch of online money management system 22seven has raised a fair amount of controversy around allowing third-party applications to access user banking details. The innovative startup is the brainchild of Twenty20 founder Christo Davel, and is billed as an "intelligent money-saving tool" that plugs directly and securely into users' personal bank accounts and then delivers analysis on spending habits. It’s one of the sexiest start-ups to launch on the African continent, with VC from multiple investors. The “startup” bears some resemblance to US-based money management system Mint.com, which was launched five years ago following a bid...

  • Pinterest: The next big social network or just a collection of pretty pictures?

    It’s the invite-only social network that has already attracted more than 10-million registered users. The virtual pin board has many technology writers lauding the site as the next big thing in social media and web design -- it even made Time’s list of 50 best websites in 2011. But who actually uses Pinterest, how is it used, and just how "social" is it exactly? What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a visual online pinboard, where the "pins" are images and videos collected from anywhere on the web. Users can upload their own photos, or install the Pinterest browser extension which allows you...

  • AngelHub: Investors come together to foster startup growth

    You may believe tech creates jobs, you may believe it destroys jobs. Whatever the case, we know that in the tech world we are seeing entrepreneurial activity like never before. It’s not surprising that there is so much written about venture capital and startups in the tech world, and that there are so many incubators popping up Enter AngelHub. Launched in September of last year, AngelHub connects early stage investors with capital seekers. The funds, expertise and networks of its group of angel investors and founders, aim to create an environment that is conducive to sustainable entrepreneurial success. Although...