Social networking

Why social networking numbers are a crock

User numbers reported by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and many other sites are closely watched. They reveal trends in adoption and they are one of the few public metrics available to analysts trying to assign value to companies preparing an initial public offering. But how accurate are these numbers? In some anecdotal cases, the number of users, active and actual, could be as small as one-third. And nearly one-half of user accounts could be fake or contain no user profiles. No user profiles means ...

Apple

Make Windows better, download the OS X Mountain Lion wallpaper now

desktop_screenshot If you’ve been checking out the OS X Mountain Lion developer preview, you might be craving that beautiful new desktop background. Instead of purple, Apple loosened up a bit and opted for a blue galaxy-themed backdrop to show off the 10.8 preview. If you like staring at a massive, predominantly blue, gravitationally bound system that consists of stars and stellar remnants as much I do, download the high resolution -- 2.3MB -- image right now. Bandwidth courtesy of Cult of Mac. ...

News

Twitter launches ads for small businesses

Twitter adverts have, to date, been the preserve of established brands. And it’s been good for them. Now the social network will be making them available to small businesses. The social network claims that small business users will now be able to purchase ads through an automated system, much like Google’s. According to Twitter, "the system makes it simple for companies of any size to grow their businesses using our Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts products". According to the LA Times ...

News

Apple wins against Motorola in slide-to-unlock patent suit

The topic in the latest Apple patent war is the slide-to-unlock feature on some of Motorola Mobility’s Android devices. A Munich court ruled in favour of Apple, who patented the feature in 2010, and placed an injunction on the sale of Motorola devices with the technology in Germany. It’s unclear how long the court-ordered ban will last, as Motorola has already indicated it plans to appeal the judgement. The slide-to-unlock feature (which allows users to unlock their phone by swiping their ...

News

Baidu wants to dominate Chinese mobile in 2012

Chinese search giant Baidu wants to dominate the country's exploding mobile market in 2012. That’s according to CEO Robin Li, who was speaking during a fourth quarter earnings conference call. During the call, Li explained why the company needed to push its mobile monetary focus, an area he admitted it had neglected in the past: "We do think mobile will become a very important channel to distribute our products and that has increasingly become true over the past quarter. And ...

Startup news

Crowd-funding pushes lone startup into spotlight

Another crowdfunding project has hit South Africa's Angel investment landscape. Crowd-funding.co.za, a site aimed at raising money for startups in South Africa, recently launched. For those not in the know,crowdfunding is chiefly a product of the internet, where individuals come together to support private or commercial ventures. This follows a crowdfunding initiative by Eve Dmochowska, Crowdfund, which didn’t see the light of day. Dmochowska's project website has been shut down, and no further news has been heard from the founding members. Hopefully this ...

News

Anonymous is shutting down the internet

Everyone's favourite hacktivist group is back again and this time its target is bigger than ever. Anonymous has declared war on the internet, yes save all your files now, download all those movies you keep pretending you're not downloading because, the internet is about to be shutdown. In a Pastebin post, the group that has managed the breakdown of big corporates and threatened the safety of government websites has decided it needs to teach Wallstreet a lesson by taking Operation ...

News

Facebook (finally) allows verified accounts

Facebook will start allowing public figures to verify their accounts and include pseudonyms from today, according to a report by TechCrunch. This means that public figures will be given the option to be listed under their nickname if they supply the site with a copy of personal identification, like a driver’s license or passport. In return for supplying Facebook with their documentation, celebrities like Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) and Pink (Alecia Moore) can receive higher rankings in ...

Operating systems

Why being a Linux geek could make you more employable

Tux Desktop I love Linux and I have been fortunate enough to have been able to use it as my base operating system in all of the different companies that I've worked for the last ten years or so. But, I know that unless you're a systems administrator, most fans of the OS find themselves battling against corporate IT if they even try to run a non-Windows system at work. Just recently, I noticed a post on Slashdot where a user was ...

Startups

8 Reasons hiring at a technology startup is tough

job application image I like to define a startup in a way that goes something like this: A startup in my world is a young company in a new, fast growing and evolving industry that could swing, change or be disrupted very quickly. The reason that it's relevant for me to lay out how I define a startup is because this definition is extremely important when considering hiring a team. It is often not as simple as hiring the best person for the job. ...

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