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  • 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...

  • Google accused of tracking Safari users’ browsing habits, Microsoft steps in

    Think online privacy issues are restricted to iOS apps? Think again. An exposé in The Wall Street Journal suggests that Google and other advertisers have been tracking the browser habits of Safari users. According to the Journal, the companies "used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users". This is reportedly in direct contravention of mechanisms built into the Apple web browser, which are meant to block this kind of tracking by default. The renowned newspaper reports that code was first spotted by a Stanford researcher and verified by a “technical adviser”....

  • Kickstarting a Double Fine Adventure

    The most successful Kickstarter pledge is under way -- happening right now folks. And what a pledge it is -- the promise of an original adventure game, a fringe genre by today’s standards -- backed by you and me, the fans. Could this be a new direction for gaming publishing forever? Probably not, but it does send a message to big publishers -- that there are alternatives to getting funded and distributed, so what are you gonna do about it? And that is the question everyone should be asking: how will the middle men of the gaming industry adapt?var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • 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 very little usable data for marketing or advertising campaigns. This is a huge hole in social media platforms. It means...

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

    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. Developers can get the preview version today, but Mountain Lion is scheduled for a public North American summer release....

  • 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 “Advertisers will decide how much they want to spend on ads and where they want the ads to appear,...

  • 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 finger across the screen) is featured on some of Motorola’s Android smartphones, as well as Apple’s iPhone. A spokesperson...

  • 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 we think during the coming year, mobile will represent an ever larger percentage of our total traffic," Robin Li,...

  • 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 new crowdfunding venture will fare better, and possibly reach the heights of successful sites such as Kickstarter, a successful...

  • 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 Global Blackout to new heights: "To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the...

  • 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 the suggestions for "people to subscribe to". Facebook will also accept combinations of a user's birth certificate, credit card,...

  • Why being a Linux geek could make you more employable

    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 asking where he could get a job in the FOSS industry. So, I was quite relieved to see that...