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  • Six questions that rejected Venture Capital seekers could not answer

    Raising funding for an early-stage venture is always difficult. There is no bottled recipe for success, but even if you have a great concept that is scalable combined with a passionate team that can execute the growth strategy, you still need to communicate this in a multifaceted investor’s pitch. Most entrepreneurs can give a fair account of the top line business strategic growth path, dive into the complexities of the product or service offering, put together a good industry analysis, name a handful of possible clients and present enticing year three to five financial projections, but this will not necessarily...

  • Browser Ubuntu: Chrome is the new Firefox

    Recently, African IT billionaire Mark Shuttleworth announced that Google Chrome or its open-source cousin, Chromium, is likely to replace Firefox as the default browser in Ubuntu Linux. While this is unlikely to happen for the next major release of the Linux distribution, it is already scheduled to take place in version 12.04. Shuttleworth believes that since Google is developing Chrome on top of its own Linux-based operating system, Google Chrome has much better Linux compatibility and performance outstrips any of the other available web browsers. Furthermore, he feels that Google's intention to make the Web the only platform for...

  • Research shows 62% of South Africans shop using their mobile devices

    A recent study by InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, reveals that African mobile web users prefer the mobile channel (46%) to their Desktop (10%) and even In-store (44%) when shopping for Apparel, Consumer Electronics and Entertainment Tickets. This clearly highlights the shift to ‘shopping on the move’ across Africa. The study, entitled "A Global Consumer Perspective on Mobile Shopping", was conducted among 15 000 consumers in 14 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia during February and March 2011. Consumers participated in the study directly through their mobile devices offering the mobile ecosystem a point of view...

  • BlackBerry delivers touch screen phone (just add phone)

    BlackBerry users are a special lot. They even have their own religious rite. The BlackBerry Prayer Pose: standing in solemn and lonesome splendour, head bowed, elbows clamped to sides, hands raised palm-upwards to heart-centre and joined with fingertips touching lightly. Thumbs opposed, picking and pressing again and again to play the holy BlackBerry requiem. Puckity pick pick puck. Puck. Puck. Puck. It’s a universe that you join, no less than the Apple universe. If you’re on the inside, it’s all convenience and connectivity. From the outside it’s bafflingly buggy and unequivocally restricting... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Rehabillitation clinic aims to help South Korea’s internet addicts

    An internet rehabilitation clinic has opened in South Korea in the hopes of making a dent in the millions considered to be internet addicts in the country. The clinic, which opened in early May, styles itself as the country's first specialist clinic for such addicts. The institution which bills itself as the "Save Brain Clinic" clinic offers a five-week treatment programme including group sessions, art therapy, medicine and processes known as neurofeedback and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neurofeedback uses real-time displays to illustrate brain activity, measured through scalp sensors, with the aim of controlling central nervous system activity. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic...

  • Mobile commerce on the rise [Infographic]

    The mobile revolution is happening. It's been happening for a while. eCommerce changed how we behaved as consumers and mCommerce is set to change that again. The increasing usage of smartphones is creating smarter shoppers because information is only a few button taps away. Mobile phone users use their phones to purchase products online and retailers have beginning to build mobile site to enable this. Mobile purchases is predicted to increase by US$119-billion globally by 2015. Below is an infographic created by the Microsoft tag team on the mobile revolution. Microsoft Tag is a high capacity colour barcode application...

  • Global internet regulatory body ushers in new era

    Voting in Singapore on Monday, ICANN’s board -- lauding the decision as a "historic change" -- decided to increase the number of generic top-level domains names (.com, .org, .net etc) from the current 22. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is global body responsible for managing the internet’s domain name system. The decision now allows private companies to have their own domain names. Therefore, a major firm such as General Motors could choose to have its own domain name such as ".gm". Sebastien Bachollet, an ICANN board member who was in favour of the proposal...

  • Lulz hackers: Self-confessed malicious vandals

    Computer hackers who have hit the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others during a month-long rampage said Friday that they were staging the attacks for their own entertainment. (Update: Sega got hit in Europe, the personal data of some 1.29 million customers stolen, but no credit card info in the heist, culprits unknown). "You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it," the hacker group known as Lulz Security said in a 750-word online "manifesto."... Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Four tips for pitching your mobile app

    The Pivot25 mobile conference kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this week to much fanfare and excitement. Pivot25 is a mobile apps and developer conference and competition for the East Africa region. Earlier this year m:lab East Africa, the organisation behind Pivot 25 (and sister organisation to mLab Southern Africa), put out a call for entrepreneurs in mobile apps and content services to pitch their ventures at the event. The winner gets to present its venture at DEMO in Silicon Valley, all expenses paid. Afrinnovator did full coverage of the event -- it's worth taking a look at the apps...

  • Klouted judgement: Do you make the Social Capital cut?

    Social Capital is becoming the new currency of online marketing and a hot new web-tool is putting a number on us all. Do these scores have any legitimacy and professional worth or do high-school politics still reign as the ruler, and standard, of social capital? Each day I start off with a hot cup of Eastern Cape coffee and my iPhone as I weed through about 40 emails. The subject lines range from general enquiries to specific questions, to Social Media campaign ideas and now more frequently to moments of sheer panic from clients that lie awake each night stressed...

  • Brinkmanship

    Brink (Xbox360, PS3, PC) *Sigh* I really, really wanted to like Brink. Really I did. But Brink makes it so hard. On the surface everything seems so perfect, but the more you play, the more things you find to dislike. And the things you do like somehow becomes less likable. Brink comes from Slash Damage, the same people that brought us Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, both excellent online shooters from 2003 and 2007. Both games were class-based and objective focused, which basically meant that combat between teams tended to be concentrated on very specific portions of...

  • Google ranks best in industry salaries — They’re also hiring

    In the digital revolution, few companies carry as much clout as Google. Although its physical headquarters can be found in Mountain View, California, the Google ideation is more than anything an approach to life, a way of doing things, a signifier of innovation of technological initiative and, according to yet another survey released recently, a very nice place to work, too, despite the bad fudge brownies. The survey, conducted by Payscale, reports that Google employees earn on average about 23 per cent more than their industry counterparts in other companies. The average Googler earns US$141 000 per year ,...

  • Look mom, I’m rioting on YouTube

    It's June 16th 2011 and the Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team loses Game seven of the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins. A few beer bottles are thrown at the giant tv screen, some garbage cans are overturned. And then out on the streets a full scale riot kicks off. Reminiscent of the riots of 1994 under very similar circumstances, this time things may well turn out differently, thanks largely to the social media sites we live with an use every day, such as Facebook. Cars are burnt, windows smashed, riot police attacked and general mahem ensues. All the...

  • Gentlemen, start your console’s engines

    It seems Nintendo’s reveal of its new Wii U has started a videogames arms race similar to the one started with the original Wii. Allowing the use of dual-screen games with touch-based controls, the Wii U has inspired both Apple and Sony game designers to explore similar concepts. Apple’s recently announced update to their mobile operating platform, iOS5, contains a major new feature called AirPlay Mirroring. This new feature will allow an iPad and an AppleTV system to pair up with each other. The AppleTV would then display a game to a TV, while the iPad act as a controller,...

  • Bitcoin owners victims of virtual pickpockets

    Virtual currency, Bitcoin, is latest target of hackers by penetrating computers and swiping their digital wallets, according to computer security firm Symantec. "Malware authors move fast," Symantec's Stephen Doherty said in a blog post about digital pickpockets targeting Bitcoin, which was created two years ago. "We have seen a recent Trojan in the wild targeting Bitcoin wallets" in computers running various versions of Windows, Doherty said. "It has one motive: to locate your Bitcoin wallet.dat file and email it to the attacker," Doherty said. "This is not surprising considering the potential values in a Bitcoin wallet." Bitcoins are digital currency that are accepted...