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OLX launches iPad app

Online classified sites are big business these days. There's a reason have been accused of killing the newspaper industry. Now one of the biggest of them all is making a new play in the app world. Global classifieds giant OLX has launched a free iPad app, which it claims is a first for the South African market. According to Simon Berger-Perrin, Vice President of Mobile at OLX, the app offers classifieds for properties, jobs, second-hand goods, pets, and more. "We ...

Social media

Why businesses and people winning at social are more likely to fly high

This is interesting. The more successful a company is, the more likely it is to be using social media. That’s according to a new report from research company Millward-Brown in partnership with Google. The study, which gathered opinions from over 2 700 professionals in Europe found that: 59% of professionals in high growth organisations are using social tools to improve business outcomes such as increasing sales and attracting and retaining clients 81% of these ‘dynamic’ businesses that are using social tools report ...

Apple, iPhone, News, Windows Phone

Siri changes its mind on ‘the best smartphone ever’, Nokia isn’t impressed

When you ask Siri "What is the best smartphone ever?", you'd expect it to spout some pro-Apple response like "the iPhone 4S, duh." So when Apple's personal assistant responded with "The Nokia Lumia 900", it was actually quite funny. Alas, the joke is over. If you ask the same question now, you'll be met with a response like "You're kidding, right?" or "The one you're holding." The Gearburn editor tried it out -- Siri refused to name a phone or brand, ...

Startup news

Smokoo founders launch online dating site

When online auction site Smokoo shut down, we told you that its South African-based founders were working on a new project. Memeburn can now reveal what that new project is: an online dating site. The site, called Adopt Him, claims to offer a slightly different take on the online dating phenomenon, calling itself “South Africa’s first online dating site that lets the ladies call the shots”. Here’s how it works. The site lets women decide who they want to chat ...

News

Major UK online financier Wonga chooses SA for first international launch

Time was, getting a loan was a pain in the arse. You had a whole of load of checks to go through before you could even think of getting your hands on any cash. Now all you need is a mobile phone or an internet connection. The reason that’s possible is because of companies like the UK-based Wonga, which today announced South Africa as its first stab at international expansion. The award-winning company can lay claim to a couple of ...

Social media

CV 2.0 — The ‘Socialium Vitae’

job application image The internet has granted us the ability to express our inner narcisist. We build platforms or slap our credentials onto existing ones, broadcasting our achievements – even if no one is listening. The increase of global unemployment rates is directly proportional to the number of gurus, rockstars, ninjas, and Jedi Masters popping up in a variety of disciplines -- from finance, to advertising -- and for a very good reason. Graduates and even experienced hires need to make an impression on ...

Open Source

Open source software: It’s more than just free stuff

green download enter button key Free software. In many ways it is an unfortunate term to describe what most people today know as open source software. Although the term is intended to convey the idea of freedom, it is often misunderstood as meaning 'free of cost'. And while most open software is indeed available free of charge, there are still costs associated with implementing any software in a business. Open source software's real value is not that it is cheaper than other alternatives, though that ...

Future Trends, Innovation

Beyond connectivity: The ‘gigabyte revolution’

The latest trends in mobile are leading the "gigabyte revolution" which will take us to the one gigabyte per user per day by 2020, says CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks Rajeev Suri. The evolution of mobile technology will lend itself to an era where connectivity will be a human right and download speeds will be 10 times what they are now. Suri was speaking at the Korea Communications Conference, which explores the journey of mobility and its future potential. "Connectivity will ...

Social media

How the Arab Spring and social media have changed the face of student protest

Occupy Wall Street In the wake of the Arab spring, and the fall of a number of government regimes, many writers and social commentators have highlighted the power that social media gives the ordinary citizen. This sentiment seems true if we consider that students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa used Facebook to help unpaid staff members to finally be heard and renumerated. The Facebook group ‘UKZN Student Action’, rallied together recently in protest, after it was reported that ...

Future Trends

The future of convergence: Next steps for the smart era

Technological evolution has brought about many changes to human life and has served as a "big momentum for growth" for emerging market economies. That's according Suk-Chae Lee who was speaking at the Korea Communications Conference about our connected natures, the future of smart convergence and the new opportunities they provide. Lee is the CEO of KT Corporation, a South Korean integrated wired/wireless telecommunication service provider. "People are now living in world where they can be connected wherever they are with introduction ...

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