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  • RaspberryPi — Your credit-card sized computer

    For a couple of months, I've been watching RaspberryPi with a lot of interest, because I think these guys are about to do something really cool for the computer industry. RaspberryPi is working on creating a credit-card sized computer that can comfortably run Linux, connect to the internet and can take advantage of USB to allow you to connect up a whole range of cool devices. If that hasn't got your attention, then maybe the fact that it is claiming that when the product goes to market the company wants to sell at a price-point of around US$25 to US$30...

  • Competition is getting us all converged

    Summer is almost here and in an unlikely turn of events, South African telecoms giant Telkom, decided spring day was the day it was going to get all competitive. Business communications is, and always will be, a hotly contested market. At a recent launch, Telkom Business finally unveiled Telkom Mobile, which must have been the culmination of months of intensive work. Telkom Mobile is clearly focused on business telecommunication users, small and large. The launch of a business mobile product in order to take on the big boys MTN and Vodacom was not actually the real news for...

  • The patent wars explained [Infographic]

    It's difficult to keep up with who is suing who these days. In the tech world, Apple and Samsung have been at each other's throats for some time now. Nokia and Apple also recently settled their differences in court. Even when you're aware of the plaintiffs it's still difficult to know why one tech giant is suing another tech giant. It can be something as simple as a glass screen or as complicated as confusion over what rights one party has in manufacturing parts for the other party. The one thing you can be fairly sure of is that patents are...

  • Google pays tribute to Freddie Mercury with animated doodle

    Google's latest doodle pays tribute to legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury. The animated and playful doodle merges technology and art in celebration of Mercury's 65th birthday. The animated video, crafted into the logo on Google's search page, shows the latest step in the evolution of doodles, which started as rudimentary clip art. The video features an animated Mercury moving through different locations, to the sounds of Queen's 1978 hit "Don't Stop Me Now." "It has a lot of fun, goofy stuff to celebrate what an incredible song writer, fashion icon, and musical innovator he was. Freddy Mercury was an awesome...

  • Review: Nokia E6 nips and tucks and botoxes

    The Nokia E6 business-oriented smartphone sports Symbian Anna, the latest (and probably one of the last) iterations of Nokia's storied Symbian mobile phone operating system, now turfed out to the gentle ministrations of Accenture's minions. It's more or less the same qwerty-keyboarded small-screened messenger-type smartphone that's been a solid partner to millions, not radically changed since its debut as the E71 way back when. You'd think by now it would be well nigh perfect. Not ever more flawed. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Mexican ‘Twitter terrorists’ face 30 years in prison

    Two Mexican nationals are facing a thirty-year prison sentence for causing wide-spread chaos through a series of tweets related to child kidnapping. Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola and Gilberto Martinez Vera have both been accused of spreading malicious rumours through Twitter that armed gangsters were attacking schools and kidnapping children in the city of Veracruz. As a result of the tweets, emergency phone lines completely jammed and traffic came to a standstill as concerned parents came out in droves to "save" their children. The interior secretary of Veracruz, Gerardo Buganza has made comparisons to Orson Welles' "War of the...

  • The six types of startup…And what protects Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley veteran Steve Blank, writing in Xconomy, does a great job in describing six types of startups and how a clear understanding of the needs of each is necessary by national and local governments seeking to foster more innovation: 1. The lifestyle startup On the California coast where I live, we see lifestyle entrepreneurs like surfers and divers who own small surf or dive shop or teach surfing and diving lessons to pay the bills so they can surf and dive some more. 2. Small businesses, usually family owned and run They work as hard as any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. They hire...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Germany

    In what must seem like a case of sour grapes, Apple has won a landmark lawsuit to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy tab in Germany. Following a series of lawsuits which stated that the Galaxy had copied the iPad and iPhone, Apple is now forcing Samsung to remove its product from retail stores and tradeshows. James Chung, spokesperson for Samsung said, "Samsung respects the court’s decision but Apple now severely limits consumer choice in Germany." Samsung had egg on its face when it had to withdraw the recently revealed Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA electronics show in Berlin subsequent...

  • Sunday Times defends racist Facebook photo story

    Following criticism from last week's story about a "racist Facebook photo" the Sunday Times has published a series of articles vigorously defending its earlier story. The abhorrent photo, which was revealed to be three-years old and staged, was the topic of heated discussion across various social networks last week. The photo was dramatically splashed across the country's largest weekly newspaper under the headline "Wanted: Facebook racist". This week the Sunday Times published an editorial defending the story saying "The twits have tweeted, the dogs have barked and the caravan has moved on... Such images, contrary to the view expressed by...

  • Google and Fox to team up for Republican debate

    Internet search-giant Google is teaming up with US broadcaster Fox News to host a debate among the Republican presidential candidates. The debate will be simultaneously broadcast on live on Fox News and Google owned YouTube. The two companies are also coming together to assist the public in asking the two candidates questions. Questions for the Republicans vying for the party's 2012 presidential nomination can be submitted by video or text at youtube.com/foxnewsYouTube. Users can vote on the submitted questions and those receiving the most votes will be asked at the debate. "The Fox News/Google Debate will combine the questions you submit...

  • Ignore the URL at your peril

    In the online world, the URL is ever-present. It is the digital home of businesses large and small, the currency of social exchange, the thread on which the hyperlinked web exists. There can be few more important building blocks to the internet as we know it, but all too often the humble URL has been abused or even downright ignored as technologies have pushed their way to the limelight. The URL has a long history. As with most the building blocks of the internet, the specification for a URL can be found online in form of RFC 1738, a technical...

  • Casting an analytical eye on social media

    It seems that within the sometimes ethereal world of social media, conglomeration of analytical data was missing. Disparately, one could see how many "likes" your brand got, or how many retweets you got and how often folks +1'd but it wasn't all on the same dashboard. In light of this hole in the industry and the recent launch of Google+ it came as no surprise when Google Analytics launched Social Engagement Reporting (SER). What SER allows us to do is measure the impact of social media mentions in and outside of the website -- the thinking being that web...

  • Digital Edge Live announces its marketing contenders

    Digital Edge Live has announced the guest-speaker line-up for its upcoming event in Cape Town, South Africa. The event, which bills itself as "the ultimate showdown in digital marketing", will see a number of South Africa's best digital marketing minds face off against each other in what Digital Edge is calling the "ultimate cerebral rumble". According to Digital Edge, the line up to date includes: Gavin Rooke, Managing Director of Trigger/Isobar, one of South Africa's full service digital agencies and digital agency of the year 2010. Graham Warsop, Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the iconic and highly...

  • ‘No one is safe, but everyone is welcome': ZANews now on TV

    Online satirical puppet show, ZANEWS, has found a new home on satellite television provider TopTV's flagship channel, Top One. ZANEWS keeps its audience abreast with a mix of the latest and most controversial current events in a "witty and unorthodox way". The site parodies the formulaic style of media broadcasting in order to remind people that it is possible to engage humorously with societal issues that can often be a source of tension and frustration. The show gained popularity online mainly on YouTube and its website, satirically chronicling the day to day of South...

  • 4 Ways to make your email campaigns more engaging

    The term "engaging" -- when used to talk about email marketing (or any other form of online marketing for that matter) has been thrown around quite a lot lately. Email marketers are constantly being told that they need to "engage more" with their subscribers, content and in their online interaction. What does it really mean to be "engaged" and what can you do to make sure this concept follows through to your email campaigns? Engaging is essentially about connecting and interacting with your subscribers and customers in their space, and on their terms. This means actively participating in discussions and...