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  • Q & A with Heather Ford: Makmende, Web Ethnography and Ostrich

    Heather Ford was recently selected as one of the 10 most influential women in science and technology in Africa by IT News Africa. Andrew Rens caught up with her for a Q & A session. AR: What have you done with your life since you and I met on a misty day in the Stanford Law School canteen to discuss starting Creative Commons South Africa? HF: That was eight years ago! And it changed my life! I was a fellow at the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford at the time. I spent the year working on conflict management tools...

  • IBM, Streetline to ‘take the pain out of parking’

    US tech giant IBM is teaming up with a startup called Streetline in a bid to take the pain out of parking. According to IBM, the service will play a massive role in alleviating congestion in large cities. The company says that an estimated 30% of city traffic is made up of people driving around in search of parking. The two companies have designed a system called “Smarter Parking”, which combines IBM’s data analytics capabilities with Streetline's innovations in parking sensors and software. Read more on Gearburn.com var 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");

  • Yahoo! ‘We know exactly what we want to do’

    Yahoo! says that it has not been knocked off course by the firing of CEO Carol Bartz and that it would continue trying to extend its offers into the social and mobile realm. "We are heads down; we know exactly what we want to do," Yahoo! vice president of applications and mobile Steve Douty said during a briefing with reporters at the California company's office in San Francisco. "Is there some amount of uncertainty? Sure," he continued. "But we have been really successful at focusing on products that are going to move the needle for us and there is no...

  • We appear to be living in the golden age of apps

    Are apps the only way to do mobile, and in fact, any computing? We appear to be living in the golden age of apps. There is an app for whatever you wish to do, be that read, or play. Led by Apple, the iPhone and iPad have the most, with hundreds and thousands of all types and styles. Android is coming on strong but other ecosystems, from Nokia to Windows Phone 7, still lag far behind. Recent events, and in no small part, my current overexposure to mobile phones and tablets, got me thinking that this obsession with apps...

  • Amazon launches Kindle Fire

    Amazon today announced the Kindle Fire, a US$200, 7" tablet which is runs on the Android platform. It comes with a free month of Amazon Prime and is Wi-Fi Only. It is coming Q1 or Q2 2012, although it could not confirm the release date. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO took the stage in New York and began the launch with a reference to the massively successful company's Kindle e-Reader, "Four years ago we set out to improve upon the book... Amazon had to create demand not only for the device but also for the content within the devices -- e-books.” “Physical...

  • ROI: The forgotten metric

    Online advertising has been going from strength to strength since the first banner ad was served by AT&T in 1994. AT&T knew people would click its ads and oh boy how they did! One of the main reasons for online advertising success is measurability, or rather, the ease of measurability. Being able to quantify the outcomes of your advertising efforts to every penny spent is something no other marketing medium offers. The methods of “spraying & praying” done by traditional brand marketers simply would not fly in the online space. No longer could you rely on the fact that because...

  • App of the week: HQ: To Do

    This week I take a look at HQ: To-Do, a stylishly designed and highly intuitive app that will revolutionise the way you see to-do lists and make you want to project manage the crap out of everything you do in life. As you can see when reading my review of Listbook, I am a big fan of to-do lists. Over the last few months I have gone from scribbling them on my hands (and on busy days, up to my elbows), to scrawling them across random scraps of paper that I find lying around on my desk, from using highly...

  • The landscape of mobile apps in Africa [2011 report]

    I maintain that Russell Southwood and his Balancing Act newsletter and reports are some of the best material on pan-African technology and broadcast information that you can find anywhere. Their recent “Mobile apps for Africa: Strategies to make sense of free and paid apps” report is one of them, and here are some interesting tidbits from it. The report is broken into three parts: device, developers and distribution. Device South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania all are good markets for apps, due to their population, 3G pickup and smartphone penetration. It should be noted that the highest smartphone penetration...

  • Larry Page talks Motorola Mobility, Google+ & Google’s biggest obstacle

    Google's biggest obstacle is Google itself. At least that's what CEO and founder Larry Page believes. Page made the pronouncement at Google's annual Zeitgeist conference for partners. He took to the stage to address the audience on the company's future and was later joined by Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, for a round of questions. Page addressed the company's latest acquisition and assured the audience that the US$12.5-billion deal to buy handset maker Motorola Mobility doesn’t represent a new era of risk-taking for the search giant. The 38-year-old emphasises that the acquisition is an example of Google making “significant...

  • RIM shares jump after ‘shrewdest investor on the planet’ rumours

    The woes of BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), are well known and have been reflected in its stock's performance. Following market-analyst rumours -- first reported by Reuters -- that billionaire investor Carl Icahn may have bought a stake in RIM, however, its shares jumped. At end of trading on the Nasdaq, the troubled Canadian manufacturer's stocks were up more than four percent after having jumped as much as 6.5 percent during the day's trading. The trend continued in after-hours trading with the stock having gained almost another percentage point at the time of writing. Google Finance The jump in the value...

  • MySQL website hacked

    Yikes. I feel like I've taken a severe leaning toward being a security reporter, but I can't help it. Every day there seems to be yet another big story about how one of the core providers on the internet has been compromised. This week, it's MySQL. Considering that MySQL is used to power every second website, from Wikipedia through to Facebook, its pretty important that we know that it is able to keep its own website safe. Not so. Sadly early this week, the MySQL website was hacked and started redirecting users to a webpage serving malware. Currently it...

  • WooThemes launches retail WordPress plugin

    WordPress theme provider WooThemes has launched a new plugin application and library of integrated themes. The company claims that the product, called WooCommerce, will help "individuals and businesses turn WordPress sites into simple, elegant and fully-customisable eCommerce offerings". The South African-based company aims to replace traditional eCommerce CMS platforms and hosted services that require outside expertise to implement. It hopes that companies will instead use WooCommerce to build WordPress-powered shopping sites without the headache and hassle that such projects typically entail. WooThemes says that “carefully integrating successful themes means WooCommerce can have a huge impact on any businesses looking to improve...

  • Sony to unify content on its Entertainment Network

    In an attempt to create a unified media content platform, Sony is introducing a brand-new method for viewing entertainment options on the PS3. In Canada and the United States, Video Unlimited software for the PlayStation 3 console plays to the strengths of the machines as an entertainment device, uniting it under the banner of the Sony Entertainment Network. Video Unlimited was reportedly purchased by Sony for US$260-million. Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation said that he wished to create a "synergy" in regards to the videogames, content, gadgets and the Sony Entertainment Network. Sony vice president of global...

  • iPad app announcement at iPhone 5 launch event

    The iPhone launch event looks as if it will be unveiling more than an array of new devices, it will also hopefully release details of the long-awaited Facebook iPad app. The Facebook iPad app has been making the rounds in certain circles, so its existence can be verified, yet no concrete evidence of its imminent arrival has been proven. The app has remained up in the air at Facebook HQ for a couple of months, owing to the tenuous relationship between Apple and Facebook. var 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");

  • Video review: Samsung Q10 HD Camcorder

    Below is our review of the Samsung Q10 HD Camcorder, a surprisingly expensive, yet exceptionally easy to use option for the amateur recording enthusiast. The digital zoom is wonky, the touch-screen is fiddly and the overall package feels too light and flimsy for this price tag. The video below rips it apart in full detail. You could be watching this on a Samsung Smart TVvar 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");