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  • Facebook is fast becoming irrelevant and has lost the real-time battle

    I remember the glory days of Facebook. We used to share voraciously on our news feeds. Our movements. Interesting links. Videos. It was where the conversation happened. Daily. And then came Twitter. The real conversation (and the real-time one) shifted to Twitter. The shift was slow to begin with, which made Twitter a hollow place. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Today, revolutions are sparked on Twitter. We converse there. We interact there. (and we don't need to go off on a tangent into sociological...

  • The truth about BlackBerry’s encryption

    I've been thinking of not writing this piece in order to let the criminal underworld continue to operate, wrapped tightly in the warm blanket of incompetence. However, if you're an aspiring hoodlum or simply a curious, law abiding BBM addict, this article might be of interest to you. I draw from Ronen Halevy's analysis at the excellent Berry Review, so click through if you're interested in some further reading. There's this notion that communication from BlackBerry to BlackBerry is always secure. Before BBM was ever the network of choice for "angry youfs", way before Curves were available in hot pink...

  • SA government ‘clarifies’ position on monitoring BlackBerry Messenger

    Recent reports that South Africa's government was looking to regulate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service were greeted with dismay and anger. In a recent speech, South African Deputy-Communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for called for new regulations that would allow police and intelligence authorities to access messages sent via BBM. Following heated reactions and international news reports on the matter, Bapela's boss, Communications minister Radhakrishna Roy Padayachie, has issued a "clarifying statement" saying that, "government has no intention to regulate or legislate against Blackberry Encryption messenger service". The statement also noted, however, that government was still drafting a policy statement that...

  • 26 emerging market political figures on Facebook and Twitter

    Speaking to your constituents once meant getting up on a podium and shouting into a microphone. Twitter and Facebook are now the global platforms for instant communication and politicians have taken to it like a duck to water. Listed below are a group of politicians who use Twitter and Facebook to talk to their faithful followers. South America Chile President, Michelle Bachelet -- Facebook fans: 295 097 Her Facebook site is growing in popularity, and she recently began (and abandoned) a Twitter account after a mere six tweets. Facebook remains as her platform for social communication. President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández...

  • Rebecca Black braai parody gaining traction

    Remember Rebecca Black? The girl that turned Friday into something more than just another day of the week? That one. The meme that never seemed to go away. Some of the best things that came out of the Black world were the parodies. You may have thought we had gotten over this and that we had all moved on, but we haven't. So here's a little gem that has somehow worked Braai culture into the parody, and it's gaining traction. The video, which will have you falling off your chair in laughter, is a product of South African comedy...

  • Cybercrime costs $114bn annually, says Symantec

    Cybercrime costs the world US$114-billion every year. That's according to a report from global software security firm Symantec. The report adds that some 431-million adults have been victims of cybercrime in the past year. When adjusted to include financial losses and time lost, the global cost of cybercrime goes up to US$388-billion. According to Symantec, this means that cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined (US$288-billion). Globally, every 14 seconds, 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one-million victims every day. Of the 24 individual...

  • Popular radio DJ trends worldwide over racist slur

    Popular South Africa radio DJ and rugby commentator, Darren Scott is trending world-wide on Twitter, following his use of the "K-word" late last week. The incident in question occurred at a work function, after Scott lost his temper at a colleague, Africa Tshoaedi. In a recent statement from Scott's PR team, Tshoaedi's presence at a bar after being told leave by Scott was seen as "provocative and used strong language to tell the colleague to go away. In doing so he used a racial epithet". On 702 early Thursday morning, Scott announced that he had resigned as...

  • Making AOL look foolish: Arrington continues to post on TechCrunch

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Mike Arrington lost his job at TechCrunch over his insistence to be an investor in his beat companies. Precisely what future he will have with the company, though, remains unclear. Arrington continues to post articles on Techcrunch in defiance of AOL's and Arianna Huffington's statements that he is no longer employed and that Erick Schonfeld is interim editor while a replacement is found. The decision to remove Arrington from an editorial position at TechCrunch was reportedly made by Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, which AOL bought in February. Huffington was named the head of...

  • Are you wasting your employer’s time on Facebook?

    The average person spends a sizeable amount of time on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ everyday. We are the social network generation, it shows in the way we live our lives and conduct ourselves. Fifty-seven percent of people communicate more with their friends online than they do in real life. Did you know that Facebook users apparently spend 700-billion minutes a month on the social network? That's just Facebook statistics, what about Twitter, Google+ and the many other networks that consume our time online? Unless all the users on these social networks don't have day jobs, we're clearly spending an lot...

  • Qooh.me: ‘A carnival fun ride of questions’

    Ever wanted to know something about your friends or someone you know but were too afraid to ask? Wish there was an app for that? There probably is, but there is a also a web-service. Enter Qooh.me, the apparent answer to your problem. Qooh.me is a "web application that allows you to ask your friends or people you find interesting open and anonymous questions in order to get to know them better," says creator, Vincent Mabuza. The service essentially takes users back to the rudimentary processes of anonymous, online interaction. It is a bit of a throwback to the days...

  • The Samsung SMART TV — Let’s talk tech

    My previous connotations towards the aptly dubbed “idiot box” were ones of apathy. The reason this stigma has been around for decades, stems around our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a mere third person spectator. Yet somehow Samsung have found a harmonious amalgam between the two with Samsung’s SMART TV. The interaction Samsung has an ideology that far exceeds the...

  • Groupon possibly rethinking its IPO

    US online deals giant Groupon is reportedly re-evaluating its plans to go public. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has become hesitant because of volatility in the stock market. Citing a "person familiar with the matter", the newspaper said that Groupon would not be cancelling its initial public offering but is reassessing the timing. The Journal also reports that the group buying giant has cancelled a roadshow for potential investors which had been scheduled for next week. The company had been planning to go public in mid September. It initially announced its plans to go public in...

  • Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

    The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess up a trilogy. Unfortunately for the Resistance trilogy, as far as the narrative is concerned, this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, games are more than just plot twists and mcguffins. Fight or Die Resistance 3 stars Joe Capelli, who replaces previous franchise lead, Nathan Hale, for reasons that become abundantly...

  • Yahoo! CEO: ‘I’ve just been fired over the phone’

    Following a tense period in which rumours swirled over when, or if, she would be axed, colourful Yahoo! CEO, Carol Bartz announced the end of her tenure at the internet company. The announcement was made via an email to staff, sent from Bartz's iPad. With the subject line, "Goodbye", the email went out to all Yahoo! employees was obtained by technology blog AllThingsD. In the email, Bartz -- as a "last f%*& you" to the Yahoo! board according to AllThingsD -- wrote: To all, I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's...

  • MTN Business to sponsor SA entrepreneurial reality TV show

    MTN Business has announced that it will be sponsoring a new "Apprentice" style South African reality TV show, "The Big Break". The Big Break will root out South Africa's rising entrepreneurial stars and assist them in developing their businesses. Prizes to the tune of US$700 000 are up for grabs, and the show itself represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to shine. Business segments general manager of MTN Business, Nomalanga Nkosi says, For MTN Business this is not just a sponsorship, it's a philosophy. The Big Break represents opportunity, inspiration and more importantly recognises fledgling entrepreneurs from South Africans that...