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  • Connected devices in China will be worth over US$700 billion by 2020

    The GSMA and Machina Research are forecasting a six-fold increase of connected devices in China -- currently worth US$116-billion to US$707-billion by 2020, bringing forth what they are terming "the Connected Life". Connected devices include smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and devices that have machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. No, it’s not Skynet taking over the world, it just means your car can communicate with your house and let your family know your ETA. Or that it can locate the nearest charging station and inform you to juice up or face a long walk home. This future may not be so far-fetched,...

  • CellC sees 8ta’s BlackBerry social deal, raises it one more

    A few days ago South Africa's fifth mobile operator 8ta announced that it would be offering a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package for around half its usual price. Today, the country's third operator Cell C responded with two offers of its own. Like 8ta, it will offer the ‘BlackBerry Social & Email’ which gives you full access to online browsing, BlackBerry’s native messaging app BBM, BlackBerry mail, internet browser, social networking, and BlackBerry App World. The only real difference between it and the full BIS offering is that you get one web-based e-mail account from the likes of Gmail...

  • Facebook to let you edit comments, finally

    Have you ever delivered that witty riposte to someone's Facebook status only to realise that it contains the kind of typo that makes you look like a monumental idiot? Unfortunately there was never much you could do about it. Until now. The social network has started giving users the ability to edit or delete their comments below someone else's post. Facebook will begin rolling out the update in small batches over the next couple of days. It's not just comments you make from now on either. You can go back in your history and edit a comment you made...

  • Why LinkedIn’s latest changes prove that it’s like Batman

    I clearly mean “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman; not “Original Grey Suit with Yellow Belt” Batman. The professional social media platform had made a significant change to its status updates for companies. LinkedIn has always been the forgotten social network -- mainly because of its unwavering dedication to the professional. This means that it has not always been popular with the masses who adopt social technologies quickly; but that has not stopped it from reaching north of 100-million registered users. LinkedIn has made some rather interesting updates to its platform recently though; and it's taken a rather large leaf out...

  • 6 breakthrough startups set to disrupt the news industry

    In April this year, Memeburn picked ten innovative Knight News Challenge entries that had the potential to propel the news industry forward. The “Networks" leg of the competition required entrants to innovate on top of existing social media and other services to create new ways for informing and engaging communities. The Knight Foundation recently announced the winners of the first round at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. The winning ventures will receive US$1.37-million in funding as well as support from the Knight Foundation’s network of peers and advisers. The second round of the competition aims to spur innovation in its “Data"...

  • 150+ incredible examples of online marketing

    Look, we all know that online marketing is a seriously big-money game. Google wouldn't have made anywhere near the US$37.9-billion it did in 2011 if not for online advertising. We also know that it is exorcising the ghosts of media's past. Online ad spend overtook print in the US as far back in 2010, and in emerging markets like Russia earlier this year. But online marketing is also evolving. Banner ads are on the decline. Big companies are like GM are questioning the value of Facebook ads, while maintaining that the social network is still a big part of its...

  • Twitter down across all devices, now back up [Update]

    Let the panic ensue. Twitter is down across all devices. The news was confirmed by website Down for Everyone or Just Me, which monitors websites to see whether or not they're down. According to Mashable, the social network was briefly up before going back down again. This isn't just a fail whale type of "down" either. Users visiting Twitter via the web will see a "no data received" message on their browsers, while third-party apps are giving out the message “Twitter API is busy”. The social network has issued a statement explaining that it is working on the...

  • Exclusive Books gamifies online shopping with social discounts platform

    In case you missed it, South African retailer Exclusive Books just gamified its online store. Stickers -- its new DIY social discounts platform -- rewards you for rating their products and sharing them via Twitter and Facebook. Exclus1ves.co.za customers can now earn up to a 25% discount on books, ebooks, music, movies and games just by dragging and dropping stickers on to items they want. In case you've just logged on to the website and are wondering why on earth your home page is covered with multicoloured symbols and emoticons, let me explain how it works. The point of the...

  • Facebook, Expedia to visit SA for E-Tourism summit

    Remember travelling before the internet? What a pain in the arse that was. No user reviews to save you from dodgy hotels, no quick ticket booking from the comfort of your office, no way to share your boring holiday photos with anyone until you got home. I think it's fairly safe to say that the internet has changed tourism. The ways it has done so, and continues to do so, is the focus of this year's E-Tourism Summit in Cape Towm. The annual summit's focus this year is "one-billion". That's a significant number for two reasons: It’s the total...

  • Apple and Microsoft have forced Google into a corner

    The timing of the Microsoft’s announcement of Surface was particularly peculiar. “Hands-on” demos were decidedly hands-off. Microsoft didn't allow anyone to use the SmartCover keyboards -- bizarre, given that this is the most innovative feature of Surface (and a real differentiator between the iPad). It’s obvious now that Surface is not ready. So why did Microsoft unveil something that it isn’t launching yet? The answer is Google. It is expected to launch a Nexus tablet to showcase the “best of Android” at its I/O conference which runs from 27-29 June in San Francisco. Microsoft simply had to “launch” Surface. It doesn’t matter...

  • The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

    Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very few other technologies ever achieve in a year. The driving force for this is the smartphone. But analysts are...

  • Just how valuable is LinkedIn to your business?

    Possibly the greatest benefit for any business executive is LinkedIn’s unique ability to build their professional brand – and make it easy for other professionals to find their profile when in need of a specialist. In fact, if you only had one place to focus your energy on and build your brand online, it has to be LinkedIn. Despite that, most people don’t actually understand how LinkedIn really works. In an emerging markets country like South African for instance 94% of business people believe that their businesses should be participating actively on LinkedIn, yet 81% admitted to not having...

  • How to get more comments, likes and shares on Facebook [Infographic]

    If you're the type of person whose happiness levels go up and down in sync with your Facebook page's analytics, this infographic may be your new best friend. Social media scientist Dan Zarrella crunched the numbers and churned out a guide to what works well on Facebook and what doesn't -- at least for the 10 000 most liked pages on the social network. Not one for brightly coloured charts and line graphs? I'll summarise. You should be posting more photos. Overall, Facebook users engage the most with images. They 'like' and share photos more than any other type...

  • ‘Dancing Matt’ Harding makes his return, includes visit to Syria [Video]

    Wow. This is powerful. Matt Harding, or as you probably know him, "that guy who danced with all those people around the world", is back. The nobody who became a viral sensation has released a teaser trailer for his new video "Where the Hell is Matt 2012". The teaser features Harding doing what he does best: dancing with people from around the globe, including Rwanda, Spain, Austria, Syria (with dancers’ faces blurred for protection), Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, various US states and even North Korea. Epic right? The full video is available from Harding's store and costs,...

  • Hosting a site in SA set to get cheaper, faster

    Internet service provider (ISP) RSA Web is claiming an African first with its Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering. If you're wondering what a CCDN is, the company's MD Mark Slingsby does a fairly good job of explaining it: Essentially, a CDN is a content delivery system built in the Cloud, we help your website load fast all across the world, by placing the heavy, data munching and server crushing content like images, CSS, HTML and video into our server network, each time a user visits your site, we serve them this content from the server geographically closest to them....