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  • App of the week: Moneybook

    This week I take a look at Moneybook, a simple yet powerful personal finance app that looks great and is unrivalled in ease of use. Pay day: the long-awaited day of the month that sees your bank account being credited for all the hard work that you’ve put in over the last four weeks. For me, the week leading up to this pivotal day is a bit of a weird time, kind of bittersweet, actually. On the one hand I’m excited… Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Daily Maverick reveals ‘iPad-only’ daily newspaper

    The proposed iMaverick iPad app. Looks very much like a magazine. For the past week, readers of South African upstart news and analysis site, Daily Maverick, have been teased with ads promising: “A tablet to improve your mental health” and the launch of “something to make the news a pleasure to digest”. Now the news is out. Launched from the ashes of the failed Maverick Magazines, the Daily Maverick is looking to shake-up the local digital-journalism scene with the launch of a new daily news-based iPad app which it describes as “South Africa’s first daily newspaper specifically designed for the iPad.” This...

  • The worst internet countries on Earth

    The Freedom On The Net 2011: A Global Assessment of internet and Digital Media is a study that highlights threats to internet freedom such as cyber attacks, politically-motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure, but also highlights countries that are pro-internet freedom. For the report’s methodology and more detail check out Freedom House’s full analysis. Here follows an overview of countries that pose the biggest threat to internet freedom: Burma In a country with a population of 48-million, a paltry 40 000 or so users have some form of internet access, most of whom daringly surf the web beneath the...

  • Iran’s plan for a second web

    Pop quiz: As an internet user, what is the world’s worst country to live in? China with its Great Firewall comes to mind. Or perhaps Cuba, a country that until the end of Fidel Castro’s reign in 2008 outlawed laptop computers and mobile phones. But it is in fact the Islamic Republic of Iran — a country that is the biggest hellhole of internet censorship on the planet. How bad can it be? Well, in the wake of protests following the disputed presidential election on June 12, 2009, Iranian authorities declared all-out war on internet freedom. Intimidation tactics were employed...

  • M-Pesa, Google Wallet & PayPal: How do they stack up?

    Last week Google added to a busy period of big product releases with the launch of Google Offers. The Google Offers launch followed hot on the heels of the launch of Google Wallet. Added to this, PayPal is suing former employees for giving away trade secrets to Google which allegedly fueled the development of Google Wallet. So what exactly is Google Wallet? Google Wallet is a new point-of-sale ecosystem that will allow users to use their smartphone as their wallet. This does however require a smartphone with an NFC (near field communications) chip. Currently three forms of payment are supported by the system...

  • Asian ad network reports surge in mobile advertising

    The ever increasing allure of mobile advertising was reflected when BuzzCity, a global mobile advertising network, announced on Monday that it had served about 10.5-billion adverts across its mobile advertising network in May alone this year. The company attributes this increase in adverts served to greater consumer demand for mobile content and being able to meet that demand with its own white-label content services, leading to record numbers in ads served on its mobile advertising network. The company’s CEO, Dr KF Lai, in speaking about the success of the company’s model, said: “Content syndication is a cornerstone of our...

  • Silicon Valley: There’s no bubble but there could be a bust…

    Are we in a bubble? This is the common question as I chat with people at various events around Silicon Valley. The concern that many are expressing is that if it’s a bubble, then a crash is not far off. But that’s a misdirection of concern, I’m far more worried that the economy will crash long before Silicon Valley’s boom has had a chance to bubble and burst. I see the current boom as a resumption of where Silicon Valley was in mid-2008. Finally, after the bubble burst in 2000, funding was coming back and so were jobs and optimism about...

  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to “just another device”. Users’ data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...

  • Groupon IPO on shaky legs

    One wonders how this happened — Groupon being called the fastest growing company in history, and then going for an IPO, only to find almost every single blogger and journalist shooting them down. But that is exactly the answer to how it has transpired. The company has grown too fast and is now listing at the wrong time. It is a good and bad day for group buying. Hopefully people will not lose any interest and faith in the world’s busiest new online sector, yet on the other hand, many online sources are quoted as being tired of Groupon’s antics....

  • Why the French media ban on Facebook and Twitter is just plain silly

    Have you ever wondered why media businesses across the world advertise that blue Facebook “F” and the turquoise Twitter “T” and demand nothing in return? These are businesses that make their money from advertising other company’s brands, and here they are prominently advertising Facebook and Twitter, for free. Maybe there is a tacit understanding of a certain quid pro quo, because these very social networks pass back a tremendous amount of traffic to news sites as users relentlessly share and tweet articles? It’s all rather fuzzy and unmeasurable and one gets the feeling we’re still trying to define what it...

  • Put a moviehouse in your pocket

    The good news is that this little LG HS200G micro-projector will last you 20 years if you use it for four hours per day. The bad news is – well, there’s no real bad news, it’s great. Just some reality checking to avoid disappointment.It’s not going to blow you away with awesome image quality and brightness. It is going to impress you with its entirely decent image quality and brightness, considering you’ll almost certainly never have to replace the lamp (which cost muchos dineros)… Read more on Gearburn.com

  • There’s a little bit of Google in most of us

    Google has been all over the news since Larry Page took over as CEO, I realised that there is a little bit of Google in most of us. Since search entered our lives things have never been the same. From when Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, we would never have imagined how different things would be a decade later. According to Wikipedia “Google runs over one million servers in data centers around the world, and processes over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day.” We...

  • Apple poised to introduce iCloud

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is taking a break from medical leave on Monday to preside over the opening of the company’s annual conference for software developers. And in a break from Apple’s usual practice of shrouding its events in an air of mystery, the California gadget-maker this time revealed ahead of time what it plans to announce at the event in San Francisco. Sort of. In a press release, Apple said Jobs and other executives will unveil the next generation of Lion… Read more on Gearburn.com

  • 10 reasons why you should get your hands on some Bitcoins

    A previous Memeburn article on the well-known digital currency Bitcoin generated quite a bit of interest and debate from this site’s readers. The article focused on some of the challenges Bitcoin faced as a global currency. But here’s another side of the coin, so to speak. We now give some good reasons, ten of them in fact, why Bitcoin could be an option for the future. No transaction fees. Unlike many credit card or online payment gateways, moving money around isn’t going to cost you anything. This is due to the P2P nature of the system, which allows you to...

  • Blockbusters rule E3 video game kingdom

    Blockbuster titles and powerhouse consoles will rule as video game makers from around the world meet in Los Angeles this week for the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Hotly anticipated games will build on established franchises with slick play mechanics, film-like graphics and increasing sensitivity to how much people love playing online with friends or on the go with mobile devices. “E3 will be a strange combination of everything from blockbuster retail games like ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Battlefield’ all the way… Read more on Gearburn.com