Africa, Google

Mocality scandal: How far in the cookie jar was Google’s hand?

Google Last week, Google got caught with its hand in the cookie jar, allegedly engaged in a range of questionable activities with regard to a Kenyan company called Mocality. According to Mocality, Google employees were "scraping data" collected by Mocality for its business listings, and then using that data to target advertise GKBO's services to Kenyan businesses. To make matters worse, Mocality has telephone recordings of Google representatives describing a non-existent relationship between Mocality and the GKBO project. Google VP, Nelson ...

Advertising & Marketing

5 New Year’s resolutions you should make for your email campaigns

'@' mentions New Year’s resolutions are always easy to make, but notoriously hard to keep. 2011 is firmly in our rearview mirrors. It's more than two weeks into 2012, and all those well-intended resolutions which seemed so reasonable at the end of last year may have already fallen by the wayside. Whether you set out to tame the bulge, kick smoking or learn to Tango; you may not yet have had the resolve to follow through on those changes, instead relegating them ...

News

Wikipedia ‘going dark’ in protest of SOPA

Free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, will shut down for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) before the US Congress, according to a tweet by founder Jimmy Wales. Student warning!Do your homework early.Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) January 16, 2012 SOPA, which is currently before the House of Representatives, has won the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of ...

Africa, Google

Mocali-gate: Where is the broken link in Google?

Google No Evil2 The recent Mocality debacle has brought to light a few concerning issues surrounding Google’s business practices in Africa and the supposed ethical transparency by which it stands. The internet giant's "do no evil" motto implies a moral standpoint to which the entire company should adhere. Yet with recent scandals surrounding the Chrome team and Google Kenya, one gets the impression that Google is getting too big to oversee and control all of its employees. I'd like to start off with ...

Gearburn

Hands on with Nokia’s Lumia range

To say that Nokia had a tough 2011 would be a massive understatement. There seemed, however, to be a glimmer of hope when the Finnish telecommunications giant announced two new phone ranges at Nokia World in late 2011: The Lumia and the Asha. The latter consisted of a group of devices designed specifically for emerging markets. The former meanwhile, in the shape of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 were meant to restore some it kudos in the smartphone market. ...

Gearburn

Steve Wozniak: 8 Reasons why Android is better than iOS

Speaking to Dan Lyons, Steve Wozniak, the engineering genius who co-founded Apple in 1976, had some good things to say about Android. The Woz still thinks the iPhone is the best smartphone overall, especially for the mainstream consumer, but mentions some aspects of Android that he thinks have surpassed iOS. Steve loves the design of his iPhone, but wishes it did all the things his Android does. Read more on Gearburn.com

News

New Google campaign aims to keep you safe online

Google wants to keep you safe online. At least, that’s the claim made by a brand new campaign from the internet giant. According to an official blog post, the idea behind the campaign -- called "Good to know" --- is to educate everyday internet users about the risks they face online, and to provide them with tips to improve their security. More specifically, Google says, the campaign is aimed at the kind of person who "can't be bothered to type ...

Gearburn

The coffee table of the future, Surface 2, now shipping

The Samsung SUR40, known as the Surface 2, is a 40-inch surface computer which was revealed at last year’s CES. Finally, it’s ready for shipping at the weighty price of US$8400. This massive table-slash-PC, outfitted with an AMD processor and rocking the Windows 7 OS goes on sale in 23 countries today. It’s a second-gen device and far lighter, thinner and faster than Microsoft’s first Surface. The big M also mentions that it has “better finger tracking”. The official press waffle says, ...

News

China’s Tencent building cloud-based instant voice messaging service

Chinese social giant Tencent is reportedly building a cloud-based messaging service for instant voice messaging Weixin. Chinese tech blog 36kr, reports the new product -- called Weiyun (meaning micro-cloud) -- will allow people to view their Weixin messages not only from their mobile, but also via web and desktop clients. According to TechRice, an English-language blog covering the Chinese tech scene, “Weixin was likely a clone of Talkbox, an instant voice messaging startup from Hong Kong.” TechRice reckons that Weiyun ...

Infographic

The way to an IPO — Facebook [Infographic]

The thing about Facebook is that we are all obsessed, whether we like to admit it or not. Facebook's impending IPO is the most talked about of recent times. Rumour has it Facebook is likely to go public in the first quarter of 2012 with a valuation of more than US$100-billion. Despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg's reluctance to comment on the impending offering, analysts and social media enthusiasts are awaiting the biggest IPO since Google's 2004 offering sometime in 2012. The young ...

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