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  • iPhone to sell 40-million units in China by 2013

    By 2013, China could see its iPhone-owning population grow to 40-million plus. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that Apple will team up with China Mobile and China Telecom in order to push the iPhone onto all three carrier networks. Katy Huberty, an analyst from Morgan Stanley stated to investors late last week that Apple could only reach 10% of the “150 million high-end Chinese subscribers” with its present China Unicom partnership. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network, with an excess of 120-million customers paying approximately US$16 monthly. According to the report, 10% of these customers also subscribe to China...

  • MXit users want games, gossip, entertainment [Survey]

    MXit users care about having fun, hooking up, and getting the latest celebrity gossip. That’s according to a new survey, conducted with the aim of figuring out what apps -- besides games -- users of the instant messaging service most want. The survey was run by software development company Maxxor, whose online gaming division develops a number of games for MXit. It used this gaming population as the basis of the study. Head of Online Games at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus, claims that the 30-question survey was incredibly comprehensive given that "almost 30 000 people" completed it and that their...

  • Google Kenya head claims she ‘decided to leave’ in wake of Mocality scandal

    After initial reports that she had been fired, Google’s Kenya head Olga Arara-Kimani now claims she left the internet-giant of her own accord. Kenyan tech-news blog Nairobitech was the first to report that Arara-Kimani had been fired over the Mocality scandal. The scandal, which saw the Naspers-owned business directory accusing Google of illegally scraping its data, gained worldwide attention from the likes of The Register,Techcrunch, Boing Boing, The NextWeb, PaidContent, and Slashgear. Some wondered how damaging the scandal would be to Google’s "Do no evil" corporate mantra. Arara-Kimani’s alleged firing would seem to be in line with the comments...

  • The Way-C: A Congo-born, $300 tablet

    Tablets for emerging markets seem to be all the rage. India started the trend with its Akash tablet, and now the Republic of Congo has its own cost cutting, touchscreen device: the Way-C — a Chinese made, US$300 tablet. The inventor of the Way-C (meaning “the light of the stars”), Verone Mankou says: “We have set up a team and logistics to sell the tablet since Friday. Today, anyone can buy one.” Customers in the main cities of Congo, such as Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, can now purchase the ultra-cheap tablet. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Occupy Twitter in the name of the global citizen

    Twitter can now censor tweets by country. National borders, drawn on paper and defended with razor wire and guns in the physical world, now have a presence on the internet as well. You won't find politicians complaining -- but maybe the rest of us should. It was interesting to see how Twitter decided to break the news of its new localised censorship policy -- in the name of transparency of course -- by framing it through the blighted heritage of the Nazis that will see it abiding by national laws in France, Germany and Israel banning pro-Nazi content. It was...

  • MegaUpload to be deleted this week?

    Megaupload may be deleted in its entirety. This after the file sharing site’s assets were seized by the FBI and company founder Kim Dotcom was arrested. The deletion will occur, not because of any direct action taken by the FBI, but because it can’t pay the outside companies it uses to store its users' data. According to Associate Press, a letter from the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia states that the companies could begin deleting content by Thursday. The site’s attorney Ira Rothken says the company is doing everything in its power to stop the...

  • Getting to know you — how internet security is changing

    In my predictions for security in 2012, I pointed out that hand-in-hand with an increase in governmental control over the internet will come a spate of attacks from those that oppose such control. I also harboured some concern over the industrial systems that control infrastructure such as water, sewage, electrical grid, public transport and so on. The year has actually started with a lot of tension around exactly such problems. Towards the end of 2011, Anonymous targeted US Government sites in response to SOPA, but these attacks have not ceased even though the original SOPA bill has been put...

  • App of the week: Phraseology

    This week I take a look at Phraseology, a fully featured word processor for iPad that I have recently switched to for all my freelance writing tasks. Word processors are funny things aren’t they? With most of us being brought up on a staple diet of Microsoft Word and Notepad, we’ve been conditioned to expect certain things like red and green squiggles underneath incorrectly spelt words and grammatically incorrect sentences, absolute confusion when it comes to setting your page margins and configuring your printer setup and of course, word art, the quickest way to drain your brand new color ink...

  • Seven top tips for verifying tweets

    Twitter is like the coffee machine in the newsroom. Get a shot of caffeine, chat with colleagues, exchange useful information, but also get the latest gossip and rumours. The difference is that you probably won’t publish what you hear at the coffee machine. Twitter works differently: gossip, rumours, and other unverified information are published and sometimes cause a hoax. A tweet about the suspension of the famous CNN talk show host Piers Morgan over the phone hacking scandal is a recent example of a Twitter hoax. Another one from the beginning of 2011 saw a single tweet spreading...

  • Only two of 2011’s top apps are available for BlackBerry

    I have mad love for BlackBerry. In a world of beige, it is black. Much as I want the company to succeed, like you, I’ve been watching the slow motion car crash that is RIM. Thorsten Heins has his work cut out for him, and I want nothing more than to see the company make a Lazarus-esque comeback. Until that happens, developers will continue to have little confidence in the platform. There’s a lot of trash talking about this topic, but it’s a fact that BlackBerry is one of the least desirable platforms for developers. Developer interest is such an...

  • Entertainment apps rule Android store downloads, not games

    iOS users have fun, Android users get down to business, according to mobile app search company, Chomp. In its first ever annual app search analytics report, Chomp has revealed search data from the one-million-plus app searches per month which outline what the top apps are, what the trends are in apps and what the average price per app is. Chomp begins with the category share trend. Gaming, it seems, is on a downturn in the Android market. For iOS though, gaming is on the rise. In December 2011, games accounted for 36% of all iTunes downloads. For Android, only 22% of...

  • Wifis.org – the Wi-Fi social network

    Founded late last year in Berlin, Wifis.org aims to help neighbours get in touch. The free service connects people through a unique URL that replaces your current Wi-Fi network name (SSID). Wi-Fi network names have been used in a number of creative ways: Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Facebook IPO may come this week

    Facebook's long-awaited initial public offer (IPO) may come as early as this week, if media reports are to be believed. Reports that the world’s largest social network was readying itself to go public first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal. The offering is widely anticipated to raise around $10-billion for Facebook, giving it a valuation of between $75-billion and $100-billion -- a record for a company in the internet sector. By comparison, Google’s 2004 IPO raised $1.9-billion, giving it a valuation of $23-billion. In fact, the offering would be the fourth highest for a US company, behind Visa Inc.,...

  • Sony to releases holy trinity of new CyberShots

    Sony has unveiled three new CyberShots. The TX200V, WX70, and the WX50. Price-wise, the TX200V is the dearest at US$500. The WX70 and WX50 cost US$200 and US$230 respectively. The TX200V is priced close to a high-end smartphone for a simple reason. It looks exactly like a high-end smartphone. Somehow, Sony has made the TX200V mirror the iPhone as much as legally possible. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • New startup 22seven under fire from banks [Updated]

    The high-profile launch of new financial management startup 22seven has faced some early criticism, from the very institutions it relies on: The banks. Prolific tweeter and CEO of First National Bank (FNB) Michael Jordaan tweeted yesterday that he thought 22seven was a "cool concept", but warned "against disclosing password(s) to any 3rd party". He ended his tweet with this ominous warning: "Risk all yours". Getting tweets re 22seven. Cool concept but have to advise against disclosing password to any 3rd party. Risk all yours.— Michael Jordaan (@MichaelJordaan) January 26, 2012 The innovative startup is the brainchild of Twenty20 founder Christo Davel, and...