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  • Stephen Grootes and the company-employee Twitter dilemma

    Stephen Grootes is cool. He's one of those passionate, enthusiastic journalists that you really enjoy listening to on the radio. And he's a prolific writer, broadcaster and Tweeter with almost 15k followers. It's not particularly large on a world scale, but good for the niche. And Grootes' followers will just grow and grow and grow as time goes on. I often hear Stephen's Twitter handle being punted on radio, and with every punt the followers rack up. And rightly so -- tweeting journalists have added a new richness and dimension to the 100-year wireless. Grootes is not alone. It's pretty...

  • 7 Things you should know before forming a startup

    As you sat watching the fireworks explode in the night air, bringing yet another year to an end, you may have quietly committed to a resolution that this was finally going to be the year that you take the plunge and start your own business. Naturally, you’re a bit of a geek, so it will most likely be in the tech sphere. The idea has been brewing in the back of your mind for years and, for some unknown reason, the time finally seems right to take those unguided steps and break away from the security of your 9-5 job....

  • Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

    When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It’s a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time you’ll be looking at the whiskey-drinking, Mustang-driving designer and his indie-singer girlfriend across the road. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Rock out with Windows 95 on the HTC Evo 3D

    It was big news that Windows 8 was going to run on ARM, but probably not if you were a member of one particular group on the XDA Developers forum. Hailing from Pusad, India, the user nicknamed "mnomaanw" cracked open a can of nostalgia when he announced a simple way to run Windows 95/98/XP and Linux on his HTC Evo 3D. A little over a week ago, mnomaanw put up a post detailing a simple method to get the aforementioned operating systems running on Android. Mnomaanw gives credit to the developers that he collaborated with and promptly proceeds with step-by-step instructions...

  • 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...