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  • App of the week: Turntable.fm

    This week I take a look at Turntable.fm, a cleverly designed app version of an awesome idea that puts a really innovative spin on streaming radio and music sharing. Let me start off by saying that I am an absolute music addict. I spend the majority of my waking hours (and a lot of those I spend sleeping) with earphones firmly in place listening to an extensive and highly varied music collection that has taken years to accumulate and that I value more than anything I own. Occasionally though, after listening to everything so much, I grow tired of something...

  • Online furniture sales on the rise says bidorbuy

    We all know that online auction sites are a great place to find a deal on a whole host of products. With a bit of luck, Electronics, games and DVDs can all be found for a fraction of their original price. According to the latest figures from South African online auction site bidorbuy, furniture is playing an increasingly important role in the world of online buying. The site’s figures state that shoppers spent over ZAR1.1-million (US$140 000) on new and antique furniture for their homes and gardens in August. Of this, R 700 000 (US$ 89 000) went to...

  • Facebook rolling out new updates

    Facebook, the world's largest social network, has rolled out a series of wide-sweeping updates. The updates come at the same time as Google+ is opening up to the world and include giving priority to important posts on the News Feed, larger shared images (plus the ability to upload larger files) and a real-time conversation ticker. Referring to the opening up of Google+ , Facebook product manager Keith Schacht said, "As Mark put it, this is launching season. This is an update we have been working on a long time, unrelated to anything else." He reiterated that the...

  • Google+: Now open to the world

    Google + is now open to the world. This means that web users no longer have to wait for an invitation from existing members to join the world's fastest growing social network. "For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal," Google's senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post. "We're nowhere near done, but with the improvements we've made so far we're ready to move from field trial to beta... Anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they...

  • Netflix apologetic for price hike

    Reed Hastings of Netflix has apologised for the company’s recent handling of a price increase to the streaming services. The new price hike ended the hugely successful US$10 monthly “all you can eat” subscription of DVD and media streaming, replacing it with a separate price for each. Customers can now select from US$7.99 for DVD or streaming, or pay US$15.98 for both products. Netflix relied on a low-level managed to announce this on its blog and the public feedback was brutal to say the least. Hastings has now admitted to “messing up” in regards to the announcement of the company split....

  • HTC unveils the Rhyme

    Taiwanese mobile phone giant HTC is unleashing its latest smartphone, the “Rhyme” on the world. One of the smartphone’s unique new features is a flashing charm which can be attached to any object to show that a call is taking place, or that a message has come through. The Rhyme will be powered by the latest version of Android, known as “Gingerbread” and will cost US$200 through Verizon. Launching on 29 September in the States, the Rhyme is a “stylish” phone according to HTC with suitable accessories being launched alongside it. The Rhyme will go on sale in Asian and European...

  • Samsung seeks to ban sale of iPhone 5

    Apple and Samsung have been caught up in a patent war which has seen the two electronic giants facing up against each other in pitched court battles around the globe. Samsung’s latest manoeuvre involves the South Korean giant seeking to ban all sales of the iPhone 5, possibly filing lawsuits in South Korea and other unnamed countries. The patent wars between the two companies have centred around design and technology features of their smartphones and tablet computers. This has been seen as a strategic move, with South Korean newspapers citing a Samsung official who is reported to have said as much. The...

  • YouTube-hit soldier comes out after US gay military ban officially ends

    Hours after the official repeal of the US military's ban on "public" homosexuality, an American soldier has released an emotional video of him coming out to his father. The soldier has previously chronicled his experiences of being gay in the US military on the video-sharing platform. Since April of this year, the more than 8 000 subscribers to his YouTube channel and millions of viewers have been transfixed as the formerly faceless US soldier who says he's deployed in Afghanistan has posted a series of 17 surprisingly viral videos chronicling his journey to publicly coming out as gay in the...

  • 4 Reasons your business shouldn’t be on Twitter

    If you believe all the hype online and offline, your business is going to die a horrible, slow, excruciating death unless you join Twitter right now. Put down your coffee, stop reading this article and open up a Twitter account for your business. Just do it. If every major (and minor) corporation out there is setting up a Twitter account, surely it makes sense for you to be tweeting with the masses. If Richard Branson is doing it, then so should you… If the hype is to be believed, you’ll be able to connect with your clients, build relationships with...

  • Is your business ‘all in’ for the cloud?

    Steve Ballmer’s quote -- "for the cloud, we’re all in"; spoken in March last year, is rapidly becoming IT folklore. For most industry watchers it was construed as a declaration of war against Google, but it was also a clear recognition from Microsoft that the shift from client server to cloud computing was an irresistible force. There are those who criticise Microsoft for being late to react to big macro-technological trends -- the internet being one of the most obvious -- but there's no denying that once the Redmond behemoth sets its big guns on a market, everyone else...

  • Social media marketing: Where is it headed?

    Social media is seemingly the greatest marketing strategy since the advent of the thirty second radio spot. But where are we going to go from here and is this as good as it is going to get? What and where is the next giant leap in technology going to take us in this connected world of ever increasing augmented reality? Where are we now with social media? While businesses are doing their best to get to grips with the social media band wagon, individuals within specific spheres of expertise are grappling with the same social demand that social networking is placing...

  • Cloud collaboration on the rise: Gartner

    Collaboration is an important factor in the way a number of companies do business. But what if you need to collaborate with a colleague on the other side of the country, or even on the other side of the world? That’s where collaboration in the cloud comes in and, according to research house Gartner, it's on the rise. Gartner estimates that penetration of cloud email collaboration services (CECS) will stand at 10 percent by the end of 2014. By this stage, it will also have passed the "tipping point" and broadscale adoption will be underway. The research house...

  • Top tips for building a community via social media

    "The future of storytelling lies in social and mobile," says journalist and academic, Julie Posetti Australia's "Twitter Queen". Posetti achieved notoriety as the subject of Australia's first threatened Twitter lawsuit, although no papers have been served to date. At this year's Digital Citizen's Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, Posetti highlighted 10 tips to building a community via social media while telling stories. The tips she highlights work for brands, individuals and journalists using Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Join a conversation Posetti highlights the importance of listening and paying attention to a conversation before joining it....

  • TEDx Soweto: ‘Delve deep into the conversation about our future’

    TED started out as a group of bright minds meeting up every year in Monterey, California 25 years ago. The principle behind it was simple: "Ideas Worth Spreading". These days it’s an international phenomenon with conferences bearing the famous TED logo taking place all over the world. These conferences include the TED Global and TED X streams. The TEDx stream, while licensed by TED is independently organised. Soweto, Johannesburg will be hosting its second TEDx conference at the end of September. The event organisers claim that it will "delve deep into the conversation about our future". Some of the topics...

  • Google Wallet goes live

    Ever imagined a future without the inconvenience of having to carry around cash, or credit cards, or any wallet at all? Google has brought that future one step closer with the official launch of its smartphone wallet service. The internet giant's latest mobile product has gone live, with owners of the Nexus S 4G from US carrier Sprint being the first able to pay for purchases with a simple tap of their phones. "With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC)," said Osama Bedier, vice president of payments at Google. Wallet...