Emerging Markets

Emerging markets tech expected to generate over $1-trillion in 2012

map-emergingmarkets2005 Emerging markets are where it’s at when it comes to tech. They’re where the next billion internet users will come from and some even reckon that the next wave of world-changing startups will come from within them. Small wonder then that they’re set generate over US$1-trillion in IT spend this year. According to tech research company Gartner, emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe still have thriving tech scenes, despite economic ...


The rise of the Slacktivist: On the back of Kony 2012

With a new Kony 2012 video on the horizon, it seems we have come to a new chapter in Slacktivism. Slacktivism is a portmanteau of slacker and activism. It's basically the act of supporting a cause via some social platform tends and to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist. The issue people tend raise around slacktivism is whether or not one can make real social change without hitting the street and protesting. The success enjoyed by Kony 2012, which was ...


Instagram for Android goes past 1M downloads in less than 24 hours

Instagram for Android has been downloaded over one-million times since going live late yesterday. According to the New York Times, the app experienced 2 000 sign ups a minute after launching. Tech news site The Next Web reckons this makes it one of the biggest app launches in history. The wildly popular app was previously only available on devices running Apple’s iOS. Bringing Android into Instagram’s fold could see the app soar past the 30-million or users it currently has. ...


5 Tips from Clay Shirky on creativity and innovation

innovation Clay Shirky -- the writer, teacher, and consultant on all things online -- recently told an audience of innovators, tech enthusiasts and creative minds what they’d least been expecting to hear. There are no rules for creativity. The event, organised by innovation news site PSFK is designed to inspire and impart knowledge from those who've taken risks and succeeded, with experience and insight to share. Shirky's talk underlined a point that had been illustrated by those who took part in ...

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Spaaza: The glue that brings together online and offline shopping

Spaaza Facebook app eCommerce changed everything, but beyond the convenience, choice and financial savings yielded by armchair shopping, there’s an armada of disgruntled brick and mortar businesses who find it hard to compete. Why? In the US, big online retailers such as Amazon are exempt from collecting sales tax from online shoppers in the majority of states. A 1992 US Supreme Court ruling states that online retailers don’t have to collect sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. The pressure is ...


What tech businesses need to survive in a time of flux

Flux The theme of the 2012 Skoll World Forum is "Flux: seizing momentum, driving change", which I think is a fantastic one. We’ve never had such upheaval in the way businesses work, in how citizens interact with government, or in how information flows in the world. It’s about change, and survival in a time of flux is best done through agility and creativity. "As an operating paradigm, it expresses the fluid nature of relationships, policies, institutions and human beings which are ever-changing ...

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The Goldilocks effect: Connected, but alone? [TED Video]

The more connected we become the more likely we are to feel alone. This is what psychologist Sherry Turkle believes is happening to us in our new connected lives. Turkle is a TED fellow who graced the cover of Wired Magazine in 1996 as one of the first authors to take a serious look at how people engage online. In her latest book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that ...


Facebook rolls out support for Indian languages on feature phone app

Facebook has added support for Hindi on its feature phone app, with plans to roll out support for seven more in the coming weeks. The languages include Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi. The social networking giant has also added support for Vietnamese and Malay to the app. The move is widely seen as a bid by Facebook to make deeper inroads into India’s 1.2-billion strong population. According social stats site Social Bakers, India is already has the ...


Facebook takes power saving social

Facebook is looking to make going green, social. The social networking giant announced a new social energy app that allows people to track their home electricity use. According to Facebook the app will initially reach around 20-million households in the US. It claims that the app “allows people to quickly and easily start benchmarking their home's energy use against similar homes”. The app also reportedly allows people to “compare their energy use with friends, enter energy-saving competitions and share tips ...


6 Things people do when they interact with a brand’s Facebook Timeline

Facebook Pages When Facebook rolled out Timeline for brands it was a pretty big deal. Some companies went all out, including their entire history, others went for spectacular cover images. A few weeks on, how have ordinary users reacted to the change? As it turns out, most people don’t really notice how snazzy your cover image looks, they really like a current timeline and are more likely to interact with your brand if one of their friends does too. Those are some of the ...






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