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  • 14 useful apps for Mac

    With so many many amazing apps for Mac, everyone is sure to have a favourite or two. I decided to list a few stemming from my own meandering experiences. Some of them might be familiar to you too, but on the off chance that they are not, I felt compelled to share them. If you have other favourites you simply cannot live without please feel free to share them in the comments. Sparrow - http://www.sparrowmailapp.com Minimalist and beautiful, with special attention paid to Gmail integration, it’s one of the best ways to experience Gmail natively on your Mac. Twitter for Mac -...

  • Coming soon: A homegrown tech entrepreneurship guide

    All rising economies need a helping hand to achieve greatness. Economies that wish to thrive in today's fast-paced world of changing commerce and enterprising initiative need enterprising people. Entrepreneurship is a crucial part of any society on the rise, especially where technological infrastructure is lacking. The Entrepreneurship Guide website will go live on 12 May, in conjunction with the project launch at the Net Prophet conference in Cape Town. The South African entrepreneurial landscape is fast becoming a busy one. A sizeable number of South African entrepreneurs have graced the international stage with their ideas and flourishing success stories, though many...

  • The tablet: a fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...

  • World of Warcraft — A case of identity tourism?

    World of Warcraft, created by Blizzard Entertainment, is the single most successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) ever produced. The game now has more than 12-million subscribers, each of whom pays not only for the boxed software but also a monthly subscription that averages at about €13. At the heart of the game is an avatar created by the user that starts at Level 1 and can cap at Level 85. Each level takes longer to reach the further you progress, but with each level your avatar gains power, new skills and abilities, and new opportunities for in-game...

  • Symantec: Facebook accidentally leaked your data

    In yet another case of online security being breached, US computer security firm Symantec has said that Facebook accidentally left a door open for advertisers to access profiles, pictures, chat and other private data from the social network. The California based social-network said that there was no evidence anyone stepped through that door and swiped any information from the accounts of its more than 500 million members. Symantec discovered that certain Facebook applications leaked tokens that essentially act as "spare keys" for accessing profiles, reading messages, posting to walls or other actions. Facebook applications are Web software programs that are...

  • Location based social-networks: Who’s using them, where, why and how? [infographic]

    Beyond being something that constantly comes up on my Twitter feed, which I used to view as irritating, location based services (Foursquare in particular) were something to be forgotten and vaguely risky. However for both myself, and many others across the web, that opinion regarding these services is slowly changing. It is to be expected that, although Foursquare is the location service buzzword, Facebook Locations dwarfs it; or that privacy concerns are stalling the adoption of these services. However, beyond those expected results, digital services company, Beyond, in partnership with the Social-Loco conference, took a look at the reality behind...

  • Management must man up for cloud to succeed

    Private clouds built on the right foundations can help IT organisations meet their companies’ demands for more agile services – and allow them to carry forward current investments as they adopt public cloud computing. That was one of the big takeaways from the first day of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), which is being held in Johannesburg for the first time this week. The event, which drew some 400 IT professionals from South African businesses and other technology companies like Intel, saw Microsoft experts discussing the various technologies, tools, and guidance to help enterprises progress toward the benefits of cloud...

  • ‘Bill Gates of Africa’ to speak at local conference

    Herman Chinery-Hesse, commonly known as "The Bill Gates of Africa", is to speak at the upcoming Tech4Africa conference in Johannesburg later this year. He will join a world-class line-up of international and African technologists that will present at the conference in October 2011. The conference will features speakers from leading international tech companies that include Amazon, Mozilla, SimpleGeo, Clearleft and a number of African speakers from SOFTtribe, SwiftRiver, the African Institution of Technology, Motribe, and Ultinet Systems. The two-day conference runs from 27 to 28 October 2011 at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg and will bring international experience and perspectives...

  • President Zuma joins Twitter: South Africa tweets back

    With very little fanfare, the office of the South African Presidency, in a fitting move -- not via a press-conference or a press release but via a tweet - announced that Jacob Zuma had joined Twitter. His first, and at the time of writing, only tweet was: His "lack of activity" since then has not slowed his rapidly growing follower count however - after being live for just four hours, his follower count stood at close on 4000. Presidential spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa is quoted on South African news website, TimesLIVE as saying, "Yes, it is the legitimate account for President Zuma."...

  • LinkedIn goes public, seeks to raise $274 million

    LinkedIn announced on Monday that it plans to offer 7.84 million shares priced at between $32 and $35, as it becomes the first landmark US social network to go public. The California-based social network for professionals is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange within the next month and will use the symbol "LNKD." LinkedIn, which has more than 100 million members in over 200 countries and territories, is seeking to raise as much as $274.4 million from the initial public offering (IPO) with $146.6 million going to the company itself. The career-oriented social network initially set an overall...

  • Microsoft close to US$7-8 billion Skype deal

    A week has barely passed since news broke that internet telephony company Skype was potentially up for sale. Today those rumours were bolstered with the news that Microsoft is vying for the keys to the Skype offices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft, the oldest of all the tech giants is planning to buy Skype for a staggering US$7 to US$8 billion. The Wall Street Journal states – but cautions against believing - and other reports confirm that not only is Microsoft "in talks" to buy Skype but the deal has been concluded and an announcement will be made at...

  • Social media networks for food and wine bloggers

    Food and wine bloggers are springing up almost every day. To ensure that your blog doesn’t get lost in the crowd of daily posts on Twitter and Facebook, here are some social networks that allow you to share recipes and tips, meet new people and generate traffic to your blog. The key to using these social networks is to become a real user, avoid spamming by providing links to quality, relevant sites (including your occasional blog post). Make the effort to build up a profile on at least three other social networks, and engage with other users in order...

  • YouTube takes on NetFlix, adds thousands of movies for rent

    In a bid to woo viewers away from television and bolster their already booming Internet service Netflix, YouTube is beefing up its roster of movies for "rent" online in the United States. "You're spending just 15 minutes a day on YouTube, and spending five hours a day watching TV", YouTube head Salar Kamangar said. "As the lines between online and offline continue to blur, we think that's going to change", he continued. In addition to expanding its online movie roster, YouTube is increasing support for "partners" who create amateur clips that are attracting "TV-sized" audiences on the website. According to Kamangar...

  • Pigspotter still at large — nearly 50 000 followers and counting

    One of the biggest jibes from those who scoff at social-networking is the inherent narcissism within it. It may seem unfair but no user can truly deny that there isn't a grain of truth to it. In that vein, with millions of people trying to carve out their niche and make a splash, dust-ups and controversies are a dime a dozen on social-networks. However, it’s somewhat surprising when those outside of social-networks are dragged in, or rather, join into those ruckuses, as happened with the case of @PigSpotter, for example. More than six months have passed since the Pigspotter controversy broke...

  • 33% of Facebook posting is mobile

    Some stats have been published, by researchers and the company themselves, about mobile usage of Facebook. But to content creators, one of the most important uses of the social network is when users create posts, sometimes posting original content, often sharing articles and media found elsewhere on the web. I was unable to find much data about how much of this activity occurs via mobile devices, so I decided to research my own. I used a random sample set of more than 70,000 Facebook public posts (those from users with open privacy settings). The data includes status updates, videos, links...