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  • Making AOL look foolish: Arrington continues to post on TechCrunch

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Mike Arrington lost his job at TechCrunch over his insistence to be an investor in his beat companies. Precisely what future he will have with the company, though, remains unclear. Arrington continues to post articles on Techcrunch in defiance of AOL's and Arianna Huffington's statements that he is no longer employed and that Erick Schonfeld is interim editor while a replacement is found. The decision to remove Arrington from an editorial position at TechCrunch was reportedly made by Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, which AOL bought in February. Huffington was named the head of...

  • Are you wasting your employer’s time on Facebook?

    The average person spends a sizeable amount of time on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ everyday. We are the social network generation, it shows in the way we live our lives and conduct ourselves. Fifty-seven percent of people communicate more with their friends online than they do in real life. Did you know that Facebook users apparently spend 700-billion minutes a month on the social network? That's just Facebook statistics, what about Twitter, Google+ and the many other networks that consume our time online? Unless all the users on these social networks don't have day jobs, we're clearly spending an lot...

  • Qooh.me: ‘A carnival fun ride of questions’

    Ever wanted to know something about your friends or someone you know but were too afraid to ask? Wish there was an app for that? There probably is, but there is a also a web-service. Enter Qooh.me, the apparent answer to your problem. Qooh.me is a "web application that allows you to ask your friends or people you find interesting open and anonymous questions in order to get to know them better," says creator, Vincent Mabuza. The service essentially takes users back to the rudimentary processes of anonymous, online interaction. It is a bit of a throwback to the days...

  • The Samsung SMART TV — Let’s talk tech

    My previous connotations towards the aptly dubbed “idiot box” were ones of apathy. The reason this stigma has been around for decades, stems around our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a mere third person spectator. Yet somehow Samsung have found a harmonious amalgam between the two with Samsung’s SMART TV. The interaction Samsung has an ideology that far exceeds the...

  • Groupon possibly rethinking its IPO

    US online deals giant Groupon is reportedly re-evaluating its plans to go public. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has become hesitant because of volatility in the stock market. Citing a "person familiar with the matter", the newspaper said that Groupon would not be cancelling its initial public offering but is reassessing the timing. The Journal also reports that the group buying giant has cancelled a roadshow for potential investors which had been scheduled for next week. The company had been planning to go public in mid September. It initially announced its plans to go public in...

  • Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

    The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess up a trilogy. Unfortunately for the Resistance trilogy, as far as the narrative is concerned, this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, games are more than just plot twists and mcguffins. Fight or Die Resistance 3 stars Joe Capelli, who replaces previous franchise lead, Nathan Hale, for reasons that become abundantly...

  • Yahoo! CEO: ‘I’ve just been fired over the phone’

    Following a tense period in which rumours swirled over when, or if, she would be axed, colourful Yahoo! CEO, Carol Bartz announced the end of her tenure at the internet company. The announcement was made via an email to staff, sent from Bartz's iPad. With the subject line, "Goodbye", the email went out to all Yahoo! employees was obtained by technology blog AllThingsD. In the email, Bartz -- as a "last f%*& you" to the Yahoo! board according to AllThingsD -- wrote: To all, I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's...

  • MTN Business to sponsor SA entrepreneurial reality TV show

    MTN Business has announced that it will be sponsoring a new "Apprentice" style South African reality TV show, "The Big Break". The Big Break will root out South Africa's rising entrepreneurial stars and assist them in developing their businesses. Prizes to the tune of US$700 000 are up for grabs, and the show itself represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to shine. Business segments general manager of MTN Business, Nomalanga Nkosi says, For MTN Business this is not just a sponsorship, it's a philosophy. The Big Break represents opportunity, inspiration and more importantly recognises fledgling entrepreneurs from South Africans that...

  • Facebook for iPhone update adds sharing and security features

    Following Facebook’s recent privacy and sharing update, the iPhone version of the social networking app now also shares the same features thanks to its latest update. Version 3.5 of Facebook for iPhone lets users tag friends, as well as places in their status updates. It is now also easier to manage how the users see each post. These features are mirrored on Facebook.com and include the updated look to the group walls and profile page. The look is now exceptionally clean, removing many of the outdated user interface options which seemed to detract from the user experience. The layout is most...

  • TechCrunch ‘on the precipice’

    In the wake of reports that founding editor Michael Arrington would be resigning, senior TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler believes the renowned blog may be "on the precipice". When it was first revealed that Arrington would be leaving the company he helped found to set up a venture capital fund, it was believed that the decision was an amicable one with the added bonus of a US$10-million cash injection from TechCrunch parent company AOL. Siegler's dramatic post, which appeared as the lead on the site, suggests that the situation may not be so cut and dry: As soon as tomorrow,...

  • Increased calls for social media, BBM regulation

    Formal content regulation on social networks and messenger services like BlackBerry's BBM is currently a topic of heated discussion around the world. Governments in disparate countries from the UK, Saudi Arabia, India, UAE to South Africa have been making noises about regulating the free-for-all on popular social media sites and tools. On Monday South African deputy communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for new regulations that will allow police authority access messages sent via BlackBerry’s encrypted messenger service (BBM), reports Business Day. Bapela said the government was now considering regulations following calls from the UK and Saudi Arabia for decryption of...

  • Generational theory’s influence on digital marketing

    Generational Theory is a topic that has been bantered around in marketing circles for, well, for generations now. Never has technology, though, moved at such a blistering pace as now. Even those belonging to Gen X are feeling a little bewildered at times. From the music each generation identifies with to the clothing styles and even value systems, generations are different. Let's break down the generations Marketing texts usually break the generations down in to 6 major categories: Lost Generation: 1883 – 1900 The GI Generation: 1901 – 1924 The...

  • How over-regulation has stifled the pace of mobile money adoption in Africa

    In a continent where less than 20 percent of Africa's population has a bank account and where latent demand for money services is so high, why are there no other success stories on the scale of Safaricom’s MPESA service, in Kenya? Diverse factors such as distribution networks or Kenya's unique social structure have often been cited as the reasons why MPESA has only worked in Kenya and not elsewhere, the answer lies in the requirement for compliance and regulation obeisance has cemented the role of banks at the core of the mobile money universe. This factor has undoubtedly played a...

  • ‘Lost’ iPhone 5 saga: The plot thickens

    Last week the web was ablaze with news that yet another iPhone prototype had been misplaced in a bar. Some jokingly speculated that the loss of this iPhone 5 prototype was so similar to the loss of an iPhone 4 prototype that it could plausibly have been a PR stunt. No one, however, seriously believed this to be the case. Further bolstering belief that the prototype's loss was not a PR stunt, CNET, which first released the story, had written that the San Francisco police department (SFPD) had played a part in the recovery of the lost iPhone. According to...

  • News24 launches Samsung Smart TV app

    News24 and Samsung South Africa have combined to produce the first local Smart TV application. The News24 app can be accessed from any Samsung Smart TV and offers the hooked-in user news reports, the latest sports results, financial indicators, celebrity gossip and much more.The move mirrors the recent UK launch of the BBC News app on Samsung TVs. The app takes the form of a scrolling news ticker which displays the latest information at the bottom of the screen. At the press of a button, the user can open any story from the news ticker and view it...