Social media

Online checkouts get a social dashboard

Own Technology integration is moving forward at a rapid pace. Some technology marketers are even feeling that technology advancement and user acceptance is moving so quickly that they are having difficulty in finding an angle to market to their prospects. But that's not stopping Own, a Point of Sale software that has integrated its PoS with social media. Simply put what it has done is integrated FourSquare, Twitter and Facebook with its PoS software. The Own PoS runs as an Android app ...


Path 2.1: Now with smarter camera, support for Nike+

Path Up-and-coming private social network Path had a couple of rough days last month because it uploaded its users' address books to its servers without their explicit permission. Today, however, the company is focusing squarely on its product again with the release of version 2.1 of its iOS app. This isn't a major overhaul of the service, as the version number already indicates, but the company made some pretty significant updates to the product that its users will surely appreciate. One really ...


New Reddit CEO sends out first public message

Reddit New Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has sent out his first public communication since officially taking over the reins at the ‘front page on the internet’. A former director of engineering at Facebook, Wong was asked to step into the CEO role shortly after Reddit was spun off as an independent entity from publishing giant Condé Nast. In an open letter to the social news site’s community, Wong expressed surprise at the fact that he'd even been considered for the position: I didn't have ...

Apple, Humour

The iPad tells all, Tim Cook’s wardrobe disappointment [Comic]

iPad protyope comic I think the guys at Joy of Tech were sitting just waiting for Apple to have an event. Following the launch of the device we all thought would be called the iPad3 or iPad HD and that turned out to actually just be the iPad, Nitrozac and Snaggy put together two comics to unpack the main issues of the event. I am really glad they did, because they have addressed the elephant in the.... room? World? Whatever, they addressed an elephant ...


Facebook to become ‘your personalised newspaper’ with Interest Lists

Facebook has introduced a new product that it claims is “a whole new way to keep up with stuff you care about and tidy up your experience on Facebook”. The new feature, called Interest Lists, is basically a way for you to tidy up your news feed into sections determined by you. Facebook claims that doing so turns the social network into “your own personalised newspaper, with special sections—or feeds—for topics that matter to you”. In fact, the company has taken ...

Startup news

Yola boss Vinny Lingham steps down to launch new startup

Vinny Lingham Well-known Silicon Valley-based South African web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has resigned as the CEO of Yola, the internet startup he founded about five years ago, to launch a new venture. The new venture -- Gyft -- promises "to change the way you think about gift cards". It plans to launch in May this year and is offering an early sign up for members. There is no indication of who is backing the venture (but Memeburn will find this out soon). Yola says ...


Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter

Pintrest Want to drive traffic to your site? Forget Twitter (Okay maybe don’t forget it entirely) and get pinning. That’s right, Pinterest -- a two-year old social network with 11-million users -- drives more traffic to websites than Twitter -- a five year-old network with well over 100-million active users. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic, a third-party social measurement tool, Pinterest not only beat out Twitter, but also referred Google traffic and organic Bing searches. Shareaholic claims its findings ...


iPad > PCs

Ipad stuff Apple sold more iPads last quarter than any computer manufacturer in the world sold PCs. Read that again. Apple sold 15.4-million iPads between October and December. Compare this to HP (15.1-million PCs), Lenovo (13-million PCs), Dell (11.9-million PCs) and Acer (9.8-million PCs) and suddenly you’ll realise why we saw over 100 tablet competitors launched during 2011 by every hardware manufacturer. Tablets > PCs. iPad > PC. And, as much as Twitter and tech blogs tried to have you believe otherwise, the use of the ...

General Tech

Can ultrabooks halt the ‘post PC world’ onslaught?

Ultrabook At Apple’s iPad launch event CEO Tim Cook waxed lyrical about being in a post PC world. The overarching message seemed to be “tablets are the way forward”, even though the message was Apple was trying to convey was more along the lines of "our tablet is the way forward". But are we actually living in a post PC world, in which tablets are rapidly becoming the computing device of choice? The latest stats from tech research company Gartner would ...

Mxit, Social media

Hey MXit, where’s the share button?

Mxit MXit, the free instant messaging and social media platform, has been in the news lately, primarily because it was acquired by World of Avatar, a South African investment group lead by Alan Knott Craig Junior, last year. Where MXit has excelled in the pre-smartphone market has been in connecting to other services like Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk and Facebook while operating on the relatively cheap GPRS packet oriented mobile data service. Prior to BlackBerry and its infamous BBM free instant messaging service, ...






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