French president Sarkozy joins Twitter

French president Nicholas Sarkozy has become the latest world leader to join Twitter. Since joining, his official account gained 13 000 plus followers, despite only sending out two tweets. "Good day to you all, I'm very happy today to launch my Twitter account. Thank you to all of those who would like to follow me," he said, in his first message. Bonjour à tous, je suis très heureux de lancer aujourd’hui mon compte #Twitter. Merci à ceux qui voudront bien me ...


Vimeo festival looks to reward film makers, features star judges

Online videos are increasingly gaining currency as an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment. YouTube knows it and the best Web TV series have even been recognised with their own awards. If you needed any more convincing, video-sharing site Vimeo is hosting its second festival and awards show. The festival will take place in New York City in June this year. The YouTube competitor claims that the aim of the ceremony is to celebrate "the most creative and original videos online, ...


Zynga reports continued user growth, net income loss

Social gaming giant Zynga’s latest financial results have revealed a net income loss, despite continued user growth. In its annual financial summary, the company said it experienced a net loss of US$403-million. It noted, however, that a large part of that loss was down to payouts it had to make to shareholders in the wake of its IPO. Online gaming revenue continues to be a big money spinner for the company, accounting for US$1.07-billion in 2011. Although advertising revenue increased ...

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FNB becomes first bank to add official support for 22Seven

22seven At least one major South African bank appears to have changed its tune on financial management app 22Seven. First National bank (FNB) has issued a press release claiming that it will "allow access to 22Seven". The bank claims that it made the decision as part of an "ongoing attempt to create simple and convenient solutions for its customers". "FNB has set a precedence of responding to our customer's [sic] needs with innovative products and services. We are now providing a ...


You can now pay for your meals via MXit

Popular instant messaging service, MXit, is expanding its mobile payment system. Last year the service signed an exclusive agreement with wiWallet, that made it possible for MXit’s 10-million+ active South African users to make use of its mobile payment services. wiWallet is a subsidiary of UCS Group Limited (“UCS”), a provider of retail software within South Africa, that services 95% of SA's retailers. When MXit originally announced its partnership with wiWallet it said it wanted to "replace our existing Moola payment platform ...

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Men care less about Valentine’s Day, at least on Twitter

Valentine’s Day gives us an extra special reason to be more romantically inclined than usual. I for one *heart* valentine’s day, but do other women feel the same as me, and how do men feel about the day? Considering that it’s actually MANentinesday the boys really have nothing to complain about as the roles have technically been reversed. If you buy into the whole leap year thing that is. However, it appears that the guys seem to be less in ...


On the comeback trail: Is Microsoft regaining its ‘cool’?

windowsphone During a cold December in Paris at a conference called Le Web, I was struck by an insight. It was a combination of what I had been feeling for a while and what a brilliant analyst was saying -- and that is, Microsoft is on the comeback trail. It really is. In recent times, Microsoft has struggled to exude that "cool factor" of companies like Apple, a coolness that is reflected in the companies' respective share prices too. It's a zeitgeist ...


The difference between Facebook friends and real friends: A case study

facebook banner My object of study, the 21-year old beauty who I call EmmaFB, has 921 Friends on Facebook. Her friends are from all the phases of her life, from pre- and primary school, high school, university, going out, friends of friends, and family members. This range of friends has been confirmed by international studies to be the typical set of friends a young person has. As EmmaFB told me in an interview I conducted with her, she goes out a lot, ...


7 Of the most popular ‘old school’ classics on YouTube

YouTube iPad There is a common misconception that only modern artists like Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber can rule YouTube and create videos that generate millions of hits. In fact there are plenty of classic artists whose staying power has earned them top spots on the video-sharing site. Stars like Elvis, The Beatles and many more may have had humble beginnings on a colourless square-shaped box (the television), but they now dominate the internet and millions of people are still listening to ...


Review: Nokia Lumia 800 – Achingly beautiful

Writing this review was emotional. I became deeply pensive, and at one stage called my mom to tell her that I love her and that I’ve found the perfect phone for her. It’s what the Nokia Lumia 800 does. It evokes emotive responses. It makes you, for the lack of a better word, gaga. I work with a panoply of personality types, and the Lumia 800 drew superlative praise from everyone. No hyperbole here, just plain, honest truth. Expletives were thrown ...






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