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  • The age of networked intelligence and peril unrequited [Video]

    The technological revolution has propelled us into an open world with powerful tools available to empower us. Futurist Don Tapscott, speaking at a TEDGlobal event explores how recent generations have been "bathed in connecting technology from birth". He believes that this has resulted in a world that is transforming into a far more open and transparent place. Yesterday's internet was a platform for the presentation of content. The internet of today is a platform for computation. The internet is becoming a giant global computer, and every time you go on it, you upload a video, you do a Google...

  • New iOS, Android versions of Twitter get expanded tweets

    If you're rocking an iPhone or a smartphone running Android, you might notice something a little different about Twitter after your next update. The 140-character-or-less social network has rolled out a series of changes in the latest versions of its smartphone apps, including expanded tweets. Anyone using the web version of Twitter will be familiar with the fact that you can expand tweets, allowing you to view videos and photos, or get previews from selected sites. According to Twitter you can now, for instance, view a Kickstarter project's pitch video. The expanded view is only available to accounts run...

  • iPad finally gets dedicated Google+ app

    Look, this isn't the most surprising news on Earth. Google did promise that the iPad would get its own Google+ app at its recent I/O event. And now it's here. The internet giant claims that the iPad app was "designed with the device in mind". As opposed to, you know, a completely different device. It also says that "your stream styles content based on popularity, type and orientation" and adds that it comes with a couple of unique features. These include the ability to: Pinch and expand posts in your stream to add your comments Use two fingers to drag a...

  • Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Twitter, Google and Bing

    The little social network that could is continuing to surprise the critics by climbing up the list of the top social media referrers -- it generated more referral traffic than Twitter back in March, and now it seems it's sending more social media users around the web than Google, Bing and StumbleUpon too. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic (via TechCrunch), Pinterest accounts for 1.19% of visits on its network of over 200 000 publishers. Ok, so all of the social media platforms (including the largest -- Facebook) have nowhere near as much power as Google search (organic...

  • Google turns +1 button into full-on recommendation service

    Until now, Google's +1 button has allowed you to share the fact that a page is to your liking and...that's about it really. Things are about to change though. The internet giant is reportedly rolling a refreshed version of +1 that will see it become a social recommendation button. According to specialist site The State of Search the recommendation will be from the site you're visiting. That means they have a far more vested interest in you actually clicking the +1 button. Once you click on it, you'll be shown other pages and on the site or domain that...

  • Twitter pays tribute to Mark Boucher on his retirement

    The retirement of South African wicket keeper Mark Boucher from international cricket has resulted in a wave of tributes from Twitter users around the world. The player made the announcement shortly after it was revealed that emergency eye surgery would keep him out of the Proteas' upcoming English tour. His name quickly became a globally trending topic on Twitter: Most lamented the way Boucher was forced to walk away from the game: Terribly sad way for Mark Boucher's career to end. A great servant for South African cricket.— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) July 10, 2012 So sad that Mark Boucher...

  • RIM to sell corporate jet in $1bn saving bid

    If you find yourself in financial trouble, it's usually a good idea to cut back on one or two frivolous luxuries. A corporate jet or two, for instance. Beleaguered BlackBerry manufacturer is doing just that as it looks to save one-billion dollars. The company is putting its nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA F50EX up for sale and hopes to raise US$6-7-million. The sale is probably more of a goodwill gesture than anything. After all, it wouldn't look good for a company to have two corporate jets when it's getting ready to fire 5 000 employees. Don't feel too bad for...

  • Sina’s MeYou looks to clone Path’s success

    Chinese social networks aren't exactly averse to copying their Western counterparts, but Sina's Path clone is taking it to a whole new level. The private social network, called MeYou (which translates as "close friends") sticks so faithfully to Path's iOS app design that it would be indistinguishable if it weren't for the Chinese characters. According to TechNode, the app integrates pretty closely with the company's immensely popular microblogging service Sina Weibo. People can, for instance, log in with their Weibo accounts. Should they choose to do so, all their Weibo connections will be transferred to the app. Technode does...

  • 7 reasons businesses are still afraid of social media

    Many small businesses are still afraid of opening their doors on the social web. These are the people who are the most comfortable with using one way broadcasting methods to distribute their marketing content, because they feel that they want to control their brand and message. As a result of this, these people only control one part of their communication strategy because they don't allow anyone to interact with their message. The social web changed all this and it's 2012 -- we are not living in the stone ages. People can talk about your brand and products even without your...

  • Mobile’s changed everything, but people still can’t figure out how to sell on it

    There are not many times in anyone’s life when things run exactly as planned. New ways of doing things pop up all the time; be it a social media site like Pinterest or a subculture that needs understanding and tapping into. But sometimes the playing field changes completely and people struggle to keep up. You’d think I was talking about social media; but I’m not (well, not really). I’m talking about mobile. Mobile has fundamentally changed the way in which we interact with the internet. Never has a medium been so personal -- arguably the closest anything has come be...

  • How to make your journalistic Twitter network rock: A case study

    Twitter is as essential a tool for journalism these days as a pen and notepad once were. One tweet can be can be as valuable as afternoon spent buying drinks for a source. It's also a great way of spreading your own content and building your name as a journalist. The same rules that apply to big brands when it comes to Twitter, apply to you as a journalist. It's not just about using Twitter, it's about how you use it and how you measure up to your competitors. There are a number of tools that let you do...

  • Ballmer: Microsoft will leave no ‘stone unturned’ in battle with Apple

    Microsoft will do everything in its power beat Apple. Not just in personal computing, the space in which the two have been rivals longest, but in every space that the Cupertino-based tech giant plays in. In an interview with tech news site CRN, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer made it clear that the company would leave "no stone unturned" in its innovation battle against Apple. "We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple," he said, "We are not. No space uncovered that is Apple’s". “We have our advantages in productivity,” he...

  • Online news portal IOL refutes hack claims

    Well known South African news portal IOL has not been hacked, says its editor Alastair Otter. People visiting the site were today greeted with a message from Google warning them that the site contains malware and that their "computer might catch a virus" if they continued on to the site. Speculation that the site may have been hacked was more than likely sparked by the second paragraph of the warning, which reads: Google has found malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site,...

  • Google to pay $22.5m for Safari privacy bungle

    Google is set to pay a US$22.5-million fine for overriding the privacy settings on Safari and tracking the browsing habits of its users. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fine is the biggest ever slapped on a company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Back in February the Journal reported that Google had “used special computer code that tricks Apple’s Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users”. This was in direct contravention of mechanisms built into the Apple web browser, which are meant to block this kind of tracking by default. "The FTC is focused...

  • Mobile TV gets major investment boost

    A consortium looking to bring TV to South African mobile phones has received a major investment boost. The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC), a black-owned independent and non-profit business support organisation, has bought a 20% stake in Mobile TV, which has been testing its product for the last 15 months. “This investment is likely to have a major impact on ownership, control and management demographics in South Africa,” says Dr Mothobi Mutloatse, founder and chairman of Mobile TV. “The Nafcoc investment is a major step, as it represents the first time that an organized black...