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Apple unveils Siri: The app that lets you talk to your phone

Apple's Siri Apple today unveiled Siri for iOS 5, a voice-activated tool that will allow you to control many aspects of your iPhone and which can perform tasks automatically.On the newly launched iPhone 4S, Siri lets you use voice interaction to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. "Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and ...

Apple, News

iOS 5 & iCloud available for free download 12 October – Apple

ios 5 During Apple CEO Tim Cook’s first product launch, it was announced that the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS5 and iCloud will be available for download from 12 October.The announcement of the release dates was made by Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software at the highly anticipated “Let’s Talk iPhone” event.Both iOS 5 and iCloud were first unveiled at Apple’s WWDC conference by former Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. At the time, however, no ...

Apple

The iPhone launch [LIVE BLOG]

Apple New DayThe launch is now! The iPhone 5 launch event will be the defining moment for new CEO Tim Cook as he takes the stage to display the iPhone 4S and possibly the iPhone 5. All will be revealed during the show. Speculation has been rife concerning the new iDevices, what Tim Cook will say and how his leadership will affect Apple. This show is the highlight of the year for Apple fans and we are live-blogging the event throughout its ...

Venture capital

What happens after Venture Capital funding is secured?

Venture CapitalMany Venture Capital (VC) articles, blogs and the like focus on how to secure VC. But not many disclose that the real work starts post-investment.While the investment decision is critical to portfolio performance, VCs spend more than 60% of their time on post-investment activities in order to grow investments for lucrative exits. These activities can be separated into monitoring (protecting the interests of the investor) and value-adding activities (strategic influence, mentorship and access to networks).It should be noted that ...

Ecommerce

Make Group-Buying work for your business

Buy More Stuff Group shot, Black Friday 2009Unless you've been holed-up in a snow-cave the last few months (Saskatoon is so lovely this time of year), you’ve probably heard about this “incredible phenomenon” called Group-Buying. It’s touted as the ultimate way for you to generate business awareness and get more clients through the door.South Africa hasn’t been left behind either -- someone mentioned to me last week that there are now 39 such sites around in South Africa, with an airline just starting one. Even local Shock-Jock, ...

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South Africa is world’s most phished country: Symantec

South Africa is the most phished country on earth. That’s according to the September intelligence report from online security giant Symantec.According to the report, one in 133.1 emails sent in the country contained a phishing attack. This is significantly more than the global average of one in 447.9 emails.Perhaps intriguingly, the country doesn’t even feature in the top 10 as a source of phishing. The US, Austria and the UK take up the top three positions in this ...

Advertising & Marketing

8 tips for campaign blogging success (and sanity)

Essential blogging equipment closeupBlogging is hard work. We all know that -- if it weren’t, we’d blog more often. But the sustained, focused production of content around an event over more than a week takes considerable commitment.I’ve just come back from two weeks on the road with Land Rover and the Loeries, blogging and tweeting the event as a social media brand ambassador. Focused on generating content and building up a following for a brand around a specific, relatively niche event, it ...

Apple

5 predictions for tonight’s iPhone launch

The town hall at the Apple Campus in Cupertino at 6pm GMT will be home to the tastiest gadget news this side of the border. Those who have been camping out online for iPhone news have patiently waited for this day, this esteemed hour. What will come of the launch? We predict the results:No iPhone 5, A definite iPhone 4S File this one under “rumour”. No one knows what Apple is planning, with many of the sources only positive regarding the ...

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Naspers snaps up eastern European classified site Slando from eBay

Emerging markets internet giant, Naspers has bought eastern European classified website Slando.Slando is the creation of Michael Pennington and Simon Crookall, who also founded the massively successful online classifieds site Gumtree, which was bought by eBay in 2005.Pennington and Crookall sold Slando to Naspers’ investment arm, commonly known as MIH (but also known as Myriad Internet Holdings). Together with the founder's share, Naspers will also take over eBay’s 20% stake in the company. This means Naspers has 100% ...

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MySpace owners Specific Media and Justin Timberlake unveil new strategy

myspace1 Following Specific Media's surprise acquisition of MySpace earlier this year along with investor Justin Timberlake the company finally announced what its plans for the former social networking giant are.The announcement of the new strategy took place this week in New York at the annual marketing and communications conference, Advertising Week. Company executives, though, are reported to be against characterising it as an “announcement”According to tech analysis website, All Things D, MySpace will be looking to further focus on becoming the ...

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