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  • How does Google’s ‘+1′ measure up to Facebook’s ‘Like’?

    Google was founded on the mantra of "give the users what they want and the rest will follow" and the launch of +1 (Plus One) is an attempt at just that. The search giant realised that Facebook’s "Like" button allowed Facebook access to key data concerning a user’s preferences online. By Liking and +1'ing, users are sending messages not only to their peers but also to the companies (read: Search Engines and Social Networks) who are providing the service. Whilst Google’s Pagerank algorithm might take into account aspects like links between sites, the actual content on the site...

  • India to investigate antitrust complaints against Apple

    India may investigate a complaint against Apple after allegations that the US computer giant violated local competition laws, an antitrust agency official told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday. The official, who spoke to Dow Jones on condition of anonymity, said the complainant alleged Apple had broken Indian law by selling its iPhone 4 model through just two local mobile phone operators, Bharti Airtel and Aircel. Apple’s model of selling its iPhone through a limited number of operators, particularly in the States where the first model of the iPhone was only available through AT&T, has seen the Cupertino based company face criticism before. In...

  • Amazon bigwigs to jet into Cape Town for ‘Grand Opening’

    The world's most famous online retailer, Amazon.com, is gearing up for a big launch in Cape Town, with bigwigs flying into the country from the States. Among the executives will be Marc Onetto, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. Onetto will be joined in August by members of the press for what Amazon are calling a "Grand Opening". The VP will view a "new facility", which is essentially the company's upgraded call centre that was set up last year. The centre, which has been operational since October 2010, came with the promise of 600 new jobs in its...

  • Dropbox, leading cloud computing service, suffers security failure

    Since the announcement of iCloud, cloud computing and other cloud services have leapt from the tech-world and into the world at large. With this excitement and popularity has come a fair amount of scrutiny, mainly asking whether cloud services can keep our data safe and secure? For leading cloud-service Dropbox the answer to that question was yes -- until Sunday. It had been reported that on Sunday some users noticed they were allowed into their Dropbox account after entering the wrong password. Confirming the reports, Dropbox has now revealed that what happened was that for four hours there was a "bug"...

  • Research shows iPad tops the tablet world

    A study released on Wednesday by the Online Publishers Association showed that Ninety-three percent of tablet users have downloaded apps to their devices. The average tablet user downloaded 20 apps, predominantly in the categories of weather, games, music, social networking and news. Of these users, seventy-nine percent paid for apps, spending an average of US$53 during the last twelve months. With a total of Twenty-six percent of all apps downloaded being paid apps, games make up more than 50 percent of the apps people are willing to pay money for. Tablet users, on the whole, seem to be happy with their...

  • RIM’s week from hell — A sign of things to come?

    The first quarter of Research in Motion (RIM)'s fiscal 2012 year results released last Friday, made it plain to see that the company is bleeding. Despite being up year-over-year, co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie announced RIM’s second consecutive negative quarter last week, and are predicting things will get worse in the next quarter. Announcements of impending layoffs, and a share repurchase program are not signs of a healthy company and yet when analysts question RIM’s leadership, Lazardis remains upbeat: "This is fun, as difficult as it gets we are changing the world. Jim and I have the perfect balance...

  • Jailed for Facebook: Be careful who you befriend

    Joanne Frail, a 40-year-old mother from Manchester, UK, was recently given eight months jail time for contempt of court. Her crime: engaging in Facebook conversations with Jamie Stewart, a defendant in a large-scale drugs trial in which Frail was a juror. According to a report in The Independent, when the Lord Judge handed down the sentence, all Frail could muster was a painful exclamation of "eight months!" before laying her head on the table in front of her and crying. It might not seem like a particularly heavy sentence, but this is no hardened criminal. Frail is a mother...

  • App of the week: Taptu

    Sticking with my news reader obsession, this week I take a look at Taptu, a free news, Google Reader and social media aggregation app that has caught my attention over the past few days. As I mentioned last week when reviewing the Reeder app, I am a news junkie and actually have to stop myself from refreshing my Google Reader tab every five minutes. I have my favourite sites that I read every day, which I think add value to my life. Be it humour, tech news, sport updates, music blogs or movie reviews, it is content that I enjoy...

  • IBM @100 years – Global innovation is about Silicon Valley not IBM

    Congratulations to IBM and its 100 years in business -- from making cheese graters to supercomputers, and much, much more. IBM is seen as very much an East Coast company, yet its history shows a strong and long connection with the Silicon Valley area, way before it was even called Silicon Valley. Innovation is key to the IBM brand, yet it does very little to promote that connection and its continued large presence in Silicon Valley. IBM has employed as many as 25 000 workers here, larger than Google (until fairly recently). This region has become the global icon for innovation, every...

  • Lulzsec ‘glorious leader’ arrested

    Having worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard announced the arrest of a 19-year old, Ryan Cleary. The arrest is notable as it is believed to be in connection with attacks on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, by hacker group Lulzsec. Cleary, was detained on Monday at a house in the suburban town of Wickford in Essex, in connection with a month-long global rampage by the Lulzsec. He was being questioned Tuesday at a central London police station. A police source was widely quoted as saying they believed this to be a "significant arrest". But on a...

  • A stunning YouTube journey — Six videos to wow

    YouTube has come to define the era of online video publishing. It has created innovative ways for individuals to tell their stories. Giving them a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences. In 2009 Israel-based producer Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, put together a series of online music videos called "ThruYOU". The project consisted of samples of different YouTube videos which were mashed-up to create a singular video. The videos received more than 10-million views within a few months. The project was later named by Time Magazine as one of the "50 Best Inventions of 2009". The success...

  • Campfire pot for USB charging

    A Japanese company has come up with a new way to charge your mobile phone after a natural disaster or in the great outdoors — by heating a pot of water over a campfire. The Hatsuden-Nabe thermo-electric cookpot turns heat from boiling water into electricity that feeds via a USB port into digital devices such as smartphones, music players and global positioning systems. TES NewEnergy, based in the western city of Osaka, started selling the gadget in Japan this month for 24,150 yen (US$299), and plans to market it later in developing countries with patchy power grids... Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Foursquare reaches 10-million users [Infographic]

    Foursquare recently marked its 10-million user mark. After three years of check-ins the popular location-based service can finally step foot in the playground with social media giants. To celebrate reaching 10-million, the service created an animated infographic (below) to chronicle its journey to 10-million. The infographic provides a timeline of Foursquare's steady growth from its 2009 inception to date. It also lists the most popular places US citizens check-in. Banks, convenience stores and retail outlets topped the list. In early 2010 the site registered 358-million check-ins outside the US, while the second half 2010 saw one million people check-in...

  • The importance of listening to expert users

    It has always been the case that customers can end up knowing more about a business than its owners. In the world of modern web based businesses with vast user bases however, it is so much more prevalent and significant that it should form an integral part of business strategy. Smart web businesses do this, as do smart 'offline' businesses with the help of their web presences. This user expertise can take many forms, and can be leveraged in many ways, three of which I will explore in this article — APIs, product expertise and crowdsourcing. APIs If your web business...

  • Ra.ise a to.ast with some Bre.ad

    URL shorteners have become ubiquitous to social networking, especially with the sharing of links across Twitter. Bit.ly, Cli.gs, Goo.gl and many others offer an easy and painless way for you to shorten your URL within the 140 character constraint of Twitter. Most of these URL shortening services offer a simple analytics dashboard which is useful for tracking and analysing the number of times people shared your links or clicked on them. But a little known service called Bre.ad is gaining in popularity. What is Bre.ad? from Bre.ad on Vimeo. Bre.ad, which has only five employees and backers that include Lady Gaga's manager, has decided...