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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus — inches of irritation [Review]

    The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the kind of device that you try to like. Dual Core Processor, a Gig of RAM and a very convenient size for reading books, watching video and surfing the web. It just about fits in your coat pocket too. Unfortunately, it falls way, way short on expectations. The setup requires a computer scientist with Linux skills and just using it requires training, tutorials, handholding and the kind of time that busy dads and business folk like me simply don't have on hand. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • $171bn+ to be moved via mobile in 2012, $617bn by 2016

    The mobile payment wars are hotting up. Players are introducing smartphone apps, products that let you pay someone as long as you're near them, and experimenting with NFC. Small wonder that the amount of money transferred via mobile is set to explode. Of course mobile payments have been around for a while now. In emerging markets countries like Zambia and Kenya, people have been using their phones to transfer money since the early 2000s. It's in the last couple of years that the world's started to sit up and take notice. Thing is, it's taking notice in a big...

  • Internet as important as agriculture to SA economy

    Internet use in emerging markets is exploding. In a country like South Africa for instance there are now 60% more internet users than there were two years ago. That growth is good for the economy. In fact, it's so good that the online sector contributes up to two percent (or US$7.1 billion) of the South Africa's GDP. According to a new collaborative study by internet research company World Wide Worx and Google, the internet that puts it in the same league as Agriculture (2.1%) and Utilities -- Electricity, Gas and Water (2.6%). The online economy is also growing much faster...

  • Apple confirms WWDC schedule, launches iOS app

    Apple has confirmed the schedule for its annual World Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC), scheduled to take place between 11 and 15 June. In order to get hold of the conference schedule, developers have to sign in on the event's site. Most of the conference's events won't be of much interest to ordinary folks, but everyone's attention will be focused on the San Francisco event come 11 June. That's Keynote day and it usually holds the promise of something special. In 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4. Last year's event meanwhile was the Apple co-founder's last in charge and saw...

  • ‘The Spear’: Tweet that ‘broke’ City Press editor’s back is fake

    The latest news in the ongoing 'Spear of the Nation' saga is that the tweet which made City Press editor Ferial Haffajee decide to remove the painting from the website wasn't sent by someone she'd known since university -- but rather by his fan account. In a recent post explaining her decision to take down on the website, Haffajee said: The tweet that broke this camel’s back was one by Patrice Motsepe, the businessman and soccer baron whom I have known since university and with whom I thought I had a congenial relationship. He said I probably don’t want the painting...

  • Mxit looks to give ‘kickstart’ to indy developers

    Massively popular youth-based social network Mxit is looking to give small-time developers a boost with its 'Developer Kickstart Programme'. Under the programme, independent developers who develop for the Mxit platform will be given the chance to "get their apps promoted on Mxit, and find their users". The rules for the programme are pretty simple: 1. Only newly published apps on Mxit can apply. (published in the last 8 weeks) 2. Early-stage / independent developers only. Big companies won’t qualify, we want to subsidize developers who are just starting on their own, and can’t afford to buy ads in bulk. 3. This is...

  • Facebook to buy Israeli startup Face.com [Rumour]

    Another day another post-IPO Facebook rumour. This time sources have the social networking giant looking to buy facial recognition software Face.com. According to Israeli news site Newsgeek, Facebook is willing to shell out between US$80-million and US$100-million for the startup. The rumour comes fresh off the back speculation that the social network was also looking to buy Opera Software. The acquisition certainly makes sense, and could have immediate benefits for Facebook. As the Next Web notes, Face.com builds facial recognition software that could help users identify and tag photos of people faster on both desktop and mobile. In fact Face.com...

  • Twitter reaction to City Press’ removal of ‘The Spear’ mixed

    The decision by South African national newspaper City Press to remove images of 'The Spear' painting from its website has been met with mixed reaction on Twitter. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee said she made the decision to remove the image after some of her journalists received death threats. The announcement came barely a day after Haffajee said that she would not remove The Spear from her paper’s website. Some Twitter users felt that she had done the right thing: Huge respect for my colleague Ferrial Haffajee -The Spear is down – out of care and fear: bit.ly/KW0BgC via @City_Press— Karen...

  • From UseNet to Google+: A brief history of social networking

    While Facebook shares seem as volatile as anything, one is left questioning how valuable social networking really is. As the poet and philosopher George Santayana once said, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I think its time that we take a good look back at how social networking has developed on the internet since the days of yore. Email, IM and the UseNet Many people think that social networking is what defines web 2.0, but in reality the entire internet has been designed as a social network, facilitating connections and communications between people and allowing them...

  • City Press to remove ‘The Spear’

    South African national newspaper City Press will reportedly take down photos of Brett Murray's "The Spear" from its website. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee confirmed to the South African Press Association that City Press would remove images of the painting, saying "I just need a bit of time to do it." She said that the decision was made because of concerns for the safety of the newspaper's journalists -- some of whom she said have received death threats. City Press Editor @ferialhaffajee says the #Spear image will be removed from the City Press website.— 567 CapeTalk (@CapeTalk567) May 28, 2012 This announcement comes barely a...

  • Reviewed: OLX Classifieds for iOS is a newsy app with bite

    This week I take a look at OLX Classifieds, an app that brings the much publicised web classifieds' service to the iPad. Even though OLX only launched a few months back, it feels as if it has been around forever. Everyone has seen the ad (especially if you're a YouTube junkie); a slightly out of shape dad gets ridiculed by his honest, entrepreneurial daughter for holding onto an exercise machine that he's used once, until she tells him how much she can get for it on OLX, and he sells it. It's a situation that we've all experienced and can...

  • What viral videos can teach us about building a brand

    Many forward-looking companies are having huge success integrating YouTube into their social media strategy. Besides just engaging on the YouTube platform itself, brands can integrate other networks by creating conversations on Twitter or forming communities on Facebook, all tailored around the YouTube video. One example of this is Orabrush. The campaign's a couple of years old, but the lessons are still there. To start off with you have to watch the video: What started off as a bit of a dud product on a lesser known low key shopping channel became the brainchild of (student at the time) Jeffrey Harmon....

  • Is secondary market trading to blame for Facebook’s IPO jitters?

    There are thousands of articles dissecting the reasons why things went bad for Facebook yet none have mentioned the role of secondary markets. In these private stock exchanges, Facebook was trading at around US$42 a share in the weeks before the IPO. Interestingly, Facebook set the opening price at US$38 hoping for about a 10% pop on the first day, which would bring it up to US$42 at close. Since secondary markets are the playground of accredited investors, it's "smart money," and much of it institutional, it would be a fair assumption by Facebook that a $38 price was in the...

  • Mark Zuckerberg adds cameo in Chinese police video to list of achievements

    Facebook may be banned in China, but that's never stopped its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking time out to visit the Asian superpower. On his last visit, he and Priscilla Chan even managed to make a cameo appearance in a documentary about the Chinese Police Force aired on national TV station CCTV. The newly wed couple appears at (0:29) walking behind two members of the police force. According to The Next Web, the appearance came when the two were visiting China in March and is totally random. According to Chinasmack, many users on China's immensely...

  • Sina Weibo’s new user rules come into effect

    China's massively popular social network Sina Weibo's new user regulations come into effect today. The rules, which effectively censor free speech were announced a couple of weeks ago. They are largely thought to have been drawn up on the back of pressure from the Chinese government. Authorities have been cracking down on social media in recent months for spreading what they call "false rumours". The regulations mean that: Users have the right to publish information, but may not publish any information that: 1. Opposes the basic principles established by the constitution 2. Harms the unity, sovereignty, or territorial...