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  • Google reflects on success but refocusing on products and “start-up philosophy”

    Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference Patrick Pichette, Google's chief financial officer, said that the company's new chief executive Larry Page, has decided to refocus the internet giant on products and its "startup philosophy". Pichette also said investors should not worry about Google earning revenue from its Android mobile operating system or its Chrome Web browser. "With scale there always becomes this tension of how do you keep the start-up philosophy", Pichette said of Google which now employs over 28 000 people around the world. "We don't want to lose our startup philosophy", he said. "Through the reorg(anisation), the realignment that Larry...

  • Anonymous hacks Colombian presidential site

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday tweeted that his Facebook page had been hit by the hacker group Anonymous, which took a swipe at the country's independence celebrations. "I regret the interference with the Facebook account that is in my name, and the messages that have been published there," Santos said in the microblogging service. On Santos' personal page, Anonymous left short phrases that are one of its calling cards, and a link to a video entitled "False Independence," as Colombia marks the 201st year of its independence from Spain. The video says that the celebrations should not be held....

  • Outsource or keep search engine marketing in-house?

    When selling our services as a specialist Pay-Per-Click (PPC) agency we often encounter the same question from our potential clients: Does it make sense to outsource my PPC advertising management? Whilst there’s no black/white yes/no answer to this question, and companies like First National Bank have gone in-house, understanding the shades of grey can better equip your company to make the smart move. The crux of the argument revolves around answering the following questions about your own company: Can our in-house team do the job well? Can someone else do the job better? When thinking about the first question you need to consider...

  • First National Bank launches smartphone, tablet app

    A first for the continent, one of South Africa's Big Four banks, First National Bank (FNB) has launched an online banking app for smartphones and tablets. FNB says the app delivers a unique user experience by combining “the benefits of banking with the power of a smartphone or tablet”. Michael Jordaan, CEO of FNB says the app speaks to "FNB’s strategic drive to be the leader in innovative banking through the use of technology, and that the bank is constantly looking at ways to improve on our innovations”. "In an increasingly digital world in which smartphones, tablets and apps are changing...

  • RIM shareholder: Android and Apple are kids’ games

    The press was expecting an angry, mutinous mob at RIM’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders 2011 held at the company's headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario last week. Instead the existing board of directors were re-elected without any protest from the shareholders, and they listened peacefully as Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie outlined their plan to release 7 BlackBerry OS 7 devices before the year’s end -- the largest global launch in the history of the company. Investors' concerns were smoothed over as Lazaridis and Balsillie waxed lyrical about the Bold 9900 and the PlayBook while eschewing negativity with favourable facts and figures...

  • App of the week: Molenotes

    This week I take a look at Molenotes, a note-taking app that recreates the feeling of writing in actual notebooks with limited pages on your iPhone. I will come right out and say it, when I first heard about Moleskine notebooks and how much they cost, I was appalled. I mean come on now, why would you want to pay that much for a notebook that’s only differentiating factor from the standard Croxley 180-page classic that we all used at school is a little pocket in the back cover for storing random notes. But one day I saw them on...

  • Google+ iPhone app launched and immediately faces litany of complaints

    A major aspect of a social network’s success, it can be argued, depends on the ability of users to access it on the go. Twitter, first launched as a mobile service, and Facebook have recognised this with a variety mobile apps and a mobi site. Now, the latest kid on the social networking block, Google+ has joined the party with the launch of its official iPhone app. In keeping with the thought behind G+, Google describes the app as "making sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler". According to the product information the app -- officially called "Google...

  • Hummba: Virtual guides anywhere, anytime

    An online audio and text guide shop may not be the most innovative idea, but having content easily available on mobile application anywhere in the world may just beat having a tour guide. If anything, according to its founder, it eliminates the need for one. This seems to be the thinking behind Hummba.com, a company planning to afford the resources of a personal tour guide to any user anywhere in the world. Founder Mark Allewel says the company's flagship product, Tourism Radio, is a GPS driven information station for tourists. “We tell you all about the area you are...

  • Very long and semi compact: the Olympus SP-610UZ

    Review: Eleven years ago, my parents bought their first digital camera. It was an Olympus with 1.2 megapixels, less than the average cellphone’s front-facing camera nowadays, although perhaps the vastly better lens counts for something. Times have changed, pixel counts have gone up, but somehow that old camera still looks and feels like the brand new Olympus SP-610UZ. A decade on and this compact superzoom has piles more features, but surprisingly many of my criticism of the old model remain. Read more on Gearburn.comvar 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");

  • Video Review: Toshiba STOR.E TV+

    The Stor.E TV+ is an external drive slash media centre. It’s clumsily named, clumsily built, and clumsily supported. So at least Toshiba is consistent there. It would make a great story device for a Dilbert special – the grubby fingerprints of corporate politics are all over it. The base engineering work is absolutely fine. It’s solidly built, well specced, with some nice features. What is not fine is the user interface, the attention to detail, and the user interface. Roger Hislop takes a look. 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");

  • Textbooks now for rent on Kindle

    Amazon.com has begun letting students rent textbooks on Kindle electronic readers. Kindle Textbook Rentals lets students pay based on how long they want to use textbooks, with periods ranging from 30 days to 360 days. Renting a digital version of textbooks on a Kindle for a month can save students as much as 80 percent of the price of buying the works, according to Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp. “Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks,” Limp said. “Now we’re excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and...

  • Twitter now looking to monetise from ecommerce

    Twittter chief executive Dick Costolo has announced that in addition to its current money-maker, advertising, Twitter -- in keeping with its monetisation drive -- could potentially generate revenue from commerce. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference Costolo also dismissed reports of management turmoil at the San Francisco-based company and said it is still seeing explosive growth. "Along any axis you measure us we're growing faster than we've ever grown before", Costolo said. Twitter users are sending one billion tweets every five days and the service now has more than 200 million registered users, he said. Costolo declined to reveal whether Twitter is...

  • Members of Anonymous arrested in US for Wikileaks revenge attacks

    The US Department of Justice has announced the arrest of 16 people for cyber crimes. Of those 16, 14 have been connected to an online attack on the PayPal website claimed by members of the collective of nameless internet hackers known as "Anonymous". The US indictment against the 14 hackers alleges the denial of service (DDoS) attacks on PayPal were "retribution" because the site terminated a donation account for the whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks. In reference to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Anonymous hackers called the PayPal attacks "Operation Avenge Assange", the indictment said, adding that the US raids were coordinated with police...

  • Athletes embrace Chinese microblogs during aquatics world champs

    World aquatics championships athletes faced with China's bans on Twitter and Facebook are opening accounts with local equivalents, boosting their profile in the country. British diving star Tom Daley is leading the trend after he began posting updates and pictures on Tencent, one of the leaders in China's fast-growing microblogging sector. Tencent staff member Norman Li said Daley, 17, attracted 10 000 followers in one day after he opened the account earlier this year. He now has around 343 000 followers -- more than triple the number he has on Twitter. "He's obviously very smart -- he found out how to use...

  • Why Silicon Valley can be bad for emerging market startups

    Launching a startup anywhere in the world is challenging, but launching one in an emerging market territory where there is often limited access to funding and a fragmented entrepreneurial ecosystem it is so much harder. One sure way to fail is to try and duplicate first world solutions for emerging market problems without tweaking them for the unique local conditions. The Silicon Valley story is inspirational. Its ability to launch globally competitive, world-changing internet startups is unsurpassed. It continues to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development and accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investment...