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Michael Arrington, ‘unpaid blogger’ launches Uncrunched

ArringtonTechCrunch founder and former editor-in-chief Michael Arrington has launched a new blog. The site, called Uncrunched, recently went live with a solely user-generated post entitled “Here I am”. The post generated some 503 comments.Following this, however, a second post was put up explaining exactly what Arrington aims to do with Uncrunched now that he is, to quote the T-Shirt he wore at the recent Disrupt conference, an "unpaid blogger".The answer, it would seem, is pretty much the exact same ...

General Tech

Four big obstacles for cloud computing

cloud-computing Everybody seems hyped up about "the cloud," so there's a good chance you might be wondering whether your business should be getting ready to migrate many of its day-to-day functionality to a bunch of online services.Certainly, there is a fair chance that you already make use of a bunch of cloud-based services. If you're using Gmail or Google Calendar, then you're already making use of software in the cloud. Externally hosted Microsoft Exchange services have been around for a ...

Startup news

Moneysmart – a better way to manage your money

MoneySmart Featured ImageZulfiq Isaacs and Tobie van Zyl want to help you to understand your money better. Moneysmart, their startup, is a user-friendly financial management platform. Users aggregate their banking information into a single place, outlining budgets and setting goals. For those who were once scared of their finances, the enthusiastic founders reckon Moneysmart will put the control back into your hands and help you to "reach your financial dreams".I visited the Moneysmart offices in Gardens, Cape Town. Their workplace is ...

Advertising & Marketing

We’re in a Jacuzzi: digital and the Loeries

Loeries - featured image Steve Jobs once said: "We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life." Excellence -- recognising it, rewarding it, inspiring it -- is the aim of the Loerie Awards. This year, the most excellent creative digital agency of all -- based on the amount of silverware they get to take home -- is HelloComputer. Following them are Gloo Digital Design, NATIVE, Pixel Project, Prezence, Digital Fabric, Leftfield ...

News

Google and the Israel Museum bring the Dead Sea Scrolls online

dead sea scrolls The Israel Museum launches its Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project today, allowing users to examine and explore these ancient biblical manuscripts at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history.Dating from the third century BCE to the first century CE, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered ...

Gearburn

Unlocking Android’s true potential

Android Android allows users full control and customisation of its devices through a process known as “rooting”, however, there are some risks involved. The big question, therefore, is whether it is worth rooting your device, possibly voiding your warrantee, just for a few more options? Simply put, yes. Here’s why.When I received my HTC Desire earlier this year, a lot of time and effort had gone into researching which phone I would upgrade to. I choose the Desire, not because I ...

News

How to get your personal data back from Facebook

facebooklogo1European law allows every individual to get access to all data that a company holds about them. Austrian Max Schrems has created europe-v-facebook.org to help Facebook users get a copy of all their Facebook data. Schrems has started analysing some of the data that users have shared with him with interesting results.Here are the highlights:According to Facebook's privacy policy, messages will never be deleted. Messages include chat messages and Facebook emails. If you delete a message it only becomes invisible ...

Africa, Mobile

How mobile money is bridging the gap to online payments in Kenya

mobile moneyMobile Money has come a long way in the last few years. Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom, introduced its MPesa service in 2007 and the service literally took off, setting the stage for a veritable revolution. Safaricom’s MPesa is today the most successful mobile money operation all over the world, and its numbers definitely prove it.There have been attempts to transplant this success elsewhere with varying degrees of success. Other mobile operators soon caught on both within Kenya and across ...

Gearburn

WhatsApp rocks and will kill SMS

WhatsApp It’s an open secret that SMS is a cash-cow for operators. They can charge obscene amounts for messages (compared to the cost of delivering them), obscene amounts that become crimes against humanity when they rape you for sending SMS when roaming. WhatsApp is one of the best alternatives -- and one that may actually have a future when compared to much earlier incarnations like MXit that have millions of users but are still trying to find a way to make ...

Mobile

MTN SA to offer uncapped mobile broadband

African mobile giant MTN is stepping up to the broadband plate and releasing an uncapped, throttle-free product from October till January, as reported by MyBroadbandThe company will introduce a broadband package that removes the "uncapped without speed throttling" fair usage policies for a period of four months, but will most likely apply the policy once the trail period is over.Speculation is that MTN is testing the waters to see if a legitimately uncapped offering could be possible on its network. ...

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