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  • Social media is not corporate media

    There's a gold rush going on as legions of self-proclaimed experts are working with corporations to help them monetise the potential riches in exploiting social media. I look at the links and articles that social media "experts" are sharing all day long on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks and it all boils down to this type of message: "Here are ways to turn social media into a lucrative corporate marketing/sales channel." There are lots of services such as Klout that help corporations identify the people in social networks that should be targeted as part of online marketing programs. And there...

  • Troubled Taiwanese iPhone producer replacing Chinese workers with robots

    Taiwan IT giant Foxconn -- hit by a spate of suicides at its Chinese plants -- has announced plans to replace 500 000 human workers with one million robots in the next three years. Foxconn -- the world's largest maker of computer components, which assembles products for Apple, Sony, and Nokia -- plans to use one million robots to do "simple work", China Business News quoted chairman Terry Gou saying. Gou announced the plan to 10 000 staff at a company event in Shenzhen China on Friday, various media reports said. China is where the majority of Foxconn's production occurs. Foxconn currently...

  • iPhone 5 release date delayed? [Rumour]

    The iPhone 5 is now rumoured for release in October not September, this according to a report on AllThingsD.com a US-based technology news site . The AllThingsD report contradicts a tip received by Gizmodo, surrounding the blacking of AT&T employee leave dates for September in preparation for an iPhone launch: From: ************ Date: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM Subject: Iphone 5 release time To: Tips@gizmodo.com I'm an att employee and my boss just announced that vacation requests for the end of september will be denied due to an "event blackout". Historically the only time they've done this was for an iphone release. So...

  • The end is here for traditional telecommunications

    Recently, Dutch telecoms operator KPN reported an 11 percent drop in net profit for the second quarter of this year, blaming the rise of internet based telecommunications software. A couple of months back, Deutsche Telekom announced a massive 37 percent drop in its net profit. Etisalat, the UAE's largest telecoms provider, saw its second quarter profit drop by 14 percent. New Zealand's Telecom watched its profits drop by 32 percent. South Africa's Telkom reported a 35 percent drop in its full year profit, a month ago. The telecommunications giants are struggling. While each player presents different reasons, it is...

  • The Google graveyard: 20 products that failed

    In the web world, failure is as much a feature of innovation as success. You have to fail to succeed. When you're a company with practises as innovative as Google's you're bound to fail along the way. The search giant's well-documented policy of having its employees dedicate 20 percent of their time to projects they feel passionately about has resulted in some of the company's biggest successes. Gmail, GTalk, Google News and AdSense are all web products that have emerged from this "20 percent time". In a company that produces as many products (and it has produced many, many...

  • 6 tips to secure your privacy on Google+ [Infographic]

    With around 20-million users making over a billion shares a day in the short time it's been around, it certainly looks like Google+ is here to stay. Though recent reports have shown that current users may be losing interest in the new social network, it must be remembered that Google+ is still an invite only service and as such, the moment it opens up to the public at large, it will be the buzz all over again. From the outset, it has been clear -- probably as a result of Facebook's numerous privacy gaffes -- that protecting a user's privacy was...

  • Nintendo’s surprise sticker slash

    Nintendo has announced it will be cutting the price of its 3DS handheld game console. In the US it has been slashed from US$250 to US$170, in Japan prices fell by 40 percent, and in Europe the cuts are expected to see at least a third of the retail price taken off. A price drop for a console isn't new; every videogame console has been discounted at some point in its life cycle. Doing so within a four month window? That is unusual, but it isn't unprecedented. When the original Xbox launched in the UK in March 2002, it retailed for...

  • British police arrest teenage LulzSec suspect

    British police have charged an 18-year-old man on suspicion of being a spokesman for the Lulz Security and Anonymous computer hacking groups, Scotland Yard said. Officers from a London-based cybercrime unit detained Jake Davis on Wednesday in a "pre-planned intelligence-led operation" on the Shetland Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland, before taking him to London for questioning. Davis is accused of gaining unauthorised access to a computer system, encouraging or assisting offences and two counts of conspiracy to commit offences. The teenager will also have to answer a charge of conspiring to carry out a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack,...

  • ‘mChip’ revolutionises HIV testing

    A cheap, highly portable blood test has proven as accurate as expensive hospital-based analyses in detecting HIV, syphilis and other infectious diseases, according to a recent study. Researchers tested prototypes of the credit card-sized lab-on-a-chip with hundreds of patients in Rwanda, reporting nearly 100 percent accuracy. The so-called "mChip", they said, could help knock down three barriers to effective delivery of health care into the world’s poorest regions: difficult access, high costs and long delays for results. "The idea is to make a large class of diagnostic tests accessible to patients in any setting in the world, rather than forcing them...

  • Apple, Samsung overtake Nokia in smartphone market

    Apple and Samsung have overtaken long-time leader Nokia for the top two spots in the global smartphone market, a report has revealed, underscoring the Finnish handset maker's ongoing struggles. US-based research firm Strategy Analytics said the US and Korean smartphone makers outpaced Nokia in the second quarter, with the sector posting record quarterly shipments of 110-million units, or a 76.3 percent year-on-year rise. 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");

  • Indian police arrest top online survey firm’s officials

    Indian police have arrested two top officials of Singapore-based online survey company Speak Asia in Mumbai for allegedly duping investors out of US$294-million. Police identified those arrested as Tarak Bajpai, Speak Asia's chief operating officer in India, and financial manager Ravi Khanna, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI) and other media. Two web technicians were also held. The suspects were arrested "in connection with a financial fraud", said joint crime police commissioner Himanshu Roy, according to the Times of India. Roy told PTI the company had allegedly told investors they would get 54 000 rupees (US$1 221) a year in...

  • Twitter community rallies to stop tweeted suicide attempt [Updated]

    A Twitter community in South Africa rallied to prevent a potential suicide this weekend, as a Durban-based mother of two dramatically tweeted an attempt to take her own life. The drama unfolded at 9:17pm on Friday night, with a series of tweets over a few hours from the user asking how much alcohol one should consume before "cutting an artery". The tweets continued, becoming more emotional: "...Please don't save me, I just didn't want to die alone" "If u hate the mother of your kids, hurt her, leave her, break her down and take them from her and then isolate her. Take...

  • MXit in talks to sell stake to local investors [Rumour]

    Rumours are circulating around the industry that the popular instant messaging application and mobile social network, MXit, is about to be sold to new investors. MXit is represented in a number of international markets including Malaysia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, where users have access to MXit's chat function. The service claims to have 37-million world-wide users operating in 120 countries, although these figures are unaudited and it's unclear whether they represent active users or not. A source close to Memeburn has confirmed the rumours, indicating that the buyer interested in...

  • Yahoo! settles dispute with Chinese partners, Alibaba

    US Internet firm Yahoo! and Japan's SoftBank have announced that they have reached an agreement with their Chinese partners at Alibaba Group in a dispute over online payments platform Alipay. Alibaba Group -- which is 43 percent owned by Yahoo! -- "will continue to participate in Alipay's future financial performance, including a future IPO or other liquidity event," the companies said in a joint statement. Under the terms of the agreement, Alibaba Group will receive no less than US$2-billion and no more than US$6-billion from an IPO or sale of Alipay, which is the payment platform of Alibaba Group. Alipay will also...

  • Windows Phone ‘Mango’ released to manufacturers

    Microsoft has RTMed the new "bet the farm" version of its Windows Mobile platform to manufacturers, with device shipments expected in stores Spetmber earliest. According to Microsoft, it features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9. It's novel interface design has attracted a mixed, but generally favourable response, and the Mango release is expected to improve integration with cloud services such as Bing and Facebook. There is still little detail on SDKs for software developers. "This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango...