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New Die Antwoord album drops on iTunes, announced on Facebook

Die Antwoord shot to fame, at least in part, by using social media to leverage their faux trailer-trash, multi-lingual flavour of rave-driven rap. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that the medium is playing a central role in promoting the group’s new album, Ten$ion. The first inkling that it would as close to business as usual as you can get with the internationally renowned “Zef” group came in the shape of a teaser trailer for the album on YouTube. Since going live ...

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Twitter ad revenue to hit $540M by 2014

Twitter’s ad-revenue is set to hit US$540-million by 2014 -- triple its current value. That’s according to research from marketing analysis firm eMarketer. The news comes fresh on the back of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo claiming that the social network is "not a media company". Costolo made the comments while addressing AllThingsD's media conference. The comments were surprising given Twitter’s reputation as a platform for breaking news, entertainment and a variety of communications. "You [even] sell advertising," AllThingsD's Peter Kafka ...

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US still top Twitter country, Brazil climbs to second [Study]

The US is still the country with the highest population of Twitter users and Brazil overtook Japan to climb into second place. The most active country on the social network, however, is still the Netherlands. That’s according to a new study from French-based research firm Semiocast. The results of the study also put a number of emerging market countries in the top ten when it comes to user numbers. Some of them, however, lag when it comes to engagement on ...

Emerging Markets

A tiger awakened: 10 of the top tech companies in India

india-flag-independence-day India is emerging. From the days of the non-aligned movement, and India's subsequent association with African nations, the world has been through a lot. In the past five years alone, we've witnessed two recessions. Well, it could be one long wave too. Only time will unfold the detail. As a kid I spent close to five years in southern Africa. The presence of United Nations and American Peace Corps in some of the nations in that region was a familiar ...

Twitter

Stephen Grootes and the company-employee Twitter dilemma

Black Twitter Stephen Grootes is cool. He's one of those passionate, enthusiastic journalists that you really enjoy listening to on the radio. And he's a prolific writer, broadcaster and Tweeter with almost 15k followers. It's not particularly large on a world scale, but good for the niche. And Grootes' followers will just grow and grow and grow as time goes on. I often hear Stephen's Twitter handle being punted on radio, and with every punt the followers rack up. And rightly so ...

Entrepreneurship

7 Things you should know before forming a startup

Flowchart on a chalk board As you sat watching the fireworks explode in the night air, bringing yet another year to an end, you may have quietly committed to a resolution that this was finally going to be the year that you take the plunge and start your own business. Naturally, you’re a bit of a geek, so it will most likely be in the tech sphere. The idea has been brewing in the back of your mind for years and, for some unknown reason, the ...

Gearburn

Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It’s a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time ...

Gearburn

Rock out with Windows 95 on the HTC Evo 3D

It was big news that Windows 8 was going to run on ARM, but probably not if you were a member of one particular group on the XDA Developers forum. Hailing from Pusad, India, the user nicknamed "mnomaanw" cracked open a can of nostalgia when he announced a simple way to run Windows 95/98/XP and Linux on his HTC Evo 3D. A little over a week ago, mnomaanw put up a post detailing a simple method to get the aforementioned operating systems ...

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iPhone to sell 40-million units in China by 2013

By 2013, China could see its iPhone-owning population grow to 40-million plus. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that Apple will team up with China Mobile and China Telecom in order to push the iPhone onto all three carrier networks. Katy Huberty, an analyst from Morgan Stanley stated to investors late last week that Apple could only reach 10% of the “150 million high-end Chinese subscribers” with its present China Unicom partnership. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network, with an excess ...

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MXit users want games, gossip, entertainment [Survey]

MXit users care about having fun, hooking up, and getting the latest celebrity gossip. That’s according to a new survey, conducted with the aim of figuring out what apps -- besides games -- users of the instant messaging service most want. The survey was run by software development company Maxxor, whose online gaming division develops a number of games for MXit. It used this gaming population as the basis of the study. Head of Online Games at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus, ...

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