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  • Mobile Fusion: BlackBerry’s latest move in comeback campaign

    Facing stalling sales and still recovering from the public relations nightmare which was the global BlackBerry services blackout, beleaguered smartphone manufacturer, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a new business service which, in a first, will also support rival hardware. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, a new software platform, is currently in closed beta testing and will -- along with BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets -- allow for the management of Android and iOS phones and tablets. The company promises Mobile Fusion will make life easier for its business and government customers. BlackBerry is famous for its business-centric BlackBerry Enterprise Service. Mobile Fusion...

  • WordPress lets bloggers make money with WordAds

    One of the world’s foremost blogging platforms and content management systems, WordPress, is now allowing bloggers to make money via online advertising. The programme, called WordAds, has been developed in conjunction with advertising and publishing company, Federated Media. According to a statement by WordPress' parent company Automattic, the company says the decision to introduce WordAds was based, at least partially, on pressure from WordPress.com users. Speaking to Memeburn, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg confirmed this, saying that the main driver behind WordAds was the fact that "since WordPress.com was started, six years ago, advertising has been our #1 feature request". "We...

  • UK woman arrested for racist rant posted on YouTube

    A video posted on YouTube of a woman on a packed South London tram spouting off racist and xenophobic statements has, in four days, garnered more than two-million views, and resulted in the arrest of the woman in question. The video was widely shared in the UK, resulting in the top Twitter trending topic #MyTramExperience, has widely been denounced as one of the most deplorable instances of racist attitudes in the UK being captured on camera. The video, seemingly filmed surreptitiously, captures the women who has been identified as 34-year old Emma West making comments which have been described as "disgusting...

  • DJ Fresh comes under fire for ‘suicide tweet’

    South African radio personality, DJ Fresh, has come under fire on Twitter after he tweeted about someone he knew wanting to commit suicide. In the tweet that sparked the controversy, Fresh referred to a message from the person in question saying they had just tried to kill themselves, asking if it would be “wrong” to “send them 5 ways that will work”. The tweet attracted the attention of support organisation, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group(SADAG). The group replied to Fresh's initial tweet, expressing their disappointment in it. They went on to note that their sense of disappointment...

  • United Nations hacked, email addresses and passwords leaked

    The United Nations has been hacked and its user emails and passwords have been posted on web-sharing application PasteBin for all to see. The global organisation positions itself as a facilitator between nations for cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. The hacker group who breached the organisation's security calls itself Team Poison and believes that the United Nations is a "Senate for Global Corruption". This attack, which was announced through the group's Twitter account, fits Team Poison's usual Modus Operandi. The group , for instance, targeted BlackBerry's blog ...

  • Is Nando’s ‘Last Dictator Standing’ the new ‘Old Spice Guy’?

    I've been watching the Nando’s Meal for 6 campaign with interest ever since it broke. The wickedly funny ad featuring Robert Mugabe and his happy memories of good times with fellow dictators (including PW Botha) is racking up the kind of international attention unheard of for South African ad campaigns. Already it appears to enjoy the kind of cult appeal typically associated with the Old Spice campaigns of this world. This is one of the best examples I've seen yet of a social media campaign built around a specific piece of content, specifically a TV ad. Here's why --...

  • Tablets by the numbers: No slowdown in sight

    Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on 27 January 2010, which happened to be the day my mother turned 88. Back in 1922, the year she was born, sales of the Model T Ford had begun slowing down after it had dominated the market for more than 13 years. Some analysts of the time suggested the plateauing of sales meant the automobile was a passing fad, and the cheaper and more familiar horse-drawn carriage would make a comeback, restoring the transport industry to the previous supposed normality. The tablet hasn't had its own Model T moment yet, but be sure it...

  • Review: Samsung NC215 sun-lovin’ netbook

    Save the planet, have infinite battery life, and look good while you're at it. Samsung has produced a 10” netbook with a big ol’ solar panel on the back to let you work and work and work and work. It’s got “green” written all over the promotional flyers, and “green” written into every line of code of the Eco Mode app that lets you be really rather green. Getting back down to earth, it’s a US$400 netbook with a really, really long battery life that looks quite good. It’s a bit of an odd product – it’s been out in...

  • CNN International unveils ‘Ecosphere’ of tweets for COP17

    CNN International, one of the world's largest news organisations has released an interactive visualisation tracking Twitter traffic around the 17th UN World Climate Summit, being held in South Africa. The visualisation takes the shape of a manipulatable globe, and features trees sprouting from it, each representing a different point of discussion at the conference being tweeted on. The so called "Ecosphere" will also be projected in the form of a hologram at the actual conference, giving delegates an insight “in real time to what the global Twitter community think about the themes being discussed at the summit”. According to...

  • Assange: UK media are credit-stealing, credit-whoring backstabbers

    Fresh off accusing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard of being an "embarrassment", the cantankerous Julian Assange has -- on separate occasions -- launched attacks against the UK press and railed against questions about his status as a journalist. After accepting a Walkley Award for journalism (Australia’s version of the Pulitzer) on behalf of Wikileaks, Assange has yet again faced questions about whether or not he is a journalist. Speaking via Skype to the News World Conference in Hong Kong, where he gave a talk titled "The Wikileaks effect: the rebirth of investigative journalism," the former hacker did not take...

  • Necessity is the mother of invention: Why utility beats ‘cool’ in Africa

    It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and indeed that could perfectly describe Africa where it comes to innovation, particularly on mobile. Utility vs Coolness In a great talk at TEDxVienna Alexander Oswald, Head of Marketing at Nokia, tells the story of how he and his family visited Kenya and were immensely shocked at just how much people in Kenya were able to accomplish via mobile phones. From sending and receiving money, to banking and paying for utilities & shopping from their phone, to the use of mobile in tracking the price of agricultural produce, and even automatic...

  • Review: Skyrim’s an elephant of a game

    Big and clunky, awesome and funky - Skyrim poses a bit of a conundrum. Its sprawling size affords unparalleled immersion, but the game is hampered by performance and user interface issues. Its features definitely make it worth your time and money, but the mountainous road will be full of bumps along the way. Feature Length Skyrim is packed with features, some adapted or improved from the previous Elder Scrolls games, others completely new. Here’s a quick run-through of the most exciting features in the latest edition. 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");

  • New Google+ ad: A love story in circles

    Fresh on the heels of a Thanksgiving commercial that bored audiences, Google has released another Google+ television commercial. But have they hit the mark this time or is it another miss? The ad encompasses everything that is Google, it's simple, slick, and presents the social network's features in a somewhat humorous manner. The previous ad was built on nostalgia and people's need to connect and share with the right people. This new ad looks at the evolution of social connections using the social networks circle feature. The ad, which is called Circles Love Story, plays out in the form of...

  • Google explains its search evolution [Video]

    If there’s one thing Google’s never failed at, it’s search. Googling has, after all become synonymous with performing a web search. As such, it’s not all that surprising that it's something of an authority on the subject. In celebration of this, Google has released a video chronicling the evolution of its online search products. According to the official blog post the video is posted in, it highlights "some of the most important milestones from the past decade—and a taste of what’s coming next". The six-minute-long video takes viewers right back to the early days of online search, when Google was...

  • Facebook reportedly warming to 2012 IPO

    Fresh whispers of a date for Facebook’s long-awaited initial public offering have emerged. According to the Wall Street Journal, the IPO could come as early as the first half of 2012. This despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently saying he was in no hurry to take the social networking giant public. According to the Journal, Facebook hopes to raise around $10-billion in the IPO which would see it valued somewhere around the US$100-billion mark. That is around twice the current value of technology stalwart Hewlett Packard. Many view the Facebook IPO as a defining point in the current online...