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  • The African ecommerce opportunity [NetProphet]

    Ecommerce is on the rise around the globe at a rapid pace, driven by the huge successes of online retailers in the US and Europe, such as Amazon.com which has scaled up exponentially in recent years. It may come as a surprise, but the most successful ecommerce market place is actually in the Far East, South Korea to be precise, where the government and private sector are pushing for affordable broadband access, stimulating trust, upscaling, and using cutting edge technology. But where does Africa fit in? Africa’s consumer market is riddled with challenges unique to the continent. Not only is...

  • Mobiflock — Helping parents keep an eye on kids’ mobile habits

    We live in a mobile centric society. To deny that would be foolish. Everyone has a mobile phone -- adults, teens and children. The consequences of children using mobile phones have been constantly featured in the news. Parents fear the dangers that await their children on many mobile platforms. A new startup has entered the mobile stage to help parents keep track of their children's mobile usage. Mobilflock, a Cape Town-based startup, that says it makes "cell phones safe for kids by giving parents visibility over how they use their phones, and tools to protect their children from harm". The...

  • Free Angry Birds for Google Chrome

    Free Angry Birds for Google Chrome. I repeat, Free Angry Birds for Google Chrome. Why are you still reading this? Head on over to the Web Store and install Angry Birds to commence with some serious pig popping action right inside Chrome. Rovio made a surprise appearance at the second keynote event of Google I/O today, and unveiled Angry Birds for the world’s biggest platform - the web - via Google Chrome. Thanks to Google Chrome’s latest GPU enhancements, Angry Birds with exclusive Chrome-inspired levels is available for immediate enjoyment via Google’s Chrome Web Store. Designed using Web GL with an option...

  • Julian Assange recognised as 21st century Nelson Mandela

    Joining the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was, on Wednesday at London's Frontline Club, awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's top honour for "exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights". The Sydney Peace Foundation selects the recipient of their Sydney Peace Prize and have an overall aim of developing the understanding the value of peace with justice in different contexts across the globe. Assange, who launched the controversial publisher of private, secret and classified media from anonymous sources in 2006, is at the moment fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden where he is wanted for...

  • The correlation between search engine rankings and social media

    Social media sites have a major impact on the Internet as a whole, and all things directly and indirectly are now affected by this impact, and rightfully so. What social media has been able to achieve, is to help surfers do exactly what they have always dreamed of: socialise. With the world becoming smaller and smaller and communication becomes easier, all marketing media and other online marketing tools will be affected in some way or another. Search engine rankings are no exception either. In fact, this is one area where you will find a huge change compared to how things...

  • US push for smash through the great firewall of China

    The United States plans to pump millions of dollars into new technology to break through internet censorship overseas amid a heightened crackdown on dissent in China, officials have said. US State Department officials said they would give US$19 million to efforts to evade internet controls in China, Iran and other authoritarian states which block online access to politically sensitive material. Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of state in charge of human rights, said funding would support cutting-edge technology that acts as a "slingshot" -- identifying material that countries are censoring and throwing it back at them. "We're responding with new tools....

  • Farmville goes Gaga: Watch out for the sheep on motorcycles…

    Adding yet another weapon to her arsenal in her drive to overwhelm the world, pop singer Lady Gaga has announced that she will be joining the popular Facebook social game FarmVille to promote her upcoming album. In a press-release, FarmVille creators Zygna's executive vice president of business, Owen Van Natta said, "We’re focused on creating cool new ways to entertain and surprise our players.” He continued, “Our partnership with Lady Gaga offers many new experiences: Exclusive access to music in-game, a mobile contest, a free album bundled with Zynga game card purchases and limited edition virtual items across ten Zynga...

  • 14 useful apps for Mac

    With so many many amazing apps for Mac, everyone is sure to have a favourite or two. I decided to list a few stemming from my own meandering experiences. Some of them might be familiar to you too, but on the off chance that they are not, I felt compelled to share them. If you have other favourites you simply cannot live without please feel free to share them in the comments. Sparrow - http://www.sparrowmailapp.com Minimalist and beautiful, with special attention paid to Gmail integration, it’s one of the best ways to experience Gmail natively on your Mac. Twitter for Mac -...

  • Coming soon: A homegrown tech entrepreneurship guide

    All rising economies need a helping hand to achieve greatness. Economies that wish to thrive in today's fast-paced world of changing commerce and enterprising initiative need enterprising people. Entrepreneurship is a crucial part of any society on the rise, especially where technological infrastructure is lacking. The Entrepreneurship Guide website will go live on 12 May, in conjunction with the project launch at the Net Prophet conference in Cape Town. The South African entrepreneurial landscape is fast becoming a busy one. A sizeable number of South African entrepreneurs have graced the international stage with their ideas and flourishing success stories, though many...

  • The tablet: a fringe gadget

    Tablets are fringe gadgets. Once we acknowledge this simple truth, Apple’s dominance with the iPad makes perfect sense. In 2011, we still tend to debate the necessity of a tablet computer in our lives. It’s an auxiliary device that we may choose to aspire to beyond the foundations of our basic gadget pyramid of needs: smartphone and laptop/desktop computer. What beggars belief then, is the fashion in which the world’s most powerful technology companies continue to approach tablet production. Unlike Apple that released a polished, if basic, product at launch, a sense of mass hysteria caused competitors to knee-jerk unfinished copycat...

  • World of Warcraft — A case of identity tourism?

    World of Warcraft, created by Blizzard Entertainment, is the single most successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) ever produced. The game now has more than 12-million subscribers, each of whom pays not only for the boxed software but also a monthly subscription that averages at about €13. At the heart of the game is an avatar created by the user that starts at Level 1 and can cap at Level 85. Each level takes longer to reach the further you progress, but with each level your avatar gains power, new skills and abilities, and new opportunities for in-game...

  • Symantec: Facebook accidentally leaked your data

    In yet another case of online security being breached, US computer security firm Symantec has said that Facebook accidentally left a door open for advertisers to access profiles, pictures, chat and other private data from the social network. The California based social-network said that there was no evidence anyone stepped through that door and swiped any information from the accounts of its more than 500 million members. Symantec discovered that certain Facebook applications leaked tokens that essentially act as "spare keys" for accessing profiles, reading messages, posting to walls or other actions. Facebook applications are Web software programs that are...

  • Location based social-networks: Who’s using them, where, why and how? [infographic]

    Beyond being something that constantly comes up on my Twitter feed, which I used to view as irritating, location based services (Foursquare in particular) were something to be forgotten and vaguely risky. However for both myself, and many others across the web, that opinion regarding these services is slowly changing. It is to be expected that, although Foursquare is the location service buzzword, Facebook Locations dwarfs it; or that privacy concerns are stalling the adoption of these services. However, beyond those expected results, digital services company, Beyond, in partnership with the Social-Loco conference, took a look at the reality behind...

  • Management must man up for cloud to succeed

    Private clouds built on the right foundations can help IT organisations meet their companies’ demands for more agile services – and allow them to carry forward current investments as they adopt public cloud computing. That was one of the big takeaways from the first day of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), which is being held in Johannesburg for the first time this week. The event, which drew some 400 IT professionals from South African businesses and other technology companies like Intel, saw Microsoft experts discussing the various technologies, tools, and guidance to help enterprises progress toward the benefits of cloud...

  • ‘Bill Gates of Africa’ to speak at local conference

    Herman Chinery-Hesse, commonly known as "The Bill Gates of Africa", is to speak at the upcoming Tech4Africa conference in Johannesburg later this year. He will join a world-class line-up of international and African technologists that will present at the conference in October 2011. The conference will features speakers from leading international tech companies that include Amazon, Mozilla, SimpleGeo, Clearleft and a number of African speakers from SOFTtribe, SwiftRiver, the African Institution of Technology, Motribe, and Ultinet Systems. The two-day conference runs from 27 to 28 October 2011 at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg and will bring international experience and perspectives...