Twitter

Your Twitter following — more than friends

Black Twitter You see it everywhere: “Follow us on Twitter!” For good reason, too. Businesses correctly recognise Twitter as a major marketing tool – a way to reach users who are increasingly active in social media. Companies and websites alike are constantly seeking new followers as a means to get out a specific message. However, the composition of your following, in many ways, is more important than the total number of followers you have. Below, read about some basic strategies used to ...

Social media

5 Reasons we need new specialised social platforms for business interaction

social media Utilising social networks to benefit your ideas or business can be tough. Fortunately, there are more options out there than we tend to exercise. We decided to take a look at the reasons why our current social platforms just don't cut it anymore, and what we can do to combat the war zone of tweets, stumbles and pins -- to come out on top. 1. So you don’t get lost in the mix Existing social platforms are excellent for tapping into a ...

News

Jump Shopping launches new eCommerce price comparison tool

Jump Shopping has launched a brand new price comparison tool aimed specifically at the South African ecommerce market. The tool, called FindPrice, is reportedly aimed at helping shoppers keep track of the deals they find online. According to Jump Shopping, it does this by listing products from a number of stores by category. The ecommerce platform also claims to have built “new and extensive filters” into FindPrice. These filters, it claims, allow for offers to be "matched and grouped ...

Gearburn

Logitech Wireless Touchpad: reinventing the wheel

Who ever thought that turning a mouse on its belly and rubbing its little rubber nubbin would be preferable to standard mouse control? The trackball actually predates the mouse, so screw that antiquated form of movement and embrace the gleaming future of control with the Logitech Wireless Touchpad. Overall design With the colour scheme of a killer whale, the Touchpad is a thing of refined beauty. Logitech knows how to design desktop gadgets. The Touchpad's smooth surface feels dense and resilient, it's ...

Startups

Silicon Valley’s dirty little startup secret

Silicon Valley In San Francisco cafes and bars, even on the street, I overhear people talking about their startup ideas, business plans, and goals. And there are tons of incubators, Angels, wannabe Angels, VC firms, making investments in startups. And there's lots of money being made, especially among the Super Angels, the incubators such as Y Combinator, the micro-VCs, and people such as Jeff Clavier, Dave McClure, who have made fortunes selling startups to larger companies. Sometimes startup teams can go from seed ...

Gearburn

Meanwhile, in Korea… LG Optimus Vu with 5-inch, 4:3 display

With everyone running Android on 16:9 aspect ratio hardware these days, it’s really hard for consumer electronics companies to create devices that grab our attention. LG’s upcoming 5-inch 4:3 display LG Optimus Vu has my attention. The Vu is different, yes, but I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. The device is yet to launch, but already people’s initial reactions seem to be mixed. Is it a big phone or a small tablet? LG’s thinking here is logical. ...

News

Apple makes more in day than Twitter does in a year

The hype surrounding Facebook’s IPO filing was huge and the recent forecast that Twitter’s ad revenue is set to hit US$540-million by 2014 was news in and of itself. Here’s the thing though, Apple makes way more than either of the social networking giants. In fact, it pulls in more in a day than Twitter does in a year. The pertinent reminder comes courtesy of Forbes, who base their figures on the Cupertino-based tech giant’s stellar financial results from ...

News

Richard Branson weighs in on Virgin Active racist incident via Facebook

Virgin boss Richard Branson has taken to Facebook to make a public statement on the racist incident that occurred at a Virgin Active health club in South Africa. The incident saw a white man calling one of his fellow gym members a "bloody k*****, a cockroach and a selfish bitch" after she had repeatedly shouted "Yebo" (meaning "yes" in a number of South Africa’s indigenous languages) as their spinning instructor put them through the various exercises. Although ...

General Tech

PCs on the decline, last days of the mini-notebook — Gartner

The PC may not be about to disappear from the face of the earth, but if the latest data from renowned tech research agency Gartner is to believed, it is in decline -- if only in Western Europe. According to Gartner, PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 16.3-million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 16% decline from the equivalent period in 2010. Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner reckons that the decline is largely due to the emergence ...

News

Google’s ‘Solve for X’: Simple solutions for complex problems

Solve for X. No we’re not trying to induce nightmares from your high school maths days. It’s a new concept from Google aimed at providing simple solutions to complex problems. The internet giant recently hosted its first "Solve for X" gathering, which brought together entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from around the world. Now it claims it wants to take the concept public, inviting people to join in on the Solve for X website and Google+ page. According to an official ...

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