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  • Twitter co-founder: Get off Twitter

    Twitter co-founder and current creative director Christopher 'Biz' Stone has suggested that users should take a break from tweeting and try not to spend too much time on the site. Speaking before the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Stone described how he had heard of users spending up to twelve hours straight on the social network. “To me, that sounds unhealthy,” he said. Stone said he thinks it’s better if users use the site to find information, or learn something, and then log out. “I think that’s a much healthier engagement. Obviously, we want you to come frequently,” added Stone. Twitter...

  • ‘Birdman’ crashes into Table Mountain, releases crazy footage [Video]

    Video of the man who calls himself “The Birdman” crashing into Cape Town’s Table Mountain is getting some serious attention on YouTube. Since being uploaded a couple of days ago the video has been viewed over 800 000 times. The Birdman’s real name is Jeb Corliss and he is renowned for doing BASE jumps with a synthetic wing-suit that slows his fall and allows him to glide long distances. The Table Mountain video shows Corliss running off a peak on the mountain and gliding for a short distance before hitting an outlying ledge. He then tumbles through the air...

  • Your home: The centre of mobile innovation in 2012 [Report]

    Your home is where you relax, feel safe, and take five minutes for yourself at the end of a long day. According to research firm Analysys Mason, it will also be the centre of mobile innovation in 2012. The research firm reckons that a large portion of mobile innovation in 2012 will be driven by the fact that smartphones are rapidly replacing PCs as people’s preferred home computing device. Citing figures from Google, Analysys Mason reckons that some 93% of smartphone owners use their devices from home. Figures from UK regulatory body Ofcom, meanwhile, suggest that 15% of...

  • How sugar daddy sites are making a killing online

    These days it seems countless young financially stricken women are flocking to online dating sites to bag a rich old man. In the US alone, so-called "sugar daddy" sites account for 10 percent of the entire US$700-million online dating industry a year. The “sugar daddy” trend is reported to have started in 2006 when, Brandon Lee, a successful entrepreneur founded SeekingArrangement. His service has been featured in the New York Times and on Dr. Phil. The intro on the website reads: “The elite sugar daddy dating site for those seeking mutually beneficial relationships.” The site doesn’t look too shabby...

  • Standard Bank takes FNB complaint to Twitter

    Standard Bank, which is one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions, has gone "gloves off" with FNB (another large South African bank) on Twitter. Over the last few months First National Bank, a Division of First Rand Bank LTD, has made a concerted effort to portray itself as a customer-Orientated bank. Its official Twitter account, @rbjacobs, has been on call virtually 24 hours a day helping FNB clients with any and all problems and banking queries. FNB also made waves last year when it launched South Africa's first Mobile Banking App on iPhone, Android and Blackberry simultaneously and...

  • Is Skype a social network?

    Nothing Microsoft has ever built, or bought for that matter, has ever succeeded in the social sphere. But what about Skype? Surely Skype should be counted as a social network. It fulfills many of the same functions that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. You can set a status "mood" message, you can text message, use it as a group chat system, you can share files, photos, your computer screen. Plus, you can talk with people plus video calls, and set up videoconferences with several people. There's a huge and active user base, more than 30 million people use it at any one...

  • 5 CRM predictions for the next few years: Gartner

    Customers can be tricky business at the best of times. Add in the power of blogs and social networks, and customer complaints can turn into a complete nightmare. It probably makes sense to spend when it comes to online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) right? Maybe, but you might not need to dole out as much as you think. New research from renowned tech analysis firm Gartner suggests that businesses can save up to 50% on CRM by integrating communities into their customer support. That’s only for companies that get it right though. Gartner reckons the consequences for companies who...

  • Facebook rolls out new premium ad platform

    Facebook is core to any brand’s social marketing push. Advertising also makes up a major portion of the social network’s revenue. Hardly surprising, therefore, that it should want to evolve its ads platform. With the launch a brand new advertising platform, called Page Post Ads it appears to be doing just that. Page Post Ads will replace the Premium ads that currently appear on users’ homepages. Facebook representatives claim the new adverts will “have a bold new design, larger than other formats, with features that are more social and more engaging than standard ads”. There will be six Page Post Ad...

  • Indian eCommerce giant Flipkart opens online music store

    Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart is launching its own DRM free music store. According to Indian tech blog Pluggd.in, Flipkart’s new service, called Flyte, will allow people to download DRM free MP3s capable of working on any device. The offering reportedly comes courtesy of Mime 360, a startup bought out by Flipkart, as well as a massive Bollywood back catalogue from Chakpak. Users will apparently be able to download each song they purchase five times (including the initial purchase) before being cut off. The announcement comes fresh off the back of news that Flipkart had bought out one of its...

  • Why blogs are one of your most valuable marketing tools

    Most entrepreneurs and businesses know that they need to "get online" and establish their company’s presence in the digital space, however too often the focus is placed on creating a flashy website with all the bells and whistles, which takes ages to load, the navigation is bad and it ends up crashing more often than not. Not ideal. What many businesses don’t understand is that having a website is key however it’s not the website itself, but what you put on it that is crucial. Yes -- the look and feel needs to be consistent with the brand and...

  • Instagram envy: 4 similar photo apps for BlackBerry users

    With over 50-million users, Instagram is the photography app of choice for many photographers with an iPhone and a love of vintage-inspired pics. Instagram recently announced that their retro photography app will be available for Android devices soon, but it seems that BlackBerry users are neglected yet again. If you're sick of seeing the instagr.am links on Twitter and don’t have the inclination (or financial ability) to switch smartphones, here are some similar (and free) apps directly from BlackBerry App World. Photo Studio: Rating on BlackBerry App World: 4.5 stars. Photo Studio offers more than just...

  • Celebs & their phones: iPhone, BB, Android or Windows Phone?

    Despite RIM’s fall from grace, BlackBerry still enjoys large-scale endorsement from celebrities as well as the president of the United States, something once acknowledged on video by RIM’s ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis -- shortly before abruptly ending the interview. Most agree that iPhones are cool and you see plenty of celebrity Twitpic mirror shots with those, but how about Android and Windows Phone? I couldn’t find many celebrities using Android. Android isn’t cool yet and in an industry where image is everything, endorsing Android right now could be a faux pas. I found someone called Jose Canseco an ex-MLB player...

  • A second glance: Nokia’s Lumia 800

    Nokia has had a rough couple of years in the eye of the public but in the emerging markets it's still the king of the castle. Their dominance in markets such as Africa has remained mostly unchallenged in recent times. Nokia was the phone that taught me about mobile. I had the Nokia 6310 back in the day and that was definitely the most stable and effective communication device I've ever used, ever. I have an historical affiliation to its brand and their phones but I have to admit, it's lost me recently. I've tried Android, Blackberry, Samsung and...

  • Memeburn columnist goes high tech for marathon

    One of our regular columnists, Rowan Puttergill, is running a marathon to raise money for a rural school in South Africa. Memeburn has agreed to donate toward the cause, so we decided to interview Rowan to find out more about his efforts and to discover what technology he has been making use of during his training. Memeburn: What inspired you to run your marathon? Rowan Puttergill: During one of my visits to South Africa, I spent some time up in the Limpopo region, near Tzaneen, where I visited a rural school called Thelifa Combined School. The school is built on some...

  • ZTE: Launching eight new phones at MWC, plots world domination

    ZTE wants to be a top three manufacturer by 2015 and it's launching eight new phones at MWC next week to kickstart its plan for world domination. The Chinese manufacturer is coming out guns blazing, announcing in a press release today that its new range of Android and Windows Phone devices will boast high-end features such as LTE and quad-core processors. The presser didn’t contain information about which phones will be introduced, but we have an idea of what to expect. First, there’s GSM/LTE band PF200 running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will feature a 1.5GHz processor, 4.3-inch qHD (960...