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  • 7 things you should know before launching your startup

    Startups are a tricky business to get right and it’s clear why most fail. For Henk Kleynhans, knowing how to price his product correctly was the number one need when he launched Skyrove. At the time of launch, the internet junkie was committed to the idea that there must be a better and cheaper way for internet to be available everywhere. Today, Skyrove is South Africa’s largest independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa. Here are seven things he wished he knew before he launched his startup. 1. Think Local First. From day one Kleynhans...

  • Smartphones and minicomputers: Mobile World Congress

    By Intel FreePress As the tech world’s attention turns toward Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 14-17, the annual “who’s who” in the mobile phone industry is about to take deeper dive into … the world of computing. We’ve already seen a lot of speculation and pre-announcements from various companies hoping to get out ahead of the noise. Broadcom announced a new baseband chip for Android devices, HP showed off a new touchpad tablet and Qualcomm touted its new dual core Snapdragon that’s powering it. Sony Ericsson is expected to show off a new PlayStation device with phone capability,...

  • Twitter: Coming soon in a language for you

    Twitter recently announced the Twitter Translation Center, a product the microblogging site describes as “a major step toward making Twitter more easily accessible by people around the world”. Twitter is hoping to crowdsource translations from users in order to launch in additional languages to the site. “Translators will be translating the product itself, not the Tweets. If you go to the settings page on Twitter.com and change your language, you’ll see what we mean,” said Twitter on its blog. The site is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. These languages are also included in...

  • Unicorns and rainbows: Busting the Twitter conversation engagement myth

    One of my favourite pastimes is busting social media marketing myths, and one of my favourite examples of “unicorns and rainbows” advice is “engage in the conversation.” Finally, I decided to use data to test the notion that “engaging in the conversation” on Twitter has a positive impact. People follow you on Twitter because they like what you’re saying, and the more people who follow you, the larger your reach is. If you are a marketer, there is no point in perusing a Twitter strategy that includes getting as many followers as possible. Naturally, one of the most important measures...

  • Choosing the best social media buttons for your site

    There are now well over a hundred social media sites with more than one million active users. From microblogging to social bookmarking, to photo sharing, to business networking – the list just keeps growing. And most of them offer handy “share this on…” buttons that you can add to your site – all with the tantalising promise of sending you more traffic. But you can’t even put 10% of the buttons available on your site – unless you don’t mind having no content except for the buttons. So the question becomes, how do you choose? Here are some tips to...

  • 5 social media ways to do Valentine’s

    Ahh, it’s love day. The traditional way of saying I love you is highly overrated. Roses are overdone, chocolates don’t actually seem special anymore. Geeks out there need better ways of expressing their unique geek loves and today, when you need it the most, we have five new ways to do Valentine’s. The Twitter way: Get your geek trending What better way to let your geek know that she or he is the center of your geekverse and the only person more important than your one terrabyte external hard-drive or your Xbox? Get your geek trending, mobilise all of Twitter for...

  • How much ‘lobola’ is Kate Middleton worth?

    Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William royal wedding in the UK is set to receive a local gift: Lobola, a Southern African wedding custom, required by the groom as symbolic payment to the family of the bride. Kulula.com believes it’s time for the people to decide exactly what Kate is worth – and Facebook is where you can vote on a campaign called Cows 4 Kate. Based on the results, Kate will receive between 1 and 50 cows. In order to take part, you have to click “Like” on the Kulula Facebook page, which is a simple and ingenious way...

  • Is Gawker Media’s hydra-like content network ‘death of the blog’??

    Gawker Media launched a redesigned version of its hydra-like content network this week, bringing with it talk of the “death of the blog”. Its most controversial move has been to de-emphasise “what’s new” in favour of “what’s hot”. Gawker sites no longer punt their most recent articles at the top of each page, but instead feature the most viewed or exclusive stories more prominently. Content is navigated on the right side of a new two-panel layout, leaving acres of space for a single article (with large visuals) on the left. The reaction (so far) has been overwhelmingly negative, but it’s unlikely...

  • All you need is love… and Google

    Cupid’s arrows are shooting through the air finding their mark – or missing it completely – depending upon which side of the fence you stand. What is for certain though, is that it’s definitely that time of year again. With Valentine’s Day already here, Google Zeitgeist (a tool that provides insights into internet search trends) has revealed some curious and surprising results… For South Africans the most popular search terms around “love” have been “lyrics”, “quotes” and “love poems” – which seems to indicate there are still a few old school romantics out there. Surprisingly, the most interest for the...

  • 6 reasons to get a GoPro wearable camera

    The GoPro HD Hero is nothing new. This tiny HD video camera launched at the end of 2009, but I only got mine at Christmas in 2010. What an amazing little gadget it is. The HD Hero comes with a whole bunch of accessories, takes great footage and pics and is perfect for action sport or just for playing around with. Here are six reasons why I think it’s a great buy: Great value For the quality of the video and the pics that you get, it is really great value at around R3 100 in SA (GoPro CameraSA – I...

  • Samsung launches an upgraded Galaxy Tab

    Samsung’s new version of its tablet computer with a larger screen of 10.1 inches has been launched. Four months after its first Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. It weighs 599 grams and is just 10.9 millimetres thick. JK Shin, who heads Samsung’s mobile division, says they focused on “screen, speed and content” while developing the device. Samsung says the new tablet computer has more processing power than the original Galaxy Tab. It also has a bigger screen than the previous version. The company is targeting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for people...

  • WikiLeaks and the questions around online civil disobedience

    On December 3rd, noted cyber-libertarian, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, John Perry Barlow tweeted: “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops. #WikiLeaks.” Barlow joined a panel on the WikiLeaks and Civil Disobedience discussion at Social Media Week that used this quote as a starting point to explore just what online civil disobedience really means and how it has been executed so far. Just how do you stage a protest online? The Personal Democracy Forum, which meets regularly to flesh out the implications of transparency in the digital age,...

  • Startup taps into the social nature of watching television

    People have been talking about the TV shows and movies they are watching for years. But they’ve never really had a home around which they could organise their comments. Startup Yap.TV has created software for Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices lets show watchers engage in real time on Twitter, Facebook or the firm’s own social network. Yap.tv believes that whether shows are streamed over the internet, airwaves, or cable lines people will always want to talk about what they are watching. “We mated the television program guide with the Twitter stream and social networks to basically allow...

  • Facebook’s move to China could be difficult

    Facebook move into China is imminent, whether the social networking giant can tap the market is doubtful according to Chinese-based web firms — assuming authorities lift a ban on the site. China has the world’s biggest internet population, with 420 million users and rising. It is a hugely lucrative landscape, but is also peppered with dominant domestic brands, technical hurdles and the threat of censorship. Beijing has set up a vast online censorship system sometimes referred to the “Great Firewall of China” that aggressively blocks sites and snuffs out internet content on topics considered sensitive. The system currently prevents most of the...

  • Release date for Nokia’s first Windows smartphone immienent

    Nokia could set a release date for its first smartphone to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system within days. The company is aiming to have its first Windows smartphone on the market this year, according to senior executives. Speaking on the eve of the mobile phone industry’s annual get-together in Barcelona, Nokia chief Stephen Elop defended the tie-up with the US software giant, saying it would bring billions in value to the Finnish company, which has seen its market share squeezed by Apple’s iPhone and phones using Google’s Android operating system. Nokia and Microsoft technical teams “are working together next...