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  • Online checkouts get a social dashboard

    Technology integration is moving forward at a rapid pace. Some technology marketers are even feeling that technology advancement and user acceptance is moving so quickly that they are having difficulty in finding an angle to market to their prospects. But that's not stopping Own, a Point of Sale software that has integrated its PoS with social media. Simply put what it has done is integrated FourSquare, Twitter and Facebook with its PoS software. The Own PoS runs as an Android app which does away with the bulky cash registers of old and integrates with a cash drawer and a cash...

  • Path 2.1: Now with smarter camera, support for Nike+

    Up-and-coming private social network Path had a couple of rough days last month because it uploaded its users' address books to its servers without their explicit permission. Today, however, the company is focusing squarely on its product again with the release of version 2.1 of its iOS app. This isn't a major overhaul of the service, as the version number already indicates, but the company made some pretty significant updates to the product that its users will surely appreciate. One really cool new feature is the built-in support for Nike+, so your runs now automatically appear in Path. For those...

  • New Reddit CEO sends out first public message

    New Reddit CEO Yishan Wong has sent out his first public communication since officially taking over the reins at the ‘front page on the internet’. A former director of engineering at Facebook, Wong was asked to step into the CEO role shortly after Reddit was spun off as an independent entity from publishing giant Condé Nast. In an open letter to the social news site’s community, Wong expressed surprise at the fact that he'd even been considered for the position: I didn't have any straight-up CEO experience, despite having managed large teams of engineers and working on numerous business and startup issues....

  • The iPad tells all, Tim Cook’s wardrobe disappointment [Comic]

    I think the guys at Joy of Tech were sitting just waiting for Apple to have an event. Following the launch of the device we all thought would be called the iPad3 or iPad HD and that turned out to actually just be the iPad, Nitrozac and Snaggy put together two comics to unpack the main issues of the event. I am really glad they did, because they have addressed the elephant in the.... room? World? Whatever, they addressed an elephant in the form of Tim Cook's apparel. What utter nerve he had to have a sense of individual style!...

  • Facebook to become ‘your personalised newspaper’ with Interest Lists

    Facebook has introduced a new product that it claims is “a whole new way to keep up with stuff you care about and tidy up your experience on Facebook”. The new feature, called Interest Lists, is basically a way for you to tidy up your news feed into sections determined by you. Facebook claims that doing so turns the social network into “your own personalised newspaper, with special sections—or feeds—for topics that matter to you”. In fact, the company has taken this traditional news feel a step further by including sections like Business, Sports and Style. You could also get...

  • Yola boss Vinny Lingham steps down to launch new startup

    Well-known Silicon Valley-based South African web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has resigned as the CEO of Yola, the internet startup he founded about five years ago, to launch a new venture. The new venture -- Gyft -- promises "to change the way you think about gift cards". It plans to launch in May this year and is offering an early sign up for members. There is no indication of who is backing the venture (but Memeburn will find this out soon). Yola says that Lingham will retain his board seat and shares at the company and will "continue to provide vision and...

  • Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter

    Want to drive traffic to your site? Forget Twitter (Okay maybe don’t forget it entirely) and get pinning. That’s right, Pinterest -- a two-year old social network with 11-million users -- drives more traffic to websites than Twitter -- a five year-old network with well over 100-million active users. According to the latest stats from Shareaholic, a third-party social measurement tool, Pinterest not only beat out Twitter, but also referred Google traffic and organic Bing searches. Shareaholic claims its findings are “based on aggregated data from more than 200 000 publishers that reach more than 270-million unique monthly visitors...

  • iPad > PCs

    Apple sold more iPads last quarter than any computer manufacturer in the world sold PCs. Read that again. Apple sold 15.4-million iPads between October and December. Compare this to HP (15.1-million PCs), Lenovo (13-million PCs), Dell (11.9-million PCs) and Acer (9.8-million PCs) and suddenly you’ll realise why we saw over 100 tablet competitors launched during 2011 by every hardware manufacturer. Tablets > PCs. iPad > PC. And, as much as Twitter and tech blogs tried to have you believe otherwise, the use of the phrase “Post PC” at the new iPad launch was not the first time we've heard it. In fact, despite...

  • Can ultrabooks halt the ‘post PC world’ onslaught?

    At Apple’s iPad launch event CEO Tim Cook waxed lyrical about being in a post PC world. The overarching message seemed to be “tablets are the way forward”, even though the message was Apple was trying to convey was more along the lines of "our tablet is the way forward". But are we actually living in a post PC world, in which tablets are rapidly becoming the computing device of choice? The latest stats from tech research company Gartner would appear to suggest exactly that. The company says that global PC shipments will grow by 4.4% in 2012 to...

  • Hey MXit, where’s the share button?

    MXit, the free instant messaging and social media platform, has been in the news lately, primarily because it was acquired by World of Avatar, a South African investment group lead by Alan Knott Craig Junior, last year. Where MXit has excelled in the pre-smartphone market has been in connecting to other services like Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk and Facebook while operating on the relatively cheap GPRS packet oriented mobile data service. Prior to BlackBerry and its infamous BBM free instant messaging service, people between the age of 10 and 18 used the service to connect with their friends and chat in...

  • Kony 2012: Over 30-million views, but could it do more harm than good?

    The mission to bring Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony to the world's attention seems to be working. With more than 30-million views on two platforms in two days, the internet seem desperate to find out more about the man some have dubbed a war lord. On 7 March, non-profit organisation Invisible Children premiered a documentary titled "Kony 2012" -- the aim was to use social media to raise awareness to Kony's actions. Through celebrity and policymaker support, the campaign exploded on social media with more than five topics on Twitter's global trends list. The hashtag #stopkony and Invisible Children...

  • 10 Twitter pics from the iPad launch

    So it was the iPad 3 / iPad HD / “the new iPad” launch yesterday... what, you weren't in San Francisco? Well, the 755 seats at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were all filled with journalists. Fortunately for you, they had cameras. The press has been speculating about the device for months -- everything from the name to the display and the release date has been rumoured and then passionately debated. Yesterday was the day, and the journalists wasted no time photographing every detail -- and when they got to play with a real life iPad, they yfroged and...

  • Why Facebook keeps romancing Wall Street in its IPO

    Facebook has added 25 banks to its IPO offering -- a massive expansion from the original six banks named. It allows the banks offer Facebook stock to their clients in special deals and spreads a lot of favors among the Wall Street investment community. In The Wall Street Journal David Benolt reported: The social networking giant has just added five more lead investment banks to its IPO from the original six, according to an updated filing. On top of that, Facebook added another 20 investment banks that will get a piece of the action. The move is the opposite to Google’s IPO,...

  • The internet is big. Very big. [Infographic]

    Ahh! Every day, 4.7 billion minutes are spent on Facebook? 35 million apps are downloaded? 294 billion emails are sent? My brain cannot begin to comprehend those figures. This infographic by MBA online tries to make them easier to understand… or maybe it’s just trying to overwhelm you. Yes, the internet is big. Just how big? Well, for example, there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people on earth. So it’s pretty big. And it’s growing rapidly – at the end of last year it took just 20 typical households to generate the same amount of...

  • How Dollar Shave Club used its viral video to attract investors

    Dollar Shave Club’s debut video is cool. Scratch that. It is damn cool. It might even have convinced a few people to buy the product. Here’s the thing; it’s also been attracting investors. In fact, it was doing so long before it was convincing us to stop giving most of the money we spend on razors to Roger Federer. According to Mashable, CEO Michael Dubin -- who’s also the star of the video -- used it to get US$1-million in funding out of the likes of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. "We develop great content," Dubin says, "and [the...