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  • Steve Jobs would never succeed in today’s Silicon Valley

    I recently watched a documentary on Steve Jobs called "One Last Thing". It was well done, mixing a fair bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly about the life of the man. There was also a lot of praise for the "marketing genius" of Steve Jobs. Then it struck me: If Steve Jobs were starting out today in Silicon Valley, he would have trouble getting funding because he's a "marketeer" -- not an engineer. Venture capitalists(VC) generally won't fund startups without a tech lead. For example, Mark Suster, a popular VC blogger, writes on his blog "Both Sides of the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note review — bigger is better

    The Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 makes me feel like an idiot for loving Apple. For years I defended the iPhone, calling it the next coming of mobile phones and now, out of the blue, the Note has knocked me flat on my back. It’s the biggest, brightest and fastest smartphone currently available and Samsung is now the deserving wearer of the mobile crown. Samsung should also be congratulated for bringing the stylus back into the 21st century with an ambitious new embedded interface option called the “S-Pen”. Bigger is better The Galaxy Note’s most obvious positive is the 5.3″ super AMOLED screen....

  • Local comedian battles with Vodacom over Twitter

    Deep Fried Man is a well-known local comedian. He tells his story about how he used Twitter to get some customer satisfaction. This is the story of my battle to use social media to solve the problems I had with my internet contract. You could call it a David and Goliath story. Except in this version, Goliath is just mildly bruised rather than slain, and David escapes (largely) unscathed to fight another day. It was, at least, a partial victory. It all started when I got a broadband contract with Vodacom. Two gigs, plus two "Night Owl gigs" between midnight...

  • Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders top 6.5 million

    The latest release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 worldwide makes it the latest in a series of million selling titles to hit the current generation of consoles and computers. While Black Ops may have gathered record sales of its own, Modern Warfare 3 has already shattered pre-order sales, and currently sits at a healthy 6.5-million orders. Activision, publishers of the Modern Warfare series have already gone on record to say that the pre-orders are its best yet. The US has seen the largest share of the sales figures and holds more than 60% of the pre-orders. Console sales are...

  • Video Review: Tunebug Vibe

    Ever looked at an object on your kitchen counter, and thought “I bet the new David Guetta track would sound great pumped through that”? Or maybe you love being able to carry all your music around with you on your mobile phone but hate the tinny quality of its built-in speaker. If so, the Tunebug Vibe speaker might just be for you. You can spend endless fun-filled hours trying all the different resonant cavities that you have lying around to see what sounds best. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Retrenchments announced at News24, SA’s largest online publisher

    Africa's largest online publisher, 24.com, which publishes news site News24, has announced a "restructure" that will result in staff retrenchments. The online publisher, owned by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, consists of 22 web channels with a combined audience of more than four-million monthly users. The company employs around 250 people, including editorial, technical and sales staff -- making it the largest online media employer on the continent. Speaking to Memeburn, 24.com General Manager, Geoff Cohen downplayed the job losses, saying it was a case of refocusing the company's goals. Cohen explained that the company is undergoing a restructure to...

  • SA director wins digital innovation prize for mobile concept

    Hajira Cassim, a trainee South African director was announced as one of the winners in the Not-For-Profit Digital Innovators Award category at ITU Telecom World 2011. Cassim was a winner out of 45 finalists from 22 countries around the world. Held in Geneva, Switzerland, Telecom World is one of the globe's most important events, brought together by The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Cassim won the award for pitching the mobile-content-generation showmemobi model to an international investment panel, global leaders in technology, and an international audience via the internet. Cassim is part of the Film Industry Learner Mentorship (F.I.L.M.) MICT...

  • Google+ Pages lets you stop thinking locally, start thinking globally

    Google didn't surprise anyone with the launch of Pages for Google+. It was just a matter of time before the internet-giant officially launched the product after experimenting with Ford Motors a few months ago. Google VP and head of the Google+ Project, Vic Gundotra, explained the move on the company's official blog: "After all, behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too." Pages looks a lot like Facebook's product but if we compare the design aspects of the two, then Google+ Pages falls...

  • Google+ Pages brings brands and businesses into its circle

    Google is now allowing companies and brands to have a presence on its social offering Google+. The avenue, called Google+ Pages means that the social network is no longer the preserve of individuals. In an official blog post the internet giant explained the decision as a natural part of the social network’s evolution: "So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide." Since opening up to the public, Google+ has...

  • Google Pay TV: We’re not in Kansas anymore

    When Google recently announced plans to launch its experimental fibre network most of the fanfare and media attention revolved around it providing a cable-TV as well as a phone service. The initial fibre connection, soon to be launched in Kansas in 2012, and Europe later on in the year, will bring users speeds exceeding 10 to 15 times what a normal broadband connection (4 megabits per second, downstream from the internet to the user's computer and 1 Mbit/s upstream) gets. Concerns in the American marketplace centred on the fact that users who are used to having an all-inclusive...

  • The case for QR codes

    There has been a lot said over the past few months (and probably longer) over whether or not QR codes are a good device for bridging the gap between the mobile world and the real one. But what is the real problem with QR codes and is there a place for them? How does a QR code work? The basic idea behind a QR code is that users who scan a QR code with their mobile device are directed to a mobile website where they can then interact with the site and either enter a competition or get additional information about...

  • Mickey Mouse goes digital as YouTube and Disney team up

    YouTube and Disney Interactive, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co., has announced that it is teaming up with YouTube to produce an original video series and feature "family-friendly" Disney programming on the popular video-sharing platform. Disney Interactive and Google-owned YouTube said the programming will be available on Disney's website and on YouTube. The companies also announced that the "complementary online video destinations" will launch in early 2012. "Disney Interactive will produce and program the co-branded video destinations for both Disney.com and YouTube, providing a family friendly experience for viewers across both platforms," Disney and YouTube said. The programming will include original...

  • No plans to bring Facebook to China, says Zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that he is in no rush to take his company public, or to brave the murky waters of the online Chinese market. Zuckerberg, questioned during an interview on the US PBS network, said that China posed, "issues" and "hard questions" for Facebook. "But since, for right now, we're not available, and we don't have an immediate path to become available, these are not policy decisions we have to make." Zuckerberg added that Facebook would test the waters with a public offering, but there was no immediacy to these plans. "At some point I think there would...

  • MXit: Knott-Craig announces restructure, job losses expected

    The recent acquisition of popular instant messaging platform MXit, the biggest in Africa, came with the promise of big changes. Now the company's new CEO, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, has put his money where his mouth is by announcing a "company restructure", meaning more focus, more innovation and job losses. Knott-Craig says his new plans involve focusing MXit on what he believes it does best. "We are a communications platform, that what we are. We need to stop doing everything else and do what we do best and that's communication," he says. Speaking to Memeburn exclusively Knott-Craig explains that the company's...

  • Motribe launches Indian payment platform

    Motribe, a mobile social network builder, with a focus on emerging markets recently launched a mobile payments and promotion platform for users in India. According to the company, users in India will now be able to head "to the new Motribe mobile tribe builder", to create a tribe and promote the tribe "on the Motribe portal". Users will have to pay for this ability, however, using the newly minted virtual currency, called Motribe Coins. What differentiates Motribe Coins from other kinds of virtual currency is the fact that people can purchase it using airtime. This is in line with Motribe's...