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  • 6 Things every startup should watch out for before signing with an investor

    "Yes, we would like to invest". The magic words that any startup owner loves to hear. Your idea is no longer just a seed in the back of your mind; it is about to be watered allowing it to blossom into the reality you always knew it could be. After the celebratory high fives and handshakes followed by the compulsory boozy lunch with your new best ‘investor’ friend, a term sheet or funding agreement arrives to formalise your relationship. The agreement is rather lengthy and contains some legal jargon; defining exactly when is the last day of the month, is important....

  • What can the internet really tell you about your personality?

    Personalities are peculiar things. They say that the first five years of your life are crucial to the development of your personality. Or is it your star sign? Or who you were in your past life? Or is it about what you eat? Whatever the case, as with most things, the internet claims to have the answer. Or should that be multiple answers? Just doing a quick search brings up millions of tests – some legit and fairly accurate, some just fun time wasters. If you have some time on your hands: why not give these few...

  • Olympus Tough TG-810 — Can a camera make you rugged?

    I walked into the editorial office a few days ago, just after a fresh gadget delivery. "Here," said one of my colleagues, "We've got something for you to review". His gym-calloused hands tossed it my way, just missing the bearded man mountain of a writer who sits between us. It was a camera. With the word "tough" in its name. Now let’s just get one thing clear, I cry at the end of Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Every time. I use moisturiser. Oil free. With built in sunscreen. I’ve even been known to...

  • How do VCs get their money? They pitch too

    Every two or three years, VC's gear up to raise money for their next fund. They create a pitch deck, come up with a list of investors actively investing in venture capital funds, make sure they get introductions to them from trusted sources -- or go direct if they already have the relationship, and pitch the investment strategy and how they plan to provide better returns than the industry average. Sound familiar? For established funds with a solid track record (an established team with a specific investment style and realised returns on previous investments) it can be as easy...

  • Motorola hits back with an Intel-core, Android 4.0 smartphone

    Motorola is hitting back hard with not only its first Ice Cream Sandwich handset, but with a smartphone running an Intel core. The phone pictured above is an unnamed Android 4.0 device powered by Intel’s new Medfield platform. What we can gather from the image above, is that the new Motorola phone will be button-free , as well as sport a newer version of the MotoBlur UI. And according to sources, the camera will be one of the hardware highlights of the device, offering 15-frame per second burst capture. Medfield though, will be the selling point. It’s all about SoC Medfield is...

  • French president Sarkozy joins Twitter

    French president Nicholas Sarkozy has become the latest world leader to join Twitter. Since joining, his official account gained 13 000 plus followers, despite only sending out two tweets. "Good day to you all, I'm very happy today to launch my Twitter account. Thank you to all of those who would like to follow me," he said, in his first message. Bonjour à tous, je suis très heureux de lancer aujourd’hui mon compte #Twitter. Merci à ceux qui voudront bien me suivre! - NS— Nicolas Sarkozy (@NicolasSarkozy) February 15, 2012 In the second he said, "I have accepted TF1's invitation to...

  • Vimeo festival looks to reward film makers, features star judges

    Online videos are increasingly gaining currency as an acceptable form of mainstream entertainment. YouTube knows it and the best Web TV series have even been recognised with their own awards. If you needed any more convincing, video-sharing site Vimeo is hosting its second festival and awards show. The festival will take place in New York City in June this year. The YouTube competitor claims that the aim of the ceremony is to celebrate "the most creative and original videos online, as well as the individuals who make them". People wanting to submit their work for award consideration will be...

  • Zynga reports continued user growth, net income loss

    Social gaming giant Zynga’s latest financial results have revealed a net income loss, despite continued user growth. In its annual financial summary, the company said it experienced a net loss of US$403-million. It noted, however, that a large part of that loss was down to payouts it had to make to shareholders in the wake of its IPO. Online gaming revenue continues to be a big money spinner for the company, accounting for US$1.07-billion in 2011. Although advertising revenue increased 226% year-on-year, it only brought in US$74.5-million for Zynga. The company’s IPO was probably its biggest event in 2011,...

  • FNB becomes first bank to add official support for 22Seven

    At least one major South African bank appears to have changed its tune on financial management app 22Seven. First National bank (FNB) has issued a press release claiming that it will "allow access to 22Seven". The bank claims that it made the decision as part of an "ongoing attempt to create simple and convenient solutions for its customers". "FNB has set a precedence of responding to our customer's needs with innovative products and services. We are now providing a secure means to engage with 22Seven in response to our customers’ need to learn more about their financial behavior,”...

  • You can now pay for your meals via MXit

    Popular instant messaging service, MXit, is expanding its mobile payment system. Last year the service signed an exclusive agreement with wiWallet, that made it possible for MXit’s 10-million+ active South African users to make use of its mobile payment services. wiWallet is a subsidiary of UCS Group Limited (“UCS”), a provider of retail software within South Africa, that services 95% of SA's retailers. When MXit originally announced its partnership with wiWallet it said it wanted to "replace our existing Moola payment platform as it is geared to handle millions of micro-payments daily, but to complement it with the wiWallet mobile payment...

  • Men care less about Valentine’s Day, at least on Twitter

    Valentine’s Day gives us an extra special reason to be more romantically inclined than usual. I for one *heart* valentine’s day, but do other women feel the same as me, and how do men feel about the day? Considering that it’s actually MANentinesday the boys really have nothing to complain about as the roles have technically been reversed. If you buy into the whole leap year thing that is. However, it appears that the guys seem to be less in the mood than girls on 14 February, especially in the social media space. On Twitter, for example, it seems...

  • On the comeback trail: Is Microsoft regaining its ‘cool’?

    During a cold December in Paris at a conference called Le Web, I was struck by an insight. It was a combination of what I had been feeling for a while and what a brilliant analyst was saying -- and that is, Microsoft is on the comeback trail. It really is. In recent times, Microsoft has struggled to exude that "cool factor" of companies like Apple, a coolness that is reflected in the companies' respective share prices too. It's a zeitgeist also brilliantly reflected in these "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC ads". Microsoft's boss Steve Ballmer is uncool embodied...

  • The difference between Facebook friends and real friends: A case study

    My object of study, the 21-year old beauty who I call EmmaFB, has 921 Friends on Facebook. Her friends are from all the phases of her life, from pre- and primary school, high school, university, going out, friends of friends, and family members. This range of friends has been confirmed by international studies to be the typical set of friends a young person has. As EmmaFB told me in an interview I conducted with her, she goes out a lot, meets people and then is what she calls "invited" by them on Facebook the next day. She does not...

  • 7 Of the most popular ‘old school’ classics on YouTube

    There is a common misconception that only modern artists like Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber can rule YouTube and create videos that generate millions of hits. In fact there are plenty of classic artists whose staying power has earned them top spots on the video-sharing site. Stars like Elvis, The Beatles and many more may have had humble beginnings on a colourless square-shaped box (the television), but they now dominate the internet and millions of people are still listening to their favourite classics on the web. Here are some of the most viewed videos from some of the best-known...

  • Review: Nokia Lumia 800 – Achingly beautiful

    Writing this review was emotional. I became deeply pensive, and at one stage called my mom to tell her that I love her and that I’ve found the perfect phone for her. It’s what the Nokia Lumia 800 does. It evokes emotive responses. It makes you, for the lack of a better word, gaga. I work with a panoply of personality types, and the Lumia 800 drew superlative praise from everyone. No hyperbole here, just plain, honest truth. Expletives were thrown around, crooning was done, and shrieks of delight were commonplace. var 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");