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  • 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...

  • Research reveals social media marketing is booming

    In a sure sign that social media is becoming an entrenched pillar of the marketing mix, social media marketing freelance jobs have grown by 67% in the last year. This according to a quarterly report from DoNanza, an Israeli-based search engine which researches work-from-home projects. The search engine aggregates information from freelance sites such as elance, odesk and others on related online projects. The quarterly report, which is released on Monday, focuses on social media marketing -- an exploration into search engine marketing and the practise of marketing via social media platforms such Facebook and Twitter. The data was...

  • Social networks all abuzz as Mubarak steps down

    After eighteen days of protests and pleas on various social media platforms, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally resigned. People all around the world are sharing their reactions over Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Twitter is indeed 'all a twitter' with the news of Mubarak's exit from office after 30 years. "Congrats Egypt" is now trending with tweets coming from all over the world. Tweets all celebrating Egypt's new found freedom and some questioning where Egypt is headed now. Mubarak’s Wikipedia entry has already been changed to show the end of his presidential term. Popular video sharing site,...

  • State of the Nation address and its ‘drinking game’ trend heavily on Twitter

    The State of the Nation address delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday evening, and the drinking game that accompanied it, was Twitter's number one trending topic early on Friday morning. Renowned blogger Khaya Dlanga and South African radio shock jock Gareth Cliff had a big hand in spreading the trend to their large Twitter audiences. Never shy of controversy, South African shock jock, Gareth Cliff, has taken to social media like a man possessed. He is a Facebook juggernaut with his Page comprising more than 275 000 fans, and he has managed to amass close to 90 000 followers...

  • Upgraded Facebook Pages: The good, the bad and the ugly

    It was with excitement and trepidation that I read a Facebook news story on the redesign of pages last night. I always get nervous with these things -- you’re never sure which way Facebook is going to sway; toward the people, or toward the brands. In playing around with the new settings this morning (you can upgrade before the compulsory launch date of 10 March, by the way) I noticed three very prominent things: You may now interact with other pages as your brand instead of as you (It’s about time!) Not all of the fan comments show up like they did...

  • Steve Jobs still involved in decision-making at Apple

    Apple chief Steve Jobs, three weeks into an indefinite medical leave of absence, has remained involved in the company's strategy and product development, the Wall Street Journal said Friday. Jobs has been staying closely attuned to the company's day-to-day workings, said the Journal, citing people close to situation, with the 55-year-old chief executive taking meetings at home, keeping in contact by phone and even visiting Apple's campus in Cupertino, California. Last month Jobs announced he was to step aside, his third medical leave since 2004, but did not say how long he expected to be away or provide any details about...

  • Where in the world is CrowdFund?

    Almost a year ago, or eleven months ago to be precise, a brilliant crowd-based angel investment project was introduced to the South African tech startup stage, called Crowdfund. The idea, started by well-known web strategist Eve Dmochowska, included big plans for crowdsourcing funds for worthy local startups. The idea behind it all was to provide the capital, know-how and networking capability required by young entrepreneurs to launch prototypes of their ideas, in exchange for equity -- a dream come true for any entrepreneur. Dmochowska’s project shot off the starting blocks like Usain Bolt at the Olympics. By the end...

  • Nokia chooses Windows Phone 7 OS for smartphones

    In a dramatic break from the past, Nokia and Microsoft have banded together in the fast-growing smartphone marke to offer Windows Phone 7 as the 'primary smartphone plaftorm'. With the rise of Google's Android, Nokia is desperately attempting to regain its position as the leading player in the sector. "Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It's now a three-horse race," said Nokia’s Chief Executive Stephen Elop after the rumours of the partnership between the two companies. This strategic alliance ensures Windows Phone 7 is Nokia’s primary smartphone platform. It will...

  • Facebook Pages get a facelift

    Facebook Pages will soon get a major upgrade. On Friday morning, Facebook sent an email to Page administrators informing them about the new redesign. The admins will see a preview and tour of the new features, and will have until March to to upgrade, when all Pages will be automatically migrated to the redesign. The new page layout will bear the same design as Facebook's most recent profile redesign. Once Page admins have upgraded to the new format, a navigation menu will appear to the left of the page's wall, and the tabs will disappear from the top of the...

  • MXit enters mobile payments game with wiWallet

    MXit has signed an exclusive agreement with wiWallet, that will soon make it possible for MXit’s 10-million active users to make use mobile payment services. wiWallet is a subsidiary of UCS Group Limited ("UCS"), a provider of retail software within South Africa, where the Group services 95% of SA's retailers. This agreement will enable MXit to bring mobile payment services to its active user base of approximately 10-million strong in South Africa within the 2nd quarter of this year. Herman Heunis, founder and CEO of MXit, and Bevan Ducasse, founder and CEO, with Basie Kok, co-founder...