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  • The Bookmarks Awards strike gold, although few golds awarded

    The fourth rendition of South Africa's digital awards, the largest and most glamorous yet, awarded just eight golds, more than 35 silvers and many bronzes out of 52 categories, judged across a variety of digital media disciplines. The Bookmarks is an event that recognises innovation in digital media and internet-based work for both agencies and online publishers. It was a lively, energetic, well-organised and noisy affair hosted by 5FM DJ Anele Mdoda and well-known technology columnist Simon Dingle. Across the various categories the gold winners, all agencies, were Ogilvy Interactive (three golds), Social Code, DigiVox, Synergize Online, Quirk, and Gloo...

  • Telkom Do Gaming to launch Battlefield 3 league

    South African telecommunication giant Telkom, under the Do Gaming banner will launch a Battlefield 3 league in 2012 with ZAR100 000 in prize money up for grabs. Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Manager, says Battlefield 3 has been a key focus for Telkom Do Gaming over the past couple of months and will be an important part of the 2012 Do Gaming League. "The Telkom Do Gaming stand at the rAge expo exclusively hosted the game before its launch, giving gamers the chance to experience the title. We also launched our Do Uncapped offering at rAge with a Battlefield 3 bundle. With...

  • New Nando’s campaign takes a poke at Malema sentencing

    South African fast food franchise Nando’s has capitalised on the suspension of Julius Malema from the ANC with a brand new campaign. The former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president and political firebrand was suspended for, among other things, bringing the ANC into disrepute. Using the power of pun, the campaigns tagline draws parallels between the franchise's chicken dishes and Malema's rapid political demise: Full Sizevar 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");

  • Gamification: The hype becomes reality

    Research company Gartner reckons that by 2014, more than 70% of the Forbes' major companies will have at least one "gamified" application. The research company says that although the current "success" of gamification is largely driven by novelty and hype, it is positioned to become a "highly significant trend" over the next five years. Gamification is the use of game design techniques and mechanics to solve problems, motivate people and engage audiences. Typically gamification applies to non-game sites and applications in order to encourage users to adopt them. Gamification works by making technology more engaging, by encouraging users to engage...

  • Julius Malema axed from ANCYL, Twitter reacts

    Julius Malema, upstart leader of South Africa's ANC Youth League (ANCYL) today faced the music for his multiple political indiscretions. Of the rulings, one stands out and Twitter was there to capture the moment. Malema, and a number of his cohorts from the ANCYL leadership, had been facing charges before an ANC disciplinary committee. The charges ranged from ill-discipline to bringing the ANC, as a whole, into disrepute. As social media analytic tool Topsy.com shows, mentions of Malema dramatically shot up as the ruling came in. By midday, all of the top 10 Trending Topics in South Africa were related to the...

  • RIM denies renewed reports of BlackBerry smartphones going down

    Barely a month after BlackBerry suffered its widest service failure, there are fresh reports that users are again experiencing service failures. BlackBerry parent company Research In Motion (RIM) has hurriedly downplayed these reports. Given the last outage was as much a public relations failure as a technical failure, RIM has been quick to issue a statement regarding what it has chosen to characterise as a service disruption. Using Twitter, the Canadian company quickly replied to initial user complaints saying: "We're getting reports that some users are experiencing delays," and "We're investigating and will update you ASAP (as soon as possible)." BlackBerry...

  • Fully automatic: 7 mind-blowing tech innovations

    Recently, I wrote an article discussing how rapid technological innovation may ultimately have far reaching impact on the job market through jobless growth. This week, I would like to take the opportunity to look at some of these technical innovations and developments more closely. Here are seven pretty mind-blowing achievements in a world that is quickly becoming fully automated. Robotic Cars If you think you can hold on to your job as a driver, think again. Back in September, a German company called Autonomos Labs showcased a fully automated car driving for over 20 kilometers through Berlin traffic. The video is...

  • NFC is the future of African mobile money

    Mobile money has made more of an impact in Africa than a number of other emerging market regions. In fact, through services like Safricom’s M-Pesa, people on the continent have been using their mobile phones for financial transactions since long before Google brought out its wallet. But can emerging markets on the continent, and elsewhere, take mobile money beyond money transfers? This is, after all, how the whole mobile money market emerged with M-Pesa: People buying airtime from agents and using the airtime to pay for bills or send money other people across the country. A number of...

  • Can’t find an investor for your startup? Try crowdfunding [Infographic]

    Companies in the tech industry have now reached financial heights of being the most successful companies in the world (Apple) and attaining valuations of US$18-billion upon their IPO’s going live (Groupon). Startups, however, have found that, as with the rest of the global economy, belts have become tighter. Venture capitalists and angel investors are no longer as willing as they once were to provide that much-needed funding. Despite talks of a "tech bubble" in the wider industry, the problems faced by start-ups in finding funding have been so prevalent that even The New York Times has reported on it. Facing these...

  • Facebook to stop blog and web RSS feeds

    Social Strategists Beware! Your workload is going to increase! From 22 November Facebook will no longer allow the automatic import of Blog and RSS feeds into Profiles. A long-used strategy by social networkers has been to link their blog posts and websites via RSS directly to their Facebook profiles. This meant that every time they put up a blog-post, it would automatically "push" the information onto Facebook, creating a note. This allowed for great interaction with fans, followers and friends -- building the all-important relationship with potential clients and readers. According to Facebook, this feature has been disabled for Pages already on...

  • Alibaba, Softbank in talks to buy Yahoo! Inc

    The future of Yahoo! Inc it seems remains uncertain. China's Alibaba Group and Japan's Softbank are in talks with private equity firms about making an unsolicited bid for Yahoo!, reports Bloomberg. The bid would be for all the shares of California-based Yahoo!, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Yahoo! has been through a tumultuous journey, moving from one rumour to another, since the axing of colourful of chief executive Carol Bartz in September. The company has been looking to sell, but would prefer to sell a smaller stake rather than the entire company, the news agency said. It seems...

  • Google axes its Gmail app for BlackBerry

    A smack down has been laid on BlackBerry from the mighty Google and comes in the form of total Gmail app removal from the Blackberry store. From November 22, Google will no longer be supporting its Gmail app for BlackBerry. If it is already installed, the app will continue to work. Google said that it has stopped development in order to concentrate on the mobile browsing experience. BlackBerry users who want to access Gmail will have to go through the web browser or add their email accounts to the BlackBerry messaging service. Google has gone on record saying that the troubleshooting...

  • Smartphones are as important as your wallet and keys

    Google has announced new research findings detailing smartphone usage in South Africa. The findings reveal that South Africans are opting for smart devices -- 15% of South Africans now have smartphones. Half of the new smartphone users, though, have only been using a smartphone for the past 12 months. The survey found these users consider their smartphones to be as important as their purses and keys, with 83% of mobile subscribers not wanting to leave home without their smartphones. Google's findings show that people are also using their smartphones to make buying decisions. About 62% of smartphone users have used...

  • Adobe abandons mobile Flash

    With a single leaked email, Adobe effectively announced the end of Flash for mobile. The email, intended for Adobe's partners, details the demise of one of the company's flagship products. The following email comes courtesy of ZDnet. Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations....

  • Facebook finally removes rape ‘joke’ pages after months of refusal

    After months of campaigning, activists have cause to celebrate following Facebook's decision to finally relent to calls for pages celebrating rape culture to be shut down, reports the BBC. These pages, with names such as "You know she's playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alley," were not a new phenomenon. Campaigns and petitions to get them removed, however, only began in earnest in August of this year. Despite the widespread support these campaigns received, Facebook was dismissive. A highly misguided initial statement from the social network likened the pages to a rude joke that "won't...