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  • New mobi-site looks to bring QR codes, geotagging to university education

    A brand new mobi-site is looking to bring QR codes and geotagging to the tertiary education sector. The site is a mobile extension of content provider LexisNexis’ established online education portal MyAcademic. The company claims that the mobi-site acts not only as "an interactive space for students" but can also direct them "to relevant online bookstores". The geotagging feature, meanwhile, will reportedly "enable students to locate their nearest bookstores". LexisNexis academic marketer Henry van der Walt reckons that the site is on the right track when it comes to embracing up and coming trends within education. "We know that...

  • Apple stock goes past $500, one share now more valuable than an iPad

    Apple shares went past the US$500 mark for the first time. That means a single share in Apple is now more expensive than an entry level iPad. Stock in the Cupertino-based tech giant has been on a continual growth trajectory ever since it announced stellar first quarter results. Apple posted quarterly revenue of US$46.33-billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06-billion. Highlighting its increasing global dominance, the company reported that international sales accounted for 58% of its revenue in the quarter. The company’s current position is in stark contrast to the position it was in when co-founder Steve Jobs made...

  • Is MySpace on the comeback trail?

    Think MySpace is dying a slow, torpid death? Think again. A new report from the New York Times suggests that the social network has turned its fortunes around and is actually growing again. That’s fairly impressive given the position it was in when it was sold by Newscorp in June last year to Tim and Chris Vanderhook for just US$35-million. A couple of months earlier, the social network had lost 10-million users and people were left wondering how Rupert Murdoch’s company had managed to so effectively bring down a property it had paid US$580-million for in 2008. The two young...

  • ZiNG wants to shake up the Mobile IM space

    The mobile Instant Messaging (IM) space already has a number of big players -- think MXit, WhatsApp, Facebook chat... the list goes on. But at least one new player thinks it can make an impact by playing to the business world. A company called Blazingchilli is looking to utilise the opportunities inherent in the mobile IM space to leverage its new enterprise level messaging platform -- ZiNG. The technology at the heart of ZiNG is called Multiple Group Messaging (MGM) and Blazingchilli claims that it offers "the most powerful tool available" for reaching consumers, particularly in emerging markets. In...

  • Sky News, trust your journalists with Twitter

    Sky News has come under immense criticism after it was reported that it had banned all employees re-tweeting information provided by rival journalists and the general public. In an email issued to all employees on Tuesday, the news organisation stated that in order to maintain its credibility, new social media guidelines had been put into place. In the policy, journalists are no longer permitted to re-tweet stories which originate outside the organisation, nor are they allowed to comment on stories which fall outside of their "beat". This, according to the email, will “ensure that our journalism...

  • 4 Hot tips for making sure your email gets to where it needs to

    Email delivery is a highly important consideration; after all, nobody can click on a link in an email they never see. Unfortunately though, there are a number of obstacles each email must overcome before reaching its intended destination, ideally avoiding the spam folder of course. According to Return Path's Global Email Deliverability Benchmark Report for 2011, only 81% of global email reaches the inbox. Email deliverability in the Unites States is the highest with about 86% of emails making it to the intended recipient, but marketers can still move the needle a lot higher by understanding the process and...

  • The US elections: A case study in political spam

    We all know that spam is the bane of modern life. More and more of the email we receive on a daily basis are adverts for stock investing, controlled substances, cheap Viagra and a conglomeration of phishing scams that try to get to your personal information. But as the battle lines are being drawn in the USA for the 2012 Presidential election, to be fought on 6 November, more American registered voters will start receiving email messages from prospective candidates. And they don’t even need their permission to do it. The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003...

  • RIM looks to expand Indian footprint

    RIM is looking to expand its BlackBerry sales presence in India to 160 cities, more than doubling its current retail footprint. According to the Times of India, the Canadian-based manufacturer will also be bringing out a slew of new devices onto the market. Although RIM has struggled in established markets in recent times, it is still a force to be reckoned with in emerging markets. India is no exception as RIM looks to tap into a rapidly growing demand for smartphones. “In terms of expansion, we would like to strengthen our existing presence. As far as new cities are concerned...

  • App of the Week — Reader X

    This week I take a look at Reader X, a brand new, cleverly designed and simple to use Google Reader client for the iPad. As I've probably mentioned in one of my previous articles, I'm a big fan of Google Reader. I love the simplicity, the ease of use and just the whole idea behind it, although the design does lack a little here and there. Regardless, I love getting into the office early and opening it up for a few quick reads before I start my day. It helps to keep me up to date with happenings and developments...

  • Apple accused of cashing in on Whitney Houston death [Update]

    As news of Whitney Houston’s death spread like wildfire over social media, at least one big tech player has been accused of trying to cash in. A number of the singer’s fans say that Apple increased the price of Houston’s albums for download on iTunes, just hours after death was first reported. According to Digital Spy, the price of Houston’s greatest hits album Ultimate Collection rose from GBP3(US$4.7) to GBP7.99(US$12.6) in the space of 30 minutes. The UK news site also reports that iTunes users were blocked from downloading the LP at its original price for the duration of...

  • GigaOM buys paidConent in expansion bid

    GigaOM, the San Francisco based tech news publisher has acquired ContentNext, the publisher of the media industry trade publication, paidContent, from the UK's Guardian Media Group. Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, wrote about what this means to the company: In his post Why we are buying paidContent he writes that the deal will create GigaOM East a ready-made entry into New York City, his "spiritual home," and Europe. Over the past few years we have started to see the transformation of media by new technologies, new methods of distribution and newer ways to consume information.... and now we are going...

  • Enter the Spark — a $265 tablet rocking a Linux OS

    In this day and age, US$265 can get you a seriously tasty gadget. A brand new Kindle Fire? Done. A cut-price laptop? Grab one for under US$300. How about a 7-inch, 1Ghz tablet rocking Linux? Yours, in the form of the Spark Tablet. Budget tablets are being vomited out of the stables at a rate of knots, so what makes the Spark tablet so damn special? Peeking under the hood World, listen up. The Spark is the first tablet to be marketed as an open device, with open software and an unlocked bootloader. This means that anyone can jump in, develop...

  • Whitney Houston found dead at 48: Twitter reacts

    Twitter's response to popular singer Whitney Houston’s death has been overwhelming, with RIP Whitney taking the global top trending spot. The 48-year-old Houston was reportedly found dead in the bath tub of her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel, where she was staying prior to tonight’s Grammy Awards. According to TMZ, the singer and a group of friends had "partied heavily" in the hotel and had "stood out because they were so boisterous". Fellow singer Rihanna sent out a string of tweets of emotional tweets as the news broke: No words! Just tears #DearWhitney— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 12, 2012 Feels so strange...

  • E-Waste and the underbelly of the tech industry

    Last year, the EU updated its directives for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), in an effort to step up recycling and the safe disposal of outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In the US, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act was introduced as a bill in June last year. India is also taking governmental steps to control how E-Waste is handled. That sounds like good news; after all, old electronics goods are full of good things that can often be re-used. And, of course, they're also full of toxic things that we don't want leached into our rivers and oceans, or...

  • 10 Hot Indian startups you should know about

    From the world’s cheapest car to the world’s cheapest tablet, India has emerged as a hub of "Jugaad", a Hindi term which closely translates as "frugal innovation". Owing to its booming economy, growing middle class and a talent pool of highly skilled engineers, India has a thriving tech startup ecosystem. While there are thousands of startups across the country, we bring you a compilation of tech startups that have risen above the rest to be the talking points in the startup-technology community. Based on my conversations and interactions with entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders, these startups are shaping the way...