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  • 12 ways to mind your technology manners

    In simpler days gone by, people used to operate within a defined set of rules regarding professional and private communication — rules which have largely fallen into disuse with the development of new technology. The line between public and private is now virtually non-existent in many cases, and we are forced into constant communication, and being available 24/7 which is not a healthy way to live. Simply put, minding our technology manners can free up a lot of our time, and make us much more pleasant to be around. Using proper communication etiquette shows respect and consideration for others, and...

  • Mobile operators need new revenue models to cope with data usage

    Mobile operators are facing a crisis which requires innovative thinking. Rocketing smartphone use could drive mobile operators into losses in three years unless they rapidly adopt technology to capture more revenue from data services, according to a US network company. Rising investment costs to handle exploding data traffic combined with lower revenue per unit of data could begin to drive some operators into the red in as soon as two years, Tellabs said it calculated based on independent analyst data. “Carriers can spend themselves bankrupt well before users run out of hunger for capacity,” said Tellabs chief executive Rob Pullen. “Our study...

  • Nigerian jailed for Facebook insult of governor

    Nigerian police detained a man for 10 days after he insulted a state governor on Facebook, traumatising him to such a degree that he has been hospitalised, his father said on Thursday. Mukhtar Ibrahim Aminu, 24, posted a message on his own Facebook page on January 9 insulting governor Sule Lamido over the politician’s support for President Goodluck Jonathan in April elections. Lamido is governor of Jigawa state, located in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. Jonathan, a Christian, has faced resistance to his candidacy in the region. “O Allah destroy Sule Lamido and the rest of his friends,” said the Facebook post which...

  • With The Daily, News Corp and Apple try to shake up the news business model

    Rupert Murdoch is the biggest man in media. Apple is one of the hottest companies in tech. The two have teamed up to make a run at a new kind of news organisation, creating a tablet-only paid product that could reinvent the news subscription model. Called The Daily, Murdoch’s brainchild staffs more than 50 top-tier journalists and will only be available as an iPad app through at least 2012. The News Corp. CEO introduced the product to mixed reviews at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Wednesday morning. “New times demand new journalism,” he said. ...

  • Is SEO really killing Google?

    A Memeburn article on SEO and Google search results a few months back got a lot of heat going in the comments section. Most of the hating on it, I suspect, comes from those with a vested interest in promoting SEO. And Google fan boys. Apart from a couple of considered responses, most were either of the “you just don’t understand the interwebs and the computerses”, or “surely you don’t believe puny humans could outwit the Mighty Google Page Rank Mightiness” variety. Then this piece appeared a few days ago in the Washington Post that very much confirms the view…...

  • Honeycomb and Xoom: Just one look and then my heart went boom

    I’m in love with Android Honeycomb and I want it right now. Google held a special event at its headquarters in Mountain View on Wednesday, and gave an in-depth demo of the latest operating system for tablets: Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. Honeycomb is tailored for the new generation of tablet-sized computers,” Google mobile products director Hugo Barra said while demonstrating software features at the Internet titan’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of time really optimizing performance on Honeycomb.” The free, open-source operating system is expected to quickly be built into an array of tablets in...

  • Gran Turismo 5: Missed opportunities at every turn

    Getting ready to play a new game can sometimes be like that first conversation with a girl you like. She is very pretty (graphics look amazing), she has similar interests to you (your favorite genre) and people that know her have only good things to say (comes highly recommended by other gamers). But when you take the plunge and actually engage her, it doesn’t work out like you had hoped. Sometimes she’s a total hellion filled with the crazy, sometime she’s perfectly nice but just not meant for you. Either way, you are left disappointed. No-one has a monopoly on...

  • ‘Da Buzz': How township youth use mobile technology

    With the digital divide becoming somewhat smaller and significant numbers of young people having access to mobile technology, I was keen to find out what the most popular uses of cellphones are amongst teenagers from South African townships. Here’s a list of top cellphone uses amongst some young people from Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape: Txt-ing: Says Nosizwe Gxalatana (17) from Makhaza township, Western Cape: “My current phone, (MTN ZTE S308) can’t access the web. So I use my phone mostly to make calls, I text a lot and also send Please call Me’s .” Buzzing: “It’s important to have just...

  • The mobile banking race begins in Nigeria

    Last week I got a visit from Peter Afam Emeleogu, an old contact from TED Africa in 2007. We’ve both been busy in the intervening years, exploring how technology can be used to overcome inefficiencies in the system. Peter’s journey started when he realized the market value of mobile credit as a currency. In Nigeria, mobile payment systems weren’t licensed by the Nigerian Central Bank until December 2010 — 2 months ago. So, until this time, mobile payment and transaction entrepreneurs had to be highly creative in order to meet consumer demands – thus the use of mobile credits...

  • Social media goes mainstream: 5 things you need to know

    Social networks, blogs and virtual worlds are no longer on the fringe–they are very real factors that can influence the perception of companies large and small. It’s no small wonder that everyone wants to know what the next big social media PR thing will be. So what’s most likely to have an impact in the next 12 months? Here’s what we believe might make the top 5. 1. Marketing is participation 2011 will see the proliferation of the community managers – those people that keep our shared-interest networks together. One lesson from 2010 –...

  • LG to unveil world’s first full 3D smartphone

    LG will unveil the world’s first full 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D handset, at the 2011 Mobile World Congress – offering consumers a full 3D experience in the palm of their hands. South African consumers can expect to experience the LG Optimus 3D from June 2011. The LG Optimus 3D mobile phone addresses the lack of 3D content worldwide by providing users with a dual-lens camera for 3D recording so users have the power to create and produce their very own 3D multimedia material. This, LG’s most advanced smartphone to date, offers a complete 3D platform and a...

  • Google vs Bing: The great search scandal

    Amit Singhal, a Google fellow and engineer, has written an extraordinary blog post on the company’s official blog spelling out how it caught out rival search engine Bing stealing its search results. The allegations were first reported by famous search analysis blog, Search Engine Land. Microsoft, which owns Bing, has since responded, denying the claim. “Some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results — a cheap imitation,” wrote Singhal. “We would like this practice to stop,” he wrote. “We look forward to competing with genuinely new search algorithms out there—algorithms built on core innovation, and not on...

  • Will computer-generated narratives make journalists redundant?

    There’s been an undercurrent of paradox kicking up dust in my otherwise clinical views on technology. I’ve tried to suppress it, but it keeps bubbling to the surface. I consider myself not only pro-technology, but obsessed with it, and someone who is neither afraid of the future nor the technology that it will bring. When I first read about Stats Monkey a software project lead by Stuart Frankel – a former DoubleClick executive – and Kris Hammond – a Northwestern University computer science professor – that could automatically create sports stories based solely on raw game data, I had a...

  • Egypt crisis: Twitter’s role [Infographic]

    Egypt is on the world’s stage. The on-going political and civil unrest that peaked on January 25th when Twitter was blocked has been the topic of conversation on many social media platforms. All around Twitter the “Jan25“, “Egypt” and “Mubarak” hashtags are being put to use. The battle between social media users and the government has raised some alarming concerns about censorship as well as highlighting the power of social media. Twitter has played a key role in getting the citizens’ voices heard. Their recent collaboration with search giant Google, made it possible for Egyptians to tweet through voicemail....

  • Cognician: A thought is a terrible thing to waste

    The mind is the greatest tool available to man and thoughts and ideas are its most profound expression. One idea could change the entire human race if managed properly. However, a great idea is useless unless you do something with it, and modern society can make it very hard for us to map out our ideas. Enter Cognician, a software platform and an Adobe Air application designed to organise your thoughts and ideas and create a “user-friendly” guide for your thinking. On Wednesday the site launches a new tool called “The Decision Book“, which aims to assist customers with...