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Motribe launches Indian payment platform

Motribe, a mobile social network builder, with a focus on emerging markets recently launched a mobile payments and promotion platform for users in India. According to the company, users in India will now be able to head "to the new Motribe mobile tribe builder", to create a tribe and promote the tribe "on the Motribe portal". Users will have to pay for this ability, however, using the newly minted virtual currency, called Motribe Coins. What differentiates Motribe Coins from other kinds ...

Mobile, Operating systems

Android devices fail more regularly than Apple, Windows, BlackBerry [Study]

android-broken A smartphone running Android software is more likely to suffer from faults than one running, Apple's iOS, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry's OS, a study by "wireless experience management experts" WDS has found. The study reached the conclusion after analysing more than 600 000 technical support calls handled by WDS' teams around the world in a 12-month period (July 2010-August 2011), the company explained in a press release on the study titled, Controlling the Android. WDS found, that of all technical support calls ...

Android

Why manufacturers should just leave Android alone

Android Family We've all read the comparisons, we know about the rivalry, but one thing that has recently started bugging me about the epic Android vs Apple battle is the omission of a key fact. One of Android's strengths, as I mentioned in a previous post, is that it’s available on a wide range of handsets, giving you plenty of choice. With this choice, however, comes a few sacrifices and I've only come to realise this key fact now. Samsung, HTC, Motorola, ...

News

Israel denies being successfully attacked by ‘Anonymous’ over Gaza flotillas

Anonymous Websites for the Israeli military and intelligence services were down on Sunday, the start of the Israeli work-week. The outage followed hacktvist group Anonymous joining calls against the interception of aid flotillas bound for Gaza with a warning video, all which Israel ignored. The office of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Natenyahu was quick to rubbish claims that Anonymous was in any way attached to the shut-down of the Mossad and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) websites, two of the country's most feared ...

Advertising & Marketing

10 rules for getting the most out of your holiday emails

DCF 1.0 It's that time of year once again. Those in the online sector are gearing up for late nights at the office and planning for big returns from the increased growth in holiday ecommerce. The end-of-year holiday period certainly helps companies generate a lot of buzz and many serious discussions revolve around holiday campaign planning and how to best market seasonal deals to the general public. Email marketing is becoming increasingly vital to the holiday success of any business. Just days after Halloween, ...

Gearburn

Battlefield 3: A schizophrenic multiplayer wonder

We’ve waited a long time for Battlefield 3 and what DICE has delivered is a game of two halves: A multiplayer title with endless appeal and a single-player game so dire that it laughs in the face of modern gameplay. I'll be your host for this review -- welcome to the Battlefield. Single player woes From the moment you step out of your US Army Jeep, the graphics amaze. Dust clouds billow, and buildings creak with the scars of battle, all beautifully ...

Mobile, Mobile apps

Top tips for deciding what level of phone to develop for

There are a number of very good reasons you should be developing for mobile. It's an incredibly fast-growing medium. In fact, mobile web has already caught up to desktop usage. For many people, mobile is the sole means of accessing the web. Mobile devices are "always on" and incredibly personal. The platform gives you the opportunity to put out a low cost, high-volume product and, importantly, it rewards you for being creative. That's all well and good, but what kind ...

News

Mobile broadband subscriptions to reach 5bn by 2016 [Report]

111107 Mobile data traffic will grow 10-fold between 2011 and 2016, and mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach almost 5-billion in 2016, mainly driven by video, according to a report by mobile communications giant Ericsson. The report is based on measurements the company recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world. The key findings of the report state: Mobile broadband subscriptions grew by 60 percent in one year and are expected to grow from 900-million ...

News

Siri, Facebook, Twitter are challengers to Google dominance: Eric Schmidt

Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri is a direct threat to Google’s search engine. That’s according to the internet giant's chairman Eric Schmidt. "Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S," Schmidt acknowledged in a written response to the Senate antitrust subcommittee. He also pointed out a number of other challengers to Google's internet dominance, including Facebook, Twitter and traditional search competitors like Yahoo! and Microsoft Bing. "Social networking ...

Gearburn

Modern Warfare 3 prepares for ‘No Russian’ type controversy

Stirring controversy is nothing new to the world of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Echoing the horrors of the infamous “No Russian” level from Modern Warfare 2, the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 3 features a scene which will most likely stir emotion, fill forums and incite Fox News style exclamations across the world. A leaked video (which has now been pulled “due to a copyright claim by Activision Games”) depicts a brutal act of violence which hopes to top the ...

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