Advertising & Marketing, Social media

10 Online reputation tools worth exploring

Social Online Reputation Tools ORM and social CRM have become social media buzzwords. They've started doing the rounds in boardrooms. Given their proliferation, I decided to look at a few free and paid online reputation management tools that are being used by major global brands.BrandsEye Award-winning South African ORM software, BrandsEye currently services about 26 countries. BrandsEye started as a simple ORM tool that has now expanded to include reporting, conversation tracking, automated escalation, reputation scores and data segmentation amongst other in-depth searches. The ...

Ecommerce

5 Cool African eCommerce websites

kalahari-netThere was a time when Africa's eCommerce platforms were so few in number as to be negligible. The ever increasing penetration of bandwidth onto the continent has seen that change. Africa now supports a number of viable eCommerce sites, each looking to take hold of a growing market.Here are five of the best:1. KalahariNaspers owned Kalahari.com is the market leader in South African eCommerce. Established in 1999, kalahari.com is South Africa's largest online retailer of millions ...

News

CouchSurfing network gets $7.6m investment boost

CaouchsurfingCouchSurfing International, a startup devoted to connecting travellers with like-minded locals, has received a US$.7.6-million boost from investors Benchmark Capital and Omidyar Network.The investment is a part of the company's transition from a non profit to a corporation focussed on doing business in a way which fosters public good.The initial idea behind CouchSurfing was simple. Launched as a social network in 2004, its aim was to match travellers with hosts in locations around the globe.Members looking for ...

News

Amazon tablet to oppose iPad dominance

The widely predicted Amazon tablet could knock the iPad off its perch, according to researcher team Forrester. There have been no public announcements of the tablet, but Amazon's trademark registrations of "Lab126" points to a development team who will be involved in tablet production.The eCommerce mega-company's tablet will supposedly be based on the Android Honeycomb OS and will leverage Amazon's powerful content distribution network. Applications will be sold from the Android App store, with media being supported by the ...

News

Amazon launches South African customer service centre

AmazonAmazon's Senior Vice President of operations and customer services Marc Onetto, jetted into Cape Town, South Africa for the official launch of the company's new Customer Service Centre, which is expected employ around 1 400 people by December.The centre is the renowned retailer's second project in South Africa and is meant to complement its South African Development Centre, also based in Cape Town, which does work on Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) programme.The support centre had previously been ...

News

Nokia development forum hacked

Nokia, the global leader in phone production, has announced that its developer forum database was hacked. Member information including emails and dates of birth had also been accessed by the hackers. The breach was made due to "security flaws" in the system, according to Nokia spokesperson Doug Dawson. The hack made use of a SQL injection attack, a viral-like code which uploads to a SQL database for future attacks.Dawson is quick to point out that no fiscal information was ...

Open Source

Five easy ways to get you coding

MatrixI've been hacking together bits of code for years now. I'm not entirely sure how it all started, but it was probably way back when I built my first FreeBSD box and started playing around with a bit of simple shell-scripting.Back then, if you wanted to run any Unix variant, or even Linux, getting things like X-Windows to work properly was a real chore so you usually ended up spending a lot of time on the command line, which ...

Gearburn

Cheap, cheerful, cheap — Samsung Gio smartish-phone

Samsung has its Galaxy S II at the top of the smartphone pile, and a bunch of entry level smartphone cheapies, including the Galaxy Ace, Fit, mini and Gio. That's a lot of phones.Confused much? Don’t be, the B-list Galaxy phones are basically variations on the same entry level touch-screen smartphone phone, nipped and tucked to match different demographics in the orgy of product niching that makes the marketing folks think they're earning their salaries.Read more on Gearburn.com

Innovation

The ‘Maker Movement’ will produce the next Steve Jobs

steve jobsI used to meet with Steve jobs in the 1980s, when he was lauded as a visionary. To be honest I wasn't that impressed with him.Sure, he deserved credit for the Apple I and then Lisa, which turned into the Macintosh but it was too early to tell what he was capable of doing. Lots of people are successful in Silicon Valley and he was among them but you never know how much luck is involved.In the case of ...

News

Facebook Deals shuts down

Facebook DealsAfter five months of running its online deals program, Facebook is now shutting it down for good. Facebook Deals, which supplied users with online coupons in line with similar deal sites like Groupon, will now be shut down in the US, according to a statement by the social networking giant. The service was also available in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and was recently launched in South Africa. "After testing Deals for four months, we've decided to end ...

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