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  • Mojitos: A new approach to selling property online

    South African estate agents can learn a lot about how to grow their businesses from a Miami estate agent who posts cocktail-review videos on her website. Ines Hegedus-Garcia runs a popular property website that covers the Miami property market, but also includes regular Mojito cocktail-review videos that feature Miami restaurants. So, how exactly do cocktail-review videos build an estate agent’s business? The answer lies in the power of social media. Brush away all the hype and buzzwords and social media is really just a new and exciting way for people to connect with each other. The reason it has...

  • $1-billion cost for Intel as flaw in newest computer chips emerges

    At a point in which the demand for PCs is under threat like never before, a defect found on one of global manufacturer Intel’s chips has hit the firm’s credibility in the midst of a major product launch. The world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors will lose an estimated US$1-billion in missed sales and added expenses.    The company confirmed on Monday that has it called off all shipments of the chip used in personal computers with its most advanced Sandy Bridge line of processors, according to a Reuters report. Production on a new version has now begun. Slow computer sales are...

  • Google Streetview presents art like you’ve never seen it before

    Google unveiled the Art Project on Tuesday, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums which enables people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Over the last 18 months Google has worked with 17 art museums including the Tate and National Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The results of this partnership involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than a thousand other images into one place....

  • Internet giants speak out against Egyptian blockade of web

    As Egypt is rocked by continuing protests against President Hosni Mubarak, Google, Facebook and Twitter, breaking with the usual practice of corporate silence, are speaking out forcefully against the Internet blockade by the Egyptian authorities. The three companies spawned by the internet have criticised the attempt by the authorities to sever the nation of 80 million people from the Web. While corporate responsibility has been a front-burner issue since companies were pressured into cutting ties with apartheid South Africa decades ago, experts said the statements and moves by the three Web giants were unusual. “Usually with most corporations the issue is what’s...

  • Google launches ‘check-ins’ via Android smartphones

    Google on Tuesday began letting smartphone users check into spots on the go as the internet star jumped into the hot location-based services arena with Facebook, Foursquare and Gowalla. The check-in feature was added to a Latitude service that lets people with GPS-enabled Android smartphones share their whereabouts with selected friends. “You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location, like captions to a photo,” Google software engineer Joe LaPenna said in a blog post. The new Latitude service works with a 5.1 version of Google Maps for devices running...

  • Google, Twitter set up voice-to-tweet service for Egypt

    As the Egyptian government feverishly tries to cut off all contact with the outside world, Google, working in collaboration with Twitter, has set up an innovative service for Egyptians desperate to communicate and stay in touch. It’s a service called voice to tweet, and relies on software from a company called SayNow that Google purchased only last week. Google writes on its blog: “Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.” People with a working telephone can call a number and leave a voicemail. The...

  • Why emerging markets are winning the cyberspace race

    In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama called America a nation of Facebook and Google, citing that, when it came to sparking the creativity and imagination, Americans do it better than anyone else. However, Obama, an avid enthusiast of leveraging social media on a political platform, may have his optimism level set a bit too high this time. To quote Obama: “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet....

  • 5 ways to restore your damaged online reputation

    At a recent debate entitled, “The wild wild web – who polices the internet?” South Africa’s most famous political cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro (better known as Zapiro) spoke about a racist, right-wing website that had published some of his work. They had used it out of context in order to support their agenda. His concern was that people would find the site when searching for him and think that he endorsed their beliefs. Unfortunately the web is pretty wild and we have very little control over what other people put up – even if they say slanderous things against us. *Leila,...

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops downloadable content goes on sale worldwide

    The first downloadable content extension for Call of Duty: Black Ops goes on sale today around the world, exclusively for XBOX 360. The offering is called “First Strike” and it has five new levels in it and four brand new multi-player maps and a zombie level called “Ascension.” The game has been a worldwide smash hit. Within 24 hours of going on sale, Call of Duty:Black Ops had sold more than 7-million copies, 5.6-million in the U.S. and 1.4-million in the U.K., breaking the record set by its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 by some 2.5 million copies. Wikipedia reports that...

  • How my ‘friends’ killed Facebook for me and turned me to Twitter

    Most of us have come a long way with Facebook in a short space of time. We’ve loved it, we’ve hated it and some of us have practically given up on it. Over the past year or so, I’ve transitioned heavily to Twitter and have of course adopted the requisite supercilious attitude towards Facebook and its members. As is so often tweeted, “Facebook is the people you went to school with whilst Twitter is the people you wish you went to school with.” Bless your stone-age hearts though, some of you out there who still hold onto Facebook...

  • Android finally makes it to number 1, surpassing Nokia’s Symbian

    Google’s smartphone operating system Android has passed Nokia’s Symbian and become the global smartphone market leader, market research company Canalys said Monday. In the fourth quarter of 2010, 32.9-million phones running Android were shipped compared to 31-million handsets running Symbian, according to Canalys. Based on shipment figures, Google’s percentage of the smartphone market share leapt from 8.7 percent in 2009 to 32.5 percent, while Nokia’s shrank from 44 percent to 30.6 percent. “But Nokia did retain its position as the leading global smartphone vendor, with a share of 28 percent,” the Canalys report added. Nokia’s smartphone market share has been undermined over the...

  • Make sure your mail gets delivered

    I love this quote from Debra Ellis of Target Marketing: “Not since the Pony Express have there been so many obstacles to getting mail delivered. Bandits, rugged terrain and wild animals have been replaced with blacklists, spam filters and apathetic recipients.” To drive home this fact, a report by ReturnPath Reputation Benchmark Report states that the presence of just one spam trap can drop your deliverability rating by up to 53%. While email marketing newbies can be forgiven for thinking that getting your email campaign into your recipient’s inbox is as simple as writing what you want and...

  • Online anonymity – what’s the big deal?

    Online anonymity is an issue fraught with emotion. It often inspires passionate arguments from both sides and opens windows into the deeper and darker aspects of our societies. So what, exactly, is the big deal? Firstly, it is important to clarify exactly what online anonymity is. It is very closely related to the issue of personal privacy. While the matter of personal privacy online relates to companies using so called ‘private’ data for advertising profiling purposes (to give one example), personal anonymity relates more to situations that an internet user enters into voluntarily. Whether or not companies should be using...

  • Man sues Facebook for $500 000

    The New York Post reports Mustafa Fteja of the city’s Staten Island borough is suing Facebook for half a million US dollars, after the social networking site cut off “his access to friends and family around the world, as well as to personal memories and photos”. The 39-year old said he has asked Facebook for months to provide an explanation, but has received no response to date. “You call, they don’t answer the phone. You write, they don’t reply,” he said, adding he had no other option apart from legal action to acquire what his property back. “I lived in a...

  • Hipster: ‘Something cool is coming soon’ to a city near you

    People all around the “twitterverse” have been bragging about signing up for an exclusive invite to a site that does… well, hmn…. what it does is still unknown. But the site in question, Hipster, is a placeholder that has been generating some serious online buzz. Click onto the site and all you get is a beautiful picture of a city (if you are in the United States, your city specifically). You are welcomed by the rather cryptic message “Something cool is coming”, then you are required to enter your email address to get the exclusive invite to this alleged...