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Cracking the crowded telecoms market: SME clients ‘key to success’ claims ARC

arctelecomssmallTelecommunication in emerging markets is massive and remains a key growth area the in light of recent shrinking values in other industries. Matthew Guest of accounting firm Deloitte says there is "plenty of opportunity," while warning that are "too many competitors" in some African markets.So how does one stand out in such an environment? Startup ARC Telecoms is an IP telecommunications service provider company specifically dedicated to the small and medium sized business sector in South Africa. The company ...

Gearburn

Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Xperia_X8Want to stand the chance of winning the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8? All you have to do is tweet why you would like to win this incredible smartphone.How to enter: Tweet @memeburn why you would like to win the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and make sure you use the hashtag #X8. Alternatively you can simply click the twitter button below and let it do all the hard work for you! (you just need to come up with the clever ...

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Top 12 iPhone games of 2011

iphone-apps Own an iPhone? Then these are (in no particular order) the twelve best games of 2011 that you simply must download and install on your iDevice. iRight now. And the best news is there are still three months left in this year -- some may even surpass the genius already out.1. Cut The Rope: ExperimentsIt takes a goliath of a game to knock any mention of Angry Birds from the top list of iPhone games. Cut the Rope: Experiments is ...

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Fotonica – I’m in love with this game

Fotonica Review: Do you remember that scene in Hackers where Dade and Kate play a Wipeout-esque game at Cyberdelia? I'm willing to bet that if game studio Santa Ragione existed before 1995, Dade would be kicking Kate's ass playing Fotonica instead.Fotonica has been available from Kongregate (via plug-in) for a while, but recently became available as a pay-what-you-want download for Mac and PC. The game is like a one button, wire-frame version of Mirror's Edge that sees you running, jumping and ...

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Two British men jailed for inciting violence on Facebook

London RiotTwo British men in their early twenties have each been sentenced to four years imprisonment for inciting violence on Facebook. The sentences are among the first following a series of arrests in the wake of riots which recently spread across the UK.Jordan Blackshaw, 20, from Cheshire and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, from Warrington, both in northwest England, were imprisoned after setting up Facebook pages calling for unrest in their home towns.Blackshaw's page, "Smash Down Northwich Town", encouraged people to gather "behind ...

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South Koreans file lawsuit against Apple each demanding one million won

iPhone 4 More than 20 000 South Korean iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against US technology giant Apple for "illegal location tracking".The tech giant was busted earlier this year for tracking user locations. Apple later claimed the tracking was a "bug" and issued software updates to remedy the situation.This suit follows a similar one by lawyer Kim Hyung-Suk in which he won won one million won (US$933) in June. This was the first such pay-out by Apple's Korean ...

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PlayStation gets $50 pre-Xmas price cut

Sony is slashing the price of its PlayStation 3 game console across North America, Europe and in Japan, the company said, as it looks to spur demand ahead of the year-end shopping season.Sony Computer Entertainment cut the price for the 160-gigabyte PS3 from US$299 to US$249 in North America and from 299 euros to 249 euros in Europe.The company will also lower the price of the console in Japan, from 29 980 yen to 24 980, while slashing some 14 ...

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Microsoft launches crowdsourcing blog for Windows 8

Software giant Microsoft has launched a blog chronicling the build of its next OS, Windows 8. The blog, called "Building Windows 8" is designed as a means of crowdsourcing aspects of the OS' design and development.Windows president Steven Sinofsky, in a post detailing blog's aims, says that, "Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new and old, used by well over ...

Google

What Google’s Motorola Mobility deal means for its patent war

Apple vs AndroidGoogle has tipped over the patent-war applecart by acquiring Motorola Mobility for US$12.5-billion. This move by Google will hopefully put the current Nortel patent war with Microsoft and Apple to bed.The cases arose because of Android's meteoric growth in the mobile operating space: More than 550 000 Android devices are activated every day, through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers. Android and other platforms are competing hard against each other, and that's yielding cool new devices and ...

Startup news

Email 2.0: Shortmail and the Twitterisation of emailing

Shortmail landing page imageEmail, that stalwart of internet communication, may be going out of fashion. Email has been around pretty much for four-decades, pre-dating the web. It's the old man of the internet and has not evolved significantly. Fundamentally, the way we email each other has remained the same for decades.But email needs to evolve. The number of messages we get these days has increased exponentially, and there is no end in sight. There will be a time (and for many this ...

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