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  • Five ways to decide if HTML5 is for you

    They say that the only certainties in life are tax and death. Nowadays there seems to be a third: you need to mobilise your business, or go out of business. But while this might be a certainty for many, what is less certain is how you go about this. Especially because it sometimes feels like you are getting conflicting, yet equally eloquent and passionate, advice about which path to take: native, HTML5, hybrid, and so on, and so on. HTML5 is the latest contender to enter the fray. This is the most recent iteration of the mark-up language that writes...

  • Kim Jong Il death: Twitter reacts

    North Korea is something of an enigma. The outside world has little access to the daily workings of the country, internet connections are few, and reserved for the ruling elite. Despite this Kim Jong Il, the country’s long-time ruler was one of the most recognisable figures in international politics. It isn’t all that surprising, therefore, that his death became a trending topic on Twitter. A number of those tweeting about the dictator’s death were simply sharing the news: Kim Jong-il, Dictator Who Turned North Korea Into a Nuclear State, Dies nyti.ms/rKzqa9— NYTimes World (@nytimesworld) December 19, 2011 North Korean leader...

  • Are Google Music and iTunes match redundant on today’s web?

    The launches of Google Music and iTunes Match were good news for music lovers all over the web. In iTunes Match, Apple finally has a cloud-based solution for accessing all your music on any iOS device, and with Google Music, Google can finally say it offers Android users a service that is competitive with iTunes. Both of these announcements would have been really exciting to me two or three years ago. Today, however, they leave me absolutely cold. Why? Because I stopped buying music a long time ago in favour of using a subscription service like MOG, Rdio or Rhapsody....

  • Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

    It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about every major handset manufacturer was tied up in some form of patent litigation, and topping it all off, Japan’s...

  • Zynga makes rollercoaster stock debut

    Social gaming company Zynga debuted on the stock market with a billion-dollar listing, the largest tech listing since Google's in 2004. Its stock price soared in the early hours of trading only to drop below the opening price by the closing bell. The Facebook gamemaker offered 100-million shares -- one-seventh of the company's total -- at US$10 a pop, boasting games such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends was valued at a whopping US$7-billion. In the first few minutes of trading, shares were selling on the Nasdaq market at around US$11 a share, a 10% premium, but Zynga stock...

  • iPad 2 vs Galaxy 10.1: Which one for Christmas?

    I don’t know about you but I like fancy toys. I also like design, if the design doesn’t grab me there is a chance I won’t think twice about a product. This is why a Heremes scarf has the power to undo a person: it’s sexy, sophisticated and chic. This is why I love the iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. When I began drawing up my list for Santa I found it difficult to decide which of these sexy little babies I wanted. They both have great specs and both look amazing from a design point of view,...

  • Sweden hands over Twitter account to its people

    Sweden’s Twitter account, @Sweden, has been taken over by ordinary citizens to make it “the world’s most democratic Twitter account”. Each week will see one individual Tweeting about whatever he/she likes. The citizens to whom the account have been handed to, are chosen if they "represent values, skills, ideas and are passionate about a number of areas" Jack Werner, the first citizen to take over @Sweden started tweeting on 10 December. On his profile he writes: “After finishing school with questionable grades, I discovered that nobody cared about them anyway. Since then I have been an editor for Lista.se,...

  • Five ways to prepare for a social media crisis

    Brands make a lot of noise about entering the social media foray and communicating with their communities online. But what happens when this goes wrong? What happens when the community bites back and starts to either attack the brand, or simply disagree with what the brand is saying? A Process is needed! Jeremiah Owyang, a renowned web strategist and partner at the Altimeter Group of San Meto, California in the United States, a group that prides itself on being a research-advisory firm that assists companies in coming to grips with disruptive technologies such as social media, has put together a Social...

  • Is Linux finally ready for the desktop?

    For the last eight years, I have seen articles proclaiming that Linux is almost ready for the Desktop. In fact, on sites like Slashdot, comments along those lines tend to get modded as 'Funny'. But the tide seems to be turning. AMD is reportedly backing an open-source project that is looking to port the Android operating system onto PCs powered by x86-based processors. If this sort of initiative gains momentum, will it finally see Linux make it to the mainstream market for desktop computers? And if so, is it too late? Nowadays the tech-media would have us believe that...

  • Google Zeitgeist 2011: The world really loved Rebecca Black

    Google has released its 2011 Zeitgeist, a look back at what was popular in search over the past year. This Zeitgeist marks Google's 11th release, fitting. "This year marks our 11th annual look back at the searches that compose the year’s Zeitgeist—the spirit of the time. With Zeitgeist, we look at the most popular and the fastest rising terms—the terms with the highest growth in 2011—in many categories across many countries around the world," writes Google Fellow, Amit Singhal. This year's Zeitgeist site has been reworked with improved visualisation and a easy to navigate user-interface. This is year, Rebecca Black...

  • India set to reach 1.36bn mobile subscriptions by 2020

    India will have an estimated 1.36-billion mobile subscribers by 2020, up from 812-million connections in 2011. That’s according to research from Analysys Mason, a company that claims to provide “market intelligence worldwide to leading commercial and public-sector organisations in telecoms, IT, and media”. The company reckons, however, that just over half these subscriptions will belong to unique users. A combination of factors, all related to what Analysys Mason calls “affordability constraints in rural areas”, mean that unique subscriptions will only reach 54% in 2020, up from 34% in 2011. Among the factors slowing the growth in unique subscriptions is...

  • Jimmy Kimmel’s Christmas prank [YouTube challenge]

    Jimmy Kimmel has yet again managed to convince American parents to prank their kids, this time with bad Christmas presents. Just a few months ago he asked parents to hide their kids' Halloween candy and upload a video of their reaction to YouTube. This time parents were asked to allow their children to open one "bad" present two weeks before Christmas. The parents then had to, as before, upload a video of their children's reaction to YouTube with the title "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I gave my kids a terrible present". As you can probably imagine, parents took to the task...

  • Communication, Matt Cutts and SEO: Three reasons not to hate Google

    I recently attended the annual media party at the Googleplex. A few of years ago I reported that Google was deliberately avoiding hiring journalists or experienced PR people and recruiting straight from universities for its corporate communications teams. That policy has changed as shown by the hiring of the very impressive Maggie Shiels, a veteran reporter for the BBC. The annual media party has changed a lot from the early days, I've been attending it for nearly a decade. Larry and Sergey used to mingle, and so did a lot of the senior executives. They rarely turn up now, and...

  • Gearburn Award: Best Innovation in Hardware 2011

    Being a gadget site we’re not looking at core hardware innovations that shake the world, we’re looking at the awesome innovations that knocked our socks off – or will soon. 2011 was largely a year of incremental improvements – but often the impact of radical innovations don’t become apparent for a few years. Accurate, reliable capacitive touch-screens, for example. So we’re reaching a bit, but these are the innovations we think you’ll look back on in a year and say, “Phew – that’s where our gadget world leaped forward.” Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Naspers’ Kalahari dumps own classifieds site for renowned OLX

    Naspers, an emerging markets internet multinational based in South Africa, is abandoning its local classifieds service for the internationally-renowned OLX, the world's largest free classified site with over 130 million unique visitors per month. The move is mainly one of consolidation because Naspers took a stake in OLX in August 2010. OLX is used in more than 90 countries and 40 languages. The company was co-founded in March 2006 by millionaire internet entrepreneurs Fabrice Grinda and Alec Oxenford. OLX has more than 150 employees across offices in South Africa, Argentina, USA, Russia, China, Brazil and India. Kalahariads.net has been facing...