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  • Comrades Marathon gets a social media boost

    The world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, the Comrades, is getting social media-savvy in the form of an official Twitter stream that will be live tweeting the race. There will also be updates via SMS and live streaming video on the marathon's official website www.comrades.com this year. The 89km-long race, which takes place on the 31st of May, will host some new, interactive features "designed to enrich the experience for the viewing public"....

  • Yahoo CEO tells TechCrunch God to F— Off

    In this rather funny clip, Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington is brought down to earth in dramatic fashion by the straight-talking and rather foul-mouthed Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz. This all happens at Arrington's very own Disrupt Conference. To hilarious laughter, Bartz takes a shot at Arrington, saying: “...you are a very tiny company. It probably takes yourself a long time to figure out what to do. F**k off!” Arrington, who rarely finds himself on...

  • Local radio station launches feel good social network

    When Angela Fletcher discovered that the costs of her son Ethan’s medical treatment were becoming unbearable, she turned to a local radio station's newly-created social network in an attempt to get support. With just a couple of clicks, she was able to create the Ethan Fletcher Family Trust, a group that anyone can join who wants to support and help pay for Ethan’s expensive medical care. The social network, called FeelGood, was created by Pretoria-based radio station Jacaranda FM on Amazee.com, an internet platform that empowers people to initiate and promote their ideas, and to find like-minded...

  • New player enters SA online recruitment market

    A new South African online-recruitment portal, "developed out of frustration with existing recruitment methods", claims to have developed creative solutions for the difficult task of match-making between employers and employees. Sebenzi.co.za attempts to shake up the existing model, where the power is placed firmly in the hands of the recruitment agencies which have access to a database of CVs, and who frequently share the personal details of recruits without their knowledge or consent. The new players have set out on a mission to redress this imbalance, and after two years of research and development, the site was launched with...

  • YouTube South Africa launches

    YouTube, the site where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection can share their life, art and voice with the world, announced on Monday the launch of their South African version and domain, youtube.co.za. The local site features a South African flag combined with the well-known YouTube logo, but redirects to the ".com" site where local users will see a customised version that puts emphasis on local content. The videos remain hosted overseas. YouTube South Africa joins the dominant local video and photo-sharing site Zoopy.com, which is part-owned by mobile service provider Vodacom. MyVideo, another local, smaller video-sharing...

  • ‘Best of the mobile web’ launches for SA users

    Durban-based mobile media company, Thumbtribe, has officially launched a directory of what it considers to be the top local mobile sites, called "Best of the Mobile Web". Thumbtribe says their new mobile directory allows South African users to find relevant, mobile-friendly content "quickly and easily". The directory can be found via your mobile phone at thumbtribe.mobi -- and via other mobile channels such as Samsung mobile, Nokia.mobi, Opera Mini and through links from...

  • New cloud-hosting platform launches in SA

    Local internet service provider (ISP), RSAWEB, has launched a new cloud-hosting platform, allowing users to deploy and provision fully operational servers in minutes. The new hosting service, True Cloud Servers, is apparently "the first of its kind in South Africa". RSAWEB says the two key differences between their new cloud service and what's currently available in the local market are the speed at which servers can be deployed and provisioned, and the flexibility...

  • Local duo profit from ‘don’t touch me’ craze

    Two local technology enthusiasts have cleverly seized on the "Don’t Touch Me On My Studio" internet meme by opportunistically registering the domain "donttouchmeonmystudio.co.za" and creating a website highlighting satirical videos and content about the craze. The site has even diversified into selling thongs and briefs branded with the phrase. The new site, inspired by the now immortalised on-air showdown between eNews presenter Chris Maroleng and AWB secretary-general André Visage, pulls together the plethora of online content generated since the 7 April incident –- providing the user with a sort of highlights reel of all the best “hits”. The site, which was created...

  • Small SA web design company announce deal with Posterous

    A small South African web design and development company, Obox Design have announced a deal with well-known international blogging platform Posterous to supply custom design themes to their users. Posterous is a simplified blog site, funded by American seed-stage startup funding company Y Combinator, that boasts integrated and automatic posting to other social media tools such as Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook, a built-in Google Analytics package, and custom themes. The Silicon Valley start-up took the tech scene by storm when it launched in 2009. According to Wikipedia, many social media pundits consider Posterous to be the leading free application for lifestreaming....

  • Swiss company develops innovative VOIP app based on local platform

    A Swiss-based telecommunications company, TelFree, has made ripples recently with the launch of an innovative Skype-like VOIP service developed right here in our very own back yard. The company has now released a new iPhone application of its offering, available for download in the iTunes App Store. The application's biggest innovation is that it features "push-call technology", making it possible for users to receive calls and messages even though the application isn't actively running on the device, or has even been signed into. This is beneficial for those mobile operating systems that do not support multi-tasking, or the ability to run multiple...

  • SA politician releases ‘secret’ Eskom dossier on Facebook

    According to business newspaper Business Report, a Democratic Alliance (DA) politician has released a "secret" document about the country's main electricity utility via Facebook. The newspaper is reporting that Pieter van Dalen released the Eskom dossier on his Facebook profile which allegedly contains information around the country's move to supply below-cost power to its neighbouring states. The move has not been without controversy because South Africa itself is facing electricity supply issues. Upon closer inspection it appears van Dalen actually released the report on a DA website, but used his Facebook status update to link to it, saying: "What a...

  • Internet Solutions rolls out its 700th hotspot

    Internet Solutions (IS) says it has rolled out its 700th Wi-Fi hotspot in South Africa, just in time for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. In a country where Wi-Fi is about as common as the odd unicorn, that's good news. The IS hotspots are made up of key locations through South Africa with a specific focus on the hospitality industry. "Our focus is very much around providing a great internet experience for...

  • iPhone 4.0 revealed by US tech blog – Pics

    US technology blog Gizmodo has got its hands on what it believes to be the next iPhone. According to the blog, the iPhone prototype was apparently found "lost in a bar" near Apple's headquarters, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. The authors of Gizmodo report they were initially sceptical, but after "playing with it for about a week—the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone". Disassembling the phone provided further evidence of its authenticity. The site's sources say that Apple is indeed reporting that it has "lost" a prototype and that "they want it back". However there...

  • Vodacom launches multiplayer social mobile game

    The Grid, Vodacom's location-based mobile social network, has launched Legends of Echo, a multi-player social game for mobile phones that allows players to battle each other across South Africa in real time and based on their actual physical location. In the game, the Echo is a parallel virtual universe based on the South African map, but instead of cities and skyscrapers, players will find rolling green fields, rocky outcrops and valleys to explore and establish their virtual base from their mobile phones. The uniqueness of the game is that it mirrors real-life locations in a multiplayer environment and that interactions are...

  • HTC reveals new range of Android phones

    Global smartphones manufacturer HTC on Friday introduced an enhanced experience of Sense, the company's mobile user interface, that it says will be available on two new smartphones: the Legend and Desire. “At its essence, the mobile phone is the most personal item any person has in their possession. HTC Sense was created to magnify users’ ability to create and define their own unique mobile experience,” says Quinton Leigh, managing director of Leaf International Communications. “HTC Legend and HTC Desire take Android to another level in both substance with HTC Sense and style with HTC Legend’s revolutionary crafted aluminum uni-body...