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  • Google Fast Flips it

    Google, via Google Labs, reckon they have launched an "innovative service" for reading articles called Google Fast Flip. Fast Flip is an experiment with Google's publishing partners designed to innovate how people discover and consume media. According to Google, it combines some of the best qualities of print and the Web, letting you "flip" through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. The service is filled with news, feature stories,...

  • Teleport your data with Google’s DataLiberation.org

    Google has launched a new website it says helps consumers and businesses "free" data from online products. Apparently, highlighting a commitment to user choice, Google has announced a new website, http://www.dataliberation.org , which provides information on how people can export and import their data quickly and easily from a growing number of Google products for use between Google's products and those of competitors. The website is managed by Google's Data Liberation Front team,...

  • Telecoms group Tellumat urges govt to aid SA broadband growth

    The direct correlation between mass broadband rollout and economic growth is universally recognised today. While estimates differ and exceptions exist, the principle is borne out by market experience, says Bennie Langenhoven, managing executive for Tellumat's Telecoms and Technology Group business units. Several authorities support Langenhoven's contention: The International Telecommunications User Group states that 'true' broadband (symmetric bandwidth of 100Mbps or more) could add as much as 2% to gross domestic product (GDP) in...

  • Gmail Labs rolls out ‘Got the Wrong Bob?’

    Last year, Google launched Labs as a forum within Google's free online email product, Gmail, for delivering useful -- and maybe not so useful -- experimental features. A number of these fell into a category Google likes to call "embarrassment-reducers", or features that save you from future regret. Now, Google has announced an additional embarrassment-reducer. Maybe you've received an email from a stranger asking: "Are you sure you meant to send this to...

  • South African Website Wins Top International Award

    South African website GetAGreatBoss.com has been recognised as one of the 10 Most Promising Digital Innovations world-wide in 2009. The award was granted on 5 February by Netexplorateur, an international institute set up under the auspices of the French Government Ministry for the Digital Economy. According to the site owners, none other than Twitter was a Netexplorateur winner two years ago. GetAGreatBoss.com enables great bosses to showcase their management and leadership skills, offering them...

  • SA Internet growth accelerates

    The number of South African Internet users has passed the 5-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in Internet penetration for the country. This is the key finding of the Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and jointly sponsored by Cisco. The headline data, released today, shows that the Internet user base grew by 15% last year, from 4,6-million to 5,3-million, and...

  • Personera launches Facebook print calendars

    Whoever declared that print was dead may soon have to swallow their words. Personera, an online-to-offline media technology startup, launched its unique service to Facebook users around the world this week. The company is offering the world's first print calendar that is fully personalised with a user's Facebook friends' birthdays, upcoming events, and photos. The company says it is also first to launch under the banner of the Silicon Cape initiative, a...

  • Opening speech @ #SiliconCape

    Here is the text of the speech I gave at the opening of Silicon Cape in Camps Bay. I'm not alone in saying that this was an inspiring and well-supported event. Welcome everyone and thank you all for coming. A special welcome to the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Mr Johann Rupert. It’s an absolute honour and it’s humbling to be speaking in front of such an important gathering...

  • Bloggers now eligible for major journalism award

    Just been informed that bloggers are eligible for the prestigious Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year award. They're opening entries to bloggers "in recognition of just how important the blogspace has become in shaping opinion and providing analysis on matters legal..." Off the top of my head I can think of one candidate in particular, Gill Moodie of Grubstreet, for her coverage of the Mpshe-Zuma judgement. Moodie tenaciously tracked down the Hong Kong...

  • Furious MXIT lashes out at media

    MXIT is a world-wide mobile instant messaging tool (now evolving into a social network) with around 15-million users (claimed). It's based in South Africa but has offices around the world and substantial numbers in countries like the Phillipines. Every time there is an incident via their platform, journalists with scant understanding of the technology tend to focus on MXIT as the source of the problem, rather than the real issues. Mainstream media, in...

  • Online chess play scoops $1.25m in funding

    ChessCube has concluded a US$1.25m funding agreement with Venture Capital fund, InVenFin (Pty) Ltd. InVenFin, the VC-focused subsidiary of VenFin Limited, invests in intellectual property-based start-ups with global potential. This transaction brings ChessCube’s total funding to date to US$1.8m. ChessCube is an online chess site, which allows players of all skill levels to compete and learn chess, while socializing with others. With a potential market of over fifty million active chess players in...

  • The internet in South Africa: A tale of woe and hope

    The tale of doom and gloom about the uncompetitive South African telecoms market is all too familiar. It's kept a stranglehold on internet growth in this country, meaning the country has performed way below its potential in this sphere in comparison to the rest of the world. Arguably we are now moving in the right direction, and we should be headed for a belated boom in broadband connectivity. But it's all going very...

  • New launch: Book publishing 2.0

    Wow, this looks interesting. A new social media platform called Crink or “Creative Ink” has just launched, enabling amateur, budding and experienced authors to publish, sell, buy and market their books online. It allows authors to create social networks, personalised online shops, groups and forums around their interest areas and books. Customers can order books from an author’s personalised online shop and have a copy of the book delivered to their doorsteps, bound...

  • Synthasite gets $20-million smackeroos

    Synthasite, the site that creates sites, has just received $20-million more in funding. It's been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now it's official. The site is also about to undergo a name change to secure a much shorter, four-letter .com domain -- but this is yet to be officially announced. One of the founders Vinny Lingham sent a mail saying: "When we began building SynthaSite from our humble base in...

  • Google Chrome first impressions: Fast, clean & not evil

    Downloaded it a few minutes ago and gave it a test run. Noticed a few minor rendering glitches here and there on some sites, probably due to non-standard coding -- but most sites looked perfect. It's a basic browser with only core functionality, which I guess focuses on what needs to be done best: Browsing. Some will find the lack of features an issue. Others will like the clean, minimalist look geared...