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  • Google Zeitgeist: Zakumi, Vuvuzelas and the infamous Suarez moment

    The vuvuzela has certainly been one of the biggest talking points of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and has since crossed beyond South Africa's borders into other countries. Even celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted with their lips around the plastic phenomenon. Google Zeitgeist, a service that provides insight into global, national, past and present search trends, has revealed a few surprising findings about what interests us about this World Cup. For example, some of the findings reveal that the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates are the top countries searching for places to buy the vuvuzela, Uruguay is...

  • News24 launches iPad app

    News24, one of the largest online publishers in Africa, has continued their strong push into mobile computing by launching an iPad application to complement their existing iPhone, Android, J2me apps and mobile wap site. The iPad application is probably a first for any online publisher on the African continent, and certainly the first in South Africa. Editor of News24, Jannie Momberg says the move was part of a drive to make the online publication's content available on all platforms. "Apart from our website and interactive DSTV channel, News24 already has a number of applications for the various mobile platforms. These include...

  • Huge growth reported in emerging market mobile advertising

    Growth in the world-wide mobile advertising market is up dramatically, and is particularly strong in emerging markets, says global mobile media company BuzzCity. South African mobile advertising shot up by an impressive 65% in the 2nd quarter of 2010 -- the fourth highest, behind Kenya who recorded a massive 243% growth. Vietnam grew at 273%, and Ghana showed a staggering 654% growth rate, although this is "off an admittedly very low base". BuzzCity reports...

  • Zoopy launches iPhone app

    The guys from Zoopy, a major African video sharing site, have released their official iPhone app, which allows users to view and share videos on the go. After downloading the app, my first impressions were that the app was pretty impressive. Its interface was well designed, generally slick and fast. The app has a featured section which highlights some of the best videos on Zoopy's site, the ability to search and a Zoopy TV...

  • CAR, Getaway magazines to be available on iPad

    South African online publisher RamsayMedia has announced it is to make digital editions of its titles available on iPad "within weeks". The media house says it has signed an agreement with Zinio, a global leader in digital publishing technology, to publish CAR and Getaway using Zinio’s iPad App platform. The publisher says this move is the "latest development in RamsayMedia’s drive to deliver content to consumers using multiple touchpoints". Memeburn understands that the country's biggest online publisher News24 is also rumoured to have created a custom iPad application which will be imminently available. The soon-to-be available application is...

  • Saul Klein: Price of SA broadband an ‘absolute disgrace’

    One of South Africa’s most successful exports, web entrepreneur and venture capitalist Saul Klein, has labelled the cost of broadband in his home country “an absolute disgrace” and urged the members of The Silicon Cape to function as a pressure group in lobbying for cheaper broadband. Klein, who was born in Johannesburg and is married to a South African, currently manages a $2.5-billion venture capital fund, and is a “massive believer” in early stage venture capital. His CV reads like a greatest hits of the Internet over the last 10 years, from early work at Blogger, last.fm and Betfair then...

  • Mig33 riding the emerging market mobile wave

    The Singapore-based mobile social network and chat service mig33 claims to have grown to about 40-million registered users almost exclusively by virtue of its Java (J2ME) application. The J2me application is available on about 2 000 different mobile handsets since the service was founded in 2006. mig33 is riding a wave of rapid adoption of mobile devices across the world, and particularly in emerging markets, which is underpinning the growth of vast new...

  • FNB announce host of PayPal features, plan to implement Rand

    South African bank First National Bank (FNB) rolled into a crisp and windy Cape Town last night with a challenge to entrepreneurs to embrace the opportunities presented by its new partnership with international e-commerce giant, PayPal. It was The Silicon Cape's, a local body formed to support and promote the web community, third networking event was hosted by FNB and included an introduction by the bank’s CEO Michael Jordaan, who painted a picture of entrepreneurs as people who are “intellectually curious and unhappy with the way things are”. Paypal was invented by South African Elon Musk so it's...

  • Google throws weight behind new media in Africa

    Google this year will bring four speakers and trainers to the influential pan-African journalism gathering, Highway Africa, to be held in Grahamstown at the start of July. Andrew Bangs, Community Marketing representative at YouTube will speak about the rise of citizen journalism across the globe, and the significance of the internet in enabling free expression and ground-breaking reporting. Participants will be able to attend training workshops on Google Search and other useful applications to aid their information-gathering, including Google Scholar, Translate, Books, News, Trends and more. The workshops are being run in collaboration with Izak Minnaar of the SABC,...

  • Desmond Tutu, former Ghana president at major new media event

    A major Africa-focused new media conference, Highway Africa, is to focus on "African Voices in the Global Media Space" from the 4th-7th of July in the small university-town of Grahamstown. The conference, which is expected to be attended by about 500 delegates drawn from over 40 countries, claims to be the largest annual gathering of technology-focused African journalists. This year's speakers include former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, MTN executive Nozipho January-Bardill,...

  • Could social networking actually be a threat to democracy?

    Most analysis about social networking tends to focus on the phenomenon's utopian qualities, but rarely take the dystopian view which focuses on its negative side effects on society. A more critical view holds that social media in fact works more against democracy rather than for it. The idealists tell us that social media is “democracy in action”, giving voice to millions and breaking down traditional information distribution channels and power structures. At the Fortune-Time-CNN...

  • It’s all going wrong for the iPhone 4

    The new iPhone 4, Apple's latest installment of their acclaimed smartphone, seems to be having a less than ideal launch, with consumers around the world reporting bugs and issues with the new device and its operating system. Most prominent among these seem to be that the iPhone 4 has some serious antenna issues, in some cases it loses signal completely if held in a specific way. This is particularly acute for left-handed people. Various videos have popped up all over the web showing the phone's signal bars dropping as the antenna area is touched. Mashable reports that it appears to...

  • iPhone 4 in SA early September, now also includes MTN

    MTN subscribers will not have to fork out large boodles of cash to get their hands on the new Apple iPhone 4 because the operator’s South African network will launch it. That’s the word from an industry insider who spoke exclusively to Memeburn, but did not wish to be named. Both Vodacom and MTN should begin selling the iPhone 4 in early September, although an exact date cannot be confirmed at this stage because of brisk sales of the device in both the USA and across Europe. South Africa has traditionally been on a "third tier" level...

  • Vuvuzela frenzy: Now embedded in YouTube. Sigh.

    YouTube is the latest to join the world-wide frenzy over the vuvuzela. The South Africa instrument's distinctive drone can now be heard by any curious football World Cup fanatics when they click a newly-placed football-shaped button, found in the bottom right corner of all YouTube video frames. Upon clicking the obscurely placed button, a loud blast from a vuvuzela hits unsuspecting viewers like a 90th minute winner for Team USA. YouTube were so proud of their addition that they tweeted it to the world with, “Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz #vuvuzela” - @Youtube Google early this month also incorporated a vuvuzela into Street View. That...

  • Vuvuzela iPhone app now a world-wide top seller

    A Dutch mobile development company has shot to fame (or notoriety depending on your point of view) for building a Vuvuzela iPhone app that has quickly become the number one downloaded app in many parts of the world. Love them or hate them -- everyone will agree that the Vuvuzela has made the FIFA World Cup in South Africa the loudest in the tournament's history. Everyone has caught onto the Vuvu bandwagon, and sales around the world are skyrocketing. In the UK, Tesco’s recently reported sales of one Vuvuzela every 20 seconds during one of the recent England games. But...