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  • Crowdsourced marketing site delivers Allan Gray mobile strategy

    Idea Bounty is a website created by South African and London-based web agency, Quirk eMarketing, that looks for “Big Creative Ideas” for their clients from the general public in SA and globally -- a concept known as crowdsourcing. On the Idea Bounty site you can read the current client brief and submit your own strategies. After analysis, the client and Idea Bounty settle on the best strategy to meet the client’s objectives. The best idea gets the prize, a bounty of around US$3 000 or more. Of the 18 ideas submitted for the latest campaign, the winning idea came from Lindy...

  • Augmented reality for everyone?

    Metaio has released a completely new version of its open augmented reality browser junaio, taking further steps in enabling everyone to create and experience mobile augmented reality. Version 2.0, which is now available in Apple’s App Store, offers new unique features such as indoor usage, web- and user-based information channels, and an open API for developers. With junaio, users can flip through channels like entertainment, nightlife, travel and many others, and see information digitally...

  • Google releases new Chrome beta

    Google on Tuesday launched a new beta version of its Chrome browser, which includes a number of new innovations including additional privacy controls for users and seamless integration of translation functionality. Google says the beta release gives users even greater choice and control over their privacy as they browse the web. In addition to Chrome's existing incognito mode -- a handy way to browse the web without leaving traces of website visits or a download history on your computer -- users now have even more in-depth control over their privacy settings in the new "Content Settings" section of Chrome's...

  • SA self-published author makes it onto Kindle

    Self-publishing your book successfully in South Africa is one thing, self-publishing your book as an e-book on the Amazon Kindle is what some would call nearly impossible. But this is just what Dr Bertie du Plessis, author of Don’t lose your pension, did. Du Plessis is the founder of MindPilot (Pty) Ltd, a strategic communication consultancy to some of South Africa’s leading business leaders and corporations. His blog, Read This! on Fin24,...

  • ‘First ever’ crowdsourced ad competition to showcase SA

    South Africa's International Marketing Council (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa, is sponsoring a first of its kind online ad competition to crowdsource creativity and insight from around the world to showcase South Africa as a vibrant and competitive nation brand. Launched in conjunction with the Chief Marketing Officers Council, a global organisation of senior marketing executives, the Get Wildly Creative About South Africa ad contest is being hosted on Zooppa.com, a revolutionary social media site which brands like Microsoft are using to generate people-inspired viral advertising. The IMC, the CMO Council and its new GeoBranding Centre will use viral communications,...

  • SA’s soccer zeitgeist

    With just more than 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup and as soccer fever takes over South Africa, Google Zeitgeist has released some interesting figures on the popularity of the country's stadiums. So, then, which stadium is the people's favourite? In terms of international search popularity over the past 12 months, Google Zeitgeist looked at which stadium is the people’s favourite... and are the rankings: Ranking 1. Soccer City Stadium,...

  • Smartphone the surprise newcomer in mobile race

    Smartphones have made a dramatic entry into corporate South Africa, far surpassing general consumer use or small business use. This is a surprise finding from a new research study released today by World Wide Worx. The Mobile Corporation in SA 2010 report reveals that three quarters of South African companies have deployed smartphones within their organisations, compared to almost none two years ago. The study, backed by First National Bank (FNB), leaders in cellphone...

  • Google pedals South Africa

    Google have released new footage of their Street View trikes capturing images of key parts of South Africa, including recently completed Fifa World Cup stadium, Moses Mabhida in Durban. Google Street View trikes arrived in the country in November last year, when they started collecting imagery of historic landmarks, heritage sites, scenic panoramas and sports venues. The search engine giant teamed up with South African tourism authorities to compile a list...

  • 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...