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  • Steve Jobs still involved in decision-making at Apple

    Apple chief Steve Jobs, three weeks into an indefinite medical leave of absence, has remained involved in the company's strategy and product development, the Wall Street Journal said Friday. Jobs has been staying closely attuned to the company's day-to-day workings, said the Journal, citing people close to situation, with the 55-year-old chief executive taking meetings at home, keeping in contact by phone and even visiting Apple's campus in Cupertino, California. Last month Jobs announced he was to step aside, his third medical leave since 2004, but did not say how long he expected to be away or provide any details about...

  • Where in the world is CrowdFund?

    Almost a year ago, or eleven months ago to be precise, a brilliant crowd-based angel investment project was introduced to the South African tech startup stage, called Crowdfund. The idea, started by well-known web strategist Eve Dmochowska, included big plans for crowdsourcing funds for worthy local startups. The idea behind it all was to provide the capital, know-how and networking capability required by young entrepreneurs to launch prototypes of their ideas, in exchange for equity -- a dream come true for any entrepreneur. Dmochowska’s project shot off the starting blocks like Usain Bolt at the Olympics. By the end...

  • Nokia chooses Windows Phone 7 OS for smartphones

    In a dramatic break from the past, Nokia and Microsoft have banded together in the fast-growing smartphone marke to offer Windows Phone 7 as the 'primary smartphone plaftorm'. With the rise of Google's Android, Nokia is desperately attempting to regain its position as the leading player in the sector. "Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It's now a three-horse race," said Nokia’s Chief Executive Stephen Elop after the rumours of the partnership between the two companies. This strategic alliance ensures Windows Phone 7 is Nokia’s primary smartphone platform. It will...

  • Facebook Pages get a facelift

    Facebook Pages will soon get a major upgrade. On Friday morning, Facebook sent an email to Page administrators informing them about the new redesign. The admins will see a preview and tour of the new features, and will have until March to to upgrade, when all Pages will be automatically migrated to the redesign. The new page layout will bear the same design as Facebook's most recent profile redesign. Once Page admins have upgraded to the new format, a navigation menu will appear to the left of the page's wall, and the tabs will disappear from the top of the...

  • MXit enters mobile payments game with wiWallet

    MXit has signed an exclusive agreement with wiWallet, that will soon make it possible for MXit’s 10-million active users to make use mobile payment services. wiWallet is a subsidiary of UCS Group Limited ("UCS"), a provider of retail software within South Africa, where the Group services 95% of SA's retailers. This agreement will enable MXit to bring mobile payment services to its active user base of approximately 10-million strong in South Africa within the 2nd quarter of this year. Herman Heunis, founder and CEO of MXit, and Bevan Ducasse, founder and CEO, with Basie Kok, co-founder...

  • Does your brand even need a website anymore?

    The move to social media is the most important shift in digital marketing since the birth of the internet. In the same way that CRM was the buzzword of the 90s, social media is the touchstone of the noughties and the teens. Gone are the days of big and costly interactive websites. More and more people are choosing to communicate with their brands via social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Many discover brands via these channels too. Of course this depends on your target market, but if the majority of them are already on Facebook or Twitter then...

  • The 10 most anticipated games of 2011

    The gaming industry has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Growing from an 8-bit sanctuary for the inner most circles of geekdom to one of the most lucrative facets of mainstream entertainment. It has evolved from developer's basements and garages to massive multi-million dollar corporations shelling out astronomical budgets to churn out blockbuster epics. With A-list voice acting from some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the latest in cutting edge digital technology, it is little wonder that some titles have grossed more than the highest grossing films of all time. This is only the...

  • Entertainment news in the 21st century: ‘A sentence with a link’

    It’s a simple theory that’s fast become a reality. More and more people are getting their entertainment news via tweets or Facebook updates from friends. This is something Don Buckley, former head of Warner Bros. Interactive, and now president of Terry Hines and Associates interactive marketing company - and those on a panel assembled as part of Social Media Week in New York - have capitalized on. As the moderator of this panel, Buckley asks the audience to, by show of hand, reveal how many people have tweeted or "Facebooked" their entertainment news lately, either on the receiving or...

  • Watch these proposed laws! They will affect your startup

    The younger your company, the easier it can be to adapt to new laws. It’s a fact that the business environment makes a huge difference to whether or not entrepreneurs succeed. Here in South Africa a number of proposals, also known as bills, are being discussed by government for passing by the National Parliament and final approval by President Jacob Zuma. It’s best to foresee what these proposed laws will require – and what you can do to secure your business against their effects. Here are three you should watch before making your next move. IP Act: The act,...

  • Mega-payday for Facebook employees

    Facebook might have plans to allow its employees sell up to US$1-billion in shares at a price that would value the social networking site at $60-billion, according to US-based industry blog All Things Digital. Such a sale would allow Facebook employees to raise money on their stakes in the company while the firm considers selling shares in an initial public offering (IPO). This move would open doors for large institutional investors in the privately-held California company, reported All Things Digital. The Silicon Valley-based company recently obtained US$1.5-billion in finances from investment firms Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Digital Sky Technologies, valuing...

  • Yahoo debuts ‘digital newsstand’ for the tablet age

    Every day sees new and more sophisticated products being added to the tablet ecosystem. On Thursday Yahoo! announced it is building a digital newsstand called "Livestand" that will turn tablet computers into personalized magazines rich with stories, images and video suited to individual tastes. Livestand will launch by July with content from Yahoo! websites along with an undisclosed array of partners, chief product officer Blake Irving said on Thursday. "The magazine knows what type of story you are reading; it privately knows where you are and where you've been," Irving said while briefing reporters on Yahoo!'s plans. "What we are building is...

  • US$10 billion for Twitter is not out of the question

    Twitter, the micro-blogging sensation expected to rake in US$150-million in advertising revenue this year, is looking at an acquisition by Google and Facebook as the Wall Street Journal has just revealed. Some "low-level talks" between executives of the companies have been discussed, though the Journal adds that “the talks have so far gone nowhere”. Twitter would be looking at between US$8-billion and US$10-billion if a deal were to go through. That is around 100 times the amount of revenue that Twitter, who reported losses last year, expects to earn this year. Emma Barnett at the Daily Telegraph says the talks come...

  • Smartphones, tablets to outsell PCs in 2011

    For the first time in history, sales of tablets and smartphones will outnumber personal computers this year as consumers begin using a wider variety of devices to access the internet, according to a study by the Deloitte consulting firm. "Deloitte predicts that in 2011 more than 50 percent of computing devices sold globally will not be PCs," Deloitte said in its latest Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions report. It said sales of smartphones and tablet computers would come to 425-million, well above sales of 390 million PCs. Tablets are expected to rack up 50 million sales and smartphones 375-million. Deloitte said the PC...

  • LinkedIn comes of age as the business login of choice [Infographic]

    Career-centric social networking site LinkedIn is rapidly gaining ground as the login of choice on business-to-business (B2B) websites. The site is showing signs of eating into Facebook’s increasing dominance over the past year as a user identity and login on third party websites. ReadWriteWeb reports that Gigya, a provider of tools for social sharing and third-party logins, assessed the numbers and found that, since its last round-up of social logins in July 2010, LinkedIn has skyrocketed as the login of choice for B2B sites. These figures confirm the notion that users prefer to use differing online identities for certain online activities,...

  • 8 ways to bootstrap your company

    "Bootstrap, bootstrap, bootstrap,” says Ira Weiss at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. "Create an advisory board and use the advisory for contacts. Try to get people interested in what you are doing and ask them for guidance. Pitch your idea to industry experts. Favour business models that generate cash sooner. Get external validation for your idea. The best way is through creating a product or service and securing customers that can be references,” she added when discussing prospects for 2011 with Fox Business. The aim of many entrepreneurs is to take a business idea and convert it...