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  • App War: Twitter for BlackBerry vs UberSocial

    Though we all love Twitter, many still choose to tweet from other applications rather than from the site. Twitter does not fully understand what users want. This is evident from its mobile offering as Twitter's mobile site is incredibly difficult to navigate and use. It can be argued that you can’t really be a true tweeter, until you have a smartphone. Therefore, with the BlackBerry being the most popular smartphone (don't argue it, iPhone and Android users!), it's important to find the right Twitter application for BlackBerry. Until recently it could be argued that the options were pretty simple -- it...

  • Could this be the long-awaited iPad 2?

    The long wait appears to be nearly over. Apple on Wednesday sent out emailed invitations to a March 2 San Francisco press event hinting at the debut of a new version of its hot-selling iPad tablet computer. The cryptic invitations provided the date, time and location of the event and show an image of a March 2 calendar page peeling back to reveal a corner of an iPad. The message on the page reads "Come see what 2011 will be the year of." Technology analysts have taken to referring to 2011 as the "year of the tablet" with iPad dominating the...

  • Tehran Post: ‘Cautiously speaking from inside Iran’

    Being the third largest blogging nation in the world after US and China, bloggers in Iran have in so many ways aroused curiosity. They have also commanded admiration for their drive for freedom of expression in an environment that is regarded as hostile to bloggers. Iranian bloggers have been thrown in jail for years and some unfortunately never return. Iranian bloggers still persist - in spite of the threats and hostility - in airing their views, passion and love for their country, culture and language. According to Wikipedia "with more than 700 000 Persian blogs, mostly based in Iran,...

  • 3 things to remember when trying to win over an investor

    The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money? Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best starting point is to just relax. It’s not a process. Following a set of rules for a meeting is not the best option. Learn some of the tips and apply...

  • Apple stays tight-lipped over CEO succession plans

    Days before it is due to unveil the long-awaited iPad 2, Apple stockholders have voted down a proposal that would have compelled the notoriously secretive technology company to reveal how it would handle the departure of chief executive Steve Jobs. Apple's board had recommended the proposal to be rejected at the annual meeting of shareholders at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, on the grounds it would give rivals inside information. The meeting was presided over by Apple chief operating officer Timothy Cook, who has been at the company's helm since January 17 when Jobs went on an indefinite leave of...

  • Transphorm: Google-backed startup targets electricity waste

    A Google-backed startup on Wednesday came out of "stealth mode" with a way to dramatically cut the amount of electricity wasted by data centers, solar panels, hybrid cars and more. Transphorm has made a module that can cut by as much as 90 percent the amount of electricity lost while converting currents in anything from laptops to elevator motors and massive computer server farms. Figures cited by the startup indicated that inefficient electric power conversion in the US power grid wastes the equivalent of the output of 318 coal-fired power plants and costs the nation's economy US$40-billion a year. "What everyone is...

  • Q & A: Head of Google SA on free speech, local content and life at Google

    Google’s new country manager for South Africa, Luke Mckend, recently sat down with Memeburn for an exclusive interview. Larry Page’s role as CEO, Google’s Africa plans and behind the scenes activity at the search engine giant were some of the issues we engaged new Google’s exec on. Though Mckend only joined the company a mere three and a half years ago, he has moved quickly through the ranks. Joined by Communications Director Julie Taylor, Mckend had no hesitation in giving us a window into Google that only an insider could. MB: There has been a large change at the...

  • Indeed: Search jobs, don’t browse

    There are apparently millions of jobs out there, at least that’s what everyone used to tell me when I was the eternal student hopping from one graduate programme to the next. In this society of the unemployed? Where are these jobs? Turns out you have to know where to look. Indeed you do. Indeed.co.za says they have created a way to make job hunting "easier and much better". The site claims to give job seekers free access to thousands of jobs from hundreds of company websites, recruitment agencies and job boards. How is that different from what Monster, CareerJunction, ...

  • HuffPo backlash: Money changes everything

    As is to be expected, there are a number of things that change when you are suddenly US$315-million richer. One of the first things you may notice is that your status as media-darling, underdog, lefty champion goes out the window. So it is following the acquisition of the progressive news site and content aggregator Huffington Post by AOL that multiple voices are being raised in objection. The attacks have come on multiple fronts, but most are focussed around the business model employed by the site, and Arianna Huffington's impeccable liberal credentials. In a column called Huffington's Plunder, Truthout columnist...

  • Village Telco: Addressing the issue of rural connectivity

    In the words of African telecommunications expert Steve Song, Village Telco is "an easy-to-use, scalable, standards-based, wireless, local, do-it-yourself, telephone company toolkit". He’s just put out a new video making it very clear just how useful this system is. The team over at Blinktower has done an exceptional job of creating a short, concise and eminently understandable video of what Village Telco is. The Village Often, we get caught up in our high tech wizardry and get overly excited about the newest Android app or the best new web app built in African Megalopolis #5. And by “we”, I mean “I”, since...

  • Web and social media come to aid of NZ quake survivors

    As the death toll climbs in the wake of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, the web has become a virtual crisis centre. Survivors are concerned friends and relatives are using the net to search for missing people and offer those who made it through a place to stay. Google's Crisis Response service is one major site where people are adding or requesting information on individuals. The site's person finder tool currently has records on around 8,000 people in the area around the quake. However, a random search shows the web has not been able to replace confusion in...

  • Amazon launches video streaming — A competition for Netflix?

    Online retail giant Amazon recently launched a movie streaming service, which competes directly with internet film star Netflix. Prime Amazon subscribers, who pay US$79 a year for unlimited two-day delivery for their purchases, will now get access to a portion of Amazon's Instant Video library. Movies and TV shows included with Amazon Prime memberships can be watched instantly on computers or many models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. The selection of films included "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, and "March of the Penguins." Television shows included "Doctor Who" and " "Fawlty Towers." Amazon's unlimited streaming service comes after...

  • The case for Facebook Zero and similar applications

    Early last year Facebook launched Facebook Zero, a stripped down version of its mobile website at no data cost primarily to attract new users in the Global South. Facebook Zero, unlike the standard version of Facebook mobile, does not serve multi-media content like images and videos (which can clog data pipes) -- making it possible for carriers to make it available for free. Multi-media is stored at the back end, and if a user decides to access images then standard charges apply. Facebook Zero was launched in about 45 countries in the Global South with the help of strategic...

  • China calls for ‘Jasmine Rallies’ in the wake of Middle East protests

    People in 13 Chinese cities have been urged by an online appeal to rally every Sunday to demand for government transparency and free expression, following a call last week for Middle East-style protests. The new call, posted this week on the overseas-based website Boxun.com, appeared to be from the same group behind a mysterious web campaign for protests last Sunday echoing those that have rocked the Arab world. That earlier call to action sparked a heavy police turnout at designated protests sites in Beijing and at least a dozen other cities. They appeared lightly attended, however, and free of major incident. "What...

  • Comparative pricing study: How do you like them Apples?

    Admission to the cult of Mac doesn't come cheap, and if you’re a South African Apple product owner, you’ve paid more for that right than anyone in any other country in the world, with the exception of Brazil. I was surprised to read the analysis of a recent IDC report noting some bonkers growth figures for Apple in the last fiscal quarter. Growth was largely in the government market segment at 549.5%, and very large business, at 108.6%, but even consumer sales grew 17.1% despite the overall market receding 0.6%. Considering that PCs have saturated most of the market...