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  • 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 banking in Africa, and Research In Motion (RIM), the developer of the BlackBerry solution, shows that saturation point has almost been reached by large South African companies...

  • Can entrepreneurs thrive in corporate settings?

    Does working for a company preclude an individual from being an entrepreneur? Most certainly not; indeed, some of the best innovations and developments are achieved by people who are working for large corporations. The difference is that within these organisations, entrepreneurship – and critical thinking - is actively encouraged, not only in the research and development departments, but in the managerial suites too. With the global economy slowly coming out of a siege, it is to entrepreneurs that we must look for the kind of lateral thinking which sees opportunity in adversity. There is little debate that the days...

  • 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 of 20 special locations on which the public voted. As a result, their Street View team has been visiting the places from Soweto to Kruger National Park,...

  • 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, opinion pieces and other journalism from more than three dozen top-notch publishers such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Salon, Fast Company, ProPublica...

  • 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, a small group of engineers that aims to make it easy for people to transfer their personal data in and out of Google's services by building simple...

  • 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 the EU over ten years. Research group Gartner has estimated that the State of California could increase its GDP by $376 billion within seven years, by implementing...

  • 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 me?" and promptly realised that you didn't? And sometimes these little mistakes are actually quite painful. Emails that fall into this category include hate mail about your...

  • 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 a revolutionary new approach to attract talent and boost their own careers. The website also provides a powerful new way for managers to obtain useful and effective...

  • Google Buzz: Just too much noise?

    So we have another social/microblogging/lifestreaming service, called Google Buzz. It is, without doubt, Google's boldest social play yet. Despite dominating pretty much all the key areas of the internet, it's no secret that social is one area that has eluded the search giant so far. Orkut, its social network, has largely failed to catch the world's imagination (although apparently it's big in Brazil). Google latitude came and went. Many, myself included, have yet to quite figure out a reason to care about Google Wave, where it fits, or rather: what it is exactly. Today, Wave still remains a highly-geeked out...

  • 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 is expected to grow at a similar rate in 2010. “The good news is that we will continue to see strong growth in 2010, and we should reach...

  • OpenCalais release features enhanced social tagging

    To kick-start 2010, OpenCalais has released some significant upgrades to its award-winning semantic platform. Version 4.3 of the OpenCalais service features: enhanced Social Tags for categorization; improved disambiguation; new entities, facts and events in English; and an entirely new feature called News Names. By popular demand, the improved Tagaroo plugin for WordPress gives users more control over the tagging process. Their URL submission tool, SemanticProxy, has been normalized to ensure that its results are identical with those you would get by programmatically submitting content to OpenCalais via the API. Additionally, they are now supporting JSONP. You can now specify a...

  • Open Calais joins DocumentCloud initiative

    Thomson Reuters today announced that it has joined forces with two dozen world-leading publishers on the DocumentCloud initiative. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with this year’s largest grant, DocumentCloud is a unique online resource that will provide public access to news reporters’ original source materials. It will debut in a beta version by the end of this year. Specifically, Thomson Reuters has agreed to contribute high-volume use of its OpenCalais service to the Document Cloud Initiative. OpenCalais uses natural language processing (NLP) to “read” a document, instantly identifying and tagging the...

  • 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 government and industry endorsed movement to create a global Silicon Valley-style startup culture in Cape Town, South Africa. Personera's website allows people to use their Facebook accounts to...

  • SA study: More people banking with their mobiles than PCs

    According to respected market research organisation World Wide Worx, the number of people banking from their cellphones has exceeded that of people banking from their PCs in South Africa. More than a quarter of bank customers are turning to their cellphones for services ranging from informational transaction types such as balance enquiries to financial transaction types which include account payments. This was one of the key findings from the consumer phase of the research company's Mobility 2009 research project. The study was backed by First National Bank (FNB), leaders in cellphone banking in Africa, and Research In Motion (RIM), the...

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