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  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We're still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There's one big exception to that rule though: we're buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • It’s not just you: Facebook is having some issues posting updates

    Yes, you may be experiencing some issues posting that status. Or liking that photo. Or sharing that comment. Facebook is experiencing some difficulties right now. Users in multiple countries across the world have reported receiving error messages when trying to interact with the social network site. It still loads as usual, but any attempt to post a photo, like anything, comment on or post a status will leave you confronted with an error message asking you to try again later. TechCrunch suggests there may also be a problem with Facebook's iOS app. While Facebook has yet to comment on the problems,...

  • 5 big ways social HR is changing the way we do business

    We are entering a time of social HR, where companies are integrating social technologies into their employee life cycles, from recruitment, skills development and employee engagement to employee exit. Traditional HR is quickly adapting to manage employees in a time of more intense and advanced use of social media. Some key areas in social HR: 1. Gamification Companies can embrace gamification by incorporating game mechanisms into non-gaming activities such as skills development and performance management. When introducing gamification, this can include gathering tokens, rewards or medals based on set rules within business processes. Gamifying business processes, brings an element of...

  • 3 levels of management crucial to your ORM strategy

    Having to monitor your online reputation proactively is often thought of as the negative side of social media. Online reputation management has become a way of life for many organizations including public officials and various sorts of online related businesses. It's a fact that bad news can spread at the speed of light online. If you have a negative reputation online, it can affect your sales, brand, customer relationships, employees, and even families. With millions of people going online everyday looking for information for their needs, having an online reputation management process in place that you can monitor proactively is...

  • Google’s AdSense is in trouble: where does its future lie?

    Google's latest quarterly financial report shows problems in its AdSense network, which was responsible for 29% of last year's $43.7 billion in revenues. It means a lot less money for Google's network of publishing partners, such as the New York Times. $GOOG's Q3 report showed zero growth for AdSense compared with 22% yearly growth for its AdWords network. Not only has yearly growth come to a stop but AdSense revenues have shrunk every quarter this year (see chart below). The continuing plunge in AdSense is in sharp contrast to robust 20% revenue growth in 2012, which outpaced AdWords' growth of...

  • How emerging markets are rewriting the online payments play book

    Starting a new business in an emerging market has always been a daunting task with endless challenges greeting the entrepreneur at every turn. Having a great idea is one thing, but arranging for the proper licenses and the necessary capital funding can be formidable obstacles. Location issues are extremely important since waterways and roads may not support your needs for transporting your goods to market or receiving raw materials in the first place. Electricity is another consideration, as well, but have you ever thought to study the local payment system in your area of commerce? Read more on Ventureburn. var...

  • 6 (almost) wireless solutions for your home theater PC

    If your home theatre setup was a human body, the cables would surely be the veins. Silent and without question, constantly working to transport electricity, content, signal and broadband between the various vital organs of your custom and complex entertainment ecosystem. Cords of varying thickness, colour and type, all collected and connected, to make sure everything works as it should. The only problem with equating a home theatre system to a human body is that with the body, the veins are for the most part out of sight and not going to trip you or start a small fire...

  • Turns out Twitter’s been using Ireland to avoid tax too

    In the run up to Twitter's IPO, it's become increasingly evident that the social network is trying to maximise its revenue stream and become profitable. One way of doing so is to minimise the amount of tax it has to pay. And in this, it's decided to go down the path tread by the likes of Google and Apple by using Irish loopholes. Both Apple and Google have offices in Ireland, with the latter using its presence there as part of a web of offshore bank accounts and transactions spanning across multiple other countries including Bermuda and the Netherlands...

  • Apple’s gold iPhone TV spot feels more meh than goldelicious

    What do you get when you melt some gold and make it dance around a screen to pun-filled music? An iPhone commercial of course. Apple has aired its first Gold iPhone commercial, and well, it doesn't really melt us on the inside. The ad is pretty much everything Apple, minimalistic and all about the perfect design in the end, with a side order of meh. As the guys over at the Verge note, it does look like pieces of the launch video stitched together. The idea of liquid (in this case, molten gold) crawling around to eventually form...

  • Nokia Lumia sales reportedly hit record high for fourth consecutive quarter

    This should please Microsoft. Sales of Nokia's Lumia range of smartphones have reportedly hit record highs for the fourth consecutive quarter. According to the Wall Street Journal, Lumia sales for the period between June and September this year hit 8-million units. That's up from the 7.4-million units it sold in the previous quarter and significantly higher than the 2.9-million units it managed to shift in the same period last year. The information, which the Journal says comes from people familiar with the matter, has emerged on the eve of a massive event which will see the company launch at least...

  • The future of the web and being cool: .CO’s CEO talks the power of domains

    How does a domain get cool? How does a domain becoming so trendy that everybody wants one? These are the questions that CEO of .CO Internet Juan Diego Calle doesn't have to worry about because he runs what is arguably the coolest domain suffix on the planet right now. At a basic level, .CO is the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) assigned to Colombia, but it has become a major global internet domain player in recent years thanks to Calle and his team. Used by powerhouse companies such as Twitter (t.co), 500 startups (500.co) and Angellist (angel.co), the...

  • Obama won, Wolverine fired, Google Watch coming: #StuffToKnow this week

    Well, the US government shut down (because of old men acting like children who didn’t get the toys they wanted), and after 16 day of chaos, nothing happened. South African banks were robbed via Mc Donald's and Steers. Google is ready to release a watch of its own since Samsung messed up the hardware design. And oh yeah, no stress, but we are building the terminator. INTERNET US government ends shutdown and avoids debt crisis Well this was an unmitigated US$26-billion mess by the Republicans and many citizens of the US, as well as people around the world, shared their frustrations...

  • Illusions, whistleblowing and Anonymous: the power of the unseen [Wired 2013]

    The mid-morning session (dubbed "The Power of the Unseen") of Wired 2013 kicked off with a rousing performance from TED alumni and cyber-illusionist, Marco Tempest with the MIT Media Lab. As predicted, he impressed the crowd with his theatrical performance and explanation of why he does what he does -- augmented reality, projection mapping system that he calls a storytelling tool. After this is delved into how the system works and ended with a new performance around card-sharping. The takeaway: It has to be seen to be truly understand the captivating method but nothing -- in this day and age...

  • Loeries strip MetropolitanRepublic of all awards after Grand Prix withdrawal

    The Loeries, South Africa's biggest advertising and marketing awards showpiece, has stripped MetropolitanRepublic of all its 2013 awards after it found that the campaign it won a Grand Prix for did not meet the judging criteria. The entry, which was for MTN's "Project Uganda", was awarded a Grand Prix award for Media Innovation, a Gold for the Ubuntu award for sustainable marketing, and a Gold for Tactical use of Newspaper Advertising. According to a press release issued by the Loeries, the entry was withdrawn this week by MetropolitanRepublic. The company insists that the entry was the work of over-enthusiastic...

  • Woolworths caught in fresh social storm over plagiarism allegations

    There are the makings of a storm brewing in South Africa's social media space over a possible intellectual property breach by popular retailer Woolworths. According to a blog post by Euodia Roets, the retailer has copied her design and claimed it as its own. Roets is a designer by trade and says she had several meetings with the company to "provide printed panels of fabric for napkins and cushions". After sending her design of a hummingbird to Woolworths, she says, the company told her it had been rejected. A few weeks later, Roets states in her blog post, the...