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  • Marketing to young people online: South Africa’s ‘born free’ example

    The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 was celebrated around the world. It was something that many believed they would never see. Another unique thing it has provided is the phenomenon of the Born Free Generation -- those born after 1994 and who never experienced apartheid. One unintended consequence of this phenomenon is gifting a unique challenge to anyone looking to sell something to them. As South Africa's democracy approaches the end of its teenage years, businesses are increasingly being confronted by a fast-maturing and consumption-savvy generation of individuals. These young consumers, although from...

  • Our top 20 games for iPad and Android tablets

    If you own a tablet, chances are you probably have a couple of games installed on it, that is if you're not like me who uses my tablet almost exclusively for gaming. And I love high-quality, intelligent games that really take advantage of the capabilities of the touchscreen. We all know the iPad as the dominant player here, but there are in fact a number of outstanding Android tablet games on the market as well. Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Twitter rolls out controversial new conversations view

    This is going to be a serious bug bear for some Twitter users. The social network has rolled out updates to its iOS and Android apps which it claims will make it easier to follow conversations. From now on, says Twitter, tweets that are part of a conversation are shown in chronological order. The new system allows you to see up to three tweets in sequence in your home timeline; if you want to see more, you can tap a Tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow. The update also means that you can...

  • Facebook spammers net $200m a year just from posting scam links

    If you've ever wondered how anyone could benefit from posting those spammy links that end up clogging up your Facebook news feed, prepare to be shocked. It turns out that people posting links to Facebook fan pages to third-party scam sites may be bringing in as much as US$200-million a year. That's according to calculations by a group of Italian researchers who, according to The Guardian, investigated hundreds of thousands of posts on the world's largest social network. Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli, the leaders of the study, say that they analysed Facebook for phrases such as "Hey...

  • Read this: 9 candid startup comments by Y Combinator’s Paul Graham

    We write a lot about Paul Graham, the man behind the uber successful Y Combinator. Graham's incubator, which has spawned rock star startups such as AirBnb, Reddit and Dropbox, has funded over 500 companies which have gone on to raise more than US$1.7 billion in funding. Y Combinator is considered, by some, the top startup incubator in the world. Naturally, Graham's latest interview for Inc. magazine piqued our interest. It's long, but worth a bookmark. Still, we dug into the interview and created a TL;DR version that outlines some of Graham's views on startups. Read more on Ventureburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • ‘Twerk’, ‘phablet’, ‘derp’, ‘bitcoin’ and ‘selfie’ added to the Oxford dictionary

    Srsly. Yes, it is now arguably permissible to begin a sentence with a colloquialism that doesn't contain any vowels -- it's a real word, you know. The people over at the Oxford Dictionaries Online just said so. The latest quarterly update released by Oxford University Press has seen a slew of geeky and web slang added to the online dictionary. According to Oxford Dictionaries Online editor Angus Stevenson, new words are only added once the team has "gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English," which explains the...

  • Smithsonian acquires first piece of code for design collection

    Can a piece of code ever be art? Maybe not, but it can apparently be the kind of design worthy of a place in a museum dedicated to the subject. The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has acquired iPad app Planetary as well as the code behind the app. According to The Verge, this is the first time the museum has acquired a piece of code and the museum is apparently working with the creators of the app to make the source code publicly available. "With Planetary we are hoping to preserve more than simply the vessel," Cooper-Hewitt's Sebastian Chan...

  • 5 awesome ways businesses can use Instagram

    Today brands need to tell stories, and what’s any good story without pictures? With Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook, as well as its video component addition, this is one rising star in the social media sphere. Although the platform is widely used by hipsters, foodies and fashionistas it’s a valuable platform that businesses can start incorporating into their social media mix. If the shoe fits wear it... ...Or take an artsy picture of it and post it on Instagram. But if it doesn’t, no amount of ugly step-sister-type-pushing is going to make your foot go in. Use visual platforms...

  • Advice for Microsoft from someone who’s never run a lemonade stand

    There has been rush from people (journalists and bloggers) who have never run a lemonade stand or any business, to give copious free advice to Microsoft in the wake of CEO Steve Ballmer's resignation. I read some of them, the best one so far is from John Gapper at the Financial Times. His advice is simple: exit the consumer business because it is businesses that buy Microsoft products and not consumers. He reminds those with long memories of the struggle IBM had in responding to the challenge of cheap computing in the mid-1990s. It appointed Louis Gerstner CEO,...

  • CyanogenMod 10.2 review: flash forward

    After my first test of CyanogenMod 10.2 (using Android version 4.3) there have been more than 300 commits added to the nightly builds. This, I thought, was enough to warrant giving the latest build a try, and I am really happy that I did. Let’s dig in. At this point I should state that I am using the Paranoid Android Gapps package with all ROMs I flash. This is for a very simple reason: I like the Google apps, and I like them installed the exact same way as they are on stock ROMs, meaning in the system/app partition, leaving...

  • 9 of South Africa’s best mobile apps

    We live in a world increasingly driven by apps. Apple's famous "there's an app for that" slogan is more of a truism these days than it is a marketing ploy. Research from Mobithinking suggests that the estimated number of app users worldwide will hit more than four-billion by the end of 2017. Such a figure not only indicates the growing demand for mobile applications, but the reality that mobile content is shaping the way people utilise their mobile devices. And while emerging markets may have been slower to adapt, an influx of cheap smartphones from the likes of China means...

  • Facebook no longer requires 3rd party apps to run competitions, promotions

    Some social media managers will be rejoicing at this news, while other might have a few big reservations. Facebook has changed the rules governing how competitions and promotions can be run on the social network. Whereas people previously had to make use of third-party apps if they wanted to run a promotion on Facebook, they can now do it directly. In an official blog post, the social networking giant confirms that "promotions may be administered on Page Timelines and in apps on Facebook." Now, Facebook says, businesses can: Collect entries by having users post on the Page or comment/like a...

  • The ANN7 debacle: 5 startup lessons from South Africa’s latest news channel

    South Africa's latest 24-hour news channel, ANN7, has provided a lot of ammunition for the internet the last couple of weeks. It's launch was nothing short of disastrous with Teleprompter and anchor malfunctions aplenty, rendering the brand the laughing-stock of the greater internet community. Its attempt at damage control didn't help and has further weakened any chance it had at redemption. With the intention at a good-natured article, I think there is plenty for startups to learn from this back-firing launch of a young brand (read: company). Let's take a look at what we can learn "on ANN7 tonight". Read...

  • Life after Google Reader: yes, Feedly is still winning

    Wondering who's benefiting from a world without Google Reader? It seem the answer is fairly clear: Feedly. The RSS reader took an early lead once Google announced it was sun setting its own product, gaining more than half a million new users in two days, but it seems that isn't the only impressive stat Feedly can claim -- it is also the RSS reader referring the most traffic overall, according to new research from Parse.ly. According to the analytics startup, from 1-31 July 2013, Feedly referred over 7-million unique visitors to its network of partner sites, dominating competitors like...

  • Is your life ‘powered by the web’? Google could give you $25k

    Okay so you spend a lot of time on the web, but does it actually power your life? If the answer is "yes, holy heck yes!" then Google might just have US$25 000 for you. The internet giant is calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The new initiative, called ‘Africa Connected: Success stories powered by the web’, aims to gather the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans, in Africa. Five successful entrants will win US$25 000 each,...