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  • Promoted pins are coming: Pinterest confirms it’s getting adverts

    Millions of users and an explosive growth period later, Pinterest is ready to test out its next plan for making money: advertising. Yes, promoted pins are making their way to the social media site. In a blog post and email to users, Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann explained how the team is "going to start experimenting with promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses". In a similar way to how Facebook advertisers can pay for sponsored stories and Twitter users can promote tweets, Pinterest will begin surfacing promoted pins in search results and its category feeds....

  • SA app developers stand chance to win $30k, place in international competition

    With so many apps out there (Apple's app store alone has over 900 000 active apps) it's becoming increasingly difficult to stand out as an app developer. If you manage it however, the rewards can be potentially enormous. Grab a portion of the 102-billion app downloads research house Gartner predicts will take place this year and you'll be able to lay your hands on a share of US$26-billion in revenue apps are expected to make this year. One way to get yourself on the path to app wealth and glory is to enter as many competitions as possible. This...

  • Google makes new logo, navigation bar official

    We recently told you about an apparent new Google logo hidden in the latest update of Chrome Beta for Android. Well it's real and yes, the internet giant has joined the likes of eBay and Microsoft in going flat with its new design. Alongside the flatter design, Google has refined the color palette and letter shapes of the Google logo. The new logo also comes along with a new search bar, in an apparent attempt to bring its users a more streamlined experience. "Regardless of your routine, getting around Google should be seamless, and once you're inside an app,...

  • Mobile app stores to see 102bn downloads in 2013, $26bn in revenue

    When it comes to mobile app stores, we've come to expect big numbers. Apple's app store alone has 900 000 active apps and has served 50-billion downloads since going live in 2008. The latest set of app store numbers from research house Gartner though, show just how massive the app business has become. According to Gartner, mobile app stores will see annual downloads reach 102 billion in 2013, up from 64-billion in 2012. Revenue from those apps meanwhile is set to hit reach US$26-billion, up from US$18-billion in 2012. "We expect strong growth in downloads through 2014, but growth is...

  • Sorry China, Apple’s stopped taking iPhone 5S preorders from you

    So much for the new iPhone being available in China early! It looks like many Chinese Apple fans will be forced to wait for the latest and greatest phone once again, as Apple has suspended online preorders of the iPhone 5S, although the slightly cheaper 5C is still available. Despite concerns that the 5S might not be well received in China, preorders of the device sans telecom bundles sold out in half a day after being launched yesterday. Fans can still order the 5S bundled through telecom partners China Telecom or China Unicom, but it’s not clear when they’ll...

  • Google+ brings HD to all Hangouts

    You've been able to use HD video-calling on publicly broadcast Hangouts on Air for a while now, but you haven't been able for private calls with friends and family, until today. The news, which comes via an official Google+ post , will be most welcome to anyone in developed markets with sophisticated bandwidth infrastructure. It could be especially useful for journalists looking to do in-depth video interviews with people they don't have face-to-face access with. To enable or disable HD on Google+, use the bandwidth slider in the top right corner of your Hangout browser. It's also worth...

  • Social media in higher education: engage, share and learn

    Within the last few years social media has become more integral in the lives of students: now, more than ever, it is vital for higher education to get social. I will never forget the day I joined Facebook – if the fact that I know the words to most songs from the 80’s doesn’t give my age away, this trip down memory lane certainly will – I was a university student and somewhere in a computer lab on campus, with a group of friends, I signed up, scared but excited to explore the world of social media I was...

  • TripTrus is the Indonesian travel startup for budget adventurers

    Who still uses traditional travel agencies? Skillfully keeping up with the trends, online travel startups have been popping up across the globe growing more and more competitive. Many of these startups come from Southeast Asia -- a region that is seeing an exceptional tourism boom in the last few years. TripTrus is one of those startups taking advantage of the industry but unlike its competitors, it focuses on individual adventurers while offering unique trips outside of the commercial stream. Read more 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • TomTom Go Live 1005 review: is there still any point to the peripheral GPS?

    Smartphones these days have increasingly large screens, sophisticated mapping systems and a wide selection of accessories for attaching them to your car windscreen. All of which means it's becoming hard to see the point of standalone GPS units these days. Still, Dutch navigation giant TomTom doesn't seem to have given up on the market and when the Go Live 1005 dropped onto our desks, we decided to see if there's still a place for these devices. 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");

  • Windows Phone overtakes iOS in India but Android still massively dominant

    While the Windows Phone devices grabbing all the headlines tend to be at the top of the range -- the Lumia 925 and 1020 being the obvious examples -- but it looks like the devices aimed at emerging market countries may be what saves the OS in the end. One example of this is India, where the OS has reportedly claimed second place ahead of iOS and BlackBerry for the third consecutive quarter with a market share of 5.4%. Alongside that, the OS also experienced 60% quarter-on-quarter growth. The figures, which come from research and tracking company IDC, suggest...

  • iPhone activation servers crumble under iOS7 demand

    While iFans around the globe were yesterday celebrating the arrival of iOS 7 on their devices, many were left waiting as Apple's iPhone activation servers battled with the weight of demand for the new operating system. According to TechCrunch, the activation servers were either down or slow to download, rendering a number of phones useless and stuck on the install screen. Apple Insider meanwhile reports that the situation was so bad at one stage that Apple issued a high priority alert to its support staff. There were also believed to be other, undisclosed, "internal issues" compounding the problem. ...

  • Google gets into biotech with Calico, will aim to solve death

    Google today announced Calico, a new company headed up by Arthur (Art) D. Levinson, the Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, that will attempt to solve some of health care's biggest problems. Yes, one of those "problems" is death -- Calico will research human life extension. Time magazine figures Google will employ data-processing to shed new light on the challenge of ageing and age-related ailments. Unlike Glass and Google's self-driving cars that form part of Google's big-idea think tank, Google X, Calico will be a separate company. Announcing Calico, Google CEO Larry Page, said: “Illness and...

  • BBM for iPhone, Android to save us from iMessage, WhatsApp on 21 September

    While BlackBerry is rumoured to be pursuing a sale -- to be wrapped up as quickly as November -- and preparing another round of layoffs, the embattled Canadian titan is still releasing devices and plowing ahead with plans to roll out BBM to the iPhone and Android platforms. The once exclusively BlackBerry-only club will open its doors on 21 September and there is no cover charge -- BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store. Why would you leave the comfort of iOS 7's swanky new messages app or your swiss-army knife of...

  • Twitter appears to be rolling out related tweets feature

    This is interesting. It looks like Twitter is rolling out a new feature that allows you to see related tweets from Twitter.com. The new feature appears to work fairly simply. All you have to do is click on the unique URL of a tweet. From there, it will surface related tweets that share common words or links. As The Next Web notes, the feature doesn't appear to be present on any of the social network's other apps at present. At times, the tech news site reports, the feature shows up tweets from people you follow while at others, it...

  • LinkedIn’s dropped its age restriction to 13: here’s why it matters

    In one of my previous articles I spoke about how LinkedIn is opening the platform up to younger markets and specifically targeting students. This is a strong strategic move on LinkedIn’s part -- but it begs the question as to whether this kind of development is taking away from our youth's childhoods. Since 12 September, users as young as 13 have been able to sign up for the world’s largest “professional” network after it lowered its minimum age requirement. The thinking behind this is to encourage young people to plan out their career paths by comparing themselves to others on...