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  • Confused by Chinese social media? Check out this handy infographic

    The good folks from CIC recently released their refreshed China social media landscape infographic for 2013. Generally speaking, more players have emerged in the country’s social media space. But most notably CIC has added ‘Mobile Social’ into the mix, featuring mobile-only social networks like WeChat, Guanxi, and Momo. Among all these social sites, we identified two of them headed for an epic battle this year: WeChat and Sina Weibo . Weibo needs to win but its popularity appears to have slowed and expansion plans have gone nowhere so far. On the other hand, WeChat is hitting multiple overseas markets, accumulating...

  • 7 reasons Facebook Home makes complete sense

    Facebook today lifted the hood on its long-awaited mobile project. It's not a phone, instead it's a way of integrating Facebook into the heart of your Android phone. It's called Home and it makes complete sense. While we've known that this was what Facebook was likely to release for a little while now, it doesn't make Home any less important. In fact, it's far more important than any device running a native Facebook OS could ever have been. Here's why. People According to Facebook, Home is about answering the question "what would your phone be like if it put your...

  • Blink and you’re dead: behind Google’s decision to fork WebKit

    In what is widely seen as a political move against Apple, Google has forked WebKit into “Blink” which it describes as “an inclusive open source community” and ”a new rendering engine based on WebKit” that is going to “naturally evolve in different directions.” The biggest change users can expect to see is in all Chrome-based applications in the near future. According to Google VP of Engineering Linus Upson its engineers were feeling constrained by WebKit’s technical complexity and wanted to use something simpler. The appropriately named “Blink”, therefore, should bring a lot more speed and simplicity to rendering on...

  • AU tells ‘hackers’ to stop impersonating chairperson Dlamini-Zuma on Twitter

    You don't often hear the words "social media" and "African Union" mentioned in the same breath. And if its latest press release is anything to go by, you can see why. The African Union Commission (AUC), which acts as the executive and administrative branch or secretariat of the African Union (and is somewhat analogous to the European Commission), has requested that "hackers" in the social media space stop impersonating its chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. "It has come to the attention of the African Union Commission that there are hackers in the social media space, masquerading as the AUC Chairperson, Dr....

  • Take a look at what may have been Mark Zuckerberg’s first website

    Wondering what teenage Zuck was up to before he became The Hoodied One and CEO of the world's largest social networking site? Well, it seems he was interested in animated typography and a slightly creepy blinking yellow eye. A HackerNews user seems to have tracked down what seems to be the Facebook founder's site on free hosting provider Angelfire. While it's not certain that it is definitely Zuckerberg's site, his full name is included in the website's source code and Angelfire's archive page suggests it was around as far back as 1999. So, what is on the site? It...

  • Want to go to Tech Ed Africa? Microsoft can help convince your boss

    If you're an IT pro or developer who thinks mingling with some 2 500 techies, attending your pick of 200 technical sessions and singing a few rounds of TechIdols sounds like a delightful way to spend your company's money, then Microsoft can help you out. In a bid to make it easier for interested people to attend this year's TechEd Africa event, the company has created a email template packed with all the right keywords and jargon that you can simply copy, paste and send off to your boss with minor edits. It looks a little something like...

  • Turn your iPhone or Android into a Z10 — yep, BlackBerry’s new ad is out

    When BlackBerry announced that it was planning to launch in-depth interactive ads showcasing its new operating system on competing devices, it seemed like a unique way to convince the fandroids and iPeople to consider a switch. The Canadian manufacturer said its ads would essentially replicate unique functionality like People Hub and Peek, but now we can see for ourselves exactly how it works. The ads are currently running on sites like The Guardian and the New York Times, but you can also experience BlackBerry 10 for yourself if you visit the company's website from your mobile browser. The ad takes...

  • 8 Cs to get the best bang from your online marketing buck

    Based on my digital marketing efforts and experience to date, I have identified eight areas where you need to focus your efforts to optimise the effectiveness and return on investment from the business-to-business online marketing process within your organisation. Content Adequate production of suitable thought ware across your relevant service lines and industries is an absolutely essential. The content you create must “showcase” the products, solutions and services your organisation provides. The content you produce should be suited for the different channels you manage. For an email introducing an article, the article in question should be quite detailed,...

  • Meet Social8er — a Social CV service for the recruitment industry

    At first glance you probably wouldn't think that there is money to be made off the unemployed. After all, no jobs means no money, right? For the most part perhaps, but the US$400 billion recruitment industry might beg to differ. Technology has the ability to eat into industry revenues and professional social network LinkedIn stands the best chance to take a bite out of the recruitment market. But for the most part, the industry is alive and well. 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • China needs to stop worrying about Apple, Google’s the real threat

    When Google left China’s search market back in 2010, it seemed like an end to the company’s attempts to seriously engage with the China market. Yet somehow, just a few years later, Chinese people are buying phones in droves that run on Google’s Android platform. Eighty-six percent of the new smartphones sold in China run Android. Most of China’s so-called “home grown” mobile operating systems are just Android ROMs. Even China’s MIIT feels that Android’s dominance poses a potential threat. Heck, even Google’s biggest domestic competitor Baidu has launched a mobile OS that runs on Google’s Android platform. Yet...

  • Got a kickass social campaign? Enter the Bees Awards

    Social media campaigns are big business. A couple of years ago Hubspot estimated that some US$3.08-billion was spent just on advertising on social networking sites. That number has undoubtedly grown (Twitter alone is expected to bring in close to US$1-billion from ads next year), especially when you consider the results of a recent Gartner survey, which showed that most people now see social as being nearly as important as a corporate website and more traditional forms of online advertising. A 2012 study by research company Millward-Brown meanwhile showed that there was a direct correlation between how successful a company is...

  • Twitter releases new Android app, updates mobile web and iOS versions

    Twitter has released a new version of its Android app as well updates to its iOS and mobile web versions. In an official blog post, the social network says that the new Android version is designed to "reflect a native Android experience". It has achieved this, it says, with wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar and tap and hold functionality for quick actions. You can now, for instance, navigate between tabs by swiping across your screen, something that's been a feature of the Windows Phone 8 app for a while now. You'll also...

  • Uncharted entrepreneurship in Africa’s domain name industry

    During the heyday of the domain name business in the late 90s, entrepreneurs snapped up attractive .com domains for cheap. Like real estate, the value of these domain names would balloon over the years as businesses rose to claim not only the smartest word combinations, but also their online identities. Buying and selling domain names turned out to be a very lucrative business for some. Domains like sex.com and insure.com would go on to hold jaw-dropping price tags of US$14-million and US$16-million respectively. 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 n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Baidu confirms it’s working on Eye, China’s answer to Google Glass

    Google Glass, meet Baidu Eye. Yep, the Chinese internet giant has confirmed that it is working on a wearable device prototype that features speech recognition for Mandarin and image search. Rumours of the device have been circulating over the last few days after a Sina Tech report cited anonymous sources inside Baidu, who claimed the company was working on a prototype for a voice-controlled pair of glasses which featured an LCD display and will eventually support the applications built by third party developers. Baidu has now stepped in to deny inaccurate reports about the device's functionality, as well as a...

  • Skype users now spend 2bn minutes connecting with each other every day

    Two-billion minutes. It's a long time. More than 3 800 years. It's also apparently the amount of time Skype users spend connecting with each other every day. Skype made the announcement in an official blog post today, which deals mostly with what two-billion minutes is equivalent to (it's enough time to watch 1.6-million movies apparently). If you're thinking that the figure must mean everyone else out there must spending a lot more time on video chat than you, it's worth bearing in mind that those two-billion minutes include those making voice or video calls as well anyone sending instant...