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  • Twitter announces new tweaks, lets you email tweets from the web

    If Twitter was a car, it would never go anywhere because it's constantly being worked on. The social network today announced its most recent tweaks, including the ability to email tweets from the web. "You can email a tweet to anyone, whether they use Twitter or not, right from your Twitter stream or from the details view of any tweet," said Twitter engineer Stefan Filip. If you want to email a tweet click on the “more” icon next to the reply, retweet and favourite buttons in order to email a tweet to anyone you know. According to Twitter,...

  • Facebook expands gifts, rolls out to millions more users

    Facebook has announced that it will be rolling out Facebook Gifts to tens of millions of users, allowing them to give gifts to people from their profile page. Eventually everyone will have a gifting button on their profile, which will make it easier for people to give gifts directly to each other. The gift receiver will also be able to refuse a gift, although shipping will be paid by the person giving the gift. Some of the companies Facebook is partnering with for the new service include babyGap, Fab, Brookstone, Dean & Deluca, L'Occitane, Lindt, ProFlowers, Random House, Inc....

  • iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note added to Samsung, Apple lawsuit

    If you were even remotely thinking that the Apple vs Samsung battle could be simmering down, especially after the HTC and Apple friendship hugs this week, you were catastrophically mistaken. Samsung Electronics has been allowed the addition of the iPhone 5 to its patent infringement suit against Apple, and in turn Apple was allowed the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III and the Jelly Bean operating system to its own list. How much more crowded can it get? Don't hold your breath too long now... The possibility of even more devices looks to be on the cards...

  • What will it take to unearth Africa’s next great innovator?

    Africa is full of innovators representing a potentially rich rewards for anyone willing to invest in them. Finding them hasn't always been easy but, given the right tools, it'll become much easier. According to Marlon Parker, founder of social enterprise movement rLabs and founder and CEO of social communication tool JamiiX, Africa is already innovative by nature. It's easy to see what he means. At Nigeria's recent Maker Faire, four teenagers showed off a generator that runs entirely on urine power. Then there's Richard Turere, a teenage boy who rigged his homestead with lights timed to flash to mirror...

  • Anonymous fights to keep Gaza connected as Israel attacks

    Hacker collective Anonymous has sworn to keep Gaza connected as Israel undertakes a series of attacks against Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. Over the past 24 hours, the Israel has undertaken a series of air-based attacks against the organisation in the Gaza strip. The attacks have seen Hamas fire back with rocket attacks, signalling the potential for all out war in the volatile region. When Israel announced that it would be cutting of internet services to Israel, Twitter accounts associated with the collective began sounding the alarm: #Gaza: How to connect to the internet in case of disconnection katatus.blogspot.com #GazaUnderAttack— Anonymous...

  • Mindshift: how crowdsourcing allows for disruption and new ideas

    In a recent Memeburn article, Preshan Segers sheds light on where ideas come from and how they are ultimately crowdsourced. But it was only when websites started using social data and networks of collaboration that popular organizations like Wikipedia and social media sites started to use the idea of sourcing data from the crowd. Drawing on familiar concepts such as the popular Kickstarter platform and open sourcing, these initiatives ultimately serve the communities by the communities. Steven Johnson’s TEDx talk on ‘Crowd Sourcing Ideas’ lays the fundamental importance of using the crowd and the tools in which goals are...

  • Why Google’s cost-per-click drop might show that it’s ahead of the curve

    Google’s Q3 earnings call saw its stock plummet nine percent as it announced profits and revenues that were lower than analyst’s bullish expectations. Larry Kim, Wordstream’s Founder and CTO, has been very busy pulling up some interesting Google Adwords stats which, he says, indicate that CPCs on its advertising platform have gone down: I analyzed a billion dollars (USD) of paid search advertising and found: * Q3 2012, the cost per click for google ads was going down a lot (-16.5% for google search and -18.2% for google display network in last 2 quarters); * We also found that the number of...

  • 3 great gadget Kickstarter projects for the geek at heart

    Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has produced some great products, all funded by the people for the people, and there just so happens to be one sector in which the platform shines – technology. While there might not be a cut and dry formula to having a successful Kickstarter campaign, these top three most funded technology campaigns give us a clue as to what does well on the crowd-funding platform. Let’s take a look. 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");

  • Steve Ballmer: Android is wild, ‘uncontrolled’, Windows 8 just right

    There are no good guys in the war between Android and Apple. At least that's the impression Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave in his interview with Reid Hoffman last night. During the interview, reports TechCrunch, Ballmer told the LinkedIn founder that the Android was "uncontrolled" and prone to malware. Apple's meanwhile was described as "highly priced" and "highly controlled". They're not new arguments by any means, but it's interesting that Ballmer felt strong enough to make them in such a public setting. Despite sales of Microsoft's Surface being less than spectacular, the inference is clear: in the OS...

  • eBay has another go in China, this time with luxury clothes

    US online auction giant eBay has made a return, in a very low-key but stylish way, to the China market. It recently launched a joint-venture ecommerce store at ebay.xiu.com -- dubbed “eBay Style” -- that focuses on mid-range to high-end clothing, handbags, and accessories. It features brands like Banana Republic and Clinique, right up to couture labels such as Guess and Coach. In total, there are already 5 000 brands on-board. eBay Style feels similar to the FashionVault market on its US website. For this new attempt at the China market, eBay has partnered with the experienced local B2C e-tailer Xiu.com,...

  • Android kills in China: now owns 90% of the smartphone market

    Android is absolutely dominating the Chinese smartphone market, claiming just over 90% of it. The scary thing is that the figure may actually be a little low because it doesn't take into account all the country's knock-off phones, many of which run the Google-owned operating system. The stats, which come courtesy of Analysis International, show that iOS has dropped from six percent to 4.2%. That number may however rise as the iPhone 5 makes its way into the country. Reflecting its fall worldwide, Nokia's Symbian has fallen from a market share of nearly 32% in the second quarter of...

  • Samsung says it won’t follow in HTC’s footsteps and settle with Apple

    It seems that the Apple vs Samsung battle is set continue full steam ahead in the future. After the announcement over the weekend that HTC and Apple have settled their differences, many pundits have slight inclinations that maybe, just maybe, the two smartphone giants could also come to at least some type of agreement. Not so it seems. Yonhap News reports that Shin Jong-kyun, head of Samsung's mobile and IT division, said: "It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don't intend to at all." The two...

  • Swapping paper for pixels: Kenya aims to digitize school curriculum by 2015

    Kenya’s education minister has announced that his ministry is planning to digitize the entire school curriculum by 2015, a move that will see the government reduce expenditure on education resources. Minister Mutula Kilonzo said that the government spends a lot of money on educational material, while there was a better option to minimize this through digitization and to allow students to get exposed to ICT skills at an early stage. “My dream is to see our learning institutions churning out highly skilled personnel who are innovators and creators of knowledge, driving our economy using the latest technologies and competing globally in...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Jnr: 7 career lessons learnt thus far

    Alan Knott Craig Junior is mobile entrepreneur, who was previously the CEO of wireless internet provider iBurst. He recently stepped down as CEO of Mxit, after buying it in 2011, and World of Avatar, the startup group he co-founded. In this post, he explores some of the lessons his various ventures have taught him. When I think of the factors that led to any successes (or failures) in my career thus far, the following come to mind: 1. Communicate If you can’t effectively transmit the picture in your head into the head of the person you’re communicating with, you’re dead. This...

  • China asks businesses to help it censor the web

    Chinese authorities have roped in businesses to help them stiffen their stranglehold on online information. According to The New York Times, Web police units began sending out directives to businesses -- some of which are joint ventures involving American companies -- "to log the traffic of hundreds or thousands of computers, block selected Web sites, and connect with local police servers". It is believed that the initiative was an attempt to ramp up the control of information prior to the ruling Communist Party's recent elective conference. It may also however have been part of a bid to close up...