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  • Increased calls for social media, BBM regulation

    Formal content regulation on social networks and messenger services like BlackBerry's BBM is currently a topic of heated discussion around the world. Governments in disparate countries from the UK, Saudi Arabia, India, UAE to South Africa have been making noises about regulating the free-for-all on popular social media sites and tools. On Monday South African deputy communications minister, Obed Bapela, called for new regulations that will allow police authority access messages sent via BlackBerry’s encrypted messenger service (BBM), reports Business Day. Bapela said the government was now considering regulations following calls from the UK and Saudi Arabia for decryption of...

  • Generational theory’s influence on digital marketing

    Generational Theory is a topic that has been bantered around in marketing circles for, well, for generations now. Never has technology, though, moved at such a blistering pace as now. Even those belonging to Gen X are feeling a little bewildered at times. From the music each generation identifies with to the clothing styles and even value systems, generations are different. Let's break down the generations Marketing texts usually break the generations down in to 6 major categories: Lost Generation: 1883 – 1900 The GI Generation: 1901 – 1924 The...

  • How over-regulation has stifled the pace of mobile money adoption in Africa

    In a continent where less than 20 percent of Africa's population has a bank account and where latent demand for money services is so high, why are there no other success stories on the scale of Safaricom’s MPESA service, in Kenya? Diverse factors such as distribution networks or Kenya's unique social structure have often been cited as the reasons why MPESA has only worked in Kenya and not elsewhere, the answer lies in the requirement for compliance and regulation obeisance has cemented the role of banks at the core of the mobile money universe. This factor has undoubtedly played a...

  • ‘Lost’ iPhone 5 saga: The plot thickens

    Last week the web was ablaze with news that yet another iPhone prototype had been misplaced in a bar. Some jokingly speculated that the loss of this iPhone 5 prototype was so similar to the loss of an iPhone 4 prototype that it could plausibly have been a PR stunt. No one, however, seriously believed this to be the case. Further bolstering belief that the prototype's loss was not a PR stunt, CNET, which first released the story, had written that the San Francisco police department (SFPD) had played a part in the recovery of the lost iPhone. According to...

  • News24 launches Samsung Smart TV app

    News24 and Samsung South Africa have combined to produce the first local Smart TV application. The News24 app can be accessed from any Samsung Smart TV and offers the hooked-in user news reports, the latest sports results, financial indicators, celebrity gossip and much more.The move mirrors the recent UK launch of the BBC News app on Samsung TVs. The app takes the form of a scrolling news ticker which displays the latest information at the bottom of the screen. At the press of a button, the user can open any story from the news ticker and view it...

  • Netflix lands in Latin America and Caribbean

    US online video rental giant Netflix has announced the launch of its television and movie streaming service across Latin America and the Caribbean. The announcement was made via a post on the service's official blog. Rochelle King, Netflix VP of User Experience and Design said that it would be launching through some 43 countries and territories in all. The move is expected to provide a massive boost to the company, which already has more than 23-million subscribers in the US and Canada. Like US users, viewers in Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to watch Netflix's selection...

  • 300 000 Iranian IP addresses stolen

    Almost 300 000 IP addresses originating from Iran applied for access to Google via an illegally obtained digital certificate. The certificate was issued by DigiNotar, a Dutch digital certificate authority. The certificate was rescinded at the end of August, but not before potential damage was done. The IP address list will be handed over to Google so that the search company can inform its clients that a possible email interception occurred during this period. Alongside the emails, possible login cookies may also have been intercepted. Cookies can contain valuable information such as the online activities of the user, this...

  • RaspberryPi — Your credit-card sized computer

    For a couple of months, I've been watching RaspberryPi with a lot of interest, because I think these guys are about to do something really cool for the computer industry. RaspberryPi is working on creating a credit-card sized computer that can comfortably run Linux, connect to the internet and can take advantage of USB to allow you to connect up a whole range of cool devices. If that hasn't got your attention, then maybe the fact that it is claiming that when the product goes to market the company wants to sell at a price-point of around US$25 to US$30...

  • Competition is getting us all converged

    Summer is almost here and in an unlikely turn of events, South African telecoms giant Telkom, decided spring day was the day it was going to get all competitive. Business communications is, and always will be, a hotly contested market. At a recent launch, Telkom Business finally unveiled Telkom Mobile, which must have been the culmination of months of intensive work. Telkom Mobile is clearly focused on business telecommunication users, small and large. The launch of a business mobile product in order to take on the big boys MTN and Vodacom was not actually the real news for...

  • The patent wars explained [Infographic]

    It's difficult to keep up with who is suing who these days. In the tech world, Apple and Samsung have been at each other's throats for some time now. Nokia and Apple also recently settled their differences in court. Even when you're aware of the plaintiffs it's still difficult to know why one tech giant is suing another tech giant. It can be something as simple as a glass screen or as complicated as confusion over what rights one party has in manufacturing parts for the other party. The one thing you can be fairly sure of is that patents are...

  • Google pays tribute to Freddie Mercury with animated doodle

    Google's latest doodle pays tribute to legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury. The animated and playful doodle merges technology and art in celebration of Mercury's 65th birthday. The animated video, crafted into the logo on Google's search page, shows the latest step in the evolution of doodles, which started as rudimentary clip art. The video features an animated Mercury moving through different locations, to the sounds of Queen's 1978 hit "Don't Stop Me Now." "It has a lot of fun, goofy stuff to celebrate what an incredible song writer, fashion icon, and musical innovator he was. Freddy Mercury was an awesome...

  • Review: Nokia E6 nips and tucks and botoxes

    The Nokia E6 business-oriented smartphone sports Symbian Anna, the latest (and probably one of the last) iterations of Nokia's storied Symbian mobile phone operating system, now turfed out to the gentle ministrations of Accenture's minions. It's more or less the same qwerty-keyboarded small-screened messenger-type smartphone that's been a solid partner to millions, not radically changed since its debut as the E71 way back when. You'd think by now it would be well nigh perfect. Not ever more flawed. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Mexican ‘Twitter terrorists’ face 30 years in prison

    Two Mexican nationals are facing a thirty-year prison sentence for causing wide-spread chaos through a series of tweets related to child kidnapping. Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola and Gilberto Martinez Vera have both been accused of spreading malicious rumours through Twitter that armed gangsters were attacking schools and kidnapping children in the city of Veracruz. As a result of the tweets, emergency phone lines completely jammed and traffic came to a standstill as concerned parents came out in droves to "save" their children. The interior secretary of Veracruz, Gerardo Buganza has made comparisons to Orson Welles' "War of the...

  • The six types of startup…And what protects Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley veteran Steve Blank, writing in Xconomy, does a great job in describing six types of startups and how a clear understanding of the needs of each is necessary by national and local governments seeking to foster more innovation: 1. The lifestyle startup On the California coast where I live, we see lifestyle entrepreneurs like surfers and divers who own small surf or dive shop or teach surfing and diving lessons to pay the bills so they can surf and dive some more. 2. Small businesses, usually family owned and run They work as hard as any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. They hire...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Germany

    In what must seem like a case of sour grapes, Apple has won a landmark lawsuit to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy tab in Germany. Following a series of lawsuits which stated that the Galaxy had copied the iPad and iPhone, Apple is now forcing Samsung to remove its product from retail stores and tradeshows. James Chung, spokesperson for Samsung said, "Samsung respects the court’s decision but Apple now severely limits consumer choice in Germany." Samsung had egg on its face when it had to withdraw the recently revealed Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA electronics show in Berlin subsequent...