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  • Apple App Store has a record December, hits 40-billion all time downloads

    Well, Apple had a good festive season. The company announced today that it had a record-breaking December, with more than two billion iOS apps downloaded from its App Store. The last month rounded out a nice 2012 for Apple: it hit a record 40-billion app downloads, and just under 20-billion of those were from last year. Yes, we're talking unique downloads here: those figures exclude re-downloads and updates from Apple's 500-million active account holders. It also took the opportunity to reveal that there are over 775 000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide -- although the Store...

  • What will Google do in 2013?

    Last year I wrote an article called Google 2012: an internet oddysey which extolled my view of what Google would do in 2012. This is a review of that article as well as a gaze into the crystal ball of what might happen for el Goog in 2013. First up, last year's review in bullet points (so we don’t spend too much time on them) with a score out of 10 based on how well I thought the prediction did: Hyper Local Ecosystem, driven by Google Plus and Android: Google released many iterations of Android this year. Jelly Bean (4.1) carries...

  • What we can learn from some of 2012’s biggest social media fails

    Previously a darling of the social media scene, retailer Woolworths had its fair share of digital travails this year, from Halaal hot cross buns, to accusations of ripping off Frankie’s Olde Soft Drink Company, to calls for boycotts over perceived racist job adverts. But it was not alone. Around the world companies – in fact, very often retailers as well – had online conversations turn nasty. In Woolworth’s case, things came to a head in September with calls for the stores to be boycotted after a so-called whistle-blower accused the company of being racist based on the content of its...

  • The social media records that took a tumble in 2012

    As more and more companies and individuals take to social media as it gets integrated and entrenched deeper and deeper in to our daily lives -- it is quite inevitable that social media records are going to be set and then broken at a rather quick pace. Let’s take a look at a few that made headlines in 2012. A lot can be said about the way that US President Barack Obama has led and won his last two electoral campaigns. There was thought, diligent planning and careful data analysis of the US social graph that arguably led him to...

  • Meernotes II app review: Moleskine best tread carefully

    In July 2011, I reviewed a beautiful note-taking app for iPhone called 'Molenotes'. If you read the review you'll remember that I fell in love with it for the way it was designed to look and feel just like the original Moleskine notebooks. I thought, and still think, that it was what the official Moleskine app should've been. It was a beautiful, intuitively designed piece of brilliance that brought the feel of an actual notebook to the iPhone. Since then, Fabulously Retro were forced by Moleskine to change the name due to the copyright infringement and it was then...

  • Pitching bullshit: the art of selling online metrics

    A while back Liz Gannes of AllThingsD, reported that pageviews, unique views, registered users, and many other forms of metrics used to define online popularity are "bullshit metrics." Analytics company Mixpanel and its investor Andreessen Horowitz are trying to persuade the tech world to be more honest with itself by reporting numbers that are far more informative: Engagement and retention. ... Marc Andreessen and Mixpanel founder Suhail Doshi have decided they want to raise the shame level by calling them "bullshit metrics." Everyone that uses any kind of metric knows they aren't perfect and that they are often easily manipulated. That was...

  • Gangnam Style is now an 8-bit iOS game… really

    Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened. Korean pop star PSY has become a phenomenon over the past year for his infectious hit song, but now he’s getting the eight-bit treatment in a new iPhone and iPad game called Gangnam Style City. The game is a side-scrolling platformer where you assume the role of the Korean rapper as he horse-dances across city rooftops. I’m not sure how exactly the game developer would account for PSY’s sudden interest in Parkour, but there it is. It’s a very simple but fun game where PSY has to...

  • China to hit 800m internet users by 2015

    China already has the world's largest online population but that doesn't mean its growth is about to slow down any time soon. In fact, Chinese authorities predict that the number of people in the country with internet access will hit 800-million by 2015. As noted by Marbridge Daily, the superpower's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is putting the expected rise down to its "Broadband China" project, which is aimed at bringing broadband connectivity to more regions of the world's most populous nation. According to MIIT, the country had around 550-million internet users in the third quarter of...

  • John McAfee: anti-virus pioneer, escaped murder suspect… master spy?

    Think you could do with an extra dose of crazy in your life? The latest John McAfee episode should do you just fine. Apparently the anti-virus pioneer turned murder suspect was actually a master spy the whole time. You might recall that back in November, McAfee went on the run after being declared a person of interest in the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize. The American billionaire claimed that was he had been set up as a suspect by Belizian authorities and that if caught, he would be...

  • Iran working on plan to selectively filter social media sites

    Is a censored social network better than no social media access at all? Iranian officials seem to think so. According to police chief Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghadam, the authorities are currently building an intelligent system to scan and censor social media platforms, instead of simply blocking them. According to an AFP report, Ahmadi Moghadam said that the "smart control of social networks will not only avoid their disadvantages, but will also allow people to benefit from their useful aspects. Smart control of social networks is better than filtering them completely." Currently, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are completely...

  • Google’s FTC deal may not stop Microsoft and Apple suit

    Google's two-year showdown with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may have reached an agreement last week but that may not be the end of the issue. Last week's agreement was mainly reached on search but it does add restrictions on how Google uses its patents. According to a Bloomberg report, the settlement with the FTC will probably not resolve issues with Apple and Microsoft who rejected earlier royalty demands. According to the report, both companies accused Google’s Motorola Mobility unit of "misusing its patents, complained to US and European regulators and filed breach-of- contract suits in federal court". "It’s going...

  • What did 2012 do for technology?

    There’s little doubt in my mind that 2012 will not be marked in red in the technology history book for it was certainly not a revolutionary year so far as cutting-edge technology and its development is concerned. There weren’t any major, path-breaking breakthroughs, and readers are free to disagree but only by providing concrete evidence. I would think history will look at 2012 as a year of plodding progress on the emerging technology front, a milepost rather than a ground-breaking phase. No doubt though, the year did see some concerted effort across the globe on the technology front,...

  • deviantART: The social network you know but really don’t [Interview]

    In a world of one-billion plus Facebook users, or 250-million plus Google+ users it’s easy to forget the little (and not so little) guys and focus on the larger social networks. Any good strategist will tell you that can be a mistake. With 19-million plus active users or “deviants” (over three-million in the UK alone) spending more than 10 minutes a month a prime example of this could be said to be deviantART. Except it’s no overnight success... it's been going for over 10 years now. With big news coming in the next seven days and an army of...

  • 10 big mobile trends to look out for in 2013

    Hey, remember back when mobile was the next big thing? These days, it's just the thing. If you don't have a mobile strategy, you might as well not have a strategy at all. As the space evolves though, so does the way we use mobile devices. Think about it, what was once just a means of calling people in an emergency is now your diary, calculator, gaming centre and means of accessing the internet. With that in mind MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has unveiled its predictions for the path mobile is likely to take...

  • The pits and peaks of tech in 2012

    2012 was a year in which technology and media companies were engaged in a veritable hive of activity and it produced a few winners and more losers. When taking a period of activity in review, I often talk about pits and peaks. Let’s take a look at some of Tech’s “pits and peaks” of 2012: Acquisitions Pit Zynga’s acquisition of OMGPOP: Zynga bought OMGPOP, the creators of Draw Something in March and have since posted less than impressive earnings, and while the stock enjoyed highs in the teens, it now sits around US$2 and has had to write down between US$85 and...