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  • News anchor gets suspended for Linkin Park death tweet

    Lance Witten, an anchor for the eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) has been suspended by the channel for a tweet in which he joked about the death of a concertgoer. The sports presenter tweeted this morning that "Linkin Park are so badass people are dying to see them". The joke appears to make reference to a fan of the band who died following the collapse of an advertising structure prior to their Cape Town concert last night. The South African-based news channel posted that it had suspended that anchor on its Twitter page, at the same time distancing itself from the...

  • JAM with Chrome: rock out with your friends, on your browser

    We all that Google does fairly nifty things sometimes and they're fun, for sure. But every now and then it pulls something mind-bogglingly awesome out of its drawer of tricks. JAM with Chrome is one of those things. The web app allows friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers. When you enter the site, you can choose from a selection of 19 different instruments, from acoustic and bass guitars to drum kits and keyboards. Once you get playing, says Google, you can switch instruments as often and as many times as...

  • Samsung Galaxy SIII is officially the world’s best selling smartphone

    Looks like it's time to surrender your throne iPhone 4S users: the Samsung Galaxy SIII is officially the world's best-selling smartphone, for now. According to research released today by tech analysis company Strategy Analytics, the South Korean company's flagship smartphone outshipped the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 to take top spot in the global rankings during the third financial quarter of 2012. The 18-million SIIIs sold means that it accounts for an 11% share of all smartphones shipped globally. Strategy Analytics reckons that the SIII's dominant position is predominantly as a result of its "large touchscreen design,...

  • 10 things your brand can learn from Obama’s re-election campaign

    Having followed the Obama re-election campaign closely ever since the New Hampshire Primaries in January 2012, I have come to believe that there are important lessons to be drawn for success in leadership branding and getting people to vote for your brand -- both on a political and commercial level. These are ten principles that have helped Obama snatch victory from the jaws of defeat (when the global media were counting him out after the first TV debate with Mitt Romney) and secure a landslide victory that seemed impossible only a few weeks ago. 1. Strategy trumps tactics Obama’s...

  • When should you give up on your digital leads?

    One of your primary responsibilities when you're in the business of targeting other businesses is to generate leads. Some do this through focused lead generation programs primarily through digital channels, while others take a more subtle approach through brand-related marketing. Most marketing teams go through a huge effort to generate a lead, and then they immediately hand it over to their sales team. That lead could have been someone just doing initial research on a purchase they plan to make, they could have just been entering your competition or maybe they were a qualified buyer. A salesman cannot waste their time...

  • Baidu CEO tells staff to disrupt, innovate… and be like wolves

    Be more wolf-like. That’s one of the rallying cries of Robin Li, CEO and founder of China’s top search engine, Baidu, in an internal email to all employees that was sent out yesterday. The morale-boosting email was leaked out to Techweb, giving an interesting glimpse into one of China’s top web companies at a time when it’s facing new competition in its core business. In the email, which was headlined “Change Starts With You and Me,” Robin Li calls on Baidu employees to think like wolves, to increase investment in innovation, and new businesses, and to be “willing to disrupt ourselves.” Outlining...

  • Is Windows 8 the most intuitive OS yet?

    Many opinions are flying around regarding the Windows 8 UI. Some mention that Microsoft are trying to fix something that was never broken while others note that they’re tired of learning new UI’s. Let’s face it, the Windows 8 UI resembles a mobile interface and it demonstrates the future of devices. This convergence of UI sees the space between mobile and desktop shrink even further. Are we really ready for that? Windows has, until now, been a universal operating system, lowest end users have been able to easily navigate the OS and high-end users could employ it to its full...

  • A rectangle has round corners. Let’s-see-what-happens patent awarded to Apple

    Patent no. D670,286, the "ornamental design for a portable display device" as stated in the patent application, has been awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday. Basically, and in simple English, Apple now has the design patent coverage for rectangular shaped devices with round corners. A design patent is qualified by its drawings, especially solid lines. The patent in question has definite solid lines for the shape of design. While most of Apple's previous patent designs focused on smaller things like the home button and the side profile (yes even that), this design focuses on just...

  • Property goes AR with new Pam Golding app

    The next time you're browsing through the property section of a newspaper, you could find yourself pointing your smartphone at it: international property group Pam Golding has announced the launch of an augmented reality property app. Pam Golding says that it decided to launch the app because it believes that print still has a role to play in the industry. “While it’s true that digital marketing has changed the face of real estate forever, we acknowledge the important role the print media continues to play in advertising properties for sale, and in attracting buyers and sellers," says Pam Golding...

  • Google continues to slip in China search, map rankings

    It may be a synonym for online search in the rest of the world but in China, Google's a minor player. Its presence in the lucrative market is only getting smaller too. Recent numbers from Marbridge Consulting (via The Next Web) show that Google is now the fourth most popular search engine in China behind Baidu, Qihoo 360 and Sogou. A part of that decline is down to the throttling and frequent outages of Google in China. A much larger part however is down to the emergence of Qihoo. After launching in August, it has jumped to second...

  • Microsoft Office for iOS and Android is a reality, comes early 2013

    After many rumours over the last year, it seems that Microsoft Office for Android and iOS will be a reality. According to reports the Redmond giant will release its versions for its main rivals early in 2013. Office for iPad has already been a lingering rumour for a while. Office will be available for iOS first in late February or early March, with an offer to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, and allows for basic editing. Versions for Android will be available sometime in May. As a US spokesperson for Microsoft said: "We have said previously Office...

  • Nate Silver: How a math geek used big data to predict the US elections

    This year's US elections saw statistician Nate Silver crunching numbers and spewing predictions guided by big data and smart algorithms -- and the math geek is pretty famous today. Silver was already fairly well known for his work on baseball and political forecasting especially on New York Times owned blog Fivethirtyeight, but this election has shot his name through the stratosphere. In 2008 Silver called 49 out of 50 states, missing only Indiana (which went to Obama by 0.1%.) This year, according to projections, his data driven model correctly predicted 50 out of 50 states. Earlier in the election...

  • We’ve broken this startup thing

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how our ideals and idols are totally broken and that we needed to re-evaluate how we work on, and within online / digital / technology companies. So I was quite sad to see another idol admitting that same brokenness. I’m trying to figure out when and why it became so acceptable for us to: Leave the office at 7pm AND then go home to work some more. Not take any kind of non-working holiday. Working every single weekend. Compromise on every, single aspect of our lives in favour of work. 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...

  • Vodacom scuppers social play The Grid

    Vodacom has announced kill off its social networking play The Grid by 1 December. The location-based social network, which in 2010 had around two million members in South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania, was accessible by mobile users around the world. The Grid, which was formed in 2007 alongside instant messaging service Meep, allowed people to chat to friends, see where they were on a map and share pictures and videos with them. It also briefly partnered with South African-based terrestrial TV network etv to show the daily mood of the country during the morning weather report. ...

  • 5 steps to building digital communities that really impact your business

    One of the more appealing opportunities for brands engaging with customers in social media is soliciting candid feedback about their products and service. With the right amount of investment in your communities these insights can have a profound impact on the way you conduct research, design business processes, train staff, build products and more. Strategy starts with defining clear objectives. The same applies to social media (or digital) strategy -- without clear objectives at the start, engagement falls flat. Traditionally these objectives are defined by the business and are in line with your brand ideals. Your brand ideals are all...