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  • Google-backed project rolls out Wi-Fi hotspots in major Kenyan cities

    Internet users in Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya can now connect to cheap Wi-Fi on the go following a continuing roll out by search engine giant Google. Google communications manager for East Africa, Dorothy Ooko, said its Wazi Wifi initiative will make the net accessible without limitations -- hence encouraging more consumption. The project is aimed at increasing internet penetration and bandwidth utilization in Kenya, and is a collaboration between local businesses, Google and the Wananchi Group, which is investigating which business models can sustain high speed, low cost WiFi in emerging markets. “At the moment we have one major...

  • Puns, goths and memes: 10 Tumblrs you have to read

    Now that calm has been returned to the blogosphere, after Tumblr’s recent six-hour outage, we thought this would be a good time to take a peek at some of the most popular sites on the microblogging-slash-social networking site. Sitting somewhere at the intersection of Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, the five-and-a-half year old site currently boasts 79-million blogs and almost 35-billion posts. At time of writing, 9.5 million posts had been published on this day alone. Towards the end of the last year, Tumblr received US$85-million in funding from existing investors and new investors, which include Richard Branson. Tumblr.com has a...

  • 5 reasons why your campaign might do way better on email than social media

    With Facebook’s following now exceeding the one-billion user mark and the support for newer social media platforms growing rapidly in number, many may believe that email as a marketing tool has become obsolete. Even though social media channels are excellent platforms for consumer engagement, the once popular form of email engagement is still an effective channel of communication and should not be dismissed by marketers. Here’s why: 1. Email is still responsible for the lion’s share of revenue It is widely known that there is in fact no commonly accepted return on investment (ROI) calculations for social media. For figures’...

  • From reviews to social media: why your online brand is so important

    What you say about yourself online and what others say about you online will affect your business’ bottom line. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, an overall one-star increase or decrease on a review site can result in a five to nine percent increase or decrease in sales. Similarly, a study by Edmunds.com discovered that auto dealerships with a 3.5 star rating or below get 30 percent less leads, said Brent Franson, Vice President of Sales at Reputation.com. Eager to learn more, I moderated a panel discussion on building and protecting your online brand. Joining me...

  • Assassin’s Creed 3 review: a fitting end to a killer trilogy

    There's no better way to cap off the Assassin's Creed 3 trilogy than with this, the busiest title in the series yet.Assassin's Creed 3 is beautiful to look at, fun to play, and a busy as hell end to one of the best gaming trilogies of all time. But a disconnect in both controls and chief protagonist lets Assassin's Creed 3 down. And here's why. Walk your own path Set in the 1700's, AC3 looks fantastic. Atmospheric to a fault, the colonial settings and great outdoors are bursting with visual splendour, last seen and fondly remembered in Red Dead Redemption. Read...

  • Filter wars: 5 leading opinions on Twitter’s bid to take on Instagram

    So Twitter's taking on Instagram. According to a post in the New York Times blog section the social network is set to give people a series of photographic filters much like Instagram. The goal, it seems, is to get people to bypass Instagram entirely much like it has with a number of third-party apps. Indeed you haven't been able to find your Twitter contacts on Instagram for some time now. But is it a good idea? We canvassed the web to find out what some of tech's leading voices think of the move. 1. Nick Bilton -- NY Times Blog Aside...

  • Samsung breaks another record, has now sold 30m Galaxy S IIIs in 157 days

    Well, things seem to be going well at Samsung. The South Korean giant is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, it announced last week that it had sold 3-million Galaxy Note IIs, and now the Galaxy S III is outpacing its predecessors at a phenomenal rate. In the 157 days that have passed since its flagship smartphone hit the market in May, Samsung has sold 30-million of them. The company said today that it has sold more of its Galaxy S IIIs than it sold Galaxy S IIs in a similar time period -- around three times as...

  • Tablet wars: Apple still dominant but its lead is shrinking

    When it comes to tablets, the iPad has ruled the roost pretty much from the moment Steve Jobs first unveiled it back in 2010. For a lot of people, iPad equals tablet. For the most part, that's still the case, but its competitors are starting to make inroads. The latest research from tech analysis company IDC suggests that the iPad, in its various incarnations, can now lay claim to 50.4% of the global tablet market, down from 59.7% at the same time last year. The companies emerging as the largest competitors to Apple are Samsung and Amazon, with 18.4%...

  • Anonymous starts its attacks: don’t worry, Facebook is still there… for now

    Today is the day that hacker group Anonymous will start to hack, deface and cause general mayhem on certain sites around the world. The fifth of November (Guy Fawkes day), is the day that is associated with the group and the "V for Vendetta" movie, and the day it claimed it would take down Facebook. On Sunday, NBC's video page was defaced and visitors were met with music and a message from Anonymous, exposing certain passwords and user information, according to gizmodo. A message on the site was posted by the group: REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER, THE GUNPOWDER TREASON...

  • Anonymous leaks 28 000 passwords, claims they’re from PayPal

    Given the predilection for Guy Fawkes imagery, it should hardly be surprising that Anonymous would choose 5 November as its global protest day. In celebration, it has released 28 000 passwords which it claims are from PayPal. The hacker collective has sent out tweets from a number of its accounts linking to a series of paste documents, some of which have stopped working, that purport to be emails and passwords from the payment service. According to The Next Web, one dump contains 27 935 entries from “mc_customers” with coded passwords and phone numbers. Paypal hacked...

  • CNN’s head of social news: Twitter forces journos to report the news better

    CNN accounted for about 13% of all social media mentions, according to trend analytics firm Trendrr earlier this year. That's impressive. Cable News Network is one of the largest news networks in the world, so it needs to be at the forefront of news innovation by adapting the changing nature of reporting. Today's current news climate requires all news organisations to have a social media strategy. CNN is very active on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Instagram. Its main Twitter account boasts more than six-million followers, placing it among the top 100 biggest accounts...

  • Plotting Google glass and dying ereaders: 4 tech stories you have to read

    We've probably all dreamed about waking up and putting on a pair of augmented reality glasses. But what should the team at Google include in its specs -- and what do its users want to see? Whatever it is, tech investors don't think you'll want to see an ereader -- or that they'll be around in the near future. But it'll be a future with spam bots and citizen journalists, if current trends are anything to go by. Wondering what I'm on about? You should probably read some of the most recent top tech stories we've found on the...

  • 6 tablet gestures that will determine Windows 8’s success

    Having fully embraced the touch-centric user interface with the release of Windows 8, it was extremely important for Microsoft to nail the touch functionality of its new OS. This feature is of specific importance to tablet users as a whole host of manufacturers and designers have invested heavily in the tablet-hybrid movement. That being said, there are six Windows 8 gestures that we believe will determine whether or not users will embrace the touch experience and ultimately ensure Microsoft's position as the touch-centric OS developer. 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");

  • Can Silicon Valley be repeated in Africa? Ventureburn asks IBM’s Martin Kelly

    IBM's Venture Capital Group is a really interesting cog in the startup machine. It's not a fund and yet, through it, IBM has managed to invest in a bevy of startups that align with its Smarter Planet initiative. Smarter Planet is an umbrella concept under which IBM aims to uncover and foster technology that moves society forward in big ways. Think about smarter systems across just about every industry that can lead to things like improved electrical grids, traffic management systems and protection online -- to name a few examples. 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");

  • LinkedIn Q3 results: a social network in rude health

    LinkedIn is in rude health. Its Q3 financial results completely demolished analysts expectations. That's no hyperbole, it beat them by 80%. The professional social network, which now has 187-million members, is one of the few not to have fallen prey to post-IPO blues -- up nearly 70% in the year since it went public. Revenue for the third quarter was US$252-million, an increase of 81% compared to US$139.5-million in the third quarter of 2011. Net income for the third quarter was US$2.3-million, compared to a net loss of US$1.6-million for the third quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income for...