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  • 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...

  • Big Brother? Gov’t user data requests to Google nearly double in three years

    Governments who want to know about their citizens are increasingly turning to the company that knows you better than anyone else. Google says it received 20 938 inquiries about user data from government entities around the world in the first half of 2012. Those requests were for information about 34 614 accounts and was up from 12 359 in requests leading up to January 2009. The country most interested in getting user data from Google, is the United States, which made 7 969 requests, with Google complying 90% of the time. Behind the US are the likes of India, the...

  • 5 ways to rock your brand’s YouTube campaign

    It’s no secret that YouTube is big. So big, that when you look at the stats, they usually involve figures in the billions. Four-billion. That’s the number of average total views on YouTube per day. One-billion. That's the number of daily views from mobile devices -- a quarter of all views. And if the trends continue, soon the future average will match the present reality in countries like South Korea, where half of all YouTube views are from mobile. The video service has come a long way since it was launched in 2005 and acquired by Google the next...

  • Social media in the workplace? Don’t be silly, we’re ‘Inbox Workers’ says study

    As so-called "Information Workers", email takes up a lot of our time. A new study takes a stab at exactly why our inboxes have increasingly magnetic qualities, reveals why social media in the workplace hasn't caught on yet and gives surprising insight into our email habits. We get a lot of email. Mimecast, a supplier of cloud-based email services, revealed that we receive an average of 39 emails per day -- most of it (29 or so), useless. Its Shape of Email Report also indicates that we are repurposing our inboxes as file servers, which can be awkward, as the...

  • Social maturity: what it takes to get there

    Social technologies are changing the way organisations communicate and collaborate which in turn is impacting on the way these companies look at their resources, skills, tools, processes and culture. In essence, they have to ensure their employees have the skills and technologies to solve their customers’ problems in a digital world and create an empowered organisation. These empowered organisations, or socially mature businesses, stand to benefit from the use of social technologies in various ways, for example: Additional value from customer advocates: through social media, people have greater access to the brands they love and it is also easier to be...

  • More of the same: Apple, Samsung still winning in shrinking mobile market

    Yawn. If you were expecting a massive change in the mobile device landscape over the last quarter, sorry. Apple and Samsung are still on top of the smartphone pile and Nokia's still in heaps of trouble. While we're buying less phones over all, the ones we are buying are increasingly smartphones. According to tech research company Gartner, worldwide sales of mobile phones declined 3.1% from the same time last year. Smartphone sales meanwhile accounted for 39.6% of total mobile phone sales, as they increased 46.9% from the third quarter of 2011. Unsurprisingly the two companies dominating the space...

  • Cooking online: 8 resources to inspire your inner chef

    Some people can cook, some can't. Online cooking sites, as the crow flies, are plentiful. Doing a search on Google will provide you with millions of links, all described as the "foremost cooking site in the world". If that's got you in a state of panic, relax, we're here to help. Creating your own site is easy and quick, and literally anybody can do it. As you're probably aware, that means you should not trust just any cooking site. It's not just limited to websites either. Apps for your smartphone are all over the place. The online cooking...

  • 8 questions you should ask yourself before pitching your startup

    So you've had the next big idea, or your startup's been going along quietly for a little while. Now you're ready to take it out into the big bad world. If you find yourself asking "Umm...what next?" you're not alone. If you're in an emerging market like South Africa, knowing what to do next is getting easier, but it's still not as easy as it might be in a more traditional market. 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");

  • Nokia’s new mapping service is HERE and set to hit iOS and Android

    Maps are important, just ask Apple. There is superior mapping software though, and it belongs to Nokia. Nokia's new mapping product HERE is not yet "here", but it is a GPS app for iOS and Android, made the Nokia way. Nokia says, HERE is the "first location cloud" software and is going to be a free download when it lands on various Android and Apple products later in the year, or Q1 2013. Nokia HERE is an HTML 5 app with voice-guided walking, an offline mode and a guide for public transport. All very handy for those wanting to explore their...

  • 5 rocking guitar apps to get you shredding

    The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in music today. Used in pretty much every genre of music you can think of, guitars are probably the most widely played instrument on earth (next to piano, I guess), and anyone who plays will tell you why. Learning to play the guitar brings you that much closer to the music that you listen to, and helps you appreciate it that much more. You understand the level of skill, the pure creativity and the passion that goes into the playing, and you yearn to emulate that emotion coming through your...