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  • Filtered love: WordPress now allows Instagram embedding

    If you ever thought that getting your Instagram pictures up on your blog was a kind of a pain-in-the-arse, then WordPress has got good news for you. The blogging platform is now allowing people to embed Instagram pictures in their posts. All you have to do, says WordPress, is paste the image's URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the image. The URL automatically embeds the largest size of the image that fits into the content area. Alternatively, says the world's largest blogging platform, you can control the size of an image using shortcode. An image is automatically...

  • Vodafone set to launch global NFC-based mobile wallet

    It seems that yet another company has decided to enter the mobile wallet game... this time, it's telecommunications giant Vodafone. The group has reportedly partnered with mcommerce company Corfire and security company Gemalto to roll out a NFC-based mobile payments solution to its customers as early as next year. According to Corfire, the app would allow transactions like point of sale payments, and could potentially roll out to Vodafone customers in over 30 countries, making it "one of the biggest global implementations of NFC and mobile commerce," according to CorFire’s president and CEO Dr. Jae Chung. Techcrunch reports that the...

  • Africa slow to adopt Windows 8

    Analysts and Microsoft business have questioned whether Windows 8 could persuade African enterprises to switch over quickly or completely. Some companies have argued that the switch-over could be slow and patchy, and most initial adaptation of the new OS could be in organisations with large mobile work forces at first. Mark Walker, Middle East, Africa and Turkey director at IDC, said that it is unlikely that enterprises who have tested Windows 8 would adapt it immediately. It would however be able to bump PC sales in the region. "The ecosystem is more complicated than it was when companies were migrating...

  • Super Great Toilet Keeper: you know you want one

    You know what's wrong with toilets? The one, absolutely must-have feature that they're all missing? The ability to keep goal against international footballers. That's what. Enter the Super Great Toilet Keeper. The toilet goalkeeper was built as a collaboration between TOTO, a Japanese high-tech toilet manufacturer and toto a sports betting site. The highly versatile commode is reportedly capable of blocking shots as fast as 160km/h. It does this by making use of two 250 fps cameras mounted either side of the goal to calculate when to pivot and launch a smaller ball at the incoming shot. The...

  • Google creates crisis map in preparation for Hurricane Sandy

    Google has created a crisis map to relay information about the movement of a hurricane currently sweeping up the United States' Atlantic coast to prepare civilians once the storm hits land. Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed 66 people in the Carribbean, has been the topping the Twitter charts lately in the areas directly affected by it. The most important information is provided by separate layers, relaying information like the storm's current position, surge probabilities, evacuation routes and shelters and a three-day forecast. The city of New York was also included the stormfront area, prompting Google to cancel its Android...

  • 5 reasons you need an online reputation management strategy

    Online reputation management (ORM) is a strategy and process of monitoring, identifying, and influencing your digital reputation and credibility online. An effective online reputation management strategy can also provide you with new opportunities and insight on increasing your brand awareness. If you are a business owner, I'm sure you know that having a good reputation is important for business growth. The same goes for your digital reputation, as most people in today's digital business lifestyle go online when they have a problem or require information regarding a specific product or service. If your reputation is negative online, will these people...

  • Facebook promoted posts: hot topic or massive flop?

    Everyone is talking about the new Facebook promoted posts feature as if it is a brand new thing. A hot topic, yes, but it is something that has been noticed by social media enthusiasts and others who use the platform for marketing and social purposes for a while now. About a month ago Ryan Holiday wrote an insightful piece for the New York Observer, Broken on Purpose: Why Getting It Wrong Pays More Than Getting It Right, in which he discusses how more and more people who manage Facebook pages have noticed a decline in their reach: It’s no conspiracy....

  • How to get your Google back on Windows 8

    Google has created a site for Windows 8 users called: “Get Your Google Back”. For those of you that are planning on buying Windows 8, this will be a definite app to install if you are a Google fan. It is not available from the Windows Store on your Metro home screen, so this is the only way for now to install the new Google apps. The first thing I noticed after I installed Windows 8 RTM was that no apps from Google were available on Metro, which disappointed me a little. Luckily Google came to the rescue by building...

  • Smartphones dominate Indian web use, tablets on the rise

    Smartphones are clearly gaining serious traction in India. People in that country now spend far more time online using their smartphones than desktops or tablets. That's hardly surprising though. India was, after all, the first country where mobile internet access overtook desktop usage. Add in the much lower barrier to entry of smartphones and you can see why people in India spent an average of 247.6 minutes per day on their smartphone. According to a survey conducted by mobile ad network inMobi and mobile marketing network Mobext (via eMarketer), that's significantly longer than the 176.3 minutes on a PC...

  • Phone tech to enable rural Nigerians to surf the web in local languages

    A phone technology called InternetSpeech could allow more than 100 000 illiterate farmers and traders residing in Nigeria’s rural areas to browse the web in local languages... using their voice and their cellphones. Nigeria-based IT consultancy firm Adamu Consulting, alongside the ICT University of Louisiana, are offering the technology which will enable users to transact business over the internet in their home language or with people of other languages via an inbuilt translator. At the media presentation of the new technology held in the nation’s capital city of Abuja, the partnering organisations described the innovation as “the right tool needed...

  • Amazon lets Apple feel the burn with Kindle Fire ad

    Boom. Amazon just hit Apple hard. Front and centre on the ecommerce giant's homepage is an advert featuring the new iPad mini. Except it's not quite what you'd expect. To be fair, it's more of an ad for Amazon's seven-inch Kindle Fire HD than Apple's latest offering. The Gizmodo quote calling the Cupertino-based giant's 7.9-inch display, which has fewer pixels than the competing seven-inch options, "ballsy", sets the tone. Amazon then launches into a direct comparison, concentrating predominantly on the screen, but also mentioning the Kindle Fire HD's stereo speakers and MIMO Wi-Fi. Taking on the world's biggest...

  • Anonymous does an ‘Assange’ on Zynga — leaks confidential documents

    Anonymous, the loosely associated hacktivist collective, has put Zynga under its scope. And it's looking serious. Zynga laid off employees just before releasing its quarterly earnings last week, and the hacker group says that the layoffs mean the "end of the US game market as we know it", as jobs are getting shipped overseas. The leaking of the alleged confidential documents and a letter was posted on anonnews.org. The group posted a video on YouTube as well which has been taken down by the video-sharing service, citing that the "video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on...

  • Apple set to expand China presence with Shenzen store

    If the name Shenzen seems vaguely familiar to you, it's probably because it's where the majority of the world's electronics, including all of Apple's shiny products are made. Now the Cupertino-based giant is set to open up its first ever store there. The Apple store will open up on 3 November in a luxury shopping centre in the city. According to The Next Web, the store -- which will be Apple's seventh in the country -- was confirmed as being scheduled to open by company SVP John Browett. One of the possible side effects of Apple having an official...

  • Apple’s ecosystem is healthier than ever: here’s why

    Apple is not about the hardware, it's also not about the software, it's all about perception of leadership and quality. No other company in recent history has created quite the perception of leadership that Apple has managed to establish and maintain. Steve Jobs is gone, his legacy however lives on, and Tim Cook and his team are making changes that will ultimately solidify Apple as the tech leader in today's connected world. At the recent launch held in San Jose, California on 23 October 2012, Apple unleashed more than its fair share of big changes. In a big bang style...

  • Unfriendly Facebook and Apple’s PR machine: top stories you need to read

    Ever thought that even though ereaders have supposedly "revolutionised" the publishing industry, an ebook on your Kindle looks pretty much the same as its predecessor in the bookshop? Or wondered why your Facebook insights show that your reach is slipping, even though you've gained fans and haven't changed your strategy? Or maybe that the fact that Apple announced a tablet update just months after the new iPad came out is adding to throwaway consumerism? No? Maybe you will, after you read this round of top tech stories... Facebook: I want my friends back Facebook pages used to make sense. Let's...