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  • Desperate for Instagram on Windows Phone? Nokia understands your pain

    Tell people that you've got a Windows Phone and, if they're of the right kind of bent, they'll wince and say something along the lines of "ooh you can't get Instagram on that can you?" No, you can't and it's seriously annoying. So annoying in fact that Nokia has been moved to create a campaign with a companion app, in a bid to get Instagram to build an app for the platform. Called #2Instawithlove, the campaign urges Windows Phone users to download the app of the same name, which comes with a selection of Polaroid photos. The idea is...

  • From a 20% project to Google’s future: Q&A with Google Now’s creator

    Google is pretty good at knowing what we need before we do. From a company that seems to continuously innovate, the launch of Google Now was nothing if not inspired. Google Now is the internet giant's offering in the hotly contested intelligent personal assistant space. The Android-only service is an extension of the OS' native Google Search app, using a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Now is all about predicting what people will search for before they do it. It's gained...

  • Need to reward the right behaviour in a mobile world? Here’s how to do it

    In a previous article on rewarding the right behaviour in a mobile world, I raised a couple of general ideas that needed to be considered when looking to get the right behaviour shift and consumer outcomes that meet the corresponding business requirements. These included being aware of the behaviour that you incentivize is the behaviour that you will get, asking how you can attempt to become a consumer’s habit rather than just their choice and how we view the “enablers” that are making the world of mobile rewards a possibility across multiple sectors in today’s economy. In this article...

  • 10 space-age cars from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

    Once a year, under one grand ceiling, all the greatest car manufacturers come together to show off their newest creations in arguably the best motor show of the year: Geneva. This year has brought the world some of the most outrageous and technologically advanced cars ever to grace the automotive industry. And many of the craziest ones are actually being built. Porsche 911 GT3 Show a man one Porsche 911 and he's seen them all. But that doesn't take away from the aesthetic appeal, and the fact that after 50 Years (yes, 50) the 911 is still around is testament to...

  • Why big Western tech companies have made it in Vietnam but not China

    Oftentimes, people like to compare Vietnam with China. In some ways, the similarities are pretty obvious. The Chinese dynasties ruled Vietnam for one thousand years. Vietnamese people celebrate Lunar New Year, and our names have Chinese roots. But online and in the tech industry, things look really different. In Asia, there are four communist countries: China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea. Laos and North Korea are so small they’re not really on the tech map (even if North Korea is finally using mobile internet). That leaves China and Vietnam. In China, Baidu, Tencent, and Sina Weibo are the search and...

  • Facebook News Feed redesign: more content specific, bigger ads, photos

    When Facebook unveils its redesigned News Feed tomorrow we can expect something that is more content-specific as well bigger photos and adverts. According to TechCrunch, sources say that the changes will debut first on the web version of the social network, before rolling out on mobile. If TechCrunch's sources are correct, then the redesign is pretty much in line with what the collected tech press has been expecting. The new News Feed will also apparently allow you to toggle between different feeds by hitting buttons at the top of the page rather than on the side. Within...

  • Samsung doles out US$112m for 3% stake in Sharp

    Sharp has confirmed that it has agreed to a deal which will see South Korean electronics giant Samsung pay US$112-million for a three percent stake in it. According to the Japanese multi-national, the purpose of the deal is to strengthen an alliance between the two companies, relating specifically to their LCD business as well as to "enhance Sharp's capital adequacy". Sharp has been supplying Samsung with LCD displays for some time now, but the new deal will see it commit to providing LCD panels for large TVs, as well as small and medium-sized LCDs for mobile devices. ...

  • Company that built multi-million rand gov’t site gets serious Facebook hate

    Cherry Online Designs wasn't all that well-known, until yesterday when it was revealed to be the company behind a provincial government website believed to have cost up to R140-million. While that news got its name out there, it opened it up to a whole pile of social media hate. A cursory glance at its Facebook page reveals a few more likes than the nine it had yesterday, as well as a litany of abuse. We've screen-grabbed a selection of some of the tamer posts to give you an idea of the kind of hatred it's been getting. ...

  • How FNB’s dotFNB stores are merging the digital banking and retail experience

    First National Bank (FNB) recently added another string to its innovation bow with the launch of the dotFNB store -- a unique type of cashless branch that facilitates a digital banking experience with a dash of retail. Customers can not only apply for, and interact with, digital services such as Geo Payments, FNB Connect and the FNB Mobile App, but they can browse smartphones, tablets and other devices (and purchase them on plans), all within the store. “We are living in a digital era and although traditional branches are here to stay, we need to offer relevant solutions to our clients. We...

  • China is not impressed with Android’s smartphone domination

    It's no secret that Android is winning the smartphone wars by a landslide -- and the home of the world's biggest smartphone market is no exception. But it seems the Chinese government is not enthused by the existence of such a large number of mobile phones controlled by Google within its boundaries, saying it is stunting mobile development in the country. A report released by the state's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and translated by Reuters said that China has the potential to develop its own operating system (OS) but the "country's mobile operating system research and...

  • Ceres juice company gives smartphone wars a fruity twist

    This is cool. A juice company has given the smartphone wars a fruity twist. The company, Ceres Fruit Juice, launched a limited edition Apple flavour in response to its competitor Liqui-Fruit’s recent release of a BlackBerry flavour. As part of the launch, Ceres has released an online game which can be found on its Facebook Page. It's a pretty simple Angry Birds-style game, which consists of the Ceres Limited Edition Apple "clearing the valley of all the sneaky blackberries" by shooting apples at their competitor. The game is also the entry mechanism for a competition in which people have the...

  • 5 signs that you should be blocking someone on Twitter

    To block or not to block: that is one of the most difficult questions any of us face when we’re out there in the social media trenches. I always regarded blocking as an admission of defeat. Heck, I rarely even unfollow people, and on a public platform where you take the good with the bad, blocking should be a last resort. Having rotten tomatoes lobbed your way is one of the occupational hazards of raising your head above the parapet. I follow 4126 people on Twitter, many of whom irritate me or with whose views I disagree, but I...

  • Razer Naga Hex review: great for gaming, not much else

    The Naga Hex, Razer's latest addition to its line of high-end gaming mice, both impresses and frustrates out of the box. With a bit of customisation you can get what you want from the mouse, but for its price tag you'd expect it to be a more streamlined experience. The look and feel The Hex is the follow-up to the Naga, an epic mouse designed for MMOs fitted with a 12 button thumb-grid. It looked like you could make a phone call on the Naga if you wanted to. The Hex strips that grid down to six buttons, and places them...

  • Meet 8 of Russia’s top VC firms

    Being a part of the Russians doesn’t mean you get a free bottle Russki Standard at tech events. Unfortunately. But what it does mean, is that you join a massive group of incredibly talented programmers and hackers and recently business-savvy tech folks, together with a whopping 150-million people all sitting in their warm homes tapping away at their keyboards. The Russian tech scene has exploded in the last five years, with companies like search engine Yandex completing an IPO on the NYSE and startups popping out of the snow like daisies in Namaqualand. A quick word on Yandex -- it...

  • The Pirate Bay’s North Korea claims are likely a piece of masterful satire

    Things are never boring in the world of the Pirate Bay. After Sweden’s Pirate Party discontinued its hosting of the site, it was apparently set to move its hosting to Spain and Norway. Now though, it claims it's actually settled in North Korea. The massive file-sharing site posted a blog in which it claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had invited it to "fight battles" from the country's network. As the Verge points out however, this statement is probably rooted more in satire than reality. The first clue is in the hyperbole that the...