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  • 3 things Mobile Web East Africa taught us about the state of tech in Africa

    Last week, All Amber hosted the third Mobile Web East Africa conference in Nairobi. The event, which allows key industry players to share ideas, addressed various issues ranging from the mobile film industry, the work of NGOs in Africa, to startup developers demonstrating their wares. This helped provide greater insight into the mobile market both in East Africa and the rest of the continent; proving that Africa should be considered as one of the most important up-and-coming players in the global mobile market. The conference established that by 2016, there will be over a billion mobile phones...

  • Cook ‘doesn’t like’ Apple’s sliding share price, but new products are coming

    If you've been watching Apple's share price slump with dismay, Tim Cook has some words to comfort you: they're working on some nice new products to help the company on its return to the top again. According to the CEO, the company has "some great stuff" in the works ready for eager consumers in the not-too-distant future. Speaking at Apple's yearly shareholder meeting, Cook said he and the rest of the Apple management team were concerned about the drop in company's share price. "I want you to know I don’t like it either," he told attendees. “The board doesn’t like...

  • Yahoo!’s work from home ban all about rebooting its ‘dysfunctional’ culture

    There's been much written lately about Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pulling back workers from their home offices as if it's an attack on telecommuting and the productivity of home-based workers. It's neither, it's Yahoo! trying to reboot its company culture, which has been kindly described by one observer as, "notoriously dysfunctional and disorganized." It's been going on for years and it's time to press the reboot button. But company culture can't be remade through telecommuting, it has to be done physically and emotionally. Mayer knows that changing Yahoo!'s culture is key to success and that she faces a very rocky road. Successful company...

  • China’s porn crackdown: 225 sites, 4k channels and 30k blogs shut down

    Finding online porn in China just got a little more difficult after authorities shut down 225 websites, 4 000 channels and columns and 30 000 blogs and microblogs which were accused of “disseminating obscene and vulgar information”. The news broke courtesy of Chinese English-language newspaper the People's Daily, via an official statement from the State Internet Information Office. As The Next Web notes, it's not entirely apparent why the office chose to differentiate between websites, channels and blogs, considering each of those could themselves be considered a website. Chinese authorities have been fighting a long battle against online pornography, hardly...

  • The truth about BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Internet Service

    BlackBerry re-emerged this year after a tumultuous time of soul-searching with a new name, and a new platform, BlackBerry 10. The launch was watched with great interest in emerging markets such as South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia where the Canadian smartphone maker's low-cost, unlimited data offering has been a huge catalyst for its success in these regions. BlackBerry 10 is a radical departure for the smartphone maker who fell behind iOS and Android when it smashed into the limitations of BlackBerry 7 and earlier versions of the OS. BlackBerry became a victim of its own success when its devices,...

  • Google+ sign in targets Facebook connect… and your Android device

    In case you haven't heard, there is now another way to sign into apps and websites. Yep, Google has stepped in with Google+ sign in to make it easier to use services online without giving up your email address. Yes, okay, so there are already hundreds of websites that make use of your general Google account sign in, but Google's pushing the social element and added features with this new development. According to the search giant, the new sign in options will be rolling out across 10 partners' apps to start with -- including The Guardian, Fitbit, Fancy, USA Today,...

  • Angry Birds cartoon series will smash into screens come 16 March

    If a plethora of games, merchandise and soft drinks aren't satisfying your Angry Birds cravings, you'll soon be able to tuck into a web-based cartoon series too. Rovio today announced that the series, to be called Angry Birds Toons will debut on 16 March. According to Rovio, the "series that throws the doors to Piggy Island wide open!" "For the first time ever," it says, "you can get up close and personal with your favorite characters. Join us every week starting the weekend of March 16th for a brand new episode featuring the latest adventures of...

  • Amazon: iOS users should ignore the latest Kindle app update

    If you've got the Kindle app on your iDevice, and a fairly sizable library, then you should probably avoid downloading the latest update. The newest version of the app ships with a bug that completely wipes your library if from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Whichever of Amazon's QA testers let that one through must be getting the hairdryer treatment round about now. Amazon has posted a warning to the app's description on the Apple app store, telling people to avoid the update if possible: Note: There is a known issue with this update. If you are an...

  • Gaga and Bieber’s days are numbered: we’re in the age of the virtual pop star

    If you think pop stars are becoming more and more fake, accusing them of not writing their own material, and think that, God forbid, they can’t play an instrument and lip sync whenever they do a live show, then you are right, it’s true. But, there’s something out there that’s even more fake, but way cooler than the traditional fake human pop star: virtual pop stars. At the forefront of this new craze in music is the holographic star Hatsune Miku, one of the brightest stars and musical exports from Japan. You might have heard of Miku by now. I...

  • Building a tech-focused continent: 9 of Africa’s innovation hubs

    Innovation, mobile, tech and startups. These are Africa's buzzwords. A continent that arrived late to the web revolution, Africa is catching up fast and leading the way in some ways. The continent is working overtime to build and create products, services and businesses that can rival that of the developed world. It is no longer the dark continent, according to a Daily Beast report, Africa is being heralded as the "new Asia" and the "home of the next Google". 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");

  • Koenigsegg’s crazy new camshaft-free engine tech

    When one of the big car manufacturers comes out with a new technology, you don’t really bat an eye; it happens all the time, and with much accompanying media hype. But Koenigsegg, a small and wonderful Swedish supercar maker, has envisioned something truly revolutionary; and this from a company that builds only a handful of cars each year. You have to love Koenigsegg. The owner, Christian von Koenigsegg first started his venture at the ridiculous age of 22, and now builds some of the most manic and fastest cars every made. Now, though, he is taking the next step to...

  • Meet DepartedLife, the Indian social network for dead people

    As time goes on, it becomes clear that this whole internet thing isn’t just a passing fad. Yet somehow, as popular as social networking has become around the world, no one has really managed to solve the problem of what happens to a person’s web presence when they die. Facebook deletes or memorializes the accounts of dead users (meaning that you can still post on their wall, but the account can’t be updated or even logged in to) but that doesn’t please everyone and there are a lot of questions about what should be done, especially when relatives want...

  • Instagram hits 100m active users as first shots emerge from North Korea

    It's been an interesting few weeks for the team over at Facebook HQ. With the barriers on international mobile internet access lifted, Instagram has seen some of the first images of North Korea uploaded to the service using a data network inside the country's borders. Meanwhile, over in the US, co-founder Kevin Systrom has been drafting a lengthy blog post about the early days of the photo sharing app and how it has just hit the 100-million monthly active user mark. Despite cries from natives about how they would delete their accounts over the much-discussed changes in its terms...

  • Tech heavyweights get behind teaching kids to code

    There's a greater need for people who can code than will be ever be fulfilled. That's the message behind a new organisation that has the backing of some serious tech heavyweights. The organisation, called Code.org, aims to promote the teaching of code to kids all around the world. It's also trying to tackle perceptions that coding is difficult to learn and build an "authoritative database" of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick and mortar schools or summer camps. "Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code," the organisation...

  • India: Apple’s next big market?

    Apple is trying to crack the Indian market for the iPhone in a bid to challenge Samsung's dominance in the emerging market giant. It won't be easy though. According to the Wall Street Journal the Cupertino-based giant will completely overhaul its operations in the country to better adjust to its convoluted distribution process. There's good reason for Apple's desire to get a foothold in the country. Smartphone growth in more developed markets is stagnating and, according to Strategy Analytics, India is poised to become the world's third-largest smartphone market this year After the US and China. One strategy Apple...