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  • 5 chess principles for internet business practitioners

    Gamification and how we can apply mechanics and principles from the world of games to our products is an idea on the rise, but it does have its limits. Have you considered gamifying yourself as a business practitioner? Chess is a good place to start. Serious chess nerds have linked improvement in their game to enhanced business acumen. This is not completely unrealistic, given the well-documented positive influence of chess on child development in areas like self-esteem, organisational skills, better thinking and problem-solving abilities. Chess-playing managers recognise many parallels between chess and business. In both cases you are required...

  • Research In Motion to cut 2 000 jobs

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it is cutting 2000 jobs and that its ailing chief operating officer plans to retire. RIM, which is facing increased competition from Apple's iPhone and mobile phones running Google's Android software, revealed plans last month to slash jobs this quarter in a bid to "streamline operations." The job cuts announced Monday amount to just over 10 percent of the global workforce of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. RIM said in a statement that it would have around 17 000 employees when the layoffs are complete. "The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and...

  • LG’s Optimus prime-time smartphone

    Review: LG P970 Optimus Black. It’s big and it’s black. And really skinny. The obvious conclusion is that LG is going head to head with iPhone with the P970 Optimus Black by eschewing any exterior adornment. LG also clearly decided that it was going to go with one big stick: size counts. The display is BIG and BRIGHT. Instead of the iPhone’s relatively cramped 3.5”, you get a giant 4” slab of pixelly action. But LG was also building to a lower price-point, so you get 480×800 pixels but only 233 pixels per inch, while the iPhone’s 960×640 gives you...

  • Egyptian bloggers say revolution was built on more than just tweets

    Six months after they launched a revolution that ousted the regime, Egyptian bloggers have acknowledged that it takes more than a Facebook page to overthrow a dictator. "The internet played a key role but it was not the only tool. The revolution really belongs to the people," said Wael Abbas, a veteran Egyptian blogger who has been posting his thoughts in cyberspace since 2004. The 18-day revolution that brought an end to the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak and his regime was largely played on the street, but bloggers do not underestimate the importance of Facebook and Twitter. "The internet helped...

  • 5 steps to show you’re a safe investment, even in an ‘unsafe’ market

    The US Chamber of Commerce have lamented the fact that American investors were losing out opportunities in emerging markets during a time when the recession was killing profits seemingly everywhere. Part of the fear is a lack of stability and concern over just how safe it is to put money in areas where returns have been massive. If your country’s investment profile doesn’t seem that great, it may not be so much your business, but the perception of your nation’s institutions that create uncertainty. The Index of Economic Freedom shows that an open market, fair rules and a...

  • Report: Apple considering buying Hulu

    Citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was looking into a possible acquisition of video-streaming site Hulu. Apple's interest in Hulu is in the early stages and may not result in a bid, the newspaper reported. Hulu, which broadcasts television shows through on-demand streaming, said earlier this month that it had 875 000 paid subscribers and was on track to approach half a billion dollars in revenue in 2011. According to media reports, Hulu's owners have been seeking to sell the company, and have met with prospective buyers including Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. The site...

  • ‘FaceGlat’ brings orthodox judaic practices to social networking

    A new social networking site for ultra-Orthodox Jews takes customary segregation of the sexes online and also bars pictures or ads deemed immodest in ultra-Orthodox society. Go to www.faceglat.com and the home page has signs in Hebrew and English directing men to click on to the right of the page and women to the left. Sign up and you will see a page identical to those on Facebook, but here photos posted on a man's wall may only be of other men; likewise for the women's side. The virtual divide mirrors the practice at Orthodox Jewish synagogues, weddings and other events where...

  • Tweet-happy Michael Phelps beats Chinese great firewall

    Tweet-happy Olympic-swimmer Michael Phelps expressed surprise he was unaffected by China's ban on Twitter -- and said many Chinese fans were breaching the country's internet controls to read his posts. Phelps said he had expected not to be able to use Twitter, which along with Facebook was banned in the Communist nation after being accused of stirring ethnic unrest. But he said he had been able to access the service since arriving in Shanghai this week for the world championships, and had also set up an account on the Chinese Twitter equivalent, Weibo. "I just turned my phone on and it worked...

  • I’m SO in to this, right now

    Not a Review: Immersive games. If you read Andre’s review of FEAR 3 then you know that we think it’s a great game. It has tight and unexpectedly varied gameplay, pretty good graphics and an all-encompassing sense of immersion. That last bit is the most important part of a good game, because if a game immerses you, if it can get you involved in its… vibe (I suppose is the right word), then it’s a lot easier to overlook whatever flaws it may have. Make no mistake, FEAR 3 had its fair share of flaws. A slightly unusual control scheme...

  • Latest Winklevoss twin’s Facebook lawsuit thrown out

    A US judge has blocked the latest courtroom campaign by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss to undo a deal they made to settle a dispute over who came up with the idea for Facebook. US District Judge Douglas Woodlock in Boston granted a request by Facebook that the case there be dismissed. The judge's terse written order did not outline the reasoning behind his decision. The twin brothers and fellow ConnectU founder Divya Narendra last month ramped up litigation accusing Facebook of duping them in a deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea. Lawyers for the Winklevosses...

  • BlackBerry goes shopping for video skills

    Research in Motion has acquired a small video editing startup called JayCut. The seven man Swedish team has been developing a Web-based video editing suite for the past few years -- free to use for casual users, with the technology also being licensed to other companies. The reason for the acquisition seems to be RIM’s fixation on making the BlackBerry Playbook more consumer-competitive against the iPad. RIM has faced a barrage of criticism of the PlayBook, with weak sales requiring a sharp knife be taken to forecasts. Chief amongst the kibitzing has been the slow growth of available apps for...

  • ANC Youth League website hacked

    Hours after a South African newspaper revealed that the lavish lifestyle of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema was being bankrolled by a secret trust fund, the organisation's website has been hacked. The hack takes the form of a banner across the top of the site and shows a laughing Malema with silhouetted masses gathered behind him. Alongside the picture is the text "HA HA HA I have a 16 Million Rand house And all of you don't!!!". Clicking on the banner directs users to a page of comments in support of the league's controversial policy of nationalising...

  • What’s not working (yet) with Google+

    Despite shattering all records by gaining 10 million users in two weeks, and another 8 million the following week, Google+ is hardly the polished platform many were expecting. The new social network is still in its beta testing phase, so the issues will be fixed in future, but there are several problems already and users are clamouring for Google to fix them. Aside from the predictable bugs and server crashes, here are the top three things which just aren’t working well yet. 1. Complexity Google+ is trying to be and do a lot of things at once. Not only is it...

  • Things that shouldn’t be included in an email newsletter

    Over the course of a number of blog posts, we’ve looked at what content you should consider including in your email newsletters if you really want them to stand out (and matter) in your subscriber’s inbox. With this article however we want to focus on content that is best left out, for a number of different reasons. To get the ball rolling (and to rack your brains), let’s have a quick recap of the content that we should work hard to include: Dynamic Content -- This looks at tailoring your campaigns based on how you’ve segmented your audience...

  • What to do if you become an internet meme

    Remember when that "Friday" music video by Rebecca Black hit YouTube? It somehow seemed to plague the Suggestions list for any video you decided to watch. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of popular music, so it really used to annoy me. Certainly it annoyed lots of other people as well, and the parodies came in their hundreds. Somewhere in that video was an awkward girl with braces, dressed in pink, who seemed to catch everyone's attention. Yep, 'That girl in pink' was the meme of the day. Benni Cinkle's amateurish dance moves were immortalized in animated GIF...