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  • 5 things about LinkedIn that will drive you completely mad

    So were you one of the roughly 10-million people who got a mail from LinkedIn congratulating you on having one of the top 5% most viewed profiles? Did it make you feel special? Or, as in the case of Diane Truman, editor-in-chief of Zillow, did you find it creepy? I was thoroughly irritated by that mail. It felt very spammy, a blatant attempt to appeal to narcissism, and not entirely credible. If I’m one of the top 5% most viewed profiles, and I’ve never generated any work as a result of my presence on LinkedIn, then what does that...

  • It’s not rocket science: the real secret to communicating effectively online

    Yikes. Online media. It’s a little like a noisy bar where all of the cool people hang out but everyone talks at once. Loudly. So, how do you make yourself heard? You’ve got to know when and how to talk, so everyone else keeps quiet and listens, but also so the stranger you’ve got your eye on can hear you. If you’re newish to digital media, or even if you’re a veteran who’d like more responses from your target audience, I also have a secret technique for you. It’s fail-safe -- never letting me down in making new clients (especially...

  • 5 apps for the bigwig, the CEO, owner of the biggest office

    Being an employer is a job separate from what you already do every day at work. Once you are in charge of managing the various strengths and skills of your workforce, your views on productivity and the bottom line change forever. Here are five apps to help you choose, manage, motivate and retain the human capital that makes your organization tick. Office Time -- US$7.99 When it comes to monitoring how the productivity of your small team contributes to the firm's bottom line, there really is no better app than Office Time. Read more on Gearburn. 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");

  • Mayer plans to cut Yahoo!’s apps and strengthen Facebook alliance

    It seems Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is getting down to business with some serious decisions. Mayer announced in an investor conference hosted by the Goldman Sachs Group that the company needs to streamline its mobile offering by cutting its apps from about 60 to 12, reports AllThingsD. "Ultimately, you don’t want to trouble users by making them download too many apps, but many apps are single-use," said Mayer. The CEO is searching for ways to innovate at the company and has expressed that Yahoo needs to get more aggressive and smart about its mobile play. "How many people at least...

  • Apple is not impressed by ‘silly sideshow’ of a lawsuit by investors

    You'd think that as CEO, Tim Cook would be seriously concerned if Apple shareholders sued the company. But it seems that Cook is downplaying the recent legal attempts by Greenlight Capital to prevent Apple from instituting new rules that require a common shareholder vote to issue preferred stock, calling the suit a "silly sideshow". According to the Wall Street Journal, the suit, lead by Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn, argues that the changes Apple proposes would violate US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, as they bundle the preferred stock provision together with other items. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference yesterday,...

  • Amazon meets with Indian officials in bid to relax strict ecommerce laws

    Representatives from Amazon have met with Indian officials in a bid to get them to relax strict laws which stop foreign ecommerce companies entering the country. According to the Telegraph India, the ecommerce giant met with the country's commerce minister to discus relaxing rules which stop it selling directly to Indian customers. Those laws forced Amazon to set up Junglee, an online shopping aggregator when it wanted to launch its Indian presence early last year. The site looks like Amazon and feels like Amazon, the only mention of the company you’ll see is a short message on the bottom...

  • Google could land $5-billion from tablets in 2013

    Tablets will generate Google around US$5-billion in revenue this year. No, it won't be from sales of the Nexus 7, but from advertising. According to a new study by Marin Software, a company which helps advertisers buy web-ads, the effectiveness of search ads on tablets climbed 31% in 2012 and conversion rates on tablets are set to eclipse those of PCs by the end of the year. As the company notes, this bodes well for Google. Handily, the research also comes on the back of news that Google would be boosting the prices it charges advertisers to display messages...

  • So. Many. Billion-dollar startups. [Infographic]

    When we came across this infographic about billion startups by Staff.com, we were impressed to see the number of young companies that have sky-high valuations. That is, until we started calling out big names that we expected to see on the list. Where is Pinterest? What about SurveyMonkey, Rovio and Kayak? Once we started doing some research we realised that the billion-dollar club has in fact become more of a party in the park than an exclusive VIP snootfest. 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");

  • Web Cam Mesh: the interactive 3D projection straight from your webcam

    We're not sure exactly what this is for (besides occasional bouts of procrastination), but it's cool. What do you get when you combine HTML5, your webcam, a 3D mesh and your face? A demo called Web Cam Mesh. Created by freelance web developer Felix Turner, Web Cam Mesh is an interactive 3D projection of whatever your webcam can see, in almost real time. You can navigate the scene using your mouse, and 'turn' it around to see what it all looks like from different angles. A drop-down control panel lets you adjust aspects of the projection like the transparency...

  • Cloud to be worth $462.3-million in Middle East & North Africa this year

    Yes we know there was a time when a cloud was something that floated through the sky and tablets were something you swallowed when you had the sniffles. There was also a time when we thought the sun went round the earth. The point is, the cloud isn't an abstract concept anymore and hasn't been for some time. The cloud services market is already worth billions of dollars and is growing all the time. According to networking specialist Cisco, global data centre traffic will grow four-fold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. For a bit...

  • 8 Facebook changes that would make everyone’s life easier

    Talking about social media has become so mundane. People almost instantly shut down their receptors when they see yet another article numbering the ways you can make it work for your brand, your business, your job... Do some of these sound familiar? “5 ways social media could be hurting your job” or “5 ways social media will change your job in 2013”, “5 Ways social media can ruin your reputation.” I could go on. It’s interesting to note that the topics almost always carry two totally different points of view -- it’s like we've become bipolar about it. Is it...

  • 6 questions every brand should ask when establishing its social identity

    Many times when I'm working with businesses and explaining social media in detail, I hear the following -- "We know that social media marketing can help us with building our brand online, but we just don't know where and how to start". Usually in response to this I start explaining that social media in its most basic form is a conversation between two or more people using various social media channels. These channels should never be the core focus when you are adopting social media marketing initiatives for your business. You will find many people willing to learn more about...

  • Logitech Washable Keyboard review: squeaky clean

    Plug and Play has a new word added to it: washable. The Logitech k310 Washable Keyboard (WK) delivers the promise of a clean and washable waterproof keyboard that will keep OCD users safe from dust and dead bugs. Because for those of you who don't know, the humble keyboard can actually be a festering sump of nasty germs, and has even been rated as dirtier than a toilet seat. Anyone who knows me will know that, even though I can be the most disorganised gadget freak on earth, I am quite anal about a few things. A clean PC and...

  • 9 things entrepreneurs can learn from Winnie the Pooh

    "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" -- Winnie the Pooh. I went to a conference once where a venture capitalist said that if entrepreneurs treated their startups more like their children and also saw their companies with the eyes of children, chances are we would get more interesting and noteworthy companies. I think entrepreneurs need to see their startups as children because an idea, no matter how small, has the potential to take up great deal of room in both your heart and your mind. Being an avid fan of the popular children's book series...

  • 13 things we learned about Bill Gates from his Reddit AMA

    Reddit's Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions have hosted everyone from US president Barack Obama to William Shatner and adult entertainment star James Deen. When the geek world found out that Bill Gates would be the latest big name to host an AMA though, our collective ears pricked. Getting the Microsoft founder on a public platform meant that Redditors would have a chance to find out answers to questions that no journalist would ever dare ask. The people participating in the session definitely delivered as did Gates, whose answers were frank and, at times candid. We've picked through the aftermath...